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Easter Weekend @ Pott Shrigley Good Friday (April 14th) Service at St Christopher's (10am) Service of reflection to remember Jesus' death on the cross. The service starts at 10am with hot cross buns served afterwards.

Good Friday Walk (after the service) Join us for a walk and a picnic after the morning service. Bring your own bite to eat and we'll enjoy it together in the beautiful Pott Shrigley countryside.

Curry at The Viceroy (5.30pm meet, 6pm eat) Come for a delicious curry at the Viceroy in Bollington (22 Ingersley Road). Everyone welcome! Booking essential – please contact Anne Murphy (01625 575768) for reservations. Prices Adult £11.95 Child £4.95.

Easter Day (April 16th) Holy Communion (8.30am) Early service to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ

Family Communion (10.45am) Family Service with Holy Communion to celebrate Jesus rising from the dead. Page 2

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Kath’s Easter Jottings Easter is my favourite festival. Coming after the reflective period of Lent, it bursts upon us with the promise of forgiveness and new life. Coupled with God’s reminders that the earth is emerging after winter with the birth of lambs and plants emerging and flowering, it is a season of hope and joy (and, in my case, eating too much chocolate).

Christianity, with its diagnosis of the problem of human sin (revolt against God which disrupts our relationship with Him) and solution to it (Christ on the cross), brings us the possibility of a new, satisfying and meaningful life. Unfortunately the message of the crucified Christ is, as Paul said in 1 Corinthians: 23, ‘a stumbling block …. and a folly’ to non believers. It is necessary to accept that ‘All have sinned, and The events of Good Friday, when fall short of the glory of Christ on the cross paid once and for all the penalty for our sins, and God’ (Romans 3:23); although some would not call it ‘sin’ I think His resurrection from the dead three days later, lie at the heart of it would be very rare for anyone to Christian belief. However, this can claim they had never done wrong. be difficult to explain, particularly As God is completely just, He will to those who do not recognise that punish sin just as courts punish crimes in the human justice sin, behaviour which leads us to system. The scale of human sin is damage other people, our world vast, so the answer needs to be and ourselves, needs to be similarly huge: ‘And we can see acknowledged as a serious that it was while we were difficulty which prevents us powerless to help ourselves that experiencing real peace and joy. Christ died for sinful men.…... Yet the proof of God’s amazing love is this: that it was while we were sinners that Christ died for us’ (Romans 5:6, Phillips translation). In other words Jesus, perfect, obedient and God’s Son, is the only one who has the capacity to atone for all our sins, past present and future. Christians believe that although we are all infected by sin which deserves to be punished, we all have the offer

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Cricket Cub News


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PCC Ponderings

10 Missionary Matters 12 Staffordshire Way 13 John Barrow 14 Pott Shrigley Church School 14 Ken Green 15 Silver Street Praise Alphabet (I) 16 Your Vote Your Council 18 Mouse Makes 19 Coffee Break 24 Suffering Church 25 Praise Alphabet (II) 29 Flix in the Stix 30 Chores and Chains 31 Recipe: Honey Muesli Bars 32 Services 32 Registers 33 Sidespeople 34 Regular Church Activities

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of rescue and redemption, freely given by God – we do not have to earn this gift through ‘good works’ (though these usually come as a result of faith), a misconception that hampered my personal faith for several years as I realised I could never make myself perfect. However, although this is God’s free gift, as with all gifts we do have to accept it, which involves being sorry for our misdoings, repenting and putting our trust in God. I find it amazing that God’s Son would humble himself to come to earth to pay the heavy price for our sin. In his book ‘Gunning for God’ John Lennox relates an incident that occurred when he was visiting a Holocaust museum. When asked what Christianity had to say about the sheer horror of the events that occurred in Auschwitz and other places, he replied that he had no easy answers but had what, for him at least, was a doorway into an answer. He said that he believed, as a Christian, that Jesus is God incarnate, come into the world as Saviour, but if Jesus really was God, what was he doing on a cross, one of the most painful and demeaning ways to die imaginable? Could it be that God begins at the cross to meet our heartbreaks by

showing that He is not distant from our human suffering, but became part of it Himself? For Christians this is the beginning of hope, a living hope that cannot be smashed by death because the story does not end in the darkness of the cross; Jesus conquered death by rising from the dead and one day He will assess everything in absolute fairness, righteousness and mercy. The unique claim of Christianity is that on the cross Jesus suffered more than crucifixion – He also suffered to atone for my (and everyone else’s) sins. The relief I felt when I finally understood that I could lay my huge burden of sin at the foot of the cross was enormous – though when I fail to remember that, once confessed and repented, sins are not only forgiven but also forgotten by God, I sometimes try to pick the heavy load up again! This Easter, reflect with me on the vastness of God’s love for us and what He offers to each one of us imperfect human beings – His free gift of forgiveness and salvation for all those who repent and put their trust in Him. Have a wonderful, blessed Easter and don’t eat too much chocolate!

La Sagrada Familia The cover photograph is of the statue of the crucifixion on the Passion façade of the famously unfinished basilica of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Building of the basilica started in 1882, and in 1883 Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona’s most famous Modernista architect, assumed responsibility for the design. By the time of his death in 1926 the building was less than 20% complete. When asked why the Page 4

construction was taking so long he is said to have replied ‘My client is not in a hurry.’

