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David’s Deliberations Dear Friends, This month sees our Harvest Festival, when we give thanks for the fruits of the earth and for the work of those who bring them to us – including our local farmers. Our harvest service is on 24th September at 10.45 and will be suitable for all ages; I’m sure it will be a joyous celebration.

Yorkshire, and one of my churches was actually in a farmhouse! Needless to say, Harvest was always a special occasion in that place, but so was ‘Rogation-tide’. Every year we would have a service that would move from farmyard to pasture, from barn to brook, and in each spot we would sing, hear God’s word and then pray for His blessing on the land and on those working it.

David Swales

But ‘Harvest-tide’ has a lesserknown but equally important twin: ‘Rogation’. This comes from a word meaning ‘to ask’, and if Harvest is all about saying ‘Thank you’, then Rogation is about saying ‘Please’. Rogation services are traditionally held around May time and are intended to ask for God’s blessing on the land and on those who farm it, in the hope that once again it will provide a harvest. Some years ago I was a vicar in rural

It’s strange that the ‘Thank you’ of Harvest has remained, in most places, more popular than the ‘Please’ of Rogation because generally we make the opposite mistake in our prayers! Usually we find it easier to ask God for things we would like to happen, than to thank Him for what we have. A healthy relationship with God will have these two things – ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ – in balance. We will not be afraid to come to Him with our needs and our concerns for ourselves or for others. We will naturally turn to Him for help. But, when prayers are answered, or when we simply remember the many blessings which surround us, we will not forget to express our gratitude. See you on the 24th: come and say ‘Thank you’! Your friend and vicar, David

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This Edition Pg



David’s Deliberations


A New Radio Star


Enjoying Alcester


Missionary Matters


Goodbye to the Lofthouse Family

10 Guild’s Goings On 11 Flix in the Stix, A Successful Year 12 PCC Ponderings 13 The Perfect Minister 14 Cricket Club News 16 Your Vote Your Council 18 Mouse Makes 19 Coffee Break 21 Table Top/ Car Boot Sale 24 The Persecuted Church 26 The Other Side of the Coin...

30 Chores and Chains 31 Recipe: Lemon Drizzle Tray Bake 32 Services 33 Sidespeople 33 From the Registers 34 Regular Church Activities

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A new radio star…. Rev David being interviewed for Canalside Radio’s ‘Faith Show’ by presenter Paul Brooks. ‘An interesting and enjoyable experience,’ David said. ‘In a way it was just like sitting across the table in the pub, sharing views and putting the world to rights, although I don’t think I realised that a liberal sprinkling of um’s and err’s, whilst fine in the pub, don’t come over quite so well on the radio! However, it was wonderful to have a chance to share my faith, my first impressions of St Christopher’s, and my thoughts on some of life’s difficult questions.’

Credit: Canalside radio

Enjoying Alcester We were delighted to hear from Joy Tunstall, who with her husband Eric used to live in Bollington (I’ll never forget how, when Joy was Mayor of Bollington, she led the parade from the Turner’s Arms down to the football ground in Ovenhouse Lane looking as elegant as she always did, and wearing the highest heels I’ve ever seen!). Eric and Joy were regular worshippers at St Christopher’s, and we miss them.

present laughter. The older boys, awaiting GCSE and A-level results, are busy planning their futures; Lydia is still at college in Llandudno planning hers.

Joy Tunstall

By the time anyone reads this, if they do, we will have lived in Alcester, Warwickshire, for two years. Time really does fly! We’re kept busy during term time with daily school runs. During holiday periods, when the family are away, we have become dog minders. Grandson Cooper, now six and starting in Year 2 in September, is still the delight he has always been. He keeps us on our toes with all his activities. He also keeps us feeling young with his funny little sayings and his everPage 4

Eric and I live in a complex of twenty houses and some apartments. You can judge the size of our home by the comments of a five year old American visitor who came recently: ‘Grandma Joy, you have the smallest house I have ever seen in my life, but it’s cute, real cute.’ She comes from Texas. Say no more! We live opposite a small, well-kept park with a river running alongside and there are lots of lovely walks, thatched cottages and woodlands. Alcester is a market town and very busy. It is really proud of its Roman beginnings; we have a museum filled with Roman artefacts found in digs around the area. The town has maintained its ancient traditions and proudly boasts that ‘Alcester has been touched by the 21st century HotPott - September 2017

but not ruined by it.’ The high street has lots of cafes, individual shops and all the services we need. If we crave a change, Stratford upon Avon is a short bus ride away. As well as having a town council and a mayor, we also have the court leet, which were formed from three ancient memorial courts over 700 years ago. They no longer have any legislative powers but are maintained to preserve the traditions. They make a colourful sight in the town with their red and black robes, white frilled shirts and tricorn hats. The sleeves of the robes carry badges i.e. ale taster, bread taster and – what’s that one – flesh taster! These tasks go back to the beginnings of the court leet: then the ale was brewed with contaminated river water; bread was filled with sawdust and sold by weight and most fish and meat was rotten when sold. The court leet take their tasks very seriously and, whenever food or meats and wines are sold at the many street events, the court can be seen tasting. When the goods are deemed perfect, a certificate is displayed to say the court leet approves.

