Who's who

The Friends is a registered charity with members who support its aims by paying an annual subscription.

The main aim of ‘The Friends’ is to raise funds so that we can maintain Ryton’s beautiful Medieval Church.The Church was built in the 13th Century and is a Grade 1 listed building. We want to ensure that it is safely handed on to future generations as a place of contemplation and a community resource.


To make a donation or enquire about becoming a member please contact the Membership Secretary.

To enquire about our events, or to offer help with them, please contact the Secretary


The Friends of Holy Cross Ryton Annual General Meeting

held on 3 March 2015 in the Parish Hall


Reverend Tom Jamieson, Pat Hobson, John Robinson, Hazel Thompson, Richard Taylor.


Mr and Mrs M Graham, Mr and Mrs E Dunn, Lyn Jamieson, David Higdon, Diana Fursdon, Alison Stancliffe


The minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on the 3 March 2014 were accepted as a true record. There were no matters arising.

President’s Welcome

The Reverend Tom Jamieson, President, thanked the Friends for their continued support and in particular for arranging events such as the Spring Concerts which added to the ‘flavour’ of church activities. The PCC was especially grateful for the Friends contribution to major projects by payment of professional fees.

Treasurer and Membership Secretary’s Report

Richard Taylor, the Treasurer and Membership Secretary presented the financial statement for 2014, the recovery of Gift Aid relating to the Public Appeal in the previous year was an exception in this year’s accounts

The financial statement for year ending 31 December 2014 was accepted

Election of Executive Committee

The President invited nominations for the Executive Committee. The following were proposed, seconded and agreed

Chair:                                                          Hazel Thompson

Treasurer and Membership Secretary:  Richard Taylor

Secretary:                                                   John Robinson

Members:                                                    David Higdon

                                                                   Pat Hobson

                                                                     Alison Stancliffe

The president thanked the Committee for their work over the previous year

Fund raising

Friends present were encouraged to consider new ideas for raising funds for consideration by the Executive Committee. Richard Taylor reported on emerging arrangements for the Ryton Hirings at which refreshments will be provided by the Friends from the Church servery. The Churchyard trail will be available.


There being no other business, the meeting closed at 19.40 hrs