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£1 November 2021

Pott Shrigley’s Church & Parish Magazine

David’s Deliberations Dear friends, I am a self-confessed Radio 4 junkie. Every morning I wake up to the strains of the Today programme. So, as I emerge from a haze of drowsiness, it is often to the news of human suffering: earthquakes, refugees, corruption, war. Radios around the house see me shaving to reports of terrorist outrages and eating porridge to allegations of abuse. I wonder if, like me, such news sometimes makes you feel that some of the concerns, worries and plans of your own life are really rather unimportant? ‘The exhaust’s gone on the car!’ ‘How will I find time to do all those jobs?’ ‘We missed our overseas holiday this year – again!’ In the face of all this world’s horrors, our own concerns feel trivial. Do these things really matter, alongside the terrible suffering in our world?



to entrust your own worries and needs to Him, however undramatic they may appear to be.


David’s Deliberations


God calls…

Christmas is on its way!




Happy Birthday Rita!




Not a diet, but ‘Food for Life’


Pott School go on a Pilgrimage


PCC Ponderings


A Get Together for Hope

…you to be concerned also for the world beyond your own narrow sphere. To look outwards as well as inwards. When you hear the news, offer up a prayer for those you hear about. And there may be something practical you can do: supporting an aid project; writing a letter.

David Swales

Here are the Bible’s answers: God cares… …about you, and about every detail of your life. Jesus said: ‘every hair of your head is numbered’. He wants you

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God loves… …Pott Shrigley. There is just as much need for the hope of Christ here as there is in Afghanistan or Yemen. Here, as there, there is need for forgiveness in our failures, for hope in our despair, for comfort in our grief. We, too, need freedom from unhelpful lifestyles and patterns of thought, from deep-seated hostilities and resentments. For that is what the Christian Gospel is about: the love and grace of Christ; needed here at home as much as anywhere else in the world. Your friend and vicar, David

10 Cornfield Weed 14 The Tearfund BIG QUIZ 15 Sole Survivor… 16 Your vote, Your council 19 Coffee Break 20 Suffering Church 22 Missionary Matters 27 More help for mental health 31 Registers 33 Recipe: Jean ’s Family Fruit Cake 34 Services

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Christmas is on its way! As the November HotPott is published, we are suddenly shocked into realising that December, and Christmas, are not so very far away! December is always a special month at St Christopher’s: even the restrictions which were current last year were not able to dim the joy, creativity and variety of our services (if you don’t believe me, have a look at our online Carols by Candlelight, still available on our YouTube channel!). However, this December we very much expect to be celebrating together in person, and not only online: Our first seasonal service will be our Christingle Family Service, at 10.45am on Sunday 12th.

On Sunday 19th at 6.30pm we will hold our first Carol Service – Outdoors! Expect a special experience of the light coming into the darkness with familiar carols, the Christmas Story, visual effects, live music and our traditional mulled wine and mince pies. On Thursday 23rd at 6.30pm, our Carol Service – Outdoors! will take place for a second time. On Christmas Eve at 11.30pm we will hold our Midnight Christmas Communion. And on Christmas Day at 10.00am our Christmas Family Communion. Please be aware that, if the current precautions are still in place in December, booking will be required for all our indoor services – though not for outdoors.

David Swales

Christingle… looking forward to the Light of the World How lovely it will be to start our seasonal services with Christingle on Sunday, 12th December at 10.45! The sight of candles lighting up the darkness is such a powerful symbol of Jesus coming to bring His everlasting light to a world which so needs guidance and hope. 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. Unfortunately, as the pandemic has caused such difficulties for so many families, the need for The Children’s Society’s work has increased exponentially, but their income has not – so please give generously. So – please pick up a Christingle candle collecting box from the back of church (available from mid-November) and fill it with whatever cash you can. The boxes will be collected at the Christingle service, or if you can’t come to that (though we hope you can join us then!), they could be left at other services too. Please contact Liz Arrowsmith for more details: 01625 875219.

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Happy Birthday Rita! 21st September saw 10 church members, plus a passing lady and her dog, singing Happy Birthday to the lovely Rita Bunting, who was staying at Ingersley Court on her special day. Unfortunately, no one at Ingersley was able to receive visitors at the time, so this was an excellent substitute. Madeline unfurled the beautiful birthday banner she’d made, David set up his keyboard and the singing and cheering commenced. Rita, from her vantage point of the open conservatory door, looked doubtful initially (and who can blame her?) but then her wonderful smile

appeared, as did three bunches of flowers! The chef brought along a lovely cake, but we understand this was for Rita, not for the singers, and she no doubt enjoyed it afterwards. A few days later, some church members joined in prayers for all those at Ingersley Court who have, in recent weeks, been confined largely to their rooms to minimise the risk of becoming infected. At the time of writing, visiting restrictions remain in place; please keep the Ingersley community in your prayers, particularly Barbara, Dek and Rita.

Come and join us for refreshments! Sadly, as autumn progresses the option to have a coffee or tea and a biscuit outside after the 10.45 service is drawing to a close.

All I need at this stage are your names and contact details, email is the best, but a phone number is fine also.

Carole Taylor

As our new plans develop we are going to need helpers to oversee the refreshment table. Two people will be needed each week to ensure that whatever system we adopt can run smoothly. The more volunteers we have, the less onerous the job. Please, if you are able, join us! HotPott - November 2021

I look forward to hearing from lots of you! Many, many thanks. 01625 820533.

