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£1 Christmas 2017

Pott Shrigley’s Church & Parish Magazine


Join us for our seasonal services Friday 8 December

Christmas Fair 6pm Village Hall

sunday 10 december Holy Communion 8.30am Christingle 10.45am

sunday 17 december

Holy Communion 8.30am Carols by Candlelight 4pm & 6.30pm (No service at 10.45am)

thursday 21 december Carols by Candlelight 6.30pm christmas eve

Morning Worship 10am

(No service at 8.30am or 10.45am)

Holy Communion 11pm

christmas day

Family Communion 10am

Services on Sundays at St Christopher’s Church Pott Shrigley are at 8.30am & 10.45am as usual except as noted above.

David’s Deliberations




David’s Deliberations


Christingle collecting boxes


No Room: We’re Full


Let us Go and See


Irmageddon Recovery


Bonfire Report


Pott Shrigley Church School


Flix in the Stix


PCC Ponderings


Missionary Matters


“Your Vote, Your Council”


New Church Room


Guild Goings On


Three Bites at the Cherry


From the Registers


Team HotPott & Copy Dates 2018


Coffee Break


The Tale of Two Catherines


Oh Holy child of Bethlehem,

The Persecuted Church


Chores & Chains

Be born in us today.


Recipe: Rudolf Cupcakes






Regular Church Activities

He is at the centre of the party. Indeed, worship is the Real Party. And you’re invited!* But isn’t the vicar expected to grumble about people ‘missing the real meaning of Christmas’? So what is that ‘real meaning’? Well, if I had to put it in a few words it would be: God is with us. By being born as one of us God, so far beyond our reach, reached out to us. In the Baby of Bethlehem we suddenly find God Almighty within our grasp:

Rev. David Swales Dear Friends, One Christmas in a school assembly I told the children a rather absurd little off-the-cuff story about Albert’s birthday party. His parties were such fun, so full of goodies, that everyone eagerly awaited them. And the house was always packed. Finally, one year, there wasn’t room for everyone and it was decided that someone would have to wait out in the garage. The person who got the push was…. Albert. The children were quick to see the point: we have banished Jesus from the celebration of His own birth; there’s such a lot to fit in that somehow there’s no room for the ‘Birthday Boy’ Himself. At St Christopher’s this month’s varied services are a way of saying loud and clear that, for us, HotPott - Christmas 2017

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He came down to earth from heaven Who is God and Lord of all… Perhaps the words of our carols are too familiar. It is when a person reaches out to take Jesus – Baby, Man, and Son of God — into their arms and into their hearts that these well-worn phrases become a reality. Every day, thousands of men, women and children are discovering with joy what it means to say, ‘God is with me’. If you haven’t (or if you need to re-discover it) then I pray that this Christmas you will.

Your friend and vicar, David * Everyone is welcome at our special seasonal events: Christingle; Carol Services; Midnight Communion; Christmas Morning Service. So please come – and bring friends and neighbours too.

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Christingle collecting boxes Our annual Christingle service will be held on December 10th and we would love to see you there. As usual, we will be collecting for The Children’s Society, a Christian charity that supports vulnerable children in the UK.

Your support for this worthwhile cause would be much appreciated.

Liz Arrowsmith

The Christingle collecting boxes will be available at the back of church in late November; please take one and, if possible, collect some money in it before bringing all boxes, full or empty (these will be stored to use in future), to the Christingle service, when they will be collected.

No Room: We’re Full There’s no room in this country, we’re full up. In fact we’re overcrowded, there’s hardly room for us (well for our cars at any rate) so we really can’t take you or anyone else. Sorry. No really, believe me, there’s no housing to spare, none at all; especially with the rising demand for second homes. So you see, we really can’t help you. You must go somewhere else. And please, move your old moke away from the portico. Thanks. The stable? What stable? What on earth do you mean? We couldn’t put you in a stable. This is a civilised country and a stable, even if we had one, which we don’t, wouldn’t comply with building regulations for human habitation. So move away, please. … No, my dear, it’s all right. They’ve gone now, thank God. Just a couple of foreigners, bogus asylum seekers probably, in an old banger. Of course we couldn’t take them in, people like that. by Louise Pirouet Page 4

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Let us Go and See

‘Let us go and see’ was the immediate response the shepherds made after being told by the angels that the Saviour of the world had been born in Bethlehem. One wonders who was then responsible for the sheep being looked after by them. What about the time they started off?

Were they not risking their lives by travelling during the night? What about the distance they had to cover to get to the birthplace of Jesus? Did they use any means of transport or had they to go on foot? What about their ages – were they young and athletic? It is difficult to answer these questions, but one thing is certain, the joyful message from

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the angels had quickened them to go to Bethlehem. They could not wait to see and pay homage to the Saviour of the world. I am sure that seeing Him in the stable was not an end in itself but gladly they went back to their various homes sharing the Good News with everyone they met on the way. How many times have we been challenged by the power of the Good News to go out and see what is happening in our communities? Do we hear the voices calling for help? Voices crying for shelter, peace and justice? Or do we first think of our security and cost whatever that may be? Maybe we don’t hear any voices because the ‘walls’ of our churches are so thick? by Goodwin Zainga Malawi

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*** A gentleman walked into a restaurant and asked the maitre d’, ‘Can you please tell me how you prepare your Christmas turkeys?’ The maitre d’ solemnly replied: ‘Yes. Well, we let them know right up front they’re not going to make it.’ HotPott - Christmas 2017

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Irmageddon - Recovery Julie and Stephen Cooper lived in Needygate Cottage, Pott Shrigley before moving to the British Virgin Islands where Hurricane Irma struck on Sept 9th 2017. Here are more of Julie’s harrowing messages to former neighbours. Thursday, September 21st 2017

Julie Cooper

We went to Town a couple of days ago for the first time: utter devastation both along the route and in Town. The army is everywhere. They asked what we needed and when I said a tarpaulin they marked our location so we’ll see if we have a special delivery by helicopter as our track is still partially blocked. I did ask for a case of red wine instead of a case of water but I think that decision was beyond his pay grade! I was very surprised there was so much choice of food in the shops. We went to the ‘cash and carry’ and found we actually felt normal for the first time. The supermarket next door had massive queues. Security only let a few shoppers in at a time to stop shoplifting and without electricity for fridges/freezers most people have to shop each day. The airport is still closed to commercial traffic. All the trust companies have airlifted most of their staff out. There are a lot of people leaving when they can, as with no work there’s no point being here. We are going to lose a lot of friends: life will be different in every way from now on.

