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£1 March 2021

Pott Shrigley’s Church & Parish Magazine

David’s Deliberations

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Keep Calm and Carry On!

oppression? (Psalm 44)


Despite the popularity of this phrase, the British ‘stiff upper lip’ has fallen somewhat into disrepute in recent years. We have realised that although there can sometimes be real value in ‘just keeping going’ through tough times, it can also be harmful to push down, to suppress, our emotions and feelings. And so, after a trauma of some kind, we are now encouraged to talk out our experiences, in stark contrast to the practice in previous eras.

My God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me? (Psalm 22)

David’s Deliberations


Walking around Pott Shrigley


The Pott Shrigley Hardings, 1716 – 1985


PCC Ponderings

Nearly one third of the Psalms are in this vein – known as ‘Lament’. This tells us that God can cope with us venting our feelings, if that is what we need to do. If Jesus himself, in His anguish on the cross, needed to cry those words from Psalm 22, then we can be sure that we may do so too.

David Swales

Actually, the Bible got there before us! The book of Psalms, for instance, though full of praise and thanksgiving, also contains many instances of people giving vent to their feelings: of hurt, fear, confusion, grief, even anger. In this, they have a very contemporary feel, and yet, amazingly, they are up to 3,000 years old. What is even more amazing is to whom this venting is directed: none other than God Himself! How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? (Psalm 13) Why do you hide your face? Why do you forget our affliction and

The church in the Democratic Republic of Congo has lived through atrocity and trauma too horrific to be described here; a Congolese archbishop recently wrote the book ‘Born from Lament’ in which he asks: ‘How can we live with this? Can there be a future for us? And where is God?’ And it is in the power and hope of Lament that he and his church have found the key to the future. Of course, I am not suggesting that suddenly we should all start Lamenting! And indeed it is not for everyone: in fact, it is not something I feel is for me – at least, not at this moment. And it is not at all the same as the ‘entitled’ moaning and grumbling at God which the Bible rightly condemns. But I do think,

10 #Lockdown Schooling 12 Mary Slessor: Forward into Calabar 14 Your vote, Your council 16 Crocus Gospel 17 Ideas for Lent 18 Mouse Makes 19 Coffee Break 20 Teaching through a global pandemic 22 Missionary Matters 24 Suffering Church 29 Recipe: Umm Ali 30 Services

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learning from our African brothers and sisters, that it is a part of the spectrum of ways in which God invites us to interact with Him. For some of us, at certain times – perhaps especially now – we may need to express, to the God who loves and cares for us, those feelings of grief, confusion, anger. And we may find that Lament helps us actually to draw nearer to God, and to the hope which

*** An evangelical vicar was asked to celebrate Holy Communion for his Anglo-Catholic neighbour who was ill. Unfamiliar with some of the vestments, he did the best he could. Breakfasting at the vicarage afterwards he said to the vicar’s wife that he hoped he had got all the vestments on properly. “Oh yes,” she said, “you were quite all right – except that my husband does not usually wear the book-markers!” Page 4

can only be found in our relationship with Him. Your friend and vicar, David PS ‘Lament for Lent’ is one of the three resources I am suggesting to help you go deeper with God this Lent (see page 17).

Thank you to all this month’s photographers; we’ve got some stunning shots. Principal camera wielders are Pam Cooke, who provided the canal photo, Joyce Burton and David Swales the dusk and dawn photographs on the inside front cover, and school staff the collage on the inside back… and thanks to all those kind and talented people who have submitted articles, and their accompanying photos. Apologies from the editor for the late appearance of this edition. HotPott - March 2021

Walking around Pott Shrigley The clerk of Pott Shrigley Parish Council, Joyce Burton, received an email recently: ‘Are you fed-up with doing the same old walks?’ Well… one or two people have mentioned that they would like to know some new paths to tread, so this website may be for you: www.walkinginengland.co.uk/cheshire! With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place. John Harris, who sent the email to Joyce, said: ‘There is so much walking information on the web, but it is difficult to find. Walking in Cheshire, which is part of the Walking in England suite of websites (www. walkinginengland.co.uk) – one for each county in England – has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you. With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.’ Joyce and I have both looked at the website, and found plenty of local walks, some familiar, but others not. The instructions are clear with pictures and a map. As John says, he's gathered them together from many sources so when you click on a walk you're taken to the appropriate website. So – check out the website and enjoy the walks. But please, please follow current COVID guidelines and restrictions when out, and don’t forget to keep to the designated path. And – take care around sheep – lambing season is upon us, and the mums and babies should be treated with great care. HotPott - March 2021

*** An advert appeared in a student newspaper of a university: “Sweet little old lady wishes to correspond with goodlooking university student – especially a six-footer with brown eyes, answering to initials J.A.D.” It was signed: “his mother.” *** Page 5

The Pott Shrigley Hardings, 1716 – 1985 A while ago I received an email from a lady asking if I could let her have some back copies of HotPott as she’d seen the tribute to Eileen Harding, and it reminded her of the happy childhood she spent in Pott Shrigley. It transpired that Ann, her brother John, their parents, grandparents, aunts and cousins lived in the row of cottages now occupied by the Mathesons and Gems. We start the story of the Hardings (different Harding family to Eileen) of Pott Shrigley way back…

John & Ann Harding The first reference I found to the Harding family’s association with Pott is the marriage in 1716 of a Nicholas Harding (born c1691) of Henbury to Kathleen (recorded in Prestbury’s church registers as Katherine) Blagg (born c1695) of Pott Shrigley. I am unsure where they lived after marriage, but it would appear they had six children, two boys and four girls. The first born was Joseph and the second son, and fourth born, was our direct ancestor Samuel, who arrived in 1727. Samuel Harding married Alice Swindels at St Peter’s Prestbury in 1760 and they resided in Pott Shrigley. It is my understanding that Samuel was responsible for the building, or possibly renovation, of Sherrow Booth farmhouse, and indeed over the main entrance doors there is a stone carved with the initials H, S and A 1770. It would appear that Samuel (himself a successful yeoman farmer) inherited all of his elder brother Joseph’s wealth in 1800, though Samuel did not survive his brother long as he died in 1801. Samuel Harding and Alice had just two children: Samuel, born in 1762, and Katherine. Page 6

