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Christmas 2021

Pott Shrigley’s Church & Parish Magazine



David’s Deliberations Dear friends,

most important one of all.

A lifetime ago, when I was at training college, we studied some of the ‘theological disputes’ of earlier centuries. Some of these seem to us very quaint indeed; bitter divisions over the correct date for Easter, for example. Others, though, even if couched in the language and imagery of a distant era, go straight to the heart of what the Christian faith is all about.

And our recent experience may help us appreciate why this is so. One thing we have often been deprived of over the past two years is the real, physical presence of those who are important in our lives. We’ve had email, WhatsApp, Zoom, phone calls, and all the rest, but nothing compares with having those special people present with us, in person.

It was, for example, in the very earliest Christian centuries that arguments raged over the exact nature of Christ. Was He a sort of superman? Human, physical, finite, like us; but with a few extra powers and qualities? Or was He, in contrast, a purely spiritual being – a kind of ghost – who only seemed to be a solid, human body? Someone who visited us, but was never really one of us, sharing our life?

It’s the same with God. When He saw the trouble there is in our world, His response was not: ‘I’ll send them a message! Maybe some helpful suggestions?’; ‘I’ll talk to them from up here in heaven, give instructions on how to sort out their problems down there’. No, He knew that messages sent from afar can only help so much. He knew, in other words, that we needed Him to be here, to be with us.

This might seem from the outside like quibbling over minor points – irrelevant to our complicated lives and our troubled modern world – and reading about those ancient meetings and councils was not always riveting. But in fact, it is at this time of year that we pause and remember that the question they were asking is the

In the baby of Bethlehem God pours His whole self into a tiny, vulnerable human frame, and becomes one of us.

David Swales

For that child, so dear and gentle, Is our Lord in heaven above…. He becomes for us not a virtual, ghostly, image, but a solid, real, flesh and blood presence. Perhaps our recent

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David’s Deliberations

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Pott Shrigley School shows racism the red card

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Joseph

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Ice cream anyone?

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ne Hound?

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Happy birthday Barbara – and Sally!

10 Your Vote, Your Council 12 Bangers or not? 14 Who is this St Nicholas? 18 Mouse Makes 19 Coffee Break 20 Missionary Matters 22 Suffering Church 25 Flix in the Stix 27 From the Registers 31 And, as ever, thank you 33 Recipe: Chocolate Fruit Traybake 34 Services

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experience helps us realise that nothing less than that would do.

Pleased as man, with man, to dwell, Jesus our Immanuel

He came down to earth from heaven, who is God and Lord of all

For me, the most wonderful part of Christmas – and of being a Christian – is knowing that: that God really is present with me, not far away. I hope and pray you know it too.

The name Immanuel, which appears in many of our carols, means ‘God with us’.

Your friend and vicar, David

Pott Shrigley School shows racism the red card… On Thursday 21st October the whole school showed support for anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card. In the run up to the day many of our lessons focussed on Black History Month to deepen our understanding of what racism is by looking at historical events and figures that have made their mark. We all dressed in red on the day in exchange for a £1 donation. Class 3 were tasked with organising activities: • Year 6 led worship highlighting what racism is and sharing information on how to be inclusive as a school and in our community.

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• Creation of a banner highlighting different races with each child designing a poster to highlight their understanding of racism. • Class 3 were split into two teams: one team worked with Class 1 to set up a redthemed obstacle course and activities whilst the other team worked with Class 2 to set up a penalty shoot-out and games including wink murderer. We also held a bake sale which was very popular and in total we raised over £60. All in all a great day for a very worthwhile charity!

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Joseph - by Audrey Bomford Saw the wood cut the pain hammer nails numb the brain ‘With child’ is now engrained in Mary’s name. Lord can this be? To me she came ‘It is the Holy Spirit’ she explained. ‘I heard and saw an angel his message made it plain’. But still, the fact remains disgrace and shame for her, for me, for family, the only option I could see – divorce her, quietly. I took the saw attacked the wood picked up a plane did what I could to mend a chair. And sawdust fell like broken promises upon the floor. Darkness. Sleep. Blessed sleep, friend of the fearful, healer of Life’s sores. ‘Joseph! Son of David, do not be afraid!’ The voice, the vision in my dream spoke my name, my ancestry – healing words to change my life ‘Fear not! Take Mary as your wife.’ He spoke the prophet’s words ‘a virgin shall conceive and bear a son’, and you shall name this Holy One – JESUS! This ‘God with us’ this Saviour of His people. Then he was gone. I rose, swept up the sawdust, the grief of disbelief chose new wood, took up the saw the broken chair ignored. I worked as darkness turned to light, until before me laid – created with believing hands my gift to God – for His own Son. His cradle. Copyright Audrey Bomford, 2018

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*** At a rehearsal for a Sunday school Christmas tableau, the teacher carefully lined up four little ‘cherubs’. Each carried a huge cut-out letter. As they stood side by side, the letters would spell out “STAR”. A slight mix-up occurred, and those present in the church auditorium nearly fell out of their pews as the four little performers took their places – in reverse. *** Two snowmen were standing next to each other. One said to the other: “Can you smell carrots?” *** Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses. *** Page 5


Ice cream anyone?

The Tuesday Home Group likes to go out for a treat occasionally and where better to indulge ourselves than an ice cream shop?

Ros Johnson On 19th October eight of us went out to sample the wares at the Just-Ice café in Poynton. As mentioned in a previous edition of HotPott, the café, which is located on Park Lane, is a social enterprise serving premium ice cream, hot drinks and cakes, all made using only natural and fair trade ingredients. It is a community hub, run on Christian values, and will create employment for survivors of human trafficking. The day we visited was just before the café officially opened. We can vouch for the fact that the ice cream is delicious; the only problem was deciding which flavour to choose! (Some of our number found the solution was to cover as many varieties as

Tues Homegroup at Just Ice

possible by choosing the triple scoop option; no names, no pack drill.) You could invent your own sundae using a huge assortment of toppings and sauces. Who knew that someone has invented a topping in the shape of little purple unicorns? We had an excellent evening and comforted ourselves in the knowledge that if the ice cream is ethical it must be low calorie.

