£1 September 2021
Pott Shrigley’s Church & Parish Magazine
David’s Deliberations Dear friends, This summer’s Olympic Games, despite taking place under the pandemic’s shadow, was a thrilling and uplifting spectacle, which I hope you enjoyed as much as I did. Team GB, of course, acquitted themselves remarkably well, coming fourth overall, with only the sporting giants of the USA and China (and hosts Japan) in front of them (at the time of writing the Paralympics are yet to begin).
missed the TV coverage!). And, he reminded me, neither were they praying for one individual or nation to triumph over another!
2021 Rose Queen Celebrations…
And athletes certainly need support. All of them will have overcome immense odds to be in the games, and will have invested a huge amount to earn their place in their national team. The lifetime of ambition, the countless hours of training, the sacrifices, the weight of their nation’s hopes; and all of it coming to a head in one brief race, jump or throw! Simone Biles’ brave candour about the effects of such pressure was a revelation for many of us – but should, perhaps, not have been a surprise. The boundary between the joy of victory and the despair of defeat is wafer thin: and most humans would find it hard to cope with either.
... and our four legged friends
1st Pott Shrigley Rose Queen
1951… a Festival of 70 years ago
A lovely lady: Doreen Hibbert
It is well with my soul: Irene Greenhough
Our splendid record book…
Great oaks from little acorns grow
Photography, GDPR & consent
Your Vote, Your Council
Just-Ice for Survivors
From the Registers
Recipe: Lamb Surprise
It’s a joy to witness such an extraordinary level of human achievement: whether taking a basic human activity (running, jumping, swimming) to undreamed-of heights, or doing something so far outside most people’s experience (skateboarding, dressage, gymnastics) that it appears more like performing the impossible!
When London hosted the Games in 2012, amongst the army of volunteers was a 20-strong team of chaplains who gave spiritual and pastoral support to the international community of athletes. Amongst their ranks was a clergy friend of mine and I was disappointed to learn from him that the chaplains didn’t get free access to the events (most even
A significant number of top athletes have a religious faith. Perhaps that is not so surprising, as both the sporting and spiritual life can require long-term commitment, dedication and sacrifice. Both can have times of doubt and discouragement, when it is tempting to give up, and times of joy and exhilaration too. But at the forefront of every continued →
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Olympian’s mind is surely the hope of that joyful moment on the podium, receiving the longed-for medal. Just imagine! And the Bible often uses that picture of receiving a prize at the end of a race to describe the wonderful joy of being in God’s presence: the final goal of the spiritual life.
But there is a difference: in the Christian life that prize is not a distant hope for one competitor; it’s a certainty, guaranteed for all who take part! Your friend and vicar, David
Cover stories: the 2021 Rose Queen Celebrations… Royalty had been chosen; their retinue kitted out; barbecue, beer tent and cream teas lined up… then with four days to go the 2021 Rose Queen Festival was dealt a bit of a blow when the much anticipated lifting of lockdown restrictions was delayed. A second year without a Pott Shrigley Rose Queen Festival was not to be countenanced, so undaunted (well perhaps a little bit daunted), we pressed on… and the result was that a highly successful Shrigley Stag Fell Run was run (sporting events being legally acceptable) and the Rose Queen and Rose Bud Princess processed with their attendants into the churchyard and were crowned at St Christopher’s just before the family service (also legally acceptable!). The 169 entrants for the fell race started at the brickworks on Bakestonedale Road. They climbed up to Bowstones, skirted Lyme
Park, passed Shrigley Hall and finished on the village green: a total of 6.5 miles with an ascent of 919 feet. (Phew! I was hot and tired just looking at them. Editor.) The overall winner was 18 year old Edward Corden of Stockport Harriers, the first lady was Katie Walshaw. The afternoon was gloriously sunny and was a great success; thank you to Paul Bartle for organising it, and to all the participants, the majority of whom, amazingly, still had enough breath left to thank the stewards as they whizzed by. Isabella Flannagan was our Rose Queen this year, and Amy Palmer our Rosebud Princess; Rose Kennedy was the retiring Rose Queen. They and their retinues looked beautiful, though a little blue by the end of a somewhat cool outdoor service. It was a joy to have our royalty participate in the service, and to enjoy chatting afterwards. The tea and cakes were pretty good too.
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... and our four legged friends An innovation for St Christopher’s, we had a wonderful pets service in July – they came from far and wide with horses, sheep, lots and lots of dogs (the next door cat, unusually, absented herself for some reason!), hens and a cockerel with an uncanny sense of timing – how did he know it was time for him to crow when David blessed the animals?
The First Pott Shrigley Rose Queen… This year was the 90th anniversary of the first Rose Queen in Pott Shrigley; on 8th June 1931, the following notice appeared in the Staffordshire Sentinel: Pretty Crowning Ceremony in a Macclesfield Village Miss Ivy Bradley, a pretty 12-year-old brunette, was crowned the first Rose Queen of Pott Shrigley, a little country village on the outskirts of Macclesfield, on Saturday afternoon.
1931 Rose Queen. L to R: Harold Heaps, Lilian Heaps, Eileen Bennett, Mary Web, Sarah Cooper, Ivy Bradley (RQ), Margaret Preston, Audrey Lomas, Margaret Wainwright, Alice Cragg, Douglas Jackson
The ceremony, though marred by frequent showers, was witnessed by a large crowd at the Cheshire Hunt, following a procession from Pott Shrigley School, which was headed by the Bollington Brass Band. Miss Alice Cragg placed the crown upon ‘Her Majesty’s’ head. The HotPott - September 2021
Maids of Honour were Misses Eileen Bennett, Audrey Lomas, Mary Webb and Margaret Wainwright, the mace bearers Master Douglas Jackson and Ronald Bradley and the crown bearer Miss Lilian Heaps. It seems that not a lot has changed over the years – particularly the weather! Page 5
1951… a Festival Year of 70 years ago In 1951, six years after the end of World War II, Britain’s towns and cities still showed the scars of war – constant reminders of the turmoil and tragedies of those difficult years. With the aim of promoting the feeling of recovery, the Festival of Britain opened to the public on May 4th, 1951; its mission was to celebrate British industry, arts and science and to inspire the thought of a better Britain. The main Festival site was on the South Bank, London; an area untouched since being bombed. It featured the largest dome in the world at the time; this held exhibitions on the theme of discovery such as the New World, the Polar regions, the Sea, the Sky and Outer Space. It also included a 12ton steam engine. Adjacent to the Dome was the iconic Skylon, an unusual, vertical cigar shaped tower supported by cables that gave the impression that it was floating above the ground. Some say this structure mirrored the British economy of the time – it had no clear means of support!
