£1 April 2021
Pott Shrigley’s Church & Parish Magazine
David’s Deliberations Dear friends, In a former church I once spoke in a sermon about times in my life when I have moved on from one place to another (I forget now exactly what point I was making). I was told afterwards by several people that they were convinced that I was about to announce my departure from the parish… In fact, I had no plans to leave at the time: but it was interesting to notice how quick folk were to pick up a hint which they thought I was dropping!
stunned and disbelieving yet again. But this time because they hardly dared believe their joy! Jesus was back! What had seemed a terrible defeat was suddenly shown to be a great victory. Death and evil had not beaten Jesus: He had beaten them! Suddenly, everything looked different: everything made sense. From this new point of view they could see that God had been in control all the time, had been working His own purposes out, even through the evil events of Good
‘The Son of Man must suffer’ What a contrast with Jesus' disciples! Jesus did all He could, over a long time, to warn them that He was going to be taken from them, that He would suffer and die, yet they wouldn't take the hint. So, when Jesus was betrayed and arrested, when He was beaten and falsely accused, when the unthinkable happened and He was led off to die, carrying His own instrument of torture on His back, and neither man nor God lifted a finger to stop the terrible business, what could they think but that it was the most awful disaster, that everything had gone horribly wrong? Surprise! Three days later they were HotPott - April 2021
Ever since, Christians have looked at the world, and at life, from this new point of view. The sadness in our own lives, and in the world, is not always taken away, nor always understood: but Jesus' resurrection is our guarantee that the final victory is God's. He can bring good out of evil, even life out of death. Remembering – and Celebrating That is why we have Holy Week and Easter. As we remember again the terrible events of Good Friday, and share again in the joy of the Resurrection, our perspective changes: we are enabled to see the world, and
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Learning the Ugandan Way
The Pott Shrigley Hardings,
12 Your vote, Your council 14 Pott Shrigley Cricket Club 15 Lovely Lilies 16 The Annual Parochial Church Meeting… 16 ..and Electoral Roll Revision: again! 17 Coffee Break 18 The Lord's Prayer Pictures 20 Mouse Makes 21 Missionary Matters 22 Suffering Church 30 Open All Hours (well, not quite) 33 Recipe: ANZAC biscuits 34 Services
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our lives, in a new light: the light of God’s purpose, hope and victory. Wishing you and yours a happy and hopefilled Easter. Your friend and vicar, David
UK Census, Past & Present By the time you are reading this magazine, you should have completed the 2021 UK census forms; in so doing you are taking part in an essential exercise that has been ongoing for over 200 years.
requested: I expect by 2031 we will have to provide shoe size and inside leg measurement! The information gathered by the census is used to forecast areas such as school usage,
Mike Akerman The first census was undertaken in 1801 and has been repeated every 10 years since (except 1941, during the war). It was not, however, until 1841 that names were recorded and since then more and more information has been
The 1911 census for the Lowther family at Shrigley Hall: Colonel Lowther, his wife Harriett and son Thomas together with seven servants, only one of whom was born locally (see also expansion of names above). Page 4
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NHS requirements and population growth/ shrinkage in local areas. As a snapshot, the population of Pott Shrigley was 369 in 1801, 467 in 1851, 313 in 1901, 415 in 1951 and 220 in 2001. There is a 100-year embargo on the detailed information contained in a census and thus the last available to us is 1911. The 1921 census will be available on 1 January 2022 and is eagerly awaited: it will reflect the change in the population from 1911 due to both the First World War and the Spanish Flu epidemic, so will be particularly interesting. Sadly the 1931 census was destroyed by fire in December 1942. If anyone would like the appropriate page for their own house (assuming it existed in 1911) or for their family, please contact Mike Akerman (email@example.com). In 1961 census information was gathered by local officials. So it was that well known local luminary Billy Bennett, aka the Sherriff of Pott Shrigley, featured in the Macclesfield Advertiser: To Mr W. H. Bennett of Woodside, Pott Shrigley, falls a distinction this weekend, for in connection with the census, he is thought to be the only enumerator in the town and rural district who has taken part in three censuses – in 1931, 1951 and 1961.There was no census in 1941 because of the war. When the first census was taken in Pott Shrigley in 1801, the parish had a population of only 168.
Mr Bennett, who is also the parish clerk, told The Advertiser that in a straggling parish the census is a most interesting task. ‘We have to see that everyone is put down, even tramps,’ he said. In the picture Mr Bennett is seen delivering a census form to Mrs Grenville Harding at Ivy Cottage, which was formerly the residence of a Mr Davenport, head steward to the Pott Shrigley estate early in the last century. Stabling accommodation can still be seen at the back of the premises. Later the cottage was for half a century the home of the schoolmistress. It has recently been modernised by Mr A. G. Harding but the historical character of the premises remains unaltered. One of the features is a fine oak staircase. Interesting detail of the premises included!
Thank you from the Matheson family… Duncan, Roderick and Kerrie and their families thank everyone for their prayers and kind wishes following the loss of Joan ‘Grannie’ Matheson in February; they have been a real comfort and support to us all. David Swales and John Buckley ensured her funeral service was such a special occasion: a sad, but fitting, ‘send-off’ for a true lady who was confident of her place in heaven. And thank you too to Andy Phillips and Rick Gem for giving so generously of their time and expertise to ensure others could join with us in saying goodbye, to Mary for playing the organ and to David Garton who organised us all into the correct seats! We appreciate the donations made in Joan’s memory; thank you for your generosity. An appreciation of Joan’s life will appear in next month’s HotPott. HotPott - April 2021
Learning the Ugandan Way
Pott Shrigley Church School and Makonge School, Kiyindi, Uganda have a longstanding connection, so it’s good to hear the latest news…
The children then created beautiful Ugandaninspired artworks by using repeating patterns – from simple Lego bricks dipped in paint through to block printing with rollers.
