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£1 September 2019

Pott Shrigley’s Church & Parish Magazine

David’s Deliberations Dear friends, In a typical September in my last job I would attend at least 16 harvest events. Spread across three parishes there were school, preschool and residential home events, multiple church services and, of course, harvest suppers! Life for the vicar of Pott Shrigley is different, but I am still surrounded by the work of our farmers: whereas in Suffolk this was the ploughing, sowing and reaping of the arable farmer, here livestock farming predominates; sheep, cattle, horses – and even pigs and others – being a familiar sight all around our parish.

parishes too were no less enthusiastic in celebrating harvest. And why not? After all, most of the food produced in rural areas is eaten in urban ones! And, everyone is increasingly realising that it is important to be aware of where food comes from, and what the issues and concerns involved in its production are – not to mention the question of its unfair distribution.

David Swales

But while the rhythm of the agricultural year is somewhat different round here – for instance, Suffolk has no equivalent to the springtime phenomenon of ‘lambing’, which is such a feature here – the autumn celebration of Harvest Festival is just as important to us as it is to the arable parishes of East Anglia. After all, in this muchloved festival we thank God for a harvest which goes far beyond crops of wheat, barley and maize: we thank him for all the produce of land and sea, and for all those involved in its production. Interestingly, my former urban HotPott - September 2019

But, ultimately, harvest is a celebration of God’s goodness, as our creator and provider. Please join us for a very special service at 10.45am on the 29th. Our theme will be: ‘Growing, Gratitude, and Generosity’. If you would like to bring a gift of food to help our celebration of God’s bounty, then please bring something for the food bank we support at St Christopher’s (‘Hope Central’, formerly ‘Hamper of Hope’). This needs to be non-perishable (packets, tins etc.). But, if you are a bread-maker, could you bake a loaf for the service? Bring it in something to protect it, so that it is still edible afterwards! We will use these too to celebrate God’s goodness and after the service they will be sold and the proceeds given to Tear Fund. Your friend and vicar, David

This Edition Pg



David’s Deliberations


Changing Minds about Jazz


21st Century communication in Pott Shrigley


Cover Stories


From the Chalkface


Church Opening


Governor Thanks


PSCC Centenary Celebrations bat on


Church Guild


British Virgin Islands Update


PSCC Centenery The 1980's


PCC Ponderings


Tea and Coffee in Church - any ideas?


Flix in the Stix Season 7


Harvest Fields


Coffee Break


Suffering Church


Want to learn more about the Bible?


Missionary Matters


Recipe: Chicken Laska


Toilet Twinning.


Chores & Chains




Regular Church Activities

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Changing minds about jazz: a summer evening with Zig Zag. ‘It’s amazing how many people say they hate jazz, then, when they hear a good band live, change their minds.’ So said a jazz-loving friend to me after the concert by Latin Jazz band, Zig Zag, back in July.

David Swales He was referring to the rapturous reception accorded the band by the sell-out audience in Pott Shrigley Church. I was standing at the back and can confirm that very few in the audience were able to keep still while the band ripped their way with consummate ease through a mixture of jazz standards and sparkling originals written by trumpeter and leader, local man Darren Lloyd. Indeed, Pott Shrigley’s ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Evening’ was the band’s debut concert, following just a brief afternoon run through: a fact which amazed many, as their playing was so polished and assured (less of a surprise to the hardened jazz buffs who know well that musicians of that calibre frequently just show up and play – brilliantly!). It was also the world premiere of Darren’s compositions – such as the storming ‘Samba di Bollington’ which closed the first half (search for it on

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YouTube if you want to hear it again!), the evocative ‘So Sad’, a feature for Darren on flugelhorn, or the lively ‘Funky Fun’. Darren also featured his acrobatic trumpet skills on the crowd-pleasing ‘Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White’, while the two saxophone players each had a solo feature: baritone player Carl Raven took up his alto to play one of my all-time favourites: ‘On Green Dolphin Street’, whilst tenor-man Mike Hall did something truly wondrous with the lovely ‘Darn that Dream’ (incidentally, it was Mike who some of us saw during the Bollington Festival – wearing another hat as leader of the RNCM Jazz Collective). Although the horns often take much of the glory, no one could fail to be enchanted with the wonderfully intricate designs being woven through the whole by guitarist Derrick Harris – not to mention his own solos – or the subtle and precise rhythms and lines provided by Bollington bassist Ollie Collins and drummer Jack Cotterill. Around half the concert was Lloyd originals, whilst the Latin flavour was continued via such classics as Freddie Hubbard’s ‘Little Sunflower’, Charlie Parker’s ‘My Little Suede Shoes’ and, of course, Sonny Rollins’ ‘St Thomas’. And, just when you thought the evening could not get any better, we were

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able to spill out into the churchyard for a very pleasant half hour of wine and nibbles on a perfect summer’s evening. Many thanks to everyone who came, to those who helped in practical ways, to all who generously provided refreshments, and of course to the wonderful Zig Zag. They deserve to go far – check out their website and give them your support! And thank you to David for his enthusiasm and contributions to the evening too! - Editor.

21st century communication reaches (some of) Pott Shrigley Openreach and East Cheshire Council have installed fibre optic cables to homes in the Unwin Pool and Green Close areas of Pott Shrigley. This brings fast and reliable internet access to the residents reached.

James Cooksey To take advantage of this, residents need to contact their internet access provider and let them know their area has been FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) enabled and discuss what options they have. An engineer will need to come and connect a new fibre optic cable from the pole to their home and they'll need a couple of new boxes in the house. Residents will be able to keep their existing copper

phone service and phone number, but the recommendation is to move over to a digital service in the future. Cheshire East and Openreach have spent a huge amount of money on reaching our village and so it'd be great if all residents could take up the service.

