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£1 October 2017

Pott Shrigley’s Church & Parish Magazine

David’s Deliberations Four years ago, Kim and I walked the 500 miles of the ‘Camino de Santiago’ (Way of St James) in northern Spain. Pilgrims have walked that route for hundreds of years, and still today it is very popular. We returned from our experience convinced that pilgrimage is a great way of understanding the Christian life.



need carrying, at other times will run ahead or point out things along the way which the adults might have missed. Not a bad picture of how church should be!


David’s Deliberations


All Creatures Great and Small


Paul Quirk


Kathleen Penney

Above all, pilgrims need to trust God daily to guide and strengthen them and to provide for their needs: something Kim and I got at least a glimpse of as we took only what we could carry and booked no accommodation for the journey.


Flix in the Stix


New Church Room


Guild Goings On


The Persecuted Church


Christmas is Coming


PCC Ponderings


Missionary Matters


Mouse Makes


Coffee Break


Your Vote, Your Council


To be confirmed


Chores & Chains


Recipe: Fruit Cake






From the Registers


Regular Church Activities

David Swales

We often speak of life as a journey, with smooth going and rough, with a beginning and an end, and, for the person of faith, with God as travelling companion and guide. A pilgrim, though, is on a special kind of journey: not aimlessly wandering, but moving to a destination and not travelling simply to ‘get there’, but, because in the very act of travelling discoveries are made, abilities are strengthened, trust is deepened. And pilgrimage is not just a solo activity. A pilgrim finds themselves thrust together with others undertaking the same journey: many of those we met along the Camino remain special friends to this day. In a pilgrim community there is a place for everyone: the old, who may need support, have experience and guidance to impart; the young, who at times Page 3

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But neither of us will ever forget that moment of arrival at journey’s end: the amazing Cathedral of Santiago. The sense of completion was palpable and joyous. And our Christian pilgrimage is guaranteed; that eternal moment of arrival and abiding in the one who is ‘the end of all our travelling’, something we recently celebrated when we gathered for Kath Penney’s funeral. Our pilgrim community at St Christopher’s exists to help everyone in their pilgrimage. Now the autumn season is well underway, I do hope that our regular worship and preaching, our junior and youth churches, our home groups and other things which continued →

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we offer, will help you on the Way: whether you are a new or a well-travelled pilgrim! Your friend and Vicar David PS Please note that, alongside our excellent evening home groups, there will soon be a

daytime one - see page 29. Notice also that there is an opportunity to prepare for Confirmation, an experience which for many becomes a turning point on their own pilgrimage - see page 23 for more information.

All Creatures Great and Small

I’ve never been particularly keen on spiders, with those long bare legs. I feel it embarrassing….almost indecent! Yuk!

may say the relationship is ‘dangerous’ or ‘improper’ but I would question this. After all, Florence is a tarantula.

Dek Davie

My daughter is an animal lover, and so am I, but I feel she goes ‘over the top’. With grown up children, a babe in arms, a dog, two cats plus sundry other pets and boyfriends, the house is already getting crowded. My daughter constantly has to make adjustments to the accommodation. In any case, there can’t be many people prepared to move into such a busy household. But now Florence has moved in! Strangely, she seems to fit in quite well and to be

Lizards by Dek Davie

happy. I find her quite attractive: nice looking and well dressed. To tell you the truth…..I think I’m in love! I believe my feelings are reciprocated, for we like to sit together on the chair canoodling (I blush!). She may be surprisingly untidy – I found her very fashionable dress and leggings just thrown onto the floor – but by the time I saw her she was wearing a completely clean set again. Just one problem remains! I have a rival for her affections: my daughter herself. People Page 4

Florence is just one of my daughter’s extensive collection of exotic pets! There are two other tarantulas, a scorpion, bearded dragons, Chinese water dragons and geckos. She also has two tegus, which to my untrained eye look like small crocodiles (with their snapping jaws I am unconvinced that they are not!). All are carefully tended, fed according to their varied dietary requirements, handled regularly and in many cases have swimming sessions in the bath (not the public baths!). It may sound hectic, but on a warm day I cannot imagine anything more peaceful than sunbathing in the back yard, a cat on my lap, another cat grooming her best pal (a dog) and two dragons finding favourite stones on which to bask in the sun, pretending to be asleep. All the animals are named and a roll call would sound like a school attendance register. St Francis – beat that!

