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Yvonne’s Jottings Having trained as a teacher, I've always been interested in how children learn. If only it was as simple as just teaching or instructing them. It was a revelation, whilst training at college, to learn that what I taught a child and what they chose to learn from my teaching could well be two completely different things. That I was ultimately powerless to control the learning process in any given individual was a humbling but necessary lesson.

with three years of dedicated teaching and ministry, even His closest friends failed to understand God's message. How blind we are and how deaf to the truth about God: how difficult we are to teach.

Yvonne Foster

When we read the Bible and contemplate our world and our place in it, how can we be taught by God in such a way that we hear and understand the truth? How can we meet with our Teacher, the risen Christ, and learn from Him? ‘What The same proves true for adults, is impossible with man is possible and we observe this truth with God’ (Luke 18v27). As the throughout the Bible too. God physical opening of blind eyes and taught Israel about Himself, and the unstopping of deaf ears His teaching was good and clear, demonstrated, the blind and deaf but what the majority of Israelites are in need of a miracle. Mankind, chose to learn was a falsehood spiritually blind and deaf to God's about Him, not what He was Word, needs a touch from Jesus saying at all, but something too. completely different. Jesus says, 'Behold, I stand at the By the time Jesus was born, God was understood to be a remote, exacting God who put constant burdens on the backs of His creatures. It was hardly surprising then that God's people found God unrecognisable when He became flesh and could be met in the person of Jesus. After thirty years of sharing His life on earth, and HotPott - May 2017

door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me' (Rev.3v20). May we, humbly recognising our need, open the door of our hearts and minds to Christ. Jesus, the living Word and the Wisdom of God, has promised to come in. **** PROOFER’S EDITION****

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Yvonne’s Jottings


Our Good Friday


Cricket Cub News


Quiz Evening


Guild Goings On


Annual Church Meeting

10 Missionary Matters 12 Trapped! 13 Bollington Well Dressing 14 Pott Shrigley Church School 15 Rose Queen 16 Your Vote Your Council 17 Shocking News 18 Church Spring Clean 19 Coffee Break 24 Suffering Church 25 Tea and Coffee Rota 29 Flix in the Stix 30 Chores and Chains 31 Recipe: Hot Cross Bun and Marzipan Pudding 32 Services / Registers 33 Sidespeople 34 Regular Church Activities

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Our Good Friday As a family we always look forward to Easter. It’s a really special time. At school we were asked to write what Easter meant to us. A few of the things we came up with were: new life, Jesus dying on the cross, resurrection, the start of the Christian faith, fun, family and of course chocolate! For Lent I gave up eating chocolate. Those of you who know me will understand what a hard thing this was for me to do. I love chocolate. But I thought I’d give it a try…

Tom and Anne Murphy Good Friday is the real start of my Easter. About 60 people joined us for a service of reflection at church in the morning. We had readings from the Gospel of John, chapter 19 and thought about Christ and His disciples at the foot of the cross. The reflective readings, prayers and hymns, as well as times of quiet reflection during the

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service when we listened to music, helped us to understand in some small way the different dimensions of the suffering that He endured, and to receive afresh the love that placed Jesus on the cross. Dad read a piece ‘Calvary’ which had been written by someone on his ministry course; we’ve included the reading below. It was a moving service and really made me think about Jesus laying down His life to give me life. Yet it was not the end of Jesus’ life; it was the beginning of the miracle of the Resurrected Jesus — the Saviour of the world. After the service we all enjoyed some hot cross buns kindly donated by the Co-op in Bollington. They were lovely! Thanks to Sue Roberts for organising and to Frances Arnott and Lizzie Foster for helping slice, butter and hand them out! Thanks also to Liz and John Arrowsmith for making drinks for everyone and tidying up after us all. Thank you to David Gem, Kath M, Sandy, Tom, Rick and Steve for reading during the

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service. And big thanks to David Garton for on ‘Hallelujah, Christ is risen. -going IT support, and of course playing the He is risen indeed. Hallelujah!’ organ! And many thanks are also due to Anne … and I can eat chocolate again – can’t wait!!

Murphy for the wonderful service she led, and for organising the curry too! Ed Once we were full of hot cross buns we set off on our annual church walk. This year was a bit different as we were heading over to New Hey Farm (thanks to Uncle David and Aunty Sheila!) so we all knew our destination and had a barn to shelter in, in case of rain while we ate lunch. At New Hey Farm we were able to visit the lambs. There were 15 white lambs without mums, and a few of the Herdwick sheep had lambs too, which are cute. I helped herd the white lambs in their pen so that the other children could have a stroke. We returned to church to collect our things about 3pm just before the rain started and then headed home for another hot cross bun (from Smith’s bakery this time!) and a soak in the bath.

CALVARY by Dean Sumner Along the streets, the crowded path, The Saviour passes by. They call and shout, they spit and swear, But no one asks him why; Why He never spoke against the wise, He never challenged all their lies And now He gazes at the eyes en route to Cavalry. The rough-hewn cross He bears upon His back. Cuts to the bone And howls of hatred and derision Find Him not alone, And through the city walls until He’s helped up to the fated hill He calls ‘Not mine, but my God’s will’ atop of Calvary.

