Slingsby Methodist News and Upcoming Events Dec 2015


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As many will already have heard, our minister Rev Mike Smith sadly died after a short illness.  Mike was a real inspiration to us at Slingsby constantly encouraging us to push the boundaries in our work and worship.  He was closely involved in the Iona Community and introduced us to that style of worship also.   Mike was a regular visitor at Slingsby School and his assemblies were very much appreciated by staff and pupils alike. Mike will be sadly missed but we will continue to build on the foundations he has helped us to lay down.

This year’s shoebox appeal was very successful and we were able to send about 40 shoeboxes all filled with toys and gifts that will be really appreciated by some very poor and needy children in Eastern Europe and beyond.  We had a very good and well attended service to bless the shoeboxes which was led by Karen Pattison.

The photo shows Karen Pattison and Katie Jeffels at the Shoebox service.


LITTLE ADVENTURERS.  This is a mothers/carers and toddlers group which meets in the Methodist Schoolroom every Thursday in term time. It meets from 1-30pm to 3pm and is looking for new members.  Contact is Claire Piercy on 01653-691466.

FISH & CHIPS.  The monthly supply of fish & chips courtesy of Malton & Norton Lions Club is going very well and upwards of 25 people take advantage of this on the second Tuesday of the month.  Fish, chips and peas delivered to your door for £2.50 is certainly value for money!

SOUPA LUNCH.  This is held on the third Wednesday of the month in the Methodist Schoolroom at 12 noon.  Soup, sandwiches and a pudding with a cup of tea afterwards.  No charge but donations welcome.

On 16th December there will be a Soupa lunch Christmas special.  It will also be at 12 noon but after lunch we will sing some  carols.

Contacts for these events are Rachel & Stephen Prest on 628277 and Trudy Carr on 628302.

CAROL SINGING is on Tuesday 15th December.  We meet at The Methodist Chapel at 6pm to sing in Porch Farm Close, The Sycamores and Sycamore Close. At 7pm we will be singing in The Grapes Inn.

UNITED  CAROL  SERVICE  This is on Sunday 20th December at 4pm at The Methodist Church.  It will be a celebration of the Christmas story for all the family followed by refreshments.  You are all invited.



Sunday 13th Dec –  Methodist Church 10-30am Service led by George Moules

Tuesday 15th Dec   Carol singing: Meet at the Methodist Chapel at 6pm, and then to the Grapes Inn for 7pm.

Wed 16th Dec –        Soupa lunch with a Christmas flavour.  12 noon in the Methodist Schoolroom.  Carols afterwards, all welcome.

Sunday 20th Dec –  United Carol Service at Methodist Church at 4pm

Sunday 27th Dec –  Christmas service at 10-30am for all the family, led by Stephen Prest.

Sunday 3rd Jan –     Methodist Church 10-30am All Age Worship with Rev J Hale

Sunday 10th Jan –   Methodist Church 10-30am a service led by Mr R King

Tuesday 12th Jan – Fish & Chips Courtesy of The Lions

Sunday 17th Jan –   Methodist Church 10-30am. Service led by Louise Hayes. (SMS)

(Sunday Morning Special)

Sunday 24th Jan –   Methodist Church – Service at 10-30am led by Rev Ben Nicholson

Sunday 31st Jan –   United Covenant Service at Hovingham Chapel, 10.30 a.m.

The Farming Column: after long hard work, the harvest supper

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Stephen Prest continues his farming column. He wrote the following in mid-November and it appeared in the December Triangle.

In spite of huge changes in the last few decades, farming remains central to our community here. If you farm near Slingsby and have a tale to tell, email us at


All is safely gathered in,

Ere the winter storms begin.  (Words of a traditional harvest hymn)

Thankfully the harvest is complete apart from a few root crops still to harvest.  In many ways it was a good harvest with the third highest UK wheat crop on record. Most crops were harvested in dry conditions which helps reduce drying costs. Sadly prices are still very low.

