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December 2013 / January 2014

News from Bolton-le-Sands, Nether Kellet and Christ Church (United Reformed) Parish Magazine | ÂŁ1 Carol Service

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Christ Church United Reformed Church Rev’d Y Burns - Minister Mr G Shaw - Treasurer Mrs M Park - Secretary

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Old Boys’ Free Grammar School Mrs Joan Baker


Trefoil Guild Judith Spotswood 736929 Thwaite Brow Woods Consevation Project Mrs L. Belcher Women’s Institute Mrs Hazel Short

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Lune Valley Keep Fit Organisation Sheila Stockdale


Men’s Group Mr Keith Budden


Bowling Club Mr Geoff Forrest - Secretary


Cricket Club Mr Mike Clarkson - Secretary


Tennis Club Mrs Pam Holding - President


Community Centre Sharman Robinson 10am - 4pm Mon - Fri 812143 Bolton-le-Sands & District Floral and Horticultural Society Mrs Amanda Kerr 720730 Petsearch Mrs Margaret Carter


2nd Bolton-le-Sands Scout Group Debra Thackrah - Cub Leader 07900 803139 Dave Squirrell - Scout Leader 07811 274452

Worship at Holy Trinity Sunday 8.00am 10.30am 3.00pm



Holy Communion Holy Communion Liturgy of Healing

(every 2nd Sunday in the month)

Holy Communion

First Friday Worship The first Friday of each month at Holy Trinity at 7.30pm – followed by refreshments and fellowship. Details of services are displayed on the outside notice board, and are given in The Link each Sunday. Worship at St Mark’s Nether Kellet Sundays 9.00am First Sunday Holy Communion - Common Worship Second Sunday Morning Prayer Third Sunday Holy Communion - Book of Common Prayer Fourth Sunday Morning Prayer Fifth Sunday Morning Prayer Worship at Christ Church United Reformed Church 1st Dec 10.00am Rev G Lear Flowers from - Flower Fund 8th Dec 10.00am Rev Y Burns Flowers from - Flower Fund 15th Dec 10.00am Rev G Barton Flowers In Memory of Mary Pennington and Harold Pennington 22nd Dec 10.00am Rev Y Burns 25th Dec 10.00am Rev G Lear 29th Dec 10.00am Rev G Barton Flowers from - M Dickenson and R Heaton Mass times at St. Mary of The Angels Sundays 9.00am Monday and Friday 10.00am See Parish Bulletin on notice board by the Church gate for variations

Bolton-le-Sands Guides Catherine Spreckley - Guide Leader 07708 275582 Bolton- le-Sands Brownies Rachel Shaw - Brownie Leader 01524732726

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Dear All A baby is born. New mums and dads look at their baby in the first few days amazed at the miracle of life. It is a life changing miracle. It brings out in them a capacity to love and protect greater than they ever thought possible, and gives them strength to do the impossible. New life, new hope, new joy, new love. A new baby brings out deep sacrificial generosity; parents will give what is needed and more for the good of their baby. Parents will go short themselves for their baby, certainly going short of sleep and usually going short of time and money, because they want to put the needs of their baby first, and will make do with what is left over. New depths, new priorities, new cares and concerns, new commitment. A baby is born. A gift from God. A miracle. Carried within us and with us always. New life. New hope. New joy. New love. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. With love


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Deanery Open Meeting with the Bishop On Thursday 14th November Bishop Julian held an open meeting with the Tunstall Diocese at Bolton-le-Sands Primary School. Various members of the Deanery and our own congregation came to hear the Bishop, equipped with his ipad, talk about the scale of his job as Bishop and the challenge facing him. Bishop Julian also explained his coming to faith and his ministry in the Church of England along with his family background. Having been a parish priest for a number of years Bishop Julian stressed the importance of the parish priest to him, describing his role as a supportive one to parish priests and how in current times lay ministry is becoming increasingly important. Bishop Julian then listed his four priorities of his leadership. The first being prayer and in particular intercession because God has given us this wonderful gift to ask for specific things and he urged us to use intercession more. The second was scripture and Bishop Julian wants to be known as a Bishop who “takes us to the text” and encourages us to trust in the life changing power of God’s Word. The next priority was discipleship and Bishop Julian adjured us to have a personal relationship with God and to let this manifest in our own ministry having freed up the structures which can prevent ministry flourishing. Bishop Julian’s final priority was evangelism and how he wants the whole diocese to demonstrate God’s love for people by sharing the Gospel especially to those who have not experienced God’s call before. Before Compline at the end, Bishop Julian took questions and in his responses shared his passion for church schools, with his wife having been a teacher and involved in educational boards, and his support for the Food Banks, whilst stating his wish that every church should have a commitment to making a difference in improving the lives of others and should be involved in a social project. Responding to further questions, Bishop Julian described how a few weeks ago he had gone to a parish church and sat at the back as a member of the congregation so he could be ministered to and not just minister to others and he said that he wanted to continue with this and that people will find him an approachable Bishop.

