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David’s Deliberations Dear Friends, In the name of God and trusting in His might alone, receive Christ’s healing touch to make you whole May Christ bring you wholeness of body, mind and spirit, deliver you from every evil, and give you His peace. Amen.

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David’s Deliberations


From the Chalk Face




Village Hall


Flix in the Stix


“Your Vote, Your Council”


Missionary Matters


An Invitation...


Hector Shields Aslachsen

Well, on the one hand, prayers for healing can sometimes be answered in unexpected ways. Most people who, like me, regularly pray for others will have had the experience of someone expressing their belief that those prayers have made a tangible difference: a physical improvement, perhaps, or an inner strength.


Guild Goings On


Deanery Evensong


Christmas is Coming


Victoria & Abdul


Mouse Makes


Coffee Break


The Persecuted Church


Not just a Bacon Warmer


To be confirmed

But, even so, all healing in this life can only be temporary and partial: we must still face illness – and death. Any such ‘answers to prayer’ are a sign of the inner ‘wholeness’ which is the thing which Christ really longs to give us – and which all of us need. That wholeness is only found


Chores & Chains


Recipe: Blondies






From the Registers


Regular Church Activities

In turn, our lives should allow God’s Peace to flow out from us to make a difference in the world around us: we pray with St Francis, ‘Make me a channel of Your Peace’.

David Swales

This lovely prayer is taken from ‘A Service of Wholeness and Healing’ in our Church of England service book. ‘…give you His Peace’ The word ‘Peace’ has particular resonance for us…. I was going to write ‘at this time’ but in fact the world has been a place of violence, fear and uncertainty for most of its people, for most of its history. But true Peace is more than just the absence of war. It is a special quality found in the heart of the person who knows and trusts God – whatever is going on around them. Jesus said, ‘My Peace I give to you…not as the world gives do I give’. Without that gift of Peace we can be in inner turmoil even when all around us is peace and quiet: with it, we can have ‘Peace which passes understanding’, however troubling our circumstances. Page 3

‘Christ’s healing touch.…Christ bring you wholeness’ In this life our bodies ail, and fail. One day we all must die, and all of us know the pain of losing loved ones. And yet Jesus promises us healing: how can this be?

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in Him, and it is a wholeness which neither illness nor death can take from us. Can we help? If you would like a visit from me or from someone else in our church team – whether

in connection with bereavement, sickness, or something else entirely – please don’t hesitate to be in touch. Your friend and vicar, David

From the Chalk Face The first half of the autumn term sets the pace for the rest of the year. As we look back across the last few weeks it is encouraging that we have achieved so much.

For our children, these sessions are all about exploration of their surroundings, improving social skills, supporting greater peer interaction, developing stronger relationships and Headteacher honing problem-solving One of the highlights has been skills. The focus is Friday afternoons. on reconnecting Not, as you might (or in some cases think, because connecting!) children school ends for the with their local week and there are outdoor environment, giving them space and the delights of Saturday and Sunday to freedom within a natural, outdoor setting. To come, but because the children have been support a growth mindset, no child can fail at attending ‘Nest in the Woods’, part of our forest school – failure is part of the learning Forest School provision. Here they have process - they all take something positive opportunities to play, discover and explore. from the experience. The concept of forest school is Scandinavian

Paul Quirk

and it provides a holistic way of learning; in Scandinavia forest schools positively abound.

The older children took part in a Pilgrims’ Day at Chester Cathedral; they visited our

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diocesan cathedral church and took part in activities that support the children’s spiritual and religious understanding. It is also an opportunity for children to work with children from other schools – so important in our small school setting - and it supports the children’s social and emotional development. The children learn about pilgrimage in the past, the Benedictine monks and how the cathedral is used today. A highlight of the day is when the cathedral’s musical director talks about, and plays, the organ. You can feel the low notes vibrate through the floor. It’s fascinating to consider that parts of the building date back to 1092 and are now surrounded by the 21st century, as evidenced by a Lego model of the cathedral, to which the children contributed. I understand it will take another two years to complete! Geoff Parker, one of our local residents who was 80 years old recently, kindly donated the money that would have been spent on presents for him to the school. It was a very generous gesture and to say thank you, we invited Geoff over to school and presented him with a card. In church Geoff proudly showed off his lovely thank you card with a photo of the pupils in front of the re-furbished Early Years block Ed. He also took the time to answer the children’s questions about the school when he was a young boy. So much changes, yet remarkably, so much stays the same. We were also able to have a look at the old registers and journals – and found Geoff’s name when he was first registered at the school. While the register is still part of modern school life, there is no longer a requirement to keep the journal, which is sad, as they are interesting artefacts of social history.

Macmillan in memory of Kath Penney, who was head teacher at Pott from 1947 to 1983, and who died recently. Macmillan’s ambition is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer and to inspire millions of others to do the same. The literature sent to the school by Macmillan notes that compared to the early 1970s, people now are on average twice as likely to survive at least 10 years after receiving a cancer diagnosis. This is due to both earlier diagnosis – by way of screening programmes and advances in diagnostic tools – and improved treatment. Perhaps one of the children currently sitting in one of our classrooms is the doctor of the future who makes a significant difference to the treatment of cancer as we move through the next decades. The weather was kind to us for our Open Morning recently. It was great to see so many people there, finding out not only about future admissions, but also present admissions in the different year groups. Word has certainly circulated that Pott Shrigley is able to offer a great education in fantastic surroundings and we look forward to delivering that education in the months and years to come.

