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David’s Deliberations At the end of last year my family gathered to celebrate the 100th birthday of my lovely aunt. It’s a sobering thought that even this very elderly lady is not quite old enough to be a living link with the First World War – the centenary of the end of which we remembered one year ago. Indeed, any living link with that conflict is now very tenuous compared with 20-plus years ago when veterans and survivors were our elderly generation. And, in due course, the same will happen to World War Two, and to other conflicts; they too will move out of living memory.

and elsewhere, helping many to feel a closer connection: that those who died were more than simply names on a memorial – they were the ordinary people of places like Pott Shrigley, living, up until then, ordinary lives. Peter Jackson’s film ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ came to our screens a year ago. Said the director: ‘I wanted to reach through the fog of time and pull these men into the modern world, so they can regain their humanity once more’. And so, through re-working old film, adding colour, definition, and even sound, the old footage looks as if it was shot yesterday, with the men and women looking, sounding just like us: which of course they were.

David Swales

So, when there is no one left who remembers – or even no one left who remembers those who remember – what happens to Remembrance? Does it stop? No: it becomes all the more important even if in some ways it also becomes more difficult. And while we don’t any longer have those who can bear witness to what happened in that earlier conflict, we do have imagination and creativity which can be used to deepen our awareness of it. This year, like last, we will see the poppies, the boots, the silhouettes and the other reminders appearing at church HotPott - November 2019

All these aids to remembrance help us realise that, if the timing had been different, they could have been us – we could have been them. And if we were them, how would we have coped with what was asked of us? How would we have responded? I will always be grateful for those who have made that sacrifice – not only in the World Wars but in all conflicts – a sacrifice which I myself have never been asked continued →

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David’s Deliberations


Harp and a Monkey


The 23rd Channel


From China to Cheshire…


Steve’s journey into the ministry…


Tearfund BIG QUIZ Night 2019


Challenging the Eggheads


PCC Ponderings


Deal or no deal…


Progress in the tower!


PSCC Centenary. The traumatic 90s


New children, apples and herding sheep


Yes, they came from the Bible


Coffee Break


Your Vote Your Council


Suffering Church


Missionary Matters


Recipe: Treacle Toffee


Chores & Chains


From the Registers






Singing for Christmas…


Regular Church Activities

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to make. But there are sacrifices that we are called on to make, for the good of others, for the good of our community, our nation, and for our world and its peace. We can choose just to live for ourselves, our own comfort, our own advantage, our own enrichment. Or we too can make sacrifices to make ours a better community – a better world. It may not be a sacrifice of life and limb but it can be costly all the same – perhaps a sacrifice of time, money, comfort, popularity, convenience. ‘Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends…’. When Jesus first spoke these words He was talking about

Himself, His death on the cross to bring, through His sacrifice, new hope for us all. Over the last 100 years those words have also been borrowed and applied to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. May His words, His sacrifice, and the sacrifices of those we remember with thanks this month, inspire us to offer our lives in the service of our community, our world, and our God. Your friend and vicar, David.

Harp and a Monkey come to Pott Shrigley Hot on the heels of the highly successful summer jazz concert featuring local band Zig Zag, it was the turn of folk music to get the Pott Shrigley treatment. Manchester band Harp and a Monkey entertained us at the beautifully refurbished William Turner Suite in Shrigley Hall Hotel, which the management very kindly allowed us to use for free.

Simon Potts Harp and a Monkey are Martin Purdy (vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica and keyboard), Simon Jones (harp, guitar and viola) and Andy Smith (banjo, guitar and programming the voiceovers). The first half of the concert had songs based on the First World War interspersed with stories and real recordings of local people who served. The songs often looked at the human aspect of war, for example ‘The Postman’s Song’ written from the viewpoint of the postman delivering the dreadful news of lost loved ones and ‘Clean White Sheets’, a song about Nellie Spindler, a nurse from Wakefield who was killed in 1917 at Passchendaele and is one of only two British women buried in Belgium and the Page 4

only woman to be buried with full military honours in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery amongst 10,000 men. ‘The Gallipoli Oak’ tells the story of Eric Duckworth from Rochdale who was killed fighting for the Lancashire Fusiliers at just 19 years of age. Determined to find out more about how and where his son had died, Eric’s father trekked across Turkey on a donkey in 1922 with an oak sapling in a bucket of water, and at the graveyard where 634 of his son’s comrades are buried, he planted the sapling which was watered by the Turkish gardeners and still stands to this day, nearly a 100 years after it was planted. The second half was a much lighter, more typical, folk themed session with humorous songs such as ‘Molecatcher’ and songs about the industrial revolution such as ‘Digging holes’ which reflects on how the success and wealth of the Victorian age wouldn’t have been possible but for the unsung people who dug the canals and built the roads and railways. Many of the songs were Lancashire themed such as ‘The Manchester Angel’ and ‘Pay day’, which looks at the old mill towns and their decline since the mills have closed; ‘Bolton Yard’ is based on the characters of a small Stalybridge community and contains HotPott - November 2019

the catchy refrain ‘All life is here’. A more sentimental side to the band was shown in Martin Purdy’s ‘Oh Daughter’, which is a touching musical letter about the hopes he has for his unborn child. Throughout the concert the trio used their full range of instruments to make their unique sound including a glockenspiel, mouth organ, banjo, viola and of course a harp. The monkey in the band’s title however was a complete no show: apparently he was being held in Hartlepool following an unfortunate incident in which he was mistaken for a Frenchman! Many thanks to the 85 plus who turned up to support the concert and pack the venue,

creating a brilliant atmosphere and ensuring a great community night out; as a bonus we even managed to raise £460 for church funds. Special thanks to the fundraising committee for their advice, to Mary Currell for her help with ticket sales and to Rev David Swales for introducing the band and closing the concert and also for kind words of encouragement. Thanks to local Harp and a Monkey fan Robert for sending the photos and of course, thank you also to the band for a fabulous night! And huge thanks are also due to Lydia and Simon for arranging it all. Reading this makes me even more sorry that I couldn’t be there! Editor.