home to several needle manufacturers. The old cottages housed the needle scourers (Scouring was part of the finishing work in needle making, described as hard and gloomy work. Ed.). The last mill was demolished in 1956. Malt Mill Lane was due for demolition to be replaced with new-build; the residents fought the planners and won. Malt Mill was renovated and restored, our home being part of the new build on the former gas works. Our complex and Malt Mill Lane were opened in 1992 by Princess Diana; people who were there still talk of that glorious day. A fitting floral tribute to her stands at the top of the lane. Alcester is made up of black and white leaning timbered buildings, grand Georgian houses with acres of land and humble cottages nestling between. The oldest known property is the Cruck House, dated 1385 – although a

Alcester is busy all year long, beginning with the New Year’s Day hunt and ending with the packed church at Christmas Eve mass. In between, we have monthly markets, food festivals, street parties, folk festivals, Morris dancers, a town criers’ competition, open gardens, flower festivals and much, much more. The festival season arrives in May, with the bunting men. No health and safety problems here: several elderly men climb precariously placed ladders to criss-cross the streets with bunting high enough to avoid the double-decker buses. Beautiful hanging baskets follow; every lamppost on every street is adorned. The whole town becomes a riot of flowers. We live at the bottom of Malt Mill Lane, a pretty street, now a tourist attraction and once continued →

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house opposite to our son Jonathon and his wife Kate’s house is reputed to be older. St. Nicholas’ church dominates the top of the High Street. The church stands on medieval foundations, as does the town hall close by. Following a fire in 1734, the church was rebuilt. In 1948, eight new bells were cast and they call us to Sunday morning worship with a wonderful cascade of sound. At the moment the church is undergoing restorative stonework at a cost of £250,000. As you can imagine, a lot of fund raising is required. Mid September, the bunting and baskets are taken down to make way for the Mop Fair, held in Alcester on 1st October for the past 700 years. Originally a hiring fair, it is now a giant funfair. When the travellers arrive to erect the fair, plumb lines are needed to keep the rides away from the leaning timber houses and businesses. On that night, groups of residents gather to share wine and nibbles and watch the huge equipment being put in place. The fair leaves after two days and not a single piece of litter remains. The conditions of the

Mop Fair coming to Alcester state that should the fair not arrive one year, the contract is void. In 1939, bad weather prevented the convoy getting into Alcester. One man, Rocky Herbert, braved the weather and set up a stall thus continuing the tradition. Some businesses wish he hadn’t, but the town fills to capacity. Whilst we really miss our friends and family in Macclesfield, Bollington and Pott Shrigley, we have found real happiness here. There is a kindness in the town. Everyone speaks to everyone else. It must be something in the air. We hope we’ve whetted your appetite. If we have, come and visit. With love and God’s blessing, from Eric and Joy. Photos: Jonathon Tunstall

Birthday Congratulations Many happy returns to Geoff Parker, who celebrated his 80 th birthday in fine style in August. We look forward to sharing many more years with Geoff; Sunday mornings at St Christopher’s wouldn’t be the same without him!

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Missionary Matters Megumi and Helen Fazakerley have arrived home for 6 months’ home assignment; they are looking forward to coming to St. Christopher’s on September 17th so make sure you’ve thought of the questions you would like to ask them about their life and work in Malawi before then. They had an enjoyable week at the team’s Spiritual Life Conference before they left, particularly as the new venue had better facilities and the dates included their wedding anniversary!

pray; they need to increase their support for their return to Malawi in the New Year. Helen and Megumi will soon see their son Joshua with his girlfriend Nadine. Daughter Elizabeth is working hard at the emergency surgical unit at Royal Liverpool University Hospital and is busy helping with youth activities in their church in Moreton. Daughter Mary continues to work at Weatherspoon’s and has left home to live with her boyfriend; please pray for her and for her parents who are somewhat in shock over the development. In November, Helen and Megumi will visit Japan to see Megumi’s mother and other family.

John Ryley

Pray for the depleted team in Malawi; at least three families are currently away on home assignment and two more have retired. Pray too for the 57 recent graduates from the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi (EBCoM) where Megumi works. Some attended college part-time; they generally are in positions of lay leadership and wanted their ministries to become more effective. Perhaps half of those who attended full-time will become pastors of churches. Helen and Megumi need more invitations to speak at supporting churches only ourselves and Hope Church in Ashton-inMakerfield have invited them so far. Please UK Team visiting the McClean’s

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Johnny and Ann McClean in Thailand are hosting 10 young people from the UK for two weeks; must be quite a squash sleeping 10 extra folk in their house, and quite a performance feeding them! The visitors will have a series of Bible studies on Ephesians and their main form of outreach will be teaching English to Thai students in the locality of the New City Fellowship Church where the McCleans worship; they have also helped to clean and paint the church building, and have visited church members in their places of work - including a local massage shop and Napada Crafts. They had a party for their students which included teaching them crazy English games and giving their testimonies. Then there was a fun afternoon in the local area where lots of kids enjoyed games, face painting, crafts, singing and an English/Thai drama of the story of the prodigal son. Some of the children turned up for Sunday School at church the following day, and afterwards the


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Liferaft, then explained how they try to support and care for the thousands of refugees living in Bangkok. Do look up to view photos and video clips of the visit. The team has now returned home; pray that the seed sown will bear fruit in the lives of the Thai people they have met, and that the experience of serving the Lord in Thailand will bear fruit in the lives of the team members themselves. McClean’s: Sunday School and Spaghetti