And Pott Shrigley Church Youth Group too… Nine of us from youth church decided to make the most of half term and on Thursday 28th October met at Just-Ice on Park Lane in Poynton.

Tom Murphy Just-Ice had opened earlier in the week, and when we arrived in the early afternoon it was clearly a very popular venue – the place was buzzing. They serve fantastic tasting ice cream made from natural and fair-trade ingredients. There was an amazing range of flavours: chocolate, vanilla, fruit crumble, toffee apple, white chocolate, raspberry, Malteser… 18 in all. Page 6

Absent: Mike Akerman – too busy in the shop buying his ice cream!

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variety of toppings and sprinkles to create our very own sundaes. In addition there were delicious thick creamy milkshakes as well as a range of yummy homemade cakes and fairtrade teas, coffees and soft drinks. We had a super time – no one had any leftovers! And everyone agreed we must go back there again to try more flavours. In fact, one of our group went back a few days later with their family! Mmmm, ice cream heaven…. The ice cream served at Just-Ice is made in Derby, and as well as the superb seasonal flavours, they have dairy-free options and sorbets. Jo Rodman runs the ice cream cafe in Poynton. She’s an experienced businesswoman and committed Christian who’s in training for Pioneer Ministry with the Church of England, pioneers being people called by God who are the first to see and creatively respond to the Holy Spirit’s initiatives with those outside the church. Just-Ice creates employment for survivors of human trafficking, restoring their dignity and giving them hope and a future. The cafe welcomes volunteer servers who can commit to helping in the cafe on a regular basis. To find out more, visit just-icepoynton.org I feel a bellringers’ trip to Just-Ice coming on… that way Tom and Sally get to go twice! Editor.

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ne Hound? ‘I will that … the Priest keep noe Horse, ne Hawke, ne Hound, ne nothing that should destroy or lett him from the service of God …’ Will of Geoffrey Downes, 20 June 1492 This next year marks a key moment in our parish’s history: it is the 530th anniversary of the endowment of Geoffrey Downes and the mysterious Dame Jane Ingoldesthorpe, which transformed our church into a chantry.

Paul Bowden This remote country church became a place of perpetual prayer for the dead dedicated to Mary and St. John, served by a specially appointed chantry priest and a religious guild of ‘Brethern and Sistern’ drawn from the surrounding community. Over the next several editions of Hotpott we will look a little more into this history – why a chantry may have been established in such an unlikely place; how chantries played a major role in the spiritual life of the nation in the late Middle Ages and how, and why, it all came to an end with the Reformation. This promises to be a fascinating series of articles. In 1992 we had a fine time celebrating the 500th anniversary of the founding of our lovely village school, which happened when ‘Geoffrey Downes, brother of the owner of Shrigley, provided in his will for three chantry priests to say masses for his soul at Pott Chapel: one of the priests was required to teach children.’ (Taken from Pott Shrigley A Village School by Emily White, a book produced for the quincentenary). I look forward to hearing in more detail about Geoffrey, and the hitherto unknown (at least to me) mysterious Dame Jane Ingoldesthorpe and the ‘Brethern and Sistern’. Page 8

I’ve not seen a Horse or a Hawke at the vicarage but I’m not sure what David Swales will say about Geoffrey Downes’ ne Hound stipulation – we’re all very fond of Belle! Editor.

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Happy birthday Barbara – and Sally!

On 29th October 16 church members wended their now familiar way to Ingersley Court to wish Barbara Reeves a happy 90th birthday. Ingersley was no longer locked down, so Barbara came outside with her lovely lady carers and received her flowers and cards with customary graciousness. Madeline unfurled a beautiful birthday banner and we all sang Happy Birthday, twice as someone missed it the first time! We enjoyed a fleeting view of Barbara’s magnificent birthday cake before it was whipped away from the hungry eyes outside. Barbara has been a loyal member of our church family for very many years; she served as both treasurer and secretary of the PCC and was a bellringer – we miss her wonderful sense of humour at practices, but it was lovely to see her looking so well on her birthday. Fellow bellringer Sally Winstanley shares a birthday with Barbara, so the night before we opened a bottle of bubbly during ringing practice to toast Sally and enjoyed the delicious lettered shortbread biscuits provided by Yvonne. Our bellringing was improved no end! HotPott - Christmas 2021

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Highways

Your Vote Your Council

New/Updated/Completed issues • Bakestonedale Road: asked for removal of tree roots left jutting out into road after fallen tree was removed. Response says it cannot be found. Tree now removed. • Raised pavement at the new entrance to field north of Nab Cottage. Action: The clerk will report the poor quality of the workmanship, the steep gradient now present and the uneven pavements which may cause pedestrians to trip. • The culvert under the road near Pott Hall is blocked again and the water cannot escape because the gullies are blocked. Action: the clerk will ask for immediate help. Pending issues • Chevron bend near Shrigley Hall: two large holes in the wall following an accident. • Modifications to the chevron bend. • Remedial resurfacing of Shrigley Road from Green Close to the aqueduct. • Stones missing from the base of the wall at the side of the bridge on Bakestonedale. • Poor road surface of Long Lane between Nab Quarry and Shrigley Road. • Resiting and repair of fingerpost at junction of Street Lane and London Road. • Double yellow lines on Pott Hall bend: waiting for proposals from Cheshire East Council (CEC) traffic engineer. • Long standing traffic lights near Cedar Lodge. Village green maintenance