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It’s amazing! Not a diet, but ‘Food for Life’ The December 2020 edition of HotPott featured an article I wrote about my weight loss and the ‘Slimmer of the Year’ award I received from Bollington’s Slimming World group. More progress has been made: by 6th July 2021, my weight loss was 7st 7lb – I had reached my target! On 10th August I was again voted ‘Slimmer of the Year’ at Barbara’s Slimming World Bollington Group.

Gill Mosley I’m allowed to put on (or lose!) 3lbs without losing my ‘at target’ status – which means I don’t have to pay any fees. Result. When I had my stroke, I was advised not to drink alcohol with the pills I took. I found it hard at first, but I like to live so accepted my fate and got on with enjoying life. Other forbidden goodies were cakes, biscuits, crisps and ice cream; I still keep off these too, but have learned to accept them if necessary to avoid offending friends. So what do I eat? Lots of delicious things… Natural yogurt, oats, pear and/or apple; home-made vegetable soup with vegan cheese; salad with walnuts; Brunswick ham, chicken or bean salad with celery, tomatoes and mushrooms topped off with Page 6

mango chutney or dressing. The trick in averting hunger is to eat slowly (at least 30 minutes per meal) and to drink lots of water throughout the day. With wine no longer an option, I’ve discovered peppermint tea and a honey ginger drink – both extremely palatable. And oh… I’m allowed glacier mints to suck in the evening. Midnight hunger pangs are staved off with more water. It is God’s will that I eat and drink to sustain my love for Jesus Christ. Without Him in my life, together with some lovely friends and relatives, I would be very lonely. I’m also sustained by reading the prayers included on the SPICE emails Pam sends out, and it’s lovely to have joined the choir recently reestablished for singing at weddings – though I’m really looking forward to being able to sing at the 10.45am service too! Well done to Gill for sustaining her diet, and continuing to lose weight over the last difficult months. If only I had her will power… Editor. HotPott - November 2021

Pott School Children go on a Pilgrimage On Wednesday 13th October our Year 5 and 6 children headed to Chester Cathedral for Pilgrim Day accompanied by Reverend David and governor Alison Hamnett. The children had a fascinating day: the morning was spent creating a group artwork entitled ‘Our World in Collage’ which produced a fabulous piece of artwork now proudly displayed in our school. After lunch the children visited three areas of the cathedral with a view to thinking about the history, current use and future of the building and its place in our Christian faith. They were also asked to consider the idea of pilgrimage as a journey of faith as well as a physical journey and some even dressed up as pilgrims! Here’s the children’s views on the day: Nia – I enjoyed learning how the pilgrims lived from dressing up like them to understanding their diet. Toby – The organ was loud and impressive – particularly the low notes. Tyler – I liked making the bracelets which symbolised Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Oliver – I loved the organ especially when the organist played the Harry Potter theme tune – it was really impressive.

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PCC Ponderings Back and refreshed after our summer getaways, September 14th was time for our latest PCC meeting and this time, in a throwback to earlier times, we were meeting inside, in person. That’s right, face to face and under cover, albeit at a socially acceptable distance.

used for music and concerts; an additional benefit over the alternative the sound engineers brought was that this system only needed two rather than six speakers and so would be less intrusive visually.

We came to this meeting with a lot of decisions to be made around required spending, and as a council this is not something we shy away from. We are fortunate as a church to have a healthy bank balance, but we still carefully consider the spending we are authorising, making sure it is the right thing for the church, not only the building and grounds, but also for the people and direction of the church. The financial decisions made this time were:

Another of the tasks of the PCC now, rather than at the annual church meeting, is the election of sidesmen. Luckily, we have a strong group of volunteers to do the sides duty, so this is a simple decision for us in just ratifying those who have put themselves forward for this. Thanks to the newly elected members of our sidesmen team: John & Liz Arrowsmith, Tony Close, Kath & Duncan Matheson and Suzanne Wardle.

Chris Day

• The purchase of a strimmer, for which the PCC recommended a higher end cordless electric model with the anticipated benefits of longer battery life and the increased overall quality necessary to maintain a large area such as our church yard. • The replacement of the bell tower windows, urgently needed as one of these is currently broken, for which the PCC recommended the cheaper of the quotes we had for this work. As this company was found on a list on Peak Park’s website, there is the added hope that this will ease the planning application! • The specification of the speakers to accompany our new sound system as part of equipping our church for live streaming. Several PCC members attended a demonstration of the chosen speakers earlier in the week and were impressed with the sound quality, which will shine through when Page 8

• The renewal of our church insurance.

Discussion continued from our last meeting regarding our data protection responsibilities, particularly in regard to our streamed services, and while a decision has been postponed about who will obtain consent from visitors, agreement on some actions was made: • To continue collecting consent of regular attendees. • To put up clear and concise signs indicating the service will be live-streamed, with sidesmen bringing the notice to people’s attention. •

To turn off streaming during communion.

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effectively. Also, we agreed to bring back a small group of live singers, sitting away from the congregation, to perform at our services as we slowly move to a more normal way of worshipping and of church life in general. *** Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine ***

A Get Together for Hope: the first supporters meeting of 2021

Please join us as we focus on: Renewing relationships and discussing ways for members of the Hope Churches to be involved locally in Festival Manchester. Where: Holy Trinity Church Hurdsfield, Hurdsfield Road, Macclesfield SK10 2PX. When: 7.00pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday, 24th November 2021.

The church leaders in Hope in NE Cheshire would be delighted if you would join us for this special occasion – a chance to renew relationships and share experiences and plans. You will be welcomed with light refreshments on your arrival. Do bring your friends, family members and colleagues. ALL ARE WELCOME! We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting event.