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The Governor is doing an excellent job along with the Commissioner of Police. Both have great presence and authority. The poor Governor has only been in post ten days and probably expected to be hosting cocktail parties not rescue missions. A lovely uplifting moment was when he gave his daily address to the nation and said he’d spoken to the Queen who said she was very concerned and was thinking of us constantly. Kindness is everywhere: Eileen brought her gorgeous son-in-law fireman to rip apart a roof blocking the path. She also brought a food parcel. Don’t forget we are not in an unusual position here as every resident has lost something in varying degrees. Every tree that is still standing is stripped bare, the landscape looks like a bomb has been dropped but Stephen has just brought me a beautiful red hibiscus he found in our wilderness that used to be the garden. Our priorities are to get our home clear of debris. We have to get a tarpaulin for the kitchen roof to stop all the water coming in. The sitting room has imploded so walls, wood and furniture need removing. We need to aim for clean running water so we can use our generator to have showers and do laundry. After this we can start rebuilding, which will take around two years. Having no lights we get up at dawn and are in bed a few hours after dusk. Our favourite time is 6.00pm when we sit, weather willing, amongst the rubble on two rescued chairs with candles and a bottle of wine taking in our ‘million dollar

And this is the roof that was in the pool

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view’. Simple pleasures and a simple life at the moment. These are dark times but we are learning an awful lot about ourselves. Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:59 Having re-read last week’s update I am astounded at how much progress has been made. Each day there have been small steps but adding up to one giant leap. We concentrate on our own and our neighbours’ patches. We hope everyone else will do the same so that little by little the Territory will be rebuilt. The weather has been against us until a few days ago. It rained every day for 16 days which means that using the kitchen has been challenging: stirring the cooking pot with one hand and mopping up the rising water around your ankles with the other is like trying to pat the top of your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time. We have a tarpaulin from the army with a Union Jack and UK Aid stamped all over it, which is reassuring but incredible that we have need of it. It is now nailed down and covering half the roof; as soon as it was fixed it stopped raining and hasn’t rained since! Furniture, wood, galvanised roofing and trees around us are now being cleared so I no longer have to climb over dangerous debris to get from the bedroom to the kitchen. Nextdoor’s generator is not very reliable. We have no problem buying diesel although queues are a mile long. We have had problems pumping water when our generator is on though our plumber is trying his best. I was very excited when I could have a hot shower; I thought I could then use the washing machine but sadly it won’t work yet so we still look tramp-like. We strive for anything ‘normal’ and a few days ago had ‘dinner’ at 4.00pm before the curfew. We sat at a very sticky table eating chicken and chips out of polystyrene and drinking beer, sheer decadence. The other HotPott - Christmas 2017

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normality is shopping in the supermarket. I’ve never hugged or been hugged so much; it takes hours longer than usual, a real treat. One noticeable thing is that most UK and USA citizens have left: we are in a tiny minority now. Town is very exciting, full of soldiers and helicopters. HMS Ocean is the UK’s newest and biggest ship ‘parked’ out to sea and looks massive; I believe it’s full of engineers and heavy equipment for clearing roads. Good old Blighty, there’ll be no more talk of independence after this. Outside our little world seems incredible: we drive along roads we don’t recognise, the devastation is catastrophic, the suffering is evident everywhere and yet people smile, ask after you and say how lucky they are, they’ve only lost their house but are alive. Such spirit, such resilience is humbling.

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Bonfire Report The only disappointment was that David Basford and myself had struggled over three days to erect the best looking bonfire we had seen. It resembled some of the chocolate showstoppers on the British Bake Off, nicely paneled with logs all around the sides and a collection of large Maltesers on the top. This was dramatically changed with the last minute arrival of a large lorry with the remains of a couple of roofs and the remnants of a building which had to be

hurriedly thrown onto our showstopper on the day of the bonfire. No wonder we felt deflated, still the spectacular firework display made up for that. There was hardly any wind this year but a few heavy showers fell as the fire was lit but they swiftly passed so all went to plan.

Graham Hackney

I understand that the bonfire was well attended, and a good time was had by all. It made £6748, to be split between the cricket club and village hall. Editor.

Pott Shrigley Church School BBQ


& Mulled You are warmly invited to the school’s 2017 Wine Christmas play, which is entitled: ‘The Donkey’s Christmas’ and is to be performed on Tuesday 12th family fun F A Y R E for all December in church. There is a dress FRIDAY DECEMBER Also, don’t forget 8th the Pott Shrigley Christmas rehearsal at 2 pm and the main, candlelit, Fayre, which will be held on Friday 8th 6pm til 8pm performance will be at 6 pm. All members December from 6pm to 8pm. Enjoy Santa’s of the community are welcome to come to Grotto, Christmas Carols, a Brass Ensemble either the afternoon dress rehearsal or the and lots of Christmas stalls. evening performance. NTA’S GROTTO LS

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PCC Ponderings

There were 15 members present when the PCC met on 24th October.

At recent meetings we have been collating information on rules relating to who has, or has not, got the right to be buried in the churchyard. The final document, which includes the statutory rules regarding burials and additional PCC guidance, was agreed at the meeting and will be put on the church website where it will be available for anyone to read. A link to information regarding the rules on memorials will also be added.