First Friday Worship and Fellowship at Holy Trinity on 6th December, 7.30pm

“Don’t pass the parcel” Advent un-wrapped at Holy Trinity Church. Do join us for this informal service with refreshments afterwards. Please note : there will not be a First Friday Worship in January 2014.

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Holy Trinity PCC meeting On a dark and cold wintry evening, the PCC gathered on Tuesday 12th November. Once more, Brian James presented the group with a comprehensive update on the Heritage Lottery Fund application and due to the formalities with the application, submission has been delayed until the end of November. Unfortunately the Quantity Surveyor has identified higher costs than initially estimated so the plan to proceed with the application is now more important than ever. January 2014 will see 2 important steps – a) whether Stage One of the application has been successful b) Stage Two of the application must be submitted. The team working on this application have tirelessly brought everything together and we all hope and pray that their hard work will be rewarded with a successful outcome. The financial situation has not changed much except there have a been a few members of the congregation who have now successfully switched their giving from the weekly envelope scheme to a more regular standing order, paid via the bank. This enables the church’s finance to become more stable as regular income is received and outgoings can be managed much better. If there is the opportunity to encourage more parishioners to support the church in this way, then we can also promote the Gift Aid scheme whereby 25% extra will be paid by the Government as we are a registered charity, at no extra cost to us or the donor. Meanwhile, if anybody reading this wishes to set up a regular standing order to Holy Trinity, the Sort Code is 01 01 60 and the Bank Account number is 94801703, in the name of Parochial Church Council of Bolton-le-Sands, Holy Trinity Church. It only has be done once and you don’t need to worry about having to find cash for the collection plate each week ! Please don’t forget to complete a Gift Aid form too for the extra 25%. The forms are available from the back of church or from our Gift Aid Officer, Alan Thompson. Thank you. There were continued discussions regarding the new Garden of Remembrance, and there is a team dedicated to investigating the way forward and options available, which will report to the PCC in due course. Adele Wilkinson, our Under 18’s Co-ordinator advised that our Junior Church leader, Mrs Amanda Graham, was stepping down from the role due to other commitments. The PCC is extremely grateful to Amanda for her contribution to the church over many years and her leadership of the younger Holy Trinity community has been exceptional. Until a new leader is appointed, the Church Staff Directory will be updated with Adele’s details as the initial point of contact. Other Committee reports were received from Communications, Health & Safety and Fabric. The December copy of the Messenger will include a renewal subscription form for 2014 and the price is to remain exactly the same for another year (£8 for 10 copies per year or if purchased on an ad hoc basis the price is still £1 per individual copy). The Social group confirmed that another successful Coffee Morning on a very wet Thursday in November had raised an impressive £281 for church funds and in fact Karen Hillis has now arranged 5 further Coffee Mornings for 20th March, 8th May, 3rd July, 4th September and 9th October. Christmas Fair plans are proceeding very well and it is hoped that it will be another very successful event, as it is recognised as the biggest fundraiser of the year. The next PCC meeting is planned for Tuesday 21st January 2014. Jane Ruscoe PCC Secretary