A new ‘Book Nook’… has been created at the end of Cedar Lodge driveway on Shrigley Road, just beyond Needygate and before the canal bridge. Anyone is welcome to browse and take or leave a book for others to read. A big thank you to James Cooksey who brought his tools and cheery smile to put it on the tree for me. Denise HotPott - November 2021

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The Cornfield Weed...

As agriculture spread across Europe from the Middle East some five to seven thousand years ago, so did cornfield weeds such as corncockles, corn marigolds and oxeye daisies – but the most striking and recognisable of these is Papaver rhoeas, variously known as the corn, field, Flanders, or Remembrance poppy. We all admired the magnificent display of poppies created by church members last year for our Remembrance Service; the history of this ‘weed’ and its evolution as a symbol of remembrance is fascinating… The diverse members of the poppy family have long been associated with agriculture, creativity, wealth, addiction, grief, sleep, death and collective mourning and remembrance. Ceres, Roman Goddess of the Harvest, is often depicted with poppy heads in her hand; the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians used opium poppies for both recreation and grief management and the Minoans decorated their headdresses with them; in Greek mythology Hypnos, the personification of sleep, lived in an underworld cave where poppies and other soporific plants grew around the entrance; Galen, the Greek physician and philosopher born in AD129, used opium suppositories to induce sleep. More recently, Romantic poets such as Coleridge and Barrett Browning

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Poppy field; national museums scotland

habitually used opium both as a stimulant to write poetry but also to help contend with life’s trials; its use was not regulated in Britain until 1912 and it was sold in corner shops and pubs for pain relief – my great aunt Mary, a fractious child, was given two penn’orth of laudanum to settle her down: she slept for more than 24 hours! I was awakened to the reality of the Flanders Field poppy by a story told by my French teacher, who in the early 1920s taught in Northern France. Taking her pupils out into the fields one day she clambered onto a wooden structure and mused about the reasons for the poppies growing in lines; an awkward silence followed. She then realised that the lines were, in fact, old trenches and she was standing on top of a dug out. However, the association between the field poppy and conflict began centuries ago with Homer and Virgil; in the Aeneid the warrior Eurylaus’ death is described: ‘as when a richly hued flower is cut down by the plough and withers as it dies, or when the rain beats down the poppy’s head, weighed down on slack neck’. This imagery chimed with the death of soldiers in the trenches, not only often overcome with heavy rain, but also falling in death. But it is the masses of vivid red poppies appearing where men have died in battle that so poignantly tell of blood spilt and remind us of the individuals who sacrificed themselves for the greater good. The phenomenon is simply explained: HotPott - November 2021

poppy seeds can live in the soil for 50 years; repeated ploughing and tilling ensures their distribution in both deep and superficial layers. The seeds require light to germinate so when shell explosions, cannon fire and tanks churn up all layers of the soil at once, huge numbers of poppy seeds are released into the light to germinate. British historian Lord Macauley noted that after the Battle of Landen in 1693: ‘The next summer the soil, fertilised by twenty thousand corpses, broke forth into millions of poppies. The traveller who, on the road from Saint Tron to Tirlemont, saw that vast sheet of rich scarlet spreading from Landen to Neerwinden, could hardly help fancying that the figurative prediction of the Hebrew Prophet was literally accomplished, that the earth was disclosing her blood, and refusing to cover the slain.’ A similar phenomenon was noted after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, when again the soldiers’ blood seemed to be re-emerging from the soil.

in the Second Battle of Ypres, during which, in addition to the usual artillery, chlorine gas was used for the first time. 124,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing in the battle, 87,000 being Allied men; McCrae’s 22-year-old friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was among the dead and McCrae, noting the bright red poppies on the devasted battlefield, used the voices of those soldiers buried under these ‘weeds’ of the cornfields, in writing his famous poem We Shall Not Sleep, though we know it as In Flanders Fields. The poem was published in Punch magazine in late 1915, after being rejected by The Spectator. By the time McCrae died, from pneumonia and meningitis, in January 1918 his poem was well known; two days before the Armistice, Professor Moina Michael, a YWCA volunteer teaching injured veterans in New York, was reading In Flanders Fields

In spring 1915, Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was serving as a brigade surgeon for an Allied artillery unit fighting

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In Flanders Fields; royal british legion