Samuel Jnr. inherited his father’s considerable wealth and went on to increase this further, eventually owning two farms in Pott Shrigley and two in Rainow plus land in Audlem, Lyme, Mottram and Adlington. Samuel Jnr. married Kesiah Taylor in 1786 and they had six children. Joseph was the first born, he settled in Rainow and was the benefactor of the land on which Rainow church was built in 1846. William, our direct ancestor, was the fourth born (in 1793) and he inherited Sherrow Booth. William married Mary Ainsworth, with whom he already had a child, in Liverpool in 1830. They went on to have seven more children, our direct ancestor being the third, Joseph, who was born 1832. William and Mary’s children lived in various locations in Shrigley and Rainow, being game keeper, shepherd and farmers... and one broke with family tradition and was a police officer in Manchester. William died in 1856 and his will stipulated that the property be split and divided equally amongst his family. Nicholas Harding and his descendants listed above are buried in Prestbury Churchyard; two large flat stone memorials are situated to the right of the south door. Joseph was employed as a gamekeeper and farmer. He married Ann Jackson whose family farmed Bakestonedale Farm. Records show that Joseph and Ann lived at Winterside Farm, Hedgerow, Rainow. They had three children, two sons and a daughter, Alice. The first son, Joseph Taylor Harding, was baptised at Rainow on January 18th 1878; after working as a post boy messenger, and then for William Jackson (possibly one of his mother’s relatives?) at Brink Farm, he served and was wounded in the First World War. Nothing is known of his war service as many military records were lost in the Blitz, but he is commemorated as ‘Served’ on the lychgate at HotPott - March 2021

St Christopher’s. In 1920 Joseph married Mary Forrest in 1920 and they lived at Oakenbank Cottage; he died in 1935 and is buried in Pott churchyard, as are his parents whose grave is marked ‘H Ann’. The second son, Arthur, our paternal grandfather, was born in 1880 and became a plumber by trade. In 1905 he married Martha Williams, who was in service at Barley Grange, Bollington Cross; she came from Llanfairfechan in North Wales and the wedding The Shop with Altrincham Cycling Club, late 19th century set up a tea rooms in the garden and when took place in Bangor. They settled the weather was good this really was a hive of in Pott Shrigley in what is now the residence activity, especially for cyclists who descended called ‘The Croft’; they had a daughter, in their droves. Beryl, and a son, Arthur Grenville (known as Grenville, our father). It seems likely that Ann remembers: memories of my grandmother Arthur and Martha took over an established are of a very hard working lady who delighted village store: a ‘Grocers Shop’ is listed in the in serving cups of tea and jam scones to 1891 census, though this does not appear as passing cyclists. Weekends I remember a separate entity in the 1901 census. By 1911 bicycles nose to tail parked along the wall. I it is again listed in the census as the ‘Village spent many happy hours playing cards and Shop’, with Arthur, Martha, Beryl and Grenville making scones with sour milk in the black living there together with Arthur’s sister Alice. leaded grate. The shop was at the front and Whatever the case, Martha Harding was most very basic. A small window to the back room, industrious: as well as running the shop, she a plain counter, a large balance for weighing flour and potatoes.. nothing like the ones shown on the present TV series. Bread was delivered from Bollington, fish in a van every Friday and fruit and vegetables on a lorry. Granny also had a paraffin shed where my cousin and I would sit on a small bench and sniff the paraffin. Girls Friendly Society, possible confirmation, 1930. Standing far right Martha Harding, Seated centre Beryl Harding, right Elsie Tinsley HotPott - March 2021

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the Harding family took an active part in church and village life. In the 1920s Martha and Beryl Harding were involved in the Girls Friendly Society, as was Elsie Tinsley, who lived next door to the Hardings. Arthur was one of the founders of Pott Shrigley Cricket Club (PSCC) in 1919; in 1920 Arthur is listed as treasurer and he presided at the Jack Tinsley, 1920s annual general meeting, probably because the club’s president, Colonel Lowther of Shrigley Hall, was unwell, describing himself as ‘a hopeless cripple’. It isn’t clear if Arthur played much, but on the first recorded scorecards for PSCC there is a note of ‘Harding’ playing for the 2nd XI against Adlington in May 1922. Harding, probably Arthur, was the last man in and was bowled out for a duck! Arthur’s neighbours, and later tenants, the Tinsley family, produced some excellent

George Tinsley, 1930s

cricketers – Frank was captain in the 1920s, and an excellent bowler; George was more of a batter and, latterly, umpire. The family tradition of involvement with village cricket was carried on by Arthur’s son and grandson, both of whom played a little cricket, and granddaughter Ann, who helped Eileen Harding to prepare cricket teas, and Don Hackney with scoring. But more of the later years next time…

PCC Ponderings

Well, a lot has happened since the last PCC Ponderings, the first change being the PCC secretary, and hence the author of these Ponderings. I’ve taken the reins from Ros, and the more I get into it, the more I’m in awe of Ros’s organisation and all the work she put into the role. So anyway, let’s see how these Ponderings take shape… As well as the secretary change, we also had new faces to the PCC: welcome Jean and Reg Ferguson, it’s great to have new members with a fresh view on the goings on at St Christopher’s. We’ve had two meetings since the last Ponderings appeared; with the pandemic as Page 8