Poynton Area Community Partnership (PACP) The clerk has helped Cllr. Boulton to suggest modifications to the grant criteria to make the money more easily accessible. Cllr Boulton is due to attend a meeting on Wednesday 4th November to discuss the criteria. Poppy wreath The wreath was placed on the lych gate by Cllr. Wray during the service on 14th November. Christmas tree It was agreed that Cllr. Chong should order this year’s Christmas tree: a 20 foot tree with the lower branches removed to a distance of two feet. Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations In recognition of the Queen’s long and selfless service, more than 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, plus one in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth. The beacons will enable all of us to pay tribute to the Queen as part of the official Platinum Jubilee Weekend of celebrations from 2nd to 5th June 2022. The lighting of the beacons will be the first community event of the Jubilee weekend, so with this in mind every town and parish

Ride on mower: it has been decided not to proceed with this purchase at present as there is no secure place to keep it and ongoing costs would be incurred. Page 10

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clerk has received a letter encouraging their communities to take part in this special tribute to Her Majesty. The guide to taking part in this event is available at www. queensjubileebeacons.com. Cllr. Chong is considering erecting a beacon on the Nab as part of the celebrations. Peak District National Park (PDNP) Local Plan Review The Local Plan, which sets out the planning policies for the PDNP and is used to make decisions about the many planning applications received each year, is being reviewed, as required by law. The policies need to be reviewed to check if they have performed well and are still fit for purpose given the new challenges and changes in government guidance. The PDNP will involve residents and other stakeholders at all stages of the process: 2021 – debate on broad issues and evidence gathering. 2022 – preferred issues and options with formal consultation at the end of the year. 2023 – draft plan with formal consultation at the end of the year. The dates are approximate, and the process may be altered if the current planning White Paper proceeds and is enacted. (https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/planning/ policies-and-guides/the-local-plan) Planning Decision 21/0256M Needygate, SK10 5SG Proposal: 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. Approved with conditions which limit the use to a holiday let.

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Pending No change for any of the applications below: 21/4435M Heatherdale Farm, Moorside Lane, SK10 5RZ. Proposal: Conversion of an existing agricultural barn to a single dwelling (resubmission of 20/3710M). It is obvious from the comments in the application that resubmitting this planning application after making the amendments suggested by the planning officer, the applicant is likely to receive a favourable outcome. However, the council abides by its previous comment that although this application will probably meet all planning laws, the conversion of steel agricultural barns into residential buildings is destroying the character of this rural area. 21/4345M Wood Lane End Farm, Wood Lane End, Adlington. Proposal: Erection of a detached dwelling with associated access and landscaping following the partial demolition of existing outbuilding. The council had no comment to make; this property is situated outside the parish boundary. NP/CEC/0621/0623 Pott Mill Farm, Bakestonedale Road, SK10 5RU. Proposal: Agricultural building to store fodder and implements. Enforcement Officer is waiting to see outcome of planning application so there is no conflict. 20/2413M Proposed Poynton Relief Road. Modification of Condition 41 of the decision notice was discussed by the Strategic Planning Board on 16th June and the minutes show RESOLVED but the planning application shows not decided. (Further detail in September’s Hot Pott). NP/CEC/0720/0690 Pott Hall Farm, SK10 5RT. Proposal: Sub-division of dwelling to form two dwelling units. Plans amended but no decision continued → Page 11


made.

Happy Christmas

20/4189M near Wood Lane, Adlington. Proposal: Creation of glamping site.

Best wishes for this festive season to you all and to your loved ones. Have a wonderful Christmas and we wish you a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year!

21/1251M: Nab Quarry, Long Lane, SK10 5SD. Resubmission for the regularisation of warehouse storage buildings and demolition of existing shed and replacement with two storey office building. 21/1283M: Separate application for warehouse for MRI Polytech

What a night it was!

Next meeting The next meeting will take place at 8pm on 6th December 2021 in the village hall. The first meeting of 2022 will be on 12th January at 8pm in the village hall.

Bangers or not?

I was expecting only a moderate number of people; the weather forecast was dubious and it had rained steadily throughout the afternoon. And, as November 5th was only the day before, there must be lots of organised bonfire parties for the local populace to choose from (not that the Pott Shrigley Bonfire isn’t the best one around of course). But how wrong I was!

Duncan Matheson We were on the barbecue as usual, helping the super-organised Kennedys and their team. Our job is generally a breeze: guaranteed source of heat, someone else chops zillions of onions and yet another expert cooks our tea. Our view of the fireworks is pretty lousy, but we get the odd glimpse as during the display people generally drift off from the queue to watch. Little activity was apparent at the gate when we arrived – what an organised lot, all was under control – but wait, a glance across to the pavilion revealed the significant queue already forming for burgers and hotdogs. Oops we’re late (again). Hurry across the cattle grids – or not, as directed by those very risk averse stewards – we had to go through Page 12

mud instead. Help… nearly slipped over. Reached the pavilion, battle stations taken up – me taking the orders and money and (the job I'm best at) telling the others what they needed to do. The supply chain was pretty good too and who knows how maestro chef Roddy and his able assistant Elsa managed to produce so many sausages and burgers in such short order and with barely a pause. ‘One plain, one cheese, two sausage, all with onions.’ ‘Two cheese (one with onion, one without), one frankfurter without.’ ‘Four cheese, two plain, one vegan, three sausage.’ Help, how much does that come to?! Did they want onions? Groan, I’ve told the supply chain runners that twice already… but they are struggling massively to get the vegan burgers off the tinfoil – it’s fogging their brains. HotPott - Christmas 2021


‘Can you show this little girl the frankfurters and the sausages so she knows the difference?’ ‘Can we pay by card?’ Pandemonium! ‘One sausage with cheese, two frankfurters without onions.’ ‘Will any of you lot take this order?’ The queue’s getting longer! Quick, if envious, glance into the pavilion where the tea and cake ladies were keeping snug having a gentle time serving a civilized queue of a few patient people. ‘Two plain with onion, one sausage without.’ ‘I’m running out of change, Pete, can you get me some from another stall?’ The fireworks are starting and no sign of the queue abating. ‘Three vegetarian, one with cheese, all with onion.’ ‘We’ve run out of cheese!’ ‘OK.’ ‘One sausage.’ Wow, someone with the right change! He can come again! ‘We’ve run out of frankfurters. Someone change the notice and cross them out!’ ‘Two plain with, two sausage without.’ Phew, the queue finally died down and we’d finished serving; we’d not only run out of cheese and frankfurters, but also ordinary sausages, beefburgers, vegetarian burgers and onions. All we had was a few veggie sausages! Have you ever tasted one? I don’t think I will again. I thought I’d try washing one down with a glass of mulled wine, but the bar had run out of mulled wine. Humph! And not a glimpse of the fireworks. Double humph! HotPott - Christmas 2021

