Why not join St. Lawrence’s Church Tower Challenge in Aid of Organ Restoration Project, June 30th or July 1st?

Cartoon depicting images of the stone carvings talking about a fund raising effort on behalf of the Church Restoration Fund. People can abseil down the church tower

Here’s a chance for an adventure for a good cause.

Looking for some adventure this Summer? Things to do in Cumbria in June and July now got more exciting and more charitable. If you want you can join St. Lawrence’s Church Tower Challenge in Aid of  the Church Organ Restoration Project on June 31st and July 1st.  Furthermore there’ll be an Open Gardens event and refreshments at Crosby Ravensworth Village Hall. You can enjoy these carvings of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert amongst others on this lovely old church. See if you can find the mouse!

What a lovely instrument it is! Its music is very fine. I remember pumping the bellows manually once when the automatic bellows failed, for my father who was then church organist to play. Phew, was that hard work! Thank goodness for the electric air pump.

Frontal view of the church organ. Funds are being raised to restore the organ at St. Lawrence's Church Crosby Ravensworth.

Funds are being raised to restore the organ at St. Lawrence’s Church Crosby Ravensworth. You can be part of the Church’s historic restoration.


The Mothering Sunday service this year will be at 5.00 pm at the Methodist Chapel. We hope to see you there.


Daffodil in flower

We are now in Lent

Hello all

I’d like to draw your attention to two things:

First.  We have a service on Sunday (23rd) at 11.00 am.  This is Communion by Extension, which I am leading, and I would love to see you there.  We are in the season of Lent when, among other things, we should be preparing ourselves for the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection.  It would be good if you can take time to join us on Sunday to do just that.

Second.  I hope that we all care about the running of our church, both spiritually and practically.  Those who do, should meet in the Upper Room of the V.Hall on Thursday, April 10th at 7.30 pm for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.  This meeting receives reports of all activities in the last year and makes plans for the future.  Do come along and find out what is happening!

David Jones (Reader)

PS David is now taking more responsibility for CR,MM and Reagill, which is of great help and encouragement to the PCC. Stewart is still the Vicar but as he is wearing more hats, he needs more back up too.

Crosby Ravensworth C of E Primary School 50th Anniversary Exhibition in November

at St Lawrence Church, CR


School Exhibition open in St Lawrence’s:

Saturday Nov 16th 10am – 4pm

Sunday Nov 17th 11am onwards, ending with Songs of Praise at 6.30pm with the Vicar, Stewart Fyfe, and some of your favourite hymns.


If you can do a stint for an hour on either day or help with setting up, please let Jill know [715496]


IDEAS in church

¨      We hope to create a 1950’s classroom on the bottom of the Tower area in church

¨      Mother and Toddler group putting on a display

¨      Lyvennet Nursery putting on a display

¨      School has made a 1960’s village – see n at CR show and summer school  reunion – to go on display

¨      Big banners to join the two in church


Also on display:

¨      34 page record of the 500 plus children who have passed through the school in the last 50 years

¨       Over 30 official school photographs showing many pupils and staff, complete with names.

¨      Collection of scrap books, photo albums and more belonging to school and various people

¨      David Risk to set up a rolling slide show produced by school for the summer celebration

¨      Exhibition of CR Brownies, who met in school: Toadstool from the Archive and other memorabilia from Mrs Rosemary Kitching

¨      Other ideas which are being worked up



 Kitty Smith has kindly offered to organise refreshments in the V.Hall:

Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm

Sunday 11.30am – 4.30pm


All baking donations welcome:  contact Kitty on 01931 715375



great auction of Gifts and Promises

Items for auction of Gifts and Promises


Please find attached  details of the CR  C of E Primary School Exhibition to help to mark their 50th Anniversary in church November 16/17

I am sure Jill would appreciate it if you could advertise it far and wide.

It seems too good an opportunity to miss to thank you all for supporting our great auction of Gifts and Promises last Friday Oct 25th.

CR PCC Secretary Alex Barbour introducing the auction

CR PCC Secretary Alex Barbour introducing the auction

We received messages of good wishes from those outwith the parish who couldn’t come and then about 55 folk turned out to help us raise a staggering £2,000. It was a really good, convivial evening too thanks to hard work from Ruth Tuer on the Bar, Jill and Karen Winder on the door, Kath Hamilton and Jean Bailey in the kitchen, Derek Raine acting as a very effective Auctioneer aided by Treasurer David Graham, Sass Robertson and Alex Barbour showing the lots plus many others who had helped beforehand.

Auction items

… more nice auction items

So after this summer of scaffold and top class craftsmen’s work, we are happy to be able to worship in, and use, a dry St Lawrence; we are beginning to regroup and get ready to move on into the next year when we tackle some form of effective, and not astronomically expensive heating, approval from the Diocese not withstanding.

Hope to see you over Nov 16/17 weekend.

Alex Barbour

£2000 raised for eco-friendly heating for our Church

£2000 raised for eco-friendly heating for our Church

Auction of Gifts & Promises

October 25, 2013

in aid of 

Crosby Ravensworth, St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence's Church Crosby Ravensworth

Limited edition print of ‘St. Lawrence’s Church, Crosby Ravensworth under The Great Bear constellation’ at A3 size will be one of the items auctioned, with a starting price of £15

Viewing from 6.00pm with bar and nibbles

main sale 7.30pm in

Crosby Ravensworth Village Hall

Auctioneer:  Derek Raine

All proceeds to St. Lawrence’s Church, to keep us going for another 12 months.

Examples of gifts/promises offered so far:

Highland beef from Hewitt’s of Bank Head

Tea for two at Sharrow Bay

Original painting by Betsy Bell

Isle of Jura Whisky

Vista Veg voucher

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway family ticket

Day’s felt making with Deb Esterhuizen

Shap Chippy voucher

Sunday lunch for two at the Butcher’s Arms

and so much more…

there’s still time to send in a promise or any good but unwanted items

Hope to see you all there–great for picking up those early Christmas gifts!

Catalogue available by email beforehand on application to alex@ydfc.co.uk

or by mail with an s.a.e. to Alex Barbour, Castlehowe Scar, Shap, Penrith, CA10 3LG

Sealed bids for those unable to attend also taken.

St. Lawrences Church Crosby Ravensworth in Spring, with daffodils and Cherry blossom. C. Paxton Photo

St. Lawrences Church Crosby Ravensworth in Spring. C. Paxton Photo

For April and early May service schedule please click  http://www.morlandchurch.org.uk/services/april%20services%202013.pdf