Since the last PCC meeting the quinquennial inspection has been done. This involves a five-yearly survey of the building and grounds carried out by the church architect and results in a report listing necessary remedial works. Duncan explained that these have been grouped into timescales according to urgency, with estimated prices exclusive of fees and VAT, as follows:

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In his report, David Swales said he now had some half dozen young candidates who are interested in being confirmed. This is great news as he feels it gives a real opportunity for young people to think more deeply about their faith alongside their other church activities. There are no adult applicants at this stage, but we were asked to spread the word in case there are people we know who wish to come forward. Other exciting news was that Bishop Libby has agreed to perform the confirmation, which is planned for Sunday 4th March 18. This is quite a coup in view of the Bishop’s busy diary and the 10.45 am service on that day will be devoted to the confirmation. The vicar also reported that he is considering re-establishing the Civic Service, probably in May rather than the autumn, which is a change to what has happened in the past, but fits in with the timing of Civic Services in other parishes, including Bollington. The autumn months already have the Harvest and Remembrance Services and David is hoping to initiate a Memorial Service around the end of October to remember loved ones who have died. Page 10

Immediate/urgent – £4000 – £5000 Within 18 months – £15,000 – £18,000 Within 5 years – £20,000 – £25,000 Although the figures seem a bit daunting, many of the items represent ongoing maintenance to roofing, stonework, pointing, decoration and boundary walls, which is to be expected in a building of such a great age. In general the church was found to be in good condition and the report contained no very nasty surprises. A disability audit is due to be carried out and there may be further works as a consequence of this. Continuing on the subject of buildings, we then turned to the church room. We considered this in depth and for clarity I have summarised the arguments in a separate section of this magazine. One key problem is the need for more space to serve refreshments after the service and the dangers of carrying hot drinks with small children around. Under the topic of health and safety Sally has considered alternative sites for serving children’s drinks. Different options were discussed but no solution found, and we were asked to continue to think about this issue. Meanwhile it was suggested that everyone should move away from the serving area as soon as they have their drink. Hopefully this will improve the situation – so no hovering by the biscuit plate! HotPott - Christmas 2017

Missionary Matters

I have just had a prayer letter from Megumi and Helen Fazakerley who are nearing the end of their holiday in Japan; their three children Joshua, Elizabeth and Mary and their respective boy/girl friends accompanied them to Japan.

Pray for the ongoing work in Malawi, particularly at the Evangelical Bible College where a number of key leadership roles are filled with people who joined the college staff only recently. Most Malawians are currently experiencing 10 – 14 hour power cuts every day, and the ‘vampire hunt’ mentioned last month in which vigilantes are attacking people they suspect of trying to obtain and drink human blood continues to worsen.

John Ryley

Last Sunday they visited Megumi’s mum’s church - which continues help support them in Malawi - and Megumi was asked to preach. Before their expedition to Japan they enjoyed a gathering of 19 of the Fazakerley clan, and on November 1st joined Elizabeth at her graduation ceremony at Chester University. They have four more of their supporting churches to visit before they return to Malawi in January.

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“Your Vote, Your Council”

New council fund to support the borough’s unpaid carers

The new Carers’ Living Well Fund was launched on November 1, and will be available until March 31, 2018. This fund will help carers to enjoy a good ‘work and home life balance’ by enabling people who care for others to access financial help for a range of activities, including a break from their caring role to avoid the risk of jeopardising their own health and wellbeing. Carers are usually unpaid and, without help and support for themselves, can feel isolated and struggle with physical and emotional demands. Many people will become carers, perhaps looking after elderly parents or a spouse; young carers may look after a parent or sibling as part of their family life. Many such carers are ‘hidden’ i.e. are unknown to the authorities.

through the DVLA but data protection rules prevent the parish council receiving any details. The police have advised the owner of the wall to report the damage and gain an incident number, which will enable their insurance company to pursue a claim. Another accident occurred on 18th October. An HGV hit the side of the school causing some damage to vehicle and school. Mandy Novacki, a teaching assistant at the school witnessed the accident and has some details of the driver and vehicle. This will also be pursued.

Alison Greenwood

A grant from the Carers’ Living Well Fund is a one-off payment of £250 or £500, limited to one payment per household or cared-for person, where the eligibility criteria have been met. Young carers should have a bank or building society account or agree to the grant being held by a parent or guardian. Families and organisations working with carers, especially ‘hidden’ ones, are asked to signpost them towards the financial and help services available to them. This includes carers who have never accessed statutory or voluntary support, in particular carers who are new to their caring role. For more information about the Carers’ Living Well Fund and how to apply visit: Accident Update The driver who damaged the bollards and the wall at the junction of Bakestonedale and Shrigley Road in August has been identified Page 12

Peak District National Park Community The National Park Authority is inviting residents to join their new Facebook Community Group. This group is for anyone who lives or works in the Peak District and wants to share experiences, stories and images of Peak District life. You can promote events, discuss problems and let others know how your community is tackling them. Or you can simply post photographs of the places you love. To join simply search for ‘Peak District National Park Community’ on Facebook or forward the email address you use to log into Facebook to and you will be sent an invite. Defibrillators The parish council has been asked to accept responsibility for the maintenance costs of both defibrillators in the village. The defibrillator at the village hall is owned by the school, so in theory it is responsible for the costs. The clerk will ask Gareth Winstanley, who owns the one at Green Close, to determine whether maintenance costs HotPott - Christmas 2017

are payable on it. The pads need changing every two years (cost £30) and batteries every five years (approximate cost £100). The council agreed unanimously to pay for the maintenance. Shrigley Hall Cocktail Party The new managers of Shrigley Hall Hotel have invited the residents of the village to a Cocktail Party on Monday 27th November from 7 – 9pm as a welcome to Rev Swales. Loneliness The booklet listing loneliness groups has been included with this Christmas edition of Hot Pott. The parish council ensures that the December edition is provided for all Pott residents. Millenium Oak Tree Cllr. Basford has made a new cage round the millennium oak tree on the village green because the original one was too small and the sheep were able to chew the branches. Civic Service The vicar, Rev Swales, would like to hold a Civic Service on May 13th 2018, and this was agreed. Cllr. Wray will inform the Rev Swales and the clerk will invite David Rutley. The guest list will be created in January 2018. Planning Applications NP/CEC/1017/10551 Pott Hall, Shrigley Road, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5RT. Listed Building consent: repair the curtilage listed original outbuilding. Remove the non-original ‘dwarf wall’ surrounding the original well. Remove the non-original porch extension at the rear of the property. The council has no objection to the removal HotPott - Christmas 2017

