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Pott Shrigley’s Church & Parish Magazine

Pott Shrigley Church School & Village Hall Presents

Rose Queen Saturday 16th June Starts at 1.45pm

The procession starts from Pott Shrigley school at 1:45pm and continues over at the Village Green for the official opening ceremony at 2:15pm. Come and join us for lots of fun and games for all the family including:

• Facepainting

• Beer tent

• Maypole dancing • Tombola • Barbecue

• Raffle

• Cream teas

• Wheelbarrow races

• Poynton High Brass Band



David’s Deliberations Dear friends, Shortly before leaving my last job I attended a national conference entitled ‘Taking Funerals Seriously’. When I told a friend about this, he burst out laughing! Perhaps the mental image of a large group of solemn clergy together in one place was what amused him so much. All the more so when sessions at the conference had such titles as ‘Grave Talk’; or when there was a ‘soapbox’ area where any member of the conference could share their thoughts.

leading that time of farewell and thanksgiving; and some may very properly choose not to have a Christian service. But the parish church and its clergy are there for the whole community, and we are always happy to be invited to give our support at this difficult time; whether the service is to be in church, or elsewhere, and whether the loved one was a professed Christian or not. And as a church we offer support not only on the day of the service, but afterwards too.

David Swales

But in fact it was an excellent conference, on a vital topic. In over 30 years of ministry I have taken hundreds of funerals; yet I can honestly say that each one has been unique, and memorable. To steer family and friends through that last goodbye; to lay before them some of the memories which made their loved-one so special to them; and to gently point to the wonderful Christian hope of eternal life: none of this is to be taken lightly – it is a huge privilege, which we clergy do indeed ‘Take Seriously’. Of course, I don’t believe I am the only person in the community who is capable of HotPott - June 2018

So often, I find that families look back on the funeral service as a very special and helpful time, and not the ordeal which they feared. Many imagine that the ‘typical’ funeral is a dark and gloomy occasion. But in fact nearly all funerals have light as well as shade, smiles as well as tears, sometimes even laughter and applause! Personal touches, such as in the choice of music, or readings, also help the occasion to reflect something of the character of the one who is being remembered. And, underneath it all, there is that sure knowledge of a God whose love for us is stronger than death. Seriously. Your friend and vicar, David

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David’s Deliberations


Cover Story... Rose Queen Festivals


Pott Shrigley Civic Service


Guild Goings On


Camino Santiago de Compostela


Flix in the Stix


The 21st Century Spanish Armada


Missionary Matters


Remembering Val Taylor


Appeal for DRC


Pott Shrigley CC – Junior Sixes


Mouse Makes


Coffee Break


PCC Ponderings


Bollington Well Dressing Festival


The Sufffering Church


Chores & Chains


Recipe: Zucchini slice




From the Registers


Regular Church Activities

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Cover story… Rose Queen Festivals gone by Those who are of a certain age will recognise Violet Carson, perhaps best known in her role in Coronation Street as the somewhat irascible pensioner Ena Sharples, who was generally to be seen wearing a hairnet and grumbling to her friends Minnie Caldwell and Martha Longhurst whilst drinking milk stout in the snug of the Rovers Return. However, more famous at St Christopher’s is the Rose Queen being crowned by Violet – Eileen Gratton, better known these days as Eileen Frecknall, with her attendant Jennifer Leighton. The ceremony took place at the vicarage on Saturday 7th July 1962, and was followed by the Sunday School Festival the next day when an afternoon Flower Service

was held in addition to the three regular services. Our inside back cover features Eileen again, this time as Rose Bud, the crowning ceremony being held at Pott Hall. She tells me that she was seven years old at the time, but hasn’t divulged which year that was! Her trainbearer is Jim Spooner, brother of Ed and her flower girl Joyce Gratton, her sister. This year’s Rose Queen will be held on 16th June – come along for an enjoyable afternoon – and join us for the Rose Queen family service at St Christopher’s. For details, please see the advert on the inside front cover.