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Introducing Paul Quirk

headteacher at Pott Shrigley School I have thoroughly enjoyed my first two weeks as head teacher at Pott Shrigley Church School. Small, rural schools are not new to me, however, as I am also head teacher at Kettleshulme St James and have been for the last 10 years. My journey to this point started in Liverpool where I took my teaching degree. I spent four years at Christ’s & Notre Dame College, which later became Hope University. I was late to teaching – my first career being that of photographer – and I took up my first post in Altrincham working with a fantastic head teacher who was well ahead of his time. The more I think about my own headship, the more I think about him and the influence he had on me. He gave me opportunities to explore teaching and to try new things – making mistakes along the way. The mistakes weren’t important to him, but what one learned from them – the early days of the ‘growth mindset’, which is something I very much advocate today. I then moved into Cheshire, working in Wilmslow with a head teacher who was truly inspirational and to whom I will be forever grateful for bringing out the best in me. She gave me opportunities which I relished and working with her was great training for what was to come. A few years later I found myself in the position of being a head teacher myself, using my two mentors to mould and form my own leadership style. At Kettleshulme I maintained a significant teaching commitment and was able to work alongside teachers and keep in touch with the day to day realities of teaching children. While that will be a little different this year, it is still close enough for me to remember what the day-job is like and give the teachers at Pott Shrigley Page 5

the room to be creative and inspirational. Our children are growing up in demanding times. An important part of my philosophy is the belief that children become independent thinkers and lifelong learners – and I think small schools are particularly good at enabling this to happen. It is important that we teach children to be adaptable and to manage change effectively. I am a great believer in a collaborative approach which means that, through networks of schools, our children are able to work with their peers in other settings, giving them the experience of working in larger groups while maintaining our own small cohorts. We are open to new ideas and keen to do things with (and not to) our learners. Outside school I try to get out into the wonderful countryside in this part of the world – it is one of the reasons I moved to Cheshire almost 20 years ago. I cycle a great deal – although touring rather than racing, and, while hills are a part of everyday life here I try to find another way around! For the last 10 years I have maintained an allotment and I live in the sure and certain hope of growing something largely edible in the not too distant future. Having said that, the fruit was good this year. So here I am, after the initial weeks, looking forward to the future and ensuring Pott Shrigley Church School goes from strength to strength.

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Kathleen Penney

a true Pott Shrigley Lady On 22nd August Pott Shrigley lost one of its most treasured occupants. Kathleen (or Kath or Kay as she was more usually known) was born, raised and lived in the village for most of her long life; she was a Pott Shrigleyite through and through and together with her life long friend Dorothy Stewart (nee Harding) was the source to whom most people went when they required information about Pott’s history. Kathleen Kirk was born in June 1923 at Walker’s Green Cottage as the younger sister of Frank and Annie; her father was a coal merchant. Kath attended Pott Shrigley School before transferring to Macclesfield County High School for Girls and then, at a time when relatively few women obtained degrees, both she and Dorothy went to Manchester University where Kay read English and

History, graduating in 1944. Kay never forgot seeing the German planes going over Pott Shrigley and seeing behind The Nab the horrible glow of the fires their bombs caused in Manchester and Liverpool during the Second World War. After university, Kath and Dorothy went to Warwickshire to teach; Kay stayed one year and Dorothy two – allegedly because her digs were better! Kath returned to teach in Macclesfield, but in 1947 Pott Shrigley was struggling to appoint a head teacher and so asked Kay if she would consider the post – she started in March during the worst blizzard in living memory and remained until 1983. She met her husband Ken, who was from Manchester, when he was working at West Park Gate Farm; they married in December 1947 and their honeymoon in Perthshire was the first of many wonderful trips to Scotland; she and Ken loved the Hebrides in particular. It was also the start of a long friendship with the family who owned the farm they stayed on, despite the severe scolding the newly marrieds got for getting lost after climbing one of the local munros (mountain over 3000 feet) until after dark! Immediately after they married, Kath and Ken lived at a semi-derelict cottage on the moor above Lyme – Parkmoor Cottage – before moving to Keeper’s Cottage – same moor, slightly closer to Pott village! Never ones to avoid a challenge, Kay and Ken managed without running water (except that from the local spring) until they had a borehole sunk some time later. Meanwhile Ken re-trained and joined Kay at Pott Shrigley School as assistant teacher in 1951 (the same year as electricity came to the school, though flush toilets didn’t get there until 1965!) remaining

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until 1980. Kath and Ken formed an excellent team who educated, nurtured and loved generations of children both in and out of the classroom. Kath ensured that Christian education was meaningful, following themes of particular relevance and interest to the children e.g. the Good Shepherd or for another year, the moon landings. Outdoor expeditions were a particular favourite: their Bedford Dormobile van, with benches in the back rather than proper seats, was pressed into use on Saturdays when pupils (plus sandwiches!) were taken on educational outings to places such as Speedwell Cavern (a flooded lead mine in Winnats Pass near Castleton) and Parkhouse Hill, which necessitated taking a hammer as it was a coral reef 340 million years ago and an excellent place for fossil hunting. Public transport was used when possible and Kay thought nothing of stretching young legs – John Rose remembers a trip where the participants walked up from their homes in Bollington and Pott Shrigley expecting to be transported in the van only to discover the plan was to walk through Lyme Park to the main gate on the A6, from where they caught a bus to New Mills, then a train to Edale Station (a steam train and through the Cowburn Tunnel!) then walked up onto Kinder Scout and down into Hayfield, from where they caught a bus back to Lyme Park main gate. They then walked back through Lyme Park to the school and eventually home. A memorable day and a good 20 miles walking! In fact, Kay and Ken had an obsession for such hikes and initiated and organised 20 mile sponsored walks for all ages to raise funds for the school. These Page 7

