A fascinating talk and very successful fundraising evening, focusing on Pocklington’s Catholic heritage, was recently held in the town’s All Saints Church.
Local historian Phil Gilbank gave everyone an inspiring and knowledgeable insight into the little-known Pocklington characters involved in the Catholic history of this area.
Approximately 150 people attended the evening.
Few of the crowd knew of the Elizabethan martyr Richard Langley, or even of Archbishop Ullathorne, who campaigned against the horrors inflicted on convicts transported to Australia; or of the changing fortunes, over the centuries, of Pocklington’s influential Dolman family whose 16th Century forebear, John, founded Pocklington School.
Rowan Blake-James, chair of governors at St Mary’s and St Joseph’s School, said: “Thanks to Phil we travelled through the centuries, touching on Pocklington’s links to The Pilgrimage of Grace and the Gunpowder Plot. It was a superb presentation!
“The event was held in aid of the School Development Fund for the Catholic School of St Mary and St Joseph’s and an impressive £900 was raised for the cause.”