The 23rd Channel The TV is my shepherd, I shall not want. It makes me lie down on the sofa. It leads me away from the faith. It destroys my soul. It leads me in the paths of sex and violence, for the sponsors’ sake. Yea, though I walk in the shadow of my responsibilities, there will be no interruption, for the TV is with me, its cable and remote control, they comfort me. HotPott - November 2019

It prepares a commercial before me in the presence of my worldliness. It anoints my head with humanism and consumerism. My covetousness runneth over. Surely laziness and ignorance shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house, watching TV for ever. Page 5

From China to Cheshire…

Every expat misses something from home. For me, it was the seasons. In Hong Kong, the seasonal shifts are barely noticeable. Spring is warm and steamy. Summer is very hot and steamy. Autumn is balmy and steamy. Winter is slightly cooler and steamy.

Rebecca Roth-Biester There are occasional anomalies: several years ago the local news headline was a sighting of… wait for it… FROST!! Up on The Peak, Hong Kong's historic hilltop district. What excitement! Residents piled into their cars and made special trips to see this wondrous phenomenon. The highlight, for me, was the TV footage of brave Hong Kong firemen, bundled The ice at The Peak against the unprecedented cold, valiantly tackling black ice on the steep roads with high pressure water jets. Yes. Water jets! Autumn, ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, is my favourite season. In Hong Kong, the Mid- Autumn Festival celebrates the end of harvest. In a city brimming with rampant consumerism, it is a refreshingly simple celebration of the wonder of nature. Families and friends gather outside at dusk, often on beaches, to watch the full moon, a symbol of unity and harmony. Candles and lanterns are lit and those with an adventurous palate can be seen eating Page 6

Mooncake and lantern

mooncakes, traditionally made of lotus seed paste and salted duck egg yolks - not for the faint hearted!! But for me, after nearly 20 years away from this green and pleasant land, nothing can compare to the joys of seeing the leaves turn and the anticipation of Bonfire Night.

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Steve’s journey into the ministry… In June this year many of us travelled to Chester Cathedral to celebrate the ordination of Steve Murphy. Steve has been a member of the congregation of St Christopher’s for many years and recently has undergone training to become an ordained minister.

Sandy Milsom The service at the cathedral was a joyous occasion and the culmination of a hard journey for Steve, a journey made more difficult when in March this year Steve contracted Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder that attacks the nervous system’s pathways. He is slowly recovering but admits to getting very tired still and he has needed to relearn many skills. However, Steve has managed to retain his positivity and sense of humour and has been sustained by prayers, support and goodwill but most of all by the love and care of his family, especially Anne and Tom. Steve has not always felt the call of God and has battled doubts about his own motivation and faith along the way. His mother’s long illness and death after he had helped care for her made him feel angry with God. ‘She had multiple sclerosis. It’s such a thief of an illness. I had difficulty coping and when I was in my early twenties, I gradually drifted away from God and the church.’ Steve says he spent 20 years away. It took some time for Steve to be convinced of where God was calling him, initially dodging the call to ordained ministry, dismissing it as something people like him do not do. However, he now realises that doubt and questioning are part of the faith journey. Steve hopes to use his own life experiences in his ministry, to better understand other people’s experience of God. HotPott - November 2019

Steve’s many talents include being a trained actor. He has appeared in lots of films and television programmes and I am sure his acting skills will be useful in his role as curate at Prestbury, where he can use them to enliven an address from the pulpit, as we at Pott Shrigley have had the pleasure of experiencing on many occasions. Steve will complete his curacy at Prestbury as a self-supporting minister alongside his full time ‘day job’ working for Mersey Care, an NHS trust providing specialist mental health services and the Zero Suicide Alliance. Steve says he is so grateful for the kindness of the congregation at St Christopher’s and for the faithfulness of their prayers. He feels overwhelmed (in a good way!) by it but adds that he is now on the road to recovery. We all wish Steve well and hope that he will often return to St Christopher’s. We are proud of his achievement and feel that Prestbury are very lucky to have him as a curate. Page 7

The Tearfund BIG QUIZ Night 2019…and another quiz As notified last month, Pott Shrigley Church is again taking part in the Tearfund BIG QUIZ NIGHT. Following the great success of the 2018 event, the quiz will be held on Saturday 16th November 2019, in Pott Shrigley Village Hall. The bar will open at 7pm – so get your drinks in ready and be up in the hall pronto as Tearfund has decreed that the quiz should start promptly at 7.45pm! Recommended team size is between four and six, but we can be flexible. Participants are invited to give a minimum donation of £5, but donations of any size

will be welcome. As all proceeds go to Tearfund’s life changing work among the poorest communities of the world it would be good to top last year’s total of £300, but the main thing is to come and have fun with St Christopher’s church family and friends. Please contact Anne Murphy, telephone number 07891 953919, to reserve tickets. And speaking of quizzes – the money raised at the regular Poachers’ Inn quiz on Sunday 29th December will be donated to St Christopher’s. Please put this date in your diary – quiz starts at about 8.30pm.

Challenging the Eggheads: St Christopher’s Church Guild Mary Currell opened the October meeting with a prayer and a reading of the 23rd Psalm: ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’. We were then introduced to our speaker, Elizabeth Hayhurst.

