Newly Commissioned Worship Leaders

The Binsey Team are delighted to welcome five newly commissioned Worship Leaders.

The Worship Leaders were commissioned at a service in August with Canon Cameron Butland representing the Bishop of Carlisle.

Worship LeadersJoining Canon Cameron Butland and Reverend Patricia Rogers in the photograph are from left to right in the front row:

Richard Cox, Linda Grieveson, Andrew Coxon, Janet Coxon and Vic Siddall




Celebrating Lammastide

The Celebration of Lammastide – August 2016

Lammastide is an ancient Christian festival which many village and farming communities have re-discovered in recent years.  It is the festival at which the thanks is given to God for the start of the harvest and grain and bread are offered as a symbol of this thanksgiving.

On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop, which began to be harvested at this time of year.

The Binsey Mission Community celebrated​ Lammastide with a special Lammas service in every Church in the Team on 7th August.  Someone baked a loaf for each service and after giving thanks in the service the loaf was shared at the end of the service by all, with people taking some home to share with families too!

The Lammas loaf pictured was baked by Richard Downing of Bassenthwaite.  This loaf was used to celebrate Lammastide at a Communion Service at St Bega’s Church, Bassenthwaite.

Lammas Loaf

St Bega’s Church in 2015

This piece was in the May Binsey Link – how amazing is it that over 2500 people signed the guest book in St Bega’s in 2015? Read more about this beautiful church…

Two and a half thousand people signed the visitors’ book during the year. This is probably a small fraction of all those who came. They came from all parts of the British Isles. But a surprising number came from even further away, many from the United States, then Australia and New Zealand also from Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and Zimbabwe.

They come for all sorts of reasons. The most common remark is that they are making a return visit, even from as far away as London, France, Poland. Some have been coming every year and regard it as ‘our place’ ‘our favourite respite’ ‘we feel so happy here’ ‘never forgotten’ ‘we love it here’ ‘always emotional.’ Married couples remember their marriage here, sometimes bringing their children, or come to celebrate special anniversaries. Mark from London comes ‘every year in me-moriam of my mother who loved it.’ Remembrance of loved ones is a common theme.

St Bega’s Way, the three-day walk from St Bees to St Bega’s, brings a regular stream of visitors. One group wrote: ‘perfect conclusion to St Bega’s Way.’ It is sometimes more challenging, ‘walked St Bega’s Way thank you for being open in a hail storm’ ‘a slog but worth it.’

There were comments about the collection of Bibles in different languages. ‘Magnificent bible collection’ ‘World Bibles brilliant idea!’ ‘Read the Aussie Bible it’s great especially for teenagers Brill!’ And a volunteer speaker for the Bible Society ‘Good to see your enthusiasm for Bible translation.’

The WW1 research was admired, for example one person wrote ‘congratulations to the guy who did the WW1 folder; it is superb.’

The setting is widely appreciated. Visitors from Wimborne came while work was being done in the churchyard ‘we are wildlife workers too!’ Among other comments ‘Glad the floodgate worked’ ‘Beautiful and surprising’ ‘I’ve looked at this church across the lake for 25 years & finally found it I’ll be back often’ and a little child Esme said ‘I saw a eagle and daffodils.’

And there are other varied reasons for visiting. ‘A nice change from the Hammersmith Flyover.’ Some are looking for fami-ly graves. Melvyn Bragg’s book Credo still inspires visits.

Underlying many of the entries in the visitors’ book is the sense that this is a holy place ‘a haven of peace’ ‘unrivalled place for contemplation’ ‘deeply spiritual’ ‘wonderful to see such an old living church’.

Many leave prayers in the special book, all of which are also offered in our regular worship. As we think of the thousands who come here we join in the prayer of one visitor ‘May God bless all who come into this church’ and the praise of another ‘To God be the glory.’

Ways to Praise #164

Colouring in

Ok, I know what you’re thinking; colouring is for kids, right? Wrong! Adults everywhere are getting back to their creative roots and getting the pencils out for a bit of relaxation and colour therapy.

But what if there was a way to combine this hobby and prayer? Well, now there is! There’s a massive selection of colouring books using Christian imagery, Bible verses and words of faith – perfect for those of us who wish to be a bit unconventional in our love of God.

Some of the loveliest I have seen are all available on Amazon. One of my favourites is ‘Faith in Color’ by Pearlyn Choco who has created all the pieces by hand for you to colour in.

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Here’s a list of books I’d recommend if you’d like to give it a go:
‘Faith in Color’ –
‘Beauty in the Bible’ –
‘Simple Blessings’ –


Feature on Sandale

Each month we have been featuring a hamlet or small village in the Binsey Link magazine. Next month features Sandale. This piece was written by Marie Stockdale:


The single row of 17 houses that make up the hamlet of Sandale are strung out along a hillside that faces South West, their windows gleaming gold in the setting sun.

