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REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – 12 NOVEMBER 2023

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The Remembrance Sunday Service will take place by the War Memorial Cross in Rosedale Abbey churchyard on Sunday 122 November starting at 10.50am.

The Queen Elizabeth Memorial with poppies by Lorrie Westwood

All are most welcome to come along and honour the memories of all those who gave their lives in the service of their country.

THE SELLER-WHITE WEDDING – 15 JULY 2023

On a day of dramatic weather, varying from sunshine to thunderous rain, Vikki Seller of Rosedale Abbey and Ross White of York celebrated their wedding with 120 family and friends in St Mary and St Lawrence Church, Rosedale Abbey. The Rev Christine Haddon-Reece officiated with Richard Haynes playing the organ.

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Vickki and bridesmaids, with her dog Chester.
The Rev Christine Haddon-Reece with Vikki and her father, David Seller
Pam Seller, the mother of the bride
After the service, Ross and Vikki ‘untying’ the church gate according to local tradition.
Undampened spirits in spite of the rain
Cheers all round!
Ross and Vikki, with Clop and Chester.
On the way to the Coach House Inn at last!

The very best wishes for good fortune and happiness in the future to Vikki and Ross from all in the dale.

THE JANET DRING FUNERAL – SATURDAY 22 APRIL 2023

A cool, drizzly day did no deter a large number of family and friends attending the funeral at St Mary and St Lawrence Church, Rosedale Abbey, of the late Janet Dring of Hartoft. The Service of Thanksgiving was led by the Reverend Christine Haddon-Reece and the organ was played by the Reverend David Haddon-Reece.

Arriving at The Church Gate
The Cortege Approaching The West Door – with the Rosedale Women’s Institute providing The Honour Guard
After The Service
Leaving Rosedale Abbey for The last Time

OUR NEW VICAR!

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On Sunday afternoon, 22 January, and in front of a packed St Mary’s Church in Lastingham, the Rev Christine Haddon- Reece was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of the Benefice of Lastingham, Rosedale, Cropton, Hutton-le-Hole and Appleton-le-Moor parishes by Paul, Bishop of Whitby and Amanda, Archdeacon of Cleveland.

Christine Haddon-Reece with the Bishop of Whitby, the Archdeacon of Cleveland and the Church Wardens of the Benefice, with David Haddon-Reece

Christine was born in Roundhay, Leeds and moved to Nottingham as a child when her father moved to work in the Boots Laboratory there. On leaving school she worked in the offices of an Iron foundry before going on to qualify as a librarian.

In 1970 a theological college opened in Bramcote close to her family home and she met some of the students who attended her church. She joined a student music group and went to evening lectures at the college after which she enrolled for a four year theological degrees course. She then decided to go for full time ministry and after passing a selection course found a job in Roker where after four years she was ordained as a deaconess. From there she moved to West Hartlepool, where she fully ordained as a deacon before moving to Rosedale in 1990 as the assistant to Rev Francis Hewitt.

It was here, back home in Yorkshire, that she met David Haddon-Reece, fell in love and married in 1994. That year she was also ordained as a Priest in York Minster. She then served as vicar in Topcliffe for 12 years before moving on to the Egton Benefice. In 2015 she retired and moved back home to Thorgill House in Rosedale, but continued helping out with services in the Kirkbymoorside group and also, along with David, as a voluntary chaplain in York Minster.

Then when the post of Priest-in-Charge of the Lastingham Benefice became vacant in 2022, Christine applied and was accepted for a three year posting, after which she says she will retire for the final time after 45 years of ministry! She asks for all our prayers and patience as she sets out in her pastoral work here.

The Rev Christine cutting the delicious celebration cake, with Paul, Bishop of Whitby looking on.