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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




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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

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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.

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Crosby Ravensworth Village Hall [Road Access via Shap or Orton Scar]
Saturday July 23rd 2011
10.00 – midday
Preview Friday 22nd 7 – 8 pm Entrance £2.50 [children £1] includes coffee and home-made biscuits Raffle [donations gratefully received]
All proceeds towards Heat Our Parish church [HOP] fund

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Day Venue Time Service
Palm Sunday
April 17th
Thrimby 9.15 a.m. Holy Communion
Morland, Village Hall 10.30 for 11.00 a.m. Procession with donkey
to Atom in Church
Crosby Ravensworth 6.30 p.m. United in Chapel
April 18th
Thrimby 7.30 p.m. Taizé
April 19th
Morland 7.30 p.m. Cantata and Compline
April 20th
Great Strickland
Village Hall
5.30 p.m. Complete reading of St Matthew’s Gospel, with breaks for tea and dinner
Maundy Thursday
April 21st
Great Strickland 7.30 p.m. Holy Communion and foot-washing
Good Friday
April 22nd
Bolton 2.00 p.m. Vigil at the foot of the Cross
Easter Eve
April 23rd
Crosby Ravensworth 7.30 p.m. New Fire and Vigil.
Bring something to make a loud noise.
Easter Day
April 24th
Bolton, All Saints 9.15 a.m. United Holy Communion with the Rector and the Archdeacon.
Crosby Ravensworth 11.00 a.m. Holy Communion with the Archdeacon
Morland 11.00 a.m. Holy Communion with the Rector
Cliburn 6.30 p.m. Joint songs of praise

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April 13th AGCM [Crosby Ravensworth Village Hall upstairs 7.30]
April 23rd Easter Vigil [7.30 St. Lawrence’s Church]
April 24th Easter Sunday [with Archdeacon Kevin 11.00am]
May 10th Archdeacon’s Visitation 7.30pm
May 21st May fair with primary school [all day at school]
July 3rd Open Gardens and Teas [Crosby Ravensworth Village Hall]
July 23rd Vintage clothes and accessories sale with coffee morning [Crosby Ravensworth Village Hall]
August 25th Crosby Show

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St. Lawrence's Church Crosby Ravensworth - Bell Ringers

St. Lawrence's Church Crosby Ravensworth - Christmas Service

As those of you who joined us for a lovely and very well-attended Carol Service before Christmas will remember, more lights went off than we had intended when planning the magical, candle-lit ambiance!

The electrics and audio system in church have been entirely up-graded this last year and are now fully within safety regulations. The original wires were damp as were most under the stone floors. Richard Dakin with Andrew Brass [Westmorland Electrics] did a great job renewing them all in armour-plated cable.

However, the reason everything went pop at that service was that we over-burdened the system using plug-in electric heaters, power for the organ and finally I tipped the balance by switching on the urn to keep the mulled wine warm. Typical.

But your response was as positive as it has been all along – the unaccompanied carol singing was wonderfully moving, the Primary School children performed like professionals, as though nothing had happened, and thanks to Jill and Philip Winder at The Forge, we even kept the mulled wine warm in their flasks.

St. Lawrence's Church Crosby Ravensworth - Christmas Musicians by Christian Barnes

St. Lawrence's Church Crosby Ravensworth - Christmas Musicians by Christian Barnes

The generous gifts and fund raising support have made the upgrading possible and we do thank you. The next year will see further improvements as we apply for grants to replace the whole heating system and tackle vital roof work. We have to go carefully because, as you know, you have a Grade I parish church and many eyes are on us to ensure all is done well and in good order.
Have you seen the two page description/photograph of St Lawrence in the recent republishing of ‘ Cumbria: Cumberland, Westmorland and Furness’ in the Buildings of England series by N.Pevsner and M.Hyde published by Yale in 2010? Worth a look.

Alex Barbour

Secretary to PCC

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