Some events at Ellerton Priory, Summer 2017

Please make a note of these dates in your diary, and share them with your friends.

Saturday 22nd July  - 11 am onwards

General cleaning and organising of the church for the concert.  All volunteers welcome. There will be hot drinks available all day but please bring your own lunch. We have all the cleaning equipment and stuff to hand, so you just need elbow grease and enthusiasm!


Sunday 23rd July  - 3p.m. Concert

Shining Night:  Cantabile and friends

The wonderful summer concerts given by the Leeds-based chamber choir Cantabile (www.cantabile-choirleeds. org.uk) have become a firm and popular fixture in the Ellerton Priory calendar. This year they will be singing at Ellerton on Sunday 23rd July at 3.00 pm, bringing an atmospheric programme of nocturnal music evoking the magic, mystery and breath-taking majesty of the night.

The concert includes a wonderful musical portrait of the intense and shining stillness of the star-filled heavens, accompanied by the shimmering sound of tuned wine-glasses. There will be glorious pieces by Edvard Grieg, Hubert Parry and Benjamin Britten, and one of the most haunting moments from Sergei Rachmaninov's famous All Night Vigil. Perhaps less surprisingly, among the velvet skies, the owls and the evening primroses, Cantabile will be paying a romantic visit to Berkeley Square to hear a nightingale sing.

The afternoon will also feature a preview of our 10 year anniversary programme, including favourite pieces from previous repertoires. 


The concert is at 3.00 pm, but it would be wise to arrive a little earlier to secure a seat. Tickets are £8 (£4.00 children and disabled) and include free wine and refreshments. They are available on the door or can be reserved by emailing yorkbear@hotmail.co.uk or calling 01430 431951

There is ample car parking in the field adjacent to the church, access to the church is via a grass path and two shallow steps, we do have a wheelchair ramp if needed.


Click onto this link to follow  Cantabile  www.cantabile-leeds.org.uk

Ellerton village is holding its Summer Fair on Sunday 16th July so why not pay a visit then too?


Sunday 10th September - 10.30 a.m to  5.30 p.m.

Heritage Open Day


In 2017 the Priory church and churchyard will be open for National Heritage Open Days.  As always, refreshments will be available with real coffee and generous portions of Michael's near-legendary cakes and savouries. This year there will be stalls selling local produce and  plants, guidebooks and gift-cards, second hand books, a tombola and an exhibition. Richard, our in-house wildlife expert, will be on hand and will be opening his moth trap round about mid-day; Phil's celebrated tours of the whole site will begin at 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm. All will be happy to answer questions throughout the day. Why not bring a picnic to share with friends in the churchyard, or order lunch in Ellerton’s splendid village pub, The Boot and Shoe?  (01757 288346). Ample car parking will be available in the field adjacent to the church.

Ellerton Priory is always happy to host visits by Local History and other interested groups. If you belong to an organisation which would enjoy a private tour, with or without refreshments, or would like to use the church as a venue for an activity or occasion, you are encouraged to get in touch with the Trust (see details below). 

Keeping in touch with the Trust


Ellerton Church Preservation Trust is a Registered Charity, with the number 1052689. The address for correspondence is Knedlington Old Hall,  Asselby Road, Knedlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, DN14 7EU. If  you wish to contact the trustees for any reason, or wish to offer help or support, please feel free to e-mail yorkbear@hotmail.co.uk or ann@annsotheran.co.uk or leave a telephone message on 01430 431951. The current trustees are Richard Baker, Ann Sotheran (treasurer), Michael Thomas and Phil Thomas (chair).



Directions to Ellerton Priory

Ellerton is 14 miles south-east of York, just off the B1228 York-Howden road, accessible from the north via the A64/A1079 or from the south via the A163 at Bubwith. The Priory church is the last building at the end of the village, and access is via a fairly level grass path and two small steps (ramp and help available). We have plentiful car parking, but no dogs in the car park field, please. Nearby is The Boot and Shoe - a traditional village pub with great ales, where hearty meals can be booked in advance (01757 288346).


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