expeditions started and ended at school, after wandering around the local hills for several hours on footpaths many participants didn’t know existed. Kath and Ken were dedicated teachers, skiing down from Keeper’s Cottage to school when conditions were particularly snowy and taking a leading part in the village rescue of the school when it was threatened with closure in 1967 after the walls began to bulge. After much cleaning and re-arranging, the whole school transferred to the empty Water Street School and after two terms the whole process was repeated in a move to the old St John’s school in Lowther Street. Local people, including Ken and Kay, raised £5000 for repairs and modifications to the school in two years: pageants, musical and dramatic productions and balls were arranged and, with the help of village resident BBC producer Trevor Hill, a magnificent sum was raised for school and the Salesian College (who owned Shrigley Hall) by a series of concerts by the folk band ‘The Spinners’. After retirement, Kay remained active in village life – she was a school governor for many years, and, together with Dorothy, taught a few more generations of school children to do complex maypole dances that were performed to an extremely scratched record at Rose Queen festivals each year. The children rarely went wrong – they probably daren’t! Kay remained committed to Pott Shrigley School to the end – in November 2016 she was outraged to learn of the proposal to amalgamate Pott Shrigley and St John’s Schools on the Bollington site, and the letters continued → HotPott - October 2017

she wrote in protest at this turn of events were as measured, well argued and cogent as ever. Kay was passionate about many things, especially the welfare of Pott Shrigley and its inhabitants, but she was also scrupulously fair in her approach and her integrity was unquestionable; I never heard her be unkind and she was a listener, though also able to express her point of view very clearly. Kath and Dorothy seemed inseparable most of the time, and apparently had been so throughout their lives, from the times they spent together doing their homework or roaming the hills with a bottle of water and a jam butty to teaching Scottish country dancing to the ladies of the village, being in the church choir, arranging church flowers and being on the parochial church council. Kay and Dorothy sometimes took their respective husbands Ken and Bryan along to their activities and jaunts too! Kath cared for Ken devotedly as his health failed before he died in 2007. Kath took a great interest in, and was proud of her nieces, nephews, cousins and their children and indeed was interested in the lives of all those children she taught or knew in the village. She loved the rural location of

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her home and was an expert bird watcher and butterfly and flower identifier and delighted in sharing her knowledge with others when asked. The neighbours’ cat knew when she was well off, moving to live with Kath when her original family acquired a dog! Faith played a central role in Kay’s life – she was completely confident that she would be with God when she died and managed her failing health in the same assured, uncomplaining and determined way she lived the rest of her life, embracing change, enjoying company and being more interested in others than in her own ills. It was truly a privilege to have known Kay; she and her wisdom and ever-ready smile will be missed but her contribution to church and village life will long be remembered. She will rest in peace and rise in glory. This article was based on the eulogy delivered by Rev John Buckley at Kay’s funeral and written with invaluable help from Eileen Buffey, Muriel Schofield and John Rose; information was also taken from Emily White’s 1992 book ‘Pott Shrigley, a village school’.

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New Church Room

An important update

The PCC are seeking comments from the members of the church on the way forward for the proposed church room.

extension are displayed on the noticeboard at the back of the church

Earlier this year our planning application received a formal ‘Refusal’ from the Peak District National Park Authority. The main The proposal to extend the church building basis for the refusal is that we to provide a flexible meeting have not demonstrated that space (able to accommodate the extension would provide approximately 40 people sitting sufficient benefits to justify the or 60 standing), kitchenette, on behalf of PCC ‘harm’ to the current building; an extra toilet and additional in addition there were concerns storage has been patiently about a few aspects of the proposed design progressed for several years by the PCC. The though these can be resolved by modifying extension would ease the current shortage the design accordingly. The church is a of space and pinch-points in the church Grade 1 listed building and as such requires building before, during and after services conserving and protecting; some planning and allow the maximum use of the existing authorities interpret this as meaning that no space in the main building to accommodate development of such buildings should be the congregation. Significantly, the facilities permitted. The PCC very much recognise and provided would be available for use – value the beauty and architectural merits of including for new activities – by the church St Christopher’s but believe that this should and the village during weekdays in term-time not preclude developments to improve when the school is using the village hall. A its usability, provided these are sited and simplified plan accompanies this article; designed appropriately, which we believe full plans and drawings of the proposed these proposals are. Heritage bodies such

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as Historic England and the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings have not raised any objections to the plans.

would consume the majority of the church’s financial reserves and hence the PCC also need to consider the implications of this.