Mrs Novacki recently led a project on Uganda focusing on the long-held partnership with Makonge School. Our children were alarmed to discover the distances the children had to walk to obtain things that we take for granted, like fresh water, and to reach school. We practised balancing containers on our heads – luckily these didn’t actually contain water as some were rather wobbly…
The session ended with each of the children writing a letter to a new friend at Makonge – the letters are now in the post and we’re awaiting news of their arrival.
David Garton has kindly provided some background information:
being to encourage wider families to take in orphans by providing free education for one of their own children and the orphan, to avoid the orphans being in institutionalised orphanages. I believe that the building later became a guest house for visitors to the school.
The Uganda link started via the school when Phil Mellen was head teacher – he was already a supporter of the charity International Needs (IN) when he arrived at Pott. When Jo Hadfield-Gem, Sheila and I visited in 2007 there were two IN schools in the Buikwe district of central Uganda, the schools being called ‘Buikwe’ and ‘Kiyindi’; ‘Makonge’ was used as the name of the health centre which IN ran near to Kiyindi School - it may have been the official name of the school as well, but I don't know. We visited both schools. Pott School and various church folk had been raising funds to support the building of a small residential building at Buikwe School for orphans with no family in the area, the IN ethos Page 6
Sounds like everyone had fun as well as learning important things about the lives of children in Kiyindi. Apparently the letters have now arrived, and it would be fun to hear the responses.
Pott and Makonge Schools continued to have active links between staff and children, and one of the Ugandan teachers, Stephen Lubega, whom we are delighted to welcome to our online services most Sunday mornings, came to the UK for a short exchange visit and Mary Whaite, who taught at Pott in those days, did the reciprocal visit to Uganda and has maintained links ever since. In fact Mary and her husband David have recently been fundraising for some new classrooms at the Kiyindi site. HotPott - April 2021
Buikwe school, new classrooms
What a class size!
One Sunday morning many years ago, someone from IN spoke at St Christopher’s about their work in Uganda, which motivated several members of the congregation to work alongside the charity by sponsoring a child’s education. Please visit the IN website (ineeds. org.uk) to learn more about the exciting work this charity does with families in Burkina Faso, Egypt, Nepal, Sri Lanka and, of course, Uganda.
Kiyindi school, view of Lake Victoria
Photographs & acknowledgements… Front cover: The Passion façade of the Sagrada Família, in Barcelona. Although famously unfinished, Gaudí’s masterpiece is both astounding architecturally and a place of profound peace – despite the ongoing building works! Although the construction of the Passion façade began in 1954, and the architectural work on it completed just two decades later, it wasn’t until 1986 that the sculptor, Josep Maria Subirachs, was commissioned to fashion the façade. As he wanted fully submerged in the works in order to completely soak up the inspirational spirit, Subirachs went to live at the Sagrada, just as Gaudí had done. After a year and a half, his first sculpture, the Flagellation, was put in place; year on year more followed, organised chronologically according to the Way of the Cross. Subirach’s modern style was not appreciated by all, but it did reflect Gaudí’s wishes: ‘It is all sharp, extremely simple geometrical shapes, bare of any ornamentation, only stillness and structure. We feel the desolation, the suspension of life and the disruption of nature that accompanied the divine tragedy,’ he said. Subirachs’ own style reflects this, and it’s a testament to its effectiveness, at least for me, that it was impossible to gaze at the Passion Façade without being drawn into the drama and, more importantly, the enormity of Christ’s sacrifice, for me and for us all, on the Cross. Photograph by Duncan Matheson; information from Sagrada Família website. Inside front cover: Photograph by Peter Boulton Your Vote: Photographs by Joyce Burton Apologies to Bollington Photo Archive: we should have said thank you to them for the photograph of the Pott Shrigley Girls’ Friendly Society that appeared on page 7 of last month’s HotPott – so thank you!
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The Pott Shrigley Hardings, 1716 to 1985 Last month we left the Harding family running one of the village shops and playing cricket, but we take a step back now to look at Ann & John’s father Grenville’s earlier life… Grenville was schooled at the King’s School, Macclesfield for a time during his teenage years, but eventually decided to follow his father Arthur into the plumbing trade, serving his time as an apprentice working for Hampson’s Plumbers in Bollington. His older sister, Beryl, continued to live at the shop, helping her parents to run it; she married Harold Storer in 1934 and they had a daughter, Pat.
John & Ann Harding In 1933, after the death of Harriett, the last of the Lowthers to occupy Shrigley Hall, the estate began to be sold off. Many houses in the village belonged to the estate, including the row which includes The Shop (now The Croft) and Church View and Ivy Cottages; historically many of the occupants worked for the Shrigley Estate. Arthur Harding, our paternal grandfather, had the foresight to purchase The Shop, where his family lived, plus Church View Cottage, occupied by the Tinsley family, and Ivy Cottage, lately occupied by Miss Louise Sharpley and Miss Ruby Walker, both school mistresses. The contract was signed on Armistice Day, 1933, with the three properties costing Arthur a total, princely sum of £700. The Lowther’s descendants retained mining rights over the land though, and the school still has the right to use the pump sited in the yard of Church View Cottage – not that they’ve asked to do so in the last 36 years at least! In 1933 Grenville married Florence, from Hollin Hall; her father, J. J. Broster, was the Page 8
Grenville & Florence Harding wedding
stonemason responsible for the carving and erection of the First World War memorials at Kerridge, Furness Vale, Rainow and Whaley Bridge. Grenville and Florence moved into Ivy Cottage, which at that time was a ‘two up and two down’ with a lean-to at the side serving as the scullery/kitchen and stairs going up from the back room. Ann was born at Ivy Cottage in 1940 and John in 1945. I (Ann) remember that John slept in a cot in our parents’ room until he was 5; I occupied the front bedroom and would sit for hours in the window, reading. I also had a fireplace and washbasin in the room. It was lovely to have a fire during the winter months and when poorly but how dangerous! We had an idyllic childhood, at a time when there were no concerns about allowing children the freedom to roam: we were encouraged to go out and learn but to come back for mealtimes, often summoned by Dad’s whistle! We knew the day of the week by what we had served for dinner... the menu rarely changed. Holme Wood at the back of Ivy Cottage played a huge part in our play regimes. In those days it was much more open, with a clear path along the top which HotPott - April 2021