Pott Shrigley Civic Service

The Civic Service was held at St. Christopher’s on the beautiful early summer morning of 13th May. The parish council was led by its chair, Cllr. Michael Wray, who was joined in the procession from the village hall to church by guest of honour the Mayor of Cheshire East (Cllr. Arthur Moran), David Rutley, M.P., the Mayor of Bollington (Cllr. Jon Weston), the Mayor of Poynton (Cllr. Sarah-Jane Gilmore), the vice chair of Rainow parish council (Cllr. Alan Taylor), some village residents and representatives of local organisations.

sumptuous buffet provided by the parish council and superbly organised by Joyce Burton, the parish clerk. The tables were decorated with beautiful flowers, thanks to

Reverend David Swales welcomed the guests and the rest of the congregation; David Rutley and Mike Wray read the lessons. The service centred on love and service in the community, which mirrors the Christian pattern of service that flows from Christ’s service to mankind and His redeeming death on the cross. After the service the guests and congregation were invited to join the councillors in the village hall, where they were served with a Page 4

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Oonagh Wray. Joyce said: ‘This is always such a lovely occasion when the council can include among its guests those people who contribute so much to village life and thank them for making Pott Shrigley such a lovely place to live in.’ As David Rutley remarked: ‘There is a clear community spirit where people are always willing to support each other.’

an inspiring service. It was fantastic to have the opportunity for the village and those who contribute to its vibrant and varied life to spend time together in convivial surroundings. Thanks to Joyce Burton for her help in preparing this article.

The service has never been held in May before but the sparkling sunshine and fresh greenness of the trees endorsed Cllr. Wray’s comments about what a beautiful place this is. This was indeed a wonderful occasion; many thanks are due to the parish council, especially clerk Joyce who not only organised the lovely buffet but also sent out the invitations. Thanks too to Rev David Swales who led such

Left to right: Cllr. Moran, Cllr. Wray and David Rutley M.P.

Guild Goings On Our meeting in May was held in Arighi Bianchi’s café bar. Our party of 15 sat down to a sumptuous afternoon tea: varied

Eileen Stratford sandwiches and delicious cakes were presented to us, followed by tea and coffee. All this was greatly enjoyed. We were then encouraged to take home all remaining cakes after we were totally full.

and sometimes unusual, like the pebble table with a glass top that took my eye. We all enjoyed the visit. Thank you, Nick, for showing us around your store. The next meeting will be held in church on Wednesday 13th June, starting at 2.30pm when our speaker, Mrs Margaret Pearson, will tell us of being ‘Born on a Boat’.

When we were finally able to move from our chairs (after having eaten so much) we were taken on a tour of the building. Nick Bianchi had described the splendour of the building when he came to talk to the Guild last November, and we were not disappointed. The furniture for sale in the shop is stylish HotPott - June 2018

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Camino Santiago de Compostela (just the last 200 miles) Regular readers will know that Caroline recently completed the last 200 miles of the ancient pilgrim route ‘Camino Santiago de Compostela’, starting at León. Often known in English as the ‘Way of St James’, the Camino is a network of pilgrims’ ways leading to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwest Spain. Tradition has it that the remains of the apostle St James are buried in the cathedral.

and on the mountains, snow. We had just one day when it did not rain – very similar to the weather experienced during my training in the UK.

Caroline Gibson

As she walked the route, Caroline was raising money for Brain Tumour Research; her beautiful granddaughter Rosabella is currently receiving treatment for such a tumour. For those of us who thought walking the Camino would involve some good mountain hiking in southern European sunshine, read on… I thought I was prepared physically for the walk as I had been practising since the Bollington Walking Festival in September 2017, then with the East Cheshire Ramblers in the following months. What I had not prepared for was the emotional side of the walking, every day for 13 days with the highs and lows of battling with the elements. Galicia had experienced 87 days of rain, so not only did we have rain we also had mud,

Physically it was hard work treading through snowdrifts, and combined with steep mountains it was exhausting. We had lots of early nights after our ‘Pilgrim Special’ meals which consisted of bread, meat and chips – not a vegetable in sight – and pudding, mostly egg custard or rice, washed down with wine, all for 10 Euros. Breakfast was a quick drink, a pastry and out on the road before 07:30. My friend Janet, who had travelled from Australia to do the walk, suffered with blistered feet and had to have three days off on doctor’s orders; she visited three different hospitals along the route for treatment, which on two occasions was free for Peregrinos (Pilgrims). Her feet became infected and she was to lose three toenails. She showed amazing courage and determination to walk the distances she did walk to gain her Compostela. We walked for some of the Camino with two ladies, one from Switzerland, Dilek, and one from Brazil, Letichia. Dilek helped me enormously, especially when Janet couldn’t walk: she set a good pace and encouraged me to carry on when the going got tough. The first week was the hardest, climbing first to Foncebadon in the snow at 1,300m then another climb to O’Cebreiro, again in the snow at 1,500m. [Snowdon is 1,085m and Ben Nevis is 1,345m]. Speaking to the family on Facetime kept me going – they have shown me such support and belief in what I could achieve. It was also an emotional