Duncan Matheson Facing the setting sun, indicative and symbolic of the death of Christ, the austere passion façade was started in 1954, following drawings and instructions left by HotPott - April 2017

Gaudi. The scenes follow Christ’s journey from the Last Supper to his burial but the crucifixion scene, sculpted by Josep Subirachs, head of the team of sculptors working on the Passion façade, dominates the piece. A man, called the evangelist, is observing the scene – this is Subirachs’ special tribute to Gaudi, whose face was used as the model for the evangelist. When finished the church will have 18 spires: 12 representing the apostles (eight have been built so far), four for the evangelists, one for the Virgin Mary and the tallest central spire for Jesus Christ (when completed it will be one metre lower than the nearby Montjuic hill as Gaudi did not believe his creation should surpass God’s). It is hoped to finish the spires by 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death.

the story of Christianity in an amazing way. Despite the hustle and bustle of huge numbers of visitors, on entering the basilica I was struck by the peaceful, serene atmosphere where many were quietly praying to our glorious, creative God. Although of course the church is Inside, a forest of branching and angled made of God’s people and not buildings, the columns of a unique Gaudi design holds up the Sagrada Familia is a wonderful example of roof. This produces a mottled effect to the what men can be inspired to do for the glory of light, which pours through the stained glass God. windows in shades of red, ochre, blue and green; with the sun shining the effect is remarkable. The basilica was consecrated by the Pope in 2010 and is now used for worship though as it will hold 13,000 people most services are held in the crypt, which is where Gaudi was buried after being run over by a tram. The Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s holy mission, is the biggest tourist attraction in Spain and is a unique and extraordinary piece of architecture that tells HotPott - April 2017


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Cricket Club News At the Pott Shrigley Cricket Club AGM the main changes voted in and officially certified by the PSCC returning officer are: Andrew Hart chairman, with Michael Hart moving to vice chairman; Rosario Baqueriza-Jackson is the new treasurer; Tony Hutter secretary, with Graham Hackney as his assistant and social secretary is Tony Hennon. On the field, Ryan Fitter is 1st XI captain with Matthew BaquerizaJackson as vice captain and Marc Ash is 2nd XI captain with J. Wilkie as vice captain.

Stephen Higginbotham, who both have served the club well in several official positions over many years.

The Cheshire Alliance (which we have been in for the last few years) has now merged with the UKFast Cheshire Cricket League (which we were in before we were relegated to the Alliance).

We wish both teams every success in their games over the season – and good weather and excellent teas! Editor.

Graham Hackney April Fixtures 22nd 1st Trafford (A) – 2nds Trafford (H) 29th 1st Knutsford (H) – 2nds Bowdon Vale (A) Here’s hoping for a sunny summer!

We would like to thank our previous long serving treasurer, Nathan Bull, and auditor, Strong arms of Jesus stretched out in His cross-work, opening Himself to die, opening the way for God’s wonder-work to raise Him to life, to offer life to us today, as responders. Our work – to believe in Jesus, to receive forgiveness and the Spirit, to know those strong arms enfolding, supporting, comforting, raising us to be His New Creation with resurrection power for our time. Hallelujah! By Daphne Kitching

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Guild Goings On Mary Currell opened the March meeting with the Lord’s Prayer. There were apologies from Val Beard, Eileen and Peter Frecknall, Doreen Hibbert and Georgina Wray. Georgina is quite poorly and we pray she will soon be on the road to recovery. Mary introduced our speaker, Tim Boddington, who very kindly stood in at extremely short notice.

Eileen Stratford We were taken on a visual journey along the Caledonian Canal across the breadth of Scotland from the Atlantic to the North Sea. The canal is 60 miles long, has 29 locks and is spanned by 10 bridges and four aqueducts. Designed and built by Thomas Telford, it cost £910,000 and after 18 years in the building was opened in 1822. We passed some wonderful scenery through Corpach Lock, Ben Nevis basin, Spean Bridge and the memorial to the Commandos who trained in the area before fighting overseas in the Second World War. We saw the floating pub at Laggan Locks and the Heritage Centre at Fort Augustus. From there we passed Loch Ness (twice as deep as the North Sea) with Urquhart Castle standing proud on its shores. This is a beautiful part of Scotland and well worth a visit. Many thanks

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Tim for a lovely, interesting afternoon. We were sad to hear of the death of Hilda Jackson. Hilda was a founder member of the Guild and loved by everyone. Our thoughts are with her family at this time. The meeting ended with tea and cakes. Thank you Sheena for baking such a treat of almond slices and fruit cake for us. The next meeting will be held in church on Wednesday April 12th at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Brian Hallworth who will show slides on the topic ‘Down forget -me-not lane’.

What is the Church Guild? The Church Guild is open to all. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month in church at 2.30 p.m. unless otherwise stated and usually end with tea and cake at around 4.30 p.m. We have speakers and slide shows on a wide variety of topics and enjoy a Christmas lunch together. The meetings are very informal with lots of fun and chatter so come along and join us, you will be very welcome.


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PCC Ponderings 11 members were present at the PCC meeting on March 7th to discuss regular items as well as looking forward to our annual meeting on 19th March.

graph of data mapping numbers at every service from late 2013 to the present day. David’s chart looked like the sort of temperature chart you have at the end of your bed in hospital – with impressive peaks, representing the individual Christmas services each year. Fortunately the patient is in good health!