many adults used to take a stroll, and we had huge fun making truck tracks, dens and camps and looking for treasure in the tips behind the cottages. (We’re still finding old pottery, glass and the occasional kitchen sink in our garden!) Mum would ask us to look for eggs there too as the hens were often laying away. We had a big white rabbit called ‘Bun’, who used to boss the dog around. (Sounds like a subsequent occupant of Church View, who chewed his way through many visitors’ shoelaces, cardigans and handbags!) We climbed into Nab Wood too and walked along the top, spying on the boys at the Salesian College. We would travel miles, playing in the brook, jumping from one side to the other, walking in the brook under the road, hay making in Boon’s field with Dolly and Paddy, the shire horses. On Sundays we attended church three times, singing in the choir and going to Sunday school; we also fitted in a long walk – possibly the 20 acres, Styperson Pool or Long Lane before returning home for toasted crumpets and celery before evening service. My (John) playmates included Tony Plant (Spuley Cottage), Raymond and Anita Parker (Church Cottages), John Snape (Cheshire Hunt), Roger Barton (Pott level) and Peter Needham (Pott Hall). All the family loved village life. Mum helped with teas at Rose Queen, making cakes and jam – raspberry was very popular; she also helped to clean church and attended the Wednesday afternoon whist drive in the hut at Heathcote’s field. Dad grew all his own fruit and vegetables. Both our parents, Grenville and Florence, were quite fanatical about education, so much so that we left Pott School and were packed off at the age of seven to preparatory school in Macclesfield, Ann to Miss Corrins and John to King’s Juniors. I (Ann) remember little of my years with Miss Featherstone at Pott Shrigley School; she had little control and would cry. (This is the same lady Geoff HotPott - April 2021
Florence Harding & others, RQ tea
Parker and his friend upset after by attempting to set fire to the school!) I remember the big fireplace with a guard around where we warmed our little fresh milk bottles, which in winter were often frozen. Pupils would travel miles on foot to Pott School, and at the age of seven I also had to walk three miles each day to and from school in Macclesfield. I (John) also have little recollection of my time at Pott School – only snippets like country dancing in the schoolyard, sports days on the cricket field and the time Billy Bennett came in to tell us that George VI had died. We had close relationships with our neighbours. The Tinsley family, George (cricket umpire and expert batsman), Ada and their adult son Harry, rented Church View from our grandparents and then our father. As a small child I (Ann) remember their scullery with a big wash tub heated by coal at the bottom and Mrs Tinsley making peg rugs. Harry spent hours by the gas lamp outside The Shop, waving at passing motorists, but he suffered from epilepsy and often had fits which caused him to roll into the road. We were rather frightened by him. In 1933 there were at least two other schoolgirls living in the property – Kathleen and Margaret Graham – nothing is known of them, but it continued → Page 9
must have been crowded!
each of the properties had a pump in their kitchens The Bennett family lived too. In 1939, our father in Woodside. I (Ann) Grenville decided to leave spent happy times with Hampson’s Plumbers to set Grannie Bennett: I sat on a up his own business, which little stool near the black he planned to run with help leaded grate and spent from his dad; the old stables long periods just combing and the rooms above them her hair. I also baked provided ideal storage for cottage loaves with her his tools and materials. and really enjoyed making Unfortunately on the day my own and pressing this venture was due to my thumb down on the start, his father died, aged dough, subsequently 59. Things were then a bit carrying it home for tea. of a struggle, but being very I guess I was about 4 practical Dad developed a years old. Eileen Harding property repair business Harding family (née Bennett, no relation) and eventually employed nine took me to the pictures in men, both joiners and bricklayers. Macclesfield to see Bambi and then we would go for a treat to the Kunzle cake shop or to the Co-op for a trifle. I loved this treat. Tony Plant’s grandparents, Mr and Mrs Barton, were our next door neighbours at Rose Cottage. Harry Barton was a haulier and many times I (John) spent happy days with him making journeys from Cheadle, Staffordshire to Manchester delivering gravel products. Tony's grandmother was a real treasure: if I had gone missing as a toddler, Mum would invariably find me sitting at Rose Cottage with a cup of extra sweet tea and toast or biscuits, and I often got into trouble for not eating my dinner after paying a surreptitious visit to Rose Cottage. In buying The Shop, Church View Cottage and Ivy Cottage for £700 in 1933, our paternal grandfather obviously made a shrewd investment, though all three properties required modernising, particularly with regard to the plumbing – so both our grandfather and father were the right men for the job! A pump already existed in the courtyard, but Grandfather Arthur made sure Page 10
Plumbing was very different in those days: it was mostly about excluding rainwater and supplying water and sanitation to property. Many houses had no individual water supply. For instance: until mains water became available in the 50s, Rose Cottage, Woodside and Vale Cottage all sourced drinking water from a tap in the field opposite. Much of Dad’s work was for nearby farms where continuation of water supply was essential for livestock. You can imagine that, with winters as they used to be, he was very much in demand by the local farmers when all was frozen up. Sanitation too was basic. In the late forties/ early fifties Dad built the septic tank to Ivy Cottage but was just working on installing an inside toilet when he died suddenly, aged 59, of a cerebral haemorrhage in April 1966. He had, however, completed much of the modernisation of Ivy Cottage. In the late fifties, after Church View became vacant, its back room was taken into Ivy Cottage to make a kitchen and, eventually, a hall area (the front door being moved from the front
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Ivy cottage from back
in Ivy Cottage alone for the next 12 years, managing the garden by herself, but died of heart failure in 1985 at Ann’s home in Hazel Grove.