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Celebrating 200 years - and more! Alan Thompson gave the congregation of Holy Trinity an interesting insight into the history of the church, and of the parish, on Dedication Sunday. Although parts of Holy Trinity date back about 1400 years, in 2013, we celebrated the 200th anniversary of the ‘great reconstruction of 1813’, when the Vicar of Kendal described the church to be in “a very bad and dangerous state”, leaving no alternative but to demolish all but the tower and arcade and rebuild! Here, Alan describes the origins of the parish as we know it today. Our church was here long before Cartmel had its Priory, long before Furness was to have its Abbey. Both those and many other local monastic establishments surrendered to the king around 1636 when the monasteries were dissolved and we moved from Roman Catholicism to the Catholicism we now today as members of the Church of England The Parish of Bolton-le-Sands at one time included Carnforth, Hest Bank, Slyne, the Kellets and the lost village of Stapelton Terne. We gave Carnforth to Warton in 1208. Also enclosed within this Parish was Beaumont Grange, which was reached by following Ancliffe Lane across the Halton Road and down the track which leads to Lancaster. Beaumont Grange was a monastic house and farm that most likely absorbed the population of Stapleton and employed them as servants and farmers to help the monks run the grange and tend the fish traps on the Lune. An aside to this is that Lancaster Priory had a tithe which said that they were entitled to the fish caught in every third cast of the net by those they licenced to fish the Lune! A historical commentator wrote of Bolton le Sands “the history of the place is destitute of any very noteworthy event.” However the list of previous Rectors and Vicars at the back of the church for 1254 lists Jonn le Romayne the younger, who became Archbishop of York in 1886. He was granted the Parishes of Bolton-le-Sands and Melling by his father, the Archdeacon of Ripon. (Yes it does say father!) I think that makes this parish quite noteworthy, as does the lives of the thousands who have born witness to their God in this place and placed their lives under his care and protection. Further extracts from Alan’s talk will appear in future editions of The Messenger. 6 | messenger

Mothers’ Union Update A reminder about M.U. Christmas Party on December 11th when we look forward to hearing “The Ripley Story” from David Bateman and of course our Christmas sing song. May you all have a Truly Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Kath Lane Enrolling Member

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There were also appropriate poems and readings some of which were chosen by the members themselves. Everyone who came to the front was rewarded with a sweet from the advent calendar too! Some of the readings were about Christmas traditions such as puddings, poinsettia and stolen bread. Members who read those pieces were rewarded with spot prizes. The 13th December, St. Lucia’s Day is celebrated in Sweden with the wearing of a St.Lucia crown and eating saffron buns and pepperkaka biscuits. Jeanne Smith bravely came out to be our St. Lucia and eventually wore the crown with the candles on top. Members were able to enjoy the saffron buns and pepperkaka at refreshment time. Hopefully it was the start of our preparation time for Christmas, reminding us to keep Christ at the heart of it.

Our A.G.M. takes place at the Village Hall on January 15th at 2pm. There will also be a short talk on Fire Safety.

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The November meeting took place at the Village Hall on Wednesday November 20th. It was entitled “Advent: Members’ Medley” and took the form of an Advent calendar, from which members were invited to take out a card and read what was on it. There was a range of things such as bible readings , hymns and prayers.

We have donated £250 to the MU relief fund to support the disaster in the Philippines. In the New Year we will be collecting subscriptions of £18 for membership. Trish Cooper will be collecting.

Old Boys’ Free Grammar School Available for meetings, coffee mornings, social functions etc. For details and hire charges please contact Mrs Joan Baker on 824384

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messenger 2014 Thank you • • • •

to all those people who have provided articles and photographs for THE MESSENGER during the past year; to our advertisers, for their support over the past year, which has helped to keep our costs down; to all our distributers who deliver the magazine. to all our regular subscribers for their continued support.

the messenger is produced and distributed entirely by volunteers; our only expense is the printing, which is done commercially. Regular subscribers enable us to budget accurately, which helps to keep the costs down. Thanks to the support of our regular subscribers, we are able to keep the cover price the same as 2013. This means that the cover price remains £1 per issue, and the annual subscription remains at £8, thus saving £2 over the year. If you are already a subscriber, your regular deliverer will soon be calling to see you and you will be able to renew your subscription. If you are not yet a subscriber, but you would like to have THE MESSENGER delivered, and save £2 over the year, please contact Kathy Edwards on 01524 824518, or complete one of the subscription forms at the back of Holy Trinity Church. We can help to keep costs down by enrolling more subscribers - do you know anyone who would might be interested in becoming a subscriber? Why not share your copy with them, and invite them to become a subscriber? Can you help to deliver THE MESSENGER ? The more volunteers we have, the quicker we can get the magazine delivered each month. If you can spare an hour or so once a month, please contact Kathy Edwards on 01524 824518, or leave your name and contact details with one of the staff on duty at Church.

