• WELCOME to the website of Kirkdale Benefice, uniting the Parishes of Kirkdale, Harome, Nunnington and Pockley in the Diocese of York.

    In these pages I hope you will find out what you may wish to know about our church community, when our services are, and what kind of things we do together.

    If you would like to talk about having your child christened or being baptised yourself, please get in touch with me by phone or e-mail.

    If you want to know about getting married in church, look at 'Life Events' in the links at the top of the page. Under this heading you will find helpful information concerning baptism, weddings and funerals.

    My telephone number is: 01439 770523.

    My email address is:  binksharome@btinternet.com


    Reverend Susan Binks 


     Dearest Friends,


    United Benefice of Kirkdale with Harome, Nunnington and Pockley


    Autumn Lockdown 5th November to 2nd December 2020



    As part of the National Autumn Lockdown normal Church Services

    are suspended. It has been good to have been in our Churches since July, and once again we have to be


     ‘a living Church but not in our buildings’.


    With much regret our plans to mark Remembrance, the Feast of Christ the King and Advent have to be radically changed. All the Benefice Churches will be open for sometime of Private Prayer on Sundays during this Lockdown Time.


    Let us make this these weeks of lockdown a ‘month of prayer’


    As we pray for the world, our nation, our local communities – our villages, hamlets and farms, our schools, the NHS, those who care for the elderly and the vulnerable,  for all our key workers and essential workers, for our farmers, our places of hospitality – farm shops, pubs and hotels, for local small businesses, for those whose livelihood is threatened, and for ourselves as we once more enter the challenges of daily living in lockdown – isolation, anxiety and loneliness. We pray that ‘ love of neighbour’ will blossom and let care and cherish one another. We pray for calm, courage and compassion.


    ‘Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering and persevere in prayer ‘ ( Romans 12.9-12)

    Remembrance Sunday – 8th November      Benefice Services

    Pockley:  9.00 am ‘Act of Remembrance’ at the Cemetery led by Revd Susan Binks

     Nunnington: 10.50 am gather at the War Memorial for ‘The Act of Remembrance, led by Fr. Antony Pritchett.

    Nawton and Beadlam: 10.50 am gather at the War Memorial at St Hilda’s, Beadlam for ‘ The Act of Remembrance’ led by Revd Bill Page.

    Wombleton: 10.50 am gather at the Airfield War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance, after the short Service the Wreath will be placed in Wombleton Village Hall, led by Revd Susan Binks (nb – due to covid measures the Village Hall is closed for gatherings).

    Harome: 13.50 pm gather at the War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance, led by Revd Susan Binks







    We are following the current guidance issued by the Church of England, in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For information, please go to



    Church opening

    Permission has now been given to open our churches for private prayer and services.  Because the COVID-19 virus can settle on surfaces for up to 72 hours we cannot yet return to normal opening.

    Funerals and weddings may now take place in Church with appropriate social distancing and no more than 30 people.

    Our churches re-open for Private Prayer and Services

    The Church of England and Diocese of York have given comprehensive guidance for re-opening our churches for Private Prayer and services.  Here are some of the salient points:

    Holy Communion is permitted in one kind.  The bread for the congregation will be covered whilst it is consecrated.  Communicants are encouraged to sanitise their hands immediately before receiving.  The host will be given without touching the recipient’s hands.  Communicants are asked to stand rather than kneel at the altar.


    The two-metre ‘rule’ applies for public worship except in situations where closer contact cannot be avoided.  Individuals and family groups must be two metres apart. Communicants will be directed by the Stewards to ensure appropriate distances are maintained and a flow of traffic.


    Single use service sheets will be employed.  We cannot use prayer books or hymn books because of the risk of transmission. 


    While those at extra risk and the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ should be advised of the risks of attending public worship, a decision to do so is theirs alone.


    Masks should be worn at all time


    Specifically, at St Gregory’s Minster in order for the Choir to sing an enhanced risk assessment has been undertaken following the guidance of the Church of England, the Diocese of York and the Royal School of Church Music.






    Kirkdale Benefice has a current safeguarding policy which is adopted annually by each individual Church Council.

    Safeguarding is regularly an agenda item at church council meetings.

    The Benefice Safeguarding  Representative is Daisy Barnes: Contact number 01751 431429.

    Diocesan Safeguarding Personnel can be contacted via the Diocesan web site www.dioceseofyork.org.uk/safeguarding


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