Or a chance to warm my hands by the grill. Treble humph! So it was back home to a pizza out of the freezer… The bar had been frantic too; turns out that Rick melting yet another control knob on Jo’s cooker whilst making the mulled wine had not been entirely in vain. The only thing we seemed to have lots left of was the bonfire – so enormous that it had to be reduced in size during the day before it was lit, but still largely unburnt at the end of the evening. Apart from the enormous waits our customers suffered, the evening was a huge success, profits far exceeded those of previous years but more importantly it was so good to be together as a community again, having fun. The total profit was £8,188, split equally between the cricket club and the village hall. Most of the money came from the gate, but the bar made £1,358.79 and the barbecue £904. Well done and enormous thanks to all the many people who worked so hard before, during and after the event to make it such a success. In the words of cricket club chairman, Andy Hart: ‘A bumper night.’ But next year I’ll buy my burger at the beginning! Page 13


Who is this St Nicholas? We are all familiar with that jolly, whitebearded plump old man in a red cloak who secretly delivers presents to well-behaved children each Christmas – variously known as Father Christmas or Santa Claus or Kris Kringle (Christ Child) or Père Noël or a myriad of other names across the globe – but does he bear any relationship to Saint Nicholas? And who is this Saint Nicholas anyway… As the earliest surviving account of Saint Nicholas’ life was written in the early ninth century, around 500 years after his death, it’s difficult to be certain of the facts but traditionally Nicholas was born in 270AD in the Greek seaport of Patara – then in Roman Asia Minor but now in modern-day Turkey – to wealthy Christian parents. His uncle was the bishop of the nearby city of Myra (now Demre), and recognizing his nephew's calling, he ordained Nicholas as a priest. After his parents died, Nicholas followed Jesus’s advice in the Gospels (Matthew 19:21, Mark 10:21) and distributed his wealth to the poor. In one of his most famous exploits, Nicholas heard of a devout man who had lost his wealth through the machinations of

Satan; the man couldn’t afford dowries for his three daughters, who were therefore unlikely to get married and could possibly be forced into prostitution. Nicholas wanted to help them, but without fuss, so under the cover of darkness he threw a purse filled with gold coins through the window of their house. The father immediately arranged a marriage for his first daughter, and after her wedding, Nicholas repeated his actions to enable the second daughter to marry. Following the second wedding, the father kept watch and discovered who was being so generous; after accepting the father’s thanks Nicholas ordered him not to tell anyone about the gifts. Many miracles are attributed to the prayers of Saint Nicholas, leading him to be also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. In one story, he was travelling to the Holy Land when a terrible storm threatened the ship; Nicholas rebuked the waves and the storm subsided. After this, he became the patron saint of sailors and travellers. Nicholas returned from the Holy Land to Myra, where the bishop had recently died; the priests there had decided that the first priest to enter the church that morning would be made bishop, so when Nicholas went to pray he was proclaimed the new bishop.

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saves three innocent men whom Trinitarianism (God the Father, the governor Eustathius had God the Son and God the Holy condemned to death; as they Spirit – one God, but three distinct were about to be executed, coexistent and equal persons). It’s Nicholas appeared, pushed even reported that he slapped one the executioner's sword to the of the opponents of this doctrine, ground, released the men from though this is perhaps uncertain. their chains and chastised a juror After death Nicholas’s bones had who had accepted a bribe. On even more adventures. He was another occasion, the consul initially interred on the small Ablabius accepted a bribe to Turkish island of Gemille but put three famous (but innocent) in the mid-600s the island was generals to death: Nicholas vulnerable to attack by Arab fleets, appeared to Emperor Constantine so Nicholas’s remains were moved St Nicolas resurrecting three and Ablabius in dreams, to Myra where each year the relics butchered children informing Constantine of the were said to exude a clear watery truth and frightening Ablabius into releasing liquid (called manna or myrrh) which smelled the generals for fear he would be sent to Hell. like rose water and was believed to possess In an even gorier episode, a malicious butcher lured three children into his house at a time of famine; he killed them and placed their remains in a barrel to cure so he could sell them as ham. Nicholas, visiting the region to care for the hungry, saw through the butcher's lies and resurrected the pickled children by making the sign of the cross. During the great famine of 311–312, a ship anchored in Myra was loaded with wheat for the Emperor in Constantinople. Nicholas invited the sailors to unload some of it to help relieve the hungry. The sailors refused as the wheat had to be weighed accurately and delivered to the Emperor, but when Nicholas promised they would not suffer any loss, the sailors agreed and when they arrived in Constantinople, they found the weight of the load had not changed, although the wheat previously removed was enough to feed people in Myra for two years and there was enough left over for sowing! Some documents record that Nicholas attended the First Council of Nicaea in 325, where the Nicene Creed was established (Remember John Ryley’s sermon series?), and that he was a staunch supporter of HotPott - Christmas 2021

miraculous powers. More upheaval was to come: in 1054 the western Catholic Church declared that the Greek Church was in schism (a rift not healed till 1966!) and in 1071 the Byzantine Empire temporarily lost control over most of Asia Minor to the invading Turks. In the resulting confusion, in 1087 Italian sailors seized some of the saint’s remains and took them back to Bari, where they were placed in a tomb below the altar of a new church, the Basilica di San Nicola. Arguments continue about whether the relics were stolen or rescued! Although the new owners of the relics continue to collect (and sell) the myrrh produced from the tomb each year, other

