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Adel Spring Evening

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10am 6th September 2015 – Combined Service at St Paul’s Cookridge

Really important news if you intend to come to the 10am service on Sunday 6th September.  This is the 50th anniversary of St Paul’s – once the daughter church of Adel – and to celebrate the Adel congregation is going to attend St Paul’s.


St Paul’s church is located on Old Otley Road in Cookridge (see map below)

Hope to see you there!

Jorvik Medieval Festival at Adel Church – 13th August, 1-5pm – updated.

St George South Window
St George South Window

Event at Adel Church

    Thursday 13th August, 1-5pm

part of Jorvik Medieval Festival

12th century Adel Church has been chosen by Jorvik Viking Centre in York to take part in the Yorkshire Medieval Festival this summer – because it’s ‘brimming with medieval history’.


On Thursday  13th August, a team from Jorvik’s ‘Dig on Tour’ will join Revd Ian White and the Adel History team for a Medieval afternoon, 1-5pm


Val Crompton says, “The JORVIK team will come with resources to enable young visitors to have a go at being archaeologists by digging through a selection of replica pits in search of artefacts. We hope many will come for a dig and also enjoy (along with older visitors) following a history trail around the church and our six-acre churchyard.”

Beak heads 8 - 11 in the chancel arch
Beak heads 8 – 11 in the chancel arch

 Adel Church, which dates back to 1150, is built on the site of an earlier church.  It is one of the oldest churches in West Yorkshire still in use as a centre of Christian worship. Of particular historical interest are its 37 chancel arch beakheads, corbels and south doorway.

 Iconographer and  writer, Rita Wood, says, ‘The survival of so authentic a building is remarkable enough, but Adel Church is held to be particularly special because it has so much sculpture.’

 A school pupil says, ‘Adel is special because I’m standing here on a step where a Norman once stood looking at this stone carving.’

Adel St John Primary School pupils explore the medieval coffins
Adel St John Primary School pupils explore the medieval coffins

There will be refreshments in the Stables (parish hall) and a display, in the Stables, of medieval stonework and manuscripts.

The Jorvik Team will set up and run young Church Explorers activities from a gazebo on the grassy area, at the back of the Stables.

 The church will be open from 1-5pm and there will be a history trail to follow round the churchyard. Events in the (cool) church are:

1.30-2pm:  Early music and pictures.

2pm: Welcome by Rector Ian White and a short history talk by Val Crompton.

2.30pm: Guided walks, and a history trail inside the church and vestry.

Roots Alive at the Barbecue

A small but talented trio of young folk musicians from Roots Alive, a Leeds ArtForms band, performed an accomplished set of folk and other tunes while we enjoyed the evening barbecue on Saturday.

The full Roots Alive group number about 15 and are available to hire for Weddings, Ceilidhs and Barn Dances via ruth.wild@leeds.gov.uk

Roots Alive Folk Band
Folk Band Logo

Laura and Zoe – regulars at the Third Sunday Band at church – with school and band friend Rachel are raising funds for the Roots Alive band to go on a musical exchange visit to Durban, South Africa in 2016.

They entertained us with a variety of instruments including flutes, clarinet, penny whistle, piano accordion,  banjo, and ukulele and performed arrangements of:

  • Anthony Ryan and Red Haired Boy
  • Clouds Chasing the Moon
  • Catharsis
  • Bridge of Athlone
  • Bagpipers Tune and Tam Lim
  • Watching the Wheat
  • Callum’s Road
  • Hunting the Hare
  • Rabbi David’s Nigun
  • Labajaig
  • Venezuelan Tune
  • Song of the Fèis
  • The Banks of the Tyne
  • Brian’s Tune
  • Pibddawns Wrecsam and Polka Llewlyn Alaw
  • Hinba

Thank you to everyone who supported them as they raised nearly £200.

Roots Alive T Shirt
Roots Alive T Shirt

An excerpt of Highland Cake from their forthcoming album can be found here

Pilgrim course – a journey to the heart of God

What is Pilgrim?

Our small group for people new to faith or just wondering about what Christian faith might mean to them. Over 7 weeks, using the Lord’s Prayer as our theme, we will use input from video and audio clips to explore what it might mean to encounter God and to experience His love for ourselves.

Why might I want to go to Pilgrim?

Watch our YouTube clip to find out what other people think about the course.

Or put this address into your web browser:


We’re meeting at The Stables on Sunday evenings, 7.30-9.00pm June 7th to July 19th. Coffee and eats from 7.15pm. Come to as many sessions as you can, but don’t worry if you have to miss one, or need to turn up later than planned.

How do I sign up?

It would be great if you could let us know if you plan to come – we can make sure there’s enough to eat for one thing!

Just drop Ian Johnston a line at revianjohnston@gmail.com .


The Parochial Church Council is effectively the executive committee of the parish and consists of the ministry team, church wardens and representatives of the laity (non-ordained) parishioners.

The council is legally responsible for the financial affairs of the church parish and the maintenance of its assets, such as churches and church halls, and promoting the mission of the church.

As the church is a charity by statute, it also has responsibilities to the charity commission.

Every year, soon after Easter, there is a public open meeting for members of the parish.  Offices of the church are voted on, including appointing church wardens, PCC members, PCC secretary and treasurer.

C of E PCC Accountability Guide

Beating the Bounds 2015 – Report

‘Beating the Bounds’ was started in the 8th century when  parishioners checked the boundaries on Rogation Sunday, and asked for God’s blessing on the fields for a good harvest. Before the days of accurate maps, they took younger members of the parish with them to learn the boundaries.

The 15 mile 2015 Walk clashed with the 30th Anniversary of the Leeds Half-Marathon with over 9000 people running on 10th May! Weather was perfect for walkers and runners.  At Adel, of the 34 people (& 3 dogs) who took part in the Boundary Walk, 25 of us, including seven year old Henry, his parents and older sister, Sophie, completed the 15 mile walk. Henry is the youngest person to complete the Adel Boundary Walk.  We were very pleased to have our two, energetic councillors, newly-elected Cllr. Caroline Anderson, and Cllr. Barry Anderson walking with us. 

 The Ring Road was closed because of the Leeds Run. So instead of crossing the Ring Road to follow the old boundary path past Valley Farm, we walked the short distance along the Ring Road to the cricket ground steps and back up to the boundary path along Smithy Lane. Also because of ‘Essential Safety Work’, we walked along the north side of the reservoir to Eccup, then rejoined the boundary path.

Those of us who enjoyed a picnic lunch in Golden Acre Park, in the sun, completed the walk in record time, arriving back at the Stables at 3.45pm. The Pub group, who had Sunday Lunch at the New Inn, Eccup returned at 4.10pm.

The Boundary Walk Tea at the Stables was much appreciated by all. Many thanks to Edith, Margaret, Joan and helpers. The next Adel Boundary Walk will start at 9am on Sunday 1st May 2016 which is the May Bank Holiday weekend. Make a note of this date and join us! Continue reading Beating the Bounds 2015 – Report

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