of the porch and repair of the outbuildings but is concerned that the applicant wishes to remove the above ground feature of this historic well completely. He points out that the dwarf wall has ‘no historical, architectural or communal value’ yet plans to replace it with a ‘transparent polycarbonate cover’ which will have even less historical, architectural or communal value. The current dwarf wall makes a feature of this heritage feature in this courtyard while a cover would make it almost invisible and mask all of its character. The council would like to see a construction which retains the visibility but on a smaller scale. NP/CEC/1017/1044 Cophurst Knot, Shrigley Road, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SE. Consent for replacement windows in a listed building. Closing date 03/12/17. Pending 17/2777M Hayloft House, 3A Moorside Lane, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5RZ Replacement dwelling, alteration to planning consent ref. 14/2798M Pott Shrigley Parish Council strongly objects to this application. 17/2021M Coniston, Shrigley Road South, Poynton, SK12 1TF Demolition of existing house and outbuildings and proposed replacement dwelling. Pott Shrigley Parish Council does not support this application. Christmas Tree Richard Gem has agreed to order the Christmas tree. This year both sets of the new lights will be used. All your councillors wish you all a lovely, peaceful and happy festive season. All the best for 2018! Date and time of next meeting The next parish council meeting will be held on Monday 11th December 2017 at 8pm in the village hall. Page 13

New Church Room At our meeting in September the PCC changing facilities; decided to review the arguments for and • a storage area to put the clutter! against having a new church room. As David • a flexible space for meetings and events, Garton explained in his update in October’s including when the school is in session. HotPott, the proposal is to • running children’s groups on provide a flexible meeting site would prevent the need for space accommodating on behalf of the PCC children to cross the road. approximately 40 people sitting Also, many churches nationwide or 60 standing, together with a kitchenette, have benefitted from such facilities. Much of an extra toilet and additional storage. The the work towards re-submitting the plans has planning process has continued over several already been done; the revised plan is larger years and now seems a good opportunity to because it includes a corridor. remind ourselves of the original case for the Points against: room and to consider any changes which • potential parking problems; have happened since the idea was first put • the room is thought to be too small to forward. accommodate junior church and the crèche Ian Malyan reminded us that if the project together; is to continue, we should submit a revised • financial – on a monthly basis there is application within one year of the previous a shortfall between receipts and payments planning refusal to avoid further planning -and the project would use a large part of fees. If the new application was successful, our financial reserves and be followed by the permission granted would last for additional upkeep costs; three years, after which it would have to be • growth - is the room really going to attract renewed. Since the first refusal happened in new people to the church? (Numbers are the early part of 2017, there is some urgency thought more likely to be maintained at to make a decision on whether to re-apply. current levels.) In preparation for re-visiting the original • the congregation has become smaller proposals, PCC members reviewed the since the project was conceived and the statement of need, which lists the arguments number of weddings fell during the interfor needing the room, and the Heritage regnum. Report, which was compiled by a consultant To sum up – ‘It’s a lot of money to spend on a and looks at the history of the church, coffee serving area and an extra loo.’ development of the site over the years and Other suggestions were made for possibly the relationship between the buildings and easier and cheaper solutions the local environment. A lively discussion ensued, which I will attempt to summarise. • could space to the right of the existing

Ros Johnson

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toilet be used for a smaller extension? • could pews be moved to create more space for serving coffee?

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avoid unnecessary costs should the project go ahead, it was agreed to continue with the planning re-submission. There was a vote of thanks to Ian as he continues to give so much of his time to the project. Perhaps these points will prompt discussion about the benefits of the church room - or maybe you think there are other solutions to the space problems. Members of the PCC would very much welcome your views.

Guild Goings On

Macclesfield’s famous furniture store

21 members and friends enjoyed a visit from Nick Bianchi and his father. John Ryley opened the meeting with a Bible reading from the book of Exodus and Georgina led us in prayer.

Eileen Stratford Nick then proceeded to give a very spirited account of the history of Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield. It all began in a small silk weaving town near Lake Como in Italy in the 1850’s when Antonio Arighi left home and travelled on foot through Europe, suffering many hardships. He ended up in Macclesfield, also a silk town, and set up a business selling barometers and clocks. He soon joined forces with Antonio Bianchi, a cabinetmaker who had also left the same

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town in Italy and was related to the Arighi family, and the firm prospered. By the mid 1880’s they were supplying many high-class customers with furniture and other household goods and the company went from strength to strength. The design of Crystal Palace in London inspired the two owners to build the fine structure which still stands today on the Silk Road in Macclesfield. Arighi Bianchi is a fourth generation family owned business and they are very proud of this. Thank you Nick and your father for entertaining us so well. The Bring and Buy sale did quite well and raised about £25 for the Guild funds. Please note the date of the Christmas lunch is 6th December and not the date shown in the programme. The cost will be £12.50 for two courses and £16.50 for three courses.

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Three Bites at the Cherry We do not often hear in Hot Pott from a limbo-dancing champion or a holder of two world records. But Kath has asked me to write about my life in aviation, and there’s a first time for everything.

to Mission Aviation Fellowship, MAF, about flying for them overseas. The first step would have been to join the Army Air Corps to get more experience on light aircraft. The alternative was to join the RAF, my original hope as a teenager. Strangely, the Army did not respond at all to my enquiry about joining the Army Air Corps. With that door closed, I joined the RAF. Much later, I recognised that I was not then anything like spiritually ready for mission work; and when MAF invited Judy and me to join them, 20 years on, they would be looking for a very different kind of flying experience. Whose hand closed the door to the Army Air Corps?

