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

    We hope that the many vistors we had in the August Open Weekend enjoyed seeing our beautiful church as much as we did showing it to them.

    An apology to our visitors who wanted to have tower tours but could not be accommodated, particularly those who came from some distance.  We have to limit the number of people on every tour because of the capacity of the spaces in the various levels in the tower; and a tour takes between 45 minutes and an hour.  We simply could not fit more in.

    We were asked why there was no advance booking system:  basically we didn't expect the demand for tours.  We hope to see all of you who were disappointed when we next have an Open Day - please keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page.  There is more information on tower tours below.     

         

    Holy Cross Day - 14 September.

    There are several different Feasts of the Cross, all of which commemorate the cross used in Jesus' crucifixion.  Unlike Good Friday, which is dedicated to Jesus' passion, these feast days celebrate the cross itself, as the sign of salvation for Christians.The universal symbol of the Christian faith, the cross represents Christ’s victory over death. The feast celebrates the redemptive transformation of a barbaric instrument of torture into a divine “tree of life” that brings hope to the world.

    According to Christian tradition, the "True Cross" (on which Jesus was actually crucified) was discovered in 326AD by St. Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great during a pilgrimage she made to Jerusalem.  The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was then built at the site of the discovery, by order of Helena and Constantine. The church was dedicated nine years later, with a portion of the cross. One-third remained in Jerusalem, one-third was brought to Rome, and one-third was taken to Constantinople.

    The date of the feast marks the dedication of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 335AD.  This was a two-day festival: although the actual consecration of the church was on September 13, the portion of the cross itself was brought outside the church on September 14 so that the clergy and faithful could pray before the True Cross, and all could come forward to venerate it.

    The collect for Holy Cross Day:

    Almighty God, who in the passion of your blessed Son made an instrument of painful death to be for us the means of life and peace: grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly suffer for his sake; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

     

    St. Patrick's is more visible!

    Following an arboriculturist's report and permission from both the Chancellor of the Diocese and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the diseased and in some places dangerous trees (most of which were non-native sycamores) on the western edge of the churchyard have been felled, the ground cleared and the stumps dealt with.  Fence posts and wires have been put in place to define the boundary and protect a newly planted hawthorn hedge and specimen native trees until they become established.  This has opened the view of the church from the west and north-west and when the new planting has grown, will provide an attractive and easily manageable boundary.

     

    Covid19's continuing financial impact.

    Like other charities, St. Patrick's was badly affected by lockdown.  We are now even more reliant upon the income from the evnts we are beginning 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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