To continue, the next steps are to modify the proposed design to accommodate as many of the planners’ comments as possible, to update the formal statement of need which explains why the extension is required and to submit a revised planning application. In doing this, the PCC believe that it is important to ‘stand back’ and review that it is right to continue to progress the proposals at the current time. Building the extension

Please let any member of the PCC know your thoughts and comments on the way forward. In addition, during the autumn the PCC are planning to ask the whole congregation (probably immediately after services) and all the ‘groups’ in the church (home groups, the Guild, youth church leaders etc) to consider the proposals and let the PCC know their comments.

Guild Goings On Our September trip took us to Rudyard Lake. After meeting at the visitor centre 17 members sat down to a delicious buffet lunch consisting of sandwiches, crisps, Scotch eggs, pizza, salad and sausage rolls. This was

Eileen Stratford followed by a selection of cakes and a bowl of fresh grapes. Lovely! Sadly Georgina could not be with us as she was unwell. We hope you will soon be feeling better, Georgina. After the buffet, we joined the boat ‘Honey’ for a sail around the lake. We were blessed with lovely weather for the whole afternoon, which was surprising given the weather forecast. Our guide told us about the houses cum boathouses lining the shore on one side of the lake and the high prices they command. After the commentary, we had an old fashioned singsong before landing, finding our cars and driving home. Everyone said they had enjoyed the afternoon. Many thanks, Georgina, for organising it all. The next meeting is on Wednesday 11th October at 2.30pm in church. Jacqui Bilsborough will tell us of the ‘Trials and Tribulations of a Wardrobe Mistress’. Page 11

Credit: Rudyard Lake Website

Credit: Jack Davis

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The Persecuted Church

The media has kept us informed about the plight of the Rohingya Muslim tribes in Burma who are being persecuted at the hands of the Burmese army because they are not ethnic Burmese. 400,000 have fled to Bangladesh, an impoverished country that is struggling to cope with a great influx of refugees. We have heard much less about the mainly Christian Karen, Chin, Naga and Kachin tribes who are also not ethnic Burmese, and who have also suffered appalling persecution by the Burmese army for many years, with destruction of their villages and churches, 120,000 people being forced to flee and many dying. The threat to Christians has increased as a direct result of the Rohingya situation: Muslim jihadists are moving to the area from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and the Philippines to fight for the Rohingya immediately adjacent to the Christian majority Chin state. The danger to neighbouring Christians is very real, as demonstrated recently in a similar situation in Marawi in the Philippines. Let us pray that all persecution of ethnic minorities stops. Barnabas Fund continues to be active in Burma, feeding the hungry, setting up and supporting schools in refugee areas and helping displaced churches and pastors.

In August, Muslim classmates beat 17-yearold Pakistani Christian student Sharoon Masih to death; he had recently started at the school in Burewala and was the only Christian in the ninth grade. According to reports, Sharoon was killed after drinking water from the same glass as the other boys; allegedly teachers and Pakistani Christian student (Claas) Page 12

other students stood by as these events unfolded. In Pakistan, Christians are viewed as unclean by some Muslims, who then refuse to use any utensils that Christians have handled. Barnabas has previously reported incidents of Christians being attacked for touching or drinking water. In 2009, Aasia Bibi was arrested after being accused of making derogatory remarks about Muhammad during an argument with fellow women fieldlabourers; this started when they refused to drink water that Aasia had fetched because she was a Christian. In 2016 a Christian was told that because of his Christian faith he could not be the ‘water man’ in the Pakistani school where he was employed. In September the Nigerian Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) voiced their frustration with their government’s denial of the existence of the continuing jihad being waged against Christians in Northern Nigeria, despite a report suggesting that in recent years 13,000 Christian places of worship had been destroyed in the area. The NCEF state that when they report what is happening (such as Boko Haram saying: ‘This war is not political. It is religious. It is between Muslims and unbelievers.’) they are ‘criminalized’ and their criticism described as ‘hate speech’. The

The ruins of a church in Borno state, Nigeria, destroyed by Boko Haram (Barnabas Fund) HotPott - October 2017

NCEF also accuse the Nigerian government of ignoring the constitution, stating: ‘Every key and sensitive position in National Security is held by Muslims from the North, in outright violation of the 1999 constitution.’ Chinese authorities in several provinces have banned children from attending church; 100 churches in Zhejiang province were told that minors would not be permitted to participate in religious activities, including Sunday school or summer camps, even if accompanying their parents. The ban on children applies to state-recognised churches, which have to be registered with the authorities and operate under close supervision. All the activities of believers who are part of China’s flourishing house church movement are already illegal.