Cover stories… Since the last issue of HotPott in July the village has been busy. On June 30th family and friends went over to Chester Cathedral for Steve Murphy’s ordination. After an excellent service we adjourned back to Pott Shrigley Village Hall where more of Steve’s friends joined us for tea and cakes. Congratulations, Steve! HotPott - September 2019

Pott Shrigley Cricket Club has been celebrating its centenary; on July 7th they played an MCC X1 and on July 21st President’s Day saw a visiting ex England cricketer. After the floods at the end of July the good weather returned and we were able to enjoy a Sunday morning service outside on Aug 25th. Thank you to Graham Hackney for the cricket photos and to Duncan Matheson for the rest. Page 5

From the chalkface… Dear parishioners, By the time you read this, we will have had our summer holiday and be back at school! I can’t quite believe that it has been a whole year since I first wrote to introduce myself to you as the new head teacher at Pott Shrigley Church School. So much has happened this year; there are many things to celebrate. Recently, we have been actively enriching our curriculum through ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ and we spent the most wonderful day in the Goyt Valley. The children had the chance to meet Mr and Mrs Grimshaw of Errwood Hall, year 6 planted some saplings (very exclusive – no-one else is allowed to do such a thing in the Peak District National Park!), we all went on a power boat ride on the reservoir, ate trout cooked on the barbeque and had a go at fly fishing, amongst other things. Please do have a look on the gallery section of our website to see what we have been up to. At the beginning of July we celebrated difference with our first ‘Diversity Day’. The following is a direct quote from the document ‘Valuing All God’s Children’, written by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury: ‘Central to Christian theology is the truth that every single one of us is made in the image of

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God. Every one of us is loved unconditionally by God. We must avoid, at all costs, diminishing the dignity of any individual to a stereotype or a problem. Church of England schools offer a community where everyone is a person known and loved by God, supported to know their intrinsic value.’ As part of National Diversity Week, we all wore a rainbow ribbon and read stories about different types of families. We enjoyed a visit from some Ghanaian visitors, one of whom, Ramtin, is a young man hoping to box for Team GB in the 2024 Olympics. All the children were enthralled and they also loved trying on some African clothes! As always, a huge thank you to all those volunteers from church, the community and our own lovely parents who support our work throughout the year. Look out for the poster for the MacMillan Coffee morning; we always do it in September and volunteers are most welcome! We are all looking forward to another successful year here at school and hope to see you at family services throughout the year. Kindest regards, Joanne Bromley HotPott - September 2019

Church Opening We know that many people, both tourists and locals, visit Pott Shrigley each week and many attempt to get inside church; some out of interest, some to spend quiet time praying or reflecting and many to do both.

Mike Akerman Currently these visitors go away disappointed, but the PCC has decided to rectify the situation by opening St Christopher’s to visitors on a regular basis. The number of days we open will depend in part on how many volunteers come forward to open and close the church. We are thus looking for these willing volunteers! The form of the rota has not yet been decided as it will, to some extent, depend on the wishes of those involved, but volunteers may wish to be responsible for a set day in the week or for a whole week at a time for example; those able to contribute on a ‘casual’ basis would be most welcome too.

The work is not onerous and will become even less so if a good number of people come forward; the usual volunteer rates of pay will apply!

If you feel you can assist please contact Mike Akerman mikeakerman@hotmail. com or 01625 829571 or David Garton or 01625 573492. Or see either in church of course! Please consider prayerfully if you are able to help St Christopher’s mission in this way.

Thank you to two dedicated governors At the summer meeting of Pott Shrigley Church School governors, Gareth Winstanley resigned after a number of years’ dedicated service to the school.

Joanne Bromley All the pupils, staff, governors and parents would like to thank Gareth for his various contributions to school life, not least helping us with our finances and clearing the snow from the playground last winter. We do hope that Gareth will continue to help at school as he is a much valued member of the Pott Shrigley School family. HotPott - September 2019

Similarly, we also said farewell and a big thank you to Sandy Milsom this summer, although we hope that she will continue to be a presence in school through worship and the art/craft workshops she does. Sandy has held Pott Shrigley Church School in her heart for many years, both as head teacher and as a proactive member of the governing board. We wish Sandy well with all her other activities and thank her for everything she has done in her time as a governor. *** Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. *** Page 7

PSCC Centenary Celebrations bat on…

The MCC Match The MCC, the oldest and probably best known of all cricket clubs, paid a visit to our beautiful ground on July 7th. Resplendent in their distinctive ‘egg and bacon’ kit, the visitors received a warm welcome from the many home supporters who turned up to cheer on the Hillmen of Pott Shrigley.

Graham Hackney Taking first knock the MCC XI made batting look easy in the sunshine, quickly seeing the hundred up on the board, but when Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson was brought on to bowl his mixture of slow spin he quickly ran through the MCC XI, finishing with seven wickets as they closed on 194 all out. Shrigley's batsmen struggled with the MCC attack and several superbly taken catches. The home side fell well short of the total required despite patient innings from Tom Fletcher and Steve Barlow plus a defiant 30 from Jon Buckley. Matt Baqueriza-Jackson however took the 'man of the match' trophy for taking seven Page 8

wickets. It was good to see the famous MCC colours flying alongside the Pott Shrigley Hillman flag and we thank the MCC for helping us to celebrate our centenary in style. The President's XI On Sunday 21st July 2019 Pott Shrigley Cricket Club supporters were treated to another excellent afternoon of sitting down in warm sunshine to enjoy good company plus beer, cakes, tea, ice cream and other delicious treats. And – oh yes, as an added bonus there was a cricket match going on… The wet weather relented as President Robert Street led a PSCC Club XI against an Invitation XI captained by Matthew Tarr and starring several well known local players as well as ex England and Yorkshire player Craig White. The crowd were just settling in as White launched a high steepler to the mid-wicket boundary; young Harry Marchington had obviously not read the script as he ran round to take a wonderful catch. The spectators were then treated to some cultured strokeplay from Jamie Hart and Caleb Ziebell, both retired scoring 30 with Ziebell hitting two enormous sixes, one nearly reaching the Pott HotPott - September 2019