room) with a bedroom above; the old leanto kitchen became a bathroom, which was John finished his contribution with: ‘My sons absolutely freezing in winter! Not much was have many happy memories of visiting their left of Church View but when Dad had little granny and playing in the woods during work booked in, he and his men worked on their summer holidays, and I will personally modernising it: a lean-to scullery at the back always have a soft spot for Pott Shrigley and was built over to form a bathroom and a brick especially Ivy and Church View Cottage.’ built lean-to next to the road arch, which had And Ann: ‘My parents taught me discipline, previously served as the Shrigley Estate office, love and respect which have been the was eventually made into the kitchen. The ‘L’ foundation of my life. I speak of my father shaped living room was with great affection, modified using a stone celebrating my pillar. By the time Dad successes. He was died all there was left immensely proud and to do was some joinery very disciplined. So sad work and decorating, he passed away at such so after returning from an early age.’ college in 1967 I (John) Thanks to Ann and completed the joinery John for allowing us to and, with help from publish their memories my fiancé Kathryn and of growing up in Pott her relatives, the decor. Shrigley, and for sending We moved in after we photographs. The married in 1968 and had processional cross at St two sons but moved in Christopher’s was given 1973 to Herne Bay to by Florence in memory further my career. Mum of Grenville and has then sold Church View recently been inscribed Cottage, plus the stable with Florence’s name too. block, after which major Photographs of that next alterations were started. Outside the shop c 1930 back Arthur, Grenville, month. She subsequently lived front Harold Storer, Beryl, Martha
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Your Vote Your Council
All councillors offer their sincere condolences to the Matheson family: they expressed their sadness that Joan Matheson, the village’s oldest resident, had passed away at the age of 102. Double yellow lines on the bend opposite Pott Hall When cars are parked on Shrigley Road from the church down towards Bollington and often extending all the way to the junction with Spuley Lane, a single track road is created, usually with no places for vehicles to pull in.
It becomes very dangerous to drive past the parked cars as the bends in the road make it very difficult to see any oncoming vehicles. The council has been investigating the possibility of having double yellow lines on the bend almost adjacent to Pott Hall. Cllr. Boulton has been contacted by Chris Gilder, Cheshire East Council (CEC) traffic engineer, who is undertaking a parking survey ‘around the area of the school’. He will visit the site at varying times of the day and week, but not necessarily on a Sunday when the dangerous situation almost always arises. The photographs show the extent of the problem. Fingerpost on London Road at its junction with Street Lane Daniel Cawthra, the communications officer Page 12
for Graham Engineering, the contractors building the Poynton Bypass, has agreed with Adlington Parish Council to refurbish and resite the dilapidated fingerpost currently situated at the junction of Street Lane and London Road. Unfortunately, the finger pointing to Pott Shrigley has been missing for some time and nobody was aware that there should be one, so the clerk has been negotiating with Mr Cawthra for it to be replaced. She has managed to locate a picture of the complete sign in pristine condition to compare it with the state it is in today. Hopefully Graham Engineering will be feeling generous and will include us on the sign once more. Sign reinstated Cllr Wray has now fitted the replacement post to the Pott Shrigley sign at the top of Brink, so, after a number of months precariously hanging on one post, it is now secure again with its full complement of two posts! Highways New issues and updates • Fly tipping of chiller cabinet on cinder track: reported and removed. • Fly tipping builder’s rubble opposite Long Lane: reported and removed • Potholes/ crumbling edge of carriageway opposite Cedar Lodge: ‘programmed in accordance with our current priorities and HotPott - April 2021
will be completed in due course.’ (CEC Highways response). • Cllr. Findlow has received a reply from Simon Davies at CEC regarding Cllr. Boulton’s following up items relating to Pott Shrigley which are absent from the minutes of the Highways meeting on 12 October 2020. The response confirms that the chevrons have been reinstated on chevron bend near Shrigley Hall and ‘With regard to the resurfacing of Shrigley Road, I can only advise that this year’s programme is being developed and will be published when approved.’ Action: The clerk will ask all those involved at Highways why a collapsed wall at Bollin Grove, Prestbury has been sanctioned for immediate repair while the repairs on Shrigley Road by Cedar Lodge have been left guarded by traffic lights since June 2020. Pending • Persistence of traffic lights near Cedar Lodge (see above!). • Maintenance of current gritting routes through the village. • Remedial resurfacing of Shrigley Road from Green Close to the aqueduct. • Project 1421 (PACP list): Modifications to the chevron bend. • The stones missing from the base of the wall at the side of the bridge on Bakestonedale will be assessed in regular safety inspections. • Blocked gully at the junction of Long Lane and Shrigley Road. • Appalling state of the road surface of Long Lane between Nab Quarry and Shrigley Road. Police response to parking obstructions at West Park Gate, Lyme Park In response to the complaints regarding parking at West Park Gate, PCSO Burdock HotPott - April 2021
said: ‘We can’t enforce people travelling from a distance as they’re only guidelines. Obviously, we can get vehicles moved if they’re seen to be causing an obstruction, however narrowing a lane isn’t an obstruction if vehicles can still pass. We also can’t ask Lyme Park to allow more vehicles in as they’re following Covid rules also.’ PC Barron was in a meeting with CEC Highways yesterday and they report having no budget to erect new signs or to add parking restrictions to the area. Instead, CEC Highways have suggested the police deal with the problem though they cannot enforce restrictions that don’t exist. PC Baron went on: ‘All I can suggest is if there is another obstruction please don’t turn around, wait there and call it in at the time (using 101). We will keep giving the area attention especially at the weekends.’ Cllr. Wylie emphasised the need to take photographs as evidence of the problem. Footpaths Jackson Brow Steps: The clerk will ask Peak & Northern Footpath Society (PNFS) to put the handrail and reparation of the steps on hold until the Covid restriction situation improves. As a result of a comment in HotPott about the difficulties Cllr Bolton had in finding out who made the steps at the aqueduct, the clerk was contacted by a lady who supplied details of the manufacturer. Thank you! continued → Page 13
Planning Application 21/0897M Halith Cottage, SK12 1TF Proposal: Prior approval for additional storey to a maximum height of 8.1 metres. The council was informed of this application but no comment was required. Pending 20/2413M Proposed Poynton Relief Road Modification of Condition 41 of the decision notice. NP/CEC/0720/0690 Pott Hall Farm, SK10 5RT Proposal: Sub-division of dwelling to form two dwelling units. The council agreed to support this application. 19/3715M Normans Hall Farm, SK10 5SE Proposal: Extensions to approved Units 1 and 2 to form two two-storey dwellings and increased parking to Unit 3 (Amendment to application ref. 18/4950M) The council re-affirmed its objection to this application. 20/4189M near Wood Lane, Adlington Proposal: Creation of glamping site. The council objects to this application. 20/4535M Nab Quarry, SK10 5SD
Proposal: Extension to side elevation of existing warehouse The council objects to this application. It would appear that work has already started on this extension prior to planning permission being granted. Action: Cllr. Wylie will inform the planning officer concerned and seek an explanation. 21/0256 Needygate, SK10 5SG Change of use of existing garage to holiday let and inclusion of open lean-to extension and external alterations to existing garage doorway to form walling and window. The council neither supported nor objected but submitted conditions they would like to see if the applicant were successful. Woodland Creation Scheme, Bakestonedale Moor No further information received. Cllr. Goodman would like the clerk to find out whether a decision has been reached about the planting of the wood and whether any conditions have been attached. Action: The clerk will contact Ben Lambert at Peak District National Park Authority. Date and time of next meeting The next parish council virtual ZOOM meeting will be held on Monday April 12th at 8pm.
