£1 May 2018
Pott Shrigley’s Church & Parish Magazine
David’s Deliberations Dear friends, BANG! According to one theory, that’s how the world began, with an unimaginably large explosion that threw matter out in all directions. Indeed, so the theory goes, the world is still expanding outwards; the repercussions of that first ‘Bang’ are still being felt, recently detected in gravitational waves. We all know this as the ‘Big Bang’ theory. And very mind-boggling it is, too. How could something as vast as the universe begin as a small piece of dense matter?
room and into the streets. With new-found power the twelve told astonished passers-by the Good News of Jesus: passers-by who, as it was festival time, were visitors from all over the world. Some no doubt carried the Good News home with them. THE EXPERIENCE And, like the universe, the church has been expanding ever since; the repercussions of Pentecost are still being felt all over the world. The ripples of that first explosion can pass through us, as empowered by the same Spirit we receive the Gospel and pass it on.
Scarcely less mind-boggling is the story of the beginning, and the continued expansion, of the Christian Church. That too began on a tiny scale: as a small group of very imperfect people. THE EXPLOSION Then there was the ‘Big Bang’. It happened on the Day of Pentecost. There they were, minding their own business, when with the sound of a hurricane and the appearance of a fireball, the Holy Spirit came upon them. THE EXPANSION
Pentecost Sunday (often known as ‘Whitsun’) this year is May 20th; come and join us for our ‘Big Bang’ Family Service (10.45). Your friend and vicar, David P.S. Do come the week before (13th) too, for Pott Shrigley’s Civic Service: an opportunity to celebrate and to give thanks for everything – and everyone – that contributes to our community’s life and makes this such a special place.
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Macclesfield Deanery Synod
Fun at New Hey Farm
Eileen Ethel Harding
Guild Goings On
“Your Vote, Your Council”
Flix in the Stix
Movie Moments: Paddington 2
Bollington Well Dressing Festival
Further Tails from Keith the Post
Annual Church Meeting
Thy Kingdom Come
The Sufffering Church
Chores & Chains
Recipe: Judy’s Shortbread
From the Registers
Regular Church Activities
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Macclesfield Deanery Synod The Deanery Synod consists of representatives from churches within a deanery (a group of parishes in a local area); Chester Diocese has 18 deaneries and 280 parishes. Each parish elects their lay representatives but clergy are automatically members. Parishioners are welcome to attend meetings (usually two each year), which provide an opportunity to learn about developments within our deanery and diocese.
criminal justice, the environment, loneliness and isolation, disability, the needs of older people and the contrasting challenges of urban and rural mission/ministry are considered. Starting with the strapline ‘Living Faith Works,’ the committee captured the essence of its review using three key concepts, which they hope will ‘trigger conversation, open up theological and scriptural reference points and provide inspiration for ideas and actions.’
The first meeting of 2018 was held in Bollington on 5th March; two fairly new members of staff from Church House in Daresbury spoke to us about their roles. Emily Allen (Buildings for Mission) helps churches to consider how their buildings can be best used for extending mission, and can give advice on alterations, repairs, fundraising and application processes. She also advises wardens and others about routine maintenance responsibilities, and she described two new resources to enable churches to share their experiences of contractors who have carried out work for them, to help ensure best value and quality. Emily’s role also includes advising churches how to promote their Christian heritage by opening buildings to visitors. Debbie Dalby (Committee for Social Responsibility) explained that the committee had recently completed an extensive review of its role to encourage and equip churches to reach out to people in local communities. ‘Encouraging working faith to respond to need across the diocese in imaginative and creative ways remains the focus of the departmental team and working groups,’ she said. Issues such as mental health, Page 4
1. Hearts: passion and compassion beating with the vitality of God’s love. 2. Bridges: connecting and enabling us to meet people where they are and journey on together. 3. Seeds: recognising, appreciating and nurturing potential so that people and communities can flourish. We were each asked to consider how we might apply these concepts in our own communities. For ‘hearts’ we were asked to think of something we really enjoy doing or are passionate about (recognising that people are usually more willing to support something they enjoy rather than being coerced into something they don’t!), and then to think of a particular problem or need in our local area. For ‘bridges’ we considered other people in our church or community who might share this concern and want to work with us. Finally, for ‘seeds’ we thought of how we might use the activity we are passionate about to address the need we identified. For example, a few people who love cooking might set up a group for young mums in a deprived area who struggle to feed nutritious HotPott - May 2018
meals to their children. As a result, the mums could develop their cooking skills, make new friends and see God’s love in action through the group leaders. Examples of current initiatives which are addressing the specific
needs in local churches were shared. As well as setting up new projects, we can also explore ways of using our skills and interests to help existing projects, such as those within ‘HOPE in East Cheshire’.
Fun at New Hey Farm Some of you may remember praying for our two new grandchildren when they were adopted into our family by our daughter and son-in-law almost three years ago. We have had lots of fun introducing them to new experiences that were sadly lacking in their previous life, and one of their most talked about memories was meeting the lambs last spring on Sheila and David’s farm. So it was with great excitement they paid a return visit last Saturday.
some only an hour old and Sheila encouraged the children to fill up the mothers’ feeding buckets with hay and sheep nuts. Mary and Ivan Currell were visiting too and poor Mary was soon covered in milk as the tiny lamb she was feeding tried to watch the children walking by instead of concentrating on the bottle!
Jean and Reg Ferguson
Sheila showed them how to bottle-feed the tiny ones; the children were amazed at how strong their tug on the teat was. They were fascinated to see David fix up a canvas hoist to hold a new lamb who seemed to be having trouble standing. There were several pairs of new-born lambs in pens with their mothers,
We took lots of photos and Leo and Faith are planning to take them into school for ‘show and tell’ when they return after the Easter break. So thank you so much Sheila and David for a really fun and memorable afternoon. Please look at the inside back cover for cute photos of lambs and their adoring fans.