Shrigley graveyard. This was later followed by Matt Tarr in a belligerent mode with three sixes and a four in his 30. With more scampering the Invitation XI closed on 130. After a sumptuous tea (Well done and thank you tea ladies) the President's XI replied but lost two early wickets to Plazo. The rest of the innings was built around Will Richardson, who retired on thirty but returned to hit another three boundaries. Ian Tomenson hit four boundaries and Matt B-Jackson two in a flurry of runs as the overs ran out. With Robert Street's side finishing on 120 (only 11 runs short!) all retired to the pavilion to celebrate a superb day’s cricket. Our thanks go to our Junior Section who put on a display in the morning, to Craig White who was central to all that happened on the day, to umpire Richard Gleave and guest umpire Martin Tute and to the match sponsors: J.J.J. Heathcote (Butchers), ND:R (Sunglasses) and John Worth (Plumbers) -

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and to all the many others who made our day such a success.

Strawberries and spinning: summer at St Christopher’s Church Guild The July Strawberry Tea, held at the Coffee Tavern, was enjoyed by 12 members. We relished the variety of sandwiches, hot drop scones, strawberry cream cake, scones and of course strawberries and cream. Thank you Andrew for a delicious afternoon tea.

Eileen Stratford Our guest speaker for the August meeting was Mrs Mary Elizabeth Houseman. Mary Currell opened the meeting and David Swales led us in prayer. Mrs Houseman then took us on a journey through: ‘The History of Spinning and Weaving’. With her spinning wheel she demonstrated how to pull and twist the raw wool ready for spinning on the wheel, making HotPott - September 2019

quite a strong fibre. With her small loom she explained the methods of weaving used to create different fabrics, and showed how the process has changed over many years. Thank you Mrs Houseman for an enjoyable afternoon. Next meeting: September 11th – a trip, venue to be announced. *** How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it. *** Page 9

It’s been a while: a further update from the British Virgin Islands, Part Two So sorry I left you dangling off a cliff from last time. In truth there have been so many negative goings on I felt that if I put pen to paper, well, finger to keyboard, to write about it there'd be a pall of collective depression amongst you all. I've held off until I can write from the positive position of things being back on an even keel, fingers are tightly crossed.

Julie Cooper And so at the end of January we arrived back home relaxed and renewed, ready to face the onslaught of what has become our life here. Within days the first bad news arrived, my sister was very ill in her local hospital with a trio of health problems, most serious of which was kidney failure; after six weeks she came home on permanent kidney dialysis. Within five days of our return Stephen was helping out at the Red Cross prostate screening event; his reward for being a conscientious community spirited individual was the chance to ‘experience’ what he'd put everyone else through. Diagnosis: a slightly enlarged prostate, not a worry for a man of his tender age, but the blood tests showed possible diabetes, extremely high cholesterol and a blood pressure through the roof. Nurse Bloc told him to see his GP immediately, however Stephen hasn't got one, believing like me that doctors can be bad for your health (How true. Editor.), they're always finding things wrong with you. And so Stephen decided he was too busy to action the advice. Move on five days and after returning from work feeling unwell, we ended up in the Emergency Department at Peebles, the public hospital. We had excellent service, thorough and efficient; we left at 5am Page 10

complete with catheter. I won't go into too many details but Stephen has the medical knowledge of a two year old so it all came as a bit of a shock. Instructions were to see a surgeon in outpatients a few days later. Within 24 hours he was in so much pain he begged an emergency appointment with the closest urologist who happened to be in the United States Virgin Islands; a couple of days later he left clutching enough pills to sink a battle ship and the promise of lots more exciting things to come. All of this shocked him into seeing a GP who confirmed he really was living on a knife-edge and: ‘Here are some more pills’. A 20 foot air-conditioned container arrives next week for storage of said medication. Of great sadness was whilst Stephen was going through all this our friends and next door neighbours called: Jeff had fallen and couldn't get up. He ended up in hospital, Stephen visiting him daily and Jinx came around each evening for food, drink and company. Jeff’s health deteriorated rapidly; the inevitable call came just before midnight and so we spent the early hours in Peebles with Jeff and Jinx. Very sadly Jeff died. We see Jinx now a few times a week, she's great company and a real trooper. In the middle of all this (are you seeing a trend here yet?) a very close friend in the UK had emergency open heart surgery, thankfully he's now good. And so in an effort to bypass these relentless medical dramas I decided to have a quick week on a Silversea cruise, Stephen was ‘happy’ to stay home. My bag packed ready for the morning departure, Stephen came home from work with the dreaded words: ‘I don't feel very well’, same symptoms as before so we rush down to Emergency again. Same tests and ultrasound results as before HotPott - September 2019

but new doctor equals new diagnosis and this one made more sense. So I sat there in Emergency, watching Stephen snoring away on two drips and woozy with painkillers and seeing my trip slowly drifting away into the ether. We left casualty six hours later in the wee hours, diagnosis: urinary tract infection and dehydration. In other words an easy fix. After a few hours sleep I’m up ready to unpack, I asked Stephen: ‘What are you going to do today?’ He looked confused, incredulous in fact at the question. ‘I’m going to work of course’... my reply: ‘in that case then I'm going on my holidays, get me to that ferry now’.