Eileen Stratford Have you ever wondered what it is like to appear on TV? Elizabeth gave us a vivid account of her experiences. Did you see the programme ‘Eggheads’ with the Five Alive team in contest with the professionals? Elizabeth was a member of the Five Alive panel and she told us of the auditions and makeovers they had to go through before facing the cameras. She thoroughly enjoyed her experience challenging the Eggheads and was thrilled that her team won the round. Thank you Elizabeth for an entertaining afternoon. The next meeting will be held in church on Wednesday 13th November starting at 2.30pm. The subject will be the Macclesfield Page 8

Canal and the speaker is Tony Bonson. On December 11th the guild will be visiting the Legh Arms in Adlington for Christmas lunch. The cost will be about £15. *** A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup to come out of the bottle. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her five-year old daughter to answer it. “It’s the vicar, Mum,” the child said to her mother. Then she told her caller: “Mummy can’t come to the phone right now. She’s hitting the bottle.” HotPott - November 2019





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PCC Ponderings The PCC met on 17th September for our first meeting after the summer holidays. The vicar chaired the meeting with 14 members present. Many of the congregation will have seen where the proposed route for disabled access into the churchyard has been marked out on the ground. David Garton had previously circulated the proposals to PCC members and the comments received have been discussed with the diocesan architect, Graham Holland, and minor changes made. Before work can go ahead planning approval has to be obtained, together with a faculty giving the diocese’s permission. The PCC endorsed the proposals and agreed that David should obtain quotations and apply for the necessary permissions.

take advantage of a two month window in February/March to get the plaster renewal done. At the time of the meeting we were looking back to a successful jazz evening in the summer and forward to the folk concert at Shrigley Hall on 20th September. The PCC thanked Lydia and Simon Potts for their work in arranging the latter concert and all those who attended it will agree that it was a very enjoyable evening. The vicar suggested we might ask a Christian string quartet called Epiphany to St Christopher’s for a concert in the second half of January. Epiphany is a well-known and successful group and the PCC was happy for David to take this forward.

Ros Johnson

Keeping on the subject of building works, we have known for some time that it is necessary to remove paint from the north wall of the church as the layer currently in place is oil based, which does not allow the wall to ‘breathe’. There is some concern that when the paint is removed damaged plaster will be revealed. A plasterer has looked at this as well as other known areas of plaster repairs. Any large areas where the plaster is found to be faulty will have to be taken back to the stonework and the new plaster built up in layers till it reaches the required thickness. This process will take two weeks to carry out followed by a period of two months to let the new plaster dry out. As a first step it was decided a team from the church will start on the paint stripping in November, possibly beginning in the vestry. Bearing in mind the need to avoid unsightly repairs during the wedding season, it is proposed to Page 10

Two working parties had met during the summer – one to look at coffee serving arrangements and the second to co-ordinate actions towards having the church open during the week. Both groups gave written feedback to the PCC and the subjects were discussed in the meeting. There will be a further meeting of the coffee group in October to look at how to minimise the hazards of serving hot drinks in a congested area. The church opening group wishes to build up a team of volunteers of congregation members able to open/close St Christopher’s. Anyone who can help with this should contact Mike Akerman. David Garton gave an update on plans to replace the church projector (which is about to demise!) and facilitate the improved use of visual media to enhance our services and help our worship. This would be done with an eye to the future so the system has the HotPott - November 2019

capacity for expansion if further additions are required. David has identified a contractor on the diocese’s approved list who has given very competitive prices for the equipment. The PCC agreed that David progress this further and pursue the option of a laser projector, which is a sealed unit and does not degrade or heat up in the way standard projectors do, thereby saving on future maintenance and repair costs. It is a requirement of the Charity Commission that when the income of a church reaches a certain level the PCC should register as a charity and receive a charity number; this now applies to St Christopher’s. We need to

take certain steps to make ourselves ready for this, including identifying our role and objectives as a church and producing an annual report linking our finances with an assessment of our success in achieving our goals. The annual report will be presented alongside the accounts at the annual church meeting. It is also necessary to lodge details of PCC members with the Charity Commission and appoint an independent examiner who will scrutinise the accounts to ensure compliance with the Charities Act. David Garton was thanked for the work he has done to keep track of what we need to do and it was decided to use the next PCC meetings to continue preparations for this.

Deal or no deal…

For most reading this for the first time (no, don’t read it again, it isn’t worth it) the Great Day will have already arrived. October 31st will be behind us, that boldest of ‘trick or treats’ will have happened or not, deal or no deal. But as I put pen to paper (actually finger to keyboard) doubt hangs in the air and we are all waiting with bated breath. Well, some of us are; the rest are pretty fed up with the whole shebang ever since the referendum on June 23rd 2016.

Duncan Matheson No, I’m not talking about Brexit. The other referendum that same day, now dubbed Psexit, will be foremost in all our minds: how the vote in favour of Psexit was won by the narrowest of margins (1 in favour of leaving, 0 against). Some of us wish we had added our votes to those against and avoided the mess we find ourselves in now. Others are pleased that 99.5% of villagers did not hear about the referendum, just in case the vote might have gone the other way. A spokesperson for the council said: ‘Psexit HotPott - November 2019

will take place on October 31st, whether or not we reach a deal. The people, or was it person, voted for it and we will deliver. It is what our community wants’. When asked if, in the event of a no deal psexit, there would be traffic backing up at our border with Bollington, the response was: ‘We have put up diversion signs all over the place. As I speak there are diversion signs along Spuley Lane so any traffic backing up to there can go along Spuley Lane and then down Smithy Brow’. When reminded that Ingersley Road is currently closed the riposte was ‘Humph’. At the time of the referendum many were concerned about immigration. continued → We spoke to the vicar, Rev Page 11

David Psireland: ‘It is true that at that time more than 50% of our congregation came from outside the village, and indeed they still do. Sometimes the church can get very full and people did not want our resident population to be displaced by those coming from outside. Let me reassure everybody that all will continue to be welcome at church, whether they live in the parish or outside, and this will remain unaffected by whether a deal is brokered or not’.

or absence of a backstop will make little difference’. Graham Chopney chipped in: ‘We have a fine leg and sometimes even a very fine leg but never a backstop’.