Since we last met progress on the work to keep Pott Shrigley Church School open has been gathering pace and David gave us an update. The planned date for dissolution of the Looking at the two sets of federation of 27th February statistics side by side we has been achieved and drew the following there is now a new conclusions: governing body and a new The highest attendance head teacher, Mr (250) was at a Carols by Bertinshaw. The new Candlelight service at governors met on 1st March Secretary to the PCC Christmas 2016. and Sandy reported this There is a noticeable trend in the had been a positive occasion when committees decreasing numbers of marriages from were established. There is still a vacancy for 2006-2015. This might be because of the one foundation governor, and some concern competition from other venues, or more that only two of the foundation governors – recently because the interregnum might be Sandy and Sally – are from St. Christopher’s. a factor which puts couples off. One governor should be specifically designated The dashboard suggests a slight decline in as PCC governor but they have still to be general attendance over the period to formally named as the PCC has not been 2015. Once David Swales is in post we may involved so far in the appointment of the governing body.

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We have recently received a dashboard from the Church of England Statistics Unit. This is not part of a Ford Fiesta, but is in fact a collection of data in chart form, based on statistics sent in annually by each parish! The current dashboard covers the years 2006-2015 and shows attendance figures, electoral roll numbers, make up of congregation, etc; average weekly attendance at church is based on a snapshot for an average service in October. As well as this, we also looked at a separate chart prepared by David showing a Page 8

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need to consider how we can increase outreach and welcome new people in. We were generally very pleased, however, that numbers have been maintained at a good level during the interregnum and very grateful to Duncan, David, Anne, Steve and John Ryley for running attractive services and bringing in good clergy to fill vacant slots. Since the last PCC meeting, there has been a meeting of our standing committee to consider charitable giving and Peter, as treasurer, went over the main points discussed. It was agreed to follow the usual practice of distributing to charity 10% of all monies received by the church and this amounted to the sum of £7800 for 2016. In addition, we will fund the purchase of Bibles to children in Reception and Year 3 at Pott Shrigley School. The donations to our missionary partners, the Fazakerleys and the McCleans, have been maintained at current levels, whilst a new charity, Open Doors, has been added to our list of charitable causes.

contractor’s estimate. Various factors contributed to this, such as being able to complete the work faster, not taking the timber away, and being able to divert to other work when bad weather prevented the planned tasks. Donations of £250 have been received from people taking logs. NB Not from the person who helped themselves to a pile of logs cut up by David which had vanished when he returned to collect them!

There was news at the meeting on the progress of the planning application for the church room which was due to be considered at the planning meeting on Friday, 10th March. The councillors were to carry out a visit to the church on 9th March to see the site for themselves. Prospects of a favourable outcome from the first meeting are not good but Ian Malyan is optimistic that – due to the support of various conservation bodies – any appeal on the decision stands a good chance of success. Such an appeal would come with a cost, however, and this would have to be On the buildings side, David gave us an update priced and evaluated when the new priest in charge has arrived. on the work to the churchyard trees. The major work to the lime trees is now complete and two new limes have been planted to replace those felled. David said the cost of £6500 plus VAT was a reduction to the

I would like to thank all the church members for their cards, letters, kind words and support when my husband, Les, died in January. The response from so many people in the congregation was amazing and I was very moved by it. It really brought home to me what a caring community there is at St Christopher’s and how lucky I am to be part of it. Ros Johnson

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Missionary Matters I hope that we will see Megumi and Helen Fazakerley in church before the end of the year. Missionaries usually do four years overseas and then one year home assignment but due to their family now being back in the UK, they will have six months’ home assignment after every two years in Malawi. The temperature in Malawi

Chichewa and the other in English – and the book of Revelation to third year Chichewa students. Some of the former seem very excited and keen to learn, but Megumi has real concerns about some of the others; pray he may have wisdom as to how to deal with his students individually. The college (Evangelical Bible College of Malawi, or EBCoM) are planning to reduce the certificate course from three to two years, and introduce a Bachelor of Divinity course; Megumi has been given one subject syllabus to revise. He also has the task of producing a new custommade computer programme to keep student records and reports; this seems to involve

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has dropped by 20°C – leaving them now in the low 20’s! More difficult has been the absence of daytime electricity - recently for three days running. Some areas of Malawi have had a good rainy season and are looking forward to harvest time, but others have been less fortunate with too little rain or conversely floods. Also, not everybody has been able to afford fertilizer which makes a colossal difference to the harvest. How fortunate we are in not having to grow our own food! Please pray for a Malawian couple Mr. and Mrs. Makutcha who are hoping to go to Mozambique as missionaries in June or July; Megumi has been one of several people helping them prepare for this ministry. How wonderful that third world countries are starting to send out as well as receive missionaries. Pray too for Megumi as he teaches a New Testament survey to two first year classes – one in the local language Page 10

some very high-powered technological input. Helen has been dealing with the aftermath of a missionary lady who had a serious accident falling off a ladder, and has been involved with the orientation of a single lady from Australia and a couple with two teenage daughters from New Zealand, helping them acclimatise to a new culture, climate and way of life. Her latest ministry is starting something up for the men of the SIM (Serving in Mission) team. One of them has been persuaded to pastor the group, and Helen starts by preparing a men’s breakfast for 10 hungry chaps! Please pray for HotPott - April 2017

their children. Elizabeth, now qualified, has just started as an A & E nurse in Liverpool; Helen is concerned for her safety travelling by bike and train to Liverpool, sometimes late at night. Mary has just turned 20 and needs real guidance as to what she is going to do in life. Please pray! No news of Joshua – guess he’s doing OK. Again no direct news from Johnny and Ann McClean in Thailand, but the chart below from their website gives Johnny’s current timetable. He’s still mentoring two university cell groups as well as training younger workers with the Thai student organisation, but is now spending time with the Langham Fellowship training Thai pastors and with Pramote, the pastor of their church, trying to build up this Thai congregation, New City Fellowship Church. Please pray that the Lord would continue to sustain Pramote and give him a confidence and joy in the Gospel rather than in numbers. Pray too that the church would really start to look outwards in evangelism and gospel-focussed relationships with families, neighbours and friends.