Chris Day it is, both of these were held in a new format for us as a PCC – virtually, via Zoom call. Although it is strange not to meet in person, the meetings have been chaired efficiently by Duncan and the technology has held up HotPott - March 2021

pretty well. No amusing tales to tell about people unable to turn off cat filters, like the lawyer in Texas, and no questions of who does or doesn’t have authority at the meeting, Jackie Weaver was not present! As well as our formal meetings, we are in regular communication as a PCC in making urgent decisions regarding how the church needs to react to changes in guidance from the government, such as when switching to online only services, and keeping the church open for private prayer. As you’ll know from previous Ponderings, a significant amount of our time as a PCC is spent on decisions around the upkeep of our church and its grounds, such that we not only maintain its beauty, but also ensure that it meets the needs that we have as a church. A big thanks goes here to David Garton, who works tirelessly in pushing a lot of these activities forward. Recently, we have been looking at what is needed to get the easy access path by the lychgate progressing, including resiting signs and other such activities. We’re pleased to say that the building contractor should begin work on this path in April. Continuing in the churchyard, we have been considering a proposal to use one of the tree stumps from the recent felling to create a sculpture, and reached out to the wider congregation via the Christmas edition of HotPott for any input into this – please go back and read the article, and get in touch with David Swales with any comments. Within the church there have been two major themes to discussions, firstly repairs and improvements to the bells and bell tower. Our wonderful bells have recently been serviced, and a few maintenance items are being sorted: re-bushing of clappers, replacement of one clapper and three stays – if this sounds a little like a foreign language, I’m sure our HotPott - March 2021

bellringers would be happy to talk you through what these parts all are. We have applied to the diocese for permission to allow this work to be done. Also, with comfort and safety of our ringers in mind, progress is being made on adding emergency lighting to the tower stairs and ringing chamber along with replacement of the broken west window in the chamber with a hopper window to allow ventilation. Also being considered are technical improvements within church to enable continued live streaming of services, as so far these have been facilitated using the equipment and considerable skills of Rick Gem and Andy Phillips. Quotes to understand the cost of the necessary equipment are being obtained, but the PCC feel strongly that the church should maintain this capability after the pandemic as the benefits of live streaming have been felt worldwide, with views of our services seen as far away from Pott Shrigley as Bollington, and Australia, and Uganda! A final issue we’ve been grappling with as a PCC is tithing of legacies. As a church, we donate 10% of our income to a variety of charities, and we have had significant discussion on whether it is right to include in our income figure any legacies we receive. A final decision on this has yet to be made, as we are all taking time to reflect and pray on the views given so far; we aim to make a decision on this important matter at our next meeting. The last thing to bring to everyone’s attention is that due to the level of income we now receive as a church, we have had to apply to the Charity Commission for a charity number. This has taken a lot of administrative work, thanks to Mike Akerman, but the application is now in, and we wait to hear back with our charity number. Page 9

#Lockdown Schooling

Who are the Davies’?

We are a dual career family: Mark has recently taken up a new role as a business development manager for a health data company and Ang is a senior lecturer at the University of Manchester, working in the area of digital transformation and education and training. In our pre-COVID worlds we did daily commutes and travelled often around the country and regularly overseas with our jobs, but, like everyone, this changed in March 2020 and our homes became our full-time offices, schools and on-site catering for our three children, not forgetting two golden retrievers Tash, 15 and Fern, three, who are the big winners from lockdown – but more on them later!

dinner, clear up and sleep! The weekends are much the same, just without the school or work (although frequently there is a task or two that needs to be ‘caught up on’). We are fortunate, we have space and enough PCs so that everyone can have their own place in the house to spread out without being interrupted. It is no exaggeration to say that at times over the past month, everyone in the house has been on a virtual meeting or online class at the same time, so thank goodness for decent broadband! It is usually at this point that the daily Amazon delivery arrives and every one of us tries their best to ignore the knock on the door and hope someone else gets it!

Mark & Ang Davies

Groundhog Day Like everyone, these words sum up life at the moment, every day is the same. We get up, we eat breakfast, walk the dogs, set the home school going, and start work. Get some lunch, find some time for exercise, finish work, cook

Of course, lockdown has also provided some positive opportunities: at this time of year travel and commuting can be tedious – especially with short days, the drive in and out of Manchester is tough and isn’t missed at all. Working from home has many benefits and can be helpful fitting in with modern life, particularly when our jobs require us to be in front of a computer, as this can be achieved anywhere. It has accelerated a recognition that the 9 till 5 working day is outdated and no longer fit for purpose, it has also hastened a need to become digital. The first lockdown in spring was blessed with great weather, but this lockdown is in the middle of winter – all the snow we’ve had recently has actually been a relief and enjoyable, something to get outside and throw snowballs in rather than something that will cause treacherous and delayed journeys for work. We’ve enjoyed hours of sledging and walks with Fern our youngest dog!

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Shall I do homeschool, tidy the kitchen or actually do my paid job?! Schooling is certainly different in this lockdown versus last. Back in spring 2020 there was a lot of uncertainty and we found ourselves just muddling through, having to do our own research about activities and topics, with little in the way of guidance. This time it is more structured, with work and material flowing out of the schools. Both scenarios present their own problems. In the first lockdown there was a feeling of the children getting behind, not doing the work they needed to do, but at the same time it was more relaxed and less precious if something didn’t get done. This time, we simply cannot hit everything that’s set and those missed activities are currently sitting in the inbox of topics to be covered. There is no question, that for the sake of education the second scenario is better, but far from optimum, and it puts a lot of pressure on two full-time working parents. This, in a nutshell, sums it up for us at the moment: we are all struggling on and working hard just to keep up with some level of normality, yet being prevented from doing the best we can achieve. How can we genuinely be performing well in our jobs, when there is so much competition for our time and energy? For others, there is an equally frustrating problem: how can anyone fully achieve their potential and live their lives whilst they are prevented from leaving the house? Many of us are being hampered in one form or another and it both challenges us and frustrates us. One of the biggest challenges and absorption of our energies is the switching between tasks. There is rarely time to simply do one thing and fully focus on it: we can be making coffee one minute, providing school IT support the next, putting washing in the next, helping James with frontal adverbials the next, presenting clinical bioinformatics to HotPott - March 2021

students in the next… and all within the hour! We literally need the ability to store multiple heads that are each able to focus on their own task, so that when I need to be in business mode I can put my business head on, and then switch over when it comes to helping James with his subtraction column method!! This is probably the most tiring and relentless part of our current life. Silence is golden… but rare Whilst we crave for some silence, and space, and time, to just think, others, like our parents, crave for exactly what we have: the children, the dogs, conversation – though they’d probably ‘pass’ on the work! Not for the first time in the last few years, we have been led to a polarisation of our lives. But there have been opportunities too: time to learn more about our children and the way they learn and to do fun things with them that ordinarily we would not have had time for. Highlights include constructing a papier mâché Mount Fuji and erupting it, building bird feeders, doing kitchen chemistry and planting seeds and filling our garden full of home-grown flowers and herbs. continued → Page 11

Keep calm and carry on?!! So far, the children and we have survived, and they have built resilience and digital skills which will be essential for their future. Are we a bit tired and grumpy sometimes? Yes, of course we are. Do we expect a lot of them? Yes indeed… but mostly we still giggle, watch movies, have kitchen discos from time to time and set off on intrepid adventures around our beautiful surroundings, fuelled with hot chocolate and home-baked goodies. One thing’s for sure: when we’re allowed a trip to the beach, it’s going to feel like a holiday! Day-to-day there’s

not enough time to think about what we’ve just lived through or, in fact, where the next few months might take us, but we give thanks for our continued good health, strength of mind and determination to keep going and just do the best we can!