HotPott has spoken to a few local residents about some of the issues and how it will affect us. On behalf of the village hall Ian Cowl said: ‘Obviously there are concerns that with border controls into Bollington, Shrigley Road will become a car park; we are confidant, however, that we can squeeze a few extra cars into the village hall car park’. As the most frequently asked question is about the backstop we visited the cricket club. ‘The backstop is only used in junior matches,’ replied chairman Andy Brayne. Club president Robert Rode said: ‘For us seniors the presence

Will we need visas? I can answer confidently (or as confidently as is possible in these uncertain times) that other cards will still be operational and nobody will need to switch.

Many locals are concerned about our trade and service links with neighbouring villages. ‘Will food cost more at the Co-op?’ and ‘Will I still be able to see my GP in Bollington/ Poynton/Macclesfield?’ are commonly asked questions: questions we don’t yet have an answer for.

After October 31st, of course, we will have the answers to these and many other questions. No longer will there be cries of ‘Psexit! Psexit!’ echoing in our village lanes. No longer will there be marchers on Shrigley Road protesting for or against deals or no deals. All this will be assigned to history books, where it rightly, or wrongly, belongs.

Progress in the tower!

those who have been ringing for longer. On Thursday, August 8th it happened that only five of our number were available for bell ringing practice, so we decided to ring a quarter peal, which is a continuous spell of bell ringing lasting, on Pott Shrigley bells, roughly ¾ hour.

Duncan Matheson Those listening to the bells as they arrive for the 10.45 service on Sunday mornings at St Christopher’s may have noticed an improvement in the quality of ringing lately. We have been fortunate that in recent years, three recruits decided to learn to ring and join the band, which is a great encouragement to Page 12

This was a source of some alarm to Anna, whose first quarter peal it was, but she rang extremely well – helped, possibly, by not worrying about it beforehand! It was entirely appropriate, but extremely sad, that the quarter was dedicated to Anna’s sister, Moy, who died on June 16th at the young age of 55. HotPott - November 2019

1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles, rung in 42 minutes. Treble Anna Howard 2 Laura Matheson 3 Sally Winstanley 4 Kath Matheson Tenor Duncan Matheson (Conductor) Also of note is that this was the first quarter peal rung entirely by those who ring regularly for Sunday services at Pott since 1998 – things are looking up! Never ones to get things done in a rush, we finally (and somewhat shamefacedly!) got around to agreeing a date to ring the quarter peal that John and Sheila Rose so generously bought at the last auction of promises held to raise funds for church. It really shouldn’t have taken three years!! Saturday, August 24th was a glorious day: quite hot to ring but great for sitting in the garden at Church View Cottage to listen, which is where the extended Rose family and friends (together with their picnic) assembled. John and Sheila dedicated the performance to their grandson, Callum John. 1296 changes of Cambridge Surprise Minor, rung in 42 minutes. Treble Richard Raymond 2 Rosemary Spencer 3 Kath Matheson 4 Graham Jenkins 5 Frank Osbaldiston Tenor Duncan Matheson (Conductor)

The ringers, all of whom have supported ringing at Pott Shrigley at some time, then joined the Rose family for refreshments. May 8th 2020 sees the 75th anniversary of VE day, a day when bells rang out to celebrate the end of the war in Europe. The early May bank holiday has been moved to this day and at 7.00pm all church bells are invited to ring out for peace. We plan to ring our bells at this time, so why not come and learn to ring so you can be part of this? Next time you hear the bells ring out on a Sunday morning or at practice on Thursday evening, give some thought to those ringing the bells and consider coming to join us. You won’t be disappointed! And as an aside, Anna has organised a dinner dance at Shrigley Hall to raise money for the East Cheshire Hospice in memory of Moy – please see the notice about it on page 9. Editor.

*** A German Shepherd, a Doberman and cat had all died and gone to Heaven. All three are faced with God, who wants to know what they believe in. The German Shepherd says, “I believe in discipline, training and loyalty to my master.” God says, “Good, sit down at my right hand side.” Then God asks the Doberman what he believes in. The Doberman says, “I believe in the love and care and protection of my master.” “Ah,” says God, “you may sit at my left hand side.” Then God looks at the cat and says, “And what do you believe in?” The cat answers, “I believe you are sitting in my chair”. HotPott - November 2019

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PSCC Centenary. The traumatic nineties… Part One After finishing the 1980s on a relatively good wicket, in the 1990s wickets of all sorts appear to have become distinctly sticky…

Graham Hackney For much of the 1990s, events off the field were distracting from the real business of playing cricket; compounding this was the loss of some of our talented juniors as they disappeared off to university or to weekend jobs. Despite the challenges leading to results that were below par, there were many fine individual performances. Rick Hollinshead again topped the 1st XI batting and bowling and earned himself a spot in the league XI following Graham Hackney and Dominic Lisle. Tony Hutter also had a bumper year on the 2nds, taking both batting and bowling honours; his 546 runs were a credit to his time spent in the nets. Martin Tute’s Indian summer continued in 1991 reaching 560 runs and Doug Martin finished a creditable

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seventh in the league averages, having only played half the season. There was success off the field too: the new fence had been erected thanks to funding from the ‘Buy a Post’ campaign organized by John Walsh’s sub committee; thanks were also due to John Jackson who led the installation, knocking in over half the posts himself as the rest struggled to keep up. In May 1991, we sadly lost our president, Jim Lisle, who died shortly after his wife; it was a huge blow to the family and club. All three of Jim’s sons (Mike, Greg and Dominic) had come through the juniors and their sister Caroline was also a regular visitor. Jim always had a big connection with the juniors, regularly helping out with transport. Many of Jim Lisle’s attributes were echoed by our next president, a forthright lady called Lily Tute, who at the time was also Mayor of Bollington. She and her late husband Lewis had a close affection to the club, with both sons Martin and John already playing and later granddaughter Kerry becoming both scorer and our first lady umpire. HotPott - November 2019