Festival of Britain crown piece
Audrey Meecham recalls: I went on a school trip in my final year. Couldn't see what the fuss was about the Skylon - after all it was held up by wires! The atmosphere of ‘Britain can make it’ was terrific, and there was a carnival feel about it which was refreshing at that time. Duncan Matheson was thrilled to live close to the funfair on Hampstead Heath, which he tells us was a particularly good one – huge numbers of exciting rides, at least for a five
Some of St Christopher’s congregation visited the Festival… Jean Bennett writes: When I was in the last year at St.Oswald’s School, Bollington Cross, our class of 11 year olds were taken to London for an overnight stay; the occasion was to visit the Festival of Britain in 1951. We were all so excited; I remember the cost was something like £2.2.6 which was a lot of money for our parents to find. The train journey was great fun – all of us so excited when the train came chugging into the station. The exhibition was interesting at the time; sadly I don’t remember much about it now except the ‘Dome of Discovery’. Our night’s stay was in the air raid shelter: they were like long tunnels with bunk beds running along each side, the girls in one tunnel and the boys in another. We didn’t get much sleep – too busy laughing and joking. Lovely memory. Page 6
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Ann Harding, Rose Queen, Mary Gratton, Rose Bud
year old! The ski jump was pretty good too; quite an innovation for 1951 London. The snow for the piste was imported from Norway and the jumpers landed on a bed of hay!
Meanwhile, as one would expect, back in Cheshire, Pott Shrigley was also making the most of the opportunity to celebrate with a special ‘Festival of Britain Campaign’ booklet. This tells us that the parish and parochial church councils agreed to mark the occasion by installing electricity throughout the church – though the funds required hadn’t yet been raised as there is an appeal in the booklet for ‘all parishioners and friends to improve the lighting effect in the Church by the installation of electricity. It is our glorious heritage to possess a Church where the apostolic faith of Christianity has been upheld for 453 years.’ The Rose Queen 1951 was Ann Gillian Harding from Ivy Cottage and her Rose-Bud was none other than Mary Gratton, better known these days as Mary Currell. There was a week-long programme of events, including three Sunday services. Perhaps another reason to celebrate in 1951 was the retirement on 31st December 1950 of Rev C. W. Aslachsen – he’d been vicar at Pott Shrigley for 52½ years. I hope the parishioners liked him!
Condolences... We were sad to learn that Norman Bennett, husband of Jackie, died recently. Norman farmed at Waterhouse Farm in Bollington but was also a contractor and snow shifter. An expert with machinery of all kinds, Norman could turn his hand to all things practical. Norman loved sport too – particularly if it involved speeding machines it seems!
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A lovely lady: remembering Doreen Hibbert… In his tribute to his mum, son David described Doreen as ‘a lovely lady’; how true that was! In addition to being a much-loved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Doreen was also loved and valued by her church family at St Christopher’s. Doreen was born in Macclesfield in 1935 and raised alongside her five brothers: Brian and Keith, who are still with us, and John, Ken and Stan who sadly predeceased her. Doreen had an energetic youth, enjoying dancing and cycling, once riding all the way to Llandudno and, presumably, back again. She met her husband, Tony, in Handforth where they both worked; they married in 1955 and moved to Field Close in Bollington where their two sons, John and David, were born. 20 years later, the family moved to Ingersley Road, where the large plot fostered Doreen’s love of gardening. She also liked an evening stroll with her best friend Margaret, during which they not only enjoyed a good chat, but also a good nosey at the properties that had come up for sale! Doreen worked in a variety of offices, usually associated with the transport industry, before settling at William Kirk, a local family run haulage company. Doreen became office manager and was very happy there, establishing firm friendships with the Kirk family and other colleagues. Although she enjoyed her work, Doreen cherished the time she spent at home. She welcomed daughter in law Tina into the family, and the two became firm friends. She adored her two granddaughters, Gemma and Emily (her ‘beautiful girls’), and both Doreen and Tony spent a lot of time with them, even moving from one end of Bollington to the other to be closer to them! Retirement released even more time for Doreen to bake Page 8
with the girls, or to cook them one of her famous Sunday roasts, or to do her garden. 2006 brought sad times as son John died suddenly, followed less than a year later by Tony. Both their funerals were taken by Rev John Buckley at St Christopher’s, and it was around this time that Doreen started to attend Pott Church regularly. Encouraged by the warm welcome she received, Doreen explored her faith by attending Sunday services and by joining the Wednesday afternoon home group held at Ian and Rosemary Clarke’s home – a social affair by all accounts, but with a serious purpose. Doreen’s astute mind was an asset to both this group and its successor at the vicarage, where she was often the first to suggest a hymn to start the session off and where her contributions to the discussions about various aspects of faith HotPott - September 2021
were always helpful and often illuminating. Doreen contributed practically to church life, regularly helping on the Sunday morning coffee rota. She also attended the St Christopher’s Church Guild and their outings, though there were many other dates on her social calendar: Ladies’ Probus and Women’s Institute among others. Doreen could also be relied upon to use her Nissan Micra to round up those without transport to bring them to church, home group or wherever needed! It wasn’t necessary to ask Doreen to do such kindnesses, she just quietly got on with it. After Tony died, Doreen looked for a smaller place – and arrived back in the same house in Field Close that the family had occupied in the early days! It was a tremendous bonus
when granddaughter Gemma, plus husband Paul and children Arthur and Cora, moved into Field Close too; the little ones loved their ‘GG’. Doreen did not enjoy good health in recent years, but she was wonderfully supported by her family, neighbours and friends. Her church family were very sad to learn of her terminal illness, but it was encouraging to hear that she was confident of her place in heaven. Doreen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, a good and kind friend, and a faithful Christian. A lovely lady indeed. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