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in the pages of Ladies’ invitation from the Prince Home Journal. She wrote of Wales, patron of the a poem in response: We recently formed British Shall Keep the Faith, which Legion, to visit London to includes the words: 'And introduce the poppy to the now the Torch and Poppy organisation. In September Red, we wear in honor 1921 she offered to fund of our dead…'. Professor the provision of one million Michael vowed to wear a poppies, made by widows red poppy to remember and orphans in France, the sacrifices of the Great to the UK but the Legion War and found a batch of finance committee refused; fabric blooms for herself subsequently Sir Herbert and her colleagues at a Brown went to Paris to see department store, thus if Madame Guérin really joining the movement could make and deliver inspired by McCrae’s poem these poppies. The result to make the red poppy a was positive – and it was symbol of remembrance decided that a total of nine Flanders Poppy Remembrance Day; and of hope for the future. royal british legion million poppies should Professor Michael joined a be made. President Haig Frenchwoman, Anna Guérin, who had spent wanted a 'Poppy Day Appeal' to coincide with the war lecturing and raising money in the Remembrance Day in November that year United States for relief of veterans and the and in posters for the appeal people were poor in France, to promote the poppy as a encouraged to ‘Wear A Flanders Poppy’ after symbol and as a way of raising money to the sentiment expressed in In Flanders Fields, support returning veterans. Initially their written six years previously. poppy design included the colours of the Six weeks after its launch, the first Poppy Allied nations’ flags entwined around a Appeal had sold out of poppies; £106,000 victory torch; this was unpopular but by mid(£5.2 million today) was raised for Haig’s 1920, both women succeeded in persuading Fund. As the British Legion had branches in Georgia’s branch of the American Legion (a every country which had sent men to serve, veteran’s group) to adopt the poppy (minus the movement soon became global; in one the torch) and shortly after the National remote place in South America poppies had American Legion adopted it as the official U.S. to be sent out by April to arrive in time for national emblem of remembrance. The poppy Poppy Day in November! rapidly became an international symbol As demand far exceeded supply, Haig looked though its appearance varies from country for a British manufacturer. Major George to country (as we learnt in HotPott 2020), Howson MC, who founded The Disabled and in the United States the poppy is worn in Society (subsequently The Poppy Factory), May, on Memorial Day which commemorates pledged to supply silk poppies for Haig’s sacrifice, rather than on November 11, Fund, and thus to provide paid work to Veterans Day, when all veterans, dead and wounded British veterans. Major Howson was alive, are honoured. not optimistic, despite receiving £2,000 initial In early 1921 Anna Guérin received an funding: writing to his parents he expressed Page 12

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a wish to employ 150 men but: ‘I do not think it will be a great success but it is worth trying. … the attempt ought to be made, if only to give the disabled their chance.’ How wrong he was: by the time the Prince of Wales visited the Old Kent Road factory in November 1924, the factory was making 27 million poppies and employing 300 ex-servicemen, with a long waiting list of veterans wishing to join. Major Howson subsequently bought four acres of land in Richmond, close to the Thames and Richmond Park, carefully chosen to aid soldiers’ recovery and rehabilitation. Flats built next to the factory provided homes and the onsite pub and cinema entertainment. In 1928 Major Howson founded the Field of Remembrance in the grounds of Westminster Abbey. A small number of factory workers stood around two battlefield crosses, one dedicated to ‘Tommy Atkins’ – the generic name for a ‘common’ British soldier traditionally attributed to Wellington – and the other to Earl Haig who had died 10 months earlier. They carried trays of poppies and invited people to plant them alongside the crosses; these days the Field of Remembrance comprises thousands of crosses, and for several years has included one commemorating Thomas Brabazon Lowther of Shrigley Park, and doubtless others from Pott Shrigley too. Poppies are still made at Richmond, though the process is largely automated, and the profits used to support the work of the now Royal British Legion: this includes enabling veterans with health conditions to enter paid employment in the factory and elsewhere in the UK, using specialist services as necessary; providing individual recovery and rehabilitation programmes for currently serving and ex-service personnel who are injured or ill; giving support and advice on housing and financial issues such as benefits and debt and running care homes, including HotPott - November 2021

Lapel Pin; the poppy shop

for those with dementia. Poppies have changed a little since their inception: they are no longer silk but do have leaves and the middle now bears the words ‘Poppy Appeal’ rather than ‘Haig’s Fund’; other poppies have been introduced too, such as purple ones to honour animals lost in conflict. Myriads of poppy related products are now available, including alternatives to the paper and plastic poppies such as enamel pins, from the Poppy Shop (www.poppyshop. and all single use plastic will be removed in the future - meanwhile poppies can be recycled after Armistice Day at any Sainsbury’s supermarket. So please wear the red poppy, such a potent symbol of remembrance, of resilience and of hope for the future and if you can, contribute financially to the excellent work of the Royal British Legion. And spare a thought for that humble cornfield weed too – pushed out by pesticides and intensive agriculture (and too vigorous mowing of roadside verges!) – and plant a few cornfield flowers. Sources acknowledged with thanks: We Are The Legion Julie Summers Natural Histories: Poppy BBC Sounds Wikipedia

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The Tearfund BIG QUIZ Don’t forget to book your place for this year’s Tearfund Big Quiz Night: Saturday 20th November 2021 at 7pm. It’s all online again, so we can have masses of participants from anywhere in the world (what’s Bea doing that night?) and still remain safe – except from some of the superteams whose expertise is bound to smash most of the rest of us into the ground. Booking required (sound familiar?) with our quiz maestro Anne Murphy, who will send out Zoom links to participants nearer the time. Last year St Christopher’s contributed 12 teams and £655 to help transform the lives of people living in poverty; across the UK 17,432 people from around 500 churches joined in

and together raised a staggering £256,000. In 2021 the focus will be on Abigael and her family in Burkino Faso, one of the poorest countries in the world, and one where climate change has caused an increase in hunger and poverty as crops fail. It’s not all doom and gloom though – Tearfund and their local Christian partners work alongside farmers to introduce sustainable farming methods which help ameliorate the effects of climate change. But – there is a long way to go, so join in and Follow Jesus where the need is greatest. Donations can be made at www.justgiving. com/PottShrigleyTearFundQuiz2021. Anne can be contacted on 07891 953 3919.

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The Sole Survivor… As an English teacher I taught the poetry of the First World War many times and was moved by the work of poets such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. My background research had always focussed on soldiers and the conditions they endured rather than the military aspects.

