St Gregorys Bedale

The Current Situation

St. Gregory's serves as a key attraction to and for Bedale, creating a significant footfall to the town's businesses, shops and other attractions. It will become more significant now that the new relief road is completed with it’s termination only about 200m from the church. The Fortified tower of St Gregory’s will now be the prime landmark visible to all visitors to the area and will attract further attention to the church.

The current congregation of St Gregory’s numbers some 121 individuals of whom around 70 attend principle Sunday services at any one time. There are further midweek, Sunday evening and Sunday morning services that attract smaller congregations. The average age of these congregations is around 70. One Sunday morning each month there is a Book of Common Prayer (BCP) Eucharist, each week the mid week service also follows the liturgy of BCP.

The BCP Eucharistic services are conducted in the Lady Chapel, which also houses the Ambry. And many people use the rear portion of the South Aisle to the rear of the Lady Chapel as preferred seating even when the president uses the main communion table in the chancel.

Three weeks each month the principle services takes the form of Common Worship communion with the fourth Sunday offering a non Eucharistic service directed more towards a younger community. At present this attracts a congregation of around 50 with an average age closer to 50.

The church has been recognised as an ideal venue for concerts and is used by Swaledale festival, Bedale Brass Band, and has been requested for choral societies, other brass bands and performers who consider the size and scope of the building to be more suitable for their genre than the Chantry hall (also owned by the church).

The church has no facilities whatsoever although it has been made accessible, in most areas, with level access through the removal of steps and the introduction of ramps. The pews are all raised 75mm above floor level on timber plinths. The large stone font stands in the centre of the tower entrance obstructing both the principal West door and the most frequently used south porch and door. At some point in the past the North door has been built in.