You may like to hear about Dean and Paula Finney whom we used to help support. Their church, The Gathering, has moved from its premises over a garage to a rented shop, which can seat around 40 people, on the main street in Firgrove. On Thursday evenings they run a soup and sandwich kitchen for local children and poor people; their record turnout is 77. They run a homework club whole congregation enjoyed spaghetti for two sessions on three afternoons each bolognese cooked by the team. The afternoon week; local children are helped in groups of six was spent with a ladies’ Bible study and then with maths and other subjects using tablets outreach in the local market. The visitors then and the Green Shoots Maths@Home online had a well-deserved day off to explore Bangkok - a river boat cruise, the Grand Palace programme. and market shopping. The team The Finney’s Church were moved and challenged as they visited the International Detention Centre which houses the many asylum seekers and refugee applicants arrested whilst awaiting their papers to be processed. They gave Bibles, books, letters of encouragement and food to the people they visited. Chris Woodruff who leads the Christian organisation Page 8

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School reports the children involved have progressed and parents are delighted with the support on offer. Hopefully these outreaches will result in new people joining the church.

The Finney’s outreach

Goodbye to the Lofthouse family... On August Bank Holiday Sunday members of the Pott Shrigley church family gathered in the vicarage garden to say farewell to the Lofthouse family who have left Bollington to start a new life in Carlisle. Richard and Jenny contributed a lot to our parish life – singing, coffee rota, Praise and Play and so much more; we will miss them a lot.

generously provided delicious and plentiful food and drinks for all to enjoy. We wish Richard, Jenny and family every blessing as they embark on their adventure in Cumbria.

Steve Murphy

Thanks to Rev David and Kim Swales for hosting the event and to everyone who so

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Pictured (left to right): Richard (holding Samuel), Edward and Jenny, and Rose Kennedy holding a picture of Matilda who was away enjoying a holiday with her grandma and so unable to join the party.


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Guild’s Goings On July once again saw us at the Coffee Tavern for our annual Strawberry Tea and once again Andrew surpassed himself by providing us with a mouth-watering spread. 18 members enjoyed delicious sandwiches, fresh strawberries and cream and a lovely light strawberry sponge cake followed by freshly baked scones, jam and cream. Thank you Andrew and your staff for looking after us so well.

are held in public and try mostly minor cases. If a crime is too serious the magistrate can decide to refer the case to be tried in the Crown Court.

In August we welcomed magistrate Trevor Higgins. Peter Frecknall opened the meeting and introduced Trevor to the 21 members present. Mr Higgins told us about the work of magistrates, who take no payment and do not require a great knowledge of the law. There are 30,000 volunteer magistrates over the whole country and they have to swear to uphold the law of the land. Magistrates’ courts

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 13th September. We meet at Rudyard Lake activity centre at 1.20pm. There will be a buffet lunch and an optional sail on the lake. The cost will be £14; this includes free parking at the centre. Please call Georgina Wray on 01625 615547 for more details and to book.

This was a very interesting insight into the work of a magistrate. Thank you Trevor for a very entertaining afternoon. The meeting ended with our vicar, David, saying a prayer then Georgina thanking our speaker.

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Flix in the Stix, a successful year It’s hard to believe we have completed our fifth film season. Whilst there’s no doubt of our ever-increasing popularity we have decided to revert to a summer recess in July and August.

Thanks to the ingenuity of Keith and Audrey Meecham it is now possible to pre-order your drinks at the bar in advance of the interval. We continue to offer on screen advertising so be sure to give us your copy in advance. The previous film is often available for sale at only £5 but don’t forget you need a Blu-Ray player. Publicity has increased during the last year in the face of competition from other film clubs and now extends to the far reaches of Rainow!

Peter Boulton

Once again, we should extend thanks to our previous chairman, Mike North for standing in as projectionist for last September’s screening. Following our subsequent search for volunteers, David Garton agreed to join the team as relief projectionist at the start of the year.

We endeavour to provide an eclectic mix of films and assure you wherever possible we try to avoid films with unsuitable language. Usually the choice of film is made by membership vote. We hope therefore you enjoyed the season which started with Brooklyn, followed by Florence Foster Jenkins, Eye in the Sky, Money Monster, Hunt for the Wilder People, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Sully Miracle on the Hudson, Jack Reacher - Never In our determination to improve your viewing Go Back, A United Kingdom and Manchester by experience we invested in two tiers of modular the Sea. Our venture to obtain the most recent staging, which arrived just in time for our April film has presented the occasional challenge. This was no less than when we had to screening. We also recognize the need for more comfortable seats and when ticket sales temporarily defer Sully in favour of Hunt for exceed a certain level we hope you’ve noticed the Wilder People; since the latter was ordered from New Zealand we literally had to go to ‘the we borrow the padded seats from church. ends of the earth’ to avoid disappointment. As you are probably aware there was a period of uncertainty concerning the future of the school and the effect closure may have on the wider community. Thankfully, this matter has been resolved and we agreed to support the school with a junior version of Flix in the Stix; this had a successful trial run in February and a second one during early May with more to follow.