Pott Shrigley Cricket Club: looking forward to the new season… The editor of HotPott, for one, is looking forward to hearing the sound of leather on willow drifting across the village green to our garden as summer approaches. After the triumph of the 2019 centenary year, 2020 was a bit quiet… Andy Hart, PSCC chairman writes: ‘It is great to be able to look forward now to some warmer times and with the hope that we can enjoy cricket in 2021 in a way that is as near normal as possible. The 2020 season, although greatly curtailed, was a very successful one for the Page 14
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seniors with the 1st XI winning their division of the Derbyshire & Cheshire Cricket League, resulting in promotion to the 1st division for the coming 2021 season: a fantastic achievement with the team being triumphant in seven of the eight fixtures played. The second team too had some good results and performances ensuring good competition for places and great team comradery.
Unfortunately, in 2020 most junior section activities were curtailed. However, action will recommence this season, with teams entered in the Cheshire High Peak junior cricket league at U9, U11 and U13 levels. No indoor nets though: government regulations preclude indoor sporting activities for children until 12 April at the earliest – when we would be training outdoors anyway! Although we were unable to hold our usual fund-raisers (even I missed the smoky barbecue at the bonfire! Editor), improvements at the ground have continued apace, with the purchase of an additional practice cage, an artificial playing wicket and a new roller for the square. Lots of attention has been given to the state of the grass on the ground too. These are all significant investments by the club in a manner that will benefit all members. I’m reliably informed that the 2021 season starts for seniors on 24 April, with the 1st team playing at home to Stalybridge and the 2nds away to Dove Holes. As ever, new players are welcome, as are tea drinking supporters – tea makers may be required later in the summer when COVID restrictions ease!! Editor.
The Easter Lily is a biblical flower commonly associated with the Resurrection. The beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers symbolize purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life. This poem, by Louise Lewin Matthews, captures the spiritual essence of the Easter Lily: Easter morn with lilies fair Fills the church with perfumes rare. As their clouds of incense rise, Sweetest offerings to the skies. Stately lilies pure and white Flooding darkness with their light, Bloom and sorrow drifts away, On this holy hallow'd day. Easter Lilies bending low In the golden afterglow, Bear a message from the sod To the heavenly towers of God.
*** A woman was found guilty in traffic court and when asked for her occupation she said she was a schoolteacher. The judge rose from the bench. ‘Madam, I have waited years for a schoolteacher to appear before this court.’ He then smiled with delight. ‘Now sit down at that table and write “I will not run a red light” one hundred times. HotPott - April 2021
The Annual Church Meeting… Having only just recovered from the excitement of the last annual church meeting (ACM) held in October 2020, we now have another one to look forward to! The next one is coming hot on the heels of the last, because although the Church of England authorities allowed us to delay the 2020 meeting because of the pandemic, they want us to revert to the more usual time of a spring meeting and have specified 31 May as the last possible date. It has therefore been decided that it is now to be held on Ascension Day, Thursday 13 May in the evening. Details are yet to be confirmed, but the meeting is likely to be preceded by a
short service. Please note that government restrictions mean that the meeting (and therefore mostly likely the service) will need to be held by Zoom. Please put the date in your diaries now. (Not a sentence we’ve used a lot of late!) The ACM is your opportunity to help review the life and mission of St Christopher’s, and to contribute to future plans… don’t miss it if you can avoid it! Obviously, the format of the meeting may alter if government regulations change in light of the COVID pandemic.
...and Electoral Roll Revision: again! Although we only revised the church electoral roll last September, it needs doing again: we are obliged by law to revise the roll in the weeks before the ACM so, as the 2020 ACM was delayed by COVID related restrictions last year, but the 2021 ACM is happening as usual in spring this year, the roll will be revised during last two weeks in April. The object of revising the roll is to ensure it remains
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an accurate reflection of those who attend church regularly (by person or virtually!), or who would attend if they were well enough. Anyone who lives in the parish is automatically eligible to be on the roll, but their name won’t be entered on it unless they ask! Please note this is not a new roll, so if you are on the church roll already there is no need to fill any forms in.