At the end of September £201.00 was raised through a coffee morning and The school team proudly show off their new football kit sponsored by cake sale; the money will be sent to Jamie Robins Page 5

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Irmageddon Julie and Stephen Cooper lived in Needygate Cottage, Pott Shrigley in the 80s and 90s before moving to the British Virgin Islands where Hurricane Irma caused such devastation on Sept 9th 2017. Julie sent the following (edited) harrowing messages to former neighbours describing her and Steve’s (and the dogs’) experiences: Sunday, September 17th 2017. 17:05 Firstly apologies that we haven’t been able to get word out but you’ll soon understand why. Irma the Terrible, the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, had a direct hit on our beautiful British Virgin Islands. It was vicious, it was frightening and it was cruel. The power and strength were awe inspiring, nature at its very worst. The abiding memory will be of us huddling in our tiny utility room, clutching two shaking dogs and thoroughly wet through, with the wind lifting our supposedly secure doors with such force and noise we were in fear of our lives.

kitchen, which was directly under the office, we just had the rafters to protect us from the rain. We lost windows in the sitting room and doors were hanging off; it was a mess, but nothing compared to the second half. This did most of the damage: most of our house has now gone. Very luckily we still have the bedroom block. How? I don’t know. Within five minutes we lost the entire sitting room and furniture, dining deck, all fencing, pool bar, gazebo and pergola; the entire sitting room roof ended up in the pool. It is heartbreaking. We are trapped by massive amounts of debris on our track and are still waiting to be rescued after a week. We have no electricity, it’s too dangerous to run the generator, no running water, no radio broadcasts, no ‘phone/internet. We are living in full survival mode which is in fact very interesting in itself; we’re in trouble but keeping up the true British grit and proud of it.

Because we had a direct hit Irma came in two parts with a half hour break as the eye passed, a very odd, eerie calm. In the first half we lost the office - roof, walls, units, paperwork, accounts computer, the lot. Because our hurricane bolt hole was the

As to the BVI, it’s gone, flattened. The ramifications of this are incredible. We now have a military presence and are under military rule. Hundreds of Marines are here from the UK plus the Navy ship specialising in helping after disasters. The trust companies are airlifting all their employees out: our

Our sitting room

A roof with a pool or a pool with a roof

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neighbour Claire along with two year old daughter Rosie went yesterday. There is looting and all the prisoners are loose. The armed Marines are keeping things in check. People have no food/water and a lot have lost their homes. There are no banks or petrol stations. There is rationing in the (one) supermarket that is usable but queues are immense. There is not one building left untouched by Irma. No boat is intact so the BVI have a massive building job to do but the word “resilience” keeps being mentioned. The sister islands suffered the same but still no word from them as the ferries are all mashed up. We know there are fatalities. Stephen has worked non-stop on clearing up the debris for six solid days. After this the reconstruction work can start. I spend my days cleaning what’s left, filtering water for drinking and cooking for neighbours. I find cleaning therapeutic and comforting. There is a future and we are taking control of it; the military helicopters have been buzzing us so they know we’re hemmed in; rescue will happen soon. Our neighbours are getting out so we’ll probably move into their house which hasn’t been hit as badly as all the others around us.

The pink building was our hurricane shelter. The office was above and has disappeared

All our precious animals are fine and are our priority. And no, we are not getting out unless lawlessness becomes dangerous and we fear for our safety. This is our home, it’s where we live, good and bad; who knows what the future will bring? All we can do is take back some control and build a stronger and more beautiful house. As Ashley, who helps Stephen, said today with tears in his eyes as he surveyed the carnage, ‘Oh no, just look at your little palace!’ Luckily we have the means to start going forward. Sadly I fear a lot of our friends will leave and I know life will never be the same again; something like this changes you. We keep thinking we’re like those people who are interviewed on TV in a disaster zone surrounded by carnage. Well, we are those people. Thursday, September 21st 2017

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We were eventually rescued 11 days later. During that time we have both been productive: Stephen is working 12 hour physically gruelling days clearing the track, our house and neighbours’ houses of trees, roofs and furniture, losing 14 lbs in weight; I spend my days mopping up water in the kitchen. There hasn’t been one day when it hasn’t rained and when it rains the kitchen is unusable. Cooking comfort food continued → HotPott - November 2017

is indeed a comfort. Caring for my wonderful animals is something that gives me great purpose and routine. With having no phone, cell or landline and obviously no internet, news from the outside world is non-existent. We’ve had to contend with two further hurricanes, Jose and Maria. My huge worry as we sit/sleep in the newly chosen hurricane hole underneath the house is that our only sanctuary, our bedroom, will be blown away,

which would have to be the end for us as we’d have nowhere to sleep and the shelters won’t take animals; we’d be in a pickle as they say. The other real threat is rock or landslides. We are on a steep hill and all the ground cover has gone. Hurricane Maria when she visited us yesterday should have dumped up to 20 inches of rain; luckily she was a good girl and we had more of a tropical storm with hurricane force gusts; not to be taken lightly though. We still have no electricity; it’ll take until at least Christmas. We haul dirty brown water from the cistern to wash with. At the moment we rely on next-door’s generator which breaks down daily and diesel is in short supply. We literally live from one problem to another. It’s tough but with each day we are a step nearer to rebuilding our lives. Julie has sent several more messages since then; these will be in a future edition of HotPott.