Thanks to the village hall committee for accommodating us and to our members for their continued support. We look forward to seeing you at one or all of our films in the coming months. For details see Thanks are also due to the Flix in the Stix team who work so hard to bring such excellent entertainment to Pott each month. Editor

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PCC Ponderings There was a full house of all 19 PCC members David heard early on about the number of to welcome David Swales to his first meeting weddings held at St Christopher’s. He regards on 4th July. One item of business that has been these as a positive opportunity to reach out, awaiting the arrival of the new vicar is the and wants to encourage people to be married putting together of a ‘policy on burial of in church. He is pleased to welcome couples remains or ashes in the churchyard’. In effect who wish to have their children baptised but this relates to who has, or has not, got the there is a balance to be drawn between right to be buried in the encouraging them and the need churchyard. The Church of to make clear that the England has certain rules service involves a on the subject of burial commitment to the church. rights which set out who Recent baptism services can legally be buried in the have been arranged churchyard; apart from outside the scheduled those with a legal right, services; sometimes this is there can be no burials for practical reasons but in Secretary to the PCC without the specific general is felt to be a consent of the minister source of regret. It is with reference to general guidance important couples realise that by the PCC. To clarify matters it was baptisms are an occasion which proposed to put together a should involve the whole church paragraph of guidance on the community and are not just a subject which will reflect the private family event. situation at St Christopher’s and David is priest in charge at St which, when agreed, can appear on Christopher’s and works 60% of the church website. It is hoped this full time hours. He currently guidance will be finalised at the chooses his days off to fit in with next meeting. what is happening in the parish in a particular

Ros Johnson

In his first report David shared his thoughts on taking up his ministry at Pott Shrigley. When he arrived he said he found so much in the life of the church was working well and he felt his early role would be to understand what is going well and to encourage these things. He looks forward to getting to know people, their faith journey and what has contributed to its growth, and their individual gifts and skills. He will seek insight into learning the journey the church is on and how to continue its momentum into the future. Page 12

week, but he may regularise them to certain specific days in the future. As he put it, he wants to ensure he works within the 60% hours but while doing that he intends to work 100% for St Christopher’s and Pott Shrigley! Duncan reminded us all to be aware of the limits on David’s hours and to do everything in our power to ensure that we do not put demands on his time beyond that. Peter Kennedy brought us up to date on financial matters. £410.12 was collected at the licensing service and has been forwarded to HotPott - September 2017

the Clergy Family Trust. Although bank balances appear healthy, there is the usual shortfall between payments and receipts which means there is no room for complacency, especially as we are about to embark on the quinquennial inspection – a five -yearly survey on the church fabric – which will inevitably lead to the need to pay for consequential repairs. At the time of writing, Ian Malyan is pulling together the documents needed for an appeal against the planning refusal for the church room. It is important to strengthen the case by

bolstering the statement of need with as many arguments as possible on the necessity for the room being built. The vicar thanked the PCC for all the work to the vicarage – decorating, gardening, the chimney – and especially the sanding of the floor, which had been a marvellous surprise when David and Kim first arrived. Thanks were due to all the volunteers from the church family, but especially to David Garton who organised the team and did much of the work himself.

The Perfect Minister When looking for a new minister, it may be helpful to bear the following in mind: The Perfect Minister preaches exactly 10 minutes. He condemns sin roundly, but never hurts anyone's feelings. He works from 8 a.m. until midnight, and is also the church handyman. The Perfect Minister lives on a very small salary, wears good clothes, drives a good car, buys good books, and donates £30 a week to the church. He is 29 years old and has 40 years' worth of experience. Above all, he is handsome. The Perfect Minister has a burning desire to work with teenagers, and he spends most of his time with the senior citizens. He smiles all the time with a straight face because he has a sense of humour that keeps him seriously dedicated to his church. He makes 15 home visits a day and is always in his office to be handy when needed.

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The Perfect Minister always has time for church meetings and all of its committees, never missing the meeting of any church organisation. And he is always busy evangelising the unchurched. He also spends hours preparing couples for their weddings, hours preparing parents for their baby's baptism, and hours visiting the bereaved. But his life is dedicated to solitude, prayer and meditation. The Perfect Minister is always in the next town over! So if you think that our minister does not measure up, it has been suggested that we simply send this notice to six other churches that are tired of their minister. The idea is that we bundle up our minister and send him to the church at the top of our list. If everyone cooperates, in one week we will receive 1, 643 new ministers. One of them should be perfect. Have faith in this plan. One church broke the chain and got its old minister back in less than three months.


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Cricket Club News Cricket Fest Our very first Cricket Fest, sponsored by the English Cricket Board no less, proved very popular. Its intention is to encourage youngsters and parents of all abilities to get involved, and as Wilfred Pickles would have said, ‘Have a go’ though you may have to be 60+ to remember him. KwiK Cricket is just what it says: very KwiK , almost non-stop. However in the mixed parents’ and juniors’ games this was not always the case: there was the odd opportunity to take a breath, generally when the replay on an appeal was reviewed in the coach’s head and the result then disputed by a parent who had probably made a small wager with their offspring that they would score the most runs. All was resolved later by the purchase of some superb cakes (thanks to all our local bakers) and hot dogs.

check with Alex. The juniors more than played their part in the game as all bowled very well with Dan Allerton having a big impact by taking three wickets. This fiercely contested game was finally won by the Coach’s XI which will hopefully guarantee Tony another ‘contract’ next season!