It is well with my soul: remembering Irene Greenhough… Many at Pott will remember Geoffrey and Irene Greenhough. Geoff was our vicar from 1987 to 2000, and Irene a lay reader (among many other things!). Although we were aware of Irene’s failing health over the past several years, we were sad to hear that she died on 24th May 2021. Irene was born just before Christmas, 1934; she and younger brother, John, were raised in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Her early years were not the easiest: her father was conscripted into the Eighth Army and saw service in North Africa and Italy and, like many of her generation, the Second World War and the effect it had on family members coloured her childhood experiences. (I remember Irene saying she seemed to spend much of her childhood in a fish and chip shop, but I can’t remember the reason for this!) Irene left school before taking exams as the family income needed boosting, but she was proud to gain two ‘O’ levels in later years – taught by Geoff! A Godly neighbour, Doris, was a formative HotPott - September 2021
influence on Irene during her school years, introducing her to the local Methodist church where she became a Sunday school teacher and joined the choir; Irene was a popular soloist at church and charitable events. She also came second in the national final of Carroll Levis’ Discoveries Show, a BBC Radio and later TV talent spotting programme in 1950s. As a member of the Methodist youth fellowship, on 5th May 1955 – a date she remembered for the rest of her life – Irene went to Bradford to see a Billy Graham film, ‘Souls in conflict’; at the end, Irene went forward for counselling and became a Christian. The youth group shared their Bible studies with the local church; at one of these Irene met a student home from university – Geoff Greenhough; he noticed Irene gave her Bible to a couple without one (a typically kind gesture) and Geoff moved in to share his with Irene. Two years later they were married! Geoff was commissioned into the RAF in 1958; four children (Joy, Yvonne, Andrew and Rachel) were born at various RAF camps in continued → Page 9
Britain, with a foray to Germany along the way. Whilst the family were posted near Doncaster, the vicar of Kirk Sandal approached Geoff and Irene, both Methodist preachers by this time, to help him grow the small congregation of his large parish and, after prayer and discussion, they agreed to put their energies into Kirk Sandal – before they were posted on again! After 16 years, Geoff swapped the RAF for St John’s Bible College, Nottingham, which necessitated leaving the family for most of the year. I’m sure Irene coped admirably, but her exasperation showed on one occasion when someone called collecting for a children’s charity – Irene offered her a few of her own children! Geoff was ordained in Chester in 1975; Irene was a tremendous support in his ministry in Cheadle Hulme, Tilston and Shocklach, Hyde and finally Pott Shrigley, where, as a licensed lay reader, Irene led services and preached relevant and thought-provoking sermons. However, many in Pott will remember Irene for her deep faith, her strength of character, her gentleness, and her quiet, often unseen, but strong pastoral support to many in the St Christopher’s congregation. And for her cakes! There was always a welcome at the vicarage, and a plentiful supply of tea, an excellent variety of goodies for the sweet-toothed and wonderful Christian hospitality. Page 10
20 years of retirement saw Irene contributing greatly to Christ Church Wharton; she continued to enjoy seeing her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and she remained as hospitable as ever. She endured poor health and increasing frailty for a decade, suffering painful rheumatism and difficult diabetes, but when asked how she was, her standard reply was: ‘It is well with my soul.’ How that typifies Irene, and her approach to life, as does something else she might have said: ‘Please trust the Jesus I trusted, please love Him, trust Him and know Him as I did.’ ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.’ 2 Timothy 4:7-8. HotPott - September 2021
Our splendid record book… Many of you will remember that back in March 2019 David Griffiths and his colleagues from the Arts Society in Macclesfield gave a fascinating talk about their work at St Christopher’s over the previous three years. David and the team had recorded all the furnishings and fabric of our beautiful church – all free of charge too! What I had not expected to hear on that evening was so much background – like the fact of St Christopher’s window being based on an original woodcut in the John Rylands library in Manchester, which at 1423 is the oldest dated woodcut in Europe. David gave us some history around the memorial in the chancel to Peter Downes, the midshipman killed in an action shortly after the Battle of the Nile in 1798. And who could forget that our two oldest bells existed when Henry VI was on the throne! The recorders not only climbed to the belfry, but also went to the bank to look at our church silver, which includes a chalice cover dated 1576 and its accompanying chalice, which was probably secular originally, of 1622.
The result of all the hard work is a beautiful, extensively illustrated book (and accompanying DVD), which was presented to David Swales by David and Carolyn Griffiths and Mike Wootton at our open air service on 15th August. Some 275 pages are divided into sections such as metalwork, windows, textiles, etc. All furnishings are included, from reredos to router hub, from pedal bin to patens, from vestry desk to vacuum cleaner, cradle roll, cassocks, corbels, collection plates and much else. We at St Christopher’s are so grateful to everyone who worked on the project – a real labour of love. The result is a testament to the group’s dedication and attention to detail. Thank you all so much! We expect lots of people will want to look at the book – it’s certainly a fascinating, and at times surprising, read. The plan is to keep one copy available for viewing in church, probably in the book corner, and to have a PDF posted on the church website.
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Great oaks from little acorns grow (14th century proverb)
As I walked on the village green recently, I realised that many people probably do not know the status of the field or the origin of the oak tree growing there.