Cane Garden Bay, the neighbouring village

Village Hall New Padded Chairs The village hall trustees would like to thank Poynton Area Community Partnership for contributing £250 towards new padded stacking chairs for use both generally in the village hall and at Flix in the Stix. EYFS classroom The village hall trustees would like to give a big ‘Thank You’ to Gareth Winstanley for all his time, effort and labour during the past several months to make sure the school EYFS classroom (Early Years Foundation Stage) was completed to Page 8

schedule. We would also like to thank Phillip Simcock and Harold Wainwright for allowing the village hall trustees to acquire sections of their fields to be used by the school EYFS for outside play areas. And also a ‘Thank You’ to the new school governors, school staff, PTA, and parents for all their hard work and support over the last year to enable this project to proceed. Cue Ball Could the person who acquired the village hall pool table cue ball on Friday 13th October please return it? HotPott - November 2017

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Pott Shrigley is situated within the South West Peak Landscape Partnership, a new multi-agency program led by the Peak District National Park Authority with the support of a £2.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The organisation has £2.5 million available to support communitybased projects. The Partnership is in awe of the passion shown by the people who are fortunate enough to live in such a beautiful area of the Peak District. This year many projects have benefitted from support and willing volunteers and next season the results of their work will be seen, for example beautiful, species-rich meadows.

for this so far has been outstanding! ‘Wild Child’ will range across the whole of the South West Peak and the Partnership is always scouting out new locations suitable for these wonderful activities. Do we have any projects that need funding? The Community Grant Scheme, which is managed by Support Staffordshire, is offering a total of £300,000 in grants over the next three years to support the dreams and ambitions of community groups throughout the South West Peak and to enable them to run projects and activities that benefit the area and its varied landscape. Grants from £500 to £10,000 are available to constituted community groups, registered charities, social enterprises, parish councils and schools to fund up to half the total cost of projects that develop and promote the built, natural and cultural heritage of the area. Previously funded projects include the printing of a book detailing old gravestones, repairs to an 18th century church and a group learning traditional wool processes. The deadline for the second round of applications has passed but to find out more and get an application form for the following year, please contact Sally Bentley, South West Peak Community Grants Officer at Support Staffordshire on 01538 381356 or email:

Alison Greenwood

They also have a ‘Wildlings’ activity which aims to reconnect families with the world around them, to inspire an appreciation for their natural heritage and to build the confidence to incorporate outdoor play and learning into their daily lives. The reception Page 10

HIGHWAYS HOUR At the parish council meeting on 2nd October representatives from Highways gave a short presentation; Cllr Wray then asked questions covering the items listed. All details are taken from the meeting notes made by Parish Clerk Joyce Burton. HotPott - November 2017

1. Gullies and the frequency of emptying them Simon Davies (Highways) said there are 196 gullies in Pott Shrigley. These were emptied in May; where this was unsuccessful (unable to lift cover/gully blocked) the gullies were tagged with the intention of returning to repair them. Several tags are still in place. Where specific gullies are causing a problem Simon suggested they should be reported online and an attempt would be made to clear them. He made a note (1) the gullies in Bakestonedale Road are blocked and recently caused the road to flood and (2) there is a blocked gully at the end of Green Close. 2. Verge cutting Simon explained the policy is for verges in rural areas to be only cut once to protect biodiversity but where not cutting results in poor visibility two cuts are made with further cutting if Highways are notified that visibility is being affected. After the subject was raised, he made a note (3) that the grass outside Manor Farm had only been cut on one side of the road. 3. Road safety Two budgets exist: one for improving blackspots where fatalities or serious injuries have occurred and the other is given to the Highways Groups. At a recent meeting of the latter, Pott Shrigley was allocated £4,000 for improvements to the ‘Chevron Bend’ above the entrance to Shrigley Hall; £1,000 for putting double yellow lines on the bend at the junction of Shrigley Road and Spuley Lane and an unspecified amount to investigate the feasibility of extending the 40mph zone on Bakestonedale Road. Will Lowe (Highways) will inspect the ‘Chevron Bend’ to ascertain what improvements could be made to prevent vehicles from crashing into the wall, which has been rebuilt by the Structures Department numerous times. The