Matt Jackson

It was good to see another familiar face sat watching and cheering on the juniors, that of Martin Tute. It would take a very large book to cover all his feats with a bat. Suffice to say, I spent a very pleasant April Saturday afternoon as we opened the batting together. From the There were a lot of big reputations laid on the other end of the wicket I watched Martin line in the 20-20 Challenge Match. demolish the Aston bowling mainly into the The President’s XI led by Robert Street took on long grass and over the wall. We always seemed to run a single on the last ball of the the Coach’s XI led by Tony Hutter, who took over so as I meandered to 25 with 15 singles first knock. First team skipper Ryan Fitter Martin reached 129 including fifteen 4s and opened in a positive mood with a past player Doug Martin who proceeded to hit boundaries seven 6s. Another typical Martin innings. to all parts before being caught in the deep. Doug came through our junior teams becoming a regular 1st XI player, but we then lost him to the Lacrosse National Squad where he stayed for several years before turning to coaching lacrosse as he still does today. Later coach Andy Hart had to give son Alex a pat on the head for bowling him with a superb Yorker (see inside back page). At least I think it was a pat, I must Martin Tute (club sponsor) with Brian Kingham

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Team News

the last weeks of the season supporting the A report of the season will appear in October’s first and second teams when they are at home HotPott but currently the first team lie sixth in to help create a great playing atmosphere. the UK FAST Cheshire Cricket League Division 4 The juniors have had a good season with the and the second team are also sixth in their Under 9s, Under 11s and Under 15s playing league table. There are two places to find out some good cricket and with some promising information regarding all of the teams at the youngsters making their debuts this season in club: the senior teams on Saturdays, which is fantastic news for the club. The Pott Shrigley Cricket Club website: On SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER the end of season presentation night will be held at The Pott Shrigley Cricket Club Play Cricket Shrigley Hall Hotel. It costs £35 a ticket for a website (League website): three course meal; there will also be a presentation, raffle, entertainment and Support is always welcomed by the players at dancing. Please come to support the cricket the club, as are new players of course. Training club; please contact Ryan Anderson Fitter via email or telephone happens at Bollington Cricket Club on 07588 456073 Wednesday evening from 6pm until 8pm. It would be great to see you at the ground over

*** As my five-year-old son and I were heading to McDonald's one day, we passed a car accident. Usually when we see something terrible like that, we say a prayer for whoever might be hurt, so I pointed and said to my son, "We should pray." From the back seat I heard his earnest voice: "Dear God, please don't let those cars block the entrance to McDonald's." *** A religious farmer lost his Bible out in the field. A few days later he went to answer a noise at his door. Standing there was a cow, with his Bible in its mouth. The farmer raised his eyes to heaven and thanked the Lord for this miracle. "Not really," said the cow. "Your name was written inside." HotPott - September 2017


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“Your Vote, Your Council” LOCAL PLAN STRATEGY


The Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy was adopted at a borough council meeting on 27 July 2017.

The clerk had previously raised some questions with the highways department at CEC in relation to the number of accidents on this bend. She referred to relevant parts of the Speed Management Strategy document Sept 2016, which states:

Alison Greenwood

‘A speed limit of 40 mph may be considered: The Local Plan sets planning policies and allocates sites for development. It forms part of the statutory development plan for Cheshire East, is the basis for deciding planning applications and covers a range of matters e.g. the number and location of new homes; the amount and location of employment land; protection and improvement of important open areas; provision of new infrastructure and improvement of town centres and community facilities in the borough. The Local Plan Strategy sets out strategic priorities for the development of our area along with planning policies and proposals. A new policies map is being prepared; this will show sites, policies and environmental/ heritage designations on an Ordnance Survey map. The Local Plan has a number of key documents that form part of the statutory development plan; other supporting documents may be considered when determining planning applications. All relevant Local Plan documents can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council (CEC) website. The final, adopted Local Plan Strategy is now available to download at: spatial_planning/cheshire_east_local_plan/ local_plan_strategy.aspx Page 16

where the function is predominantly local access or recreational e.g. in national parks where there is a high volume of vulnerable road users e.g. on a recognised recreational route.’ The parish council requested some kind of physical barrier. Highways responded: ‘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.’ We will have to wait and see how they respond to the issues that have been raised and we will update you as soon as there is any news. POTT SHRIGLEY SCHOOL At the parish council meeting in July Cllr. Gaddum kindly came to talk to the councillors about the recent developments at the school and the promotion of the flexi-school; the school will continue to maintain its current ethos. The planning application for the change of use from agricultural land to EYFS (early years foundation stage) playground has been approved, which is fantastic news. Many parents have expressed interest in their children attending Pott School, which is also fabulous news for the school and the community. Thank you to all those who have supported the school in any way what so ever; a fantastic achievement to keep our village HotPott - September 2017

school available for the next generation of our village children. Cllr. Wray thanked Cllr. Gaddum and the other governors for all their efforts, she responded by saying that the parish council and the whole of the community had been instrumental in influencing the panel to keep the school open. PLANNING APPLICATIONS 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 supported this application.

Proposed single storey side extension to form utility room, WC and shower and family room. The council supported this application. DECISION NP/CEC/0317/0271 Pott Shrigley Village Hall Change of agricultural grazing land to EYFS playground. Permission granted subject to usual conditions and ‘the boundary treatments shall be a dry stone wall constructed of natural gritstone, coursed and coped to match the existing walls to the south-east and south-west boundaries’. PENDING