Peter de Bourcier

At the start of World War 2 my parents had a small house in London. My brother and sister were 15 and 11 years older than me, and their schools were evacuated to Surrey. So we moved as a family to Ashtead, and it was there as a young boy that I watched contrails in the sky as the Royal Air Force fought the Luftwaffe – and wanted to be up there. My parents told me I was four when I first said I wanted to fly, and nothing has changed. (I maintain that if I cut myself now, I don’t bleed – I leak jet fuel.) The ‘three bites at the cherry’ are my times in military, missionary and commercial flying. Our Heavenly Father’s hand has been very evident at key points all the way, and I’ve been particularly fortunate to spend almost all my working life in work that I enjoyed.

From school, in the days when we had a world-leading aircraft industry in this country, I joined Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd at Brooklands on a five-year undergraduate apprenticeship. That meant spending one or two months in each of the main sections of the factory, learning a lot about people as well as about making aircraft and taking a degree in aero engineering at Southampton University. In addition, I learnt to fly in the University Air Squadron. Towards the end of the five years at Vickers, as a young but committed Christian with the beginnings of some flying experience, I talked Page 16

I’ll be telling the story of MAF at our Church Guild on Wednesday 14 February, St Valentine’s Day (or Ash Wednesday, if you prefer a more theological reminder). Put the date in your diary now to hear a remarkable account of practical Christian outreach. That 20-year interval between initial interview with MAF and candidacy is my first claim to a world record! But let’s go back to 1962. After basic flying training in the RAF, I was listed for fast-jet training. However, a colleague listed to go to transport aircraft failed his basic final test. That was very unusual – people were normally weeded out much earlier. Unusually again, the RAF’s priority at that time was the transport stream rather than the fast-jet stream. I was the one moved across to take my friend’s place. That changed the entire path of my subsequent RAF career. Who planned that change and brought it about? So began 11 years in the RAF medium and HotPott - Christmas 2017

long-range transport forces, spanning the Middle and Far East, India and Pakistan, north-west Europe, Australia, the Pacific, the Caribbean, the USA and Canada. I qualified as a training captain and examiner. Those were just the qualifications that MAF would be looking for in someone to introduce a new aircraft in East Africa for them in the 1980s. Coincidence, or the Lord’s provision to meet MAF’s future need? At Southampton University Air Squadron I had won an aerobatics trophy. However, in 1966 the RAF assessed me as ‘unfit aerobatics’. With the irony of which only officialdom is capable, I was then sent as temporary adjutant to the newly formed Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows. The team leader at that time was the late, great Ray Hanna, who established the Arrows as the world’s premier aerobatic team. Unaware of my assessment, he invited me to have a flight with them – the greatest wish of tens of thousands of pilots and enthusiasts the world over. I would have loved to have

flown with them, but it would have caused a rumpus if officialdom had found out. Turning down such a highly sought-after opportunity is almost certainly another world record! (Followers of the TV series ‘Foyle’s War’ may recall Foyle’s son flying a Spitfire under a stone bridge over a river, with very little room to spare. That was not computer imagery: that was Ray Hanna.) Later, when I needed the aerobatics restriction cleared as a step towards getting my civilian pilot’s license, the RAF Central Medical Establishment dismissed it as ‘a typical misuse of a medical category at that time’ and cancelled it completely. I came away feeling 10 feet tall. Who opened the way forward there? My commission in the RAF would normally have continued to retirement age. However, in 1981, after much prayer and consultation with trusted friends, Judy and I became certain that the Lord wanted us to leave the Service. We had a good income, a mortgage, two children under 10, the equivalent of excellent private health care for all the family, and no guarantee of employment anywhere else: at that time, in what was a very cyclical industry, flying and management jobs in civil aviation were very few and far between. But we felt sure of what we should do, and so at the end of June 1981 we walked the plank. To be continued….

From the Registers Baptism We welcome to the Lord’s family: 29th October Bertie Hugo Trenell 26th November Amber Evelyn Sutton

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Another year and another ten editions of HotPott (this year all in glorious technicolour!) have been produced, thanks to the support I continue to enjoy from the fantastic team of volunteers (plus those dragooned and embarrassed into contributing) who work so hard to create a publication which we hope interests, amuses and sometimes even makes people think. I am very grateful both to those who unstintingly provide copy for each edition and to those who share their experiences, photos and thoughts on an ad hoc basis. Without you we wouldn’t have a magazine to produce. It would be good to have new contributors – no experience required! A big thank you to our advertisers too; we hope you have gained some business from HotPott readers but appreciate many of you advertise just to support us. And so to the team – thank you so much for sharing your expertise so willingly, and for your patience with my idiosyncrasies. Here’s to 2018! Editor, subscriptions & advertisements: Kath Matheson, 01625 574983, Chaser & fount of all knowledge: Mary Currell Layout: Andy & Tess Phillips Printing & technical support: Mike Akerman Proof readers: Mary Currell, Jacky Malyan, Audrey Meecham, Vicki Shelley Distribution: Eileen Buffey, Mary Currell and Peter Kennedy


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Coffee Break

1 Provisional meeting place of God and the Jews (Exodus 25:9) (10) 7 David’s third son, killed when his head got caught in a tree during a battle with his father (2 Samuel 18:14,15) (7) 8 They ruled much of the west coast of South America in the 15th and early 16th centuries (5) 10 Small deer of European and Asian extraction (4) 11 Seized control of (Numbers 21:25) (8) 13 Terror (Luke 24:5) (6) 15 First World War heroine shot by the Germans in Brussels, Nurse Edith …. (6) 17 Stormy (8) 18 A bitter variety of this, together with lamb and unleavened bread, was the Passover menu for anyone unclean (Numbers 9:11) (4)

4 He escaped from Nob when Saul killed the rest of his family and joined David (1 Samuel 22:19,20) (8) 5 City and lake in Central Switzerland (7)

21 Arson (anag.) (5)

6 Offer your bodies as living …. , holy and pleasing to God (Romans 12:1) (10)

22 How John Newton described God’s grace in his well-known hymn (7)

9 Pouches carried by horses (Genesis 49:14) (10)

23 Habitation (Isaiah 27:10) (10)

12 One who accepts government by God (8)


14 Aromatic substance commonly used in Jewish ritual (Exodus 30:1) (7)

1 …. and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8) (5) 2 The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as … as a lion (Proverbs 28:1) (4) 3 One of the exiles, a descendant of Parosh, who married a foreign woman (Ezra 10:25) (6) HotPott - Christmas 2017

16 He asked Jesus, ‘What is truth?’ (John 18:38) (6) 19 Are (Romans 13:1) (5) 20 You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will … his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21) (4) Page 19

The Tale of Two Catherines

Today I have been at Hospice Africa Uganda; another student and I accompanied two nurses on their community outreach visits. In Western media, Africa is often portrayed as uniform: a place where lots of poor people and the occasional dictator live, and where Bob Geldoff’s videos are filmed. It is not! The two people we saw are both called Catherine and are both suffering with a disease that is likely to kill them, but that is where their similarities end.