The nails cut through the Saviour’s flesh In the evening 68 of us met at The Viceroy for As to the cross He’s pinned, our annual church family curry. The youngest And high above the storm clouds rage, Assembled by the wind with us was baby Samuel Lofthouse who Which blows direct from heaven’s door, along with his mum Jenny is getting As angels weep and tempests roar christened on Easter Sunday – what a great And soldiers choose the side to gore. day to be christened! It was also a BIG Detested Calvary. birthday for Gill Mosley – so we had a small cake with sparkler candles and all sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her. It was a great evening and lovely to be able to spend a memorable day with friends and family, enjoy our local countryside and to be able to think about what Good Friday really means. As we write this it’s Easter Saturday, which always feels like an in-between day. We’re still sampling hot cross buns – Belfield’s Bakery today! But it’s OK as we can look forward to the promise of Easter Sunday when we can celebrate with: HotPott - May 2017

And as the stormy gales abate A silence now descends. As silhouetted on the cross, Surrounded by His friends, The Saviour lifts His head and cries. He pleads to God and then He sighs And finally, my Jesus dies. The hill of agony. But let that day not be the end. My Saviour, Jesus, Lord, my friend Be with me now and dwell within my heart for evermore.


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Cricket Club News At the AGM four new life members – Graham Hackney, Mike Hart, Allan Sherratt and Martin Tute – were elected for their long service and huge contribution at many levels to Pott Shrigley Cricket Club.

youngsters, coaches and parents will be busy! Senior practice will take place every Wednesday from 6pm at the Bollington Recreation Ground with junior practice at Pott Shrigley every Friday between 6.30 and 8pm. New players always welcome to this sociable club – for contact details see

The cricket season starts on Saturday 22nd April with the first team away at Trafford MV and the second team at home to the same opposition. Ryan Anderson-Fitter will once again take on captaincy duties for the first team, with Marc Ash being second team captain. The club is hoping to progress on and off the field, with a number of social events planned. Following his election to life membership, The 21st Pott Shrigley Junior Sixes will be held Graham is now hoping for a free cup of tea. on Monday 1st May: please come along and Good luck with that (and if it doesn’t appear, support the junior teams at this event. Junior come across to Church View Cottage and I’ll teams are playing against opposition from make you one – and any other life members if Macclesfield, Poynton, Alderley Edge, they wish). Congratulations to all four – very Langley, Prestbury, Lindow, Bollington, Disley well deserved. Editor and Wilmslow during the course of May –

Matt Jackson

Quiz Evening This is one of our regular fundraisers and always an enjoyable evening. This time we raised £425 for our church funds.

bakes, washed up, gave raffle prizes and helped in so many ways. You know who you are, so thanks.

With a tasty hotpot and a bar, it was a lovely sociable evening. Social events are important not only for fundraising, which is always We are very grateful to our quizmaster, Steve necessary, but also allow us to have fun Barnett, who always manages to get the together as a church family. questions just right, so we can all feel we If anyone has any suggestions for future know something. Congratulations to Tom fundraising events please let one of the Murphy’s team as triumphant winners (I committee know, and if you would like to join believe he had some help from team mates). us on the committee we would be delighted

Sandy Milsom

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Guild Goings On The April meeting had to be cancelled due to insufficient numbers being able to attend so Brian Hallworth, who was due to speak at that meeting, has been booked for a future date. For the May meeting we will be having a cruise on the ‘Mary Sunley’ canal boat with buffet food served on board. As the boat will only hold 12 passengers there will be two separate trips: one on Wednesday 3rd May and one on Wednesday 24th May. Members

What is the Church Guild? The Church Guild is open to all. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month in church at 2.30 p.m. unless otherwise stated and usually end with tea and cake at around 4.30 p.m. We have speakers and slide shows on a wide variety of topics and enjoy a Christmas lunch together. The meetings are very informal with lots of fun and chatter so come along and join us, you will be very welcome.

Easter Flowers Gill Mosley has asked to say ‘Thank you’ to all those who gave money to buy the Easter flowers for decorating St Christopher’s, so thanks to all those who contributed. The flowers looked stunning. However, on behalf of the whole church community, a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to Gill who arranges flowers beautifully not only at Easter and the other festivals but throughout the year. Gill works quietly behind the scenes to ensure our beautiful church is enhanced by God’s gift of flowers, and deserves our thanks. Careful readers of Ho†Pott will have noticed significant gaps in the rota of those who wish to provide flowers – either for themselves or Gill to arrange. Please consider if you would like to contribute in this way – it’s an excellent method of commemorating a loved one, or celebrating a birthday or anniversary – or just because you want to! HotPott - May 2017


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Annual Church Meeting On Sunday, 19th March the annual meeting was held after a short morning service. Approximately 40 members of the congregation gulped down their coffee and biscuits quickly to attend the meeting, which was chaired by David Garton.

income in 2016 was a decline in the number of weddings.

