Remembrance Day in Killinghall

On Friday 11th November 2022 Killinghall C of E School came to church to mark their respects. The church was packed and the children were holding their poppies high. To mark the silence one of the parents, Duncan Morrell, played the Last Post on his trumpet.

Amy Woodforde-Finden Festival

What a wonderful, successful weekend we have had in the village!

So many different people were involved in our Amy Woodforde-Finden Music Festival from musicians local and nationally renowned, villagers of all ages, artists, flower arrangers, guest musicians to name but a few.

Around 200 people enjoyed the music of Friday and Saturday. First came the charismatic Patricia Hammond, who gave an informative and entertaining song recital on Friday evening. She has a beautiful, mellow voice which is ideally suited to the songs of the Edwardian era.

You can see Patricia on YouTube singing ‘Till I wake’ with Thomas Flessenkaemper accompanying her on the piano.

On Saturday, we had a varied concert of Amy Woodforde-Finden’s music featuring instrumental music, vocal solos and trios. After wine and canapes the festival culminated in an excellent, dramatic performance of Amy’s ‘Pagoda of Flowers’.

The whole weekend was the vision of our Director of Music, Thomas Flessenkaemper, who worked tirelessly over the last few months to bring this all together.

Altogether, a successful weekend which brought our community together, whether they be church goers or not. Visitors came from around the country to be part of the audience.
Thank you for supporting us in our inaugural music festival. If you were unable to do so this time, please watch out for our next venture and come and be part of it or come and support us. You are all very welcome.

Written by Gill Hart

Queen Elizabeth II

The full set of muffled bells was playing between 10.00 and 11.00am on Monday 19th September for the funeral Queen Elizabeth II.
Please remember to sign the book of condolence, which will eventually be sent to London, along with many others from churches across the country. God save the King!


Our Churchwardens at Killinghall, Sue Macdonald and Fiona Pepper; and our Hampsthwaite Churchwarden, Beth Wickenden, were all installed in their position for the next 12 months as the Archdeacon’s Visitation Service at St Peter’s on Monday 25th July.

Here they are with Reverend Suzy

Jubilee Weekend Activities

Benefice Jubilee Weekend. Please join us.

Thursday 2nd June 7.45pm Bell Ringing for Her Majesty

Saturday 4th June 1.30pm Coffee and Cake in Killinghall Church and a Street Party in Hampsthwaite Church Car Park!

Sunday 5th June 9.30 Killinghall Jubilee service and 11.00 Hampsthwaite Jubilee Service, wear red, white and blue and stay for refreshments afterwards. Crown activities for children.

Birstwith 6.30pm Evening Service of Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer.

Welcome to our new Musical Director

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed a new Musical Director, organist and choir master, whose name is Thomaz Flessenkaemper. We invite you to meet him in Hampsthwaite Community room on Saturday 2nd April at 6pm where we will serve drinks and nibbles. If you can’t make the evening, then do come along to one of our Holy Communion services 9.30am Birstwith or 11.00am Hampsthwaite on Sunday 3rd and hear him play and meet him afterwards. We look forward to many musical and exciting events in the years ahead!!

Reverend Suzy’s Installation Service

We were delighted to be able, at last, to formally welcome Reverend Suzy and her family to the Benefice at an induction service held on 28th July. With a few sensible precautions in place, the service went ahead in the newly-repaired Killinghall church and was attended by members of the three churches together with Killinghall’s patron, Sir Thomas Ingilby, and representatives of the diocese and the villages. Presided over by Bishop Helen-Ann, it was a welcome return to worship with singing, beautifully supported by a joint benefice choir.

For anyone who’s never attended an induction service, it’s a mixture of warmth and humour, symbolism and ceremony (or at least, this one was). Robert Smith, from Suzy’s previous parish, gave a delightful speech about her as he, in effect, handed over to us; Suzy received a symbolic bunch of keys by the wardens, placed her hand upon the church door and even had the unenviable task of ringing the church bell which, as everyone at Killinghall knows, is no mean feat (but she managed it with apparent ease).

It was lovely to see members of our retired clergy who have supported our churches so well during the vacancy and to hear the kind words of the representatives of the Methodist chapel and WI and our patron. Even though we weren’t able to have any real social time in the church after the service, it still felt as though we, as a united benefice, had finally said a proper (and long overdue) welcome to Suzy, Brendan, Kathryn and David.


Our famous snowdrops

Bang on time, at 9.00am on a very lovely Saturday 17 February morning a coach arrived at St Thomas a Becket Church filled with 44 Dutch Galanthophiles (snowdrop enthusiasts) on a garden tour from the Netherlands. They had come specifically to see the snowdrops in the churchyard! When I asked Hanneke, the leader of the group, how she knew about our display, she said she had found us on the internet!!!

The visitors

Never have the snowdrops been so photographed, as were the Mousey Thompson mice on the lychgates. The visitors took the opportunity to look around the whole of the churchyard, to sit on the benches overlooking the river, and to explore our wonderful church which all looked absolutely wonderful that morning. The visitors were so complimentary – I felt very proud to be part of our church and village.

Jud Charlesworth

Festive Family Fun Day

The weather outside was miserable but inside the church at Killinghall was warm and filled with festive cheer on Saturday 1st December for a family fun day.
Children from the village gathered to make festive crafts in the morning. The floor was carpeted with a layer of glitter as the children decorated Christmas cards, gingerbread biscuits and baubles.
More people joined at lunchtime for hot dogs and delicious soup followed by carols round the Christmas tree. A delicious afternoon tea rounded the day off.
There was a tombola, cake stall, sweet tree stall (with all proceeds going to Great Ormond Street Hospital), a raffle and a name the teddy competition.
The day was organised by members of the congregation who baked cakes, cooked warming soup and made delicious sandwiches.
It really was a fabulous day and lovely to see the church alive with laughter and festive cheer.
The day raised a total of £400 for the church.
More Christmas activities will take place throughout December in all four churches. Keep an eye on the upcoming events page for more information.