Jim Lisle

Lily Tute

The 1992 damp weather suited Terry Hill: his accurate seam bowling was outstanding, taking three of the top eight places in the league table, the best being on the last day of the season at High Lane where his 9 for 22 won the game. He also set a new league record of 75 wickets. Skipper Graham Hackney, at almost 50 years of age, was the league top catcher, taking 19 – only two short of the record. Rick Hollinshead was again top batsman with two hundreds finishing third in the league but Nathan Bull’s century on the same day as the Woodford Air Show almost became a danger to the spectacular Red Arrows overhead, his second 50 coming off 21 balls. Not content with performing for a local audience, the 1992 season ended with some players looking for modelling jobs after appearing on the front cover of ‘The Rothman’s Book Of Village Cricket’, the photo capturing a super square cut by chairman Mike Hart. Further fame came when the club featured in a match against the Rugby League XI on Sky Sports TV cricket round-up. The pavilion was smartened up too: a new pitched roof replaced the old flat one with the aid of a £4,000 grant from The Foundation for the Sports and Arts.

cars etc. Eventually the parish council, who still owned the cricket field, agreed to cars being parked on the bottom corner the ground, which solved that problem but with the properties situated at the entrance and alongside the track leading to the ground being sold, the issue of the maintaining the club’s indisputable right of way to the ground became paramount. Efforts to negotiate the building of a different entrance came to naught, and compounding the problem was the water meter for the cricket club’s supply somehow, following the culvert collapsing in 1987, ended up in Pott Hall Farm’s extended front garden! The unfortunate occupants of the farm had their newly laid lawn dug up to repair a burst pipe, so it was imperative that a solution be found. Next time we’ll follow the sad saga of the right of way, appropriately abbreviated. But on a happier note there will be more big hitting!

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New children, apples and herding sheep: news from Pott Shrigley Church School

We have had a wonderful start to our new academic year so far. Six lovely children have started in reception – five boys and one girl and have settled in beautifully already. They are particularly enjoying the outdoor area and the adventure playground. We enjoyed working towards our harvest celebration at church and we were proud of the way the children read their poems and prayers.

Joanne Bromley Our favourite activity is undoubtedly outdoor learning on David and Sheila’s farm where we have enjoyed a number of different activities – map making, mud printing, treasure hunting, weaving, outdoor art and, best of all, herding sheep. Who would have thought that children would make such great sheepdogs?! Huge thanks to David and Sheila for allowing us to use their land – we absolutely LOVE going to New Hey Farm, it is a real highlight of the week. Last year, the children chose three particular Christian values for our school to explore

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and embrace – koinonia*, compassion and respect. This term we are focusing on koinonia as we thought it fitted in rather well with the harvest celebration and gift giving and also the Macmillan coffee morning. We are taking a closer look at friendship and how we can help each other as outlined by Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians: ‘Encourage one another and build each other up’. Four of the older children visited a church school in Hyde to participate in an ethos conference in September. They enjoyed the day, learning about hope and aspiration, and they brought back many ideas for us to use here at Pott Shrigley. The children are beginning to lead worship on a Friday morning and are working together to make it fun and accessible for the younger members of our school family. Finally, we will be School of the Week on Macclesfield’s SILK FM during the first week in November. You can listen out for us on the radio or go on their website and click on the school of the week podcast to hear our amazing children talking about school. *which roughly translated means community, joint participation, sharing. Editor.

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I thought you might like to read Oliver’s harvest poem in print as we thought it rather good! Apples The emerald green apple Lies there on the tree Sleeping until one day When someone picks it And it gets devoured Into a dark, gloomy, black hole. I find some more apples in the basket At the front door Ready to go to the harvest festival. I am tempted to take it. I stand there whilst it taunts me. I walk away Maybe another day I thought. By Oliver Lloyd

Yes, they came from the Bible Nothing but skin and bones and By the skin of your teeth - from Job 19:19-20 (NIV). "All my intimate friends detest me; those I love have turned against me. I am nothing but skin and bones; I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth." The love of money is the root of all evil - from 1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV), is usually misquoted without the word love. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith..." The powers that be - from Romans 13:1 (KJV). "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God." Strait and narrow - from Matthew 7:14 (KJV). "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." HotPott - November 2019

Rise and shine - from Isaiah 60:1 (NIV). "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you." Eat, drink and be merry - from Ecclesiastes 8:15 (NKJV). "So I commend enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him …all the days of his life." Wash your hands of the matter - from Matthew 27:24 (NIV). "When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. 'I am innocent of this man’s blood' he said." Wit’s end - from Psalm 107:27 (NIV). "They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wit’s end." Broken hearted - from Psalm 34:18 (NIV). "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Page 17

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SUNDAY 8 DECEMBER Christingle 10.45am SUNDAY 15 DECEMBER Carols by Candlelight 4pm THURSDAY 19 DECEMBER Carols by Candlelight 6.30pm SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER Carols by Candlelight 4pm & 6.30pm (No service at 10.45am)


Holy Communion 11.30pm


Family Communion 10am

Sunday Services 8:30am and 10:45am unless stated otherwise.

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St Christopher’s Church Shrigley Road Pott Shrigley SK10 5RT

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Across 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) 18 and 20 Down ‘She began to wet his — with her tears. Then she wiped them with her — ’ (Luke 7:38) (4,4) 21 ‘We will all be changed, in a flash, in the twinkling of an — , — the last trumpet’ (1 Corinthians 15:51–52) (3,2) 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) Down 1 He betrayed Jesus (Matthew 27:3) (5) 2 Paul’s assurance to the Philippian jailer: ‘Don’t — yourself! We are all here!’ (Acts 16:28) (4) 3 ‘Fear God and keep his commandments, HotPott - November 2019

for this — the whole — of man’ (Ecclesiastes 12:13) (2,4) 4 The sort of giver God loves (2 Corinthians 9:7) (8) 5 Sun rail (anag.) (7) 6 Naboth, the ill-fated vineyard owner, was one (1 Kings 21:1) (10) 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) 14 Mop ruse (anag.) (7) 16 Foment (Philippians 1:17) (4,2) 19 Where Joseph and Mary escaped to with the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:14) (5) 20 See 18 Across Page 21

Your Vote Your Council The council met on 7th October and discussed the following matters:

Poynton Brook adjacent to Shrigley Road: the flood officer at CEC replied immediately with map and comment. He will notify the local highways team and will liaise with them regarding what actions may be necessary. Clerk will ask for an update about possible actions.