bend was also discussed at the Poynton Area Community Partnership (PACP) Highways meeting and a suggestion made to put bollards on the pavement to protect the wall. 4. Remedial surface dressing Shrigley Road Simon could not explain why the original surface dressing of Shrigley Road had failed in 2014 or why it has taken three years to acquire any reparation. He noted the complaint about the recent minimum patching and said that the whole road needs doing again next spring. (Note 4) The contact at Highways is Mark Heywood. 5. Sign cleaning In July, the council was asked to identify road signs that needed cleaning so the clerk produced a list meticulously describing the position of the signs and provided postcodes. Pott Shrigley signs are next on the list to be cleaned; the delay in the work being due to health and safety requirements. Apparently it is too difficult to select individual signs, so all the village signs will be cleaned. 6. Street Lamp The street lamp previously removed from the bend on Shrigley Road near Cherryburn will be reinstated. FLY TIPPING There is now a warning sign at the lay-by on Bakestonedale Road where there has been repeated incidents of fly tipping PLANNING APPLICATIONS – none DECISIONS 17/2951M Hillview, Shrigley Road, Pott Shrigley, Cheshire, SK10 5SE. Proposed rear extension and re-working of property in relation to extant permission 14/3476M. Approved

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PENDING 17/2777M Hayloft House, 3A Moorside Lane, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5RZ Replacement dwelling, alteration to planning consent ref. 14/2798M Pott Shrigley Parish Council strongly objects to this application. 17/2021M Coniston, Shrigley Road South, Poynton, SK12 1TF.

Demolition of existing house and outbuildings and proposed replacement dwelling. Pott Shrigley Parish Council does not support this application. DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING This will be held on Monday 6th November 2017 at 8pm in the village hall. All are welcome to attend.

Missionary Matters

The Daily Telegraph on October 12th reported that: ‘A vampire scare has forced the United Nations to pull its workers out of the southern region of Malawi. Since mid-September, vigilantes have killed seven people suspected of trying to obtain and drink human blood as part of magic rituals. The authorities have also imposed a curfew from 5pm to 7am’.

Megumi Fazakerley (one of our missionary partners in Malawi) noted in his recent prayer letter that although statistics indicate 70% of Malawians are Christians, it is important to bear in mind such information as that reported in The Telegraph which explains why he believes Malawi is still in great need of the good news of Jesus.

John Ryley

Pray for the Serving in Mission (SIM) team spreading the gospel in the country, and especially for those working at Evangelical Bible College of Malawi, and those standing in for Megumi. Megumi and his wife Helen will be returning to Malawi in January for the start of the next semester. Meanwhile they have visited a number of supporting churches, and celebrated daughter Elizabeth’s birthday with her, having missed the last two. Helen is part of SIM’s International Health Advisory Committee, and has been at a meeting in Edinburgh discussing various issues including emergency medical evacuations. Helen is concerned about her mum, whose hip replacement has been delayed by other medical issues, and that the operation may not be performed before she and Megumi return to Malawi in January. Please pray. The family are flying to Japan shortly to spend two weeks with Megumi’s family there. Page 12

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An invitation...

from the management of Shrigley Hall Hotel Meet old friends and new: Cocktail Party, Monday 27th November, 7.00pm till 9.00pm. The Shrigley Hall Hotel management has planned this event to welcome Rev David Swales to Pott Shrigley, and as an opportunity to meet the hotel’s management team. You are invited to come to the Woodford Suite anytime from 7pm onwards. The hotel will be looking especially fine with its Christmas decorations newly in place. Entry is free: there will be a plate for charitable donations should you wish it. Rev David comments: ‘I’m delighted and touched that the hotel management has planned this event, and I do hope you will join me there. Shrigley Hall is a valued part of our parish, and I know that the

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hotel in turn values its relationship with the local community. The evening will be a great opportunity for residents, and others associated with Pott Shrigley, to meet with one another and also with the hotel staff: and it will be great fun, too!’. If you plan to come, please let either Rev David Swales or Mr Tom Gaskell know for catering purposes: David: 01625 575 846 Tom: 01625 577 526

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Hector Shields Aslachsen Second Lieutenant Hector Shields Aslachsen is one of the three men who died and are commemorated on our village war memorial on the lych gate at St Christopher’s, all of whom will be remembered at our Remembrance Service on 12th November. He was born in 1897 at Wem in Shropshire, educated in Leatherhead at St John’s School for the Sons of Clergy (where he was a prefect) and joined up at the early age of 17 years. He trained in Shropshire at Prees Heath army camp, a purpose built facility that opened in 1915 to instruct troops in trench warfare; apparently he often marched past the house where he was born as the elder son of Rev Carl Waldemar Aslachsen, who had been a curate there.

Although the attack by the 33rd Division was partially successful, the 1/4th Suffolks and the supporting detachment from The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) met strong opposition when they reached the enemy trenches and German counter attacks soon forced them back to their original lines. Hector was hit in the groin by a rifle grenade and died soon afterwards; a fellow officer from The King’s (Liverpool Regiment), Second Lieutenant Louis William Alexander Back, was also killed. A further officer was wounded and casualties in OR (Other Ranks) were estimated at 50. The next day, 24th April 1917, the battalion was relieved and marched back to ‘Sunken Road’ for rest. Second Lieutenants Aslachsen and Back were buried by their comrades.