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We usually think of refugees as making for Europe but apparently many trying to flee Pakistan head east; men who reach Thailand are immediately imprisoned while women and children are left to struggle alone. Johnny and others are trying to help some of the Christian refugees; please pray that funding for one family to move to Canada, where a church has agreed to sponsor them, will be sufficient soon. Ann continues to be busy with home and school. A parent recently told her: ‘another parent told me to talk to you and that I could be sure that you would tell the truth because you are a really serious Christian, not just one of those people who calls themselves a Christian but doesn’t mean it!’ Also, a student asked ‘So, Mrs Ann, do you believe in one God or three? I don’t understand how that works!’ Moments like this feel like a cool breeze in the heat of the school day, especially as Ann sometimes feels there are very few opportunities to talk directly about her faith. Praise God that parents, staff and students are gossiping about what Ann believes! Pray that Ann and the children will all ‘walk worthy’ as others watch our lives and our words.


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Staffordshire Way Abbots Bromley to Kinver Edge – Warblers and Wine The final part of our journey along this long distance footpath took us through parts of Staffordshire that were completely unfamiliar to us.

Lydia and Simon Potts Leaving Abbots Bromley we headed past Blithfield Reservoir which was created by flooding the valley to the southwest of the town in the early 1950’s. We skirted around the south of Stafford and eventually reached Shugborough Hall which came into view as we rounded a bend on the canal. Having explored the various craft stores including a wood turner and willow weaver we travelled on into Cannock Chase via the Punch Bowl. This is an area shaped like a natural amphitheatre that hosts concerts and theatre during the summer. With a bit of research we joined two Derbyshire Ornithological Society walks around the Chase. The first was a dawn chorus walk and almost immediately we had assembled onto the carpark, we heard the distinctive sound of a wood warbler which resembles a spinning coin gradually coming to rest. We went on to see tree pipits, redstart, stock doves and we very nearly stood on a cuckoo which shot off across the Chase. Bizarrely there were two mandarin ducks sitting in a tree. A few of the group wanted to find the green hairstreak butterfly which is a rarity; to everyone’s amusement as the only nonlepidopterists it was of course us that found one first when we sat down to have a rest and nearly squashed it. Page 12

A few weeks later we went on a night walk to see nightjars which are becoming quite rare with their strange nocturnal churring noise. We also saw a hunting long eared owl and heard the pig like squeal of a woodcock.

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and greenhouses send their grapes into the vineyard for processing. They are mixed together in one large batch to be turned into a ‘community wine’ and are exchanged for a couple of pounds. Halfpenny Vineyard grapes can be picked by volunteers who are paid one bottle for half a day’s picking or two bottles for a full day. We reached the end of the Staffordshire Way with happiness and sadness, a bit like ending a good book. The final section was at the borders of Staffordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire and at Kinver Edge with its famous cave houses. The trail heads steeply up to the last way marker and by the time we reached the top we were exhausted. We found a seat and enjoyed the panoramic views of Kidderminster and Ludlow and beyond into rural Worcestershire.

John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

John Barrow It was with great sadness that we heard last month of the death of John Barrow. John was very well known as the proprietor of Barrow’s Butchers in Bollington until 2010 when he handed over the reins of the business to his son, Richard. John’s funeral took place here at St. Christopher’s on March 1st when the church was filled to capacity, a wonderful tribute to a much loved and respected person.

months ago. John was also married at St Christopher’s in 1969 to his wife Rita. John loved his family and was a friend to so many; he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We send our love and deepest sympathy to Rita and all the family at this very sad time.

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Pott Shrigley Church School I am very pleased to be appointed as interim relationships with one another and their headteacher of Pott Shrigley Church School. welcoming nature. They are a pleasure to be The welcome that I have received with. from children, staff, parents and I am aware that the school has been indeed the whole community has through a challenging period in been wonderful. My priority in recent times and this is an education is always the welfare, opportunity for a new start. We have safety and progress of the children a new dedicated and committed in the school. Children have a right board of governors in place. In the to an inspiring and enjoyable coming months we should have a education, not simply as a means to period of stability and an opportunity being qualified for a to re-establish our future job, but as a own school character period of time where and ethos. they can be happy I appreciate that being children. It is Headteacher there will be essential that a Pott Shrigley Church School challenges ahead - as school creates a there will be for all positive and happy schools in a rapidly environment. Where children enjoy, are changing national educational landscape, but engaged and challenged in their work in by keeping our focus on the most important school, they will make good social and thing, the children, we will be in the best educational progress. position to meet these challenges. In the I have managed to meet most of the parents coming months, I am greatly looking forward and carers in the school. They are the most to working with the staff, getting to know the important people in a child's life and a children's strengths and personalities and to successful partnership between the home and becoming part of the Pott Shrigley community. school will benefit all parties. With regard to Yours sincerely, the children in the school, I have been struck Mark Bertinshaw by their quiet confidence, their excellent