Scout Post Stamps for the annual Scout Christmas Post will be on sale at 30p each from Londis Coastal Road, Spar Main Road, Blue Anchor, Main Road and Co-op Pharmacy, Main Road, from Monday 18th November, with the post boxes going in on 29th November. The last posting date Monday 16th December at 2pm. Details of the areas covered are available at all the stamp outlets. Please help to support your local Scout Groups.

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Dear friends We live in an age when people do not want to wait for anything. Everything has to be instant. With the internet and mobile ‘phones we can speak to people at any time of day or night. We can access the internet whenever we wish and order goods to be delivered the next day. I remember when John and I were first married we had to wait until we had saved enough money to buy many of the things we wanted – a 3 piece suite, dining table and chairs, fridge, record player, television. Many people, when they get married or set up home together now expect to have these things straight away. But there is something to be said for waiting for something, saving up, and then the satisfaction of going out and spending your money. I think maybe you appreciate things more. However waiting is a natural part of life – not everything can be got instantly. Life itself is not instant – animals and humans have a period of gestation, the time in the womb is an important time when limbs and organs miraculously form. Advent is a time of waiting. The bible readings during Advent proclaim to us the preparation and the expectation for the time when heaven and earth collide. When in a particular place, at a particular time God chose to become incarnate in the form of a tiny baby – Jesus. During Advent we will be meeting on Thursday mornings at 9-30am for prayers and reflections as we wait, expectantly once more for the season of Christmas. Why not put aside just half an hour each week to ponder upon this special season? John and I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. With best wishes, Yolande

Letting in Christmas There used to be an old custom of letting in Christmas, similar to letting in the New Year. In Hanoverian times, at the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, front and back doors were opened so as ‘to let the good in and the bad out’. In Sussex, a lucky person was appointed to fling open the front door and cry out “Welcome old Father Christmas”. In Lancashire there was a ‘lucky bird’ who let in Christmas and passed through every room in the house with a sprig of evergreen in his hand. He was rewarded by a welcoming penny left by the fire. 10 | messenger

Stories for Change Bangladesh BANGLADESH: Uncertain and anxious times It’s been a year of general strikes and shutdowns in Bangladesh as the country moves towards general elections - due in January 2014. Concerns around safety and security in Bangladesh have increased following recent trials for war crimes dating back to the 1971 war of independence and the subsequent protests and violent clashes. For Christian Aid staff in Dhaka, political instability and uncertainty has and is making field visits and organizing events difficult. Country Manager, Sajjad Mohammad Sajid explains, ‘the overall security is not good. This is the stark reality in which Christian Aid staff and our partners are working and in which many Bangladeshi are now living. With parliamentary elections due in January 2014, this situation is expected to continue.’ These are anxious times. The current government’s term ends 25 October, and the Bangladeshi constitution requires fresh elections to be held within the following 90 days. Bangladesh is about to enter a tense period of political negotiation. In this tense pre election time, the opposition, the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) (and smaller parties), want to see the ruling Awami League party give up power to a neutral non-party, a caretaker government, who will then, according to the BNP oversee free and fair elections. The government says the demand is unconstitutional. The opposition says polls under the current government the elections would not be free or fair. Sevices January 2014 5th 10.00 am Rev G Lear 12th 10.00 am Rev Y Burns 19th 10.00 am Rev D Greenwood 26th 10.00 am Rev Y Burns