The main item of church expenditure is the parish share – the annual fees paid by St Christopher’s to Chester Diocese. The figure for the past year was £50,762 but this In line with the last annual meeting, increases every year. There was a the usual ‘Vicar’s Report’ was query as to why the parish replaced by a report on share has increased when the interregnum. In this, we have had no vicar. David had summarised the Unfortunately, as David process leading up to the explained, the parish appointment of David share has to be paid Swales as priest in charge whether we have a vicar or and looked forward to the not. There is a shortage of licensing service on 30th vicars currently and as Secretary to the PCC May. David confirmed that roles are spread across the either Bishop Peter or Bishop Libby will be diocese it is likely that the calculation of the present at the licensing service – or possibly parish share takes account of the fact that at both; Rural Dean Veronica Hydon is also likely any one time several parishes will be in an to play an active part. In answer to a query, interregnum. David explained the difference between a Sally reminded everyone that she has new vicar and a priest in charge. A vicar is envelopes for gift aid. Anyone who attends technically the legal owner of the benefice as regularly is invited to see Sally and arrange to property – just as we might own a house – give via the gift aid scheme. As an alternative while a priest in charge is appointed by the to using envelopes, there is an option to bishop and can be moved on if necessary to arrange to pay by standing order. Sue suit the needs of the diocese. Akerman volunteered to deputise with gift aid

Ros Johnson

The treasurer, Peter Kennedy, had prepared accounts for the year up to 31 December 2016 and these were printed in the agenda papers. David drew attention to the fact that the accounts showed a shortfall between income and expenditure amounting to £6664. The same situation has prevailed over the last 5 or 6 years. Although the reserves are currently healthy, this shortfall is not sustainable in the long term and of course hopefully we will need these same reserves to finance the church room. One factor that reduced our Page 8

duties when Sally is not in church. David commented in his buildings report that no major items of work had been carried out during 2016, but that the current year had started with some significant maintenance work to the trees in the churchyard. At the time of the meeting news had just been received of the refusal of planning permission for the church room on the grounds that the case for the new room did not – in the view of the planning officer – justify the changes HotPott - May 2017

necessary to a Grade 1 listed building. We have six months to appeal the decision if we want and, having taken advice from the diocesan architect and a planning consultant, Ian Malyan is confident there would be a good chance of success. A final decision is yet to be taken on this. Ian was thanked for all his work on the church room project. Reports were received from the many organisations and groups at St Christopher’s. The continuing success of ‘Praise & Play’ and ‘Junior Church’ provides valuable out-reach opportunities and is testament to the enthusiasm and dedication of the leaders. There was an appeal from Frances Arnott for additional helpers for ‘Praise & Play’ as the two current leaders have increasing work commitments. There were also appeals for extra helpers for ‘Junior Church’ and for ‘Youth Church’, where the current monthly sessions could be increased if additional help were available. David led a round of applause for all the people who lead or support the different groups within the church. Elections took place resulting in both Duncan Matheson and David Garton continuing as churchwardens for a further year. In Duncan’s case a motion was passed setting aside the rule that a churchwarden can only serve for six continuous years; it was felt important for continuity that he should carry on during David Swales’ first year. Four members of the PCC were due for re-election – Ros Johnson, Sally Winstanley, Sheila Garton and Anne

Murphy. As there were no other nominations all were elected for a new term. It was necessary to re-elect our deanery synod representatives: Pam Cooke has agreed to continue but Vicky Smith has resigned. Since there were no other nominees, this means we now have only one representative out of a maximum allowance of three. In the sides person section, Rosemary Clarke has decided to stand down and was thanked for her many years of service. During his sermon before the meeting ,John Ryley had urged us to ‘get stuck into church’. With leadership vacancies in various groups, and others appealing for support or new recruits, as well as a need for more deanery synod representatives, John asked everyone to consider taking a more active part in church life. If you want to know what’s happening at St Christopher’s and were not at the meeting, the agenda papers contain reports on all the church groups, together with accounts and pie charts showing the breakdown of expenditure and receipts. I have spare copies so if anyone would like one, please let me know.

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Missionary Matters Johnny and Ann McClean have sent a video and an email prayer letter this month. The King of Thailand died last October, and the country is still in mourning; this affects how the people dress and behave and will continue till December when his body will be cremated. Please pray for Thailand during this period of uncertainty and transition, and for the new King starting his reign under a cloud.

week English programme with the police that would provide opportunities to build bridges and share the gospel; he may also be able to do this with staff from a traditional Thai massage parlour owned by a church member. Johnny would like to identify Christians among students of the university whom he can then help and encourage. Two women in the New City Fellowship have started a holistic ministry called Napada which reaches out to ladies in the slum Greater Bangkok is the size of North Wales, community who need a flexible job to enable and as the McCleans live in the south-east corner of the city, commuting to universities them to look after their children and all over Bangkok as well as coping with family grandchildren. They make beautiful handbags and other products for sale, and are trying to life was extremely difficult for Johnny so he get their products into British trade reduced his student work, though he still catalogues. This gives the fellowship helps to train and mentor Thai student members an opportunity to give practical help and to share the gospel with these ladies; half of whom are already Christian. Another church member, Khruu Yu, teaches children from the local communities and also teaches Thai to new missionaries. For three years the church has supported the Pakistani refugee Zafar family who find themselves in increasing difficulties as the husband remains in detention and the family have to fend for themselves. As explained in April’s Ho†Pott, a workers of the ICS (International Christian church in Canada is willing to receive, sponsor Student) team. The McCleans are involved with a small Thai church - New City Fellowship and care for the family once they are there but the family has no funds to travel. Please Church – in Dok Mai, an area of around pray that money will become available and 45,000 people with an estimated 173 Christians. It has four strategic populations - a consider giving some yourself. big settlement of police and their families, a Johnny has worked with the Langham large slum area adjacent to a huge open Preaching Fellowship for three years. 40-50 rubbish tip (three families already attend the Thai pastors and lay leaders from across the church from here), an enormous 24 hour country have benefitted from preaching market and Ramkhamhaeng University with seminars; ten preaching clubs (most in lots of students. Johnny is hoping to start a six Bangkok) meet every six weeks for members

