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A message from Rev. Anna Burr

Dear Friends

As we enter another period of lockdown, I thought I would just update you on what is happening in our benefice. We are not currently allowed to worship in church buildings, but that doesn’t stop us worshipping God, who longs to welcome us into his presence anytime and anywhere, to find grace and strength to help us in our times of need.

It’s not easy for any of us, just at the moment. I guess we were all missing spending time with our friends and family before the new restrictions came in, and now it is all so much harder. But this virus is merciless, and we must do all we can to keep ourselves and everyone else safe.

It’s also a time of immense instability in the world, especially difficult as we come to this season of Remembrance for those who have died in the service of our nation. As I write there is no definitive outcome of the US election and the news coming from there is not good, with threats of legal proceedings if the election result is disputed. Please join me in praying for a peaceful outcome that will be for the benefit, not just of the whole population of the USA,  but also for the rest of the world. And please do pray for our Government and their advisors; this is a very strange and difficult time, and the well-being of the whole nation must be a heavy burden to bear.

During the next few weeks, we hope to post online services on the St Mary’s website. There is one for this Sunday, an Act of Remembrance based on the service we would have had in Church. Next Sunday there will be a Family Service produced by Janys Cliff.

Also on the website, you will find an outline for Daily Prayer for the season between All Saints and the start of Advent. If you would like to try a daily act of worship then this might help! There is also a selection of prayers published by the Church of England to help us all pray for our nation and each other, during this difficult period. I hope they are helpful. If you can think of anyone else who would value a copy of either of these, please do print one off and pass it on.

No-one knows just at the moment how Churches will be able to celebrate Christmas, but if you have any positive suggestions, please do pass them on! Pandemic or not, we must still celebrate the amazing truth that God sent his only Son into the world to be with us, to show us the true self-giving nature of God, and to save us from ourselves and all the messes we get ourselves into! That is worth celebrating!

Hope you are well,

Wishing you God’s richest blessing and encouragement,


[Please click on the links highlighted in RED to access the material referred to]

Hambleton C of E Primary School Collective Worship

An open letter to all parents and carers of pupils at Hambleton Primary School from Janys Cliff our Lay Reader.


“You will know that, as Lay Reader for Saint Mary’s Church Hambleton, I usually attend Hambleton Church of England school, once a week, to lead Collective Worship. However, due to the Covid 19 regulations I can no longer do this for the time being.

Consequently I am sending a short, recorded, Harvest Service to the school, which will be shared by each class in their bubble.                                                                              

If you are interested in watching this service it is available here

Blessings to everyone

Janys Cliff



In the recording you will see scarecrows from last year’s competition. You might see the same ones this year, wearing a Covid 19 mask, stood 2 metres apart in the church grounds!

Please note that it is now possible to access Collective Worship Services both from the Home Page Menu and from this Page   [Post updated 21st October 2020]

Opening for Public Worship

We are pleased to announce that from July 19th, St Mary’s Church will be open for Public Worship when we plan to have a short service of quiet prayer at 3.30pm. This feels like a very big step, especially after so many weeks of lockdown. Going into lockdown felt strange, but I think many of us eventually got used to it. Human beings are very adaptable – that’s one of the main reasons there are so many of us! However, coming out of lockdown is so much more complicated!

We have had to make some changes to the way we run St Mary’s so we can do our best to keep people safe. To comply with social distancing guidelines we will be able to welcome 23 people to services at a time. Please do feel welcome, but if more people arrive we will ask you to return on a different Sunday. There will be a one way system in place in church, and there will be help on hand if you find it confusing. We’ve tried our best to make it straightforward. There will be hand sanitiser, which we will ask you to use on your way in and out. Sadly we aren’t allowed to sing in church yet. There will be new service leaflets which we will ask you to keep and bring with you when you come again.

St Mary’s has been deep cleaned in preparation for re-opening and we are really looking forward to starting up again.

We plan to have services of Holy Communion at 9.15 on July 26th, August 1st and August 8th.

We will continue to make recorded services available for those unable to come to church. We plan to record the services as they happen in church and then make them available after the event.