The tumour she has is called a neurofibroma. This is a benign tumour (doesn’t invade other parts of the body but still has the potential to grow and grow and grow) and is easy to chop out. In the UK for instance, the likelihood is that it would have been diagnosed and surgically removed within a few weeks with minimal complications i.e. it’s noticed, it’s chopped out, it’s forgotten.

Laura Matheson

We couldn’t drive to the first home we went to because we couldn’t get our car down the road. We had left the tarmac roads about one kilometre back and were now on tracks that have never been surfaced, and the tropical rains mean that these ‘roads’ are simply a maze of mud, rifts and gulleys. And this is in the middle of Kampala, the country’s capital city. We got out of the car with our bags full of supplies and started walking. We received a few stares; white people don’t usually come this way. When we got to the house we were greeted by three young kids, giggling, playing in the mud, throwing gee nuts at each other and getting shouted at by their mum. We went inside, taking our shoes off of course; Ugandans are very house proud, no matter how humble the house. The first Catherine was lying on a makeshift mattress on the dirt floor. She has a tumour the size of a football growing sideways out of her left hip. Catherine is 13 years old. She is very thin: touch the tips of your thumb and index finger to make a circle – that’s how big her upper arms are. She was very quiet when we were there – in contrast to the kids outside who by now were shouting, laughing and pointing at the funny white people in their house. Page 20

Unfortunately Catherine doesn’t live in the UK. When she first noticed it, she was 9 years old. Her family took her to see a traditional healer, which was expensive. The traditional remedies didn’t work, so they took her back to the healer who suggested more remedies, charging them even more money. By the time she went to see a doctor about it (2 years later), the tumour had grown significantly in size, requiring complex surgery to remove it. Her family could now not afford the surgery as their money had run out. In the UK, a whole army of healthcare professionals would support a dying child and their family. Some high profile cases in the media have proved that. Here, the children are no less loved, but the resources aren’t there, or the government’s priorities lie elsewhere (the headlines in Uganda currently tell of the government spending millions of shillings on a vote to remove the upper age limit for the President; the current incumbent will reach the age limit in a couple of years. Clearly 30 years of power isn’t quite enough). We sat with Catherine for a while chatting to her. Her only request was for some chicken and chips, which was duly collected from the takeaway on the way. The only time we saw her smile was when she was eating it; unfortunately she could only manage a few mouthfuls, as her appetite was so poor. We gave her the incontinence pads we had HotPott - Christmas 2017

brought; a necessity as she was too weak to move from the mattress she lived on, along with the bottle of liquid morphine for her pain. She said she missed going to school but she enjoyed helping her younger siblings with their homework. She also missed playing with her friends but she was scared that if her friends saw her they would laugh at her. Too soon it was time to leave. Her family kept thanking and thanking us for coming; I couldn’t help thinking that we didn’t do much. The second Catherine is different. We were let into her secure compound by her security guard through locked gates. The drive was paved. The roof was tiled. We were shown into the lounge, which had a tiled floor and glass windows. Whilst she was living in Texas Catherine had been diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer that spread to other parts of the body despite her receiving the gold standard chemotherapy treatment. Unfortunately, not even the best treatments in the world work for some diseases and when her diagnosis was in the terminal stages, she moved back to her home country of Uganda to be with her family. She was in a lot of pain. Both breasts were rock solid with tumour, and the pain spread up to her neck glands that were also swollen from the cancer. She still welcomed us graciously into her lovely home with smiles and sincere thanks for us coming. In Texas she had an army of healthcare workers treating and supporting her. But she chose to come back home; family is more important. And the support patients receive from their families here is phenomenal. It needs to be; the hospice team members were the only professionals that visited her. Again, we delivered the morphine she needed, and chatted with her and her family for a while.

with manicured lawns, beautifully paved paths and high tech security.... again, you wonder about their priorities. We then spent the afternoon at a lovely lodge. Swam in the pool. Had a few beers. Refrigerated. Table service. And we laughed and joked about how awful the NHS is. We don’t know how blessed we are. Both Catherines asked us to pray for them: for their pain to diminish, and to keep their families safe and happy after they’ve gone. Hospice Africa in Uganda was set up as a pioneer of palliative care across the sub Saharan region, with the aim of using it as a template for palliative care services across the continent. Unfortunately palliative care is hugely underfunded compared to many other aspects of healthcare in the developing world (it’s not as ‘trendy’ as HIV or malaria). If you have a spare minute please visit their website and donate! Both Catherines gave their permission for their stories to be told in the UK; we are grateful for their bravery, and pray for good care and comfort for them both. Please consider donating. Editor.

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The Persecuted Church

Slavery is rife throughout the world but in Pakistan many Christians who had been legally ‘bonded’ to their brick kiln jobs are now free, thanks to Barnabas Fund supporters paying the debts these desperately poor families incurred in times of special hardship, setting them free, transforming their lives and giving them hope for the future. Latif began working in the brick kiln industry when he was 10; recently his daughter Sobia joined him in the backbreaking task of making 1000 bricks a day. ‘I never wanted to take a loan,’ says Latif, ‘so I used to work continuously 18 hours a day.’ But when his son fell sick and his wife broke her leg Latif had to borrow from the brick kiln owner to pay medical bills; despite his best efforts Latif became bonded to the brick kiln. ‘As soon as we paid the loan amount to the brick kiln owner I came straight back to the church and thanked God. We are very thankful to Barnabas Fund and all the people for their support. We pray for you all regularly and will continue to do so as we are free because of all your efforts.’ Nargis borrowed money from her employer at the brick kiln so her sick husband could go to hospital; he died leaving Nargis with five children and the loan. Her meagre wages were reduced to pay the interest on the loan.