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lit the Botafumeiro, the giant incense burner originally done to fumigate the Pilgrims after their long walk. We were given a prayer at the Pilgrims Office which I would like to share with you: We thank you God for bringing us safely here and for the many blessings and gifts of our pilgrimage.

time seeing them all and receiving texts from friends with their good wishes. I am amazed at the amount of money raised for Brain Tumour Research and there are still more donations to come. Meeting people of different nationalities with the same goal was interesting, hearing their stories of why they were walking and what they hoped to achieve from completing the walk: some for religious reasons, some walking in memory of a loved one, some wanting a fresh start in life and others doing it because they had retired and now had the time to do it for whatever reasons. There were true acts of kindness along the way – when Janet was in great pain with her feet and there was no way of getting a lift to the next village, it was a German man who carried her rucksack as well as his fully loaded rucksack for nine kilometres. Another Pilgrim gave Janet some painkillers, people offered advice and a nurse from Australia dressed and strapped Janet’s feet up for the final day so she could walk into Santiago for the last 23 kilometres.

The company and kindness of strangers, the beauty of the way, the joy of travelling light, the strength to go on even in difficulties are reminders of your presence within us and among us. Now that we have arrived, we remember all our loved ones, especially those who have been in our hearts and minds as we walked the Camino. As we return home give us the courage to live in the spirit of the Camino so that we may make this world a more loving and peaceful place for everyone. We make our prayer through Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Amen. Please support the Brain Tumour Trust by going to Caroline’s Just Giving page: Alternatively Mary Currell has sponsorship forms: should you wish to donate this way her contact number is 01625 573735, or see her most Sundays in church.

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Spring 2018

6th June – Paddington 2

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The 21st Century Spanish Armada No – not galleons approaching our shores – but Spanish bluebells and their hybrids, which have already invaded our gardens and woodlands. In Pott Shrigley we are blessed each May with visions of blue carpets of our native bluebells, but Spanish and hybrid bluebells are already present in the churchyard and some of our gardens; steps are being taken to eradicate those around the church, but please take a moment to read the leaflet enclosed with this copy of HotPott and examine any bluebells that are still in flower in your garden. If you find any of the invaders, (see below for some tips on how to distinguish between the types) please


remove and dispose of them as advised in the leaflet. And please keep the leaflet safe until next year to use it again too!



English blue bells have:

Compared to Spanish bluebells, which have:

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A distinctive ‘droop’ like the top of a shepherd’s crook Sweet perfume Narrow bell-shaped flowers with rolled back tips Creamy white pollen Narrow leaves,

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Upright stems No scent Conical bell-shaped flowers with open tips Blue pollen Broader leaves.

*** A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5 and Ryan 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. She said: ‘If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, “Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.”’ Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, ‘Ryan, you be Jesus!’ HotPott - June 2018

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Missionary Matters

No news this month from Johnny and Ann McClean in Bangkok - but keep praying for them and for their ministry. Hopefully we will see them during their visit to the UK in July. Megumi and Helen Fazakerley celebrate 25 years serving God in Malawi later this month! Now the rainy season has ended they expect the electricity supply to get worse; currently power is cut for only (!) 6 hours each day. Pray for the country, especially for those who run it. Last month there were peaceful public demonstrations in each major town to express people’s concern about political, economic and social problems in Malawi. Helen is keeping busy with her member care ministry, organising farewell meals for missionaries leaving the field and introducing new workers to life in Malawi. She has also been active as a member of the Malawi Field Council, evaluating the work and ministries of the team, looking for ways forward and keeping up-to-date with changing personnel - she seems to be the only constant member of the council at the moment! Pray for Megumi as he teaches the less able students in Chichewa. At a recent world prayer session Megumi needed to spend time teaching the students about Korea and communism before they could pray meaningfully about the situation on the Korean peninsula. Some students don’t enjoy the advantages of a good general education before they enter college, so praying for world issues sometimes involves Megumi teaching geography and history too, rather than him being able to concentrate on teaching about mission. Please pray about this.