And now some encouraging news: Iraqi Christians have held what is possibly the first church service in Mosul since the city was retaken from Islamic State (IS). The pastor leading the communion service described the devastation in the church: ‘Rubble everywhere, the stone facing on walls knocked off … Crosses ... chopped off with sledgehammers so no trace would remain of anything that is Christian, of anything that is Jesus Christ.’ Some Christians have returned to their homes in Qaraqosh – once the largest Christian town in Iraq – where churches were also badly damaged by IS. However, the future of Iraq’s Christian community remains extremely uncertain and many believers no longer feel safe or welcome in the places they once called home.

Christmas is Coming

We will soon be forming a singing group for the Carols by Candlelight services. If you enjoy singing and can take part in the services on Sunday 17th December (4pm and 6.30pm) and/or Thursday 21st December (6.30pm), then please come along and join us. Rehearsals take place in St Christopher’s church at 7.30pm on the following Thursdays: October 26th, November 2rd, 9th, 23rd and 30th and December 7th and 14th. All welcome! For further information please contact Sheila Garton on 07748 321 816 or by email to Thank you Sheila.

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PCC Ponderings

The PCC meeting took place on 12th September with 17 members present. At the previous meeting we started to consider the policy on burial of remains or ashes in the churchyard – an item of business that had been awaiting the arrival of the new vicar. This relates to who has, or has not, got the right to be buried in the churchyard. The Church of England’s rules on the subject of burial rights set out who can legally be buried in the churchyard. Apart from this, there can be no burials without the specific consent of the minister with reference to general guidance by the PCC. We are putting together a paragraph of guidance on the subject which will be placed on the church website and we hope will clarify matters. We discussed the wording and changed a few things. The final version will shortly be ready to go online.

charge but as the first fair is the weekend of 16th/17th September, our involvement will be restricted to providing some literature, but for the next fair in January there will be more time to prepare. Meanwhile, there has been a flurry of enquiries about baptisms, which is wonderful news. David is looking for the best balance between trying to include some baptisms within morning services without flooding every service with a baptism. This means that some of the baptisms will be held separately after the morning service, but he encouraged members of the congregation to stay for the baptisms if they can.

Ros Johnson

David Swales brought us up to date on his work to introduce himself in the community and to raise awareness of the services the church can provide in relation to weddings and funerals. He has seen local funeral directors and has found that by and large they are using their own preferred celebrant for taking services and are not directing people to churches in the area. He feels it is important families are made aware that Anglican clergy are available and willing to take services. On the weddings side, David has talked to the management at Shrigley Hall. They are anxious to foster links with the community and have agreed that information about St Christopher’s can be included in their wedding packs. They have also invited us to be represented at the wedding fair for no Page 14

In his report to the PCC, the vicar explained how he sees his role as helping members of the church to build up their faith. Using the analogy of the church as a body, David said it was often the case that the clergy have to provide a life support system – rushing round keeping everything working. This is not the case at St Christopher’s and he was grateful to all those who serve the church in many ways, which then allows him to focus on different priorities. One of these will be to build up the ‘body’ in the sense of building up people in faith. This will take place in various areas of church life – Sunday services, one to one pastoral care, and in the home groups. David feels that the home groups are particularly important and provide an ideal way to deepen faith whilst having fun and building up valuable relationships in an atmosphere of mutual encouragement. He hopes to give support to home group leaders and would like to establish a daytime group to bring more people in. HotPott - October 2017

On the buildings side, Ian Malyan has been preparing to re-submit the planning application for the church room. The plans have been revised slightly to try and address issues raised when the first application was refused. It is necessary to support the case with a focused argument on what the room will enable us to do, backing this up with data on other churches that have built similar facilities and the benefits they have experienced. In discussing this, it was felt that now might be a good time to take a step back and re-assess all the arguments for building this extra accommodation. It is some years since the process began (it probably feels more like a century to Ian, who has worked so hard on this!). We agreed that it would be

valuable to re-visit the basic facts, discuss them and collect feedback on how the church wants to proceed. In other buildings news, Duncan is arranging for Graham Holland, the church architect, to carry out the quinquennial inspection; this is a survey on the church building and grounds carried out every five years and usually results in a programme of remedial work. Meanwhile David Garton has arranged for works to the church sound system and has purchased some new equipment. He has also organised the replacement of the signboard by the lychgate and has bravely taken on negotiations with BT to try and sort out the faults on the church wi-fi system.

Missionary Matters It was wonderful to have Megumi and Helen Fazakerley with us in church on September 17th. I do hope you were there and now know a lot more about who they are and what they actually do in Malawi! They will return to Malawi in January but meanwhile are visiting various supporting churches like ours, and will be going to Japan for two weeks in November to see Megumi’s mum and brother. They keep in touch using FaceTime (Apple’s Skype) when in Malawi, but it will mean so much to Megumi’s elderly mother to have him actually there. The Evangelical Bible College of Malawi (where Megumi works) recently had a staff seminar in preparation for the new college year, which starts on September 25th. Megumi tried to explain how he wants to teach his students how to be more effective pastors in their churches rather than giving them higher academic qualifications that will not necessarily be of benefit to their congregations. Pray for the new students who will be starting study as well as for those returning for a second or third year. Pray too

for the depleted Service in Mission team in Malawi - a new personnel coordinator and administrator is needed - and I’m not sure who will deal with medical matters and missionary care while Helen is away. Pray too for the Fazakerley’s children Joshua, Elizabeth and Mary; Joshua is very happy working in student support at the University of Hertfordshire and Elizabeth is enjoying nursing in the emergency department at Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Mary is still uncertain about what she should be doing with her life.