The house is starting to look like a house

Needless to say I had the most wonderful time; Stephen now rattles with tablets and has a Friday night season ticket at Peebles Hospital Emergency Room. So you see I’m writing this now from a much better place. I was only thinking the other evening as I was gliding through the 90 degrees of deep blue, satin waters of our pool, smelling the heady scent of the jasmine petals floating around me: how lucky we are, contentment was creeping back but it could have been the red wine talking. And so to much more mundane things... The house is now starting to look like a house, the downstairs kitchen should have some splendid views. There is still a long way to go but I’ve just finished choosing the kitchen and two bathrooms. Something I have realised though is that 40 years of knick-knack collecting has disappeared, I’m having to start again accumulating paintings, ornaments, rugs, lamps, wall plates, photos, bean bags, cushions, you get the drift, all the things in fact that makes a house a home. I'll just have to go round the world and collect ‘stuff’ in months not years. Yes, there is a plan. And so to summarise, the first four months of the year have not been too kind to us, the last two months though have been HotPott - September 2019

Kitchen & balconied bedroom above

Kitchen is being fitted

full of hope and progress... although we're still missing our pre Irma life there's a new enjoyment beginning to stir with our new ‘normal’. Even better though in July is a five week trip around Europe, both on land and at sea. Maybe I might do a little knickknack shopping. Thank you to everyone for your concerns, emails and support from across the miles, they do keep us going. Page 11

PSCC Centenary. The 1980s: Comings – Goings and a Bridge Too Far, Part One. In the summer edition of HotPott we left Pott Shrigley cricket in excellent form – the ‘Silver Seventies’ saw significant improvements to the ground, a lease being signed with the parish council and, most importantly, a healthy junior section and promotion to the First Division of the Cheshire League. Would the success continue?

Graham Hackney Sadly, as the new decade started, we lost two older members (to the pavilion in the sky as Derrick Brooke would have put it. Editor.) Arthur Pickford and Hubert Dalzell. Both had spent many years working for the club, Arthur with his joinery and Hubert having played in the early years and later serving on the committee. By winning promotion, the prospects for the Eighties should have been good but it didn’t work out that way. Of the seven top club players, four were to soon retire, most emigrating to golf. Don Hackney, who topped the batting in 1980 with 436 runs, and Allan Sherratt, who had triumphed in the sponsored slim trials by losing 1st 4lb, both retired at the end of the season and both

1980 Team Rear: M. Tute, S, Higginbotham, G. Hackney, J. Archer Middle: J. Tute, D. Hackney, D. Brooke, K. Arnold, E. Hackney. Front: A. Beckett, R. Fairhall, A. Sherratt, K. Barlow, B. Patrick.

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would be greatly missed; they were thanked by the club for their sterling years of service. Ken Barlow also stopped playing but stayed on the committee for many years running a successful junior team. We did get John Walsh back and a talented cricketer in Geoff Dawson who had played for minor counties team Northants. Peter Harper and Martin Perry also joined us. Before the 1980 season started Don Hackney announced that the national steel strike meant delay in the building of our muchneeded new sightscreen. When it eventually arrived it was so heavy most of the team were required to move it (and most of the team were probably required to paint the back of it grass green as required by some parish worthies to make it blend into the landscape! Editor.). Keith Arnold remained 1st XI captain in 1981; his 548 runs saw him get third place in the Cheshire League; Derrick took over the 2nd XI and went one better by setting a 2nd division record by scoring 577 runs! Keith then retired to join the golf circuit (unrelated to Derrick’s record, I think! Editor). Martin Perry soon made his mark by topping the bowling. Both teams won a couple of cup games, we even won 48 pints of beer in the Watney Cup, but then struggled in the league. Yet another to leave was Hedley Patrick whose generosity HotPott - September 2019

1982 Dinner Rear: D. Brooke, P. Wrigley, A. Kernahan. Middle: M. Perry, ?, Mrs. Perry, J. Smith, G. Hackney, R. Fairhall, F. Wrigley, E. Hackney. Front: Mrs.G, Hackney, Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Wrigley, Mrs. Brooke, Mrs. E. Hackney, Mrs. Smith.

in time and money made such a huge contribution to improving the club facilities. He moved to the Isle of Man but sadly died soon after.

fore: Derrick reported that moles were on the playing area but could be stamped out and treasurer Brian Warhurst said the sponsored walk had been a huge success and had been worth ‘running’! (I assume they didn’t give up their day jobs! Editor.) The walk also saw Ernie Hackney manning a checkpoint by a canal bridge out towards Poynton. It was only after 40 minutes of being on his own that he realised something was wrong: he’d gone ‘A bridge too far’.

Mrs Daphne Collins, who lived at Pott Hall, followed in family footsteps by becoming president in 1982; her father, George Swindells (who owned cotton mills in Bollington), had been president from 1937 to 1948. Mrs Collins also showed some style with the bat in a ‘Gents and Ladies’ match. Barry Carney became secretary for the next five years; his first job was to tackle the parish council who had threatened a rent hike from £30 to £300 – surprising as Mrs Collins’ husband chaired the parish council, but perhaps his sympathies, which from a speech he made at a previous club dinner obviously lay with the club, were outweighed by others on the council who had different agendas.

1983 saw Mr & Mrs Collins regretfully leaving the village so another president was needed: Peter Harper became the first playing member elected to the role. The saga of the rent debate continued: it could be said to be a forerunner of Brexit, characterised as it was by unreasonable demands, intransigence and subsequent resignations. Eventually, the rent was finally settled in April 1984 but led to Peter Harper stepping down as president. (Friction between the village ‘old guard’ and the cricket club ran particularly high during this period; ‘too much cricket’ was the cry from the parish council, ‘not on a Sunday’ from the vicar, ‘no junior members allowed over the threshold’ from the village hall and ‘the “village” thwart us at every turn’ from the cricket club. How very frustrating, and sad. Editor.)

On the field Mike Smith, a nippy bowler who could move the ball both ways, was a new arrival from High Lane; he became the first Pott player to take 50 wickets in the league. The classy Geoff Dawson had 500 league runs and a young Dominic Lisle, as 1st XI keeper, took 26 catches and one stumping, finishing second in the Cheshire League. In the November minutes ‘humour’ came to the

With all the ‘off-field’ issues of the early years of the 1980s, it‘s difficult to remember that the club existed to enjoy playing cricket! In 1983, three players made the league averages: Geoff Dawson was joint top scorer with 103 at Chelford; Ian Brooke took top bowling spot with 8 for 41 in 2nd XI (his first of many match winning returns) and Steve Higginbotham was joint third continued →

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taking 41 wickets, also in the 2nd XI. Pott Shrigley Cricket Club, despite all the parochial pressures it was under, continued to make significant contributions to the wider game: Pott Shrigley’s Bob Fairhall was appointed as chairman to the Cheshire Cricket League and had a big influence in running Cheshire cricket for many years and Derrick Brooke was working hard as secretary to the High

Peak Junior League, an organisation which was not only the lifeblood of clubs such as Pott but which also produced four county cricketers and one test match player over the years. Good to end on a positive note. Part two next month will see more comings and goings! Editor.