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Church of San Nicolò al Lido, Venice

explanations for the appearance of the liquid include the transfer by capillary action of seawater to the tomb, which lies below sea level in this harbour town. The Venetians also went tomb raiding. In 1100, a fleet of Venetian ships accompanied by Bishop Henri of the San Nicolò al Lido monastery in Venice sailed past Myra on their way to Palestine for the First Crusade. Bishop Henri insisted the fleet return to Myra where Nicholas’s remaining bones, plus those of several other bishops, were removed, taken back to Venice and deposited in the basilica of San Nicolò al Lido. Analysis of the relics in Bari and Venice confirm they are anatomically compatible and may belong to the same person. Other scientific techniques, including radiocarbon dating and computer reconstruction also indicate that the relics may come from the same individual, though this is impossible to prove without DNA analysis – unlikely to happen as legend has it that someone dies every time the bones of Saint Nicholas in Venice are disturbed! Prior to the translation of Nicholas's relics to Bari, he was not widely known in western Europe, but when in 1096 soldiers mustered there for the First Crusade, the presence of his bones made him popular and helped promote his cult throughout western Europe. In addition, the clergy at Bari strategically gave away samples of Nicholas's bones to Page 16

enhance their own prestige; many of the bones were kept in Constantinople but after it was sacked in 1204 they were scattered across western Europe. A hand purported to belong to Nicholas was kept in a church built on the site of a former prison (San Nicola in Carcere (Chains)) in Rome. Stories quickly spread that Nicholas himself had been held there, causing mothers to come to pray to Saint Nicholas for their jailed sons to be released and repentant criminals to place votive offerings there. Nicholas subsequently became the patron saint of prisoners and those falsely accused of crimes. An Irish tradition states that bones stolen in the 12th century from Myra by local Norman crusading knights are buried in County Kilkenny; a stone slab marks the site locally believed to be his grave, but the tomb probably belongs to a local priest from Jerpoint Abbey. Eventually Nicholas’s bones were dispersed across the whole of Europe, Russia and North America. They retain their attraction – when some were loaned from Bari to Russia in 2017 more than 1,000,000 people lined up in Moscow for a momentary glimpse of the gilded ark holding one of the saint's ribs. Not everyone is so reverential though: in 2000, the Russian government gave Myra a bronze statue of Nicholas. In 2005, the local mayor replaced this with a red-suited plastic Santa Claus because he wanted an image more recognisable to foreign visitors. After the Russians protested the bronze statue reappeared. Today, Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of Greece (and merchants, archers, repentant thieves, prostitutes, brewers, pawnbrokers, children, the unmarried etc etc!) and in the Eastern Orthodox Church his memory is celebrated on almost every Thursday of the year. So what is his relationship, if any, to Father HotPott - Christmas 2021


Christmas (the symbol of tradition of Saint Nicholas and Christmas in England since Father Christmas survived, the 15th century) or Santa but underwent further Claus? By medieval times tales transformation in America. In of St Nicholas’s secret gold1773, Rivington’s Gazeteer in giving exploits gave rise to a New York reported that the tradition of children receiving anniversary of St Nicholas, presents on St Nicholas’s ‘otherwise called Santa Eve, 5th December. Some left Claus’ (a corruption of the stockings, shoes or boots in Dutch 'Sinterklaas'), had front of the fireplace or by the recently been marked by ‘a front door hoping to find them great number of Sons of that filled with gifts by St Nicholas, ancient Saint’, and in 1809 who entered their houses by Dutch families were still telling passing through locked doors of Sinterklaas flying over New or descending down chimneys Sinterklaas throwing candy in a York in a wagon and climbing in the night. Nuns were also down chimneys to deliver chimney busy that night depositing presents on St Nicholas’s Day. baskets of food and clothes anonymously at However, the poem by a professor of Hebrew, the doorsteps of the needy. In Holland and Clement Clark Moore, really cemented St elsewhere, special markets sold toys and Nicholas and Santa Claus together; the poem treats for the occasion, and St Nicholas, or was A Visit from St Nicholas but we know it as 'Sinterklaas', impersonators with long white Twas the Night Before Christmas. beards and red capes like the real St Nicholas By the 1880s Santa Claus had almost carried a red book listing those children who completely merged with Father Christmas, had been good that year – and those that and the traditions associated with St Nicholas hadn’t! The Reformation interrupted the and Sinterklaas had been superseded by jollities as Protestants were keen to move those of Christmas. However, I think we can away from veneration of the saints, preferring conclude that the Christian actions of St to associate Jesus with gifts. Many St Nicholas Nicholas are reflected in the best traditions of markets were banned, as were biscuits baked Santa and Christmas Eve. in the shape of the bishop. Despite the reformers’ best efforts, the

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Coffee Break Across 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) 21 Arson (anag.) (5) 22 How John Newton described God’s grace in his well-known hymn (7) 23 Habitation (Isaiah 27:10) (10) Down 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)

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) 6 ‘Offer your bodies as living ________, holy and pleasing to God’ (Romans 12:1) (10) 9 Pouches carried by horses (Genesis 49:14) (10) 12 One who accepts government by God (8) 14 Aromatic substance commonly used in Jewish ritual (Exodus 30:1) (7) 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)

*** The little boy was to be an angel in the Christmas play and his one line was: “Behold, I bring you good tidings.” He asked what tidings were and his mother explained that the word meant news. On the night of the play, the youngster had stage fright and, after a long silence, blurted out: “Hey, have I got news for you!” HotPott - Christmas 2021

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Missionary Matters

I recently wrote to Megumi and Helen Fazakerley and received a most informative reply. Since returning to Malawi at the end of June, their focus has been on team building.