former pupil of Megumi’s at the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi, Gusty Makhutcha, has been commissioned as the first missionary the Africa Evangelical Church (AEC) has sent to another country. During his time at college Gusty made a number of friends from Mozambique and when he graduated he felt called to missionary work there, but such was the need for pastors in Malawi that he agreed to pastor the Naotcha church in Salima. For the last two years Gusty and his wife Elina have been learning the languages spoken in Mozambique (Chiyao and Portuguese), and Elina has improved her English; they have also spent time in the Yao areas of Malawi around the lakeshore. There is a new pastor at the Naotcha church now, thus enabling Gusty and Elina to minister in Mozambique, evangelising the Yao people and discipling new believers. They only have their youngest child with them as the four older ones remain in Malawi to complete their education. Please pray for the whole family as they start this new and exciting phase in their lives, that God would bless Gusty and Elina’s missionary work, and the children in their studies.

John Ryley

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Remembering Val Taylor On 23rd April 2018 we said ‘goodbye’ to Val who, together with her husband Colin, had been an active member of our congregation for several years. Val looked after the book corner and the children’s toy bags, and as a member of the deanery synod served on the church council. Who could forget the expertise Val showed in persuading Colin to cease talking when he was discussing a point close to his heart?

Ormskirk where Val looked after the four Taylor children and many of their friends too! Energy did not seem to be in short supply for Val – she was active in the local Scouts, musical society and twinning association, amongst other things – always being in the forefront of organising camps, concerts and exchange visits. Both she and Colin were hugely supportive of their children, and welcoming to their friends.

Val was born and raised in Warwickshire. Her steely determination was apparent from an early age: as a baby Val refused all but the most expensive baby milk so her father, a motor mechanic, had to take a second job to pay for it! Her love of reading also started young; she was often to be found hanging out of her bedroom window to catch the last of the light to read by. She further developed her interest by taking a degree in English at Manchester University; the Anglo-Saxon she learnt at that time came in useful recently when she translated a battle cry at a historical re-enactment – she also corrected the actor’s pronunciation!

The family hosted many exchange students over the years, and remained friends with them. Friends were always important to Val; her New Year’s Day parties were enjoyed by hundreds over the years.

After graduation Val taught English in Palermo, Sicily. At that time the Mafia were the power behind a weak government and Val needed to have a Mafioso on her side to get her pay from the Town Hall. (I would think Val was more than a match for the Mafia! Editor.)

Val had a great sense of fun, and particularly loved word play. She was an expert in etymology as she had a working knowledge of all the root languages for English, and had books in several languages including some extinct ones.

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After moving to Bollington, Val continued to organise things – she and Colin joined the U3A, Val being chairwoman and secretary at different times. She ran an Italian class for the U3A, David Swales being one of her newest recruits. Val and Colin travelled extensively after retirement; apparently Val discovered an innate talent for Greek dancing, which must have been a sight to behold!

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Appeal for DRC

from Bishop Peter, Bishop Libby and Bishop Keith Our bishops have recently written to all parishes about the current turmoil in Aru and Boga, the Diocese of Chester link dioceses in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These dioceses are roughly coterminous with the district of Ituri, an area that saw some of the bloodiest fighting in the Congolese War from 1999-2003. Much of that fighting was between two tribal groups with a long history of conflict, the Hema and Lendu. Since last December hostilities have resurfaced after more than a decade of peace. Although the old tribal antagonism has played a part, church and community leaders do not really understand who is stirring up the situation: it is not like it was before. Clergy report churches and houses being torched, women raped and many killed. The centre of these atrocities is Djugu, 70km from Bunia, the provincial capital, where Bishop Keith, Archdeacon Ian and a team from the diocese visited last July. Unsurprisingly, many are fleeing the fighting; more than 100,000 people are reported to be displaced, including 42,000 refugees in neighbouring Uganda. The local church is doing a magnificent job, putting people up in their homes and opening up their schools to shelter the displaced. Their whole ethos is summed up by their