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Coffee Break Across 1 ‘A little later someone else saw Peter and said, “You — are one of them”’ (Luke 22:58) (4) 3 Giving (1 Peter 2:5) (8) 9 They came to Jerusalem seeking an infant king (Matthew 2:7) (3,4) 10 ‘An athlete... does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the — ’ (2 Timothy 2:5) (5) 11 Pacifist, temperance advocate, open-air preacher, leading 20th- century Methodist, Donald — (5) 12 ‘Come quickly to — — , O Lord my Saviour’ (Psalm 38:22) (4,2) 14 ‘The God of Abraham, — — — , the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus’ (Acts 3:13) (5,3,5)

how firm your — — — is’ (Colossians 2:5) (5,2,6)

17 Sear by intense heat (Revelation 16:8) (6)

5 Enlist (2 Samuel 24:2) (5)

19 ‘It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust — — ’ (Psalm 118:8) (2,3)

6 Of the Muslim faith (7)

22 Goods (Nehemiah 13:15) (5)

8 Woven cloth (Ezekiel 16:13) (6)

23 i.e. train (anag.) (7)

13 Plentiful (Romans 5:17) (8)

24 Surrounding area (Luke 24:50) (8)

15 CIA char (anag.) (7)

25 ‘Righteousness will be his — and faithfulness the sash round his waist’ (Isaiah 11:5) (4)

16 Paul and Silas stopped him committing suicide after an earthquake in Philippi (Acts 16:27–28) (6)

Down 1 Elegant and creative (Exodus 31:4) (8) 2 ‘Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all — , but we will all be changed’ (1 Corinthians 15:51) (5)

7 Sharp intake of breath (Job 11:20) (4)

18 One of the ingredients in the making of incense for the Lord (Exodus 30:34) (5) 20 Episcopal headwear (5) 21 Inhabitant of, say, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia or Bulgaria (4)

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“Your Vote, Your Council” CHEVRON BEND (adjacent to Shrigley Hall) The parish council has requested some kind of physical barrier to reduce the risk of injury at this site. Highways responded and said: ‘The issues you have raised have now been added to the area highway minor works list for consideration at their next meeting in September this year.’ This meeting was scheduled shortly after the parish council meeting in September so we should be able to provide you with an update in next month’s edition of HotPott.

please contact the parish clerk by email FLY TIPPING Fly tipping has occurred on a few occasions at a lay-by on Bakestonedale Road. Cllr. Goodman contacted the landowners, the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA), to ask for their help. Richard Claxon from the PDNPA was very helpful and has arranged for a warning sign to go up about fly tipping in what he called Bakestonedale Wood. Cllr. Wray is going to investigate the possibility of using a CCTV camera in the area.

Alison Greenwood

CHESHIRE EAST HIGHWAYS HOUR Cheshire East ‘Highways Hour’ will be in the village hall on Monday 2nd October 2017 at 7.30pm just prior to the parish council meeting. All are welcome to attend and all aspects of road safety and maintenance procedures and schedules can be discussed; councillors will have questions prepared. Topics may include road safety, gully emptying, verge cutting, hedge maintenance, reparation of the street lamp near Cherryburn in Shrigley Road South and highways issues on the log which have not been dealt with e.g. pot holes on Bakestonedale Road. VEHICLE ACCIDENT There was an accident in August at the junction of Bakestonedale and Shrigley Roads. The vehicle involved was a 2015 Mercedes; following the accident it was placed on the cobbles outside St Christopher’s and recovered the next day. There are no further details available so a claim for the cost of repairs to the wall cannot be made. The parish council is trying to find the identity of the person responsible, so if you have any information about this, Page 22