Flowers by M Dickenson and R Heaton M Carter C Richardson G and A Shaw

Dates for the Diary 28th November

9.30am - Advent Prayers in Church

29th November

9.30am - Shining Stars

5th December

9.30am - Advent Prayers in Church 12noon - Agape Lunch

6th December

9.30am - Shining Stars

12th December

9.30am - Advent Prayers in Church

13th December

9.30am - Shining Stars

18th December

7.00pm - Elders Meeting at the Manse

19th December

9.30am - Advent Prayers in Church

22nd December

TBC - Carol Service

25th December

10.00am - Christmas Morning Service

Any changes or additions to be announced

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St. Mark’s Nether Kellet

December Our old friend Mary’s Clergyman always likes to put something meaningful on the outdoor church sign. Last Sunday she noticed he had posted this message. “The most important part of Christmas is the first six letters.” So easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of the season, but so true! St Mark’s Carol Service will be on Sunday 15 December at 6.30 pm. We will also be having a Community Carol Service in the Village Hall at 7.00 pm on Monday 16 December in aid of the Children’s Society. Thank you to the ladies who baked and helped at the Nether Kellet Christmas Fair on Saturday 16 November and on Saturday 30 November at Bolton-Le-Sands. January Thank you... A wish for you and those you…. To light the way ahead, A very BIG THANKYOU for all the Get Well A wish for joy and hope and peace Cards and messages I’ve received. Glad Along the path you tread. to say I am now home from hospital and With memories of happy times feeling much better. Ruth And places long ago, Reminding you, you’re thought about Ruth More often than you know. And then another extra wish With greetings most sincere, May love warm every day for you Throughout the coming year. With Best Wishes for the New Year from all at St Marks.


Community Centre For details of letting conditions, availability and hire charges, please contact Sharman Robinson 812143 or by email at between 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday

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St Mary of the Angels Catholic Church: Canon John Gibson. Mass times: Sunday: 9 am Weekdays: Monday and Friday 10 am but see Parish Bulletin on notice board by the Church gate for variations. Monsignor Michael Tully, frequently says Mass at 10am on weekdays. Christmas Mass times in our extended parish: St Mary of the Angels, Bolton le Sands Christmas Eve - carols at 8pm, Mass at 8.30pm Christmas Day - Mass at 10am Our Lady of Lourdes, Carnforth, Christmas Eve - carols at 6p.m. Mass at 6.30 p.m. Christmas Day – Mass at 10.30 a.m. St Mary, Yealand, Christmas Eve - carols at 8pm., Mass at 8pm. Christmas Day – Mass at 9.00 a.m. Our beautiful church is open for you to visit on most days. Pope Francis has called for the laity to give him their views to assist him and his bishops in examining the role of the Catholic Church in family life. A Synod of Bishops is to be held in two stages in 2014 and 2015 to seek working guidelines in the pastoral care of the person and the family. We are invited to answer a series of ten questions on family life and, in our local parish, will hold a parish meeting to prepare answers but we may also give individual answers by responding to an online survey. The survey address is The “Catholic Universe” newspaper of 3rd November 2013 stated on its front page “The world’s bishops want to know your views on: Cohabitation, Gay marriage, Sacraments for divorced and remarried, Family education, and much more”.

Pat Fu

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Bolton-le-Sands WI On Tuesday 12 November it was time once again for our Annual General Meeting and it was pleasing to see how many members had turned up. Sometimes people think these events are boring, but never at Bolton-le-Sands WI ! We did have a short ordinary meeting which Hazel opened in the usual way, we wished Happy Birthday to several members and were glad to hear that Betty Cottam is recovering well. Our best wishes also to Joan Watson who is now at home getting better slowly. We had quite an event on Saturday 9 November when `Happy Jack` was presented at the Community Centre. It was good to see so many village people there, and after all expenses were paid, £884 was raised for our Charities 2013. Thanks to everybody. The meeting progressed with reports from the Walking Group ,the Craft Group and final details were given for our day out at Tatton Park on 4 December - this should prove to be a good way to round off our year, apart from the Christmas Party which will be on 10 December, with entertainment being provided by our own` in house` entertainers, something to look forward to. Five new members were introduced during the meeting – I hope they all feel very welcome. Myself and Joan Baker went to Bolton Town Hall in October to attend the LFWI Autumn Council Meeting and I had the privilege of giving my report back to the members – I have to say this was very well received as I raised a few laughs along the way. We then proceeded with the Annual General Meeting. The Financial Statement had been circulated and was duly read and adopted - we are in good hands with Dorothy Carruthers looking after us. The Record of the year`s events which showed a very successful 2013 and the President`s report thanking everyone for their support throughout the year were well received and duly adopted. Hazel admitted that she looks upon her role as President as an honour. The Committee were elected en bloc, the addition of one new member Patience Cooper, I hope she enjoys her time as a member of the Committee. The outcome of the evening was that Hazel was duly elected as our President for 2014 – much to everyone`s delight. The winners of the Competition for 2013 were 1st Jacky Ireland and 2nd Jennifer Fothergill well done to both of you. Our next meeting will be the Christmas Party – so see you there-and to all the readers of the Messenger Bolton-le-Sands WI wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Best wishes Marian

