||A large, Perpendicular Gothic church,
Parish of Thirsk in the Diocese of York
The Benefice of Thirsk
Rector: Revd. Canon Richard Rowling
St Mary's Church Thirsk: Events
Attic Auction Saturday 16th November at 1.30pm in Church :
For the past week Janice Hall, whose idea it was, and Rob Jacobs, Bill Challoner, Janet & Alan Jenks ,Pat Jones, Mary Smith, Joan & Peter Silver and John Barker have spent most of their time in church dealing with the fantastic assortment of things brought in for the sale. Every time I went into church I was amazed at the organisation and teamwork. No matter how much stuff was brought in –in no matter what sort of container – it was sorted and dealt with and nothing seemed to faze the team- in fact Mary Smith was overheard to tell her fellow workers how much she had enjoyed working with them and how good natured they had all been. As a result of all their hard work the sale goods were ready for inspection at 10.30am on Saturday morning when the prospective buyers began to arrive. By 11.00am the enticing smell of bacon sarnies was wafting up from the Crypt and from then Sue Armstrong, Pat Jones, Joan Silver and Beryl Craig were kept busy serving refreshments. |
“Where did all the stuff come from?!!!” – a question/ exclamation repeated many times by viewers as they surveyed and assessed the vast array of things to be sold at the auction. There were literally thousands of individual items organised into 361 lots which the splendid auctioneer, Tony Thomson, began selling at 1.30pm sharp and dealt with in under 2 hours - he even managed to auction the Rector for £60! But that was not the end of the auction as everyone had until 5.0pm to pay their dues and find/collect their items. At this point our treasurer Gwyn Jones, Mary Smith and Janet Jenks dealt with the money and inevitable, essential paperwork whilst other team members helped buyers find their purchases. Some of us weren’t sure what we had bought as sometimes lots were put together in order to be sold but eventually it all seemed to be sorted and during all this time the ladies kept serving refreshments.
The sale of goods prior to it and the actual auction and refreshments made a grand total of £2160. As with any auction there were items that did not sell but these were very quickly gathered up and packed into the big auction van for delivery to the local auction mart for sale on Tuesday. With any luck their sale will bring in a little more money for church funds.
(If any of you noticed the big ‘Attic Auction’ banner opposite Tesco’s this was thanks to Heather Davidson-with help from Don Cowan- who borrowed and adapted Rotary’s firework banner.)
Exhibitions Information :
|MARGARET Hunton, our Tourism Officer, has been organizing Exhibitions in Saint Mary's church for many years. The Wildlife Photography & Art Exhibition was her last this year -but she is already planning next year's! |
EASTER FLOWERS & EASTER GARDEN
The floral cross was created by Doreen Corner one of the dedicated flower arrangers with whom Saint Mary's church is blessed. We are grateful for donations to the Flower Fund and our flower arrangers are very happy to create floral tributes.
MODELS EXHIBITION-Saturday 4th May to Saturday 11th May. This was a display of models made by enthusiasts many of whom obtained their materials from The Artist's Palette. However when the exhibition was advertised more exhibitors came forward.
Wendy Gibson-Brown and her students held their fourth Art Exhibition from May 27th until Saturday 8th June.
From Saturday 17th August to Saturday, 31st August it was Nathaniel Dargue and Amy Smith's WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY & ART EXHIBITION. Nathaniel, an enthusiastic wildlife photographer, aged 17, used to be a member of the church's Ark Club. His girl friend Amy, aged 16,is an artist.
And Finally- From Saturday November 30th to Sunday 8th December there will be an exhibition of ‘A DECADE of DECORATIVE DELIGHTS'Celebrating 10 Community Christmas Exhibitions.
ADMISSION to EXHIBITIONS :
|Admission to all exhibitions is free but donations to church funds are welcome. Thanks to Volunteer 'Welcomers' Church is open daily 10.00am to 4.00pm and after Morning Service on Sunday until 4.00pm from April until the end of October. The Crypt is open in the Welcome Season every Monday from 10.00am for refreshments and soup lunches. On Bank Holiday Mondays there is a wonderful selection of large cakes, cup cakes, quiches, scones and sandwiches. |
St. Mary's as an Exhibition, Concert and Recital Venue :
|St. Mary's is an excellent Exhibition Venue because of its location, beauty, size, acoustics and wonderful new lighting. Some Organisations have used it for years for Special Services, Concerts and Recitals. We believe the recently installed augmentary lighting has added greatly to the quality of the venue and we hope this will attract more 'bookings'. |
Margaret Hunton, our Tourism Officer, has been organising at least three exhibitions every year for the past many years. If you are interested in putting on an exhibition in St. Mary's Church please contact her on 01845 524904.
To arrange Recitals, Concerts or Special Services you may contact the Media Officer on 01845 523247 but email communications are preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org
Items Always Welcome for ‘Bring and Buy’ Stalls
|The‘Bring and Buy’ stall at the 2012 Christmas exhibition raised about £140. Half the money went to Thirsk Clock to help young people alone at Christmas. We shall continue to hold these events so please bear this in mind when you're cleaning, decluttering or looking for homes for unwanted items. St. Mary's will be delighted to take them off your hands and store them until such time as they are required. Contributions may be left in church or contact the Media Officer if you need items collected.|
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