PCC Ponderings There were 15 members present when the PCC met on 2nd July. The meeting took place just after Steve Murphy’s ordination in Chester. We looked back over a wonderful day of celebration in Chester and as chair of the PCC, Duncan passed on the good wishes and support of members to both Steve and his family. One of the items discussed at the meeting was the provision of a new church projector as the current one is coming to the end of its life; it has been agreed to replace it and upgrade the system. A contractor, B & H Sound Services, who has done similar work in other churches including St George’s, Poynton, has put some proposals together which David Garton, who has been looking at this for us, circulated to PCC members. These include installing a new projector (to be situated on a bracket near the apex of the archway on the balcony) and providing a control panel, all inputs and cabling at a cost of £12,971, including VAT. Some optional extras were suggested, such as two portable screens for the side aisles, three cameras covering different parts of the church and bell tower and a screen at the back of church for the benefit of the person leading the service. Further consideration will be given to which of the extras we may wish to have, but the control panel will be designed

to be large enough to accommodate them. The vicar reported that the church has received a very generous legacy of £23,000 from Jane Keylock, who attended church (she was very fond of evensong) for many years; the money will go into the church reserves. Continuing on a financial theme, David mentioned the Jazz Concert, which was due to take place the following day. Tickets are sold out and while the concert was not primarily arranged as a fund raising exercise, hopefully it will show a profit. David took the opportunity to thank everyone who has helped to set this concert up, especially Mary who has worked tirelessly on all aspects of the arrangements. David reminded us of his desire to build up the church, not just as a building, but as a ministry. To this end he will shortly be suggesting some items of expenditure which he feels will benefit us as a church.

Ros Johnson

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On the buildings side David Garton is working with the church architect on the provision of a disabled ramp. Currently documents for both the planning and faculty applications are being prepared. Another job that needs doing is removing the paint from the north wall to allow it to ‘breathe’ and then applying an appropriate type of paint. A working party HotPott - September 2019

is proposed to tackle the removal of the paint when the wedding season is over. (The vicar told us that paint guns were going for £9.99 at Lidl if anyone wants to join the team. Tempting though this was, by the time this article goes to press the sale will be over!)

phone is purchased on a suitable network for the junior/youth leaders to use to contact the church phone, which could be monitored by the sides persons during the services in the unlikely event of an emergency occuring at junior church.

On May 7th the PCC voted against continuing to try to build a church room. This leaves some issues a new room might have solved so we now need to find other solutions. One such problem was highlighted by Anne Murphy: the difficulty of leaders in junior church contacting adults and carers in church in case of an incident, particularly in light of poor internet access and mobile phone signals. It is proposed that a ‘pay as you go’

A church room would also have helped solve the problem of safely serving tea and coffee after the morning service. A working party chaired by me will look firstly at possible short term improvements to the serving arrangements and secondly, at longer term provision, e.g. storage. Well volunteered Ros and the other committee members - Editor. Input from members of the congregation would be welcome - see below...

Tea and Coffee in Church: any ideas? One of the great things about St Christopher’s is the facility to stay on after the morning service on a Sunday and enjoy a chat over a cup of tea or coffee. It’s an opportunity to get to know one another – especially important for visitors who may be attending for the first time. Volunteers on the coffee rota do a great job in providing the drinks and biscuits for us all. One of the benefits of building a church room would have been a purpose built area for serving refreshments but now the room is not going ahead we need to look at how we use the space available in church for serving drinks to see if there are any improvements (particularly in safety) that can be made.

With this in mind, the PCC set up a working party to review the current arrangements and gather ideas for any possible changes. As chair of this group Ros would welcome suggestions from members of the congregation on any irritations with the current system and any recommendations on how you feel the process can be improved. There might be a custard cream for the most inspired ideas! Please see Ros in church, or contact her at:, bearing in mind that you may not get an instant reply as she is in the throes of moving house at present!

*** The irate customer called the newsagents, loudly demanding to know where the Sunday edition of her newspaper was. “Madam,” said the newsagent patiently, “We have not delivered your Sunday newspaper because today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until tomorrow, on Sunday.” There was quite a long pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a sigh of wakening understanding. “Well, now … so that’s why no one was at church today.” *** HotPott - September 2019

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Flix in the Stix Season 7: from Peru to potato peelers We are ‘maturing nicely’ and there is plenty of evidence that an ageing population significantly increases community work and involvement in the arts. Perhaps this is partly the reason for our continued success. Who would have thought after our very first screening of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen back in 2012, we would be starting season eight in September 2019 with a fishy theme – Fisherman’s Friends?

Peter Boulton I rather like themes, and in the wake of Paddington 2 we raffled two uncirculated 50p coins portraying Paddington Bear at Paddington Station and outside Buckingham Palace. Since Paddington came from darkest Peru we match funded the proceeds and sent a cheque for £138 to Project Peru. As Christmas approached, our projectionist, Roger Jenkins, was busy planning another extended trip to Australia. Fortunately, he didn’t miss our evening of Mamma Mia and Mince Pies in December. However, Roger’s imminent travel plans required close liaison between Roger and relief projectionist, David Garton, for the period of January to March.