17/2777M Hayloft House, 3A Moorside Lane, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5RZ 17/2682M Hagg Farm, Shrigley Road South, Proposed replacement dwelling, alteration to Poynton SK12 1TF planning consent ref. 14/2798M. Proposed construction of a manege, Pott Shrigley Parish Council strongly objects to agricultural building, hardstanding and field this application with its apparent exploitation access track. The council was unable to reach a of planning rules and regulations emphasised decision on this application as the information by its frequent references to a ‘fallback contained within it is conflicting: arguments position’. The council questions its legitimacy are put forward justifying the construction of in this rural Green Belt location. The very this agricultural building in the Green Belt, an substantial increase in floor area from the Area of Special County Value of Landscape, approved application appears excessive and when it is contrary to The National Planning totally out of keeping with the properties in Policy Framework, but it is not clear whether the surrounding area. the purpose of this building is wholly 17/2021M Coniston, Shrigley Road South, agricultural (‘The proposed development Poynton, SK12 1TF involves the erection of one steel framed Proposed demolition of existing house and agricultural building, which would provide a outbuildings and proposed replacement safe and secure environment for the keeping of dwelling. any livestock and for the storage of associated The council does not support this application equipment and machinery.’ Design and Access NEXT MEETINGS Statement 4.4) or whether it is for recreation The next parish council meetings will and sport (‘the proposal is an engineering operation which would provide an appropriate commence at 8pm on Monday 4th September 2017 and Monday 2nd October 2017 in the facility to be used in connection with outdoor village hall. sport and recreation.’ Design and Access Statement 6.7). All are welcome to attend. 17/2841M Homestead Farm, Bakestonedale Road, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5RU HotPott - September 2017


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Coffee Break Across 1 The sixth disciple (Matthew 10:3) (11) 9 ‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the — — ’ (Matthew 6:13) (4,3) 10 Love intensely (Song of Songs 1:4) (5) 11 From Mt Carmel to Jezreel, Elijah — all the way (1 Kings 18:46) (3) 13 One of the Midianite leaders, captured and killed after Gideon’s victory in the valley near Moreh (Judges 7:25) (4) 16 Metallic element (4) 17 At line (anag.) (6) 18 ‘Cursed is everyone who is — on a tree’ (Galatians 3:13) (4) 20 Where Samson killed 1000 Philistines with a donkey’s jawbone (Judges 15:14) (4) 21 He succeeded Moses (Deut. 34:9) (6) 22 ‘When he saw him, he took — on him’ (Luke 10:33) (4) 23 ‘For — is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction’ (Matthew 7:13) (4) 25 ‘The god of this — has blinded the minds of unbelievers’ (2 Corinthians 4:4) (3) 28 Fear or terror (Psalm 31:22) (5) 29 ‘We, who are many, are one body, for we all — of the one loaf’ (1 Corinthians 10:17) (7) 30 Assyrian ruler assassinated by his sons while worshipping his god Nisroch (2 Kings 19:37) (11) Down 2 ‘For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made — ’ (1 Corinthians 15:22) (5) 3 ‘After supper he — the cup’ (1 Corinthians 11:25) (4) 4 The request of a man in Paul’s vision: ‘Come — to Macedonia and help us’ (Acts 16:9) (4) 5 He disobeyed his father Judah by refusing to HotPott - September 2017

impregnate his dead brother’s wife (Genesis 38:9) (4) 6 I veto me (anag.) (7) 7 Fourth king of Judah (1 Kings 15:24) (11) 8 Priest of God Most High, who blessed Abram (Genesis 14:18) (11) 12 ‘I have made you — — for the Gentiles’ (Acts 13:47) (1,5) 14 Implore (1 Samuel 15:25) (3) 15 ‘Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the — , something sweet’ (Judges 14:14) (6) 19 ‘I am the most ignorant of men; I do — — a man’s understanding’ (Proverbs 30:2) (3,4) 20 ‘Sin shall not be your master, because you are not under — , but under grace’ (Romans 6:14) (3) 24 Native of, say, Baghdad (5) 25 The last word in the Bible (Revel. 22:21) (4) 26 Heroic tale (4) 27 ‘Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you — ’ (John 8:32) (4)


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We are pleased to remind you of our popular

2nd Friday of every month, 6pm ‘til 9.30pm

Serving Locally Brewed Real Ale & Speciality Lagers Easy parking, comfortable surroundings and good company.

Table Top and Car Boot Sale If you feel that its time to declutter, perhaps your family have grown out of their bikes, clothes or toys, your bookshelves may be in need of thinning out, your wardrobe needs a revamp, your shed and garage are bursting at the seams as well, we have the answer. St Christopher’s Church fund-raiser. You can book a table inside for £10 or a car boot spot for £5 and come along on 16th September from 11am until 3pm. If you are not thinking about selling things and would rather browse for the bargains which will inevitably be present in our amazing table top sale, that almost new cocktail dress, a lawnmower, a coffee machine, that latest best seller, the list is endless. Just come along and see what you can find among the varied fare. This is a wonderful way of recycling and you will also be helping our church raise money. If you would like to book a table please see Mary on 573735 or Sandy on 573850 or see Madeline, Ivy or Meg in church. As always there will be delicious cakes and soup to fortify you as you browse.