CCTV The councillors are also interested in investigating the possibility of CCTV cameras on two corners of the village hall to monitor the junction, entry to the village hall and the communal parking area. The motorist who recently collided with the wall at the village hall would have been clearly seen. FOOTPATHS Cllr. Goodman reported that the ladder stile on the footpath near Sherrow Booth has been replaced with a new one. The handrail and steps to and from the canal towpath adjacent to the aqueduct have also been renewed. He has filed a report that the finger post on Shrigley Road opposite Green Close Chapel is leaning into the hedge and needs to be replanted. Cllr. Basford commented after July’s meeting that an area of Bakestonedale Moor below the water pumping station was apparently being used as a challenging site by cyclists. There is an informal footpath leading from Shrigley Hall to Birchencliffe that has been made available to guests of Shrigley Hall HotPott - October 2017

by the agreement of the hotel and the landowner. Enquiries will be made to the hotel and landowner to see if this path could be open to more general use on a permissive basis. The Footpath Society forwarded a very interesting document entitled ‘A Guide to Footpath Law for Parish Councils’ and there was an accompanying request for the council to join the Society. The council agreed to be an affiliate member at a cost of £22.50 per year. PLANNING APPLICATIONS None DECISIONS 17/2682M: Hagg Farm, Shrigley Road South, Poynton, SK12 1TF Proposed construction of a manege, agricultural building, hard standing and field access track. Approved. 17/2841M: Homestead Farm, Bakestonedale Road, Pott Shrigley, Cheshire, SK10 5RU Proposed single storey side extension to form utility room, WC and shower and family room Approved

PENDING 17/2777M: Hayloft House, 3A Moorside Lane, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5RZ Proposed replacement dwelling, alteration to planning consent ref. 14/2798M Pott Shrigley Parish Council strongly objects to this application. 17/2021M: Coniston, Shrigley Road South, Poynton, SK12 1TF Proposed demolition of existing house and outbuildings and proposed replacement dwelling. Pott Shrigley Parish Council does not support this application 17/2951M: Hillview, Shrigley Road, Pott Shrigley, Cheshire, SK10 5SE Proposed rear extension and re-working of property in relation to extant permission 14/3476M The council previously expressed support for this application NEXT MEETINGS The next parish council meetings will commence at 8pm on Monday 2nd October 2017 (preceded at 7.30 by the ‘Highways Hour’) and Monday 6th November 2017. They will be held in the village hall. All are welcome to attend.

To be confirmed Confirmation, like Baptism, is a sign of God’s love for us and a way of marking an important step on a lifelong journey of faith. I believe there are a number of people for whom this may be the right time to take that step - young people, and some adults, too. I’d like to offer the opportunity of Confirmation preparation to anyone who feels it may be for them: we will meet together a number of times and look at various aspects of Christian belief. This will be followed by Confirmation by the Bishop (and baptism, too, if you have not yet been baptised). If you think this might be for you, then please have a word with me. Anyone who has previously been confirmed would tell you that they enjoyed their preparation and that the Confirmation service itself was a very special moment for them. Dates and other plans will be arranged once I know who is interested! David Page 23

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Chores and Chains Cleaning Rota Please contact Yvette 0161 439 9979 Oct 6th Oct 13th Oct 20th Oct 27th Nov 3rd

Mr & Mrs Akerman Mr & Mrs Ferguson Mr & Mrs Currell Dr A Davies Mrs Harper, Mrs Plant (wedding 3rd Nov at 13.30)

Tea & Coffee Contact Carole on 01625 820533 Oct 1st Oct 8th Oct 15th Oct 22nd Oct 29th Nov 5th

Yvonne & Rita Barrow. Mr & Mrs Akerman Doreen and Jean (Ferguson) Helen and Madeline Ros & Sheila Peter & Eileen

Flowers Contact Gill: 01625 829819 Oct 1st Oct 8th Oct 15th Oct 22nd Oct 29th Nov 5th

Mike & Sue Akerman, in memory of Mike’s parents. Rita Barrow, remembering John’s birthday (15th) Mary Pleeth, remembering her father’s birthday (18th) Vacant Vacant Sheila & John Rose, in memory of Irene

Forthcoming weddings Contact - Pam: 01625 575010 or Kath: 01625 574983 The next scheduled wedding is Laura and Lee’s on 3rd November 2017 at 1.30pm

Cover Credits: Front Cover: Steve Murphy, Back Cover: Duncan Matheson and Inside Back Cover (Fazakerleys): John Ryley Page 26

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Recipe of the Month

Jennie Wainwright’s Fruit Cake Jennie lived for some years at Moorside Cottages with her husband Arthur and three sons Harold, George and David all of whom still farm at various places in the Peak District. Jennie kindly made us this cake as a ‘thank you’ after Arthur was admitted to hospital under Duncan’s care many years ago and it was so delicious that I asked her for the recipe.

Set the oven temperature to 150 ºC. Grease and line with greaseproof paper a 20cm/8in round tin. Cream the margarine/ butter and sugar until smooth, then beat in the eggs. Stir in the flour, essences, mixed spice, lemon juice, and fruit until well distributed throughout the mixture. Turn the mixture into the tin and smooth the surface.

Kath Matheson

250g/8oz margarine or butter 250g/8oz soft brown sugar 3 eggs 125g/4oz plain flour 125g/4oz self raising flour ¼ teaspoon ground ginger ¼ teaspoon mixed spice Few drops each of vanilla essence, almond essence and lemon juice 250g/8oz mixed dried fruit (currants and sultanas) 50g/2oz glace cherries 50g/2oz candied mixed peel

Bake for 1 hour at 150 ºC then turn temperature down to 140 ºC and bake for further 1 to 1½ hours until a skewer plunged into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Place some foil or a piece of card over the cake if the top is browning before the cake is cooked through. The cooking time will vary between ovens, and will increase a little if you sneak extra fruit in as I suspect Jennie did!