Sadly, we said farewell to Keith and Audrey Meecham who retired from their long period of service in the bar. Fortunately, David and Sheila Garton volunteered to assist whilst being supported by Ian Clarke. The screening of a Star is Born in March topped the ticket sales for the season with only a skeleton staff to hand. It was opportune that the new chairs had finally arrived just in time for this popular performance. In addition to normal duties our treasurer, Anthea Wilkinson, even retrieved the banners from around the village after the event! Luckily, Roger returned from his travels in time to enjoy the complimentary Easter eggs which accompanied the April screening. Such is the popularity of Flix in the Stix the school has engaged our voluntary services to provide a Junior Flix for each term plus an extra screening for Christmas. In addition, we were able to support the Bollington Festival’s celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway by screening The Railway Children in May. In general, with the exception of the first film of the season we give you the opportunity to vote for your choice of film. Preparation of the voting papers and regular advertising is undertaken by our publicity officer, Anne Gregory. The frequent committee meetings required to achieve the selection of films etc. are kindly hosted by our secretary, Sue Ralston and accompanied by the all-important tea and cake. We hope you enjoyed the variety of films throughout the season. These included Molly’s

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Game, The Post, The Greatest Showman, Finding Your Feet and Mamma Mia - Here We Go Again which was an extra screening put on as a result of popular demand, giving us 11 films in our 10-month season. This was followed by The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Journey’s End, A Star is Born, Adrift, Bohemian Rhapsody and Widows.

Thanks go to the village hall committee for accommodating us and most of all to you the members for your ongoing support. Our thanks are due not only to all those mentioned above, but also, of course, to Peter for all his hard work in helping to make Flix such a huge success. Editor.

Harvest Fields

At this time of year we see signs of harvest. Huge combine harvesters are at work in the fields reaping the golden wheat and barley, baling the straw and gathering the grain. For farmers it is the high point of their year, and a moment celebrated with thanksgiving in churches throughout the land.

But what about the spiritual harvest? When Jesus spoke about the sower and the seed, He likened the Gospel to seed that was sown with the hope of a harvest. Some fell on good soil and produced much fruit, but other seed was less fortunate and there was little outcome, a reminder that Christian ministry can sometimes be hard work. An early missionary to Iran, Robert Bruce, wrote this to his supporters back home: “I am not yet reaping a harvest, I am not yet sowing

the seed. I am not even ploughing the soil, but I am pulling out the stones. This too is gospel work, and worthy of your prayers.” With this in mind, remember those who serve God faithfully in difficult and unresponsive situations, either overseas or here in postChristian Britain. Some experience great success in ministry, for which we are grateful, and many churches experience times of growth, for which we give thanks to God. For others, though, they may well sow in tears before they can reap with songs of joy (Psalm 126:5-6) All around, confusion, All around, helplessness, People lost in the bad news of every day. Longing for purpose, Searching for security and significance Here in the white field of our generation. The harvest is still great, The workers are still few, But the Lord of the harvest Is the same Yesterday, today and forever, And this is his field. He planted, he will give growth If we will be his workforce And go out into the field – where he already is – To gather the harvest Of his kingdom compassion. Lord of the harvest, In your grace, we pray, Send us. By Daphne Kitching

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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 who was 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 a thousand Philistines with a donkey’s jawbone (Judges 15:14) (4) 21 He succeeded Moses (Deuteronomy 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 of Macedonia in Paul’s vision: ‘Come — to Macedonia and help us’ (Acts 16:9) (4) HotPott - September 2019

5 He disobeyed his father Judah by refusing to 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 (Revelation 22:21) (4) 26 Heroic tale (4) 27 ‘Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you — ’ (John 8:32) (4) Page 19

The Suffering Church Last year the then Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt got a feeling that perhaps Christians in some parts of the world were finding things difficult, in fact being persecuted, so he commissioned the Bishop of Truro to produce a report on the situation – and the resulting document is quite an eye-opener. All 127 pages of it are available on the internet; I’m up to p.27 so far! Our MP, David Rutley, who received a letter from the Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN saying they had read the report says: ‘The report is hard-hitting and contains recommendations which are ambitious. I am pleased to confirm that the Government has accepted these recommendations in full, and work will now begin to implement them’. In these times of uncertainty due to Brexit and parliamentary turmoil, please pray that the Foreign Office will not lay aside their promise but will do their utmost to consider the plight of Christians in countries which engage their attention for other reasons, and that they will be more helpful towards Christian refugees seeking asylum in this country. Despite persecution, over the last few years the church in China has grown such that there are now more Christians than members of the Communist Party. As President Xi is unable to eliminate the Christian presence from China he is trying to make the church ‘more Chinese’ (so called sinicisation) and make it a tool of the Communist Party. Some churches have been demolished whilst others have had crosses removed; boards listing the Ten Commandments have either had the first commandment obliterated or been removed completely. The words ‘God’, ‘Christ’ and ‘Bible’ have been erased from classic western stories included in a new Chinese school textbook for fifth grade pupils that purports to offer students an understanding of other Page 20

Robinson Crusoe searched among the wreckage of his ship to “rescue three Bibles” has been altered to “save a few books”

cultures. A five-year plan outlines measures to enforce the selective interpretation of scripture in such a way as to affirm and promote ‘the core values of socialism’ within all Christian faith communities and forms of worship. ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms’ (Ephesians 6:12). Please join the spiritual battle and pray - without ceasing! In the Philippines security forces have received information that an extremist group (Suyuful Khilifa Fi Luzon) with links to Islamic State (IS), and trained by bomb-making experts possibly linked to the Easter Sunday attacks that killed so many in Sri Lanka, is planning to target churches on the highly populated northern island of Luzon, which includes the capital of Manila. This unusual choice of target may mean that militants are trying to send a message that their influence is spreading in places far from their strongholds. The president of the Philippines confirmed that security forces were on high alert; please pray for a change of heart for the extremists and for any attack to be averted. HotPott - September 2019

Bishop Asisi Perara, President of Sri Lanka’s Methodist Church

The president of Sri Lanka’s Methodist church reported that on August 4th Buddhist monks attacked a Christian Bible college student immediately after a Sunday worship service held in a home in a town in central Sri Lanka. He alleged that the monks

belonged to ‘a notorious extremist group that promotes religious disharmony and conflict in this country’. He went on: ‘I assure all Buddhists of Sri Lanka that we Christians will remain calm and peaceful in the midst of the persecution we face today in Sri Lanka. I humbly appeal to you to be kind towards the Christians who live with you’. The student was understandably terrified but managed to ride his motorcycle more than 100 miles back to his Bible College; he is recovering from his injuries in hospital. No arrests have been reported at the time of writing. Concerns have been raised about police inaction following this and previous attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka; please pray that Christians would be treated as equal citizens in their own country and for relationships between Buddhists and Christians to be respectful and peaceful.