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The Persecuted Church A pastor in Uzbekistan asks for prayers after a house church raid: ‘we were raided. There were 27 of us, over 30 policemen. From my house we were all put on a bus and taken to police office. We were threatened and demanded to write explanations. The sisters were searched all to their underwear. They took away three cell phones. For four-and-ahalf hours we were kept there on the floor. My wife and I now face charges for possessing one children's Bible, 32 sheets of the worship songs in Russian and Uzbek and one notepad with entries. Please pray for us and please pass on to friends.’ Believers in Uzbekistan – a secular state with a high Muslim population – face heavy fines if they gather for worship in a private home or are found with Christian literature. Churches are required to register but the government makes it practically impossible for them do so, particularly Uzbeklanguage congregations that comprise converts from Islam. Even in registered churches it is forbidden to worship or teach in the Uzbek language.

defiant message from the family of Pastor Sultan Masih, who was recently shot dead by two people outside the Pentecostal Church in the Indian state of Punjab he led for 20 years; he also ran a school for the poor. When Open Doors volunteers visited to offer prayer and support, they found a family determined to remain strong and faithful despite their loss. Pastor Sultan's son, Alisha Masih, who is training to be a pastor, said his father was threatened with murder if he continued to preach but although he asked friends to pray for him, he refused to be silent. ‘Our father was a courageous man and he was never afraid to die for Jesus’, Alisha said. ‘He has put the same zeal in us. Our family will continue to serve God.’

‘Our family will continue to serve God’ is the

-owned motorbikes in a village in Myanmar,

A ‘freedom of religion bill’ which will require anyone changing religion to obtain prior permission to do so from a magistrate has been proposed in the Indian state of Jharkhand; this may also leave Christians vulnerable to prosecution for sharing their faith. The proposed legislation – ostensibly Maryam Zargaran, an Iranian convert from aimed at preventing coerced or insincere Islam to Christianity, has been released four conversions – will make it a criminal offence to years after she was jailed for ‘propagating use force, allurement, or fraudulent means to against the Islamic regime, and colluding to make someone change religion. Such laws undermine national security’. Maryam’s already exist in five Indian states and Christians mental health and heart condition were openly articulating their faith have been seriously exacerbated during her incarceration; attacked and arrested as a result of spurious the authorities reluctantly allowed her to be claims of coercing or bribing Hindus to convert. hospitalised but her prison release date was Although the Jharkhand Government states it postponed for ‘absenteeism’. Recently another wants to preserve everyone’s right to chose convert, Naser Goltapeh, was sentenced to 10 their religion, the new bill will make it more years for ‘threatening the security of the difficult for genuine converts, particularly country’. He joins around 100 other Christians those from the Hindu majority. in prison in Iran on various charges but in In July, a Buddhist mob destroyed three reality because of their faith. Christian homes, a church and several Christian Page 24

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allegedly following the conversion of some Buddhists to Christianity. The pastor and his family now live on the roadside. He said: ‘I and my family decided to serve the Lord in this village, we cannot run from this village, if we die, then we will die.’ Myanmar is 87% Buddhist and in 2015 a law was passed requiring anyone wishing to change their religion to obtain official approval.

sentence of 10 years' hard labour for 'espionage'. Unlike western Christians incarcerated by North Korea, their native believers receive no diplomatic help. North Korea is top of the Open Doors ‘World Watch List’ of countries where Christians face the most severe persecution. Open Doors estimates there are up to 300,000 Christians in North Korea, of whom 50-70,000 are in labour camps or prison. The crackdown against In North Korea an imprisoned CanadianChristians has intensified in recent months, as Korean church leader, Heyun Soo Lim, has tension between the USA and North Korea has been released 'on sick bail'. Lim visited North Korea from Toronto to distribute humanitarian focused attention on the regime. Nevertheless, despite continuing arrests and 70 years of aid many times but in January 2015 he was severe persecution in the country, through detained and 10 months later convicted of God's grace and the support of Christians numerous charges, including an attempt to around the world, the church is still alive. overthrow the government. His release came one day after a special envoy of the Canadian Prime Minister arrived in Pyongyang. Meanwhile, three Korean-Americans are detained in North Korea; one of them has a

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The Other Side of the Coin… Catholic priest saves 1,500 Muslims from militia attack Information taken from Global Christian News, killed since mid-May but this number could June 21st 2017 rise. Bangassou Catholic cathedral in the Central African Republic (CAR) has opened its doors to at least 1,500 Muslims fleeing the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia. The attacks took place in a largely Muslim district of Bangassou.

The UN’s mission in the CAR has warned that although the security situation in Bangassou may seem to have calmed the area was still not safe. ‘Many have nowhere to go,’ said a UN spokesman. ‘It is not safe for them to leave the church.’ The UN are also said to be concerned about a possible reprisal on the Christian civilian population when Muslim Militia, the Seleka, enters the city despite the assistance given by the Catholic Church to their fellow Muslims. In titfor-tat attacks between Christian and Muslim militia in May 2017 the Popular Front for the renaissance of the CAR (FPRC), a Muslim militia, Muslims sheltering in Bangassou Cathedral attacked the predominantly Christian The Rev Alain Blaise Bissialo said the ongoing community of Bria killing 60 people. Thousands conflict in the Central African Republic was a of people fled the town while those who threat to the Muslims sheltered by the church. remain are largely Muslims. Daily incidents Alidou Djibril one of the Muslims who has occur between Christians and Muslims in the taken refuge at the cathedral said: ‘It’s hard for town, which remains tense, economically us, we have to stay in the same place, we dysfunctional and in a state of limbo. cannot move, and we are fasting,’ he said.

Bob Libenge, of the Red Cross, said people are sleeping inside the church hall with many more on mats outside; food supplies and sanitation are inadequate but Father Bissialo said: ‘The situation is not safe enough to leave, and so they cannot move from here… There are men who walk around town with guns.’ Father Alain Blaise saved the Muslims when the militia attacked a mosque where they were sheltering by sending trucks to transport as many civilians as possible back to the church for their safety. According to the Red Cross, round 150 people have been Page 26

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Please pray that in our broken world, Christ’s shining light would be seen as a beacon of love, hope and peace.

