More “young, willing, active” volunteers are needed by rural churches

St Oswald's Church, Askrigg. Picture courtesy of Christine Hallas.

By Betsy Everett

Three churches of the Upper Wensleydale benefice are due to hold their annual parochial church meetings in April.

St Margaret’s in Hawes will hold theirs at 11.45am in the church after the 10.30am service on Sunday, followed by St Mary and St John in Hardraw on Monday at 7pm in the Green Dragon Inn. At St Oswald’s in Askrigg the meeting will be on Sunday, April 15, in the church at 11.45am.

St Matthew’s, Stalling Busk, have already held theirs.
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The meetings are open to all, and anyone on the electoral roll can nominate themselves or other eligible candidates to serve on the parochial church council.

At St Oswald’s the electoral roll is currently being updated so anyone can apply to be added, or indeed have their names removed.

Karen Prudden, benefice administrator, says volunteers to serve on the PCC of any of the churches, are always welcome.

“To sustain the future of our churches and the communities they support we need more young, willing and active volunteers to come forward.  Askrigg PCC, for example, meets every two months. It is not an onerous task and it can be very rewarding,” says Mrs Prudden.

St Oswald’s is also looking for a volunteer to take on the twice-yearly health and safety inspection of the building, and volunteers are needed for the social committee.

Contact Karen on 01969 650800 or call at the church office in Main Street, Askrigg, if you think you can help.

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