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vision ‘Ensemble nous pouvons’ (Together we can). However, emergency aid is essential: the Anglican Alliance, whose mandate is to bring together development, relief and advocacy work across the Communion, is aiming to raise $100,000 across ten DRC dioceses, starting with Aru and Boga. The bishops feel that the greatest need in the current unrest is prayer. Therefore, we urge all churches in Chester Diocese to remember the situation in Ituri before the Lord, in both public and private intercessions. They also ask for advocacy; the British Government are monitoring the situation very closely and are planning a visit later this year. Finally, those displaced by the conflict require emergency aid in the form of clothes, food, healthcare and trauma healing. To this end, we are asking parishes, schools and individuals across the diocese to consider ways in which we can support our brothers and sisters in the Dioceses of Aru and Boga. As the Apostle Paul wrote: At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need (2 Corinthians 8:14). Donations can be made direct to the Congo Church Association, using one of the following methods:

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• By online payment, details at www. Gift Aid your donation by using this payment method or by downloading a form from the same website. • By cheque, payable to ‘Congo Church Association’ and addressed to Paul Dickens, Treasurer. Hockliffe Grange, Hockliffe, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 9NL.

• By direct payment, payable to ‘Congo Church Association’ CAF Bank Ltd Account No. 00016616 Sort code 40-52-40 When making a donation please quote the reference DioChester.

Pott Shrigley Cricket Club – the Junior Sixes Extravaganza At last, a Bank Holiday with sun.

Graham Hackney An above average crowd enjoyed a wonderful day full of exciting, tension-filled cricket, with several matches being decided on the very last ball of the match. The standard of cricket was high, particularly the fielding: even one-handed catches were being made in the outfield. It was also good to see more girls taking part. There were several run outs as the scores drew closer, even the ice cream and burgers ran out as coaches and parents urged their teams on. The two finals could have gone either way, but Heaton Mersey proved the stronger overall by winning both the under 11s and under 13s groups. The under 11s runners up were Macclesfield and in a very competitive under 13s Poynton came a valiant second. Many thanks go to all the helpers both on the pitches and behind the food counters.

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Coffee Break Across 1 Evil (Genesis 6:5) (10) 7 Musician called for by Elisha when he met the kings of Israel, Judah and Edom (2 Kings 3:15) (7) 8 The request that led to the institution of the Lord’s Prayer: ‘Lord, — us to pray’ (Luke 11:1) (5) 10 ‘We are hard pressed on every—’(2 Corinthians 4:8)(4) 11 Fraud (2 Corinthians 6:8)(8) 13 ‘His troops advance in force; they build a siege ramp against me and — around my tent’ (Job 19:12) (6) 15 Where Rachel hid Laban’s household gods when he searched his daughter’s tent (Genesis 31:34) (6) 17 ‘Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be —’ (1 Corinthians 12:1) (8) 18 Nomadic dwelling (Genesis 26:25)(4) 21 ‘As for man,his days are like —, he flourishes like a flower of the field’ (Psalm 103:15) (5) 22 Or I live (anag.)(7) 23 Those guilty of 1 Across (Romans 13:4)(10) Down 1 ‘God so loved the — that he gave his one and only Son’ (John 3:16) (5) 2 ‘Away in a manger, no — for a bed’ (4) 3 Mob ten (anag.) (6) 4 ‘Each — group made its own gods in

several towns where they settled’ (2 Kings 17:29) (8) 5 Began (Luke 9:46) (7) 6 Speaking very softly (John 7:32) (10) 9 Workers Ruth joined when she arrived in Bethlehem with her mother-in-law Naomi (Ruth 2:3) (10) 12 Put in jail (Acts 22:19)(8) 14 Aceturn (anag.)(7) 16 Discharge (Acts 21:3)(6) 19 ‘All these — come from inside and make a man “unclean”’ (Mark 7:23) (5) 20 ‘Let us rejoice and be glad and — him glory!’(Revelation 19:7)(4)

*** The vicar at a local church experienced some technical problems with the sound system one Sunday. Instead of starting the service as usual with ‘The Lord be with you’, he said: ‘There’s something wrong with this microphone.’ Not hearing this, the congregation responded: ‘And also with you.’ HotPott - June 2018

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PCC Ponderings

There were 16 members present when the PCC met on 8th May. New members David Gem and Chris Day were welcomed to their first meeting.