Highways •

Parking at Brookbank: Amy, the PCSO, has given an advisory notice when a car is parked facing the wrong direction. She, with support from Sergeant Percival, will continue to monitor the parking.

Potholes: Shrigley Road, near Mitchelfold, one resolved, works orders programmed for another two.

Remedial resurfacing of Shrigley Road from Green Close to the aqueduct: no further update or indication when this might be done.

Modifications to the chevron bend: this project may be near the top of the list of local projects costing over 10K but this is not known for certain.

Stones missing from the base of the wall at the side of the bridge on Bakestonedale Road allowed water to gush through and wash stones away from other areas, undermining the road. Highways officer has inspected this.

New gritting routes As reported last month there is a proposal for the gritting route in 2020/21 not to include Shrigley Road from Poynton to Normans Hall bend or Brookledge Lane to its junction with Springbank Lane. The criteria informing the decision-making process are not known, but the decision is not yet made; the clerk to find out who is making the decision and ensure the council’s comments are considered. This coming winter the routes will be the same as last year. Concerns raised by local residents •

Erosion caused by the flooding of

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The clerk reported a jammed gate on FP13 preventing access.

The clerk reported blocked gully at junction of Green Close and Shrigley Road.

Deterioration of new footpath from layby to West Park gate with all new stone washed away and creating a hazard.

Poynton Area Community Partnership A meeting on 10th September was attended by Cllr.Boulton. Road Gritting: There are concerns in other parishes too. An email address will be found for raising concerns. Poynton flooding: a working group will consider previous and recent events and to make recommendations to CEC, who took 2 years to complete the last report. Residents have established a flood action group with the support of the Environment Agency. The flooding inflicted internal damage on 120 properties; external damage is also evident. Council community support officers (CCSOs) have been delivering forms to try to get an accurate picture of the impact as this will influence future funding. Digital Thinking Course: this is a pilot scheme led by Digital Lifeskills Company to educate parents about the risks to young people from social media. Poynton council’s community support officers await accreditation from Cheshire Police to HotPott - November 2019

be able to deal with antisocial behaviour, alcohol, littering, parking and dog fouling matters. They currently issue advisory notices and go into local schools to talk about antibullying, road safety and firework safety. Radar Bands: head of independent living Tricia Grierson gave a talk about Astraline’s Radar bands which can be used to track the whereabouts of dementia sufferers. Planning Decisions NP/CEC/0819/0839 Location: Birchencliffe Farm, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SE Development: Removal of existing timber barn and construction of a new steel framed agricultural barn. Granted conditionally 19/4012M Location: Halith Cottage, Shrigley Road, Poynton SK12 1TF Certificate of proposed lawfulness for rear and side single storey extensions and rear dormer on existing roof. Positive certificate Pending 19/3716M Location: 1 Normans Hall cottage, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SE Certificate of existing lawful use of existing building as a residential dwelling. The council has referred the decision on this application to CEC planning department.

erroneously listed as Stone Products. Construction of new office block and storage warehouse. Clerk contacted the planning officer to complain about lack of notice for this application; he pointed out that he is under no obligation to inform neighbouring parishes of planning applications. Date and time of next meeting The next parish council meeting will be held on Monday 4th November 2019 at 8pm in the village hall. *** One evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother listened to her small son while he said his prayers and she then tucked him into bed. She was about to turn off the light when there was some loud thunder and, with a tremor in his voice, he said, "Mummy, will you sleep with me tonight?" The Mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. "I can't, dear," she said. "I have to sleep with Daddy." A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice: "He’s a big sissy." ***

19/3715M Location: Normans Hall Farm, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SE (Amendment to application ref. 18/4950M). Repositioning and alterations to approved Units 1 and 2, and increased parking to Unit 3. The council does not support this application. 19,3438M Location: Nab Quarry -MRI Polytech HotPott - November 2019

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The Suffering Church When we turn up at St. Christopher’s each Sunday to worship, we find the church open and welcoming, Praise God – but the situation in Algeria, as reported last month, remains difficult with two more churches being shut down within days of each other in the last four weeks, bringing the total number closed by the authorities in 22 months to at least eight. The most recent closures have left 450 Christians without a building to worship in and a Bible school homeless. Please pray for the authorities to show a more tolerant attitude towards their Christian citizens. A similar situation has been reported in Russia. In July bailiffs sealed the prayer hall of the Novorossiysk Baptist Church. This church had worshipped on the same land, which is owned by a member of the congregation, since 1998 and in 2012 they built a house and prayer hall and used this to worship without challenge until spring 2018 when the new leaders of the Novorossiysk city administration made a series of spurious allegations in the courts about the legality of the church. Rulings have mostly been in the church’s favour, but the authorities have recently invoked anti-terrorism legislation and cited the ‘lack of security measures’ as reason for closure, even though the church has 14 video cameras and a fire alarm. Yevgeny Kokora, a church leader in Novorossiysk, said the closure is a ‘flagrant