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Community Playground Project Local mum Catherine Harrison recently braved the legendary Born Survivor assault course and raised an amazing £258 for the B-l-S Community Playground Project. Born Survivor has been designed by Elite Royal Marine British Commandos – it’s based on Commando, Para and Special Forces assault courses from around the globe. Set in the Lake District, Born Survivor has 38 hard core military style obstacles, 1000 feet of climbing and 10km of brutal Lake District terrain. Well done Catherine, you really are a “Born Survivor”!

More Good News!!!

The Project has just received a cheque from the Galbraith Trust for £1340.00 for the picnic tables.

The ideal Christmas present A fascinating and profusely illustrated new book telling the story of Bolton-le-Sands Special offer to readers of the Messenger. To obtain copies at a discounted price of £8.50, with free delivery in the parish, contact Barry Guise on 01524 824300 All profits towards the Community Playground Project

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Men’s Group The monthly meeting of the Men’s Group took place in the Old Boys’ School 11 November 2013.when the speaker was Malcolm Lawrie, the Chairman of the Bonfire and Firework Committee. He told members that the Committee had started in 1972, and he joined in 1979. Over the time Malcolm has been on the committee, there have been many changes in legislation since they simply went to Brock or Standard Fireworks to order what they wanted. Then they used to handle fireworks with 2 kilos of blackpowder. It is now 500 gms. and it has to be seen that they hold and store fireworks correctly. £280 has to be paid per person to go on a course and obtain a certificate which lasts for five years. All members of the committee have to hold Health and Safety Certificates. They now have to wear safety helmets with visors, have gloves and wear flame retardant boiler suits. Malcolm told how it is believed that fireworks started in China about 800 AD. They contained 75% saltpetre, 15% charcoal and 10% sulphur. They came to Europe in the 13th century. In the 1700’s we had fireworks as we know them, particularly in Italy. Standard Fireworks is now Chinese and 99% of all fireworks used in this country are from China. Fireworks are shipped by container ship, with only two containers on a ship. At the bonfire on 3 November, they let off 700 shells in 24 minutes. Rockets are not used any more as they are too unpredictable and usually come back with a piece of timber attached. Nearly all of the fireworks are hand fired. They are lit with a special lighting stick. There is a firing order and a call for the particular firework to be fired. Fireworks are set at angles to fire. They do get some duds, but not many. With the Committee’s experience over the years, their insurance is now costing less, but is still over £1000 for 365 days cover. Road closures and signage have to be paid for, plus £250 for a security firm to put them in place. The week before a show there is a committee meeting to go through all health and safety procedures. Robert Swain

Santa’s Sleigh December 2013 Santa Claus will be brought to the village of Bolton-le-Sands in his Sleigh by the Rotary Club of Carnforth on 7th (north of the village) and 8th, December 2013 (south of the village). All proceeds of collections go directly to Rotary approved local causes and charities active in this area.

Visit dates Saturday 7th December Sunday 8th December

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B-L-S (North) B-L-S (South).

Archers CafĂŠ Visit our comfortable, family run cafĂŠ, full of character and converted from a lambing shed, situated at the front of the site overlooking Morecambe Bay across to the Lakeland hills. Somewhere villagers and visitors meet to relax and welcome friends to this beautiful area. Enjoy a cup of freshly ground coffee or select from our choice of teas. Open 9.30am-4.00pm Tuesday - Sunday for morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea On the shore at Red Bank Farm Tel: 01524 823196

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Carol Service Holy Trinity Church, Bolton Le Sands Thursday 19th December 2013, 7.30pm Mulled wine and mince pies Donations to church funds

Concert News INVITE TO NUMBER 10 No, not from Mr and Mrs C, just me letting you know that, God willing, St. George will be round again next year, and the gang ready to entertain. And Number 10? Well, next year, 2014, sees our 10th annual celebration concert, and because it is truly something special to have achieved this, I want to make it a wonderful anniversary, to thank so many friends, past and present, for their support and encouragement. I cannot promise fireworks, but we will try and do a grand job as usual. More details in the New Year. Best wishes Margaret and the Concert Group