Mary Slessor: Forward into Calabar by Janet and Geoff Benge

On January 11th, as part of David Swales’ series on the SPICE WhatsApp group about notable Christians, our attention was drawn to Mary Slessor, a 5 feet tall Scots girl with flaming red hair.

was he lashed out at his wife and children. His shoe making business was failing, so

Jean Ferguson This attracted my attention particularly as although one of the houses at my school was named after her, I knew nothing about her life. Mary was born in 1848 into a workingclass, Presbyterian family; she lived with her parents, older brother Robert, younger brother John and three younger sisters in Gilmorton near Aberdeen. Mary's mother hoped Robert would become a missionary in Africa, but he died before he could train. Mary’s father was often drunk, and when he Page 12

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Mary’s mother begged him to move to Dundee where there was work in the textile mills. The small flat in Dundee was overrun with rats and life was very hard, but a bright spot in the week was when Mary went to Wishart Memorial Church with her mother and siblings; she especially enjoyed Sunday School and the stories the pastor told of the missionaries in Calabar, Africa. Mary worked as a piecer in the mill but because she was only 11 years old she was sent to school each afternoon to learn to read and write. From these hard and humble beginnings, Mary, by dint of her indomitable spirit and her love of God and the Bible, began to wear down the elders of the Foreign Mission Board. In 1875 they reluctantly agreed to her going to Calabar, Nigeria, to teach the Africans, who were split into many warring tribes full of superstition and even practising cannibalism, to read the Bible. Mary was told that most of the missionaries either died of disease or were killed by the tribesmen but her fluency in several local languages, physical resilience and lack of pretension endeared her to those to whom she ministered. She adopted unwanted children, particularly twins who

would otherwise, according to local superstition, have been put to death along with their mother as they were considered cursed. If a tribal chief died, many women would be killed and put in the grave with him; when a husband died all his wives met the same fate. Mary was influential in settling disputes between warring factions and in organising trade, contributing much to the development of the Okoyong people with whom she later settled. She also mapped remote areas of Nigeria for the British Government. When Mary died in 1915 the jungle drums reverberated from tribe to tribe through the dense jungle with the sad news: ‘Eka Kpukpru Owo’ which translates: ‘Mother of us all is dead’. Mary’s is a truly exciting story of faith, love and resilience. God of grace and might, who sent your servant Mary Slessor to spread the gospel to the people of Nigeria, raise up, we pray, in our generation messengers of your good news and heralds of your kingdom that the world may come to know the immeasurable riches of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. If you would like to borrow the book, please contact Jean Ferguson on 01625 361361.

*** A vicar and his wife were going out for the evening, and carefully set the security lights and put the cat out. But when they opened the door to go to the taxi, the cat slipped back in and disappeared upstairs. Irritated, the vicar followed it. The wife waited with the taxi driver. Not wanting him to know that they were leaving the parsonage empty, she said: “My husband is just upstairs for a quick word with my mother.” A few minutes later, the husband arrived, breathless. “Sorry I took so long” he said, “but she put up a fight! Stupid old thing was hiding under the bed and I had to poke her with a coat hanger and grab her by the scruff of the neck to get her out.” HotPott - March 2021

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Your Vote Your Council

New Delivery Service

bridge manager.

Morrison’s are offering a new, free, doorstep delivery service for elderly and vulnerable people with no internet access. Customers living within 10 miles of a store can order from a range of 47 essential groceries by phone and have them delivered the next day. Payment will be taken on the doorstep using a mobile chip and pin card machine. The range includes basic food and household items. This is a telephone only service, and the number is 0345 611 6111.

Pending issues:

Pott WhatsApp Group: a new idea for everyone in Pott Shrigley A WhatsApp group is an excellent way for a neighbourhood to share information instantaneously and transparently about any local issues or suspicious activities. The clerk would create the group and anyone wishing to join it should submit their mobile phone numbers to her email (pottclerk@btinternet. com); further information can be obtained by this means too. WhatsApp is free to join and allows the exchange of messages with others in the group quickly and without charge. Users need to be aware that their phone numbers and/or names are visible on the group, and that WhatsApp collect some data e.g. phone number and location. Highways Updates New issues: • The severe flood caused by the blocked culvert outside Pott Hall now cleared. The clerk will thank Andy Simpson for his help in achieving a speedy solution to this. • There are now two large potholes opposite the traffic lights at Cedar Lodge exacerbating the existing problems. The clerk will report these to Highways and also to the Page 14

• Cllr. Boulton is still waiting for the signed declaration from Cheshire East Council (CEC) accepting responsibility for any problems caused by failing to carry out any work on the chevron bend near Shrigley Hall. Modifications to the chevron bend are still considered an active issue. • Resurfacing Shrigley Road from Green Close to the aqueduct and traffic lights near Cedar Lodge •

Double yellow lines at Pott Hall bend.

