CLITHEROE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

About Us

We are a friendly church, based in the centre of Clitheroe, and invite you to come and see for yourself.

Church elders Image

The Church's multi-purpose worship area is based at street level. Remodelling of the main entrance, with the addition of a lift, has allowed full disabled access.

Church Lift

Our congregation has a wide age span and our Junior Church club has lots of fun activities.

We have a variety of clubs and activities for both the adults and children of our parish and welcome everyone to join us in our events and services.

During the last few years, as a result of the congregation's vision for a Street level Church, a project group was formed.

The church building has been developed to create a multi-functional worship space, with some new windows and new disabled access and facilities. There is still work ongoing to make the church more eco friendly and energy efficient. We would welcome donations to help achieve all the required maintenance and project work.

We are a Fairtrade church, which means we use and also promote fairly traded products such as teas, coffee, sugar, handwash etc.

We have given our support to a toilet improvement initiative in Saleh Jath village in Sindh Province, Pakistan one of our toilets is twinned to theirs. For more information please go to : www.toilettwinning.org

We are a member of Clitheroe Churches in Partnership which comprises all the churches in Clitheroe. These are the Church of England, Roman Catholic, Methodist, The United Reformed Church, the Salvation Army and the Community Church.


Location

We are based in the heart of Clitheroe not far from Clitheroe Castle entrance.

Our main access is at street-level on Castle Gate at the top of Moor Lane.

To visit us put our postcode BB7 1AZ into your satnav, or click the button for directions via bus, car or train.


Our location using Google Maps




There are a few parking options depending on the day and time you are arriving.

Nearby parking options are:

  • Street parking on Moor Lane outside the church (1 hour only)
  • Public car park near Clitheroe Market (Pay + Display)
  • On Lowergate behind the church (Pay + Display)
  • Whalley Road (opposite Homebase).



Meet the Elders

The Elders in our Church are a friendly group who help organise activities and help the congregation. There are 11 elders who help make the church what it is today and here we will be introducing them to you.


Michele

Michele Jarmany

I have been the Minister of Clitheroe United Reformed Church since February 2009.

I am proud to be a minister of such an open, friendly and liberally minded congregation who are willing to extend a welcome to all. The members are actively engaged in the community doing volunteering for the local talking newspaper, the Ribble Valley Foodbank, Christian Aid events, supporting and working for the town Fairtrade Group, trustee of local Abbeyfields and many more voluntary organisations.

The churches in Clitheroe work well together under the name of Clitheroe Churches in Partnership.I myself am trustee of the Gateway Trust, a charity formed by Clitheroe Churches in Partnership, responsible for the running of the Ribble Valley Foodbank and a Cookery Club. The Foodbank runs 3 mornings a week in Clitheroe as well as having a branch in Longridge and provides a lifeline to people and families in crisis. The Cookery Club evolved from the Foodbank and is for those people who need to learn basic cookery skills. I helped to establish the this and also help to run it.

Sarah

Sarah Bowness

I have been a life long member of CURC and the church has always been important part of my life.

I am very interested in religion and how it motivates humanity. I was baptised and married at the church and both my children were baptised here. I have been a serving elder for about twelve years.

I help to organise the Christmas Fair, I help to organise the Christmas and Easter Experience and I am a Junior Church leader and the minute secretary.

Mary

Mary Franks

I was brought up in the Church of Scotland so when I moved to Clitheroe I joined the United Reformed Church.

I have been an elder for seven years and I am a member of the Project Group and represent the Church on Clitheroe Christians in partnership.

I bake and serve at the first Saturday events and am social events co-ordinator.

Jean

Jean Holmes

I was first made an elder about 20 years ago, but I have attended church in different parts of the country since the age of 11 via Camp Fire Girls and later Youth Club.

Because of that experience I have always believed that the way to reach out to people and share my Christian faith is through community activities. To that end I helped with the outreach to schools with the Easter Experience; I help to run the Whizztots Baby and Toddler group; I bake and serve at the monthly First Saturday events. I get involved in most aspects of church life including money-counting and banking and events organising.

Margaret

Margaret Blatchford

I have attended Clitheroe URC from being a young child and my five children have all been baptised here.

I was first inducted as an elder 30 years ago and was re-elected recently and have served 2 years in my third term.

I have enjoyed helping with our Easter and Christmas experiences which involve local schools as I spent many years involved with our Sunday school/Junior Church.

I bake for and help at our Saturday events and Tuesday lunchtime services and organise notice boards.

I too am proud to be part of this open and friendly church.

I have been a life long member of the church and all my family past and present have been involved in someway.

Fiona

Fiona Ritchie

In 1988, I became a member by transfer and our children were baptised in this church. Our extended families have worshipped here on visits to us from abroad and been made most welcome.

I was a teacher in Junior Church. My husband hosted Burns Nights with help from me and many others over the years; a social event with family entertainment and a supper for people of various faiths and none. Inclusivity has always been important to me.

Our Minister and Congregation have supported my family in health crises and times of mourning. The bonds forged in these circumstances are strong and long-lasting.

I have been an elder for 25 years and served as secretary to the founding group of Friends of the Chernobyl's Children, Clitheroe for several years; further ecumenical Lent group in Bible study and participated in various prayer groups. My current responsibilities include:

  • Secretary to the Street Level church project since 2008; this has led to major renovation and modernisation of the church for full accessibility.
  • occasional leadership of the Tuesday lunchtime worship
  • I am one of 2 lap people authorised to officiate at Communion and Baptism.
  • On the first Saturdays when the church serves food and there are stalls, I hire a table to sell art work.
Marjorie

Marjorie Huddart

I was brought up in the Church of Scotland in Fife and have worshipped in The United Reformed Church since moving to England. I first came to Clitheroe U R C in 1984. Both my children attended junior church.