Joyce Burton In April 2017 I went on a trip to visit the battlefields of World War I. Although on occasion it was very harrowing, it put my research into context and brought me greater understanding. However, nothing could have prepared me for the sight of row after row of white gravestones all lined up in Tyne Cot Cemetery, where almost 12,000 soldiers are buried. I also visited Delville Wood, sometimes known as Devil’s Wood. The taking of this site was important in order to gain a tactical advantage to launch attacks on enemy lines at the beginning of the Somme offensive. General Douglas Haig and the British and Allied troops were successful, but it was one of the most ferocious confrontations of

the Somme with both sides incurring large casualties. It left behind a wasteland of shattered trees, charred and burnt stumps, huge craters and a hornbeam tree, the only survivor. The tree has been preserved today as a memorial to the South African forces who fought here. When I visited, the ground beneath the tree was strewn with seed cases, some of which I collected. As an avid gardener I could not resist the challenge of trying to germinate these seeds. To replicate the conditions for germination, I kept the seeds in the cold for months and then in the warm for more months before finally sowing them. Eventually, imagine my delight when I uncovered my tray to find thirteen seedlings. Unfortunately, most of them succumbed to the Pott Shrigley winter, leaving me with only three from which one has been nurtured in a pot for three years. Now with Cllr. Basford’s help and expertise in building cages, I have planted it on the village green where I hope it will also survive as a memorial to all those soldiers everywhere who died or were injured in the First World War.

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Your Vote Your Council Highways New/Updated/Completed issues • Fingerpost at junction of Street Lane and London Road: Cllr. Gleave from Adlington Parish Council has the matter in hand. Negotiations are taking place about resiting the finger post. • Double yellow lines on Pott Hall bend: Cllr. Boulton has exchanged several emails and sent a description and photographs to explain the problem to the Cheshire East Council (CEC) traffic engineer, who is going to draft some proposals. • Traffic lights near Cedar Lodge: a site meeting took place in early September 2021 regarding the road collapse north of Brooklet Cottage; a subsequent report should include all aspects of the problems identified and an agreement was made to communicate further to the parish council via the clerk. Work is due to start in the next few weeks, but the necessary river work awaits approval from the Environment Agency. • The gully under Shrigley Road, just above Pott Hall, has now been cleared of debris and roots. Action: Clerk will inform CEC. Pending issues • Chevron bend near Shrigley Hall: two large holes in the wall following an accident. •

Modifications to the chevron bend.

• Remedial resurfacing of Shrigley Road from Green Close to the aqueduct. • Stones are missing from the base of the wall at the side of the bridge on Bakestonedale. This may have been repaired now. • Road surface of Long Lane between Nab Quarry and Shrigley Road. Still waiting for a response about whether there are plans to fill in the potholes on the left.

cost is justifiable, even with a grant, before the clerk applies to the Poynton Area Community Partnership (PACP) for a grant, especially as she is aware that the grant criteria may not fit the situation. See below. PACP meeting A Facebook page will be set up to encourage groups to apply for funding; £13,145.99 is available. Cllr. Boulton suggested an application for £1,000 towards the ride on mower might be successful; the chairman advised that maximum information regarding use of the village green be provided. Himalayan Balsam – a major weed problem

This annual weed can grow two to three metres tall; it grows quickly and kills other plants by shading them. It also leads to soil erosion. Its purply-pink flowers are seen from June to October. Each plant produces around 800 seeds and when the pods burst, seeds can be sent up to seven metres from the parent plant. Himalayan Balsam is best removed before it flowers by pulling it up; it is shallow rooted, so this is quite easy. If you have any of this weed and can, please pull it up; otherwise, advise the parish council of any located around the village. Peak Park Parishes Forum AGM and Parishes Day

Village green maintenance

Attended by Cllr. Goodman.

Ride on mower: no funds available from the CEC crowdfunding scheme as the lengthy application process prevented completion before the deadline. Action: further discussion to take place in November to decide whether the

AGM main points:

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The impact of the Covid 'lock down' measure,

• A meeting with area MPs to express concern over the reduction in resourcing to the NP HotPott - November 2021

Authority • The effects of possible re-opening of the Matlock to Buxton railway line along the Monsal Trail etc. • The Forum committee is seeking additional members. •

The subscription is to stay at its current level.

Parishes Day- main points The Glover Review of Protected Landscapes, the PDNPA Management Plan and the PDNPA Local Plan Review. Footpaths – Jackson Brow Steps Despite several requests, no response has been received for an estimate for the renovation, and provision of a handrail for, the steps at Jackson Brow. The contractor appears to be no longer interested in the work. Action: Clerk will inform the Peak & Northern Footpath Society and leave the project now until next spring. Village green oak tree and hornbeam plaque The hornbeam tree (see The Sole Survivor on page 15) has been planted in a cage built by Cllr. Basford; an explanatory plaque was provided by Joyce Burton. The oak tree plaque has been removed temporarily for editing. Planning No change for any of the applications below: Pending 21/4435M Heatherdale Farm, Moorside Lane, SK10 5RZ. Proposal: Conversion of an existing agricultural barn to a single dwelling (resubmission of 20/3710M) It is obvious from the comments in the application that resubmitting this planning application after making the amendments suggested by the planning officer, the applicant is likely to receive a favourable outcome. However, the council abides by its previous comment that although this application will probably meet all planning laws, the conversion of steel agricultural barns into residential buildings is destroying the character of this rural area. 21/4345M Wood Lane End Farm, Wood Lane End, Adlington Proposal: Erection of a detached dwelling with associated access and landscaping following the partial demolition of existing outbuilding. The council had no comment: this property is situated outside the parish boundary. HotPott - November 2021