John Ryley Numbers in the Service in Mission (SIM) team were very low, but recently two new families from India and the USA have joined, three new individuals and a couple are expected fairly soon and four groups of missionaries will shortly return from home assignment. All this keeps Helen busy providing orientation and helping them settle, while Megumi is involved with language learning for the newcomers. Megumi is also negotiating with the dean of the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi (EBCoM), where he was previously a member of the teaching staff; he hopes to return as a visiting lecturer at the start of the new semester in January. I think advancing years are catching up with him as well as me: he plans to teach 10 class hours over three days, leaving time for himself to get involved in a few smaller ministries. SIM Malawi are wondering about starting a mission training programme, which Megumi would like to be

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involved in, and he expects to find other less formal teaching opportunities in addition to his language coaching. Megumi was recently invited to speak at the graduation ceremony at Chisomo Training Centre, a Bible school run by the Evangelical Baptist Church in a predominantly Muslim area about three hours away from Blantyre. The centre runs a one-year programme combining introductory biblical and theological training with a vocational side consisting mainly of carpentry; the principal (a former student of Megumi’s at EBCoM) asked Megumi if he would teach there – but it’s not practical. Megumi and Helen no longer worship online with their home church at Moreton but attend Blantyre Baptist Church instead; the pastor there spoke at the SIM team’s yearly retreat and they were most impressed. The local SIM church recently sent out its first missionaries – to Mozambique next door: Gusty and Elina Makhutcha are trying to reach the Muslim Yao people with the gospel, and Gusty is also teaching ethics at a new SIM Bible School in Litchinga. The Fazakerley’s daughter Elizabeth, married and nursing in Australia, is looking healthy and happy; son Joshua has just finished his initial six-month training with the Metropolitan Police with a passing-out parade which Megumi and Helen were able to watch online and daughter Mary has finished her second year practical occupational HotPott - Christmas 2021


therapy block placement at the Countess of Chester Hospital and is back at Liverpool University for lectures. Johnny and Ann McClean report that over the last week things have changed positively in Thailand, including significantly reduced quarantine periods, so they will be able to return to the UK for a short visit to family over Christmas. It helps that son Matthew, at university in Belfast, is fully vaccinated. Some Thai churches are meeting in person again, but I’m not sure of the present situation with the McCleans’ New City Fellowship Church. Pray for Johnny and Pastor Pramote’s ministry there, and for guidance as to when to open up again. Johnny has restarted weekly Bible studies with Afghan refugee friends A, S and K. Refugee Q, who did Christianity Explored with Johnny for some time and who had seemed very interested and open to the gospel, has gone missing! He has moved and changed his phone number; please pray that he will meet other Christians and yet come to faith. Johnny continues with Langham training of pastors online and has encouraging meetings with various preaching clubs. In partnership with the Evangelical Church of Bangkok, Johnny, Pramote and Lek have been providing 15 to 30 families with emergency food parcels each week; pray that as Thailand tries to encourage visitors once more that people who lost their jobs in the tourist trade will find employment and independence once again. Some schools have reopened, but Ann’s school appears to be online still. However, a determined drive to vaccinate the 12 to 18 year age group is making people feel more confident about reopening. Ann is much encouraged as she now has a Christian support teacher, Cherry, from the Philippines and a student from a Christian family in her tutor group this year. Pray for Johnny and Ann’s children, Bethan and Joshua, who will be taking their baccalaureate and GCSE next year. HotPott - Christmas 2021

Food parcels, Bangkok

*** Christmas is the season when your neighbour’s radio keeps you awake playing ‘Silent Night’. Page 21


The Suffering Church So let’s start with some relatively good news – from Egypt! Another 63 churches and church-affiliated buildings were officially licensed by the Egyptian government, which brings the total number of licensed churches to 2,021 out of the 3,730 that applied following the repeal of Ottoman-era restrictions on church buildings in 2016. The process is terribly slow, but the Egyptian government has been steadily licensing churches since the beginning of 2017 and progress improved once the task was allocated to a specific cabinet committee. Worship is allowed in unlicensed church buildings pending completion of the official process and Christians, who make up 10% of the population, say their situation in Muslim-majority Egypt is now better than it has been in years, although they still face pressure from local communities, especially in rural areas. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has given verbal and practical support to the Christian community whenever anti-Christian incidents occur. In March 2021 his government approved the introduction of teaching about Christianity and Judaism as part of religious education in schools to promote religious tolerance and understanding. Pray for the President and for his continuation in office: many oppose him, but he’s proving a real and understanding friend to the Christian community in Egypt.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt; Barnabas Page 22

The Chinese government remains resolutely opposed to Christianity. A

Olive Tree Bible app

Quran app; Getty images

Christian software company was forced to remove its Olive Tree Bible app, which includes Bible study tools and reading plans in addition to the text of the Bible, from the Apple App Store after the Chinese Government refused to authorize it. Its removal follows further official restrictions placed early in 2021 on the sale of Bibles from shops and online retailers, thus severely limiting access to both digital and printed Bibles in China. ‘Olive Tree Bible Software was informed during the App Store review process that we are required to provide a permit demonstrating our authorisation to distribute an app with book or magazine content in mainland China,’ a company spokesman explained. ‘Since we did not have the permit and needed to get our app update approved and out to customers, we removed our Bible app from China's App Store.’ A Quran app was removed from the App Store at the same time. In summer 2021 several Christian accounts were removed from WeChat (China’s main social media platform), and Christian search terms such as Christ, Bible and Gospel were blocked. Please pray against these restrictions, and the attitudes in officialdom that lead WeChat; China Christian Daily copy to them. HotPott - Christmas 2021


several injured during an attack by armed Muslims in a dispute over land.