The fortunate residents of Sandale have a panorama from Skiddaw right round to the Solway Firth with its glorious sunsets. A little wind is the small price to pay. Formerly the row consisted of 4 or 5 small farms but now it is entirely residential and the older houses have been supplemented by barn conversions and modern homes.

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The Sandale Transmitter, on the top of Sandale Fell, is a familiar landmark, it is now a radio transmitter but for many years was a television transmitter and occasionally in its past had an armed policeman on duty in case of sabotage by the IRA.

Sandale sits peacefully on its own side road but many people pass it by on the way to Headend Quarry at the top of the hill. Although this disused quarry is tiny, over the years hundreds of school parties have been given an introduction to rock climbing on its limestone face, it is ideal for this as it has cracks, a tiny “chimney”, and an overhang. The top of the quarry is a habitat which is getting rarer; limestone upland grassland so you can spot some rare native wildflowers….or just take in the magnificent view.

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What’s on in April?

April events








April already! Here’s a hand selected list of things that are happening in the Parish during April.

1st April – Bingo at Allhallows Community Centre at 7.30pm

7th April – Uldale Lunch Club at Mae’s Tea Room 12noon

19th April – Bothel Gardening Club
Phil Dunnet at Bothel Village Hall

26th April – Prayer Breakfast at St Michael’s Torpenhow – 9am

For more events happening in the parish, check out our calendar here, or your latest Binsey Link

What’s on in March?







We have so many fantastic events happening in the Binsey Team Mission Community that we thought we’d add a selection of them here so you can get the diary sorted for the coming month!

3rd March – Lunch Club at Mae’s Tea Rooms, Uldale at 12pm
A chance to get together for a chat and some yummy food


12th March – Easter Puppet Show at Allhallows Community Centre at 2.30pm

20th March – Stepping Stones Cafe Church, Globe Hall Ireby
Worship in relaxed and informal surroundings with a cuppa

25-26 March – Allhallows Community Centre Art Exhibition

For more events happening in the parish, check out our calendar here, or your latest Binsey Link

Cumbria’s first mission community

Binsey Mission Community

Church leaders have officiated at the first commissioning of a mission community in Cumbria.

The Binsey Mission Community covers 250 square miles, taking in some of the Northern Fells, going up to the Solway Plain and the newly created mission community includes 12 Anglican churches and a Methodist chapel.

More than 40 mission communities are to be formed across Cumbria over the next four years and represent a commitment to the ecumenical God for All strategy. The aim is that every person in the county has an opportunity to discover more of God and God’s purpose for their lives.

The Rev’d Tricia Rogers, the newly appointed mission community leader for Binsey, said: ““It’’s exciting and rejuvenating to think that we will be doing something differently.

“I think everybody knows that this is a spring board. We have already done an awful lot; we have come together as one Parochial Church Council. But the creation of the mission community allows us to go even further forwards and be more intentionally missional. It’s exciting and rejuvenating to think that we will be doing something differently.””

Mission communities will see groups of churches come together as mutually supportive and collaborative hubs of mission and outreach. While the exact make-up may differ from area to area, they will offer a variety of churches and styles and provide opportunities to enable people’s’ gifts and ministries to flourish, establishing new expressions of church alongside the traditional and ensure there is a Christian presence in every place across Cumbria.

Last night church leaders gathered at St Michael and All Angels’, Torpenhow, for a service to commission the Binsey Mission Community. It was led by the Right Rev’d James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle, the Right Rev’d Robert Freeman, Bishop of Penrith, the Rev’d Richard Teal, Chair of the Cumbria Methodist District and the Rev’d Sarah Moore, Area President, Cumbria Area of the NW Synod of the United Reformed Church.

At the service Tricia Rogers was also presented with a letter authorising her appointment as Mission Community leader and a team of local church leaders – both lay and ordained – were commissioned.

It comes four years after the Binsey Team first began to explore and plan for the creation of a mission community and follows the decision last October for the Binsey Team to amalgamate eleven parishes as a single parish structure.

Tricia’s new role as mission community leader will provide strategic support and guidance to the team. Last night those team members were commissioned – the lay local church leaders, the ecumenical clergy and ministry team, lay worship leaders and members of the lay pastoral visitors group.

Bishop James said: “”It is wonderful that such an important marker has been reached with the first commissioning of a mission community in the county. Mission communities represent a real and practical way in which churches can work closely together to bring as many people as possible to know the reality of God. They are a way in which together we can do things differently to ensure a Christian presence across Cumbria.””

Meanwhile a service of celebration has also been held to mark a second mission community in the county. While yet to be commissioned, work is ongoing to explore and plan how the Western Dales Mission Community will develop. The launch celebration was held at St Andrew’s Sedbergh in December.