NP/CEC/0621/0623 Pott Mill Farm, Bakestonedale Road, SK10 5RU Proposal: Erection of agricultural building to store fodder and implements. Enforcement officer is waiting to see outcome of planning application so there is no conflict. 20/2413M Proposed Poynton Relief Road. Modification of Condition 41 of the decision notice was discussed by the Strategic Planning Board on 16th June and the minutes show RESOLVED but the planning application shows not decided. (Further detail in September’s Hot Pott.) NP/CEC/0720/0690 Pott Hall Farm, SK10 5RT Proposal: Sub-division of dwelling to form two dwelling units. Plans amended; decision awaited. 20/4189M near Wood Lane, Adlington. Proposal: Creation of glamping site. 21/0256M Needygate, SK10 5SG Proposal: Change of use of existing garage to holiday let and Inclusion of open lean-to extension and external alterations to existing garage doorway to form walling and window. 21/1251M Nab Quarry, Long Lane Resubmission for the regularisation of warehouse storage buildings and demolition of existing shed and replacement with two storey office building. 21/1283M Separate application for warehouse for MRI Polytech

Chair of the village hall David Garton is now the chair of the village hall management committee as Ian Clarke has retired. The clerk will write to Ian to thank him for his years of service. Refuse Collection Cllr. Greenwood contacted the team leader at ANSA Environmental Services about the bins not being emptied. She was advised that additional waste for the black and grey bins should be bagged; this will be collected. Any additional garden (green bin) waste should be left in a container/bag capable of being tipped into the green bin and this will also be emptied. This is not a solution; in various parts of the village bins are not being emptied on a regular basis. Next meeting The next meeting will take place at 8pm on 1st November 2021 in the village hall. Page 17

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Coffee Break Across 1 In David’s battle with the Arameans, 700 of these were killed (2 Samuel 10:18) (11) 9 ‘No — , impure or greedy person has any inheritance in the kingdom of God’ (Ephesians 5:5) (7) 10 City on the banks of the River Nile (5) 11 Stamped addressed envelope (1,1,1) 13 Taverns (4) 16 ‘Be on your guard; stand — in the faith’ (1 Corinthians 16:13) (4) 17 ‘He will not always — , nor will he harbour his anger for ever’ (Psalm 103:9) (6) 18 and 27 Down Where the magi came from and what guided them (Matthew 2:1–2) (4,4) 20 Ancient Celtic alphabet of 20 characters (4) 21 She married Esau when he was 40 years old (Genesis 26:34) (6) 22 A great-grandson of Noah (Genesis 10:7) (4) 23 Title accorded to certain Roman Catholic clerics (abbrev.) (4) 25 ‘My house will be a house of prayer; but you have made it a — of robbers’ (Luke 19:46) (3) 28 Annie (anag.) (5) 29 Plead with (Zechariah 7:2) (7) 30 Tenth foundation of the new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:20) (11) Down 2 ‘We have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by — hands’ (2 Corinthians 5:1) (5) 3 Uncommon excellence (Proverbs 20:15) (4) 4 ‘You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine — have been poured upon me’ (Psalm 92:10) (4) 5 — Homo (‘Behold the Man’) (4) HotPott - November 2021

6 ‘He has given proof of this to all men by — him from the dead’ (Acts 17:31) (7) 7 ‘Our — is in heaven’ (Philippians 3:20) (11) 8 ‘This is a day you are to — ’ (Exodus 12:14) (11) 12 Assault (Psalm 17:9) (6) 14 ‘Jesus found a young donkey and — upon it’ (John 12:14) (3) 15 Liverpool dialect (6) 19 ‘Remember the — day by keeping it holy’ (Exodus 20:8) (7) 20 Nineteenth-century German physicist after whom the unit of electrical resistance is named (3) 24 Nazirites were not allowed to eat this part of a grape (Numbers 6:4) (5) 25 ‘If anyone would come after me, he must — himself and take up his cross and follow me’ (Mark 8:34) (4) 26 Evil Roman emperor from AD54 to 68, responsible for condemning hundreds of Christians to cruel deaths (4) 27 See 18 Across Page 19

The Suffering Church Christians in India and Nepal are suffering in many respects. Many Christians have died in the pandemic, including (as at mid-June 21) over 2,000 Indian pastors; the figure will be much higher now, which leaves many churches without leadership, and Christians having no one to teach and shepherd them. Please pray that God will call many new people to positions of leadership in the Indian church, and that He will make training for them possible. Uttarakhand State in northern India has enacted anti-conversion laws which make it illegal to use fraud, force, or allurement to encourage someone to change their religion; eight other states have done the same. In early October a 200-strong mob armed with iron rods attacked a church in Uttarakhand just as a service was beginning; five Christians were injured, one critically, and church property, including CCTV cameras and musical instruments were damaged. A mobile phone being used to live stream the service was destroyed. The intruders were identified as members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as well as Hindutva groups Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal. The BJP state president denied party members were involved but claimed that locals had reacted angrily to the church premises being used for the conversion of Hindus. A police officer said that the alleged perpetrators were being traced and arrests were imminent.