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A notice about this will be posted in church by 31 March 2021 and the revised roll, together with a list of names of those added or removed from the roll since the last annual meeting, will be put up on the noticeboard at the back of church on 27 April 2021. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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ACROSS 8 ‘He poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the — ’ (Isaiah 53:12) (13) 9 ‘When they had sung a hymn, they went — to the Mount of Olives (Matthew 26:30) (3) 10 Comes between Galatians and Philippians (9) 11 ‘Your heart will — and swell with joy’ (Isaiah 60:5) (5) 13 Muslim holy month (7) 16 Ten ears (anag.) (7) 19 Under (poetic abbrev.) (5) 22 How Abram described himself to God when he complained that his inheritance would pass to a servant (Genesis 15:2) (9) 24 ‘Go to the — , you sluggard’ (Proverbs 6:6) (3) 25 Debar from receiving Communion (13)
DOWN 1 My — for His Highest (Oswald Chambers’ best-known book) (6) 2 Festival of the resurrection (6) 3 ‘His sons will prepare for war and — a great army’ (Daniel 11:10) (8) 4 ‘Let not the — string his bow’ (Jeremiah 51:3) (6) 5 Name of the River Thames in and around Oxford (4) 6 ‘From then on Judas watched for an opportunity — — him over’ (Matthew 26:16) (2,4) 7 ‘But Christ is faithful — — — over God’s house’ (Hebrews 3:6) (2,1,3) 12 Long-handled implement used to till the soil (Isaiah 7:25) (3) 14 Order to which monks and nuns devote HotPott - April 2021
themselves (8) 15 Appropriate (Proverbs 15:23) (3) 16 I, uncle (anag.) (6) 17 ‘They gave him — — of broiled fish’ (Luke 24:42) (1,5) 18 ‘Weren’t there three men that we — — and threw into the fire?’ (Daniel 3:24) (4,2) 20 Mountain where Noah’s ark came to rest (Genesis 8:4) (6) 21 ‘Don’t you know that friendship with the world is — towards God?’ (James 4:4) (6) 23 Prominent architectural feature of large cathedrals such as St Paul’s (4) The Lord’s Prayer illustrations Many of us found the fantastic pictures done by members of Youth Church that we saw at the February family service helpful as we prayed the Lord’s Prayer, so here they are again… Page 17
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In Thailand, Johnny and Ann McClean’s church, the New City Fellowship Church, has just celebrated its 14th anniversary; please pray that it continues to be a beacon of light and hope to the community it serves.
John Ryley Please pray especially for the three young ladies who were baptised last Sunday - Nan, Pluim and Pun Pun - that they may grow in faith and be good witnesses for Jesus in their different spheres of life. Johnny continues to coach Peter who is pastoring a new church plant in the business district of Bangkok, meeting with him once a month; he now has another pastor to mentor – Richan, who is church planting in Nepal. Presumably he will coach him online! Johnny and Ann’s son HotPott - April 2021
Matthew is studying remotely in Bangkok but hopes to return to his university in Belfast for the start of his second year in September. We’ve received no other, more recent, news but continue to pray for the McCleans – Johnny’s work with the church and with the Langham organisation, which trains pastors, for Ann in her work at the international school which seems to be continually stressful, for the church members who are struggling financially with the virus-induced lockdowns, for the Afghan refugees A and his family, Q (who is studying the ‘Christianity Explored’ course with Johnny once a week) and K, and for Johnny and Ann’s other children, Bethan and Joshua, who are at school in Bangkok. Travelling to and from Thailand is difficult at the moment due to entry restrictions and quarantine measures; interestingly, Thailand continued →
has had only reported 26,501 cases and 85 deaths from the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic. It was really good to have a short glimpse of Megumi and Helen Fazakerley, our missionary partners in Malawi, in the movie clip David showed in a recent Sunday service. Malawi has had 1,082 deaths and 32,789 confirmed cases of COVID; 60 are currently in a serious condition. Please pray for all those affected, for the health services to be able to provide appropriate care and for a rapid roll out of vaccine. Both Helen and Megumi have received their first dose of vaccine. As far as they know, the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi has been re-opened after the most recent lockdown, and Megumi has been told by the Director of SIM Malawi, the missionary organisation he works for, that he will be welcome to continue teaching in the
Certificate programmes. Megume will also continue to be a language learning coach for SIM Malawi. Helen enjoyed Mothering Sunday with flowers and calls from all the family. For the first time in 6 years Megume and Helen have recently been able to celebrate daughter Mary’s birthday with her in person, but it’s such a pity none of the Fazakerley family could be present (except virtually) when other daughter Elizabeth married Joshua Hammond in Australia on March 26th. Megumi recorded a father-of-the-bride speech, as proceedings were in the middle of the night here and he was unsure if the connection would hold up at the crucial moment. Helen and Megume are looking for new people to join their support team, so please contact them firstname.lastname@example.org. uk if you feel able to help them in this way.