• Maintenance of gritting routes at current levels. • Gully blocked at the junction of Long Lane and Shrigley Road. • Poor state of the road surface of Long Lane between Nab Quarry and Shrigley Road. • Stones are missing from the base of the wall at the side of the bridge on Bakestonedale Road will be assessed by regular safety inspections. Parking Obstructions: During the current lockdown significant problems have again been caused by vehicles parking along Shrigley Road from the traffic lights near Cedar Lodge all the way up to the access point to Lyme Park at West Park Gate. PCSO Burdock monitored this over the weekend of 9/10th January. He reported the parking was unacceptable but as no parking restrictions apply, he advised us to contact Highways. HotPott - March 2021

The parking situation in that area continues to worsen, resulting in the road being blocked on occasion. The clerk will ask the police to monitor the situation again and for them to contact Highways to discuss which measures could be put in place. If Shrigley Road is impassable because of parked vehicles the police should be called to remove the obstruction as it prevents access for emergency vehicles. Problems were also reported with cars parking on the grass at Unwin Pool. Highways did not produce any official signs so the clerk made some semi-official ones which have been erected. Footpaths Jackson Brow Steps: an estimate has been received of £500 for installing a wooden handrail and £2,000 for relaying the steps. This has been forwarded to Peak & Northern Footpath Society (PNFS) and Public Rights of Way (PROW) at CEC. Another estimate will be provided for the handrail. Cllr. Boulton was unsuccessful in his attempts to find who had installed the handrail at the aqueduct. Lockdown is making it difficult for the PNFS inspector to visit the site. The clerk will ask PNFS to put the handrail and repair of the steps on hold until the situation improves. Planning Applications Woodland Creation Scheme, Bakestonedale Moor This was submitted to the Forestry Commission by the landowners’ agent. As the closing date for comments preceded the date of the next council meeting Cllr. Goodman and the clerk studied the documentation and submitted their comments as an interim measure; a full discussion at the February meeting confirmed the comments already HotPott - March 2021

submitted. An informal site meeting between the landowner and Public Rights of Way took place after receipt of the PC's comments. PROW has no jurisdiction over permissive paths but she explained the council's request to maintain a wide path along the eastern edge of the proposed woodland and the landowner seemed amenable to this. 21/0256 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. The council agreed to accept Cllr. Saunders’ offer of extra help on this application as a clear knowledge of certain aspects of planning is required. The clerk will forward this information, when received, and seek the councillors’ agreement before submitting the comment to the Planning Department. Pending 20/2413M Proposed Poynton Relief Road Modification of Condition 41 of the decision notice. 20/3710M Heatherdale Farm, SK10 5RZ Proposal: conversion of existing barn to a single dwelling The council objects to this application Withdrawn 25 January 2021

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NP/CEC/0720/0690 Pott Hall Farm, SK10 5RT Proposal: sub-division of dwelling to form two dwelling units. The council supports this application.

Crocus Gospel ***

19/3715M Normans Hall Farm, SK10 5SE Extensions to approved Units 1 and 2 to form two two-storey dwellings, and increased parking to Unit 3 (Amendment to application ref. 18/4950M) The council re-affirmed its objection to this application. 20/4189M near Wood Lane, Adlington Proposal: creation of glamping site. The council objects to this application. 20/4535M Nab Quarry, SK10 5SD Proposed extension to side elevation of existing warehouse The council objects to this application. Keeper’s Cottage: In October 2020 the clerk informed Rosie Ollie, Peak Park Enforcement Officer, that nobody was aware of any building being already on site in spite of extensive investigation by Cllr. Wray. No further communication has been received. Many planning decisions are taking a long time currently; these difficulties appear to be county wide. Date and time of next meeting The next parish council virtual Zoom meeting will be held on Monday March 1st at 8pm.

Weary of sorting old books at home, worried by Covid’s march of fear the garden calls me to gaze at growth with hope, now March is here. Surprised, I discover a different book open to read on moss-bound lawn, written in colour, published by Earth, the Crocus Gospel is born. Flower of Gold, like the gift to the Child the eastern Magi bring; precious-metal petals boldly scribe, words of the peace He will bring. Yet sorrow is written beside the gold, deep purple flowers proclaim the mocking robe and the crown of thorns, when He bled, but did not blame. Behold! Triumphant bloom of white arises to welcome Spring; praising new life from the author of Light in a psalm to the King of Kings. Audrey Bomford

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Ideas for Lent Lent has already begun, but it is not too late to start using it as a time for growing closer to God. I’d like to offer three suggestions which may help you: 1. ‘Live Lent: God’s Story, Our Story’ This is from the Church of England and comprises a short Bible passage, reflection and prayer every day, helping us to hear God’s story, and become part of it ourselves. It is available as a booklet, and I have a small number of those, or a phone app (ios/android) with the option of reading or listening to the material. The app also suggests a daily prayer activity for families. And the family activities are also available as a separate pdf – or as a printed version from me. The reflections can also be received by daily email – sign up on the Church of England website, ‘Live Lent’ pages.

3. Our own Chester Diocese is offering a series of Lent Reflections for each of the 40 days of Lent on the theme of our care for God’s Creation, and the Earth’s need for Healing. Again, these talks can be read on your computer or device, from the diocesan website: https://chester.anglican.org/lent I can also print them out for anyone who prefers or needs a paper version. There are many other options out there – I hope you will find the one which is right for you, but more than that I hope you will do something special, something faithdeepening, discipleship-building, and lifeaffirming this Lent. (All the pdfs and links mentioned here are available on our website for your convenience).

2. ‘Lament for Lent’ by the Church Mission Society Subtitled ‘Only with eyes that have cried’, this rediscovers the Biblical prayer practice of Lament, in which raw emotions and questions are expressed to God in the midst of experiences of pain and suffering. Please see my letter on page 3. This is only available as a booklet, not an app. However, you can view the booklet as a pdf on your computer or device, or get a printed version from me. HotPott - March 2021

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Coffee Break

Across 1 The earth is one (6) 4 ‘On a hill far away stood an old — cross’ (6) 7 ‘I am the — vine and my Father is the gardener’ (John 15:1) (4) 8 The Caesar who was Roman Emperor at the time of Jesus’ birth Luke 2:1) (8) 9 ‘Your — should be the same as that of Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 2:5) (8) 13 Jesus said that no one would put a lighted lamp under this (Luke 8:16) (3) 16 Involvement (1 Corinthians 10:16) (13) 17 Armed conflict (2 Chronicles 15:19) (3) 19 Where the Gaderene pigs were feeding (Mark 5:11) (8) 24 What jeering youths called Elisha on the road to Bethel (2 Kings 2:23) (8) 25 The Venerable — , eighth-century Jarrow ecclesiastical scholar (4) 26 8 Across issued a decree that this should take place (Luke 2:1) (6) 27 Come into prominence (Deuteronomy 13:13) (6) Down 1 Where some of the seed scattered by the sower fell (Matthew 13:4) (4) 2 Sexually immoral person whom God will judge (Hebrews 13:4) (9) 3 Gospel leaflet (5) 4 Physical state of the boy brought to Jesus for healing (Mark 9:18) 5 Tugs (anag.) (4) 6 To put forth (5) HotPott - March 2021

