On Sunday 2nd October 2016 the Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Cllr Barry Hunt, held his Civic Service at Saint Helen’s Parish Church, Carlin How with Skinningrove.
This was also an historic occasion for the people of Saint Helen’s Church in Carlin How, being the first time that the Borough Mayor’s Civic Service has ever taken place in the one hundred and sixteen year history of the church.
During the service the Rector of Loftus, Carlin How & Skinningrove and Mayor’s Chaplain, Father Adam Gaunt, gave a sermon on the Christian concept of Vocation, reflecting on how public service is often born out of a sense of vocation and calling.
With reference to the current mayor, Cllr Barry Hunt, Father Adam said,
“Those of you who know our current Mayor will already know that he is clearly motivated and driven by a genuine vocation to serve his community – whether it is the residents of his native Skinningrove, the people of this council ward, the residents of the wider Civic Parish of Loftus-in-Cleveland or those of us who are fortunate enough to live in our great Borough of Redcar and Cleveland. ”
The Mayor read the bible lesson and excellent music was provided by parish organist, Cllr Elisabeth Westhead, by members of the Marske Fishermen’s Choir, alongside two solos sung by fifteen-year-old classical singer Charlotte Potter.
Alongside representatives of community groups, residents and local school children from Whitecliffe Primary School in Carlin How, HM The Queen was officially represented by the Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire Mr David Kerfoot MBE and by the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire Mr John Furness. The MP for Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland, Mr Tom Blenkinsop, was also in attendance alongside civic guests from across Teesside, North Yorkshire and beyond.
The formalities concluded with a group photograph in the Churchyard, before festivities concluded with a sumptuous Sunday Afternoon Tea.