Many congratulations to Tess, Andy, Hannah and Rachel Phillips on the arrival of James Michael on 21st April. He looks lovely and we look forward to meeting him soon. Meanwhile, we hope he allows Tess and Andy a decent amount of sleep.
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Eileen Ethel Harding, an appreciation
Eileen was born at Woodside Cottage, Pott Shrigley on 8th October 1920 to William and Ethel Bennett; Eileen attained the magnificent age of 97, which only 2% of the population achieve. When Eileen was growing up, Pott Shrigley was a very different place: one gas lamp, dirt roads, water collected from a well in the neighbouring cottages’ yard and the Lowther Arms (Pott Hall Farm now) still a public house. The Lowther estate, based at Shrigley Hall, dominated village life and woe betide you if you didn’t attend church on a Sunday. The story goes that Lady Lowther closed her eponymous hostelry when she saw some of her tenants fall out of its door drunk as she was leaving evensong! The village was far more industrial than it is today with brick making, quarrying and mining all contributing to the local economy. Eileen attended Pott Shrigley Village School,
where she was joined by her younger sister Dorothy, who was born in September 1924, and Kay Penney who would later become the school’s headmistress, a position she held for 36 years. Much of Eileen’s childhood was spent following her dad, the redoubtable William, or Billy as he was known, and assisting with his duties as church organist and sexton (and possibly the numerous other roles Billy undertook in the village!). Many enjoyable hours were spent with her school friends and Dorothy exploring the local countryside, streams and woods; they would disappear (with jam sandwiches) for the whole day, which would probably be considered as reckless parenting today! The Second World War intervened and Eileen spent most of it making and repairing radio valves, which were so critical to the war effort in both radio and radar. During this time she met her future husband Geoffrey, who came from Bollington; he was on active service as a radio officer on the Russian convoys. Who knows? He may have used the valves she made.
Sunday School, June 1926 Eileen is seated, third from left. Her father, William Bennett, is standing, far right. Page 6
Eileen and Geoffrey married by special licence in Pott Shrigley Church in 1940 when Geoff was on leave following the sinking of his ship in Murmansk harbour in Arctic Russia. No time for a honeymoon in these dark days: it was HotPott - May 2018
grew up in Pott Shrigley, attending the village school and helping with haymaking on local farms until he went to university, then off to the bright lights to work at Harrods. In 2004 he married one of the store’s buyers, Patsy, who was herself a farmer’s daughter from the small village of Langtoft, which is hidden away in the Yorkshire Wolds. On Christmas Eve 2005 they had a daughter, Olivia, who now attends St Albans High School for Girls; she also sings in the Cathedral choir.
Dorothy, William and Eileen Bennett, 1928
back to sea a few days later and Eileen did not see Geoffrey again for another year, only receiving letters when his ship reached a safe port. Not a great way to start a marriage, but that was the norm then. On Geoffrey’s return from the war they lived with Eileen’s parents at Woodside and settled into village life. Geoff, a top bowler, was secretary to the re-emerging cricket club and recruited several new players, including stalwart Derrick Brooke. Eileen assisted in preparing cricket teas; the prewar pavilion was in disrepair so a caravan parked on the ground during the war by a family from Manchester who wished to avoid the bombing was used instead, hidden in the corner of the field to evade the local planners, who had not been consulted! (Shame this wouldn’t work now. Editor).
In the late 1960s, Cheshire Education Committee in its wisdom decided the local school had served its purpose, was about to fall down after hundreds of years and all the children would be better served walking to Bollington for their schooling. How they underestimated the mood of some of the parents and villagers; a ‘hard core’ group, including Eileen, fought a tireless campaign: raising funds, lobbying the Secretary of State for Education and repairing and extending the building with their own hands. Clearly a good job was done, as Pott Shrigley Church School is still a focal part of the community today. Eileen was a dinner lady at the school for many years. Pupils remember her as a kind lady who, together with her fellow dinner ladies Annie Dalzell and Lily Parker, fed stray
Involvement in village life continued to dominate Eileen’s life: Rose Queen Festivals, sponsored walks, baking for the RNLI etc. etc.; Pott Shrigley then was a flurry of activity. Eileen was also busy selling snacks, sweets, drinks and cigarettes to passing walkers from a shed in the garden at Woodside. Son Michael was born in August 1962 and HotPott - May 2018
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cats on the cobbles with the school dinner left overs every day. Others remember her kindness too: she helped the local ‘gentlemen of the road’, including George Edwards, with gifts of food and clothes and always gave Keith the postman a Christmas gift of Bell’s whisky. Eileen cared for Geoff in his last illness; he died in 1990. Essentially a private person, Eileen would always pass the time of day when she was out and about in the village, and she was in
the churchyard for every village wedding, admiring the bride! Eileen lived in the house she was born in until eight years ago when she became too infirm to manage at home. She was magnificently cared for at Ashfield House Care Home in Macclesfield but never forgot Pott Shrigley. Eileen was laid to rest in the family grave on a beautiful spring morning. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
Rosabella Gibson & her energetic Grandma Caroline. Most of us at St.Christopher’s will remember praying for Rosabella Gibson who, at the age of just four months, was diagnosed with a brain tumour. She had to endure chemotherapy for two and a half years at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and as a result of the tumour she is partially sighted and registered blind. This has not deterred her – she is now six years old and attends a wonderful mainstream school where she is flourishing. Rosabella is learning Braille and takes dance and swimming lessons in her stride; such an amazing little girl and an inspiration to everyone. Just before Christmas her family had the devastating news that the tumour had become active again and Rosabella now requires chemotherapy every two weeks for a year. Please pray for Rosabella, her devoted parents and the doctors and nurses who are caring for her. To raise money for the charity Brain Tumour Research her grandma, Caroline Gibson, has walked the last 200 miles of the ancient pilgrim route Camino Santiago de Compostela starting at León. For those who wish to support this worthy charity Caroline has set up a Just Giving page as follows: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/caroline-gibson10 Alternatively Mary Currell has a sponsorship form: should you wish to donate this way her contact number is 01625 573735, or see her most Sundays in church.