10 Nationality associated with St Patrick (5) 11 Leader of the descendants of Kohath (1 Chronicles 15:5) (5) 12 ‘After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping — heel’(Genesis 25:26) (5) 13 At Dothan the Lord struck the Arameans with — at Elisha’s request (2 Kings 6:18) (9) 14 ‘Peter, before the cock crows today, you will — three times that you know me’ (Luke22:34) (4) 15 Spit out (Psalm 59:7) (4) 18 ‘When I — , I am still with you’ (Psalm 139:18) (5) 20 Concepts (Acts 17:20) (5) 21 Thyatira’s dealer in purple cloth (Acts 16:14) (5) 22 Does (anag.) (4) 23 The second set of seven cows in Pharaoh’s dream were this (Genesis 41:19) (4) Page 19

Teaching through a global pandemic March 2020 Pott Shrigley Church School doors closed at 3.30pm on March 20th 2020. We had spent the week scurrying around attempting to follow new protocols, none of which we really understood or could take on board. We tried to keep the children calm whilst preparing home learning packs for the next two to three weeks, Easter, who knew at that point? We certainly hadn’t anticipated not returning until the summer! We all locked down in our family boltholes – bewildered, resigned and very scared.

and needed to get back to the day job. We welcomed back a select band of key worker children: the focus was ensuring the well being of every child, easing them into any formal learning although they were eager to get back to normal classroom activities sooner than we had thought. In the afternoons we enjoyed our beautiful setting and walked along local footpaths, climbed trees (low branches only!) on the cricket field and played in the stream. We painted pictures of our church in the style

Mrs H. Blackwell

As it became clear that we wouldn’t be returning to the classroom anytime soon we began our apprenticeship in Zoom calls! All of us had had some practice with family members but initially our class Zoom meetings fell into two groups: those who gazed at the screen and said nothing and those who didn’t stop talking and giggling about everything and nothing! As a preliminary step into remote learning we were just happy at that stage that the children could see each other and engage in playground chatter. June 2020 We were so ready to return to school. In preparation the staff had several meetings in the playground, enjoying the sunshine, the company and a purpose. We had all spent too long at home Page 20

of Monet, picnicked in the sunshine and just loved this unorthodox hiatus in school. We were sorry Rose and Eden, our beautiful Year 6 girls, didn’t have the normal ‘transition to high school’ experience but we did what we could, and their virtual Rose Queen procession was a triumph and testament to their lovely, unique personalities. September 2020 Things almost seemed normal as we began a new school year. The children were already used to hygiene rules: washing our hands throughout the day, social distancing in the more formal classroom layout. We also welcomed three new families to the school in addition to our Reception starters. It appeared our small, family environment was an HotPott - March 2021

educational advantage in COVID times! Our wonderful, resilient children loved returning to school: a generation of children who had missed a whole term of learning. They couldn’t wait to get back to the normal school routine and relished the opportunity to spend time together, be it in the classroom, playground or hall, just the simple things. New rules obviously applied but children just get on with it and luckily with small numbers we were one whole school bubble. One thing we really missed was singing: we decided during our weekly visits from Rev David that instead of singing out loud (not within education guidelines) we might feasibly sing softly – it’s amazing how sweet a song can sound on a low volume! As Christmas approached, we contemplated how on earth we would produce our traditional nativity, a Pott Shrigley Church School event! Thankfully with our Zoom skills more polished we managed to film it in

church, finding the right angle from ladders, sadly without an audience but with the added benefit of editing to erase the hilarious mistakes and giggles, though these did make the final out-takes! January 2021 This lockdown has been the testing one for teachers, home learners, key worker children and parents. In school we miss the children. Home learning this time round is structured and organised to provide three to four hours of schoolwork each day. We teachers provide set tasks and the children follow online learning schemes to enhance different subject areas; the onus is on both teachers and parents to achieve this. We have mixed year classes at Pott, so presenting a lesson online is difficult as you can’t pitch it at four different levels and keep everyone engaged; instead we have regular Zoom meetings where children can share work with each other and receive guidance for the new week’s expectations. It’s not ideal but it’s the best we can do in the circumstances. A school needs children! We can’t wait for the return of our fabulous Pott children on March 8th, God willing. Remind me at Easter that I said that! And it is a joy for those of us close by to hear the lovely sound of children in the playground; we missed them so much last spring. Please turn to the inside back cover for more fantastic school photos.

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Missionary Matters

Regular readers will know of our missionary partners in Thailand, Johnny and Ann McClean; Margaret and I were pleased to join an evening Zoom meeting recently between some of their supporters in Northern Ireland and Johnny, who got up early (it was 3am in Thailand!) to talk to us. It was so good to see and talk with him, and to hear the latest news about their work in Bangkok.

John Ryley The New City Fellowship Church, which Johnny works with, is approaching its fourteenth anniversary; it’s situated near five slum areas and has a mainly workingclass congregation. Praise God that it seems financially secure, being able to support Pramote as pastor and to help members who are suffering hardship due to loss of jobs secondary to the virus. Three young women are preparing for baptism; one was abandoned by her parents, another is a teaching assistant, and the third, Wa, is trying to do outreach at the Decathlon store she works at. Page 22