Christians praying for the wounded, Pakistan; AsiaNews

It’s not only in Nigeria where disputes between Moslems and Christians lead to bloodshed and destruction of property; it happens in Pakistan too. In late October at least nine people were wounded, three critically, after a group of Muslim extremists shot at Pakistani Christians in an attempt to force them to give up their ancestral lands in Punjab. ‘They wanted to kill us,’ said Raja Masih, who was shot in the chest as he watered his fields. ‘They fired straight at us.’ Christian families have resisted previous threats from Muslims to force them to sell their land, which they describe as 'the history and legacy of our ancestors’. A Christian added: ‘In any case Muslim offers do not reflect the real market value of the fields.’ The Christians reported the crime to the police but continued to receive threats from their attackers, who were granted bail. Also in October in Punjab, two Christian brothers died and three of their brothers were among

Please help in Madagascar HotPott - Christmas 2021

And now suffering for everyone, including Christians, from another problem. In the south of Madagascar, elderly 'Catherine’ wondered why her relatives did not come for their monthly visit; she had no means of contacting them, so waited another month but again, there were no visitors. Travelling by ox cart, Catherine made the journey of 75km from her remote village to the even more remote village where her relatives lived. She found that the whole family – parents and three children – had died of starvation, just a few days before she arrived. Madagascar has suffered years of drought, leading to crop failure and famine. A special, highly absorbable, pre-cooked porridge called e’Pap, made from wholegrain maize, soya beans, vitamins and minerals, quickly brings health to malnourished children and adults, with the full effect being achieved after two months ‘treatment’. Barnabas Fund plans, Lord willing, to provide enough e’Pap over two years to reach over 79,000 Christians across the 22 regions of Madagascar. This will increase their strength and health, enabling them to fight disease. Jesus told His followers: ‘You give them something to eat.’ (Luke 9:13). Through Barnabas Fund, Tearfund, Christian Aid and other Christian organisations you can do just that. Please give! And pray!

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Autumn&Winter 2021

F LIX I N THE STIX

Pott Shrigley Community Cinema

At Pott Shrigley Village Hall SK10 5RT

DOORS OPEN 7.00pm FILM STARTS 7.30 pm

We proudly present :

1st December - Dreamhorse (cert PG)

6th October – The Father (cert 12A) 22nd December - No Time to Die 3rd November – Nomadland (cert 12A) 1st December – Dreamhorse (cert PG) (subject to license availability)

Tickets are limited to 50 as part of the covid precautions So advance booking is recommended.See website for details.

Ticket agents: - Anthea Wilkinson (01625 573538) (and St Oswald’s church, Bollington)

- Peter M Boulton (01625 876646)

E-mail pottflix@gmail.com Website sites.google.com/site/pottflix/ Tickets : in advance £4.00 : ‘chance it’ on the door £5.00 HotPott - Christmas 2021

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From the Registers Forthcoming Weddings

We wish them joy in their preparations: 28th January Thomas Nolan & Camilla Whitehead

Weddings Congratulations to: 23rd October David Adamson & Helen Jackson 26th October Connor Stubbs & Sarah Jones

Burial of Ashes Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of: 30th October Geoffrey Challinor Jackson 30th October Eileen Jackson

Funeral Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of: 11th November Sheila Whitehurst

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And, as ever, thank you… Once again, thank you to all those people who have helped to produce 10 editions of HotPott in 2021. We are immensely grateful to all our contributors, both those who faithfully produce copy month by month and those who send occasional articles – both are immensely valuable, so please keep up the good work! However, there is always room for more – everyone has a story to tell or a photo to send – so please don’t be shy! What is routine for you may well be interesting to others, be it a ‘Day in the Life of…’ or ‘My childhood in …’ or ‘How I spend my spare time…’ or ‘Poetry I have written…’ and I’m sure there are lots more thoughts out there. Please feel free to talk to one of the team about any ideas, however vague, you may have. Without your help, there will be no HotPott.

An enormous thank you to our advertisers too; we hope you have gained some business from HotPott readers, but we appreciate that many of you advertise just to support us. Tess and Andy Phillips have continued to do an expert job of laying out the magazine, often in the early hours under pressured timescales: their skill in transforming the assortment of stuff that lands in the Hotpott Dropbox into the finished product never ceases to amaze me. The proofreaders have continued to keep your editor on her toes. Thanks to: Mary Currell (fount of all knowledge and chaser too), Sandy Milsom, Vicki Shelley & Sally Winstanley. And to all those who incorporated HotPott delivery (and a friendly chat on the doorstep) into their exercise regimes, our doughty distributors: Mike Akerman (also print run organiser), John & Liz Arrowsmith, Eileen Buffey, Pam Cooke, Ivan & Mary Currell, Duncan Matheson, Jean & Reg Ferguson, Yvonne Foster, Peter Kennedy, Anne Murphy and Sally Winstanley. And for amazing shots, photographers in chief: Rick Gem, Duncan Matheson & Steve Murphy. Thank you all, Kath Matheson, editor. magazine@pottshrigleychurch.org.uk Month

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Recipe of the Month Chocolate fruit traybake

Jean tells me that in the busy run up to Christmas, this traybake is quick, easy and delicious – just the thing for when grandchildren (and others) come to visit…

Jean Bennett Ingredients: 225g (8oz) crushed digestive biscuits 2 tablespoons sherry 125g (4oz) mixed dried fruit 1 tablespoon cocoa 50g (2oz) margarine 1 tablespoon sugar 1 egg yolk, beaten 225g (8oz) dark chocolate for topping, or more if you like a thick layer! Method: Lightly grease a 30 x 23cm (12 x 9in) traybake tin. Melt the margarine in a pan; dissolve the sugar in the margarine. Add the crushed biscuits and cocoa, then the fruit and sherry and bind it all together with the beaten egg yolk. Turn the mixture into the tin; press it lightly into the corners of the tin and smooth the surface. Melt chocolate and spread over biscuit mix. Wait until the chocolate has almost set, then cut into squares. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge. It looks like an excellent addition to the preChristmas cake cupboard! Editor.