Want to learn more about the Bible? Are you new to the Bible - or want to go deeper? The Bible Course is for you. It shows how the key books, famous characters and epic events form one BIG story, from Genesis to Revelation. The course also provides tools and skills that help apply the Bible to everyday life. Our church is running this eight-session course this autumn at a number of venues and on a variety of dates. Each session includes video content, discussion time, personal reflection and daily readings. Explore the BIG story and discover its relevance for today. The dates below show the venues, together with the date of the first meeting – not all groups will meet on 8 successive weeks; there may be gaps along the way. If you are not sure, why not come to the first meeting to find out more? No obligation to return! You will be most welcome at any of the venues.

01625 575846, uk. Or contact one of the group leaders: 1. Wednesday evenings, 8pm, starting 11th September at 14 Silver St, Bollington, SK10 5QL. Contact Anne Murphy, 01625 575768. 2. Monday evenings, 8pm, starting 16th September at New Hey Farm, Macclesfield Road, Rainow, SK10 5UU. Contact Sheila Garton, 01625 573492. 3. Monday mornings, 10.30am, starting 30th September at The Vicarage, Spuley Lane, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5RS. Contact David Swales, 01625 575846 You can also find out more here: biblesociety.

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Missionary Matters

A prayer letter from Johnny and Ann McClean (our missionary partners in Thailand) early in July told of Sundays at their New City Fellowship Church. After the morning service they have lunch - not just tea or coffee - and then activities in the afternoon: ladies’ Bible study, men’s Bible study, a church fellowship afternoon and a church committee meeting alternate. The only problem is people want to have their own activity more than once a month! The McCleans say: ‘it is lovely to see people staying around more after church to spend time together, encouraging one another, sharing together and praying for one another’.

Mothers’ Day. As a bonus they also learnt to cook Thai food! The team visited other Christian settings too, such as work among Thai students. Pray that the seed sown during this period may bear fruit in due course, and that the visiting team will grow spiritually from their time in Thailand. Please pray too for Ann and children Bethan and Joshua as they start a new school term and for son Matt as he embarks on university life in the UK.

John Ryley

At the beginning of August Johnny was involved in a ‘Training the trainers’ week for the Langham organisation (which trains pastors around the world to preach and teach the Bible); this intensive course focused on improving the communication and teaching skills of those attending (eight from Thailand, four from Cambodia and four from Myanmar). In August Johnny and Ann hosted four ladies from their parent missionary organisation; during their visit the group worshipped with and encouraged the ladies who work at Napada (a Christian business) and attended and helped out at the McClean’s local church, including at a special outreach service for HotPott - September 2019

Megumi and Helen Fazakerley, our missionary partners in Malawi, were in the UK in the summer, both to attend the wedding of Helen’s niece in France and to support Helen’s father and stepmother, who continue to face many practical difficulties in daily life as they become frailer. Praise God that family members are willing and able to support them, and please pray for wisdom for the family to know how to manage these current challenges, and those they will no doubt face in future. Unfortunately Helen and Megumi missed the Malawi team’s Spiritual Life Conference but Megumi may have been relieved to miss interviewing 70 candidates for courses at EBCoM (the Evangelical Bible College of Malawi, where he works)! The college term starts in late September; please pray that students will be placed on the most appropriate courses, that staff and students alike will be diligent and blessed in their work to further the Gospel and that the college will have sufficient resources, especially manpower, to function well. Please pray too for the security situation in Malawi: the high court is currently investigating the recent, allegedly unfair, presidential election and some street protests have escalated into violence. Page 23

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Recipe of the Month Chicken Laksa

We came across this Southeast Asian recipe in a freebie WeightWatchers booklet in the BBC GoodFood magazine many years ago and gradually adapted it. It’s now a Matheson family favourite: delicious, easy to make in one pot and only 15 minutes preparation and 15 minutes cooking time. Serves 4

Duncan Matheson Ingredients: 20 - 30ml vegetable oil / low fat cooking spray 2 garlic cloves, crushed 10ml Thai red curry paste 4 small chicken breasts, chopped 25ml soy sauce 300ml chicken stock 250g egg noodles, broken up 5ml sugar 1 lemongrass stalk, chopped and slightly crushed 5 kaffir lime leaves, rolled and finely sliced

1 can (400ml) coconut milk To serve: Small bunch fresh coriander, chopped 30g roasted peanuts, finely chopped Method: Heat a wok with the vegetable oil, fry the garlic until golden, adding a few drops of water if it is sticking. Add the curry paste and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the chicken pieces and stir until thoroughly coated with the paste. Continue to stir-fry, adding the soy sauce, stock and sugar and then stir in the coconut milk and noodles. When boiling, add the lemongrass and lime leaves, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add more water if it starts to stick. Remove the lemongrass stalks and serve, garnished with the chopped peanuts and coriander.