I became an elder over 20 years ago and have served as Treasurer for the last 15 years or so.

I am a member of the street level project group. I bake for and serve at our monthly sales and help with other fundraising activities.

Anne

Anne Hoare

I was married here at Clitheroe United Reformed Church in 1975 and my 3 children were all baptised here.

Over the years I have seen many changes(most of them for the better) and I have held many positions including Pulpit supply secretary for 23 years.

I have been ordained as an Elder for 27years and am a member of the project group and help out at the Saturday events.

Ruth

Ruth Shackleton

I became a member of the Baptist Church in Rochdale when I was sixteen. As a student in Southampton I taught is Sunday school and then when I moved to Clitheroe and joined this church.

I have been an Elder for many years and have served as Chair of the management committee. I served as secretary of the Clitheroe Bible Society, represented our church on the Chernobyl Children’s group, the Christian Aid Group.

I represent the church on Clitheroe Christians in Partnership Committee, am a member of our Prayer Group, our Bible study group and serve at our Saturday events.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Campbell

I have been a lifelong church attender, firstly as a Presbyterian, and then URC. I transferred my membership from a URC church in Blackburn to Clitheroe URC 10 years ago.

I have been an Elder for over twenty years. I have been church secretary for 5 years.

I occasionally lead worship at our Tuesday lunchtime reflective services. I am assistant pulpit supply secretary, and also help with the Christian aid collection . I help out at our Saturday events. I also attend the prayer group

Kelly

Kelly Stewart

I transferred my membership to Clitheroe United Reformed Church when I moved here from Blackburn several years ago.

My faith has been always been an important part of the way I live and how respond to others. Both my children were baptised here and enjoy taking part in our Junior Church.

I have been an elder for 4 years and I am the Safeguarding Officer and the Editor of the church magazine.



Elaine

Elaine Chew

I became a member along with my late husband of Clitheroe United Reformed Church when we moved to Clitheroe in 1985 we had previously attended Audley Range Congregational Church in Blackburn where we got married just before it became United Reformed our daughter grew up attending Clitheroe URC Sunday School. I help at the Saturday monthly Book and Bric a Brac event and I am one of the Church members on a rota who help the Treasurer with the Sunday collection.





History of the Church




View from Clitheroe Castle towards the church

The church was built on part of the castle rock where the foundation stone was laid in 1862. It opened it's doors to the community of Clitheroe on Good Friday 1863.

The translation of the Latin inscription on Clitheroe's town crest means 'the river flows, the rock stands' and it's opon this rock that our church stands.


Clitheroe War Memorial




This image is courtesy of the Booth Family Bible.

The writing indicates the date of this picture as 1870, just a few years after the church was built. At the time it was kown as the 'Clitheroe Congregational Church'.

Booth's Family Bible Image



The following link takes you to a video is from 1913 May Day festival and the church can be seen clearly in the background.

Whitsuntide Procession in Clitheroe 1913

War Memorials



The following memorials to those who lost their lives in the two world wars can be viewed in our church.

WWI Memorial Plaque

This plaque on the Memorial Hall wall on the lower inside courtyard reads:

1914 Memorial Hall 1919

Erected to the memory

Of our lads

Faithful unto Death



The central chair at the communion table has the following words and names:

"To the memory of the men of this church and school who laid down their lives in the Great War 1914 - 1919"

Memorial Altar Chair

"Faithful unto death"

  • Harry Ashcroft
  • Thomas Brennand
  • Hubert Clegg
  • Fred Clegg
  • Fred Demain
  • Arthur Hindle
  • Ernest Ince
  • James R Pye
  • Milton Shorrock
  • Frank Singleton
  • Norman Singleton
  • Arthur Stones
  • Edward Sutcliffe
  • Charles M Apperley
Memorial Altar Chair Names



Communion Chair


One of the chairs at the Communion table reads:

In memoriam

Sapper Thomas Hayhurst

Died at Leeds

29 August 1944



Communion Table


This plaque on the Communion Table reads:

In memory of Peter Liver

Royal Corps of Signals

Who died in Italy July 4 1944

from wounds received in action at Cassino

March 19 1944

Aged 21 years



Lectern Plaque


This plaque on the lectern reads:

In memoriam

Pilot Officer James Hargreaves Wilkinson

Lost in flight April 26/27 1944

Aged 21


The Whalley Abbey Printing Works Company Reading Room, Barrow, Roll of Honour 1914-1919



Following the closure of Barrow URC in 2015, the church has acquired 'The Whalley Abbey Printing Works Company Reading Room, Barrow, Roll of Honour'.

This was made following subscriptions by the members of the above reading room to commemorate the names of the men belonging to or connected with Barrow and Lamb Row who answered their countries call in the great war of 1914 - 1919.


Roll Of Honour

United Reformed Church 1972



Who is the United reformed Church? We are a family of Christians, worshipping in the name of Jesus in about 1500 local churches from Orkney to Cornwall.


Reformed means that we delight in the Bible, we do not fear change and we try to run our churches in ways that take everyone's insight and contribution seriously.


'United' is an important part of our story. We started when English Presbyterians merged with English and Welsh Congregationalists in 1972. Churches of Christ joined in 1982 and Scottish congregationalists in 2000. We will work as closely as we can with christians of all traditions and styles.


And we are one 'Church'. We aim to grow through supporting one another and taking decisions together.



All our tasks and posts are open to women as fully as to men. We are an intercultural church, where people with varied ethnic routes enrich each other's Chistian living. Out people hold a range of opinions about theology and church life. In the words of the denominations Statement of Nature, Faith and Order (1990) together we are firmly commited to 'God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit'. The living God, the only God, ever to be praised.

Find out more, by exploring this website: https://www.urc.org.uk/about-us-2.html