We plan to also be ready to offer the church for funeral services, though numbers will be limited to 30, 30 is better than the 10 currently allowed at crematoria. We will not be able to sing, but we will be able to remember loved ones together and commend them to God.

Baptisms and weddings will also be possible, subject to similar restrictions on numbers. So, if you would like to arrange and funeral, wedding or baptism, please do get in touch:

Rev Anna Burr 01757 270325

Dated: 8th July 2020

Please NOTE: The above may be subject to amendment if Government Advice changes.

Further information is available here

Archbishop Sentamu

Since it’s not been possible to hold the service of celebration and thanksgiving for the ministry of Archbishop Sentamu that had been planned for the weekend marking his retirement, the Diocese released a video on Friday evening 5th June 2020 offering recollections, messages of gratitude and a blessing on us as a diocese from the Archbishop himself.

We have been asked to share this with our congregations and encourage them to watch if they can; it will also be available via the diocesan Facebook page and Twitter feed. As the Archbishop and Margaret go with our thanks and our love, please do continue to hold them both in prayer.

Thanksgiving and celebration for the Ministry as 97th Archbishop of York of Dr John Sentamu from Diocese of York on Vimeo.

Further, just a reminder that they will both be taking part in the 8.00am Act of Worship that will be broadcast across our BBC Local Radio stations on Sunday morning 7th June 2020 ( and the Church of England national online service for Trinity Sunday that will premiere at 9.00am that morning.

Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid Week

Please don’t forget that this is Christian Aid Week and although we can’t meet for coffee as we usually would, we can still support their important work among the poorest people of the world. If you would like to join us for a virtual ‘coffee and chat’ please do using this link: click here to join – we meet at 11am and have a chat, pray together and we really enjoy seeing one another!

The Prayer Sheet for our Prayer Meeting can be printed from  here


If you would like to make a donation to Christian Aid there are several ways to do this either:

call 020 7523 2269 to donate by telephone. 
For details on how to pay money directly into the Christian Aid bank account please call 020 7523 2226.
Rev Anna Burr
Priest in Charge Hambleton, Haddlesey and Birkin, Carlton and Drax

Website to Host Benefice Services

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Benefice of Carlton & Drax

The Benefice of Haddlesey, Hambleton & Birkin


Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of 23rd March, the Archbishops wrote to clergy in support of the measures   This support was repeated  on 27 March,  Our churches are now closed both for private worship and public services and we look for ways to enable our church communities to continue to engage at this difficult and challenging time in the life of the nation and the world.

The Website of The Church of St Mary, Hambleton is now being used to enable access to all worship material together with Services which will take place for the foreseeable future. Services will be led by Revd Anna Burr; Revd Becky Allright or Janys Cliff, our Lay Reader here in Hambleton.

A new Menu Tab ‘Benefice Services’ has been added to our Main Menu found at the top right of our screen.

Benefice Services Menu

Using that menu will allow access to all worship material and Services. Occasionally Services may be more ‘specific’ to either Benefice, but we encourage you to join those as well.

‘Hovering’ over The Top Menu ‘BENEFICE SERVICES‘ will cause the ‘BENEFICE SERVICE’ Menu to appear and in turn that will reveal the two subsequent menu’s.

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CLICKING on The Top Menu will reveal the Benefice Services Page where all such Services will be presented in a selectable list. Clicking on Benefit Service will reveal the next ‘posted’ Service.

Revd Becky’s Mid Week Reflections are available through the ‘Carlton and Drax’ Menu.

An experience to share

Friday 20th March 2020 – 10am

As we all deal with the necessary changes to the way we must live for the months to come and the implications of  ‘Social distancing‘; for the first time in five days I walked, ever conscious of the advice with which we all should comply.  I took my camera; in truth I’m not certain why.   As I stood looking around and at the village and community in which I have lived for over 35 years, I understood.

My camera provided the means and LiveLent the quiet peace of mind.

For years The Hough was covered in Scots Pines and Larch – a ‘wooded mound’ perched at the bottom of the Vale of York.  They were cut down to be replaced by native broadleaf trees of past times. Now planted in great numbers tips of green are beginning to appear as nature springs eternal.  As they grow, so the view will diminish and change.

Please enjoy my view from the top of Hambleton Hough and click here to watch the video on YouTube.