The Happy Bodgers

Over the last few months a few of our gentlemen have been looking at how they can work together to help others who may be in need of a practical assistance.  As a result they have formed a group called “The Happy Bodgers”.  Happily they are far more skilled than their title suggests and they are able to offer a variety of help free of charge.

They write - “We realise that, as people grow older or disabled, they may need help with odd jobs. They may be perfectly capable of changing a light bulb, but can't safely climb onto a chair to do it. Or climb into the loft to retrieve stored items.  So we offer to do such simple tasks on a voluntary basis provided they are within our own abilities. These are DIY jobs which may require simple skills, not the sorts of job that would need a 'white van man'.  We have different skill sets and could allocate tasks accordingly.  We could operate in pairs if necessary, eg to move heavy furniture in order to clean.  We might be able to help with some joinery, simple repairs, electric fittings, small jobs in the garden, minor computer problems and advice on using software, internet, email etc. We might be able to clear gutters and take things to the dump. Try us - we can say no if we don't feel capable.  We could probably not take on regular tasks such as lawn mowing, weeding, shopping etc.   Why not give us a call on 01748 826803 and John Dickinson will see if the Happy Bodgers can help, and take it from there.”  

We look forward to helping you. 

Flower Guild

The Guild is a friendly and inclusive group of people who decorate the church for services, weddings, festivals and special occasions. The welcome is equally warm for anyone who is interested, from those with particular skills to those who have little or no experience or even think they have no aptitude for such things. You are invited to come along and 'have a go'. 

Occasional workshops are held and many people have been surprised to discover skills they were not aware of. Tea/coffee makers are always welcome and needed.

Information about Flower Guild activities can be found on the church website, in the Parish Magazine and the weekly Pewsheet.

For further information contact Katrina Templeton 01748 449300.

Friends of St Mary's

Membership of the Friends of St Mary’s is open to all those who are on the Electoral Roll, and help to raise money for the needs of all aspects of the Church, including purchasing banners to advertise seasonal services, as well as helping with renovation works.

The Friends of St Mary's also organise a summer BBQ, and have held a very enjoyable Quiz and Pie and Pea Supper at the Cricket Club.

Please speak to either Glennis Robson (Secretary) or Liz Chambers (Chair) 821241 if you have any ideas for fundraising or general social events. The committee will always give support but would love someone to come forward as a main organiser for an event. In this way we will be able to continue to assist with the general upkeep and maintenance of the church, its activities and services and to bind together in common fellowship all those who love the Parish Church.


Since The Knit2gether started meeting at the Restaurant at Greyfriars in June 2014 we have become a happy, supportive, welcoming group.

Meetings have a regular attendance of approximately 14 – 16 ladies, of all ages, plus many occasional visitors. Each bringing their own creative projects, sharing knowledge and skills whilst having fun and fellowship.

16 people attended our Christmas party. We have celebrated birthdays and welcomed the birth of a member's 1st baby.

New members always welcome.

Monday Morning Toddler Group

Gathering about 10am in the Methodist Church Halls we enjoy a time of fun and friendship for children aged between 0 and 5 years old and their adult carer (mum, dad, grandparents, friends etc). Tea, coffee, juice, fruit and healthy snacks await and flow throughout, and even more important a warm welcome is guaranteed.

This is manned by an enthusiastic, loving and committed team made up of ladies from both Richmond Methodist Church and St Mary’s Church. We could do with more helpers to make it easier when there is the inevitable outside commitments or illness. You don’t need to help all session or even every session.

Free flow play with a variety of toys for a variety of ages is followed by singing, stories, action games and fun.

Numbers vary between 10 children and 25 depending on the weather and time of year, and special gatherings have included celebrating Christmas and Easter with seasonal food, summer in the park and cake when it is children’s birthdays. There are also invitations given and (taken up by our families) to all our services at church especially Easter, Crib, Christingle and Christmas.

The time spent with each other, enjoying each other’s company, encouragement and the space to do it in such a friendly way is invaluable. We know the children gain lots, but so too the adults as they find people with similar concerns, joys and thoughts as each other.

St Mary's Church Richmond Mothers' Union

The Mothers' Union is a worldwide Christian membership organisation that demonstrates the Christian faith in action through the transformation of communities. Our four million members work with people of all faiths and none across 83 countries to promote stable marriage, family life and the protection of children through praying, enabling and campaigning.

The Mothers' Union has a Vision Statement -
The Mothers' Union in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, through the love of God and in partnership with the Church, seeks to reach out creatively and actively to support stable family relationships and to promote a more just society.

Our branch welcomes all to our branch - we have men, women, mums, dads, grandparents, single people and people without children - everyone is most welcome.

Our most exciting happening this year is the dedication of the new banner which has been lovingly and painstakingly stitched by Susan Scrafton and backed by Margaret Clayson and Christine Stedman. This banner has been 7 years in the making and will be dedicated by Bishop James on the 6th September 2015. The banner was designed by Ann McDonald.

We meet on the last Tuesday of most months and details are available from -
Susan Scrafton (secretary) 01748 824106
Liz Chambers (treasurer) 01748 821241
Margaret Clayson (committee member) 01748 822631
Christine Stedman (committee member) 01748 824664

Women's Fellowship

First of all we are affiliated to St Mary's church. St Mary's Women's Fellowship was formed from the then Young Wives Club who wished to open membership to a broader cross section of women. This was achieved and continues to be the case as our membership is a broadly based group of ladies both secular and inter-denominational.

Our meetings are interesting and varied, starting with the usual pattern of a short time of prayer, followed by guest speakers who offer their services freely. We then serve tea and biscuits. The meetings last about an hour & a half.

At Easter time we hold an Easter Service with Holy Communion, December our Annual Carol Service and January we have a Christmas Party. Though we don't meet in the Town Hall in July, we have an Afternoon Tea Party at the Convenors home.

We are a happy, relaxed and caring group who enjoy good fellowship together. We are an elderly group of ladies.

(Sadly in the last year for various reasons four members could no longer attend. However, we welcomed two new members this year.)

We are a non-profit making organisation raising just enough finance to cover our rent. We are celebrating our 45th Anniversary with a party in September this year.

We continue to meet in the Town Hall on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2:00pm (excluding July & August.)

For further information contact: Mrs Eileen Simms 01748 821511