As it was the first meeting since the Annual Church Meeting in March, it was time to vote for PCC officers for the current year. For several years the churchwardens have undertaken the roles of chair and vice chair of the PCC; the churchwardens and vicar proposed that these roles should be separated from the churchwardens’ duties and performed by other members of the PCC. Duncan was elected as chair for one year. The role of vice chair has yet to be filled, but when decided it is proposed that the vice chair will stand in for Duncan if he is away and take over the role of chair after one year. Peter Kennedy and myself were re-elected as treasurer and secretary respectively.

their website and Kath Matheson has been looking at this for us. We need to have a privacy policy, to know what data we hold and be aware of our responsibilities for how it is stored and used. As a start Kath is initiating an audit of the data held, helped by input from others involved in the various areas of church life.

Ros Johnson

During the snowy weather the churchyard wall took a bit of a battering and there were two incidents of substantial damage. Ian Clarke has submitted claims to the insurers for us. In one case – where the repairs amount to £800 – the driver’s details are known, and his insurers will meet the claim. In the other case – where the repairs come to £600 – there are no details of the driver, and unfortunately, due to the frequency of damage to the wall, we have to pay of an excess of £500 per claim so we will only receive £100. The General Data Protection Legislation comes into force on 25th May 2018 so, like all organisations that hold personal data, we need to find out what our duties are. The diocese has produced some guidance on Page 16

In the Vicar’s Report David looked back to a year ago when the removal van had just arrived at his house and the following day he and Kim made the journey up to Pott Shrigley. Reflecting on his first year, David commented on how much he has enjoyed being at St Christopher’s and what a privilege it has been to be part of the community here. (As we all know, it’s us who are the blessed ones!) David said we should appreciate that God does have plans for St Christopher’s and as we go forward we must be focused on exploring these plans and buying into them. The church has recently had a five-yearly inspection which produced a list of remedial works with varying degrees of priority. David Garton looked at two main areas of work – repairs to the roof and to areas of stonework and has obtained quotations for both. The roof work, which involves repairs to the leaking skylight, as well as areas of lead flashing, comes to £4,835 plus VAT. The stonework (new stonework and a new access door to the tower roof, repointing areas of stonework on the north wall with lime mortar and replacement of eroded stones around windows) comes to £19,600 plus VAT. The PCC had already agreed to proceed with the roof repairs. When the church architect’s professional fees are added for both jobs, HotPott - June 2018

the new total for the stonework is approximately £23,350 plus VAT, though we hope to be able to claim the VAT back. Since it makes financial sense to do all the stonework at one time – rather than splitting it up into smaller parcels of work – agreement was given to accept the price for the stonework. The school governors have worked tirelessly over the past weeks in the process of choosing a new head teacher for Pott Shrigley Church School. The vicar was part of this and commented on the amazing support from the diocese, which provided someone to give advice during the selection exercise. David wanted to record his appreciation of the brilliant calibre of job done by the governors and his gratitude for all their hard work. *** Children’s attempts to describe married relationships: Christians can have only one wife. This is called monotony. Holy acrimony is another name for marriage. *** A father is in church with three of his young children, including his five year-old daughter. As was customary, he sat in the very front row so that the children could properly witness the service. During this particular service, the minister was performing the baptism of a tiny infant. The little girl was taken by this, observing that he was saying something and pouring water over the infant’s head. With a quizzical look on her face, the little girl turned to her father and asked: ‘Daddy, why is he brainwashing that baby??’ HotPott - June 2018

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The Suffering Church In Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim population has previously lived peacefully with their minority Christian neighbours, who were treated as equals in accord with the state sponsored philosophy of ‘Pancasila’. Martin and Elizabeth Goldsmith, who led one of our church away days, were missionaries in Indonesia many years ago; they returned with wonderful tales of mass conversions, often accompanied by miracles of one sort or another - including a claim of raising from the dead! Unfortunately, over the last few years Christians in Indonesia have faced discrimination, harassment, violence and even death; churches and Bibles have been destroyed and on one island, Aceh, Christians are forced to observe sharia law. Recently, an Indonesian family with allegiance to an ISIL inspired group carried out suicide bombings in three Catholic churches, killing 10 and injuring over 40 people. Persecution of Christians in Indonesia is persistent and widespread. Pray for our brothers and sisters there; remember that we are all part of the same body of Christ. In Myanmar, persecution of non-ethnic Burmese Christians by the Buddhist army continues. ‘I told my family to leave me alone in my home because I cannot walk. But my grandson insisted on carrying me,’ said a frail Kachin Christian grandmother when the Burmese army attacked her village. The heavy airstrikes began suddenly on 11 April, and 10,000 Kachin civilians, taken by surprise and completely unprepared, fled in panic from their villages and camps for displaced people; many were injured as they escaped. ‘I have been a refugee three or four times in my life, but this is the worst it has ever been,’ said the grandmother. Most people found shelter in church buildings but about 1,800, including the very old, the very young and Page 18