Joyce Burton In 2012 the Queen Elizabeth II Field, Jubilee Village Green was designated a ‘field in trust’, meaning that it can only ever be used for recreation and pleasure. The plaque in the wall adjoining the church, which shows the August 2021 field’s status, was unveiled at the Rose April 2015 was ready for planting out. Queen event and the vicar blessed the field. In the same year, the Woodland Trust In 2015 Dave Basford made a sturdy surround offered the owners of all Queen Elizabeth for the little tree to deter marauding deer and Fields an oak sapling, grown from an acorn sheep and it was planted out on the village collected from Windsor Great Park, to green. We crossed our fingers that it would commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen survive. Elizabeth II. Survive it did, mainly because Cllr. Basford The sapling watered it and looked after it, providing a measured about bigger guard when it was needed. It is now a 35cm in height sturdy tree with an even bigger pen created and was supplied by Dave. in a hessian bag. It It provides a didn’t look much wonderful living but the clerk, legacy, so perhaps Joyce, potted and another tree should repotted it each be planted to year, feeding and celebrate the Queen’s nurturing it for Platinum Jubilee three years in her next year. November 2012 garden before it Jubilee plaque
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PCC Ponderings – Bumper edition! This bumper edition of the PCC ponderings will cover not one, not two, but three meetings, including a belated summary of our annual parochial church meeting (APCM), and this is where I will start…
activities. It was encouraging that, despite not being able to attend physically, people still supported the church financially which, together with being unable to progress various building projects, means that church finances remained healthy in the year ending December 2020.
…on 13th May the church met online (that pandemic again!) for our annual parochial church meeting. It was a short year to review, given the last meeting was held in October 2020! The reports from the vicar, treasurer, PCC, deanery synod and buildings and churchyard, electoral roll, and safeguarding officers were considered along with updates from the church groups (children’s ministry, homegroups, pastoral care, technology in the church etc.). Too long to summarise well here, if you’d like a copy of these reports, please contact myself (email@example.com) or Duncan Matheson.
Church officers are also elected at the APCM: Andy Phillips and David Gem once again offered and were duly elected to be our churchwardens; Carl Harris kindly agreed to continue as independent examiner. Six people had finished their three year terms on the PCC: Mary Currell, Ian Clarke, Duncan and Kath Matheson and Chris Day agreed to stand again; Eileen Buffey stood down after many years of loyal service on the PCC and Rebecca Roth-Biester was appointed.
The general feeling of the meeting was that St Christopher’s has continued to function well throughout the pandemic. There has been amazing support and engagement in new initiatives and ways of keeping in touch, with use of live streaming, Zoom meetings and the fantastically successful SPICE WhatsApp group, so a big thanks to all involved in these
Those in the meeting shared their thanks to all who contribute to the running of our church; we are so blessed to have so many dedicated and talented people who offer their time and expertise – thanks to you all.
Andy Phillips, Churchwarden
Eileen Buffey, retiring from PCC
David Gem, Churchwarden
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all, the PCC met on a lovely evening in the churchyard. It was great to be able to discuss matters face to face rather than via a screen. Rebecca Roth-Biester was welcomed to her first meeting; we look forward to working with her! We took a moment to thank Eileen Buffey, who served on the PCC for an amazing 31 years, helping to guide our church here at Pott Shrigley - so a big thanks from all the PCC to Eileen for her wonderful contribution. As we spend a reasonable amount of money and effort on the upkeep of our beautiful church and churchyard, this takes up a sizeable chunk of our discussion time. At this meeting we • talked about purchasing the technology required for continued live streaming of services and simplifying the process to reduce our reliance on Andy Phillips and Rick Gem. The PCC agreed in principle to progress this work, but final decisions will be made once the suppliers have provided a little more information. Thanks to David Garton and Andy Phillips for getting us to here! • thought about installing CCTV in the church and churchyard to both increase the security of our church, and, as an additional benefit, to enable bell ringers, organists and others to see the progression of services, especially at weddings. The meeting agreed this as a great idea and David Garton (him again) will bring detailed proposals to a future meeting. • agreed how to go about replacing some of the windows in the tower. Unlike many of us, bell ringers can’t work from home, so we need to replace the shattered window in the ringing chamber and, considering the pandemic (sigh), take the opportunity to increase the ventilation too. The PCC considered a quote to replace all three windows by high standard, leaded windows in a traditional diamond pattern, but thought it extremely high, so further quotes will be Page 14
Rick Gem, streaming
sought (guess who, David). The vicar’s report focused on the (soon to be) rebuilding phase as we emerge from the pandemic restrictions. It included a call to arms for all to consider what the church needs, and how we, both as a PCC and as individuals, can offer our God given gifts most effectively. A previous PCC meeting decided to use a proportion of the legacies given to St Christopher’s in the past 14 years to fund a specific charity project. A small team considered this in more detail and suggested that we should be pro-active, thoughtful and prayerful in looking for the best and most effective use for this money; that we should select specific projects we can have a prayerful relationship with and which resonate with our own mission, and that the legacy fund should support work done by explicitly Christian organisations. The working party will propose some specific projects at a future PCC, so watch this space! Finally for these ponderings, PCC meeting from 20th July… …As it was only six weeks since our previous meeting, some hoped that this one might be quick. However, with two significant topics for discussion it was not to be… In light of the change in government COVID regulations, a report from the vicar and wardens (and other hangers on) group HotPott - September 2021
considered how we may modify our practice at St Christopher’s whilst keeping people safe and reassured. It was quickly noted that any decisions made would be short term and require regular review. After detailed discussion, we arrived at what we believe to be a pragmatic and safe approach to running our services. Next up, Kath broached the unpopular topic of data privacy and the consent required for us to record and stream those attending our services. The consent forms required, and the explanation of why we need them (the data
privacy notice) were agreed, though some of the practicalities of getting everyone to sign the forms needs more clarity! However, anyone attending streamed services will be asked at some stage for their written consent; the option of sitting out of sight of the camera will remain. Work to progress decisions continues – we may even have our ‘easy access’ route (eg for those disabled) in place sometime! All in all, a busy few months for the PCC. We meet again in September, so watch this space!