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to practice sermons and receive encouragement and feed-back – expository preaching is somewhat new in Thailand. Their desire is for such support for pastors to spread throughout the country, and they wish to establish five regional centres for this. Pastors often lack resources and training so Langham and a local Christian publisher are preparing a series of books in Thai called ‘Prepare, Pray, Preach’, specially written for lay pastors with only rudimentary education. Meanwhile Ann continues to teach at St. Andrew’s International School – which the McClean children Matthew, Bethan and Joshua attend – where she is head of humanities, teaches history and is safeguarding lead. She would value prayer as she deals with difficult and demanding pastoral situations with both staff and children; these give her opportunity as the only teacher who can speak both English and Thai to come alongside families – both foreign and Thai – and great opportunity for Christian witness. Megumi and Helen Fazakerley have just written from Malawi. Helen is busy with the orientation of new missionaries – some of whom will stay for a few weeks, others for up to two years. Pray for all involved, and that the Fazakerleys’ experiences will help them to plan in the future. Helen will be involved in Field Council meetings as they review all the missionary staff. Megumi’s students at the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi are all adults but mostly expect to be ‘spoon fed’ information whereas Megumi wants them to try to discover things by thinking around what they are told. He has a reputation of being a ‘difficult teacher’, but his Malawian colleagues appreciate his approach, which he finds encouraging. Pray for the students that they will learn, and that their lives will be gradually transformed by God’s Holy Spirit to make them zealous workers for the kingdom. HotPott - May 2017

Pray too for Mr & Mrs Makhutcha who will soon – hopefully – be going as missionaries to Mozambique; this is very exciting as they will be the first missionaries sent out by the

church in Malawi. Pray they will get adequate support from their sending community in Malawi. Megumi is making good progress with producing a customised database for the academic dean – but what he’s actually doing is beyond my comprehension! Pray too for guidance for daughter Mary as she makes decisions about her future; she apparently wants eventually to go to university, but when and what for she has no idea. I think in common with many parents, Megumi and Helen are feeling a bit frustrated but they don’t want to cross the line where their input


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Trapped! Kuchunk… the lock slid over the solid cold metal door and firmly into place. The sound sealed my fate, sending a shiver down my spine. The rancid smell oozed through my nostrils causing me to wretch.

Will Gem I sat down, I was going to be here a while. Tracing my hand down the cold damp wall engraved with graffiti and scratched tally marks, my fingers hovered over one in particular, ‘Question everything’, it said. In another hand someone had answered, ‘Why?’ Ironic really; in somewhere as dark and pitiful as this, someone could still find humour.

throat. How come he can’t hear me? Does he realise where I am? I pondered. I was too caught up in the moment to think about that. Straining my ears, my heart sank; he was leaving. Crushed with disappointment I was so distraught, my only chance had just disappeared out of the door. I started to sob, hot salty tears slid down my cheeks and dripped onto the cold stone floor. I’d never felt so alone and desperate. Surely

Terror suddenly seized me, sweat started pouring down my face; so many questions were rushing through my head; ‘Will I ever see my family again?’ ‘How long will I be in here?’ My tummy growled and started to ache with hunger. I rattled the door; no luck, it was firmly locked. I suddenly felt weak, my head started to spin. I sat back down. I desperately wanted some rest. A black scuttling movement darted across the floor and scurried across my foot. I looked down quickly and was relieved to see it was just a spider, I wondered how long he had been here? It scuttled away as quickly as it appeared. My only company and yet it left me all alone. Time is my enemy. All I could do now is wait. I heard a muffled voice outside. Footsteps approached. Quickly I got up screaming for help; this was probably my only chance. Excitement gripped me. I started smashing my fists against the door. Screaming at the top of my lungs. Pain seared at the back of my Page 12

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there must be a way out. I gazed at the small grimy window caged in steel bars then grabbed them with my fists; they were loose and started to rattle. The noise bounced off the empty room’s walls and returned to me in an echo. Filled with a renewed sense of hope I started to chip away at the base of the bar. A feeling of enthusiasm gripped me.

‘Just unlock the door’, he replied. ‘It’s stuck!’ I shouted. ‘Try the other way’, said Dad. The lock slid back easily and the heavy door creaked open. I was only in the toilet for five minutes but it felt like a lifetime.

I was so engrossed I didn’t hear the hurrying footsteps. ‘Harry, Harry are you OK?’ I stopped what I was doing. It was Dad here to rescue me. ‘I’m in here, let me out’, I exclaimed.