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Guild Goings On Mary Currell opened the April meeting. David Swales read a psalm from the Bible before leading us in prayer. Our speaker for the afternoon was Brian Hallworth who took us down ‘Forget-menot Lane’. He gave a very professional slide show of life in Britain between 1939 and 1945.
Do you remember barrage balloons (there was one stationed on what used to be the playing fields in my old school in Manchester), and food such as tripe being dished up?
Anyone who lived through the Second World War will certainly not forget those years. Do you remember children playing hopscotch and whip & top in streets safe to play in, before being evacuated? Anderson and Morrison air raid shelters in gardens and homes? Gas masks, identity cards and ration books? We saw women washing clothes with tubs and possers using carbolic soap, using a mangle (no washing machines then). HotPott - May 2018
(My mother fed us tripe until well after the war, and still enjoys tripe and onions now! Editor.)
We were entertained by Arthur Askey, Richard Murdock, George Formby, Flanagan & Allen, Gracie Fields and Vera Lynn, all members of E.N.S.A. (Entertainments National Service Association) who entertained the troops. In 1940 the Local Defence Volunteers was set up and we saw the Home Guard in action. We were shown slides of how the women joined the Land Army, worked in the factories and joined the Armed Forces. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon. Thank you Brian for our stroll down Forget-me-not Lane. Thank you also to Mary and Ivan for the lovely cakes. Next meeting: Wednesday 9th May. Visit to Arighi Bianchi for afternoon tea and a guided tour of the store. Cost £14.95 each. Meet in the cafe no earlier than 3.15pm for afternoon tea followed by the tour. If you wish to book a place please ring Georgina on 01625 615547 before 30th April. Page 9
“Your Vote, Your Council” Village Spring Clean
predominate,” she added.
On 7th April all your councillors were out in the rain again making our village a lovely tidy place to live and to be proud of. Your parish clerk has written an article for the Macclesfield Express; for those who haven’t seen it… ‘Picturesque Pott Shrigley’ The Pott Shrigley stalwarts gathered together last Saturday for the annual ‘Spring Clean’ in a bid to rid the village of every scrap of litter. Clothed in hi-vis jackets and armed with litter pickers, the volunteers could be seen stretched out along the three miles of Shrigley Road and beyond. Not even the rain could deter these residents from removing every scrap of litter from their lovely village.
Pott Shrigley is visited by lots of walkers and cyclists because it is such an attractive place to visit. It is a pity that this lovely area is spoiled by the irresponsible few who jettison their rubbish and litter the lanes. For a short time at least it has been returned to its pristine condition for everybody to enjoy. Plant Trough A new wooden plant trough at Unwin Pool has been made by Darren Johnston from Hurst Cottage who wished to give something to the village. He is lining it with Visqueen, a plastic material to preserve the wood for longer. He does not want any payment. Sheila Jenkins has agreed to buy the compost and rescue any of the plants that are still alive. When the weather warms up the clerk will buy annuals and plant them.
The parish council, which organises the event, would like to thank everybody who took part. “We collected an enormous amount of litter, much of which had been thrown from cars or dropped by passing cyclists,” said Joyce Burton, the parish clerk. “Food wrappers, hienergy drink sachets, cans and bottles always
A huge thank you to Darren, it’s so nice to have the trough replaced for the village by a parishioner. A really lovely thing to do – thanks again Darren – a job well done and really appreciated! Your Support with Highway Issues Cllr. Basford is concerned that although potholes were mended at the top of Bakestonedale Road, nothing has been done about the water flowing down the road. This has been reported several times already.
Some of our very willing and energetic volunteers. Thanks guys! Page 10
Parishioners could help us to get our highway problems resolved at a faster rate: if any of you notices or are suffering from highways issues that require remedial work please would you log these with Cheshire East Council. HotPott - May 2018
The procedure is easy: search for Cheshire East Council and on their home page select ‘road works and highway services’, then select from any of the four options under ‘Report It!’. It is really straightforward from here to complete the specific information requirements.
Coping Stone Thefts Following the recent theft of stones from the walls of Pott Hall Farm, Cllr. Wray has erected a CCTV camera at the side of the village hall and focusing on the cobbled area. He has erected the appropriate notices explaining that the filming is for crime prevention purposes and will be responsible for downloading the recordings to his computer.
18/0650M 18/0655M 18/0654M 1, 2 and 3 Brookbank Cottages, Shrigley Road, Pott Shrigley, SK12 1UE 2 storey rear extensions The three applications above were dealt with together as they are identical. The council had no objection in principle but made several observations. Permission GRANTED
Village Gas Lamp
Cllr. Wray sent photographs of the gas lamp to an expert whose contact details were acquired by Cllr. Boulton. He proved extremely knowledgeable, explaining that the lamp was made by Foster and Pullen in the late 1920s or early 1930s. Full refurbishment of the lamp and broken panes would cost about £1,500; minor refurbishment to get it working again is possible. A decision will be made when the written quotation is received.