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Ken Green The death occurred recently of Kenneth Green who passed away at the age of 95 and whose funeral took place here at St.Christopher’s on the 6th March. Ken and his late wife Margaret were both active members at St. Christopher’s in past years Page 14

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Praise Alphabet One Wednesday our home group, for our time wish, use the blank table below to come up of praise and worship, created a praise with your own ‘Praise Alphabet’, then turn to page 25 to see what alphabet. words and phrases It works like the Silver Street this... We each took group thought of. letters of the

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alphabet (handed out at random) from A to Z and then came up with a word that describes God, though we gave ourselves a little license for X and Y! The ‘answer’ could be a name for God or a phrase that describes some part of God’s character. Once we'd finished we then read the list of words/phrases out loud. We found it a really helpful exercise, and uplifting to hear the phrases that describe God read out. If you

Love and God bless,Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1 I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:2. I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you. Psalm 22:22.



























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“Your Vote, Your Council” to do this work and Rainow Council were investigating this. Pott Shrigley Parish Council There were two road traffic accidents in Pott felt that the SID was ineffective as a traffic nd Shrigley on 22 February, one in calming measure but of great use in tracking Bakestonedale Road where the wall was the number of cars entering the village, and demolished and one on the bend with the this data should be used as evidence to secure chevrons north of Shrigley Hall Hotel where a traffic calming measures before the Poynton by pedestrian and her dog were seriously injured. -pass is built. The Council would like to keep The clerk has asked for a discussion with Rob the SID on Bakestonedale Welch, an officer with the Road for several consecutive Road Safety Team about the months to secure a more latter as this is the fourth accurate picture. accident there in six months. We hope that a POTT SHRIGLEY SPRING CLEAN site visit will follow with the Highways Road Safety Officer. Cheshire East Council (CEC) Please come and join the parish council for the officer Paul Griffiths, who is now responsible annual ‘Spring Clean’ of the village; all for the relief road, will be informed of the equipment will be provided. Everyone to meet accident data. at the church at 10am on Saturday 1st April.


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Cllr. Boulton had heard from Cllr. James Smith that the building of Poynton Relief Road has been put back twelve months. Nobody was able to confirm the veracity of this statement. All documents relating to the relief road plans and traffic calming measures are available on the following link:

Whatever time you can provide will make a difference and will be greatly appreciated.


Gareth Winstanley has been successful in securing funding from the British Heart Foundation for a defibrillator for northern end of Pott Shrigley near Green Close Methodist Church. Further information for installation pottshrigleyparishcouncil and exact location will be in next month's SPEED INDICATION DEVICE - SID edition. Gareth is going to install the equipment as it does not need to be connected Cllr. Boulton attended a meeting on Sunday th to a power supply. Users will not need to ring 19 February. He reported that: ‘The police for a code to unlock the cabinet because the remain determined to ultimately pass on the responsibility for all aspects of SID deployment. phone signal is poor in that area. There is to be a period of eight weeks from POTT SHRIGLEY SCHOOL FUTURE 19th February to allow time for the respective Gareth Winstanley informed the meeting of parish councils to agree on a way forward and the latest developments. Mark Bertinshaw, to carry out insurance checks as required. A retired head of Rainow School, has been further meeting will then be convened.’ appointed as headteacher for two and half Sergeant Rob Simpson had suggested that days a week. A new governing body is in place councils might employ somebody independent and met last week with the chair Cllr. Hilda Page 16

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Gaddum, who holds the children and family services portfolio at CEC, and a deputy head from Poynton and the head from Kettleshulme Primary School as part of the team. The outside classroom has been decorated and kitted out and was opened for the local nurseries to view. One of the main concerns is the possibility of an Ofsted inspection while the ‘new’ school is in its infancy but everybody is working very hard to make a success of it.


application 16/4970M DECISION Reference: 16/6193M Proposal: Listed building consent for the installation of new integrated antennas and support pole together with the deployment of 2no. Cabinets (1 cabinet to be removed) Location: EE TELECOMMS SITE, SHRIGLEY HALL, SHRIGLEY ROAD, POTT SHRIGLEY, SK10 5SB

Reference: 16/6192M Proposal: Installation of new integrated antennas and support pole together with the deployment of 2no. cabinets (1 cabinet to be removed) Location: EE TELECOMMS SITE, SHRIGLEY Unfortunately a Google search does not put it HALL, SHRIGLEY ROAD, POTT SHRIGLEY, SK10 5SB at the top of the list but it is there, lower down. Perhaps you could add it to favourites to APPROVED save typing such a cumbersome address. If PENDING there is anything you would like to see on the Reference: NP/CEC/1215/1153 site please email the clerk at Location: ST. CHRISTOPHER’S CHURCH, POTT SHRIGLEY SK10 5RT Proposal: Single storey extension to form a PLANNING meeting room, small brew area, storage and APPLICATIONS lavatory. FOR INFORMATION ONLY The parish council After the withdrawal of the Cheshire East Council free website hosting for the Pott Shrigley Parish Council’s website. The new web address is pottshrigleyparishcouncil

has not been consulted: Reference: 17/0609M Type Of Application: Certificate of lawful proposed use/ development Location: NEEDYGATE COTTAGE, SHRIGLEY ROAD, POTT SHRIGLEY, CHESHIRE, SK10 5SG Proposal: Certificate of lawful proposed development of a two storey extension. Action: The clerk is to ask Cllrs. Howard and Saunders why they had been consulted on this application but the parish council had not. Reference: 17/0739D Type Of Application: Discharge of conditions Location: NORMANS HALL, SHRIGLEY ROAD, POTT SHRIGLEY, MACCLESFIELD, SK10 5SE Proposal: Discharge of conditions 7 and 8 on HotPott - April 2017

17/0469M Proposal: To increase the roof height of the bungalow by 1 metre to match the existing garage and make the current loft conversion a useable space. Location: HILLVIEW, SHRIGLEY ROAD, POTT SHRIGLEY, CHESHIRE. SK10 5SE The council had no objection to this application

NEXT MEETINGS The next meeting of the Parish Council will start at 8.00pm. The meeting will be in the village hall on Monday 10th April. All are welcome to attend.