The Suffering Church
A bit of good news first from Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority state, where the new national police chief is a Christian. Commissioner General Listyo Prabowo was unanimously approved by the legal and political affairs commission of the Indonesian parliament, the first member of a religious minority to hold the post for 50 years. Listvo says he wants to take a ‘more
Listyo Sigit Prabowo, Indonesia; Barnabas Page 22
humane approach’ to law enforcement, a stance welcomed by church leaders, who also praise the ‘moderate’ policies of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, whom Barnabas Fund reports has done ‘many good things’ since coming to power, including showing huge courage in dissolving two radical Islamic organisations. However, persecution still happens: in November 2020, four Christians were killed by Islamist militants in a remote Christian community and Salvation Army post on the island of Sulawesi. Sadly, Indonesia has seen a rise in hardline Islamic ideology in recent years, whereas in previous generations Muslims and Christians lived peaceably as equals in accordance with the state-promoted philosophy of Pancasila. Days before the military coup in Myanmar (Burma) nationalist Buddhist monks demonstrated in support of the army, marching through Yangon with banners that allegedly supported the claims of election HotPott - April 2021
Ashin Wirathu, a militant Buddhist leader in Myanmar; Barnabas
fraud the military used as the pretext for overthrowing the democratically elected government. Other slogans proclaimed the army as a 'protector of the state’. Few in the west associate Buddhism with extremism or violence, but politics have often prevailed over pacifism in Asian Buddhist movements, which have often supported the use of force to achieve nationalist or other political aims they consider to be in their interest. In Myanmar many Buddhist leaders take a strong, and vocal, nationalist stance, and extremists who backed the army in its ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, may see the coup as an opportunity to further their nationalist ideals. In May 2020, Ashin Wirathu, a militant Buddhist leader previously jailed for hate speech, openly rejected the nonviolent teachings of his religion, speaking against the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to pursue a case against Myanmar’s military persecution of the mainly Muslim Rohingyas. He said: ‘The day that the ICC comes here is the day I hold a gun… Only the military protects both our country and our religion.’ The UN have said that 'persecutory intent’ similar to that shown to Rohingyas was evident in the military’s atrocities against Kachin and other mainly Christian ethnic minorities, describing these as crimes against humanity. An army document discovered soon after the military coup in February HotPott - April 2021
instructed soldiers to open fire on, as well as 'punish and breakdown’, civilians, including Christians and other minorities deemed to be against the military regime, or even appearing critical of it in social media posts. In Myanmar 87% of the population is Buddhist, the religion of the ethnic-Burman majority. Christianity is portrayed as a foreign religion and most Christians are from non-Burman ethnic minorities including the Chin, Karen and Kachin. For decades, the government has brutally oppressed Christian and Muslim ethnic minority groups, leading to hundreds of thousands of people being displaced, often by aerial bombardment, and ultra-nationalist monks, including members of the extremist Ma Ba Tha group, have played a key part in inciting violence against Christians and refusing them the right to congregate for worship. In Kogi State Nigeria, Pastor Michael Samson of the United Evangelical Church received critical injuries when he was severely beaten by around 20 youths after he refused to allow them to conduct a traditional African religious ceremony in his church. It is believed Pastor Samson was targeted because, earlier that day, he prevented the young men from using the church building to hold a non-Christian ceremony called a masquerade, which is a traditional animistic religious ceremony in which worshippers of a particular deity perform rituals linked to the seasons of the year. The ceremony might include the sacrifice of animals or, in extreme cases,
Masquerade, Kogi, Nigeria; G9ija
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Yondo, Chad; Open Doors
Pastor Bulus Yakuru, Nigeria; CBN
humans; it may also be accompanied by sexual acts. Kogi State, in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, has a Muslim population of around 40% and an estimated 25% are Christian, the remainder mainly practise traditional African religions either solely or in combination with Islam. The animists blame the emergence of Christianity for the decline in popularity of their own religion. Christians in Chad similarly face persecution from followers of traditional African religions, with animists accounting for around 20% of the population. In 2018, a 'Yondo’ initiation year, hundreds of young Christian men and boys fled from their villages to avoid being abducted to undergo brutal, and sometimes fatal, initiation rites, in which young initiates are compelled to praise animist spirits and to use a secret traditional language historically associated with nationalist, anti-Christian sentiment.
that date. This unusual development makes one wonder whether a handsome payment has been made to Boko Haram. The militants snatched the pastor on Christmas Eve 2020, during a raid on the predominantly Christian village of Pemi, near Chibok, in which 11 people were killed. The gunmen went on to murder five Christians abducted in the region as a so-called ‘Christmas present’.
In better news from Nigeria, Pastor Bulus Yakuru, who had been held for more than two months by Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, was released on the day in early March which the group had designated to execute him. According to local media, the release was negotiated by the Nigerian government and a Nigerian charity, the Kalthum Foundation for Peace. On 24 February Boko Haram released a video in which Pastor Bulus pleaded with President Buhari, Babagana Zulum (Borno State Governor) and the Christian Association of Nigeria to intervene to secure his release after his captors threatened to kill him a week from HotPott - April 2021
Please pray for all persecuted peoples, especially our Christian brothers and sisters in so many parts of the world, and for the organisations like Barnabas Fund and Open Doors that support them. Thank you to Barnabas Fund for the above material.
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Open All Hours (well, not quite) In 2019 the parochial church council (PCC) decided to open St Christopher’s to visitors each day; by early 2021, much of the preparatory security work was completed, mostly by the ever-dependable David Garton, leaving just a few actions still to be taken.
Duncan Matheson But then, COVID intervened: by early March the dreaded disease had really taken hold in many parts of the country. Nobody knew what the future held, but our vicar, with great foresight, could see the need to have St Christopher’s open for private prayer during the week so on March 17th he (with others) started to steamroll through the remaining actions. Later that day the Church of England announced the suspension of services. March 20th saw David Swales announce on David’s SPICE group (another of his great innovations) that ‘from tomorrow, Pott Shrigley Church will be open during daylight hours.’ For a few days he and we opened church in the morning and closed up in the evening. March 22th, Mothering Sunday, saw our first streamed service. Next day life became even more different: Boris told people they must stay at home, and three days later the Church of England hierarchy instructed all church buildings to close: St Christopher’s was locked, not to reopen till the summer. It was a sad time. In mid-June the government announced that churches could reopen for private prayer. David Garton studied mountains of guidance, produced a thorough risk assessment and ensured all appropriate precautions were taken. A daily cleaning rota was introduced by Jean Ferguson: cleaners would close church each afternoon and close church neighbours Page 30
would open up in the morning. Over the next few weeks a system was devised to ensure that no pew would be used for private prayer twice within 72 hours; people were asked to leave a pebble where they had sat so nobody would sit in the same place. We also invited visitors to leave a pebble on the table if they had just visited without using a pew. This also allowed us to keep a record of numbers of visitors; counting was facilitated by the same people opening church each morning. As autumn approached, some people wondered if visitor numbers might fall off with the cold weather and dark evenings. Some cleaners were coming quite a distance. With the pew rotation we realised very little sanitation was needed so, with some change in personnel, a new closing rota was devised and the PCC agreed that church should remain open throughout the week. The chart shows the number of visitors recorded as coming to church each week since the end of July. A fall in visitor numbers is seen in October as the nights drew in, but this trend was reversed during the November lockdown, only to tail off as services restarted in December. As COVID numbers increased around Christmas, so did our visitors, and this extended into the current lockdown; this trend is particularly noticeable in those using a pew (and presumably praying), with the largest numbers of ‘praying pebbles’ being seen when COVID numbers were at their worst from late January through February. The pattern for those not using a pew, and therefore possibly ‘casual’ visitors, appears to be more seasonal, except for the week following Remembrance Sunday when we had a record number of visitors (30 in the week); they probably came to see Sheila Garton’s beautiful poppy displays. HotPott - April 2021
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Not using a pew
The second chart shows the average number of visitors each day. Unsurprisingly, weekends have been most popular for those not using a pew (even though church only opens for visitors in the afternoon on Sundays and was closed on three days for weddings or other events); Tuesdays are the least popular. I can’t think of an obvious reason for Monday being the most popular day to use a pew and Thursday the least. Average visitor numbers each day 3 2.5 2 1.5 1 0.5
just looking; a weekday when COVID numbers are high attracts people who want to pray privately. Back in 2018, when the group led by Mike Akerman started to examine the feasibility of opening church, the aim was to have a church available and welcoming to all throughout the week. Little did we know what a valuable asset it would prove to be; the visitor numbers, although not huge each day, are significant for a church in a rural community and show how important it has been to many of us to have our church open during the COVID pandemic. As the pandemic eases, we hope that people will continue to visit our beautiful church to pray and to enjoy its peace.