18/0815D Norman’s Hall Farm, Pott Shrigley Discharge of condition 5 in Replacement Dwelling – Full Planning Consent Ref. 16/4970M Submission of details of the use of any facing or roofing materials.
Redacre Farm Concessionary Footpath The council has learnt that two walkers had difficulty finding the concessionary path which goes around Redacre Farm when heading north. It was felt that the path was clearly indicated, but signs may have come down in the storms. Planning Application: NP/CEC/0218/0145 Land adjoining Shrigley Road, Pott Shrigley (at the side of Nab Cottage) New agricultural vehicular access. The council had no objection to this application. HotPott - May 2018
17/6440M Park Cottage, Shrigley Park, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA Demolish existing conservatory on rear of property and construct new larger orangery as per drawings. Permission: GRANTED
18/0811M Norman’s Hall Farm, Pott Shrigley SK10 5SE Proposed development of 4 dwellings and associated works following demolition of existing building. The council has no objection to this application. Date and Time of Next Meeting The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Monday 14th May 2018 at 7.30pm in the village hall. It will be followed by the parish council meeting at 8pm. All are welcome.
2nd May – Hidden Figures 6th June – Paddington 2
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Johnny and Ann McClean have written from Bangkok in Thailand. They ask for prayer for their son Matthew who starts his IGCSE exams on May 2nd, that he will stay calm and work hard on revision. His French oral went better than his French teacher had dared to hope! Matt won a scholarship to do A levels at a neighbouring school, but has decided to stay at St. Andrews and do the International Baccalaureate instead.
Johnny together with Dave Barr, who is currently visiting from Northern Ireland, continue to work with Afghan refugees; they have a weekly Bible study with Asef, his wife Sarah and Caleb who are all eager and keen to grow in their faith. Sarah’s baby is due shortly: she is very anxious about the birth though the presence of a Farsispeaking nurse will be helpful. Sarah was dangerously malnourished and the baby very small, but a diet containing adequate protein has increased her weight gain and helped avoid an early birth (Afghanistan has one of highest maternal mortality rates in the world). Please pray for a safe delivery and for a healthy start for the little one, who will be born stateless.
they are; it also opened up some interesting conversations about how Ann knows this area of Bangkok. The annual ‘Raising and Giving’ week run at Ann’s school is focussing this year on the plight of refugees in Thailand and worldwide. Having heard of the Afghan refugees, the nursery, kindergarten and reception classes produced a cot filled with nappies, clothes and other practical items a new mum and baby might need; there was so much that a second family was also supplied! The teachers heard about the students’ visit and Sarah’s worries about money, and within three hours had raised enough money to cover the hospital bills and provide the family with food for two weeks. Praise God for this and pray there will be more connections like this between Ann’s work at school and their lives as a part of a church community.
Ann has taken her Year 10 Global Perspectives (Sociology) students to the area around their church (New City Fellowship) to see how Thai people are addressing issues of poverty. They visited Napada Crafts, a small sewing business run by Kheow, one of their church members; he employs a group of impoverished ladies, which enables them to support their families and for their children to stay in school. Johnny and Dave do a weekly Bible study with the ladies; pray they may come to faith. The visit challenged the students’ ideas about poverty and helped them understand how privileged Page 14
There was an early start at the McClean’s church on Easter Day with a 6 a.m. service in the park, followed by the normal morning service, communion and a church lunch. Johnny and Dave share the preaching with Pastor Pramote; Johnny also preaches at their sister church, Grace City Church. Dave has been a great help in the work, but he returns home in mid-May to resume teaching. They are trying to arrange a church camp in August, as sharing a weekend away is an excellent way of church members really getting to know each other, but finding the perfect, affordable location is difficult. Please pray! The McCleans hope to be in the UK for July to visit St. Christopher’s, all their other supporters and their family; as they will be extremely busy, they may need to see us at a weeknight event. More details later. HotPott - May 2018
Megumi and Helen Fazakerley have written from Malawi. The rainy season should end soon, and people have been harvesting their maize and preparing to plant other crops. The electricity supply remains intermittent but has not deteriorated, and the tax authorities have not yet decided whether missionaries should pay income tax; please pray for a satisfactory outcome. Megumi writes: ‘Class teaching/ learning is moving along on schedule, and hopefully we are also making progress as we plod through mental hurdles and pitfalls.’ He then goes on to describe the confusion some students experienced in thinking about the necessity of Christ dying on the cross for our salvation; starting with a different question about this got them ‘off balance’ and made them speak what they really think, instead of what they have learned to say. Megumi continued: ‘Our work is about transforming our minds, not accumulation of information. It feels like a battle fought on the battlefield of the human mind, which has been taken by the Enemy but we are re-taking it little by little for God. The progress can be very slow and it is quite exhausting.’ Please pray for Megumi as he strives to teach and equip the students to go out into Malawi to spread the Good News of Christ crucified. *** O Lord, grant that we may not be like porridge: Stiff, stodgy and hard to stir But like cornflakes: crisp, fresh and ready to serve.
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Further Tails from Keith the Post
Following on from last month, we re-join Keith on his rounds as Pott Shrigley postman, once more meeting up with Laddie the flying dog……
It was Laddie I again came across one day at Anthea Wilkinson’s farm on Moorside Lane – he had been ‘visiting a lady friend’. I thought I I would take him back home, so with the help of a few well-placed biscuits in the back of the van I managed to lure him on board. As he was quite happy in the van – he had his head on my shoulder whilst staring out of the open driver’s window – I carried on with the deliveries. All went well until I came to the cottages near the church where old Mr Bennett was brushing the path; I pulled over to the footpath Laddie in order to hand him his post – but as he leaned towards the door to take it Laddie had other ideas and, thinking he was protecting me, lunged over my shoulder and went for him! Fortunately no harm was done and my explanation was accepted.
to Sydney! At about this time I used to come across a chap called Gordon Mills who had a printing business in Marple and was training for a walk along the towpath from Marple to Llangollen. Gordon also took photographs of the goats and myself and these were included in a paperback book he published called ‘Jottings from the Towpath’.