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She told Barnabas Fund: ‘When I heard that my debt will all be paid it was such a joyful and redeeming feeling… My heart leapt with joy … that we are free from this burden at last... All my family … had left me in our difficult time but Jesus took a hold of my arm. God bless those people who have thought about us and have helped us... We will pray for you all.’ However many more remain enslaved by debt. And now an encouraging story from Colombia: 10 year old Sofia was at a neighbour’s house when militants, angered at her parents’ faith, stormed in and shot them both. Within hours, despite her prayers, both Sofia’s parents had died. Her story is heart breaking, but Sofia has not stopped loving God and following His ways. In fact, encouraged by the love and support she found at Open Doors’ Children’s Centre, Sofia is now on fire for God. ‘I use my story to tell others that, for those who love God, all things work together for good,’ says Sofia, who is now 17. ‘I try to make people understand that we do not have to turn away from God because of difficult circumstances.’ Life for Christians is very hard in the ‘-stan’ countries, previously Soviet and now a series of independent states with totalitarian governments and Muslimmajority populations. In October police raided a church service in Tajikistan. ‘They … confiscated 45 copies of Christian books. They also took pictures of the Sunday school, and a program of the lesson... According to the law any program for children has to be approved by ministry of education.’ Police are examining the confiscated materials to see if they are ‘extremist’. The pastor of the church may be imprisoned. ‘If they will find some things in the books it will be a criminal case and several years of jail. At best it will be an HotPott - Christmas 2017

in the overwhelmingly Christian Cross River State. Previously the herdsmen ambushed Christians in the neighbouring states; over 55 people were killed in October alone by Fulani attacks. Local leaders have asked the federal government to protect vulnerable communities.

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administrative case and they will fine the pastor or church,’ a source reported. In July, Tajik authorities jailed a pastor for three years for ‘inciting national, racial, local or religious hatred or dissension’ after confiscating hymnbooks. In Nigeria we think of Boko Haram and their persecution of Christians, but another group also causes concern. In November, Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked the Ugaga community killing one and injuring several

Tajamal Amar

Here in Britain, Christians are not free from attack. A Pakistani Christian from Derby was beaten in October for displaying a cross and Remembrance Day poppies in his car. Tajamal Amar described his attackers as Pakistani Muslim men and explained: ‘I am not a brother [to them]. I am a kaffir [a derogatory term for non-Muslim]. They left me for dead. They hit me as if they were playing on a football pitch … I am Christian. Because of the poppies on my car, because of the cross in my car, I have been hit.’ Tajamal suffered internal bleeding, extensive bruising and a broken nose that required hospital admission. He told journalists: ‘Several times, local [Muslim] Pakistani people in Derby have taken offence from the fact that I am Christian. When they first find out, many stop talking to me. My wife and I have often been shunned. I fled from Pakistan to escape violence such as this, but more and more the same violence is coming into Britain. Freedom of religion should be the right of any British citizen but today I feel unsafe; even then nothing will stop me going to church.’

We have a Pastoral Care Group at St. Christopher’s. If you, or anyone you know, would like a visit from one of the group please contact: Kim Swales, Tel. No. 01625 575846 or Jean Bennett, Tel. No. 01625 576546. HotPott - Christmas 2017

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Chores and Chains Cleaning Rota Please contact Yvette 0161 439 9979 Dec 1st Dec 8th Dec 15th

Mr & Mrs Ferguson Mr & Mrs Currell Dr A Davies (wedding 16th Dec at 13.00) Dec 22nd Mrs Harper, Mrs Plant Dec 29th Miss Bunting; Mr & Mrs Stratford

Jan 5th Jan 12th Jan 19th Jan 26th Feb 2nd

Mrs Meecham; Mrs Winstanley Mr & Mrs Akerman Mr & Mrs Ferguson Mr & Mrs Currell Dr A Davies (wedding 3rd Feb at 13.30)

Jan 7th Jan 14th Jan 21st Jan 28th Feb 4th

Carole & Rita Bunting Malyan family Yvonne & Rita Barrow Mr & Mrs Akerman Doreen H, Jean F & Margaret R

Jan 7th Jan 14th Jan 21st Jan 28th Feb 4th

Vacant Vacant Vacant Vacant Wedding

Tea & Coffee Contact Carole on 01625 820533 Dec 3rd Dec 10th Dec 17th Dec 23rd Dec 31st

Mr & Mrs Akerman Doreen H, Jean F & Margaret R No service at 10.45 Ros & Sheila Peter & Eileen

Flowers Contact Gill: 01625 829819 Dec 3rd Dec 10th Dec 17th Dec 23rd Dec 31st

Vacant Vacant Ian & Rosemary, for their wedding anniversary Christmas Christmas

Forthcoming weddings Contact - Pam: 01625 575010 or Kath: 01625 574983 Saturday 16th December 1pm Ross French & Louise Witkowska Saturday 3rd February 1.30pm Marc Rutter & Sarah Wetton

Electoral Roll Revision Electoral Roll Officer Kath Matheson: 01625 574983 Each year there is a legal requirement to revise the church electoral roll to ensure it remains an accurate reflection of those who attend church regularly, or who live in the parish. A notice about this will be posted in church at the end of January 2018, with the revision taking place in February. 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 at the beginning of March. Page 30

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Recipe of the Month

Rudolf Cupcakes for Children’s Christmas Parties You will need: 24 un-iced fairy cakes. If you’re super keen you can make your own, but most supermarkets sell packs of 12 plain or chocolate cupcakes quite cheaply. And if they’re for a children’s party, you know that the kids are only going to lick off the icing and leave the cake uneaten anyway...

