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Rosedale Wedding Dress Festival 24 May – 2 June 2019

A big thank you to all who supported and took part in the Rosedale Wedding Dress Festival.  We raised £3,851 (and moved the Angel up a notch). That takes our total fund-raising to a grand £26,487. Our target is £90,000. 

We can now show we mean business in grant applications to save Rosedale Church from closure. 

Congratulations to the five raffle winners! And thank you to the local businesses who provided the prizes and supported the event.

Any ideas for the next fundraising event will be warmly welcomed. Until then, thank you again – your donations and positive feedback have been very much appreciated.

Best wishes 

Linda Blackburne 

Festival Organiser

Rosedale Wedding Dress Festival Preview – 24 May 2019

The preview evening for the Wedding Dress Festival in aid of the appeal for St Mary and St Lawrence Church in Rosedale Abbey was very well attended and over £655 was raised for the appeal fund.

The Rev David Haddon-Reece thanking the choir for their excellent performance
Part of the display of dresses, the rest of which fills the whole church
Some of the dresses, with the raffle star prize – a three tier cake by Graze on The Green.

The festival, with its wonderful display of over thirty wedding dresses, stories, memorabilia and sales of local arts and crafts runs through to Sunday 2 June when there will be a Renewal of Wedding Vows Service in the Church at 10.30. Entry is free from 10.00am each day – donations to the appeal are, of course, very welcome!

Rosedale Wedding Dress Festival on Radio York – 3 April

On BBC Radio York at around 8.00pm on Wednesday 3 April on the programme ‘God’s Own Countyfile’ David Haddon-Reece and Linda Blackburne will be interviewed about our forthcoming Wedding Dress Festival which will take place in the church from Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June in order to raise more badly needed funds for the church repair project.

More details about the festival itself will be published shortly – watch this space!

Wreaths, Book and Remembrance – 11 November 2018

As throughout the nation, people of Rosedale gathered at our war memorial on Sunday 11 November to lay wreaths and remember those from the dale who gave their lives in the Great War and in subsequent conflicts.

Wreaths and Crosses at the War Memorial

Before the wreath laying, a Book of Remembrance, prepared by the Rosedale History Society to commemorate those men who gave their lives and also those who served and returned, was presented to the church for permanent display.

The Book of Remembrance – The Fallen section
The Book of Remembrance, open at the Roll of Honour

We Will Remember Them

Rosedale War Memorial

The War Memorial in Rosedale Abbey’s churchyard has been cleaned for the first time in decades and work is underway to re-paint the names of all those commemorated on the plinth who died in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.

Shirley Drew and Linda Chambers at work on the lettering

Short biographies of all those who fell in the Great War are on display in the church, especially poignant this year as Remembrance Sunday coincides with the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Details of local commemorations will be published shortly.

Churchyard Strim and Rake – 5 October 2018

It’s that time again – time to cut and rake the conservation area in the Rosedale Abbey churchyard. A team of volunteers from the National Park will come on Friday 5 October at around 10.00 am to cut and rake the conservation area, but local volunteers, with any strimmers, rakes etc, would be very welcome. As an incentive, refreshments will be provided!

The NYMNP and local volunteers at work in 2016.

If you can spare an hour or so, please come along on Friday – no need to book! This will be the last time that the NYMNP volunteers will be cutting the conservation area and from 2019 onwards it will be purely a local task.

The Ascending Angel

The Angel on the Celestial Ladder on the side of St Mary and St Lawrence Church has been moved up a notch as a result of the outstanding £5000 raised at the the recent Flower Festival.

The Angel as at 24 September 2018

and as at 27 September

The fund raising effort continues as can be seen from the height of the ladder. Cards, notebooks and the Rosedale 2019 Calendar are available from the Abbey Stores, Graze on The Green tearooms, the Coach House Inn, Gillies Jones Glass and the Caravan Club site shop. Also keep a look out on this site and on social media for further news about fundraising events for this vitally important cause.