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Pott Shrigley Church School I am writing as the new chairman of the retirement from Rainow School to be the governors of Pott Shrigley Church School with interim head of Pott Shrigley Church School. an update on the position of the His leadership is proving invaluable. school. Following the decision to de There are many major challenges -federate from Bollington St John’s facing us, not least in increasing School at the end of February, a pupil numbers, and to that end a completely new governing board very successful ‘Open Day’ was held was appointed. As we are all so at the end of March. All of this is new together we have been having creating interest, whilst the most the necessary training and are important work of teaching the meeting on a regular basis to pupils and ensuring ensure the school is their general wellmoving forward in being continues the right direction. under the auspices Chair of Governors It is an impressive of the very good Pott Shrigley Church School new board, with a staff. lot of local members Much of our work with valuable knowledge of all sorts of over the next few months may appear to be matters. Although I am not local to Pott dry but it is absolutely necessary as the new Shrigley I represent the ward of Sutton, which framework is gradually put in place to ensure abuts the East Poynton and Pott Shrigley the future viability of the school. However, it ward on Bakestonedale Road. I also have is true to say that without the enormous Wincle CE Primary, another small school, in support of the community through the church my ward and indeed at one time Bosley too, and PCC, the parish council, village hall so I am aware of the many challenges that committee and many others, we could not face small schools. In addition, we have the have got so far so quickly. Like everyone else, head of Kettleshulme C of E Primary School we are very much looking forward to the and a deputy head from Poynton High School arrival of David Swales, as new priest in on the governing body. There is tremendous charge at the end of the month, and to his enthusiasm and a very keen wish to succeed. joining the governing body.

Hilda Gaddum

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A Sunday School teacher began her lesson with a question, ‘Boys and girls, what do we know about God?’ A hand went up. ‘He is an artist!’ said a little boy. Startled, the teacher asked him why he thought that. ‘You know - Our Father, who does art in Heaven...’ HotPott - May 2017

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“Your Vote, Your Council” POYNTON RELIEF ROAD UPDATE No updates this month 
All documents relating to the relief road plans and traffic calming measures are available on the following link: pottshrigleyparishcouncil


Thank you to those parishioners who helped the councillors with the annual spring clean of our beautiful village in the awful wet weather on Saturday 1st April! It was a good job well done! There were more than 12 black bags full of litter and waste collected – many hands make light work – THANK YOU! SECOND DEFIBRILLATOR The defibrillator for the northern end of Pott Shrigley is positioned at Green Close Methodist chapel on Shrigley Road SK10 5SG. Gareth Winstanley has been successful in securing funding from The British Heart Foundation. The equipment does not need to be connected to a power supply. Users will not need to ring for a code to unlock the cabinet because the phone signal is poor in that area. Training sessions have

been organised – see ‘Shocking News’ on opposite page. POTT SHRIGLEY SCHOOL FUTURE Everything is apparently going very well, the open day at the end of March was well supported and resulted in a few potential new pupils. The early years’ foundation stage (EYFS) facility work is ongoing and looking good. There is a recent planning application regarding the change of use of agricultural grazing land into an enclosed safe EYFS playground. We will be updated with progress at next month’s meeting. Page 16

PLANNING APPLICATIONS Reference: NP/CEC/0317/0271 Location: Pott Shrigley Village Hall Proposal: Change of agricultural grazing land to EYFS playground. Reference: 17/0609M Location: Needygate Cottage, Shrigley Road, Pott Shrigley, Cheshire, SK10 5SG Proposal: Certificate of lawful proposed development of a two storey extension. Withdrawn and replaced by full plan 17/1762M DECISIONS Reference: NP/CEC/1215/1153 Location: St. Christopher’s Church, Pott Shrigley SK10 5RT Proposal: Single storey extension to form a meeting room, small brew area, storage and lavatory. Decision: Refused. Proposed development would harm the significance of Grade 1 church and of Pott Shrigley Conservation Area in absence of public benefits which could outweigh the harm. Reference: 17/0469M Location: Hillview, Shrigley Road, Pott Shrigley, Cheshire. SK10 5SE Proposal: To increase the roof height of the bungalow by 1 metre to match the existing garage and make the current loft conversion a useable space. Decision: Approved. Reference: 17/0739D Location: Normans Hall, Shrigley Road, Pott Shrigley, Macclesfield, SK10 5SE Proposal: Discharge of conditions 7 and 8 on application 16/4970M Decision: Approved. NEXT MEETINGS The annual village assembly will be held on Monday 8th May 2017 at 7.30 pm in the village hall. The parish council meeting will follow at 8pm. All are welcome to attend. HotPott - May 2017

‘Shocking’ News With funding from the British Heart Foundation, our village now has a second public access defibrillator situated on the outside wall of Green Close Chapel, Shrigley Road. The first is next to the entrance of the village hall and both devices are accessible

24/7. They are designed to be used by anyone, even without any previous training, and the machines cannot cause injury or death to (or by) someone who is perhaps unsure what to do. To give people confidence, ‘Bollington and Macclesfield First Responders’ will be holding a number of familiarisation sessions and instruction on basic CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) at Green Close Chapel. The first two sessions will be held on the evenings of the 8th and 22nd of May. Places are limited on these training evenings so if you would like to come along, or just wish to know more, please contact Gareth Winstanley: tel. 01625 574545.

Coronary heart disease is the single most common cause of death under the age of 65. Every 7 minutes someone in the UK will have a heart attack.

