Thursday, 14 April 2011

Open Stables Day in Middleham

Brendan Giblin, the Vicar of Middleham writes,

Upwards of 6,000 people visit the tiny town of Middleham for the Good Friday Open Stables Day. The usually quiet Dales town is flooded with people eager to have a look into the inner workings of the racing industry, to meet their favourite horse or just to enjoy a day out in the Dales. The bustle is not conducive to usual Good Friday Services, but it poffers a great opportunity for the church to retell the story of Jesus who died, not only at the behest of the crowds, but for the crowds.

This year, St Mary and St Alkeda's church will be hosting two provocative installations by the artist Shaeron Caton-Rose. Shaeron has exhibited widely in galleries and cathedrals across the country and understands art to be her Christian vocation. The church at Middleham is excited to host her emotive, thought-provoking pieces, 'Mend' and 'Sticks and Stones'. Both pieces explore the theme of reconciliation, taking the viewer to the heart of Good Friday. The installations powerfully engage the imagination and communicate with the soul.

On Good Friday, the church will be open for viewing from 9.30am until noon and will serve hot cross buns, tea and coffee. The installation will be in church (which is open in the daytime) for the whole of Holy Week and Easter day.

For more information about the artist and to see slide shows of some of her installations, go to

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