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Since we started counting, we have had 435 visitors and, since we have separated ‘prayers’ from ‘non-prayers’, there have been 250 using a pew and 145 not. The busiest day for ‘non-prayers’ was one Sunday in late September when we had 12; the busiest days for ‘prayers’ have been in January and February (5-6 people). A weekend during the warmer months is more popular for those HotPott - April 2021
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Recipe of the Month ANZAC biscuits
25 April is ANZAC Day, which commemorates the anniversary of the landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Ottoman Turkey by Allied forces in 1915; the plan was to open the Dardanelles for the Allied navies, but it failed and ‘Gallipoli’ became one of the most notorious battles of the First World War. Australian and New Zealand forces were fighting for the first time under a united command as the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, or, more famously, the ANZACs. Their casualties at Gallipoli amounted to almost 9,000 Australians killed and in excess of 19,000 wounded; for New Zealand, near to 3,000 lost their lives and over 5,000 were wounded. The total number of Allied casualties numbered around 142,000; one of these was Thomas Beresford Lowther of Shrigley Park who died at Achi Baba on 4 June 2015 and who is commemorated at St Christopher’s. The Turkish forces lost over 86,000 in addition to more than 164,000 wounded. On 25 April 1916, a year to the day after the landings, King George V and Queen Mary attended a commemorative service in Westminster Abbey. The ANZAC Day service has been an annual event at Westminster Abbey since then, commemorating not only those first landings at Gallipoli, but all Australians and New Zealanders who have given of themselves in the service of their countries and communities in the years since then. This month’s recipe is for the traditional ANZAC biscuits which are thought to date back to the Ottoman Turkey war when
mothers made them for their boys heading for the front line. Ingredients: 125g (4oz) plain flour 125g (4oz) light brown sugar 125g (4oz) desiccated coconut 150g (5oz) rolled oats 125g (4oz) butter 2 tablespoons golden syrup ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 2 tablespoons boiling water Method: Mix the flour, sugar, coconut and oats together in a large mixing bowl. Melt together the butter and syrup. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the boiling water and add to the butter and syrup. Add butter and syrup to the flour mixture. Place teaspoon-sized mounds of the mixture on a greased baking tray large enough to hold 12. Give each mound room to expand. Bake at 180°C Gas Mark 4 for 15 - 20 minutes, transfer to a cooling rack as soon as cooked. Sources acknowledged with thanks: websites of Association of Church Editors website; British Legion and Westminster Abbey.
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Services 2nd April. Good Friday 10.00am
‘Gather at the Cross’
Holy Communion Holy Communion
Matthew 28.1-10, or Mark 16.1–8
Morning Prayer Morning Worship
Morning Prayer Family Service
Holy Communion Morning Worship
Morning Prayer Morning Worship
4th April. Easter 8.30am 10.45am
11th April. 8.30am 10.45am
18th April. 8.30am 10.45am
David Swales Anne Murphy & David Swales
25th April. 8.30am 10.45am
2nd May. 8.30am 10.45am
Please note: • These plans assume that we will continue to hold services in church. • If you would like to attend any of our services in person, please let Duncan Matheson know. • All 10:45am services & our Good Friday service will be streamed live on Facebook & YouTube - visit our website for direct links. • A recording of each live-streamed service will be available from the services page of the church website Church website: http://www.pottshrigleychurch.org.uk Readers
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Rev. David Swales, The Vicarage, Spuley Lane, SK10 5RS
Dr John Ryley (Reader Emeritus), 2 Wych Lane, Adlington, SK10 4NB
Gillian Mosley, 129 St Austell Avenue, Macclesfield, SK10 3NY
Andy Phillips, 26 Hurst Lane, Bollington, SK10 5LP
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Peter Kennedy, email@example.com
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Sally Winstanley, 3 Green Close Cottages, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SG
Mary Currell, 61 Crossfield Road, Bollington, SK10 5EA
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Andy Phillips, as above
David Gem, as above
Electoral Roll and Safeguarding officer:
Kath Matheson, Church View Cottage, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA
Duncan Matheson, Church View Cottage, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA
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Kim Swales, The Vicarage, Spuley Lane, SK10 5RS
Georgina Wray, 14 Paladin Place, Bank Close, Macclesfield, SK11 7HE
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Anne Murphy, 14 Silver Street, Bollington, SK10 5QL
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Celia Fraser, Rose Cottage, Bull Hill Lane, Rainow, SK10 5TQ
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Pam Cooke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanne Bromley, Pott Shrigley Church School, SK10 5RT
Tess Phillips, 26 Hurst Lane, Bollington, SK10 5LP
Dr John Ryley, Duncan Matheson, Sally Winstanley, Peter Kennedy, Jean Ferguson, Andy Phillips, Pam Cooke, Eileen Buffey, Ian Clarke, Mary Currell, Mike Akerman, Sheila Garton, David Garton, David Gem, Anne Murphy, Kath Matheson, Chris Day, Reg Ferguson.
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