Proposed New Dwelling Andrew Wood of Mitchell Fold and David Towers of White Cottage, Pott Shrigley wanted the community to know that they are proposing to ask for permission to extend the old pump house at Hagg into a dwelling, or if not build a new house at the side of it. If agreed the materials used, style, shape, size and character of the building will be agreed with the help of people of the village. This project, if successful, will be built using tradesman from our local community. This project will be in all expectation, a house for a family at an affordable price. HotPott - May 2017


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Church Spring Clean We have a fantastic set of cleaners who keep St Christopher’s looking spruce, but we have not had a ‘Spring Clean’ in several years. The elderly among us will remember these as annual events when Bryan Stewart used to put a chart in church for people to ‘sign up’ for various tasks, such as cleaning windows, that are more difficult for the stalwart usual cleaners to do. Tasks did not have to be completed all on the same day, but usually a week was specified when people went into church at their convenience to do their bit. It would be nice to have a ‘Spring Clean’ before the licensing service for David Swales on 30th May. As one of the current wardens is not quite as efficient as Bryan, we do not yet have a chart – but please keep an eye on the weekly news

sheet and the back of church, where there will be more information in due course. And sign up for something if you are able!!

Smile-lines Pew-sheet notices: ‘We regret to announce that the “Ladies’ Happy Hour” is heavily in debt following their recent “Sponsored Silence” *** Barbara remains in the hospital and welcomes your visits. She is also having trouble sleeping, and requests a CD of the minister’s sermons. *** Eight new choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several new members, and to the deterioration of some older ones. *** Tim and Jessie were married on 29th April. So ends a friendship that began in their school days. Page 18

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Coffee Break Across 1 Infant (Luke 2:12) (4) 3 Luis must (anag.) (8) 8 What Jesus called the devil (John 8:44) (4) 9 ‘My God, my God, why have you — me?’ (Matthew 27:46) (8) 11 Anglican form of church government (10) 14 ‘Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like — ’ (Isaiah 40:31) (6) 15 Ministers of religion (6) 17 Make stronger (1 Thessalonians 3:13) (10) 20 Devoutness (1 Timothy 2:2) (8) 21 The father of Jesse (Ruth 4:22) (4) 22 Pool where Jesus healed a man who had been an invalid for 38 years (John 5:2) (8) 23 ‘[Jesus] said to them, “ — here and keep watch”’ (Mark 14:34) (4)

rhythm (10) 6 ‘I am God, and there is none — me’ (Isaiah 46:9) (4) 7 ‘And how can they preach unless they are — ?’ (Romans 10:15) (4) 10 Favourable reception (1 Timothy 1:15) (10) 12 Hip orbit (anag.) (8) 13 End of life (Isaiah 22:14) (5,3) Down 16 ‘About midnight the sailors — they were 1 Follower of Christ (Acts 16:1) (8) approaching land’ (Acts 27:27) (6) 2 One of the punishments endured by Paul (2 18 He married Jezebel (1 Kings 16:30–31) (4) Corinthians 6:5) (8) 19 ‘According to your great compassion — out 4 Soldiers (Exodus 14:9) (6) my transgressions’ (Psalm 51:1) (4) 5 Scholarly study of melody, harmony and HotPott - May 2017


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The Persecuted Church Our granddaughter Harriet works for Compassion UK, which is part of a global organisation working in 25 developing countries to be ‘an advocate for children to

a job; children in 24 other countries are still receiving aid from Compassion!

On Palm Sunday Christians in Egypt and India were attacked; jihadists killed at least 49 and release them from their spiritual, economic, injured many others and Hindu extremists social and physical poverty and enable them targeted Christians in at least five separate to become responsible and fulfilled Christian locations. This illustrates, yet again, how adults’. It seeks sponsors for children to Christians are particularly vulnerable to attack at festivals such as Christmas and Easter, especially in countries where they are in a minority. Christmas is when we celebrate the incarnation, how God himself visited the earth, not merely as a local manifestation of His presence as He did at the burning bush or when He came down on Sinai, but by adding enable them to attend school, possibly church human nature to Himself and becoming man. -based, and to be provided with a uniform, Easter is when we celebrate His atoning death daily meal, health benefits and to have some on the cross that paid the price of our sin and Christian teaching at a weekly church-based enabled us to be reconciled to God. Both project. Compassion International worked in these – Christ’s divinity and His atoning death India for 48 years, sending around £40 million on the cross – are explicitly denied in the there annually and working with over 589 Quran; this partly explains why Christians are Indian-staffed development centres caring for particularly vulnerable at Easter – it is the over 147,000 children at any one time. ‘offence’ of the cross. This is nothing new; the However, alongside a large number of other apostle Paul calls Christ’s crucifixion ‘a non-profit organisations, Compassion’s stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to charity registration was revoked by Prime Gentiles’. Minister Narendra Modi of the Hindu Tutu, a widow, and her son Biruk in Ethiopia nationalistic party (BJP), which means that are facing immense hostility from their Compassion’s (and other Christian organisations’) work has ceased in India. The neighbours as they are converts to Christ charity had to write to all individual sponsors from Islam. Recently their house and crops who support children in India, which has been were set alight and turned to ashes; previously a villager assaulted Biruk and expensive. Please pray for these children threatened to cause trouble until the family and that Compassion will be able to get into India again soon. It is suspected that Mr Modi returned to Islam. When Tutu’s husband died in 2015, local Muslims displayed their anger wishes to eliminate the Christian minority by exhuming his body and dumping it in the (about 2.3%) in India; other Hindu activists road. Local authorities stepped in then, but it use violence and destroy churches to make life for Christians difficult, if not impossible, in took Tutu and Biruk a long time to recover India. On a positive note, Harriet is not out of from the shock. Tutu told Open Doors Page 24