The Afghan refugees, A and K, who Johnny and others have supported for many months, seem to be stuck in a detention centre: conditions are far from ideal – even the drinking water is polluted with mosquito larvae – but they have their Bibles and remain faithful. Johnny keeps in touch and provides pocket money regularly for them. A’s wife and three year old daughter M are being helped by the church; from the video I’ve seen on Facebook M loves the little cycle the McCleans bought her – she looks so happy, but she must miss her father so. Q, a Moslem friend of A, continues to study the New Testament; he asks lots of questions and meets Johnny each week to study the Farsi translation of ‘Christianity Explored’. Please pray he may soon come to faith in Jesus; he’s very interested and open. Pray too that the refugees may find asylum in Canada or Australia before long. Although there are several churches in Bangkok, they are thinly spread in a population of 16.6 million! Most Christians in Thailand live in the rural north of the country, so church planting and teaching, training and encouraging pastors is high on Johnny’s agenda. Although Thai people are mainly Buddhist, there are no barriers to Johnny’s, or anyone else’s, freedom to preach and minister in churches or on the streets; freedom to witness in public seems greater in Thailand than in Britain. Johnny is mentoring Peter, who has started a church plant, Church of Covenant, which has grown from 10 to 30 members over the last three months. They meet each Sunday in a YMCA coffee shop – which Peter runs during the week, as well as studying for a Divinity Masters! A new Thai language resource – ‘Teaching 2 Timothy’ – is being launched soon. Johnny hopes to deliver some preacher training in May, but the planned training of HotPott - March 2021

pastors in Myanmar next autumn is on hold due to the recent army coup. He asks we pray for safety for those students who are protesting against the Thai king’s enormous power. The school where Ann works has a new head, from Stockholm, who will start in August, the beginning of the school year. Ann has relinquished her position as lead for Key Stage 3. Son Matthew remains in Thailand, accessing his university teaching online until life at Queen’s University Belfast opens up again - or he is unable to renew his residence visa! Please pray for the McClean family, that their work in Thailand will be much blessed. Megumi and Helen Fazakerley’s home assignment from Malawi has not turned out as expected, and their only recreation seems to be shopping at Aldi! Although Helen has been unwell with an infection of her face, she continues to fulfil her member care and health coordinator roles remotely. Megumi, as team language learning coach, has prepared an assessment for a new couple coming to the end of their language learning year. He’s chuffed that the missionary organisation he works for, SIM UK, has asked him to participate in a language learning webinar to go with the orientation courses it provides for prospective missionaries. Malawi’s COVID situation is unclear, but students only managed two weeks at the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi (EBCoM) in January before it was closed again for COVID reasons. Thinking of their limited medical facilities, please pray for all those affected by the virus. Please pray too about the situation at EBCoM. A missionary couple started the college about 40 years ago and it is currently supported by several missionary societies and a variety of churches, representatives of which make up the governing council. Apparently the council want EBCoM to become an ‘evangelical HotPott - March 2021

university’ to address ‘a wide range of church needs’ such as education, business, accountancy, science and technology. SIM Malawi does not share all these aspirations; their sole aim is to build the church through training its leaders. Megumi understands that three key (and currently only!) members of staff were appointed recently, none of whom have knowledge of EBCoM’s way of doing things and past achievements. Megumi has had some contact with them to help solve computer problems, but it appears that he would like to serve as a visiting lecturer on return to Malawi rather than be involved in any college administration. Megume and Helen’s daughter Elizabeth and her fiancé Joshua plan to marry in March in Australia; unfortunately none of the Fazakerley family will be there (much like our grandson Jonny whose parents, sisters and two best men can’t be at his wedding in the US next week). Other daughter Mary has had one dose of vaccine in readiness for a ward placement as an occupational therapy student. Son Joshua is still waiting to start with the Metropolitan Police, but has been assured there will be a job for him in due course. Page 23

The Suffering Church

'All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved’ (Matthew 10:22). So said Jesus, and it soon proved to be true. As I prepared my studies on the letters to the seven churches of the Revelation (on the church website under ‘From the Vicar’), hatred and persecution again raised its ugly head. The church in Smyrna were warned of a short, sharp bout of persecution in the offing, while Polycarp, a later bishop of Smyrna, was burned at the stake. Antipas had lost his life for Jesus in Pergamum, and Ignatius of Antioch passed through Smyrna and Philadelphia on his way to martyrdom in Rome.

and grenades on villages to clear land to build new roads and military installations. The chief minister of Karen State was one of many arrested on 8th February for speaking against the military coup. Please pray for relief from persecution for the mainly Christian ethnic groups including Karen, Kachin and Chin, as well as for the mainly Muslim Rohingya people. Pray especially for the small number of Rohingya Christians now in refugee camps in Bangladesh who are suffering persecution by their Muslim neighbours in the camps.

On 1st February, the same day as the elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was ousted in a military coup in Myanmar, the army shelled areas in the predominantly Christian state of Karen, forcing villagers to flee into inhospitable mountainous jungle where they remain in hiding. Many left so quickly that they left washing hung out to dry and taps still running. For many decades, and even during the more democratic recent times, the army, representing the Buddhist and ethnic Burman majority, has brutally oppressed the Karen and other ethnic minorities; this has included, since December 2020, using shells

In China, the government began blocking online sales of Christian literature, including Bibles, from companies such as Amazon in 2018, so independent merchants used China’s largest online retailer, Taobao.com, instead. However, since early 2021 this platform has been forced to withdraw all Christian books from sale. The situation is similar in bookshops: a group of Christians in southwest China were interrogated by government officials in January after purchasing a number of Bibles from a bookshop. A Barnabas contact explained that authorities view taking an interest in the Bible, and especially buying more than one, as 'suspicious behaviour’. The government and most Chinese people ‘perceive Christianity as a foreign religion’

93 year old Christian lady displaced in Karen state, Myanmar; Free Burma Rangers

Chinese with bibles 2; mission network news

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and see limiting access to Bibles as a way to ‘wipe out Western influence’. Only religious study scholars are allowed to have several different versions of the Bible, but they need to show their staff ID cards to buy them. The contact added: 'Now it is extremely dangerous for both buyers and sellers to get involved in this business, so you barely find these Christian books.' It is equally dangerous to sell audio versions of the Bible: five Christians were recently prosecuted for doing so. This crackdown on Christian literature is part of the Chinese government’s policy to eradicate 'illegal publications’; it intensified in 2018 after a government White Paper launched policies aiming to reinterpret Christianity according to ‘the core values of socialism’ in a process of sincisation (making Chinese) within all Christian and other faith communities. In Nigeria yet more people have been abducted and killed by jihadi militants. According to local reports, last Christmas Eve armed militants thought to belong to ISWAP, an off-shoot of Boko Haram, arrived in a predominantly Christian village in Borno State and fired on villagers from trucks and motorcycles; 11 people were killed and buildings were set on fire. Simultaneously, at least eight soldiers were also reported killed at outposts in the region. Also on Christmas Eve, jihadists abducted at least 20 Christians in Adamawa State and shot five of them, a video of the killing was released online with a