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Aftermath of explosion in Beirut, grain silos on left; wikipedia

The dreadful explosion in August 2020 on a ship in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, which killed at least 218 people, particularly affected East Beirut’s Christian neighbourhoods, with many Christians amongst the injured, homeless and dead. Although in the UK, some are concerned about disrupted supply chains and how this may affect Christmas celebrations, in Beirut fears are more fundamental: that they ‘won’t even be able to provide a home or food by that time’ – the words of a Lebanese Christian leader to Barnabas Fund recently. The ongoing fuel crisis will worsen as, with winter approaching, daylight hours shorten and the temperature drops in this mountainous land. Around the port many dwellings remain damaged, with no proper doors or windows, so keeping warm this winter will be extremely problematic. Lebanon’s dire economic situation means that state-supplied electricity has virtually ceased, so extended blackouts engulf all without private generators. Fuel for generators and cars is becoming increasingly scarce, and too expensive for many to buy even when it’s available. Food is in short supply too: already many families, even those with means, are going without meals in a time of hunger unlike anything in living memory in Lebanon. Recent street protests in Beirut about the investigation into last HotPott - November 2021

year’s explosion resulted in several deaths and many injuries. Please pray for effective government to be in place, for justice to prevail and for a functioning economy, so that all Lebanese can access sufficient food, fuel and housing. Pray too that the efforts of charities (such as Barnabas) working in the area will be blessed. Christians in Nigeria remain under severe threat from terrorist groups such as Boka Haram, but there is encouraging news about the students and staff abducted by gunmen from Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna State in July 2020. Some escaped, but most of the 120 students were released in batches in the following months and now five more, plus the school’s matron, have also been freed, leaving four students in captivity. The President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention was delighted. ‘Glory be to God,’ he said. ‘Thank you for your prayers and support.’ It’s common to receive leaflets through the post encouraging us to make advanced preparations for our funerals, though most of us are concentrating on living! But burial for Christians is a recurrent problem in many parts of the world, including in Sri Lanka’s Hindu-majority eastern coast region where burial grounds are controlled by local temples. A deceased Christian woman in the region was buried according to Hindu rites after residents, village administrative officers and other government appointees argued that a Christian funeral was not permitted in the village cemetery and forced her daughters to agree. Sometimes the bodies of Christians are exhumed from temple-controlled burial grounds and discarded. Sri Lankan Christians, who make up 8% of the population, suffer discrimination, harassment and sometimes violence from Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu extremists. Since late August 2021, Turkey has appeared to use a supposedly anti-terrorist military campaign in Syria and Iraq to target HotPott - November 2021

Bethel student released, Nigeria; Godwin Isenyo

Christians and other minorities; at least 12 civilians have been killed and a hospital was bombed. An analyst in The Jerusalem Post states: ‘It is unclear why Turkey’s claims to fight “terrorism” often coincide with bombing minorities in Iraq and Syria and carrying out attacks against Christian, Kurdish and Yazidi minorities.’ Amy Austin Holmes, a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC, concurred and noted that Turkey’s military campaign has continued in Syria despite a ceasefire agreement being signed in October 2019. She also reported that in the first year of the agreement the ‘Assyrian Christian region of Tel Tamer was targeted every single month’. Turkey claims to be combating the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a proscribed terrorist group, but operations in Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan have indiscriminately targeted Christian and other civilian communities who have already suffered oppression, persecution and

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death at the hands of Islamic State. Although Turkey is technically a secular state, President Erdoğan seems increasingly open about his ambitions to spread Turkish Islamic influence. In summer 2020 he ordered that Hagia Sophia and the Church of the Holy Saviour – both originally Christian churches, then mosques, and latterly museums – be turned back into

mosques, declaring that ‘the conquest of Istanbul and the conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque are among the most glorious chapters in Turkish history.’ Please pray for protection, resilience and relief for all persecuted Christians. Sources: Barnabas Fund.

Missionary Matters Johnny and Ann McClean remain busy in Thailand, so recent news of them is sparse.

John Ryley Johnny and Pastor Pramote from the New Life Church have been bulk buying food to help people in the church who have had COVID or who have lost jobs in the tourist industry and are finding life extremely difficult. The organisation Youth with a Mission (YWAM) has also been on the scene supplying hundreds of meals to people in difficulty. Although Thailand has been moved off the UK ‘red’ travel list and the Thai Prime Minister’s surprise promise back in mid-June to reopen the country to foreign tourists by October is being actioned (slowly), it is difficult to

know how quickly the Thai tourist industry, so vital to its economy, will recover from its currently moribund state (70,000 visitors in the first eight months of 2021 compared to 40 million in 2019). Reducing quarantine for fully vaccinated tourists to one week from two, keeping bars closed and restaurants alcoholfree and shortening the curfew by one hour is unlikely to generate many jobs in tourism or the night economy, so unemployment and the hardships it brings are likely to remain significant. Also, the vaccination programme is progressing slowly, with less than a quarter of the population fully vaccinated, and many who received the less effective Sinovac vaccine now having to get boosters. Praise God that Johnny and Ann are fully vaccinated with the AstraZeneca preparation. As far

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Mother's day

as I know Ann is still teaching and children Bethan and Joshua still having lessons online. Son Matthew is in Belfast at the university. Pray for them all, and for those in their church and the refugees they support, that they would continue to walk closely with the Lord and be blessed in their endeavours. A brief note from Megumi and Helen Fazakerley in Malawi tells of the recent Spiritual Life Conference, an annual gathering of the entire SIM Malawi team (including two families who’ve recently joined) for a week of devotion, prayer, encouragement, learning, relaxation and refreshment. The daughter of one of the missionaries was baptised during the week too. The theme was ‘unity in diversity’. The week was much enjoyed! Mother’s Day has just been celebrated in Malawi, and the team welcomed Marilyn Barr who has retired to Canada now, but who with her late husband Paul started a 40-year missionary life in Malawi in 1974. Marilyn was like a mother to many of the team and they were glad to celebrate her retirement with her on Mother’s Day! All is quiet concerning the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi (EBCoM), where Megumi used to teach. Please pray very much into this situation: Megumi does not seem to be teaching at present – but may do next

term in 2022. Two other teachers from the UK, Stephanie Darling and Ruth Guiness, seem to have withdrawn and taken up other ministries too but the need for pastors and evangelists is great, and training for them is needed, but EBCoM seems distracted with loftier ambitions. On the home front, Megumi and Helen’s youngest daughter Mary has just announced her engagement to her boyfriend of five years’ standing, Trevor. They plan to marry in two years’ time when they both graduate from university.