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workers, ‘I thank the Lord for sparing our

looks the other way’, former Archbishop of lives. We cannot complain about the loss of Canterbury Lord Carey said that the material things’. Open Doors is providing the disproportionately small percentage of family with food and financial aid and will Christians among Syrian refugees resettled in continue to help them regain their livelihood. the UK points to an ‘institutional bias against Christians’. Christians constituted up to 10% Nigerian church leaders have called for of Syria’s pre-war population, but fewer than government help for Christians in the predominantly Muslim north of the country, 2% of refugees coming to the UK are as they face ‘continuous killings by (Islamist) Christian, which he suggests indicates they Fulani herdsmen’ and Boko Haram militants. are victims of ‘indirect discrimination’ by the UK government despite their manifesto In January 2017, the Christian Association of Nigeria organised mass protests and issued a pledge to ‘support… persecuted Christians in the Middle East’. He puts the blame for this statement calling on Nigeria’s Muslim largely on officials, saying: ‘In my experience, president, Muhammadu Buhari, to take action to defend Christians. However, attacks ministers’ efforts to correct this imbalance are have continued – more than 30 people were being blocked by often well-meaning but often hopelessly politically correct officials slaughtered by Fulani in a mainly Christian who claim that to support Christians is to village on 21 March 2017 – and Nigeria’s believers are increasingly questioning Buhari’s discriminate against others. They claim they have legal advice not to tackle discrimination commitment to defeating Islamist violence. against Christians. I would like to see it; so, I In an article in the Daily Telegraph entitled understand, would their ministers’. ‘Christians face genocide, but the government

Tea and Coffee Rota We all enjoy our chats over a drink of tea and coffee after the 10.45 service, and it is a lovely way to catch up with the church family news, get to know newcomers and receive support from one another. We do, however, need kind people to make the tea and coffee and currently there are only eight people on the rota which means that each pair have to do the drinks every four weeks at least, which is quite often when holidays are taken into account too.

they are feeling kind, biscuits! If you wish for drinks to continue to be available after morning service PLEASE PLEASE consider joining the rota – see Jenny about this. Thanks so much.

Jenny Lofthouse is the coffee rota coordinator and she ensures there are adequate supplies of tea, coffee, juice and cups but those doing the drinks supply the milk and, if

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We are pleased to remind you of our popular

2nd Friday of every month, 6pm ‘til 9.30pm

Serving Locally Brewed Real Ale & Speciality Lagers Easy parking, comfortable surroundings and good company.

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Chores and Chains Cleaning Contact Evette 0161 439 5776 May 5th May 12th May 19th May 26th June 2nd

Mrs Meecham, Mrs Winstanley Mr & Mrs Akerman Mr & Mrs Akerman Mr & Mrs Currell Dr A Davies, Mr R Lofthouse

Tea & Coffee May 7th May 14th May 21st May 28th June 4th

Doreen & helper Jenny & Helen Ros & Sheila Rita & Carol

Flowers Contact Gill 01625 829819 May 7th May 14th May 21st May 28th June 4th

Vacant Vacant Eileen & Peter Frecknall, in memory of all the family no longer with us. Wedding Vacant

Weddings Contact Pam 01625 575010 or Kath: 01625 574983

27th May Noon Wayne Willott & Jennifer Pinnick We wish them joy in their preparations

Proof Reading June 2017

Mary Currell (23rd April)

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Recipe Of The Month Hot Cross Bun and Marzipan Pudding Easter may be over, but if you are wondering what to do with those hot cross buns stockpiled in your freezer or being sold off cheaply in Tesco, then this gooey take on bread and butter pudding is just the ticket.

Celia Fraser

sugar, spice and cinnamon. Then grate in the butter and beat in the egg yolks. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks and carefully fold them into the bun mixture until everything is combined. Go gently or you will knock out all the air. Pour into the greased dish and sprinkle a bit more sugar and cinnamon on the top.

Throw in some marzipan for extra simnel cake flavour, or omit if you can't stand the stuff – it Bake for 45 minutes until the top has browned, risen and set. If the top is browning works just as well without. Serves 6

Ingredients: 50g chilled butter 400g (about 6) hot cross buns 450ml whole milk 75g sultanas 125g marzipan, cut into pea-size cubes Finely grated zest of 1 orange 150g soft brown sugar 1 tsp. mixed spice 1 tsp. cinnamon 4 medium eggs, separated

too quickly, then cover loosely with foil to prevent burning.

Dust with icing sugar for that professional chef look, and serve warm with ice cream.