Photography, GDPR and consent… We need to help everyone feel safe and relaxed when they attend St Christopher’s, and part of this is ensuring they are given the opportunity not to be photographed during a service. The Church of England has directed that we obtain written consent from everyone who may be recognisable on one of our streamed services, or in a photograph taken at St Christopher’s which may subsequently be put on the internet. This is partly because attendance at a church service may reveal religious belief, which is deemed ‘special category’ information under the UK General Data Protection Regulation and thus requiring extra protection. Whilst many attending streamed services are happy to be seen on the internet it is, of course, essential for us to make every effort to help those who are not so comfortable HotPott - September 2021
with this to feel confident that their privacy will be protected. There may be any number of reasons why someone may not want themselves or their children to be identified at a service which will be visible on YouTube, or on a photograph posted on social media. It is also vital that no one is discouraged from attending St Christopher’s just because the service is being streamed or photographs taken – so there will be areas kept in church where the cameras will not stray! At the time of writing, all the practicalities of this have not been worked out – particularly around getting consent from visitors. Although this issue mainly affects those who attend the 10.45 service, there may be other occasions when photographs and video footage are taken, so to make this process as unobtrusive as possible, over the next few weeks you may each be asked if you wish to give your consent or not; certainly there is no obligation to do so. Meanwhile, details of how to avoid being filmed will be displayed on a poster at the entrance to church and on the screen before the service starts. Please contact Kath Matheson on 07944 624 832, or in church. Page 15
Your Vote Your Council
New/Updated/Completed • Gritting routes: Shrigley Road has been retained on the gritting schedule. The clerk and Cllr. Saunders were both praised for their work in achieving this about turn. • Fingerpost at junction of Street Lane and London Road: the clerk from Adlington PC has no further information about progress with the required repair. • Road surface of Long Lane between Nab Quarry and Shrigley Road: waiting for a response about any plans to fill in the potholes on the left. • Gullies: to be next emptied August 2022 on a biennial cycle. Information can be found on CEC website/Highways/Roads and Pavements/Maintaining Road Network/ Gullies and Drains where it is possible to zoom to each individual gully and check when it was emptied and if there was a problem. • Traffic Lights near Cedar Lodge: confirmation that funding is in place and that repairs will take place this year. Pending • Remedial resurfacing of Shrigley Road from Green Close to the aqueduct. • Project 1421 (PACP list): Modifications to the ‘chevron bend’ near Shrigley Hall. • Double yellow lines on Pott Hall bend: deferred. • Stones are missing from the base of the wall at the side of the bridge on Bakestonedale: regular safety inspections promised. Speed Indicator Device (SID) It was agreed to end the council’s use of the SID as the data received from it is obviously Page 16
inaccurate. In addition, the builders of Poynton Relief Road have been successful in delaying previously agreed traffic mitigation measures for the road. Please see the note on Planning Application 20/2413M (below). Action: The clerk will inform Paul Redwood and Adlington and Rainow Councils. Village green oak tree The clerk has written an article for HotPott about this tree. It was agreed that a plaque explaining its provenance should be installed. Planning Application: NP/CEC/0621/0623 Pott Mill Farm, SK10 5RU Proposed agricultural building to store fodder and implements. The council has asked that if the application is successful, a condition be attached that the new building be used only to store fodder and implements as written on the application form. Pending NP/CEC/0720/0690 Pott Hall Farm, SK10 5RT Sub-division of dwelling to form two dwelling units: amended plans but no decision. 20/4189M near Wood Lane, Adlington. Creation of glamping site. 21/0256M Needygate, SK10 5SG Change of use of existing garage to holiday let and Inclusion of open lean-to extension and external alterations to existing garage doorway to form walling and window. Nab Quarry, Long Lane: 20/4535M Proposed extension to side elevation of existing warehouse. 21/1251M Resubmission for the regularisation of warehouse storage buildings and HotPott - September 2021
demolition of existing shed and replacement with two storey office building.
alternative timescale is first agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.’
21/1283M Separate application for warehouse for MRI Polytech.
Extensions to approved Units 1 and 2 to form two two-storey dwellings, and increased parking to Unit 3 (Amendment to application ref. 18/4950M)
20/2413M Proposed Poynton Relief Road. CEC Strategic Planning Board minutes show: ‘Within 9 months of the opening of the Relief Road, an assessment of the traffic flows on surrounding roads… shall be undertaken in a form to be agreed with the Local Planning Authority prior to the assessment taking place. Any traffic mitigation measures considered necessary shall be consulted upon with Ward Members, Parish Councils and then agreed with the Local Planning Authority. The measures shall be implemented within 12 months of the traffic assessment unless an
19/3715M Normans Hall Farm, SK10 5SE
Approved. 21/1309M Brookbank Farm, SK12 1UE Subdivision of existing single dwelling house to form two independent dwelling houses and associated works. Withdrawn. Next meeting The next meeting will take place at 8pm on 6th September 2021 in the village hall.
Church Flowers… It’s so lovely to get back to some of the church traditions we have missed during the last 18 months. One of these was Gill Mosley making beautiful flower arrangements for those who wished to remember a loved one, or to celebrate a birthday or wedding anniversary, or who just wished to see lovely flowers in church. Gill has very kindly agreed to arrange flowers for those of us with no talent in this direction – so please contact her for more information, or sign the sheet on the noticeboard to the right of the font.