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Coffee Break Across 1 ‘You are a chosen people, a royal — ’ (1 Peter 2:9) (10) 7 Exact copy (Joshua 22:28) (7) 8 Jesus’ first words to Jairus’s daughter, ‘My child, — — ’ (Luke 8:54) (3,2) 10 Idol made by the Israelites while Moses was on Mount Sinai (Exodus 32:4) (4) 11 Role allotted to Joseph in Egypt (Genesis 42:6) (8) 13 ‘Lord, when did we — — hungry and feed you?’ (Matthew 25:37) (3,3) 15 ‘Though seeing, they do — —; though hearing, they do not hear or understand’ (Matthew 13:13) (3,3) 17 Happening (1 Kings 21:1) (8) 18 ‘Whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the — of Christ’ (Philippians 3:7) (4) 21 National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (1,1,1,1,1) 22 Stamp on (Amos 2:7) (7) 23 Liable to rot (1 Corinthians 15:42) (10)

reform movement in France (8) 5 Sing out (anag.) (7) 6 Ceremonial column of people on the move (1 Samuel 10:5) (10) 9 One of the things love always does (1 Corinthians 13:7) (10) 12 Esther’s cousin who foiled a plot to assassinate King Xerxes (Esther 2:7, 22) (8) 14 See cape (anag.) (7) Down 16 ‘No one can — them out of my hand’ (John 1 Of the pope (5) 10:28) (6) 2 ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything — — 19 Often mistakenly identified as the fruit that ’ (Psalm 24:1) (2,2) led to the first sin (Joel 1:12) (5) 3 Hebrew word for the kind of peace that 20 ‘He was led like a — to the slaughter’ (Isaiah Jesus promised (6) 53:7) (4) 4 Member of a 16th-century Protestant HotPott - April 2017


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The Persecuted Church Recent state elections in India have strengthened the support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the BJP, the extremist Hindu nationalist party. Persecution experienced by Indian Christians at the hands of Hindus has included at least 15 believers assaulted including two women beaten by their husbands; two church meetings and two marriage services disrupted; several church buildings vandalised and looted; a Christian orphanage shut down by police for “child trafficking” and pastors threatened. The Evangelical Fellowship of India recorded 20 verified hate crimes against Christians in February alone, taking the total for the first two months of 2017 to 38. On February 24th a Hindu mob, some of them in disguise and armed with iron rods, hockey sticks and axes, invaded a Christian peace festival in Delhi; they attacked a pastor on stage and Christians in the crowd and vandalised equipment, including the PA system and cameras. The pastor who was beaten, Emmanuel Masih, told Global Christian News: ‘They accused me of carrying out conversions and hit me so much that I started to bleed from my nose and mouth. Soon I was covered in my own blood.’ The damage to property meant that the festival, which was attended by 1700 people, had to be cancelled; Delhi police had previously refused to provide protection for the event. Indian believers are living on the persecution front line in a country where they are supposed to be protected.

that day, the police ordered the church pastor to suspend all meetings until he could prove the church had been ‘registered’; majority Buddhists frequently claim that churches should be registered, despite the fact there is no legal requirement for them to do so.

Messages from Egypt are mixed. President elSisi has instructed the Egyptian army to rebuild a number of churches destroyed by Muslim mobs and seems intent on allowing Christians to live in peace. A Muslim man who murdered a Christian shopkeeper, Youssef Lamei, in an Islamic State style execution in January has been found guilty and sentenced to death by a court in Alexandria; this sends a clear message that Christians cannot be killed with impunity though three other Egyptian Christians were murdered in the first two weeks of 2017. Christian minorities are especially vulnerable to miscarriages of justice, particularly when the victim is Christian and the perpetrator and police are Muslim. Although not wishing in any way to condone judicial murder, the Egyptian courts’ swift prosecution of Youssef Lamei’s murderer and the recent decision to reopen the case of a 70-year-old Christian grandmother beaten by a Muslim mob in May 2016 are positive steps for justice. However, there will be no public celebration of Easter in Kom Al Lufi, as the authorities are still refusing permission for the village’s Christians to meet nine months after Muslim rioters destroyed several Christian homes after falsely claiming one would be used as a church. Following the A mob of around 30 Buddhists, accompanied violence, a building in which believers had by a police officer, invaded a youth prayer gathered to pray was closed and although local meeting in Morawaka village in southern Sri officials pledged to re-open it one Christian Lanka on 10 February and halted the meeting. resident explained: ‘We still have to travel to They attempted to take the believers’ Bibles other nearby villages to hold services. Means of and told them to stop worship activities. Later transport are not easy here, meaning that the Page 24

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aged and weak can never manage to go.’ Although the Egyptian government has passed legislation to replace stringent Ottoman-era restrictions on churches, the Christians of Kom Al Lufi still have nowhere to gather. ‘Even though there is no killing … Muslims are wielding their power and imposing their will against our fundamental need to pray.’

psychosocial wellbeing, and coping skills.’ Near Homs, a Child Friendly Space is enabling 320 children every week to take part in games, sports, music, drama, arts and crafts, to receive an education and to learn about child protection. ‘Now they have their own space, they slowly start to feel better,’ George says. ‘It is also strengthening the ties between the church and its surrounding community.’