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Autumn&Winter 2021


Pott Shrigley Community Cinema

At Pott Shrigley Village Hall SK10 5RT


We proudly present :

3rd November - Nomadland (cert 12A)

6th October – The Father (cert 12A) 1st December - Dreamhorse (cert PG) 3rd November – Nomadland (cert 12A) 22nd December - No Time to Die 1st December – Dreamhorse (cert PG) (subject to license availability)

Tickets are limited to 50 as part of the covid precautions So advance booking is recommended.See website for details.

Ticket agents: - Anthea Wilkinson (01625 573538) (and St Oswald’s church, Bollington)

- Peter M Boulton (01625 876646)

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From the Registers Baptisms

We welcome into our church family: 16th October Emma Amy Rachel Bowden “Your magazine needs you.”


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Recipe of the Month

Jean Ferguson’s Family Fruit (Christmas) Cake

Elsie Walsh (Jean's mum)

My mum taught both our children to make this special easy recipe just as soon as they could stand on a chair to weigh the ingredients. My son, Rob, still makes it as his Christmas cake every year.

Ingredients: 432g tin of crushed pineapple in juice 450g (1lb) mixed dried fruit 275g (10oz) soft light brown sugar 150g (5oz) melted butter 150g (5oz) plain flour (sieved) 1 teaspoon mixed spice ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 2 large eggs 2 tablespoons pineapple juice Method: Melt the butter in a large pan; add the sugar while the mixture is still warm. Stir in crushed pineapple and mixed fruit. Put the lid on the pan and leave overnight. Gently heat the mixture and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Allow to cool. Set oven to 160°C (fan oven)/180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Grease and line an 18cm (8in) round tin or 20cm (7in) square tin. Combine flour, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda.

Mix eggs, pineapple mixture and pineapple juice. Add flour mixture and mix thoroughly. Spoon into prepared tin and bake for 2 hours until firm to the touch. Cover with foil until the centre of the cake is cooked, (I check after an hour to make sure) then remove foil to allow cake to brown. Store for 24 hours before cutting. Enjoy . The photo shows Rob’s Christmas cake: he applied marzipan and fondant icing to the top of the cake, using apricot jam to make it stick. He then removed a circular section from the middle and cut this into small portions for individual gifts. The hole in the main cake was then filled with Lebkuchen biscuits. It was delicious!

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Services 7th November. 8.30am 10.45am

Morning Prayer Morning Worship‡

Mark 6:30 -46

James Gibson

14th. 8.30am 10.45am

Morning Prayer John 14.25-27 Morning Worship‡**

Taffy Davies

21st. 8.30am 10.45am

Morning Prayer Family Service

David Swales Anne Murphy & David Swales

Luke 7:1-10

28th. Moses 8: Farewell 8.30am 10.45am

Holy Communion Morning Worship*

Dt 32.48-52;34.1-8

David Swales

Malachi 3.1-4 Luke 3.1-6

David Swales

5th December 8.30am 10.45am

Morning Prayer Holy Communion

If you would like to attend any of our services in person, please let Duncan Matheson know.

All 10:45am services will be streamed live - visit our website for direct links.

A recording of each live-streamed service will be available from the services page of the church website: ‡ Junior Church * Youth Church (during 10.45 service) ** Youth Church (at 6pm) Prayers


Sidesmen at 8.30

7th November

The Gartons

Mike Akerman

Gill Mosley & Sue Wardle


Audrey Bomford

Nicky Hughan

Liz & John Arrowsmith


Youth Church

Clare Chasty


Celia Fraser

Ian Malyan

Tony Close

5th December

Paul Bowden

Richard Chasty

Kath & Duncan Matheson

Church Cleaning 5th November

Mr & Mrs Ferguson


Mr& Mrs Akerman


Mr & Mrs Currell


Mr & Mrs Whitehead

3rd December

Mrs Plant & Mrs Bowes

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*** A keen young boy, attending his first Mass as an altar boy, was very attentive to everything the priest said. He was especially struck by the priest’s prayer: “Lord, wash away my iniquities, and save me from sin!” In the sacristy afterwards he humbly asked the priest where he should pour the water from the ablutions bowl: “Please father, where shall I put your iniquities?” *** HotPott - November 2021

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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


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

829595 829819 07881 358976 David Gem, Ridge Hall Farm, Ridge Hill, Sutton, Macclesfield, SK11 0LU

01260 252287 Verger:

Situation Vacant

PCC Secretary:

Chris Day

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,


Andy Phillips, as above

07881 358976

Weekly Bulletin:

David Gem, as above

01260 252287

Electoral Roll and Safeguarding officer:

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

Tower Captain:

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

Pastoral Care Team:

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


Church Guild:

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


Children's Ministry

Situation Vacant

Youth Ministry:

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

574983 574983 575768 Praise and Play:

Situation Vacant

Parish Council Clerk:

Joyce Burton,

Wedding Coordinator:

Pam Cooke,

Head Teacher:

Joanne Bromley, Pott Shrigley Church School, SK10 5RT


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

573260 PCC Members:

(please prefix numbers with 01625)

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

This directory was updated on 24th August 2021. Please give corrections and additions to

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