After harvest many farmers and their staff go out to celebrate with a  harvest supper.

I joined Stuart Prest and his staff for a good meal at The Grapes Inn, Slingsby, quite a lively evening and much appreciated after long hours of hard work [see photo]. Most of the winter cereals have already been drilled in preparation for next years harvest and with very mild and moist conditions are growing vigorously.

Autumn brings the start of the hunting and shooting season.  We run a shooting syndicate round Slingsby, mainly on Castle Howard Estate land.  A group of us meet once a fortnight on Saturdays and provided the weather is nice we have an enjoyable day.  We mainly shoot pheasants and the odd vermin, sadly partridge numbers are very low mainly due to a succession of bad breeding seasons and an increase in predators which destroy their nests. Some people find it difficult to appreciate that shooting and conservation can work well together. On the Slingsby shoot we have 5 acres of a wild bird cover crop which is a mixture of spring cereals, millet and linseed.  It will produce about 10 tonnes of seeds which will feed thousands of birds, large and small over the winter months as well as many small mammals.  We have also grown some maize and deer, badgers and pheasants all enjoy eating the grain on the cob. I have also planted several small woodland plantations which are good for all wild animals. Eating game seems to be coming back into fashion again  promoted by many celebrity chefs. I must admit I just love a roast pheasant with all the trimmings!

Stephen Prest

[Photo shows Stuart Prest’s Harvest Supper in The Grapes]


Soupa Lunch Christmas Special : Wednesday 16th December 2015

Wednesday 16th December 2015 –  Soupa lunch Christmas special in the Methodist Schoolroom Slingsby at 12 noon.

Come and join us for soup, sandwiches and a pudding, all with a Christmas flavour.

Carols afterwards, numbers appreciated but not essential.
No charge but donations welcome.
Contacts  Rachel & Stephen Prest on 628277 or Trudy Carr 628302.

Father Christmas visits Fryton

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Father Christmas visiting Fryton | Photo by Colin Douthwaite

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Father Christmas visiting Fryton | Photo by Colin Douthwaite

Colin Douthwaite sent in a couple of great photos showing Father Christmas visiting Fryton recently.

Colin says “A couple of photos showing our visitor in Fryton tonight (2nd December).  I’m not saying its quiet in Fryton but this is one of the highlights of the year!”

Many thanks for the great photos Colin.

Advent and Christmas Concert : Hovingham Church on Sunday 6th December 2015

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A Concert for the season of Advent and Christmas at All Saints Church Hovingham  today, Sunday 6th December, at 5 p.m.

The concert will be performed by The Ampleforth & Ryedale Concert Choir, directed by William Dore.

Music by Handel, Mendelssohn, Warlock & Willcocks, and carols for all to sing.

Entry price: £10 including refreshments (under 16yrs, free).

The Grapes Inn : events and info. for December 2015/January 2016

grapes_interior_iiBelow you will find events for December 2015 and January 2016 at The Grapes, and a list of Christmas and New Year opening and food service times.  Enjoy!  For updates/news their Facebook page is here.


Sunday 6 December – Music Night at 8 pm
Tuesday 15 December – Carol Singing at 7pm (please wear your Christmas Jumpers!)
Sunday 20 December – Festive Quiz at 8 pm
Sunday 27 December – Fancy Dress Night (for dogs only) at 6pm
Monday 28 December – Sloe Gin Competition ( Home Brew Only) at 6pm
Thursday 31 January – New Year Party


Sunday 3 January – Music Night at 8pm
Sunday 17 January – Quiz Night at 8 pm

Christmas Food Service Times

Christmas Eve:  Food 12-2pm
Christmas Day: Drinks Only: 11am – 1 pm
Boxing Day: No Food (Drinks only)
Sunday 27th: Food 12-3pm
Monday 28th: Food 12-3pm
Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th: Food 12-2pm & 5.30 – 8.30 pm
New Years Eve: Food 12-2pm
New Years Day: Food 12-2pm