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Suicide bomber, Cameroon; africa news

voiceover: ‘Celebrate your Christmas with the present of the heads of these Christians.’ Property was destroyed too, and many of the villagers fled. Pray for the victims of such brutality, and for the perpetrators too. In Cameroon at least 13 people died in a suicide bomb attack on 8th January in Mozogo, a predominantly Christian village in the north. The village chief, Mahamat Chetima Abba, reported that armed militants, thought to be Boko Haram, arrived wielding machetes and firing guns into the air. A young suicide bomber detonated her explosive device, killing villagers as they fled; five children aged from three to 14 were killed and another six, aged nine to 16, were 'gravely injured’. Pray for the grieving families to feel close to the Lord, for the community to remain patient and faithful under such duress and for spiritual and physical healing. in Pakistan, a Christian man, Imran Ghafur, previously fined 100,000 rupees (£460) and sentenced to life imprisonment under blasphemy laws, was acquitted by the Lahore High Court in December, more than 11 years after his initial arrest for allegedly burning part of the Quran while cleaning his bookshop. Before his arrest in 2009 he had also suffered a beating from a mob of around 400 Muslims. More recently, on Christmas Day 2020, three Pakistani Christian men in Punjab Province were accused of blasphemy, again for allegedly burning pages of the Quran. The police arrived as Christians were leaving church, continued → Page 25

and Muslims from surrounding villages subsequently gathered to demand the men’s arrest: one was detained that night and jailed the following day, the other two were advised to surrender themselves to safeguard the local Christian community from attack. All three were later freed on bail. Pakistan’s blasphemy law can easily be misused by people with a grudge; Christians are particularly vulnerable to false accusation by Muslims, and often the mere accusation of blasphemy precipitates vigilante violence against Christian communities with the police sometimes failing to protect them. Praise the Lord that this didn’t happen in this case: police officers were commended by Pakistani Christian lawyers for playing an ‘important role in keeping the situation under control and the community safe’. Also in the Punjab in December 2020, three men held up a rickshaw carrying a Christian family. The 16 year old Christian girl was raped but her younger sister escaped attack after the older girl told the rapists: ‘Don’t do anything to my sister, whatever you do, do to me.’ When arrested the men confessed to the police that

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Hunger strike over Pakistan's blasphemy laws; union of catholic asian news

they had been robbing people on the same road for five years but claimed to have ‘never done anything bad before... We only raped because they were Christian.’ A local pastor, who continues to pray with the family each day, said: 'We cannot forget what happened, but we are trusting in the Lord to heal. Because the family are Christians it is very difficult to get justice.’ Sources acknowledged with thanks: The Irrawaddy 08.02.2021; Barnabas Fund

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Recipe of the Month Umm Ali

Variations of this traditional Egyptian dessert are eaten all over the Middle East, often at Eid. It’s a sort of spiced bread and butter pudding – quick to make and utterly delicious!

Celia Fraser Serves 8, ready in 40 minutes. Ingredients: 850ml milk Half 397g can condensed milk ½ teaspoon ground cardamom (optional) ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon mixed spice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 100ml double cream 1 teaspoon butter 4 large croissants, roughly torn 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut 2 tablespoons flaked almonds 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios (or hazelnuts) 2 tablespoons raisins

Sprinkle the rest of the ingredients over, plus an extra pinch of cinnamon and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden and bubbling. Leave to stand for 10 minutes before serving. Sounds delicious! Enjoy.

Method Preheat oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/Gas 4. Add the milk, condensed milk, spices and vanilla to a pan. Slowly bring to the boil, simmer gently for 2 minutes. Add the cream, bring back to the boil and remove from the heat. Grease a round baking dish roughly 22cm diameter x 5cm deep and cover the base with the croissant pieces. Sprinkle half each of the coconut, nuts and raisins over the croissants, then pour the milk mixture on top.

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Services 7th March. 10.45am

Morning Worship

John 2.13–22

David Swales

14th Mothering Sunday. 10.45am

Family Service

1 Samuel 1.20–28

Anne Murphy & David Swales

Morning Worship

John 12.20-33

Lynne Bowden

Mark 11.1–11

David Swales

Mark 16.1–8

David Swales

21st Lent 5. 10.45am

28th Palm Sunday. 10.45am

Morning Worship

4th April Easter. 10.45am

Our services in March: • At the time of going to press we have not yet ascertained when we will return to having a congregation in church. • So long as our services continue to be online only, then the information above relates to our 10.45am service, which is live streamed, as well as being able to be viewed afterwards. Do join us in that way; just click on the link on the ‘Sunday Services’ page on our website. • As soon as we return to having a congregation in church, then we expect to hold both our 8.30am shorter service, and our 10.45am main service every Sunday, the 10.45am service continuing to be live-streamed. Church website: http://www.pottshrigleychurch.org.uk



7th March

Audrey Meecham

Celia Fraser


Children & young people


Mike Akerman



Jon Weston

Pam Cooke

4th April

Carole Taylor


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Directory Priest-in-charge:

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


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


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

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

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davidgem@gmail.com Verger:

Situation Vacant

PCC Secretary:

Chris Day

PCC Treasurer:

Peter Kennedy, kennedyp@tuckerssolicitors.com

Gift Aid & Planned Giving:

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


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

pccsecretary@pottshrigleychurch.org.uk 07850 740335 574545

sjwinstanley.ps@gmail.com 573735

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


Andy Phillips, as above

07881 358976

Weekly Bulletin:

David Gem, as above

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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


kmmpott@yahoo.co.uk 574983

dmmpott@yahoo.co.uk Pastoral Care Team:

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


Church Guild:

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


georginawray@btinternet.com Children’s Ministry:

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


annemurphy1214@gmail.com Praise and Play:

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


celiaxfraser@gmail.com 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


head@pottshrigley.cheshire.sch.uk Website:

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

PCC Members:

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


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