Flowers for Mothering Sunday

As a part of our celebration of Mothering Sunday (14th March this year – it is fixed as the 4th Sunday in Lent) all three of our churches distributed flowers.

At St Mary’s in Bradley, a potted plant was delivered to members, while St John’s took daffodils.  St Andrew’s in Kildwick took a different approach and, following local publicity, placed bunches of daffodils in the church porch and invited all members of the community to take flowers from their Mother Church.

Based on the fact that they were all gone, well before lunch, this appears to have been a popular move!  I hope that many people were blessed.

“Mothering Sunday”, unlike the American “Mothers’ Day” which happens in May, is historically a time when people gathered at their Mother Church.  It was not an exclusive celebration of mothers.

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An Award for the MiniRingers

The Award presentation imageA great evening last night on Zoom!

It was the ART Awards Night.

The Association of Ringing Teachers awards don’t come with golden statues, but they are highly regarded in ringing circles and they do come with a certificate and a cheque!

This year, of course, it took place on Zoom (so attendance was good!) There were some remarkable nominations in a wide variety of categories – amazing people doing amazing things. The Kildwick MiniRingers were nominated in the Youth category. I’m just pleased that we didn’t have to compete with some of the others!

The Sarah Beacham Youth Award is in memory of a lass who I rang with on several occasions who died in a motor accident some years ago. We were up against a number of other groups – the most impressive of which is a school in Guernsey which has, to a significant degree, incorporated bell ringing into their curriculum. They shared the prize with us.

This was a truly international affair. As prize winners, we shared the platform with the couple from the West Coast of the USA who invented the remarkable Ringing Room software that we are all using during this lockdown. There was another lady from Australia who has developed a community that uses Ringing Room to ring with others, regardless of where they are. The St Martin’s Guild from Birmingham won the award for inspiring leadership and the Learning the Ropes Achievement Award was won by a 9 year-old, Donny Brock from Roos in East Yorkshire. There were several others!

The cash prizes aren’t enormous (our £400 was the second highest of the night). I think I value the certificate just as highly! We will have to decide on a fitting use for this prize that will benefit present and future MiniRingers.

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Re-opening the KCB churches for public worship

We’re looking at re-opening – the KCB churches have always sought to be cautious regarding Coronavirus so that we are all as protected from infection as possible.

In the light of the fact that the ‘stay at home’ message is staying in place and that infection rates in this area are still relatively high, the Church Council is proposing no major change to our current arrangements for the time being, the exception being that St Mary’s church in Bradley will be open for private prayer on Sundays at 9.30am from 14th March.

14th March is Mothering Sunday.

Each church is planning a distribution of flowers – a gift from the “Mother Church”.
At St Mary’s and St John’s, these will be delivered to members of the congregation.
In Kildwick, the flowers will be in the porch; a free gift to anyone in the community who regards St Andrews’s as their spiritual home.

Our plans for Holy Week remain online.  There will be a service of Compline on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.  On Maundy Thursday there will be an online Communion service in the evening.  Some details about these are here.

Good Friday will be marked with a service of the Stations of the Cross at 2.00pm and on Holy Saturday (a day of waiting and watching), there is no service.

On Easter Day

We can at last begin to meet in person!
Provided the Government restrictions remain as they are, all three churches will be open for a service.  At 9.30am, Julie will be at St Mary’s in Bradley and at 11.00am she will preside at St Andrew’s, Kildwick while the Methodist Circuit provides the leadership at St John’s.

After Easter

We shall hope to revert to the service plan with a service every Sunday in each church.
In Bradley, that’s at 9.30;
In Cononley they meet at 11.00
At Kildwick the service flits from one time to the other.

We are taking a conservative approach but we’re delighted that we can be more positive about the future and we look forward to seeing you!
For the time being, we will still need to preserve social distancing and to wear masks during services.

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March Magazine

The March Pinnacle CoverThe March magazine is ready!  There were an encouraging number of articles in the postbag – so many that I’ve held over some for April (and maybe even May!).

We made sure that publication was held back till after the PCC meeting yesterday (23rd February).  Perhaps the headline from the meeting is that our churches will be re-opening on Easter Day.

Some fascinating articles.  One was prompted by a Facebook discussion.  Others follow a suggestion made after an online Sunday service.

We hear about separating teabags – and of Pudding’s flight into the wild.  Plenty here to read over your morning cuppa.  Enough, even, to warrant a bikkie!

Read it here during March – or visit the archive on the old Kildwick site once the next edition is out in April.

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PCC Meeting

Not, perhaps, the most enthralling item on your social calendar – but the PCC (Parocial Church Council) will be meeting on Tuesday next (23rd February).  It will, of course, be a “remote” meeting, via the invaluable Zoom.

Don’t expect the fireworks which made that notorious Council meeting go viral!
The more notable items on the agenda include a discussion about how – and when – we can begin safely to re-open our church buildings.  There seems to be a growing head of steam to have the churches open for Holy Week and Easter.

There will be a number of the usual “maintenance” matters – probably concerning all three church buildings – as well as the much bigger issue of the return of St Andrew’s into the life of the community around Kildwick and Farnhill.

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Magazine out!

The Pinnacle by Philip PriestlyThe February magazine is now ready.  The front cover features a particularly fine image of the Pinnacle by Philip Priestley and inside you’ll find everything from geese to penguins; and from 1918 to 2021!

Read this magazine on the old Kildwick website at

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Locked down again

Following the announcement of a further period of national lockdown, with heavy hearts, we have decided that it is right to suspend public worship in our church buildings for now. We expect to review this decision in 6 weeks’ time.

For now, Sunday worship will continue via Zoom at 10am, and via the KCB Parish Facebook page for Evening Prayer at 4pm. Additionally, Morning and Evening Prayer will continue via Facebook  on Mondays to Thursdays at 9am and 4.30pm.

For details of how to access the Zoom services, please contact Julie Bacon

Please do your bit to help suppress the spread of the virus by staying at home and minimizing your physical social interactions. But do keep in touch with each other, and with friends and neighbours!
A phone call, text or e-mail can really help us to stay connected with each other.

And if you need clergy support, don’t hesitate to contact Julie Bacon.  She will always be happy to have a chat and to pray with you.

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Have you done the Carol Hunt yet?

keen carollersWe’ve already heard of one family who have – and they sang all the carols with (mostly) the right words!  This was in Kildwick and Farnhill, but there’s another in Bradley and one in Cononley.

If you’re looking for a walk with the children this holiday, why not pick up a leaflet from the church porch and try it! For Cononley or Bradley, go to the village shop.

Happy carolling!

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Zooming in for Christmas

TChristmas Carolshere are two open Zoom services coming up!

The first is our Carol Service which takes place on 20th December at 5.00pm.



The second one is a late-night “watch” into the beginning of Christmas.  Join us
at  11.30pm on Christmas Eve for

“This Holy Night”



You’ll need the code to get in.  Send a message to Julie Bacon to request the code.  Be sure that you say which event you want the code for!!

The service booklets are available here:
KCB@Home Zoom Carol Service 20th Dec 20
KCB@Home ‘This Holy Night’ 11.30pm Christmas Eve 2020

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Got your walking boots on?

Carol Board 1We are getting close to launching the KCB Cristmas Carol Hunt!

From Saturday 12th December or Sunday 13th in Bradley you’ll be able to walk around your village (Kildwick/Farnhill, Cononley and Bradley), hunting down a set of carol boards.

They all have a bit of the Christmas story – and a YouTube carol to download and sing along!

Information is here…

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