The table top sale and car boot which took place recently raised the sum of £317 for church funds. Many thanks to all who helped in any way and to those who came along on the day to support us. Page 27

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Services October 1st. 8.30am 10.45am

Holy Communion Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32 Holy Communion

Rob McLaren

Holy Communion Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46 Morning Worship

David Swales

Holy Communion Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14 Family Service Matthew 4:1-4

David Swales A & S Murphy

Holy Communion 1 Thess. 1:1-10; Matthew 22: 15-22 Morning Worship

David Swales

Holy Communion 1 Thess. 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46 Holy Communion Genesis 15:1-6; Ephesians 2:1-10

David Swales John Ryley

8th. 8.30am 10.45am

15th. 8.30am 10.45am

22nd. 8.30am 10.45am

29th. 8.30am 10.45am

November 5th 8.30am 10.45am

Holy Communion Revelation 7:9-17; Matthew 5:1-12 Holy Communion

David Swales

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

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Sidespeople and Prayers October 1st. 8.30am 10.45am


Mr. & Mrs. R. Stratford Mrs. E. Harper + Mr. I. Malyan+ Mr. S. Heathcote

Sandy Milsom

8th. 8.30am 10.45am

Miss G. Mosley Mr. & Mrs. S. Potts Extra Readers: Dr. J. Hutton + Mr. D. Gem

Pam Cooke

15th. 8.30am 10.45am

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


Mr. & Mrs. R. Stratford Mr. & Mrs. R. Ferguson


22nd. 8.30am 10.45am

29th. 8.30am 10.45am

Miss G. Mosley Mr. I. Clarke + Mr. D. Davie Extra Reader: Mr. R. Gem


November 5th 8.30am 10.45am

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

Anne Murphy

From the Registers Funeral

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of: September 12th Kathleen Penney

Would you be interested in a daytime home group? Our three excellent home groups currently all meet in the evenings for fellowship and to share, explore and deepen faith together. But I know that for some a daytime option would be welcome: if you think that might be you, please come along to The Vicarage, Spuley Lane, on Monday 9th October at 10.30am (this won't necessarily be the permanent time or venue for our group). David

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Regular Church Activities Weekly: JUNIOR CHURCH - Children of three years and older - held during the 10:45am service. Meets in church for the first part of the service and then goes over to the village hall for Bible stories, songs, craft activities, prayers and fun. CRECHE - Held during the 10:45am service in the tower vestry. HOME GROUPS - Four groups offering fellowship, worship and Bible study: Rainow - Monday 8:00 - 9:30pm, New Hey Farm, Rainow; Sheila Garton, 573492 Adlington - Monday 8:00 - 10:00pm, 2 Wych Lane, Adlington; John Ryley, 829595 Pott Shrigley (North) - Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30pm, 3 Green Close; Sally Winstanley, 574545 Bollington - Wednesday 8:00 - 9:30pm, 14 Silver St, Bollington; Anne Murphy, 575768 PRAY TOGETHER - Tuesday 7:00 - 7.45pm in the tower vestry; Yvonne Foster, 576419 PRAISE AND PLAY - Children up to school age. Thursday 09:30 - 11:30am in church for stories and activities; Celia Fraser, 665054 BELL RINGING - Thursday 7:30 - 9:00pm, meet in the bell tower; Duncan Matheson, 574983 Monthly: CHURCH GUILD - Fellowship, speakers, outings and tea. Meets the second Wednesday in the month 2:30 - 4:00pm in church; Georgina Wray, 615547 The list above was last revised on 21st February, 2017. All telephone numbers are prefixed with 01625. Please give corrections and additions to

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Directory Priest-in-charge:

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

575846 Readers:

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


Parish Assistant:

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



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

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

574983 Verger:

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

PCC Secretary:

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

875902 PCC Treasurer:

Peter Kennedy,

Gift Aid & Planned Giving:

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

07850 740335


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

574545 573735 David Garton, as above Weekly Bulletin:


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

01260 252287 Electoral Roll and Safeguarding officer:

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


Tower Captain:

Duncan Matheson, as above


Pastoral Care Team:

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


Church Guild:

Georgina Wray, 14 Paladin Place, Bank Close, Macclesfield, SK11 7HE 615547 Children’s Ministry:

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


Praise and Play:

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

Joyce Burton,

Wedding Coordinator:

Pam Cooke,


Head Teacher:

Paul Quirk, Pott Shrigley Church School SK10 5RT



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

head@pottshrigley.cheshire 574768 PCC Members:

(please prefix numbers with 01625)

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

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