Future Plans for Ministry in Slingsby Church, Chapel and The Street Benefice and Methodist Circuit

A message from Kate Giles regarding updated proposals for a new Rector for Slingsby:

As many local residents will be aware, Slingsby church and the Street Benefice (which includes Amotherby & Appleton le Street parish, Barton le Street with Coneysthorpe and Hovingham & Scackleton) have been seeking to appoint a new Rector for some time – but without success. Much of this relates to the fact that we cannot afford a full or even part time clergy person and were only able to offer a ‘House for Duty’ (free Rectory) post. However, a new proposal has emerged from the Ryedale Methodist Circuit and Slingsby & Hovingham Chapels. The proposal is to pool our resources and see what we might be able to do together. A joint appointment between the Anglican and Methodist communities here would be something of a first for us, but there are precedents locally, for example the Rev. Mel Burnside at Helmsley. The proposal is for the Rector to be based in Slingsby – at least in the long term. We would still need to find further funds to resource this, but in order to develop the proposal further, we would like to offer anyone in the local community the opportunity to ask any questions they may have – about anything – from maintaining our distinctive liturgical and worship traditions as well as celebrating our ecumenical links to providing pastoral care. 

We are proposing to hold an open meeting this coming Wednesday 22nd at 6pm in the Chapel Schoolroom on The Green to which everyone is welcome. We will try to answer all of your questions as best as we are able and/or can refer any other queries to the Archdeacon Sam Rushton. 

If you have questions but cannot attend this Wednesday, please do send them to Ray Watson [email protected]  and/or Rachel Prest [email protected] and we will do our best to respond to and/or refer them onwards. 

Maps, maps, maps: Slingsby Local History session moved to 28th May

The Local History session this month has moved to the 28th May, at the usual time of 7.30pm and in the Methodist schoolroom. In this session we will share the exciting discovery by Chris Churches of a new map of Slingsby, dated 1720. We’ll look at the map up close and also revisit our other early maps from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Responding to interests from our last map session, we’ll also look at some of the detailed Ordnance Survey data. Come along and see how your house and garden changed from the 1850s to the 1950s. 

Members £2; Guests £3. 


If you would like to join the Local History Group, please contact Kate Giles ([email protected]). There is no annual membership fee – you will just be added to our mailing list which is not shared with any other organisation. 

Slingsby Annual Parish Assembly 13 May 2024

Monday 13 May 2024, 7.30pm, Slingsby Village Hall

The Annual Parish Assembly is your chance to hear what the Parish Council (and this year a range of other parish groups) have been doing on behalf of our community.

Please don’t miss the opportunity to express your views and help shape what goes on in your community. The Parish Council cannot represent your views without your input.

The agenda for the Parish ASSEMBLY is HERE

The Parish Assembly will be preceded by the Parish Council meeting at 6.30pm (possibly in the Committee room). Residents are also welcome to attend this meeting.

The agenda for the meeting of the Parish COUNCIL is HERE

Castle Howard presents first major exhibition by a contemporary artist

Tony Cragg alongside his “Outspan” – Photo by Charlotte Graham

Tony Cragg at Castle Howard (3 May – 22 September 2024) is the first major exhibition by a leading contemporary artist to be held across the house and grounds of the historic estate.

The exhibition celebrates the artist’s sculptural imagination, showing the fascinating ways in which his sculpture sits within historic landscape and architectural settings.

Tony Cragg has been working and exhibiting since 1969. He represented Britain at the Biennale in Venice in 1988, was awarded the Turner Prize in 1988 and the Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award in 2017.

Cragg’s magnificent 5m-wide sculpture Over the Earth (2015) is set on a plinth in the middle of the Ray Wood reservoir, the first time a work has been displayed at this location.

Tony Cragg’s “Over the Earth” – Photo by Nick Howard

Ryedale Festival comes to Slingsby

General booking opens 30th April for this year’s Ryedale Festival which runs from 12th to 28th July.

World-famous pianist Angela Hewitt opens the Festival on the evening of Friday 12th July in Pickering, while on day 2, Saturday 13th July, Slingsby’s All Saints church hosts a morning concert by the prize-winning cellist Bruno Philippe (pictured).

For details of all events, and how to book, go to: https://ryedalefestival.com/concerts/