The Wilkinson family get another mention here – Frances’ son Roger had a business building small sailing boats in one of the barns, ably assisted by his scruffy little dog. The dog loved to chase biscuits over the fields – one day I threw one and it landed amongst a number of geese. The little dog, completely blinkered and totally fearless, ran amongst them scattering geese and feathers. However he was not quite quick enough as a large old grey goose got there first and consumed the biscuit, crushing it in its powerful beak. This became a ritual – biscuits for the dog and the goose – so much so that the goose would waddle over to the van as quickly as he could when he saw me drive into the field. On more than one occasion as I went to open the door I was
There were other stories of animals and birds, including the goats at Rams Clough Cottage by the canal. I used to stop and give them dog biscuits – goats will eat anything. I was feeding them one day when a barge with an Australian family on board slowed down and started videoing us – fame spreading Page 16
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faced with the goose pecking on the window demanding to be fed. He became so tame that he would take biscuits out of my hand. When it was my day off, Mark was the relief postman on the round and the following day I always asked him if he had experienced any problems. ‘Yes!’ he said one day ‘that b----y goose at Wilkinson’s went for me.’ To which I replied that I used to feed it. ‘I thought as much,’ he said. Not long after I joined Royal Mail I delivered the post along Buxton Road in Macclesfield. Just before Cottage Lane there is a row of large terraced houses set slightly back from the footpath. One of these had a front door comprising two large panes of glass with the letterbox right at the bottom. It was thus possible to see down the black and white tiled hall towards the kitchen from where a rather large and menacing dog would launch itself from its basket before coming to a sudden stop before the door to destroy the mail, after which it would rush into the front room, jump on to the back of an easy chair with its front paws on the windowsill and bark and growl ferociously while spitting saliva onto the window. This was a daily occurrence so it was no surprise to see the dog come hurtling down the hallway on this particular day. What was a surprise to both me and the dog was when it failed to stop and crashed right through the bottom pane of glass, showering splinters everywhere. I stood there for a second somewhat bemused with the dog stood next to me. It shook itself, looked up at me, turned and jumped back through the now demolished door before running into the lounge, up onto the chair and window sill and proceeded to bark and growl at me! I often wondered what the residents thought when they arrived home later in the day. The following day I arrived at the same house to be confronted with a solid wooden door.
but I also carried cat biscuits – the van was a mobile pet shop. A lot of farm cats would appear for their daily ration. One little black cat would wait for me every day at the bottom of the drive leading up to Mitchelfold: I had to stop and open the van door so that it could jump in and sit on my lap for the trip up to the farm. Barney was the hotel cat at Shrigley Hall and he knew what time I would arrive. He would escort me from the van to reception and back again, prompting the comparison with Postman Pat. He would then have his treats, which I placed on a low window ledge at the side of the front door where we had many photographs taken of us by various coach loads of tourists. I was probably the only person at the time who could pick him up – he could be quite feisty at times as one customer found out when Barney found him reading a paper whilst sat on HIS chair in the foyer – there was little of the paper left. So, as you can see, the job was not just about delivering the post, there was much more to it than that. I hope you have all enjoyed reading about just some of my humorous encounters with our four legged or feathered friends. Many thanks to Keith for allowing us to accompany him on just a few of the daily rounds he completed over the 28½ years he spent as the Pott Shrigley postman. We look forward to hearing more ‘tails’ in the future. Editor.
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Pott Shrigley Church School & Village Hall Presents
Rose Queen Saturday 16th June Starts at 1.45pm
The procession starts from Pott Shrigley school at 1:45pm and continues over at the Village Green for the official opening ceremony at 2:15pm. Come and join us for lots of fun and games for all the family including:
• Beer tent
• Maypole dancing • Tombola
• Cream teas
• Wheelbarrow races
• Poynton High Brass Band
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Coffee Break Across 1 Overpowered (Deuteronomy 11:4) (11) 9 ‘The — are mantled with corn’ (Psalm 65:13) (7) 10 ‘Each man—a sword to his side’ (Exodus 32:27)(5) 11 On the death of Jesus the curtain in the temple was torn from— to bottom (Matthew 27:51) (3) 13 Stagger(Isaiah 28:7)(4) 16 ‘Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought——and doesn’t do it, sins’ (James 4:17) (2,2) 17 Stir up or provoke (Acts 13:50)(6) 18 Burden (Luke 11:46)(4) 20 ‘As far as the east is from the—,so far has he removed our transgressions from us’ (Psalm 103:12) (4) 21 Sign(Luke 23:38)(6) 22 ‘After that, Jesus poured water into a basin and began to—his disciples’ feet’ (John 13:5) (4) 23 The nature of the seven ears of corn which swallowed up the good ears in Pharaoh’s dream (Genesis 41:23) (4) 25 Has(anag.)(3) 28 ‘This is the account of Shem, Ham and Japheth,—sons’ (Genesis 10:1) (5) 29 ‘I will...make them drunk, so that they... sleep for—and— awake’ (Jeremiah 51:39) (4,3) 30 Paul said of him,‘he often refreshes me and is not ashamed of my chains’ (2 Timothy 1:16) (11) Down 2 Worth (Matthew 13:46) (5) 3 ‘A bruised — he will not break’ (Matthew 12:20) (4) 4 ‘Suddenly a great company of the heavenly — appeared with the angel’ (Luke 2:13) (4) HotPott - May 2018
5 Slip (anag.) (4) 6 ‘Take an awl and push it through his — — into the door, and he will become your servant for life’ (Deuteronomy 15:17) (3,4) 7 Bountiful (2 Corinthians 8:2) (11) 8 ‘Therefore, as we have — , let us do good to all people’ (Galatians 6:10) (11) 12 Acquire (2 Timothy 2:10)(6) 14 Container cover (Numbers 19:15)(3) 15 ‘He...became obedient to death,even death on——!’ (Philippians 2:8) (1,5) 19 Refrain (1 Peter 2:11)(7) 20 ‘She began to—his feet with her tears’ (Luke 7:38)(3) 24 One who worships Brahma, Vishnu or Shiva (5) 25 ‘Give to everyone who—you’ (Luke 6:30)(4) 26 ‘I lift up my eyes to the hills;where does my—come from?’ (Psalm 121:1) (4) 27 One of those whom the Lord said would be taken from Jerusalem and Judah as judgment on them (Isaiah 3:2) (4) Page 19
Annual Church Meeting
The annual church meeting was eventually held on Sunday, 25th March after being postponed due to blizzard conditions the week before. Despite the clocks going forward that day we all turned up at the right time and approximately 45 members of the congregation stayed for the meeting after the short morning service.