*** From a church notice sheet: PLEASE NOTE: ‘From this Sunday the evening service will begin at 8pm. This will continue until October.’ HotPott - September 2021
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Coffee Break Across 1 ‘Through [Christ] we have gained …. by faith into this grace’ (Romans 5:2) (6) 4 Deprives of sight (Deuteronomy 16:19) (6) 8 The words of a hymn do this (mostly) (5) 9 Faithful allegiance (1 Chronicles 12:33) (7) 10 Belgium’s chief port (7) 11 Where John was baptizing ‘because there was plenty of water’ (John 3:23) (5) 12 Imposing height (Psalm 48:2) (9) 17 Jesus’ tempter in the wilderness (Mark 1:13) (5) 19 Comes between Amos and Jonah (7) 21 ‘Your will be done’ … as it is in heaven’ (Matthew 6:10) (2,5) 22 Gale (Matthew 8:24) (5) 23 Axle, eh? (anag.) (6) 24 ‘Out of the… I cry to you, O Lord’ (Psalm 130:1) (6) Down 1 Popular Christian author and humorist, Plass (6) 2 Transparent ice-like mineral (Revelation 4:6) (7) 3 Method of compelling surrender by surrounding target of attack (2 Chronicles 32:1) (5) 5 Expose (Isaiah 52:10) (3,4)
6 Lonny (anag.) (5) 7 Utterance (1 Timothy 1:15) (6) 9 Husband of Deborah, the prophetess (Judges 4:4) (9) 13 Burial service (Jeremiah 34:5) (7) 14 What Christ threatened to do to the lukewarm church in Laodicea (Revelation 3:16) (4,3) 15 Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net (John 21:11) (6) 16 His response to Jesus’ decision to return to Judea was ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him’ (John 11:16) (6) 18 There will be weeping and gnashing of … (Matthew 8:12) (5) 20 Walkway between rows of pews in a church (5)
*** Before setting off on a business trip to Birmingham, I called the hotel where I’d be staying to see if they had a gym. The hotel receptionist’s sigh had a tinge of exasperation in it.
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Missionary Matters Gleanings this month are taken from Johnny and Ann McClean’s Facebook group and August prayer letter. COVID has now spread throughout Thailand and the hospitals in Bangkok are struggling to cope; people have died in the streets and the number of suicides is increasing as small businesses fail. Many ordinary people struggle to cope practically and financially; they are incredibly fearful and the situation is tense. The vaccination programme seems inefficient, with no priority given to vulnerable groups.
John Ryley Johnny, Ann and son Matthew have, by a somewhat circuitous route, each had one dose of vaccine; pray they get their second in due course! Services and small groups at the New City Fellowship Church have been online since April and will be for a considerable time. Pray the congregation can keep in touch with the church in this way, that they may read their Bibles daily and encourage one another. Pray too for Johnny and Pastor Pramote as they take turns to record sermons for broadcast each week. Pray that the Lord will somehow provide for those in the church who have lost jobs
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and are struggling financially. All five of the McClean’s Afghan refugee friends are now accepted for asylum in Australia and have had the necessary medicals, but it’s not clear when they will be able to go. Pray particularly for Q – that he comes to faith before he leaves Thailand. Teenager K has recovered from COVID, tested negative and been bailed from the International Detention Centre (IDC); he is living in a single room and hopes to resume his education soon. Although A has recovered from COVID, he is still testing positive so remains incarcerated in the IDC and separated from his wife and daughter. Pray for them all! Matthew originally planned to return to Belfast to resume his studies on 18th September but is now seeking an earlier flight in case Thailand goes on the red list – which would result in an expensive quarantine. Ann’s school should start their new (online) academic year on 1st September. Pray for creative ideas for the teachers as they try to navigate building relationships with new students, and support those facing exams next summer – including Bethan and Joshua McClean. In spite of everything the family managed to get away for a week in Koh Chang.
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Helen and Megume Fazakerley are delighted to be back in Malawi, even though they missed the wedding of Helen’s nephew, Matthew, in the UK. Although the proceedings weren’t online, the family sent Helen and Megume photos; they particularly liked the one of Helen’s dad with nine out of 10 of his grandchildren – the one missing being Helen and Megume’s daughter Elizabeth, who lives in Australia. Malawi’s third wave of COVID has plateaued; numbers of cases are not huge but given the country's limited health care resources the situation is still very serious. Please pray that case numbers will fall. Megumi and Helen remain well; both are double-vaccinated, as are all the adult team members visiting their home. However, in the past month three colleagues tested positive for COVID, including one who was fully vaccinated; praise God that no one had serious symptoms. Malawi has no lockdown, but Megume and Helen limit their excursions from home to the minimum. With no social security or government funded furlough scheme, many people have lost their jobs and are struggling to survive. Sadly, one consequence is a rise in crime: in Blantyre thieves are stealing cast-iron manhole covers from people's homes, including the Fazakerley’s! They lost some chairs from the porch too. Since then, although they have a night guard and a couple of dogs on duty, they are being vigilant, even through the night! Helen is busy with her role in ‘member care’; she has not seen most of the mission team for over a year, so she started by inviting everyone for an ‘Italian Night’, as a ‘welcome back’ event. Pizza and spaghetti were enjoyed, and whilst the children watched an animated film staged in an Italian village the adults caught up with chat! Helen has also cooked and hosted her first ‘Men's Breakfast’ since February 2020, which was just as COVID HotPott - September 2021
Helen's Dad with 9 grandchildren
was appearing in Europe. Helen is working hard to prepare for an influx of people arriving over the next few weeks. A new family from India joins the team shortly, and it is hoped (please pray!) that a family from America, who previously spent a short time in Malawi, will return for a longer period. In the autumn, other colleagues on home assignment are due to return, and there are yet more in the pipeline going through the process for arriving. Please pray for the necessary ‘employment permits' to be issued (though none will be in 'employment'!) to enable them to come. Megumi has met with the SIM Malawi Director to discuss his ministry in Malawi. It seems his role of language learning coach, which previously ran alongside his main ministry at the Bible school, will become more prominent. The vastly differing backgrounds people come from increase the challenge! Some are basically monolingual, while others grew up multilingual; although everyone
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comes through the SIM protocol, different ‘sending’ offices prepare them in distinctive ways. Each new arrival (and there are going to be several!) will need a unique approach, so Megume must prepare carefully and adjust his teaching as necessary. The three missionaries from SIM, including Megume, who previously worked at the Bible
College of Malawi (EBCoM), are stepping back from their roles there, and their involvement is being reviewed; depending on these deliberations, Megume may join others in some new initiative, or may simply make himself available for teaching at EBCoM as a visiting lecturer when the new academic year starts in January. Please pray for the team to have wisdom in this.