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Sri Lankan Christians

violation’ of the Religion Law and the Russian Constitution as it ‘prevents believers from coming together to profess their faith’. He said they will continue to challenge the closure, even up to the European Court of Human Rights, so that other protestant churches meeting in residential buildings will be less vulnerable to closure. Please pray for the protestant and orthodox church in Russia, that freedom to worship, which is enshrined in the Russian constitution, would be given to all God’s people there. In Sri Lanka, Christians in several localities have been repeatedly harassed and attacked, either during worship or on their way to church; at least five victims have required hospital admission. Some of the perpetrators have been arrested and charged but sometimes the police condone, or even participate in, the intimidation. It is also difficult to build churches: one pastor was told that three villagers had petitioned against the construction of a church and his request for financial help from the local authorities was blocked even though all necessary approvals for building had already been given. In August, the president of Sri Lanka’s Methodist Church said Christians in Sri Lanka were not being treated as equal citizens in their own country; this was in relation to concerns about police inaction following an attack on a Bible college student HotPott - November 2019

Food provided by Barnabas Fund in Burkina Faso

by Buddhist monks. Please continue to pray for Sri Lankans, that Christians there would be free to worship and would not suffer discrimination. In September the World Food Programme (WFP) activated its highest level of response

for countries in the central Sahel region; these include Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Escalating conflict, together with a seasonal drought, has led to 4.2 million people being displaced and 5.1 million in dire need of aid. In September, Islamist extremists stated their intention to eliminate Christianity from the central region of Burkina Faso; Christians were warned to ‘Flee, convert or die’. More than 150 Christians have been murdered there this year, often whilst attending Christian events or after refusing to convert to Islam. Barnabas Fund is providing food, clothes, medical care and other basic essentials for displaced Christians in Burkino Faso. Pray, pray, pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in all these situations, that they may remain strong and keep the faith in the midst of adversity.

Missionary Matters The McCleans in Thailand haven’t produced a new prayer letter yet, but herewith some gleanings from their Facebook group blog.

John Ryley Johnny says there are about 250 Christians out of a population of 52,000 in the Ram 2 area of Bangkok where they work. The churches in the area are planning a cooperative outreach on December 7th; please pray as they think through and plan this. Johnny is already preparing for the June 2020 Langham preaching training which seeks to help and encourage Thai pastors in their preaching ministry. Recent flooding in Bangkok has subsided but was quickly followed by severe smog generated by farmers in the surrounding countryside burning their fields after harvest. Please pray for all those affected, that homes would be repaired and health restored. HotPott - November 2019

Pray too for son Matthew as he seeks admission to a UK university for next year; he recently took a Law National Admissions Test - which gives a clue as to where his interests lie. Ann McClean’s life as a schoolteacher is challenging: she was recently in court giving testimony in a safeguarding case she was involved in 3 years ago. But things are very sad for her as I write. Last week her mum had a major heart attack; praise God for the help both the school authorities and the staff at UFM (their mission) gave to Ann as hasty arrangements were made for her to travel home but unfortunately Ann’s mum died before Ann was able to get to the UK. Ann has now arrived in Loughborough to be with her family. Please pray for strength for her and for the family in their shock and grief; daughter Bethan is taking the news very hard and is struggling with Ann being so far away so please pray for her and her brothers Matt and Joshua and for Johnny too as he cares for them in Bangkok. continued → Page 25


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Our missionary partners in Malawi, Megumi and Helen Fazakerley, are also experiencing the real difficulties that those whose work for the Lord takes them far from their families sometimes face. Megumi’s mother in Japan was evacuated from her home before Typhoon Hagibis hit it, but flood water and mud almost submerged the ground floor so although she is safe, the contents of her house, and possibly the house itself, are very badly damaged. Megumi is unable to be with her, as he would be considered an extra burden on already stretched local resources. Please pray for Megumi’s mother, and all those living in flood affected areas as they travel the long hard road towards recovery and rebuilding. On a positive note, Helen found the conference she attended in Kenya

to be both refreshing and useful for her work in caring for the missionaries working for SIM (the Service in Mission organization) in Malawi and Megumi was delighted to see a very positive change in one of the more problematic students at the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi, where he teaches, following her practical ministry placement over the summer. Following this she was able to really see and understand the relevance of the knowledge she had gained from her college studies to the practical application of the Gospel and her own ministry in the ‘real’ world. Please pray for all students preparing for ministry, that they too would be blessed with insight into the Gospel message and how they can use it to bring hope to those whose lives are extremely challenging. ***

I had been teaching my three-year old daughter the Lord’s Prayer. For several evenings at bedtime, she would repeat after me the lines from the prayer. Finally, she decided to go solo. I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word, right up to the end of the prayer: “Lead us not into temptation,” she prayed, “but deliver us some e-mail. Amen” HotPott - November 2019

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Recipe of the Month A bonfire night treat: Treacle Toffee

Those people attending Pott Shrigley bonfire in times gone by will have been fortunate enough to sample Margaret’s treacle toffee, honed to perfection after making mountains of it for the annual village bonfire.

Margaret Hart Margaret was a great cook and, alongside the rest of the Hart family, a great supporter of Pott Shrigley Cricket Club. Her daughter Sarah tells me that her mum spent the two weeks before the bonfire each year making treacle toffee and parkin and had worked on the treacle recipe over many years, developing the best way to store and wrap the toffee to stop it from all sticking together. (I remember pieces sticking together as a good thing as it resulted in getting more toffee! Editor.) The recipe below is for a small quantity. Ingredients: 1lb (450g) dark brown or granulated sugar 4oz (125g) butter 4oz (125g) black treacle Quarter pint (150ml) water

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Method: Put all the ingredients in a pan and dissolve slowly with the lid on the pan. Bring to the boil and boil quickly, only stirring gently and occasionally (usually takes 10 to 15 minutes but can be longer). To test, drop a very little into cold water, when it should set crisply. Pour into a well-greased tin of approximately A4 size (12x9ins or 31x22cm). When cool remove it from the tin and break with a toffee hammer or rolling pin and store in an airtight container. For those who like to use a sugar thermometer, the desired temperature is 270ᵒF or 140ᵒC, sometimes labelled as ‘soft crack’ on the thermometer. And another thing – be patient and don’t take your eyes off this for long as the mixture can change very quickly.

