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St Leonard’s, Farlington

 St Leonard’s church has been a feature of Farlington village for over 900 years.   It is a small rectangular building; the nave leading into the chancel without any structural division.


The church is substantially a 12th-century structure touched by the fingerprints of countless generations down the years.   Major alterations have seen the addition of buttresses and windows of various dates.  

The pitched roof is Victorian - originally the roof would have been flatter and covered with lead rather than the current Westmoreland slate.   The foundations are minimal.   The church was extensively restored from a near-derelict state in Victorian times but, thankfully, the character of the building was retained.

The church is open every day

The style of worship generally reflects the spirit of the Book of Common Prayer but not on every occasion.   Regular services are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 11.15 as well as Easter Day and Christmas Day (at 10.30).  

The pattern of services is :

  • 2nd Sunday – a shortened form of Matins which lasts about 45 minutes

  • 4th Sunday – Holy Communion

These services are followed by refreshments for which no charge is made.

There are six special services in the St Leonard’s calendar, four of which recognise the church’s place at the heart of a rural community.   They are :

Plough Sunday,   25th January, 11.15am

Celebrating the start of the farming year.   The service is followed a Ploughman’s Lunch in the village hall (£8 per person, children free).

Rogationtide,   10th May at 3pm

Will be held on a farm in the parish – see posters for details.   A service of blessing for farmers, their crops and their animals followed by afternoon tea.

Lammastide, Sunday, 16th August at 10.30am

Holy Communion with freshly baked bread using grain from the start of the year’s harvest.

Harvest Festival, Friday 25th September at 6.30pm.

Bringing a joyful end to the harvest with well-loved harvest hymns.   The service is followed with a bring-and-share Harvest Supper.

Remembrance Day, Sunday, 8th November at 10.45am

Remembering the war dead from two world wars.   A donation will be made to a service charity.

Carols by Candlelight, Friday, 18th December at 6.30pm

An hour long service telling the Christmas Message in the tradition of King’s College, Cambridge.   The church is lit wholly by candles

St Leonard’s is a small church which offers a big welcome.   We hope you will join us for one or more of our services.


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It's a fact

Sqdn Ldr. Jack Currie was a famous WW2 bomber pilot who lived in our area. Some time after leaving the RAF he got a job as an instructor with the Home Office Defence School situated at Hawk Hills, Easingwold. During these post war years he decided to write his memoirs of his wartime experience as a pilot of a Lancaster Bomber. This book had the title of \"Lancaster Target\" which became very popular and sold in the thousands. He wrote this book whilst visiting the George Hotel in Easingwold in the evening whilst enjoying a pint. Sadly he died much too soon and is now at laid at rest in Easingwold church cemetery where one can view his unusual gravestone which mentions the fact that he was a famous wartime pilot and author. His funeral service was attended by hundreds of people, including the members of the BBC who produced a film of him being interviewed in respect of his wartime period when he was stationed at Wickenby in Lincolnshire.

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