Words from the Rector & thoughts of the month


Church Chat

Dear friends

Our popular SNOWDROP DAY held on 17th February was very well supported once again. The weather was kind, the snowdrops in the churchyard looked amazing and a good time was had by all. Many thanks are due to our great team of bell ringers for running the day and a HUGE THANK YOU to Pauline Barlow and her wonderful husband for undertaking the mammoth task of planting up and selling 300 pots of flowering snowdrops – definitely the main draw of the event bringing welcome additional funds towards the up-keep of St. Leonards’ churchyards.

On a more sombre note; we were recently informed - by her daughter Alison - of the death of Joyce Duce on 25th January 2024, aged 86. Joyce lived in Bromley and then Howbrook from 1969 until 2015 when she moved from Howbrook to live with Alison in Torworth, near Retford.

Born in Rotherham in 1937 she moved to Bromley in 1969, she worked at Wortley School in the kitchen in the 1970s and 1980s and had friends in Wortley, Howbrook and Bromley. Whilst living in the Parish, she supported events at the Church and delivered The Vine in Howbrook and Bromley. Her husband Harry Duce died in 2012. Our thoughts and Prayers are with Alison and all the family in their loss.

Penistone Arts Festival when St. Leonards will host a display of art produced by the children of Thurgoland School from 15th March until 11th April. The Church will be open to view the art on Saturday 16th and 24th March from 11am to 1pm and on Wednesday 20th and 27th March between 11am and 3pm. Presentation of prizes to the winning entries will be made at 6pm on Thursday 11th April. All welcome.

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