An Augustian ‘Black Canon’ – who originated the church at Woodkirk

This year on August 16th we are proud that we will be re-creating the Mystery Plays – some of which were written by our very own Black Canons, here at St Mary’s.

As part of the Medieval Festival organised by the JORVIK group, creators of the JORVIK Viking Festival, The Yorkshire Medieval Festival brings with it a wide range of events and activities across Yorkshire for all the family to enjoy.

You could try your hand as an eagle-eyed archer, discover mighty birds of prey with falconry demonstrations, see brave knights battle in thrilling re-enactments and spend the day in some of Yorkshire’s most idyllic settings, as Churches across the region engage with this fantastic event. For more information about events across Yorkshire, visit their web site here:

We are putting on 2 plays at 12pm and 2pm on the Saturday. The play will be re-enacted by the St Andrew’s Bruntcliffe drama group, these will be performed outside (or inside if it rains) our church on the day – so don’t miss it. The play being performed is called ‘Noah’s Flood’ and will involve 8 or 9 cast members for this 15 minute production, repeated at 2pm. Our warmest thanks go to Mary who is organising the drama group.

We are also arranging other things for the day, including displaying the Medieval history owned by Peter Aldred as well as refreshments and other activities which we will advertise on the web site.

The church will be open from 10am to 3pm for visitors to come along and experience our Medieval history – see the terraces built by the Monks, and the stained glass Monk’s window. Learn about the food of the time and also the life of the monks.

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