Events


We are delighted to invite you to the programme of events we run throughout the year. Booking details are available below, either by contacting Vanessa White on Tel: 07786 656883 or emailing: generalenquiries@yhct.org.uk

DUE TO THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT ADVICE, OUR CALENDAR OF EVENTS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. IF YOU HAVE BOOKED WITH US, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR ADVICE ON RE BOOKING OR REQUESTING A REFUND.   

Upcoming Events

We were very disappointed to have to cancel or postpone of all our events planned for 2020/21. As a small gesture of thanks and appreciation of your support, we are planning 3 free monthly Zoom talks on the fourth Thursday of the month in February, March and April. All the talks are by Trustees of YHCT on important features in 3 Yorkshire churches. The programme is as follows:

Thursday February 25th at 7pm

Dr Kate Giles:  The Medieval Wall Paintings of Pickering Church

In this lecture Dr Kate Giles (Co-director of the University of York’s Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture and a new Trustee of the YHCT) will share the fascinating story of Pickering church (North Yorkshire) and its scheme of medieval wall paintings. Dismissed by some as ‘merely’ a restoration of the 1880s, Kate will reveal how Pickering tells the story of many hundreds of schemes like it in the 19th century, where the discovery of medieval church art was met with ambivalence or open hostility by many clergy, or lost due to misguided restoration practices. She will explain the dilemma faced in the 1880s as the paintings were brought to light once more, the restoration and repainting of the scheme, and the legacy this created for 20th century incumbents and conservators. In telling Pickering’s story, Kate will make the case for Pickering’s significance, not only as a lens through which these changing attitudes to church art can be understood, but also because, notwithstanding their restoration, the original- and possibly unique- meaning of the medieval scheme was preserved in the restoration.

To explore the paintings virtually in advance of the talk, take a look at: https://www.nikreations.co.uk/indie360/pickeringchurch/  

Thursday March 25th at 7pm

Dr Jane Crease: Is this the tomb of Richard III’s only son?

In this talk Jane will discuss the small alabaster tomb in Sheriff Hutton Church (North Yorkshire) which has been claimed to be the tomb of Edward of Middleham, Richard III’s only son and heir, who died at the age of 10. Is this really a royal tomb?  Where did it come from and who is the child commemorated?

Jane’s doctorate was on late medieval tombs in North Yorkshire. She has run many tours exploring the history and architecture of Yorkshire churches.

Thursday April 22nd at 7pm

Moira Fulton: The Belasyse Tombs in Coxwold Church

Among the most striking features of Coxwold Church are the four funerary monuments of the Belasyse family of Newburgh Priory. The tombs, ranging in date from 1603-1830, demonstrate not only the changing fashions in funerary monuments, but also the way that religious beliefs and attitudes to death evolved over time. The earliest monument, that of Sir William Belasyse, d 1603 is an enormous flamboyant tomb decorated with obelisks, columns, strapwork and shields. That of his grandson Thomas, First Viscount Fauconberg is in complete contrast, commissioned in 1632 from the pre-eminent London mason, Nicholas Stone, it is in a severely classical style. The most striking one of the four tombs is the massive marble monument of Thomas, first Earl Fauconberg d.1700, most probably designed by Grinling Gibbons. The fourth tomb, that of Henry, the last Earl Fauconberg d.1802 in a plain, restrained style is easily overlooked but is an interesting example of early 19th century Gothic revival.

Moira has recently contributed to and helped edit the new guide book to Coxwold Church. Her MA dissertation was on an 18th century sculptor. John Cheere.

If you are interested in any or all of the above talks, please reply to generalenquiries@yhct.org.uk and further joining instructions will be forwarded.


Tour of Western Wolds Churches – *We hope to run this tour in September 2021. If you had booked a place, please check your email*

All Saints Kirby Underdale© Peter Church

10.30am – 3.30pm

Pocklington, Great Givendale, Bishop Wilton & Kirby Underdale.

Join us as we visit four very different churches, meeting first at 10 30am at All Saints, Pocklington, before driving to the very small Norman Church of St Ethelburga, Great Givendale, set in beautiful surroundings. From there we will drive to St Edith, Bishop Wilton, a fascinating church with a complex building history. A pre-booked soup & sandwich lunch (included in the ticket price) will be taken at the Fleece Inn in this charming village. From Bishop Wilton we will drive to All Saints, Kirby Underdale, a church of great historical and architectural interest set in a beautiful Springtime churchyard, where we will end our tour, around 3 30pm.

This tour will be led by Dr Jane Crease, who has made a special study of ecclesiastical architecture.

Tickets: £29 (to include lunch & donation to the 4 churches).

Directions will be provided at the start of the tour at Pocklington. Own transport required.


Tuesday 22nd June – Tour of Churches of the Derwent

Aldby Park

1.30pm – 5pm

Starting at 1 30pm, using own transport, we will begin our tour at St Botolph, Bossall, a
church.in Transitional Norman style with a very fine south doorway. We will then drive to St
John, Howsham, a church designed by G.E. Street in 1859. From there we will visit St Peter,
Scrayingham, largely rebuilt 1853 by G.T.Andrews. Our final church is St John the
Evangelist in Buttercrambe, with some surviving 13 th -15 th century work, it was rebuilt in 1878.Our tour will end at the nearby early Georgian house of Aldby Park, where we will have
a tour of the principal rooms, followed by tea and cake, finishing around 5pm.

The tour will be led by Dr Jane Crease, a specialist in Yorkshire Churches.
Driving directions will be provided.
Tickets: Price £28


Thursday 11th November– Designing Stained Glass

York Medical Society Rooms, 23 Stonegate, York

2pm – 4pm

Join us for a talk by Helen Whittaker, Creative Designer at Barley Studios, York. Helen is an acclaimed artist and sculptor. She has fulfilled over a hundred stained-glass commissions for both secular and ecclesiastical buildings. In her talk she will describe how working in creative partnership with David Hockney and Hughie O’Donaghue, she has helped translate their art into stained glass in Westminster Abbey. She will also discuss her sources of inspiration for her own designs for stained glass windows.

The talk will be followed by afternoon tea & will finish around 4pm.

Tickets £20 to include talk & afternoon tea.

Saturday 11th September 2021-

Ride +Stride

Ride +Stride is a annual sponsorship event to raise much needed funds for the upkeep of Yorkshire’s places of worship. Money raised is shared between the participants church of choice, and the YHCT, a charity that helps churches in Yorkshire through offering grants for repairs and maintenance. Taking place on the second Saturday in September, the aim is for participants to get sponsored to visit as many churches as they can in a day, travelling on foot, by bike, by car, on horseback—any way they like!

We are looking for volunteers to help us spread the word about the event among the local community. This is a great way to raise money for a local church as well as the YHCT and a fun way to spend the day friends and family. If you have an interest in cycling and walking, or feel you have the ability to help raise awareness and participation in next year’s event, taking place on Saturday 11th September, please contact us for a chat: general.enquiries@yhct.org.uk