News from Middleton-on-the-Hill
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St Mary the Virgin Church

On Saturday, 4th September 2021, St Mary the Virgin Church and PCC will be hosting our harvest service followed by a ‘bread and beer buffet’ in the church at 3pm.


This is to celebrate the bringing in of the harvest in the traditional way, and to say a very big thank you to Rev. Rufus Noy and Daria, his wife, who unfortunately will be leaving us to return to south Wales.


We are very sad to see them go, but hope that their future plans are all positive and that they stay in touch with their friends in the Eastern Parishes.


On the Thursday following, the 9th September, the church community hope to revive the local old tradition of the ‘Harvest Auction’ in the parish pub, ‘The Duke of York’


This local event has been held regularly over the last forty years only to be stopped by the coronavirus during this difficult pandemic time.


Hopefully, the local community will endeavour to contribute and participate as of years gone by. The PCC minute book talks of sales happening before this date at other venues such as the village hall and at Moor Abbey, but the auction only started to be really successful at the Duke!! Hopefully, we can see some of you there. All contributions of fresh produce, preserves, cakes and other items gratefully received.


Gerlinde Atkins-Child (Church warden)



The above charity is managed by a small group of local trustees. It is their duty to manage the charity’s assets and to distribute the income from those assets annually. In accordance with the original aims of the charity the income is to be used for three purposes: the Church, Advancement of Education and Relief in Need. It has been the practice of recent years for the trustees to issue grants to Middleton Church, St James School, students in secondary education, senior citizens and occasional individual cases of need. It has been decided, going forward, to raise the qualifying age for senior citizens to seventy.


The charity owns three small parcels of land, two of which are occasionally available by tender. If anyone is interested please enquire details from the secretary.


If you live in the Middleton on the Hill parish and feel you might qualify, please contact Mrs C Halls at Highlands 750257


Clare Halls