several heavily pregnant women, remain stranded in the jungle and are running out of food, water and medicine – fresh supplies are desperately needed. The Kachins are one of the mainly Christian ethnic groups who have been targeted for decades by the Myanmar authorities. Praise God for their courage and perseverance as they maintain their faith in the midst of repeated violent assaults. Although currently not under attack, the Kachin people expect another military offensive to start soon. Pray that they will have hope, joy and peace in the Lord as they face this prospect. Although the displaced Kachin believers are strong spiritually, they are in desperate physical need. Barnabas Fund is seeking gifts to provide food and medical care to those who have been displaced. Although Christianity predates the arrival of Islam in Egypt, Ottoman-era restrictions on church building (only recently rescinded) mean many congregations meet in unlicensed buildings. Attempts to secure official status can lead to violent local opposition. Local Muslims attacked Christian homes and the church in al-Kumeira village, which was one of the first to be granted legal status by the Egyptian government. The church building

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Cairo, Egypt

has existed in al-Kumeira since 2006 and Muslim villagers have attended Christian weddings there. Police eventually dispersed the rioters; eight Muslims were arrested and seven Christians were also detained and charged with ‘disrupting the peace’. Following pressure from village elders

and local politicians, the Christian community signed a ‘reconciliation’ agreement with local Muslims on the understanding that charges against the arrested Christians would be dropped. At the time of writing, the church building remains closed and the Christians have not been released. Usually, under such onesided ‘reconciliation’ agreements, Christians are forced to waive their rights to take further legal action, while the perpetrators of the violence go unpunished. A similar situation exists in the nearby village of al-Hleiliya after local Muslims held violent demonstrations against the church. Please pray for Christians in Egypt, that they may be allowed to worship in peace, and without fear of persecution and discrimination.

Found in a drawer at a local farm…. A farmer went to buy a new car and was appalled at the cost of extras for it. By coincidence, a few weeks later the car dealer called at the farm to buy a cow for his smallholding. The farmer quickly drew up the following bill: Basic cow £100 Two tone finish £24 Extra stomachs £35 Twin horns £24 Self fuelling device £20 Four legged drive £15 Product storage compartment £30 Dispensing device at £5 per spigot £20 Genuine cowhide upholstery £80 Automatic fly swatter £15 Environmentally corrected exhaust £20 We wonder if the deal was concluded…..

*** A young curate who had just been ordained stepped in to take the sermon at very short notice, because the vicar was ill. At the end of the sermon he explained apologetically: ‘At such short notice I’m afraid I just had to rely on the Holy Spirit. Next week I hope to do better!’ HotPott - June 2018

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TO BOOK CONTACT US ON 01625 575757 or email pott Shrigley, nr Macclesfield, Cheshire, sk10 5sb

Chores and Chains Cleaning Rota

Please contact Yvette 0161 439 9979 June 1st June 8th June 15th June 22nd June 29th July 6th

Mrs Meecham; Mrs Winstanley Mr & Mrs Akerman (Wedding Sat 9th, 13.00) Mr & Mrs Ferguson Mr & Mrs Currell Dr Angie Davies Mrs Harper, Mrs Plant

Tea & Coffee

Contact Carole on 01625 820533 June 3rd June 10th June 17th June 24th July 1st

Helen & Kim Ros & Sheila Peter & Eileen Rita Bunting & Carole Malyan family


Contact Gill: 01625 829819 June 3rd June 10th June 17th June 24th July 1st

Vacant Wedding Flowers Flowers Ivan and Mary Currell in memory of Ivan’s mum

Junior & Youth Church June 3rd June 10th June 17th June 24th July 1st

Junior church Youth Church No junior or youth church – half term Anne & Sue Andy & Sandy Family Service Family Service Celia & Sue Andy Andy and Clare None

Forthcoming weddings Contact - Pam: 01625 575010

June 9th 1pm Michael Wilkinson & Abigail Hart We wish them joy in their preparations. Page 26

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Recipe of the Month Zucchini (Courgette) Slice

In Australian recipes a ‘slice’ tends to mean anything, sweet or savoury, baked in a shallow tray and then cut into slices.