Six years ago this week, anti-government protests took place within Syria and escalated PLEASE PRAY: into today's violent conflict – and children have Thank God that hundreds of children are not been spared. Currently, the UN estimates able to be children again in these that 5.8 million children are in need inside Child Friendly Spaces Syria, with some 281,000 living under siege. For Open Doors’ partners providing support ‘Many children have been directly impacted by to Syrian children and that God would the violence, suffering from physical and protect and provide hope to psychological trauma and being forced to leave vulnerable young people displaced their homes,’ explains Syrian fieldworker, from their homes in Syria. George, who has seen first hand the impact of For Christians in India, Sri Lanka and Egypt the war on children. But there is hope. Open to name just three of the many other Doors’ partners like George are providing Child countries where our brothers and Friendly Spaces for hundreds of Syrian sisters in Christ are suffering for our children, giving them a chance to play, learn faith. and grow. George explains: ‘The activities are designed specifically for each specific age group to promote child development,

Praise Alphabet (cont.) A – ABBA / Almighty / Awesome B – Bountiful C – Cares for us, Challenges us, Creator, Christ Child, Calms our storms D – Deity E – Eternal F – Faithful Father G – Gracious H – Heart of love, Hallelujah, HAIL the King I – Immortal J – Jehovah / Joy K – King of Kings L – Lord of Lords M – Mighty, Merciful, Marvellous, Magnificent HotPott - April 2017

N – Name above all names O – Omnipresent P – Pater / Patient Q – Questing R – Revered, Righteous, Royal, RISEN! S – Shepherd T – Trustworthy. U – Ultimate V – Victorious W – Worthy to be praised, Worshipped X – eXalted Y – Yesterday, today and forever Z – ‘First and last’ – ‘alpha and omega’


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We are pleased to remind you of our popular

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Serving Locally Brewed Real Ale & Speciality Lagers Easy parking, comfortable surroundings and good company.

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Chores and Chains Cleaning Contact Evette 0161 439 5776 April 7th April 14th April 21st April 28th May 5th

Mr & Mrs Currell Dr A Davies, Mr R Lofthouse Mrs Harper, Mrs Plant Ms Bunting, Mr & Mrs Stratford Mrs Meecham, Mrs Winstanley

Tea & Coffee April 2nd April 9th April 16th April 23rd April 30th May 7th

Peter & Eileen Jenny & Helen (Family service) Margaret & Doreen Ros & Sheila Rita & Carol Peter & Eileen

Flowers Contact Gill 01625 829819 April 2nd April 9th April 16th April 23rd April 30th May 7th

Vacant Vacant Easter; For Gill’s birthday and life Vacant Ivan & Mary in memory of Iris, Ivan’s mum Vacant

Weddings Contact Pam 01625 575010 27th May Noon Wayne Willott & Jennifer Pinnick We wish them joy in their preparations

Proof Reading May 2017

Vicki Shelley (25th April)

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Recipe Of The Month Healthy Honey Muesli Bars (Most Australian recipes frequently use measuring cups. 1 cup = 250 ml)

minutes then stir into dry ingredients. Press into prepared pan, refrigerate until set before cutting into squares.

Pam Cooke 1/4 cup sesame seeds 1 cup toasted muesli (mine contained a few sunflower seeds) 3 cups Rice Krispies 1/2 cup coconut 1/4 cup sunflower seed kernels 125g butter 1/3 cup of honey (approx. 120 g on my scales!) 1/3 cup of peanut butter 1/2 cup demerara sugar

*** Easter Eggs Though a great success commercially We ask (if maybe controversially) Are the lessons of the lectionary Really found in such confectionary? ***

Grease a 19cmx29cm/11”x7” baking tray, or line with baking parchment. Toast sesame seeds on oven tray in moderate oven for about 5 minutes, cool to room temperature. Alternatively, toast in a small dry frying pan for a few minutes, but watch closely and stir frequently for even colour. Combine first five ingredients in a bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in a small saucepan; stir constantly over heat without boiling until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, simmer uncovered without stirring for 5

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Services April 2nd. 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Holy Communion 12.30pm Baptism

Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45 Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45

Lynne Bowden Lynne Bowden John Buckley

Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 27:1-5 Matthew 21:1-11

David Harrison A & S Murphy

9th. Palm Sunday 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Family Service

14th. Good Friday 10.00am Reflections round the cross

Anne Murphy

16th. Easter Day 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Holy Communion & Baptism

Job 19:23-27; Luke 24:13-27 Job 19:23-27; Luke 24:13-27

Keith Ranger Keith Ranger & John Buckley

1 John 5:4-12; John 20:19-23 Daniel 6:6-23; Mark 15:46-16:8

John Briggs Jenny Kendal

1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:11-16 Acts 2:41-47

David Harrison John Ryley Sue Hawkins

1 Peter 2:11-17; John 16:16-22 Acts 2:42-47; John 10:1-10

David Harrison David Harrison

23rd. 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Holy Communion

30th. 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Morning Worship 12.30pm Baptism (2)

