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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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What we are doing

[Last updated: Wednesday 1st March 2022]

We are being Guided by The Church of England which is examining the latest advice from Government and Public Health England and we will update our website as is necessary.


Face Coverings

We hope you will wish to respect our continuing efforts to keep all who visit us safe.     Whilst  there is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering in any setting,  the Guidance is that  face coverings are worn in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet. 

St Mary’s is pleased to welcome you to our regular worship on Sundays. We hope you will wish to respect our continuing efforts to keep all who visit us safe and will wear a face covering whilst entering and leaving the Church when requested to do so.

When preparing our building for re-opening we  undertook risk assessments in accordance with Guidance issued to us by The Church of England.  We will continue to review and assess for so long as the pandemic continues. Copies of the relevant documents are available here.  We are required to reconsider our assessments after each use of the building and therefore it may be that the assessment will change.   Whilst we are no longer required to keep records of visitors to assist NHS Trace and Track it will remain possible to register your attendance using the NHS Covid-19 App. The relevant Data Protection COVID-19 Privacy Notice is also available through the link.

Please click here to see the latest advice from the Church of England.

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