Kath Matheson

Hector was drafted to France on 8th September 2016; he served with the 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion of The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) which was part of the 98th Brigade of the 33rd Division of the Fifth New Army. On 23rd April 1917, the first day of the Second Battle of the Scarpe (part of the Arras offensive), the 33rd Division took part in a general attack starting at 04.45. The 4th battalion had been in brigade reserve but A Company, to whom Hector belonged, was given the role of carrying bombs forward in support of the main attack on the Hindenburg Line (a major German defence system) by the 1/4th Suffolk Regiment. Page 14

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in the Cojeul British Cemetery, St Martin sur Cojeul, Pas de Calais alongside his comrade Second Lieutenant Louis Back. Hector is also commemorated on the war memorials at St Christopher’s, where his father was vicar at the time, and at St John’s School Leatherhead. We will remember them. With grateful acknowledgement for the help

received in preparation of this piece from: ‘For the Freedom of us all’, a Directory of War Memorials in North-East Cheshire by H. A. G. Carlisle; ‘Visiting the Fallen – Arras South by Peter Hughes; The Long, Long Trail, The British Army in the Great War of 1914-1918 at battles-of-the-western-front-in-france-andflanders/the-arras-offensive-1917-battle-ofarras/ and Mike Akerman.

Guild Goings On Georgina opened the meeting with a reading from the Bible and then a prayer. She then introduced Jacqui Bilsborough and her two helpers.

The ladies brought along a great many samples of the costumes they had made, including the bats which really gave the impression of flying. The costumes have to be made to allow for the movements of the actors and, of course, strong, well fitting and adaptable. Good costumes and props are essential to the mood of the play.

Eileen Stratford

Who would be a wardrobe mistress? The three ladies who came to talk to us certainly would. They are wardrobe mistresses at the Wilmslow Green Room Theatre and they really love the work. Jacqui says it is great fun but really hard work. You need to be slightly mad to do it. The ladies make the costumes themselves, adapting modern day clothes and charity shop finds and any old materials they can find. The imagination they have in contriving the specialised costumes is amazing. Old blankets are ideal for medieval tabards and old inner tubes from tyres are used to stiffen trousers and skirts. For one play the ladies made bats out of windscreen wipers and a fine synthetic material. Page 15

The ladies stressed that a workroom is essential if you want to be a wardrobe mistress. I think a great deal of imagination is essential too. The afternoon was a lot of fun and the costumes they brought along were fantastic. Thank you, Jacqui and your assistants, for an entertaining afternoon. Thanks also to Sheena for the delicious cakes she provided. Next meeting: Wednesday 8th November at 2.30pm in church. The title of the talk is: ‘The history of Arighi Bianchi’. HotPott - November 2017

Deanery Evensong

All are warmly invited to the next deanery Book of Common Prayer choral evensong, which is to be held at 4.00pm on Saturday 25 November 2017 at Sutton St James, Church Lane, SK11 0DS. If anyone wishes to join in singing, as part of an augmented choir, there will be a rehearsal in St James Church the same afternoon at 2.00pm. This will be followed by a refreshment break before evensong begins.

It would be most helpful if you could let Sandra Moss know in advance the approximate numbers of choristers coming from your church who might need catering for, logistically, musically and in terms of pre-service refreshments! Sandra’s phone number is 01260 252543 (or please email her on - mentioning Deanery Choral Evensong in the subject line). Thank you.

Christingle collecting boxes

Our annual Christingle service will be held on December 10th and we would love to see you there. As usual, we will be collecting for The Children’s Society, a Christian charity

that supports vulnerable children in the UK. The Christingle collecting boxes will be available at the back of church in late November; please take one and, if possible, collect some money in it before bringing all boxes, full or empty (these will be stored to use in future) to the Christingle service, when they will be collected.

Liz Arrowsmith

Your support for this worthwhile cause would be much appreciated.

Christmas is Coming

We will soon be forming a singing group for the Carols by Candlelight services. If you enjoy singing and can take part in the services on Sunday 17th December (4pm and 6.30pm) and/or Thursday 21st December (6.30pm), then please come along and join us. Rehearsals take place in St Christopher’s church at 7.30pm on the following Thursdays: Page 16

November 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th and December 7th and 14th. All welcome! For further information please contact Sheila Garton on 07748 321 816 or by email to Thank you Sheila. HotPott - November 2017

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Coffee Break

1 He was replaced as king of Judah by his uncle Mattaniah (2 Kings 24:17) (10) 7 ‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus... who for the joy set before him — the cross’ (Hebrews 12:2) (7) 8 Relieved (5) 10 Impetuous (Acts 19:36) (4) 11 Surprised and alarmed (Luke 24:37) (8) 13 ‘It is — for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the rich to enter the kingdom of God’ (Mark 10:25) (6) 15 Directions for the conduct of a church service (6) 17 One of the acts of the sinful nature (Galatians 5:19) (8)

12:13) (2,4)

18 and 20 Down ‘She began to wet his — with her tears. Then she wiped them with her — ’ (Luke 7:38) (4,4)

4 The sort of giver God loves (2 Corinthians 9:7) (8)

21 ‘We will all be changed, in a flash, in the twinkling of an — , — the last trumpet’ (1 Corinthians 15:51–52) (3,2)

