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June 2018 Magazine

The June 2018 edition of the magazine is now online. The magazine can be found here. It contains Simon’s letter giving the poignant news of his forthcoming departure for Wakefield Cathedral, an article on the Bolton Abbey Tithe Barn (recently refurbished), and the account of a Royal Visit exactly 100 years ago.

Journeying On

It is with very mixed emotions that we announce today the departure of our Rector, the Revd Canon Simon Cowling, to become the Dean of Wakefield. Whilst we warmly congratulate him on a move that amply recognises his undoubted talents and abilities, it is with great sadness that we will bid farewell to someone who […]

Settle Orchestra Concert 25 May

On Friday 25 May at 19.30, Settle Orchestra, under its conductor Alexander Webb, will be playing here as part of the Priory’s 2018 Concert Series. Settle Orchestra is a community-based orchestra of all ages whose mission includes especially the development of young musical talent within its ranks. It plays at least six concerts a year, usually […]

May 2018 Magazine

The May 2018 edition of the magazine is now online. The magazine can be found here. It contains further news on the ‘Warm Church’ heating project, a report on the elections at the annual Parochial Church Meeting, and an update on the 12 May Bolton Abbey Show.

Archaeological investigations – update

The archaeological investigations in the nave required to progress the heating project proceeded as planned last week and were concluded rather more quickly than anticipated.  Following skilful work by Churchwarden Matt Hey and the team from Durham University we were able to reopen the Priory at lunch time on Tuesday.  Some further work is planned […]

Priory partially closed for three weeks

We plan to do some archaeological investigation in the nave as part of the detailed planning for the proposed new heating system. This work will start on Monday 23 April, and will continue on weekdays for up to three weeks (avoiding the Bank Holiday on 07 May). During the investigation work there will be no […]

Blessing of the Lambs 2018

This popular service, now firmly established as a Priory tradition, took place this year on Sunday 08 April. The BBC filmed the service last year for Songs of Praise and, although we didn’t have TV cameras this year, many of us gathered to take this fine opportunity to remember and give thanks for the many sheep […]

April 2018 Magazine

The April 2018 edition of the magazine is now online. The magazine can be found here. It contains a further update on the ‘Warm Church’ heating project (and a retrospective look at the heating problems of 100 years ago), an account of the Quiet Day at Parcevall Hall, and a description of our nearby Farfield […]


STOP PRESS Owing to the likelihood of weather disruption this weekend, the decision has regretfully been made to postpone the visit of Canon Jane Sinclair to preach at the Priory tomorrow. Jane will visit later in the year.