May 7th. 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Holy Communion

From the Registers Baptisms We welcome into the Lord’s family: 12th March George Anthony Wallen

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Sidespeople April 2nd. 8.30am 10.45am 12.30pm

Prayers Mr. K. Ardern Mrs. E Harper + Mr. & Mrs. R. Ferguson


9th. Palm Sunday 8.30am 10.45am

Miss G. Mosley Mr. S. Heathcote + Mr. I. Currell + Mr. I. Malyan


14th. Good Friday 10.00am

16th. Easter Day 8.30am 10.45am

Mr. & Mrs. R. Stratford Mrs. E. Harper + Mr. & Mrs. P. Frecknall


23rd. 8.30am 10.45am

Miss G. Mosley Mr. & Mrs. S. Potts Extra Readers: Mr. D. Gem + Mr. R. Gem

Ivy Mosley

Mr. & Mrs. R. Stratford Mr. & Mrs. P. Frecknall Extra Reader: Mrs. A. Meecham

Pam Cooke

30th. 8.30am 10.45am

May 7th. 8.30am 10.45am

Mr. K. Ardern Mrs. E. Harper + Mr. I. Malyan + Mrs. E. Buffey

Sandy Milson

Date for your diary Licensing of our new priest in charge: David Swales will be licensed on the evening of Tuesday 30th May. All welcome; more details to follow.

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Regular Church Activities Weekly: JUNIOR CHURCH - Children of three years and older - held during the 10:45am service. Meets in church for the first part of the service and then goes over to the Village Hall for bible stories, songs, craft activities, prayers and fun. CRECHE - Held during the 10:45am service in the tower vestry. HOME GROUPS - Four groups offering fellowship, worship and bible study: Rainow - Monday 8:00 - 9:30pm, New Hey Farm, Rainow; Sheila Garton, 573492 Adlington - Monday 8:00 - 10:00pm, 2 Wych Lane, Adlington; John Ryley, 829595 Pott Shrigley (North) - Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30pm, 3 Green Close; Sally Winstanley, 574545 Bollington - Wednesday 8:00 - 9:30pm, 14 Silver St, Bollington; Anne Murphy, 575768 PRAY TOGETHER - Tuesday 7:00 - 7.45pm in the tower vestry; Yvonne Foster, 576419 PRAISE AND PLAY - Children up to school age. Thursday 09:30 - 11:30am in church for stories and activities; Celia Fraser, 665054 BELL RINGING - Thursday 7:30 - 9:00pm, meet in the bell tower; Duncan Matheson, 574983

Monthly: CHURCH GUILD - Fellowship, speakers, outings and tea. Meets the second Wednesday in the month 2:30 - 4:00pm in church; Georgina Wray, 615547 The list above was last revised on 21st February, 2017. All telephone numbers are prefixed with 01625. Please give corrections and additions to

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Directory Priest-in-charge:

Vacant – Contact Churchwardens if necessary


Dr John Ryley (Reader Emeritus), 2 Wych Lane, Adlington, SK10 4NB


Parish Assistant:

Gillian Mosley, 129 St Austell Avenue, Macclesfield, SK10 3NY



David Garton, New Hey Farm, Macclesfield Road, Rainow, SK10 5UU

573492 Duncan Matheson, Church View Cottage, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA

574983 Verger:

Stan Heathcote, Lilac Cottage, Spuley Lane, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5RR

PCC Secretary:

Ros Johnson, 54 Shrigley Road South, Poynton, SK12 1TF

875902 PCC Treasurer:

Peter Kennedy,

Gift Aid & Planned Giving:

Sally Winstanley, 3 Green Close Cottages, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SG

07850 740335


Mary Currell, 61 Crossfield Road, Bollington, SK10 5EA

574545 573735 David Garton, as above


Weekly Bulletin:

David Gem, Ridge Hall Farm, Ridge Hill, Sutton, Macclesfield, SK11 0LU

Electoral Roll and Safeguarding officer:

Kath Matheson, Church View Cottage, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA

Tower Captain:

Duncan Matheson, as above


Pastoral Care Team:

Jean Bennett, 33 Dyers Court, Bollington, SK10 5GG


Church Guild:

Georgina Wray, 14 Paladin Place, Bank Close, Macclesfield, SK11 7HE

615547 574983 Children’s Ministry:

Anne Murphy, 14 Silver Street, Bollington, SK10 5QL

575768 Praise and Play:

Celia Fraser, Rose Cottage, Bull Hill Lane, Rainow, SK10 5TQ

665054 Parish Council Clerk:

Joyce Burton,

Wedding Coordinator:

Pam Cooke,


Head Teacher:

Mark Bertinshaw, Pott Shrigley Church School SK10 5RT


head@pottshrigley.cheshire Website:

Tess Phillips, 26 Hurst Lane, Bollington, SK10 5LP

PCC Members:


(please prefix numbers with 01625)

Dr John Ryley, Duncan Matheson, Sally Winstanley, Peter Kennedy, Ros Johnson, Andy Phillips, Pam Cooke, Eileen Buffey, Ian Clarke, Mary Currell, Mike Akerman, Sheila Garton, Ian Malyan, David Garton, Vicky Smith, Sandy Milsom, Gill Mosley, Ivy Mosley, Anne Murphy, Kath Matheson.

This directory was updated on 17th February 2017. Please give corrections and additions to

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