Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, visits the Croft

A nourishing Kingfisher café bacon and lentil soup supplemented with a cheese roll fortified Archbishop John during his visit to Malton and Norton.

The Archbishop who is nearing the final stage of his six month pilgrimage around the Diocese of York was welcomed by the café staff. Baker Joseph Golberg who lives at the Croft was especially happy.

“Archbishop John confirmed me in York Minster and I’m very pleased that he should call into our Kingfisher café to see us. I like baking scones and have been baking them in the café for a very long time”.

During his visit to the Croft, Archbishop John was joined by the York Archdeacon Sarah Bullock and Malton Vicar Peter Robinson.

Archbishop John said:

“My prayers have led me to this pilgrimage. St Paulinus, St Aidan, St Cuthbert and St Hilda of Whitby in their time shared the good news of Jesus Christ with the people of the North. I want to pray with people and I want to bless all that is fantastic and all that is wonderful".

Fiona Wood a member of the Croft Community enjoyed meeting the Archbishop.

“He was really friendly and shook hands with each one of us. I felt he was very down to earth and easy to talk to”

Craft workers at the Croft had prepared a special gift for the Archbishop, a beautiful felt picture showing a pilgrim walking through the countryside. Mark Dexter and Charlotte Collinson were on hand to make the presentation and afterwards sign the gift at the Archbishops request.