ITEMS WILL BE REQUIRED for the  various stalls – prizes etc – see below.

GIFT BAGS FOR THE SUMMER FAIR Have you any gift bags left over from presents received?  If so, Angela or Christine would be pleased to have them for the Gift Bag Stall.  Items to go inside these would also be appreciated.

Any items can be left at the Church Room after Sunday services and at during Thursday Coffee.

SUMMER FAIR  –  formerly the Garden Party

The PCC took the decision to book the Village Hall for this event, as it will save the many hours (and muscles!) of preparation/dismantling of previous years.  There has always been a lot of work moving tables, chairs, equipment etc from the Church to the garden, as well as concern about the poor weather which we have suffered in recent years.  Please come along and support us – most of the usual stalls are on offer.

We would like to thank Peter Hardcastle for the use of his garden (and kitchen!) over the past years, and hope he understands our decision.


This popular Saturday morning programme on BBC Radio York visited our Church on the morning of 4 March.  For those who do not hear the programme at all, the presenters have to visit various locations in North Yorkshire following clues given by the ‘Keeper’,  with directions entirely given by listeners phoning in to the studio.

The morning had started in Old Malton, with the first clue taking them to Baldersons’ cafe in Thornton-le-Dale, where they collected the next clue.

“To the east lies the King singing Gospel.
 A voice of one crying in the wilderness

As that night we had got Neil Hardisty coming to sing Elvis gospel songs, that solved the first part of the clue, and the second obviously referred to St John the Baptist.

After various false trails (people suggesting Levisham (!) and Allerston (where there they thought there was a St John’s church), someone phoned in (from Heworth) having solved the clue. Jeremy and Adam duly arrived at Church just after 10am, where Margaret Partington (who had been the contact with Radio York) gave them the next clue. They interviewed Margaret, and Christine and Geoff Derrington (who talked about the Church history) before setting off for Burniston, which is where the trail led them to next. Various other venues in and around Scarborough completed the morning’s trail.

Stephen – An Appreciation

Stephen Roger Drury was born in 1945 at Chesterfield, Derbyshire, only days before VE day, and was referred to as a peace time baby by his parents, Phillip and Edith.

He was educated at Brimington village primary school and Chesterfield Boys’ Grammer School before securing a place to read Law at University College, London.  After completing his law society exams he was articled to Hotter & Sons Solicitors in Chesterfield and moved to Scarborough in 1970 to work with Thorpe and Co until his retirement in 2006.  During his final year at Thorpe & Co, Stephen was accepted for ordination training at Mirfield College of the Resurrection, and was ordained in York Minster in 2007, later completing a Masters in Theology at York St John.

He returned to St John the Baptist Church, East Ayton, where he had worshipped since arriving in Scarborough, first as Curate, then Curate in Charge until January 2015, when he became Priest in Charge of St Columba, Scarborough.

He built up a good relationship with the members of this congregation, and  was a well respected member of the Clergy Chapter.  He was actively involved in various charities and was a member of Scarborough Rotary Club, where his enthusiasm was greatly appreciated.  He had a lifelong love of music, which showed in his playing of the church organ and organising/training the small choir for Christmas and other occasions.

The thoughts and prayers of all members of the congregation of St John the Baptist Church are with Judith, Phillipa & Kev, James & Liz, Rachel, and grandchildren Evie, Rowan and Thomas.

(some thoughts and memories of Stephen are recorded in the centre pages of the December ’16-January ’17 edition of Grapevine  – available at the back of Church for 50p a copy)

Stephen Drury

We were all saddened to hear the news that the Revd Stephen Drury passed away on Sunday 18 September. He had been Vicar of St Columba’s Church since January 2015, and prior to that was Curate in Charge of our Church, but to many of us he had been a friend for many years.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his  family at this time.

A tribute to Stephen will be in the next issue of Grapevine.

William Shakespeare Celebration

William Shakespeare

400 yrs Celebration for Midsummer 2016

on Sat. 25th June in the Church Room

It was a few nights after Midsummer’s Eve but we did have a great evening celebrating the life and work of The Bard of Avon. Thanks to our brilliant author, (William Shakespeare), a talented cast, (Pam, Gordon, Elizabeth, Neil, Cynthia, Christine, Yvonne, Angela, Jean Oxley, Hildegard, Richard, Geraldine, Margaret, Julie & Val), sound expert, (Geoff), providing us with the wonderful music of Mendelssohn and Prokofiev, a host of master chefs (social committee), and a captive audience who joined in enthusiastically, a good time was had by all. Everyone had a go at the quiz with some questions easier than others and one or two difficult photos. The winners were a team of Sheila, Jean and Pam D. There was a great selection of food which we tucked into at the end with a welcome glass of wine. Thanks to everyone who helped. So sorry anyone who missed it! It was a great evening.

(Bottom & TitaniaMidsummer Night’s Dream

played by Neil & Geraldine)

Val Carr

(our grateful thanks to Val for all the hard work she put in to organising this evening, sorting out the Shakespeare quotes, assigning them to the ‘volunteers’ and finding the appropriate music. £174 was a brilliant result from the evening).

The Shakespeare Celebration for Midsummer  was part of our Patronal Festival celebrations—a Coffee Morning held on 18 June was well supported, raising £143, as were the services on Sunday 19 June.

Garden Party Gift Bag Stall

Would you please save your spare Gift Bags to use on the Gift Bag Stall at the Garden Party which will be on 9 July. We would also appreciate items/gifts to go into the Gift Bags if you have any suitable things that you could donate.


Messy Church

We held our first Messy Church on Friday 13th May.  We explored Pentecost together and enjoyed a variety of imaginative crafts.  Numbers were few but the families that came brought children aged between three weeks and seven years old.  All ages learned together, sang together and even danced together.  A big thank you to the team! 

Look out for details of our next Messy Church!

Calling All Walkers

Spring is here and most of us feel we would like to walk more to keep fit and enjoy the fresh air. However, often we cannot join one of the many walking groups because they do not meet on a day we are available or they walk too far or too much driving is involved.

So we hope to start a new group for people who want to be flexible, make last minute decisions to walk, and yet do not like to do so on their own. It is much safer and more fun to have some company (2 or 3 people).  If that applies to you please contact us.

We want your name and telephone number, also the day(s) each week when you might be able to walk if the weather is suitable. Usual duration: maximum one hour.  Meeting place: Ayton (to be arranged)

Please ring Hildegard Smart. 01723 865 010

Lighting and Churchyard Wall

The PCC hope you have appreciated the improved lighting in the Church over the past few weeks. The decision was taken to use a legacy from the late Pauline Powell to install better, brighter lights – a decision of which we are sure she would have approved.

You may have noticed that the wall surrounding the Churchyard is not in a good condition. After many months of applying for grants, getting estimates, acquiring the necessary faculty from York Diocese, etc, we now hope that this work will be completed in the Spring. Please note that it will mean the wild flowers rooted in amongst the stones will have to be removed for the work to be done to specification and keep the wall in good order for many years to come.