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Chores and Chains Cleaning Contact Yvette 0161 439 5776 Sept 1st Sept 8th Sept 15th Sept 22nd Sept 29th Oct 6th

Mr & Mrs Currell Dr A Davies Mrs Harper, Mrs Plant Ms Bunting, Mr & Mrs Stratford Mrs Meecham, Mrs Winstanley Mr & Mrs Akerman

Tea & Coffee Contact Carole on 01625 820533 Sept 3rd Sept 10th Sept 17th Sept 24th Oct 1st Oct 8th

Ros & Sheila Peter & Eileen Carole & Rita Malyan Family Yvonne & Rita Barrow. Akermans.

Flowers Contact Gill 01625 829819 Sept 3rd Sept 10th Sept 17th Sept 24th Oct 1st

Vacant Gill Mosley, in memory of Daddy and brother, Rickie Dorothy Sharpley, in memory of Peter Vacant Mike & Sue Akerman, in memory of Mike’s parents.

Weddings Contact Pam 01625 575010 or Kath: 01625 574983 The next wedding is on Friday 3rd November 2017 at 1.30pm. Please pray for Laura & Lee that preparations would go well, and that God will be at the centre of their life together Cover Credits: Front and back cover: Steve Murphy Geoff: Ed Spooner; Lofthouses: Steve Murphy; Cricket: Graham Hackney Page 30

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Recipe Of The Month Lemon Drizzle Tray Bake This cake was very popular in the Rose Queen tea tent back in June – an easy all-in-one recipe from the doyenne of British baking, Mary Berry. She says: ‘It's worth making this large amount because it freezes well, but you can halve the quantities and use a smaller tin’.

Audrey Meecham

Allow to cool a little in the tin, then gently lift out with the lining paper, and place on a wire rack. Peel paper away and put the rack over a tray. CRUNCHY TOPPING 61/4oz (175g) granulated sugar Juice of 2 lemons, or 1 orange and 1 lemon Mix the lemon juice and granulated sugar in a small bowl to make a runny sauce. Spoon all over the sponge whilst its still just warm.

Pre-heat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas 2. Grease and line a 12 x 9inches (30 x 23cm) baking tin.

Cut into squares when cold and store (!) in an airtight tin.

CAKE 8oz (225g) butter, softened (or ½ butter and ½ buttermilk spread) 8oz (225g) caster sugar 9½oz (275g) self-raising flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 4 eggs 4 tablespoons milk Finely grated rind of 2 lemons (or 1 lemon & 1 orange)

Cuts into about 30 squares

Mix all the cake ingredients in a large bowl and beat well for about 2 minutes until well blended. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the top. Bake in the middle of the pre-heated oven for about 35-40 minutes or until springy. Audrey – ‘Have I got it right?’

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Services September 3rd. 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Holy Communion

Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35

David Swales

Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28

David Swales

Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20 TBC

David Swales M. Fazakerley

Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16 TBC

Lynne Bowden S&A Murphy

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

Rob McLaren

10th. 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Morning Worship

17th. Missionary Sunday 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Morning Worship

24rd. Harvest Festival 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Family Service

October 1st. 8.30am Holy Communion 10.45am Holy Communion

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

Kathleen Penney As we went to press we heard the very sad news that Kay died on 22 nd August. Her funeral will be held at 2pm on Tuesday 12th September at St Christopher’s. A full tribute to this lovely and much-respected lady will be published next month.

Roy Stratford would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to everyone for their prayers, visits, get well cards and gifts during his stay in hospital. He is now well on the road to recovery and happy to be back in the church community. We are really pleased to see Roy back with us for 08.30 services too! Editor.

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Sidespeople and Prayers September 3rd. 8.30am 10.45am

Prayers Mr. & Mrs R Stratford Mrs. E. Harper + Mr. & Mrs. P. Frecknall Extra Reader: Mr. K Meecham

Pam Cooke

Miss G. Mosley Mr. & Mrs. M. Akerman Extra Reader: Mrs. A. Meecham


10th. 8.30am 10.45am

17th. Missionary Sunday 8.30am 10.45am

Mr. K Ardern Mrs. C. Taylor + Mr. C. Potter Extra Reader: Dr. J. Hutton


24th. Harvest Festival 8.30am 10.45am

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


Mr. K. Ardern Mrs. E. Harper + Mr. I. Malyan + Mr. S. Heathcote

Sandy Milsom

October 1st. 8.30am 10.45am

From the Registers Weddings July 1st July 22nd July 29th Aug 5th Aug 12th

Congratulations to: Tom Ralston & Hannah Kingdom Timothy Moss & Laura Simcock Ashton Davies & Lucy Tones Andrew Stones & Victoria Heathcote John Daley & Kelly Hartley

Baptisms We welcome to the Lord’s family: June 24th Daisy Jude Higgins August 5th George Wilfred Stones August 6th Lucas Darren Johnson August 20th Herbie George Massey Worthington

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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


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


575846 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,

07850 740335

Gift Aid & Planned Giving:

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


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

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 574983 Children’s Ministry:

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

575768 Praise and Play:

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

665054 Parish Council Clerk:

Joyce Burton,

Wedding Coordinator:

Pam Cooke,


Head Teacher:

Paul Quirk, Pott Shrigley Church School SK10 5RT


head@pottshrigley.cheshire Website:

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

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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