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Special services 2016
Social events in 2016
Christmas 2015
Social events in 2015
150th Celebrations
Parish Hall


Social events and celebrations - 2017, 2018 and 2019


Spring Fair - 3rd June

Visit to Holme Cultram, Abbeytown - 15th August

Harvest Festival - 1st October

Honouring Sarah Ann Clarke and the laying of the foundation stone - 11th October

Christmas Tree Festival - 8th December


Lunch-time Concerts

Charles Edmondson, our organist and choir master has continued to organise concerts in St Paul's throughout the year, which are preceded by a lunch provided by the Social Committee.  The programmes are varied and the events well supported and appreciated.


A visit to Ripon - 4th October

What should have been a beautiful, autumnal, morning drive over the Pennines to hear Charlesís lunch-time organ recital in Ripon Cathedral actually turned out to be a gloomy, rainy, cloudy trek until, just past the 1440-ft summit of the A66 and shortly before a welcome coffee break in unexpectedly luxurious surroundings, the sun broke through and the world turned to rights. What wasnít quite so good was the time taken to serve coffee etc. to the thirsty travellers but we all soon received our refreshment.

Ripon was sunny and dry and 47 of us found adequate further sustenance to ensure we reached the cathedral in good spirits. Our coming had caused additional seating to be put out in the Choir area and we were soon immersed in Charlesís delightful performance. Of particular interest in view of the discussions surrounding the future of the St. Paulís organ were the mechanics of it, starting with a substantial movable console which had been rolled back into the Choir from the nave area and our seating (behind the organist) which permitted a full view of the gymnastics required from the performer. Riponís instrument has 4 manual keyboards, 2 foot consoles and some 50 stops so the writer (who had never seen at close quarters and from this angle our own instrument being played) was amazed at what is needed. I marvelled at the ability to stroke the keys at 4 levels, the almost cross-ankled movements of the feet and legs and the control needed to ensure that a nimble page-turner was present and turning in the right place and at the right time. Mentally and physically exhausting.

The above tended to overshadow for me the skill displayed by Charles in interpreting the scores but the copious and most apposite programme notes guided us to listen attentively and to appreciate the interpretation. It was totally delightful.

It was also wonderful to see the reception accorded to Charles (who lived and sang in Ripon for so many years) by his old friends at the Cathedral and to note the size of the audience for this performance and the warmth of this welcome.

After an interesting and rewarding recital, we had time for a further walk around the interesting city and a non-stop drive home (during which the rain resumed) to a soggy Grange-over-Sands. Thank you to Charles for the recital and for organising the coach and the coffee stop, not to mention his letter of welcome to the charming city of Ripon which was read out and appreciated by all on the coach.

Christmas Fair - 1st December

Christmas Tree Festival - 6th December