The Suffering Church
‘I will build my church’ is the theme of one of David’s summer sermon series, and recently he reminded us of Paul’s illustration of the church being Christ’s body, with Christ as the head. Particularly, Paul pointed out that when one member of the body suffers, the rest do too. However, much of the worldwide church today suffers horrendous persecution, but other believers do not always appear to share in their suffering; for example, bishops who sit in the Lords sometimes fail to use opportunities to raise the subject with government. In 2019 the Bishop of Truro wrote a report for the government on the persecuted church; subsequently Fiona Bruce, Baptist MP for Congleton, became the UK Government’s special envoy for Freedom of Religious Belief, a role which includes implementing the Bishop’s recommendations, but for many reasons progress is slow. So, month by month we bring you harrowing tales – which you’d probably prefer not to read – of the suffering our brothers and sisters in Christ endure Bishop of Truro; anglican link across the world Page 22
in the hope that you will pray for them – or maybe lobby your MP and support Barnabas Fund and/or Open Doors, charities that both support persecuted Christians. A Nigerian church leader has called for urgent government action to prevent the genocide of the Irigwe people, an ethnic group in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, many of whom are Christians, who have been under increasing attack from Islamist Fulani militants. In a recent two week period 405 houses and church buildings were burned, thousands of hectares of crops destroyed, seven people killed and around 20,000 displaced. Pastor Stephen Baba Panya, president of the Evangelical Church Winning All said: ‘The government must rise up to their responsibility of protecting lives and properties for all citizens, irrespective of their tribe, ethnicity or religion.’ He added: ‘… even towns of refuge are presently threatened with genocidal attacks from the militants.’ Pastor Panya also opined that the failure of the authorities to act against the militants was ‘eroding the confidence of the populace in the military and security agencies as unbiased Pastor Stephen Baba Panya, Nigeria; barnabas
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protectors of all’. Funds are required to ensure that displaced people are fed and the injured treated. Pastor Panya concluded: ‘God is watching and listening to our prayers and supplications. We should not give up calling upon Him and depending on Him wholly for this situation to be brought to an end, especially as all human authorities have woefully failed us.’ A village pastor in Madhya Pradesh, India, was badly beaten by Hindutva extremists who broke into a prayer meeting and accused him of trying to convert tribal people to Christianity unlawfully. Sajan K. George, President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), denied that Pastor Bharat, who is too poor to bribe anyone, was converting people by fraud or bribery. George said: ‘The only thing he has is the Good News, which he freely gives to anyone who is ready to listen to him, and for this reason he has been targeted.’ Anti-conversion legislation passed in Madhya Pradesh and several other states has led to Christians being increasingly targeted. Those convicted of converting or attempting to convert a person ‘by means of misrepresentation, allurement, use of threat of force, undue influence, coercion or marriage or by any other fraudulent means’ face prison terms of three to 10 years and fines of between 25,000 and 50,000 rupees (£250-£500). Extremist group Vishwa Hindu Parishad has pledged to identify Christian missionaries in Madhya Pradesh, arguing that ‘Religious conversion is a type of violence that needs to be stopped.’ The anticonversion laws may exacerbate persecution of Christians and effectively Pastor Bharat, India; barnabas HotPott - September 2021
nullify India’s constitutional commitment to freedom of religion. In China, four Christian businessmen convicted in July 2021 of ‘conducting illegal business operations’ (they were selling audio Bibles) have been given large fines and lengthy prison sentences; their legal representative was sent to prison for six years and fined 200,000 yuan (£22,200). The company’s computers and audio players were confiscated. The four men said they had been producing audio Bibles for many years and had never been told that this was illegal. China continues to crackdown on Christian social media content as the government seeks to align church teaching with its
Audio bible player, China; barnabas
communist values. The Institute of Chin Affairs (ICA) report that the military (aka the Tatmadaw) in Myanmar has killed 81 ethnic-Chin people, including 10 children, since the military coup in February 2021. The Chin population is around 90% Christian. The Tatmadaw has for many years persecuted the Christian-majority Chin, Kachin and Karen ethnic groups as well as the Muslim-majority Rohingya, forcing thousands to flee from violence, including rape. A resident of Chin State told reporters of the distress caused by the deaths of young people, including babies: ‘They should be going to school at this age… Some might have got college degrees… others would have found good jobs. Our young people increasingly have the chance continued → Page 23
In June around 5,000 Chin people who had already been made to leave their homes were forced to flee an artillery bombardment against camps for internally displaced persons. The Tatmadaw are also blocking humanitarian aid to the already impoverished and underdeveloped state. Please pray for all these situations.
Funeral of boy in Chin State, Myanmar; radio free asia
Barnabas Fund is acknowledged, with thanks, as the source of the above information.
to access a good education. But now, many youths are dead as a result of the coup.’ The ICA is ‘gravely concerned about the high numbers of ethnic Chin civilians being killed’ and urged the Tatmadaw ‘to immediately stop killing innocent people, particularly women and children, and to refrain from indiscriminate bombings and heavy explosive weapons against the civilian population.’
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Just-Ice for Survivors Anyone who has made their own ice cream will know if the recipe is a good one, the stirring is done properly and you take it out of the freezer at the right time, it is like ambrosia.
