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The Magazine for Milton Parish Church of St Philip and St James

September 2016

“Home is where the heart is” Pliny the Elder

In This Issue

Saturday 10 September… open for refreshments

 Ladies


 Poet’s


 100

Club Winners



Revd Brian Statham

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Mr Philip Such Mrs Karen Convey Mrs Alice Mottershead Mrs Tracey Stanyer Mr Michael Convey Mr Lyndon Hudson Mrs Iris Johnson Mr David Wright Mrs Gill Marren Mrs Joan Hussey Mr Peter Sherratt Mrs Liz Durber Mrs Liz Wright Mrs Jill Tunstall Mrs Jill Cooper Michael & Karen Convey Mrs Alma Barber Mrs Clare Talbot Mrs Alison Wood Mr Philip Such Michael Convey & Sons

Vicar of Milton and Rural Dean of Leek The Vicarage, Baddeley Green Lane. Email: Hon. Assistant Priest 10 Wallis Way, Baddeley Green. Reader 3 Quarry Close, Stockton Brook. Church Warden Church Warden Deputy Church Warden PCC Treasurer PCC Secretary and Safeguarding Officer Planned Giving Recorder Electoral Roll Officer Diocesan and Deanery Synod Rep Deanery Synod Rep Deanery Synod Rep Organist Junior Church Coordinator Messy Church Coordinator Little Fishes Coordinator ‘Open to God’ Coordinator Magazine Editors Flower Team Flower Team Flower Team Altar Server Team Coordinator Sacristans

Mrs Joan Malpass Mr Cedric Johnson Mrs Susan Peck Mrs Jill Tunstall Mrs Jennifer Skerratt

Hall Bookings Secretary Bowls (Mondays at 7.00pm) Yoga (Tuesdays at 7.15pm) Ladies Fellowship (2nd Monday at 2pm) Baddeley Green Playgroup

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Revd Pat Beckett Mr David Simcock


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The Vicar writes...


The infamous railway crossing from Thailand to Burma was built by prisoners of the Second World War, and became widely known through the film The Bridge on the River Kwai starring Alec Guinness. But a far more meaningful record has been preserved of what happened on the Kwai railway in a little book by Ernest Gordon called “The Miracle on the River Kwai” (sadly now out of print). In it the author—who served as an army chaplain among the prisoners—records the best and worst of human nature, and all that people are capable of doing to each other. Inhumanity, courage and compassion are all there. There is one particular incident that reflect these qualities. Let me share it with you: After the prisoners had returned to camp following a day’s digging, it was discovered that one of the shovels was missing. The prison guard commanded the guilty person to step forward. When no-one moved, the guard threatened that they would all be executed. “All die! All die!” he screamed. At that moment, writes Ernest Gordon...

An Argyll soldier stepped forward, stood stiffly to attention and said calmly, “I did it”. The guard unleashed all his whipped-up hate: he kicked the helpless prisoner and beat him with his fists, and still the Argyll stood rigidly to attention, the blood streaming down his face. His silence goaded the prison guard to an excess of rage. Seizing his rifle by the barrel he lifted it high over his head and with a final howl brought it down on the skull of the Argyll, who sank limply to the ground and did not move. Although it was clear that he was dead, the guard continued to beat him and stopped only when exhausted. The men of the work detail picked up their tools. They picked up their comrade’s body and they marched off. When the tools were gathered and counted again at the guard house no shovel was missing. “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”...It is a graphic illustration of our Lord’s own words, and a graphic illustration of our Lord’s own word and what he accomplished on the cross. As I write this month’s letter, the Olympic Games are in full-swing in Rio. Originally the Greek word for the Games was agon—the word from which we derive our word in English, agony. At that time throughout the known world the contest was looked upon as the ultimate human achievement.


All contestants were totally dedicated to it, totally devoted, and totally disciplined and focussed in their pursuit of the agon—to win the crown of the Games. They considered the agon—the agony—was worth every drop of blood, every drop of sweat, and every tear that was shed in order to obtain the crown.