Saint of the Month “On the feast of Stephen”....St. Stephen was the first martyr, for he was the first to shed his blood for the faith. He became a Christian, was ordained deacon by the apostles and was given the care of feeding the poor and the widows. Stephen, “full of grace and power” as the Acts of the Apostles describes him, did many great wonders, so that his enemies amongst his former associates plotted to bring about his death. They accused him of planning to destroy the Jewish Temple. Stephen said his hearers had always resisted the Holy Spirit. They grew so angry, especially when they heard him cry that he saw the Heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God, that they threw him out of the city. Then they stoned him to death. Holding the coats of those who threw the stones was a man from Tarsus named Saul, still at this time one of the great enemies of the early Christians. As they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” He knelt down and said as he was dying, “Lord, do nothold this sin against them.” “Incline us, O God, to think humbly of ourselves, to be saved only in the examination of our own conduct, to consider our fellow creatures with kindness, and to judge of all they say and do with the charity which we would desire from them ourselves.” Jane Austen (1773-1817)

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Floral and Horticultural Society The Bolton-le-Sands Floral and Horticultural Society’s 66th Annual Autumn Show was held on Saturday 19th of October at the Community Centre. As the sun came out the village gathered to admire the efforts of their fellow enthusiasts. The Chair, Mr I Hutton, remarked that the decision to bring it forward certainly paid off because as we had big increases in the number of exhibits in both Fruit & Veg, and Flowers sections. He also said that people had remarked on how colourful the displays were this year. The Show Secretary, Ms Louise Belcher, added that it had a real ‘Harvest Festival’ feel about it , that she found it uplifting to see all that wonderful produce, and all the growers, bakers, crafters & grafters should be jolly proud of themselves. The committee were pleased to welcome new exhibitors and welcome back familiar faces and were pleased with the increasing number of entries in homecraft, and children’s sections, remarking that popular shows like The Great British Bake Off has helped to encourage more homemade produce. Encouraging children to enter is always a priority for the committee as they represent a long future for the society. On the day volunteers provided ample refreshment for the visitors and thanks to the generosity of local businesses we had some excellent raffle prizes. The quality of entries was quantified at the end of the show with a charity auction of exhibits, and a donation of £30 from this going to the RNLI.

Trophies awarded at Autumn Show 2013 T W BELLIS TROPHY.

Best vase of chrysanthemums

J. Speak


Most points in local section

J. Jones


Winner of class 307

A&O. Western


Most points in floral art

J. Bull


Best in 305/306

A&O. Western


Winner of class 338

J. Jones


Most points in art section

J. Jones


Best vase in local section

M. Western


Most points in vegetable section

B. Noon


Most points in Homecraft section

K. Bargh


Most points in children’s section

S. Casson


Most points in children’s section

K. Carter


Most points in children’s section

A. Baker


Most points in Handicraft

P. Cooper


Most points in photographic section

M. Taylor


Winner of class 310

D. Regan

The Westmorland & North Lancashire Federation of Horticultural Show Societies BLUE RIBBON

Best exhibit in show.

A&O. Western

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The Social Group - December Christmas Shopping Trip - Excursion to Houghton Hall Garden Centre & Carlisle on Wedneday 4th December 2013 Members £8.00, Non members £9.00 We should arrive at Houghton Hall at about 11.30. Houghton Hall claims to be the North West’s premier garden centre. The garden centre is spread over 3 levels; with the main level home to core gardening, gift shop, clothing, the Topiary Coffee Shop and Laird’s Larder Food Hall; the second floor mezzanine displaying garden furniture and outdoor living and a basement level housing the World in Miniature Museum and attractions including the Craft Shop, Doll’s House Emporium, Hornby, Scalextric and Airfix. We will leave the Garden Centre at 12.45 (If anyone should wish to stay all day please let us know) and drive to Carlisle (please note that our drop off/pick up will be at the official place by Debenhams back door: not near the old Woollies store). We will leave Carlisle at 16.30 and return to the Garden Centre to collect anyone who stayed there. We will collect the coach fares before leaving the Garden centre at 16.45. We should arrive in Carnforth at about 18.30. We will then drop off in pick up route order ie from Carnforth through to Heysham.