Pam Cooke This easy and versatile savoury recipe appeared in an Australian magazine many years ago, submitted by one of its readers. My sister served it warm with salad for a light lunch; I asked her for the recipe, which I have made many times since with different variations. It’s a bit like an oven-baked frittata and is delicious hot, but can also be eaten cold. It transports well for picnics etc. I usually make it in an 11” x 7” x 1” baking tray but have also used two shallow 8” square tins, omitting the bacon in one tin for vegetarian guests. I sometimes lightly cook the chopped bacon in the tin in the oven for a few minutes while preparing the other ingredients, to reduce the fat content slightly as this can be drained off before adding the bacon to the mixture.

‘Every little helps’ in the quest for a healthier diet! 5 eggs 1 onion, finely chopped 2 medium courgettes, grated coarsely 420g (approx.) can sweetcorn, drained 1 x 250ml cup (approx 100g) of mature cheddar cheese 1 x 250ml cup of self raising flour (approx. 155g/5oz) 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil 3 rashers of bacon, cut into small pieces Lightly grease the tin you are using; line base with baking paper. Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Add all the other ingredients. Season to taste. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes (according to your size of tin & oven type) until golden and just firm. Cut into squares to suit your appetite! Serve hot/cold with vegetables/salad.

*** Advice to young clergy on preaching: ‘Consider the postage stamp. Its usefulness consists in its ability to stick to one thing until it gets there.’ HotPott - June 2018

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June 3rd. 8.30am 10.45am

Holy Communion 2 Corinthians 4:5-12; Mark 2:23-3:6 Holy Communion

Rob Wardle Taffy Davis

Morning Worship Morning Worship

Rob McLaren Steve Murphy

10th. 8.30am 10.45am

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; John 7: 37-52

17th. Rose Queen 8.30am 10.45am

Holy Communion Matthew 18:1-4 + Mark 10:13-16 Family Service

David Swales Anne Murphy & David Swales

24th. 8.30am 10.45am

Holy Communion Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 1:57-66,80 Morning Worship

David Swales

Holy Communion 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43 Holy Communion

David Swales

July 1st. 8.30am 10.45am

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Sidespeople and Prayers June 3rd. 8.30am 10.45am

Prayers Mr. K. Ardern Mrs. E. Harper + Mr. & Mrs. P. Frecknall Extra Reader: Mr. D. + Mr. R. Gem


Miss G. Mosley Mr. C. Potter + Mrs. C. Taylor Extra Reader: Dr. J. Hutton

Ivy Mosley

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


10th. 8.30am 10.45am

17th. 8.30am 10.45am

24th. 8.30am 10.45am

Mr. K. Ardern Mr. & Mrs. M. Akerman


Miss G. Mosley Mrs. E. Harper + Mr. & Mrs. R. Ferguson

Pam Cooke

July 1st. 8.30am 10.45am

From the Registers Baptism We welcome into our church family: May 6th

Archer James Weston

Funerals & Interment of Ashes our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of: April 23rd Valerie Rose Taylor May 3rd Harry Finlaison

Weddings Congratulations to: May 6th Chris Lanzara & Charlotte Jubb May 19th Thomas Dunning & Holly Harling HotPott - June 2018

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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. YOUTH CHURCH - (Year 6 and above) - generally 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. CRECHE - Held during the 10:45am service in the tower vestry. HOME GROUPS - Five 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 24th March, 2018. 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 David Gem, Ridge Hall Farm, Ridge Hill, Sutton, Macclesfield, SK11 0LU

01260 252287 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


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

07881 358976 Weekly Bulletin:

David Gem, as above

Electoral Roll and Safeguarding officer:

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

01260 252287

Tower Captain:

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

Pastoral Care Team:

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


Church Guild:

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


574983 574983 Children’s Ministry:

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

575768 Praise and Play:

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

665054 Parish Council Clerk:

Joyce Burton,

Wedding Coordinator:

Pam Cooke,


Head Teacher:

Paul Quirk, Pott Shrigley Church School SK10 5RT


head@pottshrigley.cheshire Website:

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

PCC Members:

574768 (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, Anne Murphy, Kath Matheson, Chris Day.

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