6 Naboth, the ill-fated vineyard owner, was one (1 Kings 21:1) (10)

22 ‘But he replied, “Lord, I am — — go with you to prison and to death”’ (Luke 22:33) (5,2) 23 Third person of the Trinity (2 Corinthians 13:14) (4,6)

5 Sun rail (anag.) (7)

9 Paul said of young widows, ‘When their sensual desires overcome their — to Christ, they want to marry’ (1 Timothy 5:11) (10)


12 This was how Joseph of Arimathea practised his discipleship ‘because he feared the Jews’ (John 19:38) (8)

1 He betrayed Jesus (Matthew 27:3) (5)

14 Mop ruse (anag.) (7)

2 Paul’s assurance to the Philippian jailer: ‘Don’t — yourself! We are all here!’ (Acts 16:28) (4)

16 Foment (Philippians 1:17) (4,2)

3 ‘Fear God and keep his commandments, for this — the whole — of man’ (Ecclesiastes

20 See 18 Across

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19 Where Joseph and Mary escaped to with the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:14) (5)

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The Persecuted Church

Christians suffer minor persecution and discrimination as well as life-threatening actions in various parts of the world but sometimes outcomes are encouraging. A launderette in Johor state Malaysia that banned non-Muslims has been ordered to end discrimination after criticism from the hereditary monarch, Sultan Iskandar. He stated: ‘I cannot accept this nonsense. This is Johor … it belongs to all races and faiths. This is a progressive, modern and moderate state.

food and weapons and even fight for the rebels. As jihadists lose territory in Syria

Bombing of Marawi city

and Iraq, they are seeking to establish bases in other parts of the world such as the Philippines.

Not for all: A Muslims only launderette in Malaysia

This is not a Taliban state and as the Head of Islam in Johor, I find this action to be totally unacceptable as this is extremist in nature.’ Customers of all faiths can now use this launderette but last week journalists found a launderette in a different Malaysian state ‘dedicated for Muslim use only’. The local authorities are investigating. The Philippines have a Christian majority, but there is a significant Muslim area in the south where Islamist groups wanting independence and sharia law have caused a decades-long conflict with the government. More than 200 hostages in Marawi, many of whom are Christians, have been held by militants and forced to construct improvised explosive devices, as well as scavenge for Page 20

Barnabas Fund received the following update from a project partner in Aleppo, Syria: ‘…(it is) six years and a half after the start of the events that caused the death of more than 35,000 people, destroyed a large part of the country, displaced a third of the population, exiled more than 3 million people and wiped out the dreams and future of the young people and many generations of Syrians. In Aleppo, the situation has

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improved considerably on all levels since the end of 2016, … the vast majority of the neighbourhoods are safe and the Alepins come and go, and live without the fear of a mortar shell or of a bullet from a sniper … running water is again provided to us at least 2 days a week and the power between 12 to 15 hours a day. However, the picture is not as rosy as that. This situation of “neither war nor peace” does not encourage the hundreds of thousands of Alepins, who are refugees or displaced, to return … why to rebuild if there is no peace or economic recovery? The cost of living and unemployment are still very high, as well as poverty. The majority of the families of Aleppo still need help to survive.’ There has been a Christian presence amongst the Bangladeshi Santal ethnic minority group since 1867 but for many years they have suffered exploitation and injustice from the Muslim-majority Bengalis. 11 months ago, police in riot gear marched into a desperately poor community of Christian Santal people firing rubber bullets; they evicted the Christians and then set fire to their shacks. Leaving their meagre possessions behind the Christians fled, except for the three who were killed; subsequently thousands of them have lived in makeshift tents. Their land has been seized to cultivate sugar cane for the nearby government-owned sugar factory. Barnabas Fund’s project ‘Rebuilding for Santal Christians’ will bring hope to this beleaguered people: phase 1 will provide 50 new brick houses on safe, church-owned land with shared toilets and tube-wells and the school will be repaired and refurbished. 10 gifts of £17 could provide one shared toilet; two gifts of £65 could provide one tube well and one gift of £920 could build a one-room home. Please consider giving. In September, a church in southern India was broken into and items inside were set on fire. ‘By the time I reached the church, everything had turned to ashes,’ said Pastor Page 21

Nagaraja. As well as Bibles and Christian literature, the furniture and the church’s P.A. system were set ablaze. Earlier in September, Hindu extremists ransacked a church in a different state, breaking the cross above the door and covering it in cow dung. Violence against Indian Christians has escalated since Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party came to power. Some Hindu nationalists propagate the political ideology of Hindutva, which asserts that all Indians should be Hindu. Police are often unsympathetic to Christians; it is not unusual for the Christian victims to be arrested following anti-Christian violence by Hindu extremists. Pray for believers in India and praise God that so many believers still boldly proclaim the Gospel while enduring discrimination and persecution for His name. Official government statistics estimate there are around 22 million Christians in China, but unofficial figures indicate there may be as many as 100 million. Christians – particularly leaders of unregistered churches – can face arrest, torture and imprisonment for their faith. Praise God for the continued growth of His Church in China, despite efforts by authorities to stop the spread of the Gospel. Pray that the Christian children, and their parents, affected by the latest ban on them taking part in any Christian activity will not lose heart, but will be encouraged that their present sufferings will be far outweighed by an eternal glory (2 Corinthians 4:17).