documents and an emphasis on a more sustainable building will strengthen the case for the room. The submission will enable costings to be calculated with increased accuracy so a more informed decision can eventually be taken on whether to proceed. Planning permission – if granted – would last for three years. Duncan thanked Ian for the huge amount of work he has done on this complex project.
The agenda papers contained reports from the vicar as well as from all the main church officers and leaders of groups. Duncan Matheson chaired the meeting and went through all the reports, dealing with any comments and queries that arose. The accounts prepared by the treasurer, Peter Kennedy, for the year to 31 December 2017 were printed in the agenda papers. Peter injected a note of caution when summarising the figures: annual giving has remained relatively stable year on year, but payments continue to rise fuelled by increases in the Parish Share and expenditure on major works. We currently have the luxury of a large capital sum, but this is being eroded every year to top up our income and would be substantially taken up if the proposed new church room goes ahead. Duncan asked us to consider as a church whether we are content to rely on the generous legacies we receive or whether we should seek to increase our income by greater giving or more fundraising events. On the positive side Peter reported an increase in the number of weddings booked, which is good news for the church from all points of view – not just financially. In the buildings section, Ian Malyan gave an update on the proposed church room: he is putting the finishing touches to the documents accompanying the planning application, which he hopes to submit shortly. Ian hopes the revised plans, updated Page 20
Reports were received from the many organisations and groups that operate at St Christopher’s. Praise & Play and Junior Church provide valuable out-reach opportunities and their success is testament to the enthusiasm and dedication of the leaders. Celia Fraser reported a dramatic increase in numbers at Praise and Play with 16 attending the previous week; she thanked Kim Swales for helping to lead the group and vicar David for his involvement. Celia also paid tribute to Frances Arnott for her enormous input into Praise and Play over the last few years. The young people who were recently confirmed have left Junior Church and now attend Youth Church. Anne Murphy praised the way the younger children at Junior Church have become more confident and engaged with the sessions. There was appreciation for the contribution of the leaders of all the groups. David Garton and David Gem were elected as churchwardens for the coming year; Duncan Matheson stood down as churchwarden after filling the post for the past 7 years. He was thanked for his tremendous service, both in his current and previous terms. Pam Cooke continues as deanery synod representative and is joined by Ian Malyan who was elected as the second representative.
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PCC members Andy Phillips, Kath Matheson, Eileen Buffey, Ian Clarke, Ivy Mosley and Mary Currell had all completed their three year term. Ivy stood down and was thanked for her sterling work over 23 years. The other five all sought re-election. Chris Day and Duncan Matheson wished to stand as PCC members. As a total of seven vacancies existed, the nominees were all accepted onto the PCC. There were appeals for new recruits for bellringing to help ensure the bells are rung each Sunday for service, and for a third Deanery Synod representative; encouragement to take part in the Prayer Group and Home Groups and a request for help in mowing the churchyard. The many activities reported on emphasise the varied choices and opportunities we have at St Christopher’s and how blessed we are that so many people are involved in providing them.
The Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) From prophecy to fulfilment, from fear to courage, from confusion to conviction, from despair to certain hope, from head to heart, from longing to knowing, from weakness to strength, from paralysis to power. What a difference a day makes The Day of Pentecost when the Spirit came and everything was different and possible… by Daphne Kitching
Thy Kingdom Come This familiar (or over-familiar?) phrase from the Lord’s Prayer has in recent years become the basis of an annual worldwide initiative of prayer for our friends, our communities, our nation and our world; that the love and life of Christ may fill them.
of opportunities and resources. If you search online for ‘thykingdomcome. global’ you can, for example, sign up on the ‘Pledge2Pray’ page and a little pin-prick of light, representing you, will appear on the world map; you can use a daily prayer guide, prayer journal, or ‘pray as a family’ booklet - all are available in church. Of course, we will also focus on ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ in our services and meetings.
Initiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, it is based on a belief that prayer is powerful, and unified and combined prayer even more so. Christians throughout the world are encouraged to pray two simple prayers: ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ and ‘Come, Holy Spirit’ regularly during the days between Ascension and Pentecost (10th to 20th May). It’s as simple as that. But to inspire, encourage and enable us, there are all sorts HotPott - May 2018
In addition, why not go to the special service in Chester Cathedral, led by young people from around the diocese at 6.30pm on 20th May? Let me know if you plan to attend. Page 21
The Suffering Church I hope you enjoyed David’s presentation on the ‘Suffering Church’, and Pam’s prayers, at the service on 15th April – and were edified and challenged! Nigeria is roughly 50-50 Christian and Muslim; the Nigerian Presidency usually rotates between the two. The Christian church is the largest of any African country. Most Muslims live in the north where many states operate sharia law; the north is also home to Boko Haram, the militant group who object to all things ‘western’, including education, and who are responsible for kidnapping schoolgirls, burning churches and killing vast numbers of Christians over the years. In the central belt, Fulani herdsmen intent on ‘religious cleansing’ have murdered many Christians and driven others from their land. Frustration is growing with the failure of President Buhari, who is a Fulani Muslim, to clearly condemn and act against antiChristian violence. Please pray!
Over 100 of the 276 mainly Christian Chibok schoolgirls abducted four years ago are still held by Boko Haram, while those who were released continue to suffer. Their abduction caused international outcry and led to a global social media campaign to #BringBackOurGirls. Media attention soon moved on, but reports from a small number of girls who escaped told of daily beatings Page 22
to force girls into marriage or to convert to Islam, and Boko Haram released videos of girls in Islamic dress. Of the girls freed by Boko Haram in 2016 and 2017, some were pregnant, while others had children fathered by the terrorists. Although the released girls were not allowed to return home or to see their family regularly for several months whilst completing a government rehabilitation programme, most now study at the American University of Nigeria; the government pays their fees but funding for medical care is not available to those with poor health secondary to injuries inflicted during captivity, leading to further suffering. Most of the ‘Chibok girls’ are now young women, but the scars of their captivity linger.
A recently released government White Paper in China outlines policies aiming to reinterpret Christianity according to secular socialist views (sinicisation); measures will be taken to enforce the selective interpretation of Scripture to affirm and promote ‘the core values of socialism’ within all Christian communities and forms of worship. Chinese Christians report that Bibles, already banned from bookshops, are becoming unavailable from online retailers; Amazon and JD.com have been warned that the Bible is an ‘illegal publication’. Since April 1st, single-word online searches for ‘Bible’ have allegedly dropped to zero, raising concerns of an increase in repressive internet censorship of religious freedom. After the Cultural HotPott - May 2018
Revolution ended in the early 1980s Bibles became increasingly available; they were approved for ‘internal distribution’ and could easily be purchased from a state-registered church. Over time, high street and online stores began to sell Bibles unofficially; the authorities occasionally stopped this but until now had not regulated online retailers. Please pray for the Chinese population to have free access to the Bible and other Christian literature. In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Montagnard Christians from Vietnam, some with official refugee status, fear imminent deportation; one said: ‘So many police of Cambodia came to guards us … and so many [of] their cars … We are very worry about deporting to Vietnam.’ The government’s Refugee Department refuses to say why the police presence is being increased. Many of the 200 or so Montagnard asylum seekers are Protestant Christians who have suffered decades of persecution, including imprisonment, physical abuse and religious repression, because of their Christian faith and their alliance with US forces during the Vietnam War. Despite receiving £28.8 million from Australia to accept refugees, the Cambodian authorities have ordered the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to repatriate the Vietnamese Montagnards ‘within three months’. Please pray for their safety.
On 27 March the British House of Commons/ House of Lords Joint Committee on Human Rights released its report on freedom of speech in universities; this raised serious concerns about restrictions being placed on freedom of speech about faith, discussion of sexuality and abortion. Many of these come from other students seeking to impose ‘noplatform’ and ‘safe-spaces’ policies on the expression of minority views they disagree with. The committee heard evidence that Christians, particularly Christian Unions, have been treated differently from other groups such as being banned from freshers’ fayres, having their publications heavily censored and even being labelled as extremists. The committee strongly condemned such actions and urged universities to take disciplinary action against those responsible, stating: ‘Universities must be places where open and uncensored debate (within the law) can take place so students can think for themselves and develop their own opinions on ideas which may be unpopular, controversial or provocative.’ Please pray that the word and works of God would be made known in student populations. *** A shipwrecked man spent five years on a deserted island. One day he was overjoyed to see a ship drop anchor in the bay. A dinghy approached, and a ship’s officer handed the sailor The Times, The Financial Times and The Daily Telegraph. “The captain suggests,” said the officer, “that you read what’s going on in the world before you decide if you wish to be rescued.” *** Adam bit the apple and, feeling great shame, covered himself with a fig leaf. Eve, too, felt shame and covered herself with a fig leaf. Then she went behind the bush to try on a maple leaf, a sycamore leaf, and an oak leaf.
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Wedding Eileen & Peter Frecknall, in memory of family members no longer with us. Vacant Wedding Vacant
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May 6th 2pm Chris Lanzara & Charlotte Jubb May 19th 1pm Thomas Dunning & Holly Harling May 27th 1.30pm Michael Price & Denise Crossley We wish them joy in their preparations. Page 30
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Recipe of the Month Judy’s shortbread
When we lived in Nairobi, I took some Guides camping at a forestry research station north of the city. While they spent an afternoon hiking within the forest, the leaders escaped for tea and cakes at the manager’s house. We enjoyed the shortbread very much and came away with the recipe.
Knead into a smooth ball.
Judy de Bourcier
When Peter took some Judy had made into work at BAE Systems in Woodford the simulator servicing manager, who considered himself something of a connoisseur of shortbread, immediately asked for the recipe.
Shape and flatten to fit a shallow tray about 26 cm by 17 cm. Mark into fingers and prick with a fork.
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes at 300 °C, until pale gold. Dust with caster sugar and leave to cool in the tin. Alternatively, you can roll out the dough to about 1cm thick and cut to shape as you choose.