Steve Murphy So, imagine a social enterprise where you have great fun serving the best premium ice cream you've ever tasted, using only natural and Fairtrade ingredients. Imagine creating employment for survivors of human trafficking, restoring their dignity and giving them hope and a future. Imagine creating a community hub in the centre of Poynton that’s based on Christian values, where all are welcome and a friendly face and listening ear can always be found. Well that’s Just-Ice – a social enterprise that sells ice cream made of natural ingredients including Fairtrade vanilla, chocolate and sugar – and it’s being run locally by Jo Rodman, an experienced business woman and a committed Christian who’s also in training to become a priest in the Church of England. ‘The effect of the work of Just-Ice on people’s lives is transformational,’ said Jo who recently took delivery of a refrigerated ice cream trike named Harriet. She will work closely with Hope for Justice and City Hearts, agencies in the northwest who help victims of modern slavery rebuild their lives. Said Jo: ‘People celebrate the work that William Wilberforce did in the 18th century to abolish slavery but it’s shocking to find how many people are enslaved in the world today. That’s why we’ve got together as a group of like-minded, funHotPott - September 2021
loving Christian friends who are combining our skills in business, catering, teaching and pastoral care to use the joy of ice cream for the joy of freedom. We believe in, and are working for, a fairer world. We love to chat and always want you to tell us what you love and what we could do better. And we’d love you to come and taste our ice cream. Let's have fun changing this world..’ To find out more or to book Harriet the JustIce trike visit just-icepoynton.org
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From the Registers Forthcoming Weddings
We wish them joy in their preparations: 11th September Michael Ripper & Helena Mankki
Weddings Congratulations to: 23rd July Luke Williams & Lisa Dudley 4th July Martin Shelton & Mila Fernandez 12th July Felipe De Castro & Charlotte Grove 17th July Andrew McMullan & Sharon Middleton 24th July Simon Frost & Joanne Bromley 7th August Joseph Jones & Rachel Harrison 14th August Joseph Shelmerdine & Keira Walsh 14th August Robert Simms & Dominque Lopez
Baptisms We welcome into the Lord’s family: 31st July Lottie Suzanne Wardle
Funerals Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of: 12th August Doreen Hibbert 20th August Norman Bennett
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Recipe of the Month Lamb Surprise
As we’ve been looking at animals in the Bible over the summer, I thought you might like my (or rather my mother-in- law’s!) special recipe using lamb.
Irene North Whether you are out at work, out to play or entertaining, don't miss out on this delicious home cooked meal. With very little preparation and the flick of a switch, dinner is ready and waiting: you can just throw it all in the slow cooker! For those without a slow cooker, the meal can be cooked on top of the stove. Serves four.
Add the chopped onions, mixed herbs, carrots and potatoes. Pour over the stock & seasoning (according to individual taste).
Ingredients: 1lb (400 to 500g) of boned shoulder of lamb 1 or 2 onions sliced depending on taste and size 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh mixed herbs, or dried if preferred 1lb (450g) of thickly sliced carrots 2lb (900g) of potatoes, quartered 1 pint (600ml) of lamb or vegetable stock Seasoning (according to individual taste) Half a small savoy cabbage chopped, or a handful of French beans Chopped fresh parsley.
Cover and cook on high for 5 to 7 hours.
Serve with jacket potatoes.
With a sharp knife, remove any excess fat from the lamb and cut into 1’’ (2.5cm) cubes. (Ready cubed meat can be bought at most supermarkets.) Place in slow cooker.
I am sorry I don't have any recipes for lions or donkeys – the subjects of David’s other animal sermons!
Stir in the cabbage (or beans) and season. Re-cover and continue to cook on high for one further hour. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley. To cook on top of the stove: Using a large pan or metal casserole dish, bring all the ingredients except the cabbage/ French beans to boil then simmer for 2 to 2½ hours. Then add cabbage or French beans and cook for further 20 to 25 minutes.
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Services 5th September. 'I will build My Church' 4: Looking to the light 8.30am 10.45am
Morning Prayer Holy Communion
1 Thessalonians 1.1-10; 1 Thessalonians 5.1-11
12th. Stephen on Moses 8.30am 10.45am
Holy Communionr Morning Worship
19th. A Harvest of Hands and Hope 8.30am 10.45am
Morning Prayer Family Service
David Swales Anne Murphy & David Swales
26th. Moses’ Birth; ‘A New Hope’ 8.30am 10.45am
Holy Communion Morning Worship
3rd October. Moses at The Burning Bush; ‘I’m Hopeless!’ 8.30am 10.45am •
Morning Prayer Holy Communion
If you would like to attend any of our services in person, please let Duncan Matheson know.
All 10:45am services will be streamed live - visit our website for direct links.
A recording of each live-streamed service will be available from the services page of the church website: http://www.pottshrigleychurch.org.uk
Children and Young People
*** A little girl had been to Sunday School for the first time and was asked by her mother how it compared with her new primary school.
“Oh, I like it much better,’ she said. ‘There are no exams there, you go only once a week for an hour, and at the end you go to heaven instead of high school.” Page 34
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Rev. David Swales, The Vicarage, Spuley Lane, SK10 5RS
Dr John Ryley (Reader Emeritus), 2 Wych Lane, Adlington, SK10 4NB
Gillian Mosley, 129 St Austell Avenue, Macclesfield, SK10 3NY
Andy Phillips, 26 Hurst Lane, Bollington, SK10 5LP
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firstname.lastname@example.org David Gem, Ridge Hall Farm, Ridge Hill, Sutton, Macclesfield, SK11 0LU
Chris Day email@example.com
Peter Kennedy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gift Aid & Planned Giving:
Sally Winstanley, 3 Green Close Cottages, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SG
Mary Currell, 61 Crossfield Road, Bollington, SK10 5EA
email@example.com David Garton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Phillips, as above
David Gem, as above
Electoral Roll and Safeguarding officer:
Kath Matheson, Church View Cottage, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA
Duncan Matheson, Church View Cottage, Pott Shrigley, SK10 5SA
Pastoral Care Team:
Kim Swales, The Vicarage, Spuley Lane, SK10 5RS
Georgina Wray, 14 Paladin Place, Bank Close, Macclesfield, SK11 7HE
Anne Murphy, 14 Silver Street, Bollington, SK10 5QL
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Parish Council Clerk:
Joyce Burton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Cooke, email@example.com
Joanne Bromley, Pott Shrigley Church School, SK10 5RT
Tess Phillips, 26 Hurst Lane, Bollington, SK10 5LP
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com PCC Members:
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Dr John Ryley, Duncan Matheson, Sally Winstanley, Peter Kennedy, Jean Ferguson, Andy Phillips, Pam Cooke, Ian Clarke, Mary Currell, Mike Akerman, Rebecca Roth-Biester Sheila Garton, David Garton, David Gem, Anne Murphy, Kath Matheson, Chris Day, Reg Ferguson.
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