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Chores and Chains Cleaning Rota 1st Nov 8th Nov 15th Nov 22nd Nov 29th Nov 6th Dec

Mr& Mrs Ferguson (Wedding 13.30 Sat 2nd) Mr & Mrs Currell Mrs Plant & Mrs Bowes Miss Bunting & Mr & Mrs Stratford Mrs Foster & Mrs Winstanley Mr& Mrs Akerman

Tea & Coffee

Contact - Carole on 01625 820533 3rd Nov 10th Nov 17th Nov 24th Nov 1st Dec

Eileen & Peter Carole & Rita Bunting The Malyan family Yvonne & Rita Barrow Madeline & Pam Johnstone


Contact - Gill: 01625 829819 3rd Nov 10th Nov 17th Nov 24th Nov 1st Dec

Wedding Mike & Sue Akerman, in memory of Christine Vacant Ivan & Mary, for Hilda’s (Mary’s mum) birthday Vacant

Forthcoming weddings

Contact - Pam: 2nd Nov, 1.30pm Michael Carolan & Katherine Sadler We wish them joy in their preparations.

From the Registers Baptism

We welcome into our church family: 29th September Constance Rose Trenell 29th September Arthur Eric Chatterton 13th October Allegra Rose Percy 13th October Meadow Elli Elizabeth Snelson HotPott - November 2019

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Services November 3rd. 8.30am 10.45am

Holy Communion Holy Communion‡

2 Timothy 4.6-18

David Swales

Holy Communion Morning Worship*

John 13.1-17

David Swales

Holy Communion Family Service

Isaiah 55.1-12

Holy Communion Morning Worship*

Colossians 1.11-20; Luke 23.33-43

David Swales

Isaiah 52.1-12; 1 Thess. 5.1-11

David Swales

10th. Remembrance 8.30am 10.45am

17th. 8.30am 10.45am

David Swales Anne Murphy & David Swales

24th. 8.30am 10.45am

December 1st. 8.30am 10.45am

Holy Communion Holy Communion‡

All readings will be the same at 8.30 and 10.45 unless otherwise indicated. ‡ Junior Church * Youth and Junior Church

Christingle… looking forward to the Light of the World Our annual Christingle Service will be held at 10.45am on Sunday, 8th December and we would love to see you there. As usual, we will be collecting for The Children’s Society, a Christian charity that does such amazing work with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged 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 it back to the Christingle Service or leave it at the back of the church before then if you are unable to attend the Christingle service. All boxes, empty or full, will be collected on or before the Christingle service on the 8th.

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Sidespeople and Prayers November 3rd. 8.30am 10.45am

Mr. & Mrs. R. Stratford Mrs. E Harper + Mr. & Mrs. R. Ferguson

Audrey Bomford

Miss G. Mosley Mr. C. Potter + Mrs. C. Taylor ER: Mr. P. de Bourcier


Mr. K. Ardern Mr. S. Heathcote + Mr. I. Currell + Mr. I. Malyan


Miss G.Mosley Dr. & Mrs. R. Chasty


10th. 8.30am 10.45am

17th. 8.30am 10.45am

24th. 8.30am 10.45am

December 1st. 8.30am 10.45am

Mr. K. Ardern Mr. I. Malyan + Mrs. E. Harper + Mrs. E. Buffey ER: Mrs. N. Hughan

Anne Murphy

Singing for Christmas‌ The season of exercising your vocal cords/ chords is about to arrive, so please consider joining the St Christopher’s Singing Group. Once again, Sheila has kindly arranged for the rehearsals to be held on a mixture of Tuesdays and Thursdays in an attempt to minimise clashes with other activities so please take care to turn up on the correct day each week. Dates are as follows: Thursday 31st October Thursday 7th November Tuesday 12th November Tuesday 19th November Tuesday 26th November Tuesday 3rd or Thursday 5th December Tuesday 10th December HotPott - November 2019

All rehearsals will be held in church from 8.00pm to 9.15pm. The list of dates and times for our Christmas services is on page 19 Please contact Sheila if you need any further information: 01625 573492 Page 37


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 - Four groups offering fellowship, worship and Bible study: Daytime - Monday 10.30am, The Vicarage; David Swales, 575846 Rainow - Monday 8:00 - 9:30pm; Sheila Garton, 573492 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 2nd September, 2019. All telephone numbers are prefixed with 01625. Please give corrections and additions to

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Pott Shrigley

Bonfire night Cricket Field, Pott Shrigley

Sat 2nd Nov 2019 Fire lit at 6.30pm Fireworks at 7.30pm Admission: £18 Family, £8 adult, child £4, under 5s free Fireworks, Bar, Real Ale, Mulled Wine, Glowsticks, BBQ, Games Anyone bringing their own fireworks/sparklers/alcoholic drinks to the event will not be admitted

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,


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

01260 252287 Verger:

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

PCC Secretary:

Ros Johnson, 32 Tapley Avenue, Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1XX

PCC Treasurer:

Peter Kennedy,

Gift Aid & Planned Giving:

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


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

875902 07850 740335 574545 573735 David Garton, as above


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

07881 358976 Weekly Bulletin:

David Gem, as above

Electoral Roll and Safeguarding officer:

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

01260 252287

Tower Captain:

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

574983 574983 Pastoral Care Team:

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


Church Guild:

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

615547 Children’s Ministry:

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

575768 Praise and Play:

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

665054 Parish Council Clerk:

Joyce Burton,

Wedding Coordinator:

Pam Cooke,

Head Teacher:

Joanne Bromley, Pott Shrigley Church School, SK10 5RT

573260 Website:

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

PCC Members:

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, Kim Swales, David Gem, Anne Murphy, Kath Matheson, Chris Day.

574768 (please prefix numbers with 01625)

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