• We're now fully open - everyone is welcome and the Church is usually open 0900 to 1700 (or dusk when earlier) daily.

    We were delighted with the success of our Harvest Supper and Auction, held on 15 October - see the pictures on the events page.  The auction realised £1,664 for church funds, much needed after the "locust months" of lockdown and closure for repairs.  We are very thankful that our usual social activities and events can at last resume - our next event is the Christmas Market, to be held on 27 and 28 November and we hope to see you there. 

     

    Harvest.

    We've now held our Harvest Thanksgiving service and, as many churches, sung our traditional and familiar harvest hymns.  Many churches will have followed the tradition of collecting a mixture of perishable and boxed, bottled or tinned food and drink for the local hospice, hostel or foodbank - but how often do we really think about the harvests on which we depend for our lifestyle in a (relatively!) affluent Western democracy?

    We do not have to defend our livestock from predators or theft; we do not have to concern ourselves about irrigating crops, or failure of our crops leaving us destitute, unlike many people in our world.  Instead, we are panicking about the possibilty of specific food shortages or absence of Christmas toys from the supermarket shelves. The third world farmer used to his and his family's precarious existence would wonder what the fuss was about.

    We are not just dependent upon the food we eat and the consumer items we desire being harvested and produced, mainly overseas:  we are also dependent upon their import and distribution to our locality.  Without the shipping to deliver imports and the goods vehicles and drivers to distribute them, we would become very hungry very quickly.  This supply chain depends upon harvests of a different kind - for example the oil and diesel to fuel the chain, the mining to produce the steel, copper, lithium and similar metals necessary, the financial services sector which supports our economy, the research to develop vaccines and medicines, the machinery to sow and reap our agrarian harvests, the technology underpinng all these processes.

    We live in a complex and interdependent world - the overseas producer needs to sell his product just as much as we need to buy it - and modern life in the UK is more urban than rural.  To underpin that life, let us never forget what we are told is the harvest of the Holy Spirit -  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, even when we sometimes fail to observe them.

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    Covid19's continuing financial impact.

    Like other charities, St. Patrick's was badly affected by lockdown, plus the subsequent closure for major repairs.  We are now even more reliant upon the income from the events we have begun to hold, and donations from church members, the local community and any more distant supporters.  We lost around £23,000 (70%) of our usual income in 2020 and were still losing as 2021 progressed until the restrictions were lifted.  We can survive this, but it will not be easy.  Most of our present reserves were expended financing our share of the recently completed repair project costs, which could not have proceeded without the grant aid we received.  Even then, we still have repair, refurbishment and enhancement costs exceeding £1m to meet over the next few years.  We will of course keep applying for grants, but the day to day running costs of St. Patrick's are up to us and our community to find. 

    May I ask all our congregation and supporters to consider if you can increase your support, but ONLY if this can be done without adverse impact on yourself and your family.  Should you find it more convenient to donate direct to the church's Barclays Bank account, the sort code is 20-43-47, account name is PCC of Patrington, and account number 30707988.  Please, though, provide a transaction description so I know who is making the donation. 

    Michael Price, PCC Treasurer.

     

    Safeguarding vulnerable people.

    St. Patrick's Church takes very seriously our duty to safeguard vulnerable people.  More information is available from the PCC's Safeguarding Officer (see the "Contact us" page) or from the Diocese of York at https://dioceseofyork.org.uk/safeguarding.

     

    Facebook.

    We now have a Facebook page -  St Patricks Church Patrington - authentic page  - to keep everyone in touch.  The title is a bit longwinded as there were already other pages about the church which aren't ours.  If you like what you see, whether on Facebook or on this website, please tell your friends.  Better still, come and visit our lovely church - visitors always welcome, but if you want to see it all, it will take a couple of hours.  

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  • Tower Tours.

    As well as tours on Open Days, which will be held hourly and for which booking must be made in person on the day, we're willing to conduct small parties in visits to the church tower at other times (weather and steward availability permitting), but there are some issues you should know about before asking for a tour.

    • St. Patrick's is a medieval church, built when modern standards of access did not exist.
    • The ascent of the tower involves two spiral staircases and two ladders.  There is also a crawl along some 30' of tunnel; and a narrow walkway above the bells in the bellchamber.  The exit from the first staircase is onto the south transept roof, with a sloping walkway to the access tunnel to the ringing room.  There is then a second spiral staircase leading to the ladder and walkway in the bellchamber, with a second ladder to the base of the spire.  Some access hatchways are small.  Headroom is restricted in places.  The staircases have uneven steps and are not well lit.
    • This visit is unsuitable for anyone who is afraid of heights or confined spaces; or has restricted mobility or agility.
    • We are unable to allow visits by anyone who has any serious medical condition, or is pregnant.
    • We cannot take anyone under 10 on a tour; and anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Each tour party is limited to ten visitors.  All bags (including large photographic bags), must be left at ground level.  Suitable footwear and clothing are advisable..
    • Photography is permitted, but only with permission of the stewards so that other visitors are safeguarded.
    • We will ask you to sign an indemnity form.

     

    Our Conservation Management Plan.

    We began preparing our Conservation Management Plan (essential for all Major Parish Churches)  in March 2019 and began community consultations at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 30 April 2019.  Results from a local questionnaire indicated responders would like to see more major events in church.  An inital draft of the Plan was adopted formally by the Parochial Church Council in September 2019.

    The PCC has agreed to progress the priorities defined by Purcell Architecture Ltd. and is discussing where we go from here with other national and regional stakeholders and partners - essential when looking at the future of a Grade 1 Listed Building nationally recognised for its quality and heritage value.  

    We'll provide more information to (and want views and help from!) our local community, supporters and friends as events unfold and our plans for the future of our lovely Church crystallise. This obviously has been on hold during the lockdowns and restrictions in 2020 and 2021; and dealing with reordering and enhancing such an important heritage building (plus the recent major repairs and those still necessary over the next few years) isn't straightforward.  Inevitably progress is slow and dependent on availability of money and people.

    If you would like to read the CMP, it is available by email from the Project Manager, Michael Price (michaelgprice@btinternet.com).  As it runs to 104 pages and has many colour photographs and illustrations, we cannot provide paper copies.

     

     

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