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Not just a Bacon Warmer

As a child a visit to Nana’s house always filled me with dread. Grandad had died before I was born so the visit always consisted of the adults drinking tea and talking while I was left to make my own entertainment in a house bereft of toys. Years later I realised that this slightly scary and formidable old lady had lived quite a life. Born in Tunstall in 1908, before the six towns had even become the city of Stoke on Trent, she was a talented pottery paintress and worked in the 1920’s and 30’s at A. G. Richardson’s painting Charlotte Rhead’s Crown Ducal Art Deco pieces.

according to one account: ‘so that the workers didn’t lose their nerve they were moved straight back in once the mess had been cleared up’; very brave ladies. I didn’t know any of this during my boredomfilled childhood visits but there was one object that always fascinated me and that I was allowed to play with. It was silver on the outside and gold on the inside. It was cleverly balanced so that with a little twist of one end the egg-like object opened to reveal its gold coloured interior.

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I never knew what the object was but when Nana died in her 93rd year it came into my possession. It sat in a box in the loft for years and then quite recently I looked at it more closely and with the wonders of the internet was able to finally find out what it actually was: a Victorian bacon warmer.

When the Second World War broke out she worked in the huge munitions factory at ROF Swynnerton, the MOD chose a rural location that hopefully the Germans wouldn’t detect and Charlotte Rhea foxglove pattern bomb. The factory was huge: it employed just over 18,000 people and even had its own railway station I then turned my attention to the engraving to allow workers to be shipped in from the which said: Potteries. ‘To the Hon. and Rev. A. Anson Vicar of Occasionally a shell would explode and a Sedgley Oct. 11th 1875 from his grateful woman would lose her hand or arm but parishioners of Tipton St. Turl St. Mill Bank and Bilston St. East Side.’

I didn’t expect to find out much about a Black Country vicar of 140 years ago but I dutifully typed the name into Google and was amazed to find that the Hon. and Rev. A. Anson is quite famous; indeed in Canada he is infamous.

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family seat. As a younger son he went into the church and his first post was as a curate in Wolverhampton and Bilston where he served until 1875 when he became rector of Woolwich in London. Presumably the bacon warmer was presented when his West Midlands curacy ended. Anson rose quickly through the ranks and became bishop of Qu’Appelle in the North West Territories of Canada (later part of Saskatchewan). Unfortunately by publicly declaring that the prairies were blessed to have so many English colonists he caused a great deal of hostility between the locals and the Church of England. Anson positively encouraged the local English population to stand aloof from the Irish, Scottish, French and indigenous communities and so it was perhaps for the best that after eight years he moved back to Lichfield in 1892 as Master of St John’s Hospital, the alms houses at Lichfield Cathedral. Bishop Anson died in 1909 at the age of 69 and is buried in Colwich just a stones-throw from his birthplace.

How this object came into the possession of my Nana’s family is now lost in time but as Anson never married it’s possible that his household effects were sold locally in Staffordshire and it was acquired in that way. Whenever I look at the object Adelbert Anson now it not only makes me think of its controversial first owner but more importantly brings back memories of a grandmother that I can now appreciate lived through nearly a century of war, hardship, industrial change and innovation. I now wish I could be one of those adults having a cup of tea with her so that I could share with her the story of Bishop Anson.

To be confirmed Confirmation, like Baptism, is a sign of God’s love for us and a way of marking an important step on a lifelong journey of faith. I believe there are a number of people for whom this may be the right time to take that step - young people, and some adults, too. I’d like to offer the opportunity of Confirmation preparation to anyone who feels it may be for them: we will meet together a number of times and look at various aspects of Christian belief. This will be followed by Confirmation by the Bishop (and baptism, too, if you have not yet been baptised).

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If you think this might be for you, then please have a word with me. Anyone who has previously been confirmed would tell you that they enjoyed their preparation and that the Confirmation service itself was a very special moment for them. Dates and other plans will be arranged once I know who is interested! David

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Chores and Chains Cleaning Rota Please contact Yvette 0161 439 9979 Nov 3rd Nov 10th Nov 17th Nov 24th Dec 1st

Mrs Harper, Mrs Plant (wedding 3rd Nov at 13.30) Miss Bunting; Mr & Mrs Stratford Mrs Meecham; Mrs Winstanley Mr & Mrs Akerman Mr & Mrs Ferguson

Tea & Coffee Contact Carole on 01625 820533 Nov 5th Nov 12th Nov 19th Nov 26th Dec 3rd

Peter & Eileen Carole & Rita. Malyan Family Yvonne & Rita Barrow. Mr & Mrs Akerman

Flowers Contact Gill: 01625 829819 Nov 5th Nov 12th Nov 19th Nov 26th Dec 3rd

Sheila & John Rose, in memory of Irene Sue & Mike Akerman in memory of Christine Gill in memory of her Mummy Mary & Ivan, remembering Mary’s mum’s (Hilda) birthday Vacant

Forthcoming weddings Contact - Pam: 01625 575010 or Kath: 01625 574983 Laura and Lee’s on 3rd November at 1.30pm

Cover Credits: Front and Back Cover: Duncan Matheson

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Recipe of the Month

Cranberry and White Chocolate Blondies I test out new recipes on our house group (sorry girls), and they have given this one their thumbs up. 125g dried cranberries 100g unsalted butter 220g caster sugar 1 medium egg 1tsp. vanilla extract 1 small pinch of salt 125g sieved plain flour 75g white chocolate chunks 74g macadamia nut pieces

Melt butter and beat into sugar until smooth, then beat in the egg and vanilla extract until pale and slightly thickened.