175g bag of pretzels provides enough for 40 – 50 cakes as long as you don’t break too many! Eat the leftover bits of pretzels.

Frances Arnott

Enough chocolate icing to ice 24 cupcakes. I use 50g butter melted in a saucepan with one tablespoon milk, remove from heat then weigh 150g icing sugar and put with one tablespoon cocoa in a sieve over the saucepan and push the sugar/cocoa mix through with the back of a spoon and stir the icing ingredients until they combine. Return to a gentle heat until the icing is hot and has reached a pouring consistency. It will thicken up again when cooled. For noses: red Smarties. A large 170g tube will yield about 20 red Smarties. Eat the rest! For eyes: white chocolate buttons. One 70g bag is enough to provide 48 eyes (for 24 cakes). But it depends how many you eat in the process...

What to do:

1. Make your icing, keep warm while you decorate the cakes. 2. Ice just a few cakes at a time, and once you’ve spread the icing onto a few of them (cakes, not children) children can help to stick on the face! 3. While the icing is still hot stick on the pretzels first, then white buttons, then Smarties. 4. Once the buttons have melted slightly (after about one minute) push a chocolate drop into each of the melted buttons. Don’t worry about getting the pupils in centrally the Rudolfs look cute if they’re all “looking” in different directions! 5. Leave to cool! It’s a mystery to me how Frances manages to stay so slim, what with all this chocolate button, pretzel and Smartie consumption! Editor

Pupils: dark chocolate chips or chocolate drops. We discovered that if the chocolate icing is hot when you add the white chocolate buttons they’ll melt slightly and you can stick the dark chocolate drops straight on. Otherwise, ‘glue’ them on with a little icing. Antlers: pretzels with the tops cut off. Cut them with a serrated knife, using a sawing motion, otherwise they just snap into bits. A Cover Credits: Front and Back Cover: SteveMurphy. Inside back of Sagrada Familia, Barcelona: Duncan Matheson Proof Reader - February 18: Audrey Meecham (23rd Jan) HotPott - Christmas 2017

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Services December 3rd. 8.30am 10.45am

Holy Communion Holy Communion

1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

David Swales

2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 2 Peter 3:8-15a

David Swales

10th. Christingle 8.30am 10.45am

Holy Communion Family Service

17th. 8.30am 4.00pm 6.30pm

Holy Communion Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11; John 1:6-8,19-28 Carols by Candlelight Carols by Candlelight

David Swales

Carols by Candlelight

David S/Murphy

David S/Murphy

21st. 6.30pm

24th. Christmas Eve 10.00am 11.00pm

Morning Worship Holy Communion

Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 John 1:1-14

David Swales

Family Communion

Luke 2:1-20

David Swales

Holy Communion Morning Worship

Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:15-21

David Swales

Holy Communion Holy Communion

Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

David Swales

Holy Communion Morning Worship

Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

David Swales

Holy Communion Family Service

Revelation 19:6-10; John 2:1-11 John 2:1-11

David Swales David S/Murphy

Holy Communion Morning Worship

1 Samuel 3:1-10; John 1:43-51

David Swales

Colossians 1:15-20; John 1:1-14

David Swales

25th. Christmas Day 10.00am

31st. 8.30am 10.45am

January 7th. 8.30am 10.45am

14th. 8.30am 10.45am

21st. 8.30am 10.45am

28th. 8.30am 10.45am

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Holy Communion Holy Communion

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Sidespeople and Prayers December 3rd. 8.30am 10.45am

ER - Extra Reader

Mr. K. Ardern ER (10.45am): Dr. J.Hutton Mrs. E. Harper + Mr. I. Malyan + Mrs. E. Buffey.

Prayers Sandy Milsom

10th. Christingle 8.30am 10.45am

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

17th. 8.30am 4.00pm 6.30pm

Mr. & Mrs. R. Stratford Mr. & Mrs. M. Akerman Mr. & Mrs. R. Ferguson

21st. 6.30pm

Mr. & Mrs. M. Akerman

24th. Christmas Eve 10.00am 11.00pm Mr. & Mrs. R. Ferguson

25th. Christmas Day 10.00am Miss G. Mosley

31st. 8.30am 10.45am

Miss G. Mosley Mr. & Mrs. R. Ferguson

Sandy Milsom

Mr. K. Ardern ER (10.45am): Mrs. A. Meecham Mrs. E. Harper + Mr. I. Malyan + Mr. S. Heathcote

Pam Cooke

Miss G. Mosley Mr. & Mrs. R. Ferguson

Anne Murphy

Mr. & Mrs. R. Stratford Mr. S. Heathcote + Mr. I. Currell + Mr. I. Malyan


Miss G. Mosley Mr. I. Clarke + Mrs. C. Taylor. ER: Mr. G. Parker


January 7th. 8.30am 10.45am

14th. 8.30am 10.45am

21st. 8.30am 10.45am

28th. 8.30am 10.45am

February 4th. 8.30am 10.45am

Mr. K. Ardern ER (10.45am): Mr. D. & Mr. R. Gem Mrs. E. Harper + Mr. & Mrs. P. Frecknall.

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Regular Church Activities

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: Daytime - Monday 10.30am, The Vicarage; David Swales, 575846 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:

Rev. David Swales, The Vicarage, Spuley Lane, SK10 5RS

575846 Readers:

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

01260 252287 Electoral Roll and Safeguarding officer:

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


Tower Captain:

Duncan Matheson, as above


Pastoral Care Team:

Kim Swales, The Vicarage, Spuley Lane, SK10 5RS


Church Guild:

Georgina Wray, 14 Paladin Place, Bank Close, Macclesfield, SK11 7HE 615547 Children’s Ministry:

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


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:

Paul Quirk, Pott Shrigley Church School SK10 5RT



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

head@pottshrigley.cheshire 574768 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, Sandy Milsom, Gill Mosley, Ivy Mosley, Anne Murphy, Kath Matheson.

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