The Parish Church of All Saints Slingsby lies on the western side of the village. The present church was built in the late 1860s in the image of its predecessor on the site, which had to be demolished. It is therefore mainly 15th century in style with Victorian modifications.
Along with neighbouring parishes, Slingsby’s Anglican church belongs to the Benefice of the Street Parishes, which is part of the Diocese of York.
All Saints Church has published two new updated guides to the church building arising from recent research by Dr Dav Smith from the University of York. Local History Group members and Slingsby School were also involved with the preparation of these. The two colourful guides give the history of the church and point out the key features. The adult guide costs £2.50 and the children’s guide 75p. Both are available from the church.
In 2018 a major project gained Heritage Lottery Fund support. It has installed CCTV, is replacing roofing material and aims to create a new Local History Resource Centre and exhibition area in the church. More details here.
ALL SAINTS CHURCH ACTIVITIES – SUMMER 2019
As part of our National Lottery (Heritage Fund) for roof repairs, we ran a series of activities over the course of the Summer. A list of these is provided here. We’ll use the village website to publicise future events.
Thursday 13th June Caring for God’s Acre 11 am and 3.30 pm
A day spent identifying and recording flora and fauna in the churchyard.
Moth Trapping evenings
Continuing our focus on the churchyard we have been given funding to purchase a moth trap and organised some drop-in moth trapping sessions over the course of the Summer. The moth trap will then become a resource for the school to use over the coming years as part of its wider curriculum activity.
Discovering England’s Burial Grounds (DEBS) survey
As well as identifying the feathery and furry occupants of the churchyard we looked more closely at the churchyard’s human occupants, or rather their gravestones. Working in conjunction with the DEBS project and Professor Harold Mytum, whose entertaining talk on gravestones to the Local History Group in September sparked a lot of interest, we explored new ways of photographing and documenting our gravestones to discover what they tell us about family history and patterns of commemoration from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Hard Hat Tours and Craft Talks
At some point during the course of works on the roof, we hope to provide an opportunity to climb the Tower, see the clock chamber, see the roof repairs and chat to the craftsmen working to ensure the future safety of the church. The Tower stair is very narrow and winding and good mobility are essential as you’ll need to step across the bell ropes in the clock chamber.
Visits further afield: Newcastle, Bolsover and Hardwick
As part of the HLF project, we visited Newcastle, to see the work of Robert Johnson, the architect who rebuilt Slingsby church, and the Smythsons, who rebuilt the castle in the early 17th century. The Derbyshire visit was likely to be on a weekday in July and the Newcastle visit was on 29 August 2019.
The original Slingsby Church Time Capsule of 1867 was unearthed in 2015 and a new one buried in 2016. More details HERE
Earlier, a major appeal had started in 2009 to raise funds to restore the church tower. Work eventually commenced in March 2012 and was successfully completed in May 2012. Read more about the All Saints Church tower restoration and appeal here.
If you wish to help protect Slingsby’s heritage and one of its most important buildings, please consider becoming a Friend of All Saints Church Building. Please email [email protected] for more information.
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All Saints’ church is kept open by the hard work and dedication of a very small – and ageing – congregation. Although attendance at Sunday services is often very small, we know that people in Slingsby love All Saints, and appreciate it being there for Festivals, Marriages, Christenings and Funerals.
We would warmly welcome new members of the congregation. Please do feel free to just ‘turn up’ whenever is convenient. Alternatively, if you can’t make Sundays but have a great idea for alternative times and dates, do let us know what might suit you …..some of us are very interested in more church-in-the-pub events.
All Saints Church contacts
Reverend Martin Allwood Email: [email protected]
Churchwarden: Ann Wilson 01653 628853
PCC Chair: Kate Giles: email [email protected]
Street Parishes Website: http://www.thestreetparishes.org.uk/slingsby.html
Slingsby Methodist Church
The Methodist Chapel was built in the late 1830s on a site adjacent to the village green. John Wesley himself had preached in Slingsby in 1757. Chapel and Church hold regular combined services.
Methodist Chapel contacts
Rachel Prest 01653 628277;
Audrey Foster 01653 628643
Email: [email protected]
The Home Fellowship Group continues to meet fortnightly on Wednesday evenings and we offer a warm invitation to all to join us.
METHODIST SERVICES AND EVENTS
For details of services and events, search the news and events page HERE.
Researching your family history? View the local burial records guide.