Madeline Punch chopped nuts.

Transfer to the tin and bake in the centre of pre-heated oven for 30 to 35 minutes until set in middle.

Pre-heat oven 160ᵒC or Fan 140ᵒC or gas mark 3. Lightly grease and flour a 20cm square brownie tin.

Fold in the flour and salt, then add the cranberries, chocolate chips and

Leave in the tin until completely cool, then cut into 12 squares. NB. A blondie is a rich sweet dessert bar; it resembles a chocolate brownie but substitutes vanilla and white chocolate for dark chocolate.

Sunshine & chocolate cake… Very many thanks to all those who helped with the churchyard tidy up on Saturday 14th October. Overhanging trees, rampant ivy and vicious brambles were all grappled with and St Christopher’s surroundings are looking much better now. We were blessed with glorious weather, more like mid-summer than autumn, and as an additional bonus many indulged in Rick’s delicious chocolate birthday cake. Special thanks to David Garton who organised us all with his usual charm. *** In the examination paper, the professor wanted us to sign a form stating that we had not received any outside assistance. Unsure of whether he should sign the form, a student stated that he had prayed for the assistance of God. The professor carefully studied the answer page and then said, ‘You can sign it with a clear conscience. God certainly did not assist you.’ Page 31

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Services November 5th. 8.30am 10.45am

Holy Communion 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 Holy Communion

David Swales

12th. Remembrance 8.30am 10.45am

Holy Communion 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13 Morning Worship John 15:9-17

David Swales

Holy Communion 1 Thess. 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30 Family Service 2 Corinthians 4: 4-7

David Swales A & S Murphy

Holy Communion Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46 Morning Worship

David Swales

19th. 8.30am 10.45am

26th. 8.30am 10.45am

December 3rd. 8.30am 10.45am

Holy Communion 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Luke 12:35-48 Holy Communion

David Swales

All readings are from the lectionary and will be same at 8.30 and 10.45 unless otherwise indicated.

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Sidespeople and Prayers November 5th. 8.30am 10.45am


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

Anne Murphy

12th. Remembrance 8.30am 10.45am

Miss G. Mosley Mr. C. Potter + Mrs. C. Taylor Extra Reader: Mr. K. Meecham

Pam Cooke

19th. 8.30am 10.45am

Miss G. Mosley Mr. S. Heathcote + Mr. I. Currell + Mr. I. Malyan


Mr. & Mrs. R. Stratford Mr. & Mrs. M. Akerman


26th. 8.30am 10.45am

December 3rd. 8.30am 10.45am

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

Sandy Milsom

From the Registers Baptism We welcome to the Lord’s family: 7th October

Bodhi David Oake & Jenson Stephen Oake

Thanks from the Lofthouses……

We have received a lovely postcard depicting Carlisle Cathedral from Jenny, Richard, Ed, Tilly and Sam, who say ‘thank you’ to their friends at St Christopher’s for the lovely farewell gathering and presents they received when they moved from Bollington to Cumbria in August. Apparently they are finding their feet and the children are enjoying school but Sam missed Aunties Celia and Frances at Praise and Play!

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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. CRECHE - Held during the 10:45am service in the tower vestry. HOME GROUPS - Four 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 21st February, 2017. All telephone numbers are prefixed with 01625. Please give corrections and additions to

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Join us for our seasonal services Friday 8 December

Christmas Fair 6pm Village Hall

sunday 10 december Holy Communion 8.30am Christingle 10.45am

sunday 17 december

Holy Communion 8.30am Carols by Candlelight 4pm & 6.30pm (No service at 10.45am)

thursday 21 december Carols by Candlelight 6.30pm christmas eve

Morning Worship 10am

(No service at 8.30am or 10.45am)

Holy Communion 11pm

christmas day

Family Communion 10am

Services on Sundays at St Christopher’s Church Pott Shrigley are at 8.30am & 10.45am as usual except as noted above.

Directory Priest-in-charge:

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

575846 Readers:

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


Parish Assistant:

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



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

573492 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

01260 252287 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 Children’s Ministry:

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


Praise and Play:

Celia Fraser, Rose Cottage, Bull Hill Lane, Rainow, SK10 5TQ 665054 Parish Council Clerk:

Joyce Burton,

Wedding Coordinator:

Pam Cooke,


Head Teacher:

Paul Quirk, Pott Shrigley Church School SK10 5RT



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

head@pottshrigley.cheshire 574768 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, Sandy Milsom, Gill Mosley, Ivy Mosley, Anne Murphy, Kath Matheson.

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