Method: Heat the oven to 180C/gas mark 6. Grease a gratin dish - about 25cm square or similar. Tear the buns into bite-size bits and put into a mixing bowl, along with the milk. Leave to soak for 10 minutes, giving things a squidge from time to time so you end up with a kind of bread porridge. Add the sultanas, marzipan, orange zest, HotPott - May 2017


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Services May 7th. 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Holy Communion 2.30pm Baptism

1 Peter 2:11-17; John 16:16-22 Acts 2:42-47; John 10:1-10

David Harrison David Harrison John Buckley

James 1:17-21; John 16:5-15 Acts 2:1-4,14-15,22-24,44-48 Acts 10:1-16,23-29,44-48 Acts 12:1-17

David Harrison John Ryley

James 1:22-27; John 16:23-33 John 10: 1-10

David Harrison A & S Murphy

1 Peter 4:7-11; John 15:26-16:4a Psalm 68:1-10,32-35; John 17:1-11

Gary Bowness A & S Murphy

14th 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Morning Worship

21st 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Family Service

28th 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Morning Worship

Tuesday 30th. 7.30pm Licensing of David Swales

June 4th. Pentecost 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Holy Communion


David Swales David Swales

From the Registers Baptisms We welcome into the Lord’s family: 2nd April 2nd April 16th April 16th April

Albie Oscar Davis Lottie Florence Davis Jenny Lofthouse Samuel William Richard Lofthouse

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Sidespeople and Prayers May 7th.


8.30am 10.45am 2.30pm

Mr. K. Ardern Mrs. E. Harper + Mr. I. Malyan + Mrs. E. Buffey

Sandy Milsom

14th 8.30am 10.45am

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


21st 8.30am 10.45am

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


28th 8.30am 10.45am

Miss G. Mosley Mr. I. Clarke + Mrs C. Barker . Extra Reader: Mr. K. Meecham

Steve Murphy

Tuesday 30th. 7.30pm

June 4th. Pentecost 8.30am 10.45am

Mr. K. Ardern Mrs Harper, Mrs Buffey, Mr Lofthouse Extra Reader: Mrs. A. Meecham


Our new priest in charge and his wife are due to arrive very shortly……... We are delighted that our new priest in charge David Swales and his wife Kim will be joining us at the end of May. His official welcome – his licensing service – is to be held on Tuesday 30th May at 7.30pm. Bishop Peter will be leading the service. It is a most important event in the life of St Christopher’s and all our church family are welcome, and indeed encouraged, to attend. We will be having some refreshments – so we will be asking for help with this. Please watch out for further information on the weekly news sheet.

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Regular Church Activities Weekly: JUNIOR CHURCH - Children of three years and older - held during the 10:45am service. Meets in church for the first part of the service and then goes over to the Village Hall for bible stories, songs, craft activities, prayers and fun. CRECHE - Held during the 10:45am service in the tower vestry. HOME GROUPS - Four groups offering fellowship, worship and bible study: Rainow - Monday 8:00 - 9:30pm, New Hey Farm, Rainow; Sheila Garton, 573492 Adlington - Monday 8:00 - 10:00pm, 2 Wych Lane, Adlington; John Ryley, 829595 Pott Shrigley (North) - Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30pm, 3 Green Close; Sally Winstanley, 574545 Bollington - Wednesday 8:00 - 9:30pm, 14 Silver St, Bollington; Anne Murphy, 575768 PRAY TOGETHER - Tuesday 7:00 - 7.45pm in the tower vestry; Yvonne Foster, 576419 PRAISE AND PLAY - Children up to school age. Thursday 09:30 - 11:30am in church for stories and activities; Celia Fraser, 665054 BELL RINGING - Thursday 7:30 - 9:00pm, meet in the bell tower; Duncan Matheson, 574983

Monthly: CHURCH GUILD - Fellowship, speakers, outings and tea. Meets the second Wednesday in the month 2:30 - 4:00pm in church; Georgina Wray, 615547 The list above was last revised on 21st February, 2017. All telephone numbers are prefixed with 01625. Please give corrections and additions to

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Directory Priest-in-charge:

Vacant – Contact Churchwardens if necessary


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


Parish Assistant:

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



David Garton, New Hey Farm, Macclesfield Road, Rainow, SK10 5UU

573492 Duncan Matheson, Church View Cottage, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA

574983 Verger:

Stan Heathcote, Lilac Cottage, Spuley Lane, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5RR

PCC Secretary:

Ros Johnson, 54 Shrigley Road South, Poynton, SK12 1TF

875902 PCC Treasurer:

Peter Kennedy,

Gift Aid & Planned Giving:

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

07850 740335


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

574545 573735 David Garton, as above


Weekly Bulletin:

David Gem, Ridge Hall Farm, Ridge Hill, Sutton, Macclesfield, SK11 0LU

Electoral Roll and Safeguarding officer:

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

Tower Captain:

Duncan Matheson, as above


Pastoral Care Team:

Jean Bennett, 33 Dyers Court, Bollington, SK10 5GG


Church Guild:

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

615547 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:

Mark Bertinshaw, Pott Shrigley Church School SK10 5RT


head@pottshrigley.cheshire Website:

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

PCC Members:


(please prefix numbers with 01625)

Dr John Ryley, Duncan Matheson, Sally Winstanley, Peter Kennedy, Ros Johnson, Andy Phillips, Pam Cooke, Eileen Buffey, Ian Clarke, Mary Currell, Mike Akerman, Sheila Garton, Ian Malyan, David Garton, Vicky Smith, Sandy Milsom, Gill Mosley, Ivy Mosley, Anne Murphy, Kath Matheson.

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