The scenes on our TV screens of these amazing feats of human endurance and achievement show us that modern day contestants in the Games are no less dedicated, devoted and disciplined...and for me it is a powerful reminder of Jesus and his total dedication and devotion to his Father’s will. He was totally disciplined and focussed in his pursuit of it. He too considered the agony worth every drop of blood, sweat and tears. There is just one difference: they did it, and still do it, for their own glory, but Jesus did it for us. Congratulations go to Team GB for their achievements in Rio. We will witness even more feats of determination and courage when we watch the Paralympics and see how those with life-changing injuries are not prepared to sit by and be defined by their disabilities. Their determination, dedication and discipline are a great example to follow, as we are called to take up our cross and follow Christ...who for the joy that was before him endured the cross, despising its shame. Your friend and priest,

I’d like to place on record my thanks to the Reverends Pat Beckett, Ann Ballard, Brian Williams and to Mr David Simcock for their kindness in taking on the extra responsibilities and duties during my sabbatical. I was able to go away knowing that Milton was being well looked after!

My thanks continue as, no sooner am I back from my sabbatical, but I go into hospital on 5th September for a knee-replacement operation at the RSUH. I am sorry to inflict this extra burden on them—but they have been very gracious in responding to my plea for help.



Little Fishes each Tuesday from 10.30am (School Term only) Holy Communion each Wednesday at 9.30am Morning Prayer at 9am each Tuesday and Friday at 8.45am each Tuesday and Thursday st Thursday 1 Open to God 7.30 – 8.30pm in the Centre Sunday 4th

Wednesday 7th Thursday 8th Saturday10th Sunday 11th Wednesday 14th Thursday 15th Sunday 18th

Monday 19th Thursday 22nd Sunday 25th

Wednesday 28th Thursday 29th

Fifteenth after Trinity 8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am Jubilate! Eucharist 6.00pm Sung Eucharist Social and fund-raising meeting, 730pm in the Vestry Prayer Time 6.30 – 7.00pm Historic Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride’ Refreshments in the Centre from 10am (Church Queen event) Sixteenth after Trinity 8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am Family Eucharist 6.00pm Encounter P.C.C. Standing Committee 7.30pm Prayer Time 6.30 – 7.00pm

Seventeenth after Trinity 8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am Family Eucharist 6.00pm Evensong Parish Development Team (PDT) meeting, 7.45pm Prayer Time 6.30 – 7.00pm

Fourteenth after Trinity 8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am Family Eucharist 6.00pm Memorial Service P.C.C. meeting, 7.30pm Prayer Time 6.30 – 7.00pm


The Potteries Bones

The Potteries bones are hidden just beneath the flesh of the land.

The Potteries bones are the fuel that drove the industry for which the land was named. This months poem remembers the pottery that has helped to build and shape our city.

All the poems that we have featured about the Potteries, their food and the friendships that have grown are taken from the Potteries Anthology ‘Landscape of Fire’ which was produced by the City Voices Creative Writers and who have kindly let us feature their work. In September the group are holding 10th Anniversary Event on 7th September which is free to attend—see the poster for details and please support our poets,

The Potteries were cut out by pick and shovel, and carted by boy and horse to be burnt in the creation of bowl and plate.

The Potteries bones rose like the Phoenix, to create bowl and beaker. The Potteries bones were left heaped in slag, and then hidden by soil and bush and rose like the Phoenix to be reborn as the Forest Park. Christian Boustead




Sunday 4th Deut.30. 15 – end Psalm 1 Philemon 1 – 21 Luke 14. 25 - 33 Sunday 11th Exodus 32. 7 – 14 Psalm 51. 1 – 10 1 Tim. 1. 12 – 17 Luke 15. 1 - 10 Sunday 18th Amos 8. 4 – 7 Psalm 113 1 Tim. 2. 1 – 7 Luke 16. 1 -13

10am: Reader: E. Durber Prayers: P. Such Deacon: G. Marren

6.00pm: Eucharist Reader: C. Nixon

10am: Reader: B. Meigh Prayers: G. Marren Deacon: P. Such

6.00pm: Encounter

10am: Reader: M. Convey Prayers: P. Such Deacon: J. Cooper

6.00pm: Evensong Ezra ch. 1 C. Nixon

Sunday 25th Amos 6. 1a, 4 – 7 Psalm 146 1 Tim 6. 6 – 19 Luke 16. 19 - 31

10am: Reader: A. Mottershead Prayers: Y. Edwards Deacon: D. Simcock

100 Club Winners:


July 2016

1st Prize 31 Liz Barnes

2nd Prize 59 Jeanette Pickin 3rd Prize 110 Bob Owen

John 7. 14 - 36 L. Hudson 6.00pm: Memorial

1st Prize 84 Eunice Tomkinson

2nd Prize 42 Maureen Whittaker 3rd Prize 116 Darrin Brazier 3rd prize 3 Audrey Dawson

