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

Upcoming Events

We were delighted so many of you joined us for our series of monthly Zoom talks in February, March and April, when three of our trustees each gave a fascinating insight into a different church in Yorkshire. We were joined by over 60 friends for each talk, and received some fantastic feedback:

I just wanted to say how very much I have enjoyed the talks online over the past few months.  They have all been excellent, and so instructive and interesting. they have really been such an enjoyable way to spend an evening at home! Kate Kaye, YHCT Friend.

The first was a look at the Medieval wall paintings of Pickering Church. In this lecture, trustee Dr Kate Giles shared the story of Pickering church and its scheme of medieval wall paintings. Dismissed by some as ‘merely’ a restoration of the 1880s, Kate revealed 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.

To explore the paintings virtually take a look at: https://www.nikreations.co.uk/indie360/pickeringchurch/  

To watch again, click here: https://youtu.be/QHIoTAr-I5k

For the second talk, we heard from Dr Jane Crease who discussed the small alabaster tomb in Sheriff Hutton Church. This 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. The talk explored whether this really is a royal tomb, where it came from and who is the child commemorated?

To watch again, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-_T-gD4tdA

For the third talk, we heard from Moira Fulton, who gave us an insight into the Belasyse Tombs in Coxwold Church. 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.

To watch again, click here: https://youtu.be/VPPGTWrxx0o

We are currently working on a series of talks for the Autumn, more details to follow.


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.

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


Monday 5th July – 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.
This tour is now full.


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. 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 with 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 this year’s event, taking place on Saturday 11th September, please contact us for a chat: general.enquiries@yhct.org.uk