Your toilet may be lonely… it needs a twin No – not ‘his and hers’, side by side, but perhaps one further afield, more like a pen pal perhaps. The observant among you (particularly those who spend a lot of time in the church loo) will have noticed that the church toilet now has a twin in Kambale, Uganda. Although some of us struggle with septic tank issues from time to time, we are not among the 2.3 billion people on the planet who do not have somewhere safe to go to the toilet; our children are unlikely to feature (Praise the Lord) among the 900 children who die each day because they don’t have access to clean water or a safe toilet and most of us only HotPott - September 2019

have occasional upset tummies rather than having our schooling and work continually interrupted by them. For £60 you too can give your toilet a twin and help some of the world's poorest people gain access to safe sanitation, clean water and hygiene education. If this is something you are able and willing to do, please visit the website or phone 0300 321 3217. Page 29

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Chores and Chains

Cleaning Rota 6th Sept 13th Sept 20th Sept 27th Sept 4th Oct

Mr & Mrs Whitehead Mr & Mrs Currell Mr & Mrs Currell Mrs Plant Miss Bunting & Mr & Mrs Stratford

Tea & Coffee

Contact - Carole on 01625 820533 8th Sept 15thSept 22nd Sept 29th Sept 6th Oct

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


Contact - Gill: 01625 829819 8th Sept 15th Sept 22nd Sept 29th Sept 6th Oct

Gill Mosley, for her daddy Vacant Vacant Mike & Sue for Mike’s parents Vacant

Forthcoming weddings

Contact - Pam: 25th October, 1pm Thomas Bentham & Hannah Savage We wish them joy in their preparations. *** Whilst working for an organisation that delivers lunches to the elderly, I used to take my four-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely whispered, ‘The tooth fairy will never believe this! *** HotPott - September 2019

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Services Sept 8th. 8.30am 10.45am

Morning Worship Morning Worship*

Jeremiah 18:1-11; Philemon 1-21

David Swales

Holy Communion Family Service

Luke 15:1-10

Lynne Bowden

Holy Communion Morning Worship* Baptism

1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13

David Swales

Deut. 28:1-14; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

David Swales Steve Murphy

15th. 8.30am 10.45am

22nd. 8.30am 10.45am

29th. Harvest. 8.30am 10.45am

Holy Communion All Age Worship

October 6th. 8.30am 10.45am

Holy Communion Holy Communion‡

Lamentations 3:19-26; 2 Tim. 1:1-14 David Swales

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

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Sidespeople and Prayers Sept 8th 8.30am 10.45am

Miss G. Mosley Mr. R. Gem & Mr. D. Gem

Anne Murphy

Mr. & Mrs. R. Stratford Mr. S. Heathcote + Mr. I. Currell + Mr. I. Malyan


Miss G. Mosley Mrs. C. Taylor + Mr. C. Potter

Paul Bowden

15th. 8.30am 10.45am

22nd. 8.30am 10.45am

29th. Harvest. 8.30am 10.45am

Mr. & Mrs. R. Stratford Mr. & Mrs. S. Potts Extra Readers: Mr. D. Davie + Mr. G. Parker


October 6th. 8.30am 10.45am

Mr. K. Ardern Mr. I. Malyan + Mrs. C. Taylor + Mrs. E. Buffey


From the Registers Weddings Congratulations to: 6th July Philip Goodwin & Hannah Barton 20th July Shane Gregory & Abigail Doyle

Baptism We welcome into our church family: 21st July Jessica Sophie Day 21st July Theo David Stevens 21st July Zachary Matthew Day 28th July Jesse Alexander Edward Berryman 1st Sept Olivia Bobbie Murphy

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Regular Church Activities

JUNIOR CHURCH - Children of three years and older - held during the 10:45am service. Meets in church for the first part of the service and then goes over to the village hall for Bible stories, songs, craft activities, prayers and fun. YOUTH CHURCH - (Year 6 and above) - generally 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. CRECHE - Held during the 10:45am service in the tower vestry. HOME GROUPS - Four groups offering fellowship, worship and Bible study: Daytime - Monday 10.30am, The Vicarage; David Swales, 575846 Rainow - Monday 8:00 - 9:30pm; Sheila Garton, 573492 Pott Shrigley (North) - Tuesday 8:00 - 9:30pm, 3 Green Close; Sally Winstanley, 574545 Bollington - Wednesday 8:00 - 9:30pm, 14 Silver St, Bollington; Anne Murphy, 575768 PRAY TOGETHER - Tuesday 7:00 - 7.45pm in the tower vestry; Yvonne Foster, 576419 PRAISE AND PLAY - Children up to school age. Thursday 09:30 - 11:30am in church for stories and activities; Celia Fraser, 665054 BELL RINGING - Thursday 7:30 - 9:00pm, meet in the bell tower; Duncan Matheson, 574983 Monthly: CHURCH GUILD - Fellowship, speakers, outings and tea. Meets the second Wednesday in the month 2:30 - 4:00pm in church; Georgina Wray, 615547 The list above was last revised on 2nd September, 2019. All telephone numbers are prefixed with 01625. Please give corrections and additions to

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Directory Priest-in-charge:

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

575846 Readers:

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


Parish Assistant:

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



David Garton,


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

01260 252287 Verger:

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

PCC Secretary:

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

PCC Treasurer:

Peter Kennedy,

Gift Aid & Planned Giving:

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


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

875902 07850 740335 574545 573735 David Garton, as above


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

07881 358976 Weekly Bulletin:

David Gem, as above

Electoral Roll and Safeguarding officer:

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

01260 252287

Tower Captain:

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

574983 574983 Pastoral Care Team:

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


Church Guild:

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

615547 Children’s Ministry:

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

575768 Praise and Play:

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

665054 Parish Council Clerk:

Joyce Burton,

Wedding Coordinator:

Pam Cooke,

Head Teacher:

Joanne Bromley, Pott Shrigley Church School, SK10 5RT

573260 Website:

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

PCC Members:

Dr John Ryley, Duncan Matheson, Sally Winstanley, Peter Kennedy, Ros Johnson, Andy Phillips, Pam Cooke, Eileen Buffey, Ian Clarke, Mary Currell, Mike Akerman, Sheila Garton, Ian Malyan, David Garton, Kim Swales, Anne Murphy, Kath Matheson, Chris Day.

574768 (please prefix numbers with 01625)

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