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Services December 5th. 8.30am 10.30am

Morning Prayer Advent Praise at Prestbury Parish Church

Luke 3.1-6

David Swales

12th. Christingle 8.30am 10.45am

Morning Prayer Family Service

John 3.16-21

David Swales Anne Murphy & David Swales

19th. 8.30am 10.45am 6.30pm

Morning Prayer No service Outdoor Carol Service

Luke 7:1-10

David Swales

23rd Thursday 6.30pm

Outdoor Carol Service

24th. Christmas Eve 11.30pm

Midnight Communion

John 1.1-14

David Swales

Family Communion

Luke 2.1-20

David Swales

Morning Worship

1 John 1.1–7

David Swales

Morning Prayer Holy Communion

Ephesians 1.3–14

David Swales

Holy Communion Morning Worship‡**

Acts 19.1–7

David Swales

Morning Prayer Family Service

John 2.1–11

Holy Communion Morning Worship*

Luke 4.14–21

David Swales

Holy Communion Morning Worship

1 Corinthians 13.1–13

David Swales

Morning Prayer Holy Communion‡

1 Corinthians 15.1–11

David Swales

25th. Christmas Day 10.00am 26th. 10.00am

January 2nd. Epiphany 8.30am 10.45am 9th. 8.30am 10.45am 16th. 8.30am 10.45am

David Swales Anne Murphy & David Swales

23th. 8.30am 10.45am 30th. 8.30am 10.45am February 6th. 8.30am 10.45am Page 34

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If you would like to attend any of our services in person, please book via Duncan Matheson dmmpott@yahoo.co.uk. No booking is required for the Outdoor Carol Services.

The Outdoor Carol Services will take place in the churchyard and last approximately 40 minutes. The congregation will be standing in the open (no tents etc), so please come suitably dressed for the conditions, particularly to keep your head, hands and feet warm and dry. You are welcome to bring a small lantern if you wish. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the service.

We will be aiming for the Outdoor Carol Services to go ahead irrespective of the weather. If the weather is too extreme or forecast to become so, we will announce any need to cancel the service on the church website, Facebook page and WhatsApp group. Please check one of these for updates before you set out.

There will be no 10.45am service at Pott Shrigley on 5th December

Please note there is no Junior Church during December - please join us for the Advent Praise service at Prestbury, Christingle and Carols!

All services underlined in blue will be streamed live on the Pott Shrigley Church Facebook Page & YouTube channel (the Outdoor Carol Service will not be streamed live but a pre-recorded version of the same service will be made available simultaneously online)

A recording of each live-streamed service will be available from the services page of the church website: http://www.pottshrigleychurch.org.uk ‡ Junior Church * Youth Church (during 10.45 service) ** Youth Church (at 6pm) Readers

Prayers

Sidesmen at 8.30

Dec 5th

No 10.45am service at Pott Shrigley

Liz & John Arrowsmith

12th

Not applicable

Keith Ardern

19th

No 10.45am service

Gill Mosley & Sue Wardle

26th

Not applicable

2nd

Anne Murphy

Richard Chasty

Mathesons

9th

Paul Bowden

David Gem

Clare Chasty

16th

Children Young People

Tony Close

23rd

Sandy Milsom

Audrey Meecham

Liz & John Arrowsmith

30th

Sally Winstanley

Reg Ferguson

Keith Ardern

Feb 6th

Chris Day

Clare Chasty

Gill Mosley & Sue Wardle

No 8.30am service

Church Cleaning Rota 3rd Dec

Shirley Plant and Christine Bowes

10th

Sally Winstanley and Yvonne Foster

17th

Caroline Booth and Jean Hunt

24th

Reg and Jean Ferguson

31st

Sue and Mike Akerman

7th Jan

Mary and Ivan Currell

14th

Joy and David Whitehead

21st

Shirley Plant and Christine Bowes

28th

Sally Winstanley and Yvonne Foster (wedding 1pm on 28th)

4th

Caroline Booth and Jean Hunt

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Directory Priest-in-charge:

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

575846

vicar@pottshrigleychurch.org.uk Readers:

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

Parish Assistant:

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

Churchwardens:

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

829595 829819 07881 358976

andyphillips@totalise.co.uk David Gem, Ridge Hall Farm, Ridge Hill, Sutton, Macclesfield, SK11 0LU

01260 252287

davidgem@gmail.com Verger:

Situation Vacant

PCC Secretary:

Chris Day pccsecretary@pottshrigleychurch.org.uk

PCC Treasurer:

Peter Kennedy, kennedyp@tuckerssolicitors.com

Gift Aid & Planned Giving:

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

07850 740335

Organists:

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

574545

sjwinstanley.ps@gmail.com 573735

marycurrell61@btinternet.com David Garton, davidgarton2020@gmail.com

573492

Andy Phillips, as above

07881 358976

Weekly Bulletin:

David Gem, as above

01260 252287

Electoral Roll and Safeguarding officer:

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

Tower Captain:

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

Pastoral Care Team:

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

575846

Church Guild:

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

615547

Children's Ministry

Situation Vacant

Youth Ministry:

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

574983

kmmpott@yahoo.co.uk 574983

dmmpott@yahoo.co.uk

georginawray@btinternet.com 575768

annemurphy1214@gmail.com Praise and Play:

Situation Vacant

Parish Council Clerk:

Joyce Burton, pottclerk@btinternet.com

Wedding Coordinator:

Pam Cooke, weddings@pottshrigleychurch.org.uk

Head Teacher:

Joanne Bromley, Pott Shrigley Church School, SK10 5RT

Website:

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

573260

head@pottshrigley.cheshire.sch.uk info@pottshrigleychurch.org.uk PCC Members:

(please prefix numbers with 01625)

Dr John Ryley, Duncan Matheson, Sally Winstanley, Peter Kennedy, Jean Ferguson, Andy Phillips, Pam Cooke, Ian Clarke, Mary Currell, Mike Akerman, Rebecca Roth-Biester Sheila Garton, David Garton, David Gem, Anne Murphy, Kath Matheson, Chris Day, Reg Ferguson.

This directory was updated on 24th August 2021. Please give corrections and additions to magazine@pottshrigleychurch.org.uk


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