October 2016 Magazine

We need to have all articles for the October 2016 magazine no later than 11 September. Please could you leave any articles at church for us or send them to:


On probably the warmest day in July we set off for our excursion to Stamford and Rutland Water. Stamford is an enchanting market town with the River Welland providing a waterside walk in a green park.

After enjoying a stroll around, I found a graveyard where Britain's heaviest man is buried, weighing in at 55 stones Daniel Lambert was certainly large!

After lunch we drove to Rutland Water to enjoy an hour's sailing. As the day was so hot, seats on the upper deck were sought after. At our August meeting we were entertained by Norma Walmsley from Holywell in Flintshire. Her talk titled "The King and I" informed us all about her work as Governess to the Sultan of Brunei's ( the world's richest man after Bill Gates) children. Although she said that the King is concerned about the conditions of his people, the palace was a lavish and opulent building, gold taps and basins seemed over the top though! Her talk, accompanied by slides, showed us the wives and children, the rooms and some of the buildings over water that the Sultan has had built for his people. Next month we will be welcoming Janet Bradshaw from Tatton Park to speak to us.

If you are free on the second Monday of each month, do come along and join us you will be made most welcome. Best Wishes



May we express our sincere thanks to everyone who kindly donated cartons of apple and orange juice for the teenagers from Belarus who are spending 4 weeks during August in the Endon area. They are all in remission from cancer and the juice together with a good diet and fresh air will help to build up their immune system. As always the response was fantastic.

Once again many thanks for your generosity.

Cynthia and Bob Owen



Milton Church Centre is a fantastic venue! and can be hired for all sorts of activities.

The Centre is available for hire for one-off events: and we currently have some vacant slots for weekly or monthly hire. (great rates are available for long-term hire)

Kitchen facilities are available with seating and tables for up to 80 people. Interested? Please give us a call to discuss your requirements call Mrs Joan Malpass on 01782 543341



Altar Linen Rota 2016 September Philip Such October Georgina Ellis November Philip Such December Iris Johnson

Serving If there is anyone who would like to serve at the altar any of the services please get in touch with Philip Such so that you can be included on the Servers Rota.

Brasses Rota 2016 September Cynthia Owen & Freda Salmon SIDEPERSONS ROTA October Beryl Newman & Jeanette Pickin Thank you for helping to November Margaret Owen & Jill Tunstall welcome regular and new visitors to our church. If you December Terry and Pat Hopewell are unable to attend on your rota date or wish to help with the Sidepersons rota, please contact one of the Churchwardens. Month





D. Clarke


R. Owen


A-M. Johnson


C. Salmon


M. Such & A. Motterhsead E. Wright & E. Clarke M. Whittaker & B. Mountford E. Durber & D. Brazier

Evening Service

J. Hussey H. Boote -



SUNDAY 8.00am 10.00am 10.00am 6.00pm 6.00pm 6.00pm TUESDAY 8.45am



8.45am 7.30pm 6.30pm

SATURDAY 10.00am 4.30pm

Holy Communion (said service with sermon) Jubilate! all-age Communion on the first Sunday Family Communion and Junior Church (all other Sundays) Holy Communion (on first Sunday) Evensong (on third Sunday) ‘Encounter’—informal service on 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays Morning Prayer is said in church

Little Fishes for pre-schoolers and their carers during term time Holy Communion

Morning Prayer is said in church

Open to God—an hour of informal prayer and praise in the Church Centre—on first Thursday of each month

Centre·Point—a short time of prayer on all other Thursdays in the church vestry Vicar’s Parish Office in the Centre until 11.00am to arrange BAPTISMS or WEDDINGS

Messy Church on third Saturday each month (ends at 6.00pm)

CONFESSION or COUNSELLING can be arranged by appointment with the Vicar

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