Ingredients: 8oz plain flour 4oz cornflour 4oz caster sugar 8oz butter Rub fat into dry ingredients. (I use a Kenwood mixer and K beater.)
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When he got to the last one, which read ‘Are you entering this marriage at your own will?’ he looked over at his fiancée. ‘Put down “yes,”’ she said. Page 31
May 6th. 8.30am 10.45am
Holy Communion Ephesians 1:15-23; Acts 1:1-11 Holy Communion
13th. Civic Service 8.30am 10.45am
Morning Worship Morning Worship
Matthew 5:13-16; Colossians 3:12-16
20th. Pentecost 8.30am 10.45am
Holy Communion Acts 2:1-13 Family Service
27th. Trinity Sunday 8.30am 10.45am
Holy Communion Isaiah 6:1-8; Mark 1:1-13 Morning Worship
Holy Communion 2 Corinthians 4:5-12; Mark 2:23-3:6 Holy Communion
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Sidespeople and Prayers May 6th. 8.30am 10.45am
Prayers Mr. K. Ardern Mrs. E. Harper + Mr. I. Malyan + Mr. I. Clarke Extra Reader: Mr. D. Davie
13th. Civic Service 8.30am 10.45am
Miss G. Mosley Mr. & Mrs. R. Ferguson
20th. Pentecost 8.30am 10.45am
Mr. & Mrs. R. Stratford Mr. S. Heathcote + Mr. I. Currell + Mr. I. Malyan
27th. Trinity Sunday 8.30am 10.45am
Miss G. Mosley Mr. I. Clarke + Mrs. C. Taylor Extra Reader: Mrs. A. Meecham
June 3rd. 8.30am 10.45am
Mr. K. Ardern Mrs. E. Harper + Mr. & Mrs. P. Frecknall Extra Readers: Mr. D. + Mr. R. Gem
From the Registers Baptism We welcome: April 8th Liam Matthew Campbell April 15th Nancy Eileen Yoxall
Funerals & Interment of Ashes our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of: March 26th Eileen Ethel Harding April 20th Clare Ledgar
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Regular Church Activities
JUNIOR CHURCH - Children of three years and older - held during the 10:45am service. Meets in church for the first part of the service and then goes over to the village hall for Bible stories, songs, craft activities, prayers and fun. YOUTH CHURCH - (Year 6 and above) - generally 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. CRECHE - Held during the 10:45am service in the tower vestry. HOME GROUPS - Five groups offering fellowship, worship and Bible study: Daytime - Monday 10.30am, The Vicarage; David Swales, 575846 Rainow - Monday 8:00 - 9:30pm, New Hey Farm, Rainow; Sheila Garton, 573492 Adlington - Monday 8:00 - 10:00pm, 2 Wych Lane, Adlington; John Ryley, 829595 Pott Shrigley (North) - Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30pm, 3 Green Close; Sally Winstanley, 574545 Bollington - Wednesday 8:00 - 9:30pm, 14 Silver St, Bollington; Anne Murphy, 575768 PRAY TOGETHER - Tuesday 7:00 - 7.45pm in the tower vestry; Yvonne Foster, 576419 PRAISE AND PLAY - Children up to school age. Thursday 09:30 - 11:30am in church for stories and activities; Celia Fraser, 665054 BELL RINGING - Thursday 7:30 - 9:00pm, meet in the bell tower; Duncan Matheson, 574983 Monthly: CHURCH GUILD - Fellowship, speakers, outings and tea. Meets the second Wednesday in the month 2:30 - 4:00pm in church; Georgina Wray, 615547 The list above was last revised on 24th March, 2018. All telephone numbers are prefixed with 01625. Please give corrections and additions to email@example.com.
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Rev. David Swales, The Vicarage, Spuley Lane, SK10 5RS
Dr John Ryley (Reader Emeritus), 2 Wych Lane, Adlington, SK10 4NB
Gillian Mosley, 129 St Austell Avenue, Macclesfield, SK10 3NY
David Garton, New Hey Farm, Macclesfield Road, Rainow, SK10 5UU
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Stan Heathcote, Lilac Cottage, Spuley Lane, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5RR
Ros Johnson, 54 Shrigley Road South, Poynton, SK12 1TF
firstname.lastname@example.org PCC Treasurer:
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Gift Aid & Planned Giving:
Sally Winstanley, 3 Green Close Cottages, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SG
Mary Currell, 61 Crossfield Road, Bollington, SK10 5EA
firstname.lastname@example.org David Garton, as above
Andy Phillips, 26 Hurst Lane, Bollington, SK10 5LP
email@example.com Weekly Bulletin:
David Gem, as above
Electoral Roll and Safeguarding officer:
Kath Matheson, Church View Cottage, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA
Duncan Matheson, Church View Cottage, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA
Pastoral Care Team:
Kim Swales, The Vicarage, Spuley Lane, SK10 5RS
Georgina Wray, 14 Paladin Place, Bank Close, Macclesfield, SK11 7HE
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Anne Murphy, 14 Silver Street, Bollington, SK10 5QL
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Celia Fraser, Rose Cottage, Bull Hill Lane, Rainow, SK10 5TQ
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Pam Cooke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Quirk, Pott Shrigley Church School SK10 5RT
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574768 (please prefix numbers with 01625)
Dr John Ryley, Duncan Matheson, Sally Winstanley, Peter Kennedy, Ros Johnson, Andy Phillips, Pam Cooke, Eileen Buffey, Ian Clarke, Mary Currell, Mike Akerman, Sheila Garton, Ian Malyan, David Garton, Sandy Milsom, Gill Mosley, Anne Murphy, Kath Matheson, Chris Day.
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