Future Events JANUARY 22nd 2014 - Trip to the Trafford Centre, with the option to visit the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. (Members £8, Visitors £9) Returning to Lancaster at approx 5.30pm. NB There are only 2 seats left for this trip : contact Meriel or Adrian on 01524 824652. FEBRUARY 5th - Members only : New Year Meal at Blackpool Catering College - breaking the journey at Dobbies Garden Centre, Lunch at 12.30. Returning to Lancaster at approx 5.15pm. Combined coach fare and meal : £18.50 (depending on numbers). FEBRUARY 19th - Hawkshead and Grasmere Local pick up points and approximate times are: SLYNE bus stop junction of Manor Road with A6 at 09.35 BOLTON LE SANDS A6 adjacent to Ricky’s Cantonese at 09.40 and A6 bus stop opposite Royal Hotel at 09.45 CARNFORTH A6 bus stop opposite BurchTree Vets at 09.50 The times above are for guidance only and may need to be adjusted according to circumstances. To make a booking, or for further enquiries about the group, please contact Adrian Speller telephone (01524) 824652.

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Fundraising Holy Trinity Church Coffee Morning was held at the Bolton-le-Sands Community Centre on Thursday 31st October 2013, and raised ÂŁ281.00 towards Church Funds. We thank Kitty Brown Boutique, Carnforth who brought along a lovely selection of scarves, bags and jewellery to sell. Thanks also to all those who supported by attending, providing raffle prizes etc. And thanks to all the volunteer helpers! This was the last one of 2013 and many thanks to all those who have supported these events throughout the year.

Remembrance Service The annual Remembrance Parade and Service was held on Sunday 10th

November. Uniformed groups, bearing their flags, and members of the different church organisations paraded to the War Memorial, where Revd. Nancy Goodrich and Revd. Yolande Burns led the service. On a beautiful sunny morning, a large crowd gathered to hear Councillor Keith Budden read the Roll of Honour, and watch as wreathes were laid on behalf of the Fire Service, the Parish Council and the uniformed groups. With Binyon’s famous words still echoing, it was poignant to hear the Last Post played live by Jason Hillis. The solemnly observed silence was followed by prayers for peace and the enthusiastic singing of the National Anthem. The uniformed groups then paraded to Holy Trinity to complete the Remembrance Service in church.

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Readings for December


1 Advent Sunday : Isaiah 2: 1-5, Romans 13: 11-end, Matthew 24: 36-44 2 Isaiah 25: 1-9, Matthew 12: 1-21 3 Isaiah 26: 1-13, Matthew 12: 22-37 4 Isaiah 25: 6 – 10a, Matthew 15: 29-37 5 Isaiah 28: 14-end, Matthew 13: 1-23 6 Isaiah 29: 1-14, Matthew 13: 24-43 7 Isaiah 29: 15-end, Matthew 13: 44-end 8 Isaiah 11: 1-10, Romans 15: 4-13, Matthew 3: 1-12 9 Isaiah 30: 1-18, Matthew 14: 1-12 10 Isaiah 30: 19-end, Matthew 14: 13-end 11 Isaiah 40: 25-end, Matthew 11: 28-end 12 Isaiah 32, Matthew 15: 21-28 13 Isaiah 33: 1-22, Matthew 15: 29-end 14 Isaiah 35, Matthew 16: 1-12 15 Isaiah 35: 1-10, James 5: 7-10, Matthew 11: 2-11 16 Isaiah 38: 1-8, 21-22, Matthew 16: 13-end 17 Isaiah 38: 9-20, Matthew 17: 1-13 18 Jeremiah 23: 5-8, Matthew 1: 18-24 19 Zephaniah 1: 1 – 2: 3, Matthew 17: 22-end 20 Zephaniah 3: 1-13, Matthew 18: 1-20 21 Zephaniah 3: 14-end, Matthew 18: 21-end 22 Isaiah 7: 10-16, Romans 1: 1-7, Matthew 1: 18-end 23 Malachi 1: 1, 6-end, Matthew 19: 1-12 24 Christmas Readings 25 Christmas Readings 26 Stephen, deacon, first martyr: Jeremiah 26: 12-15, Acts 6 27 John, Apostle and Evangelist: Exodus 33: 12-end, 1 John 2: 1-11 28 The Holy Innocents : Baruch 4: 21-27 or Genesis 37: 13-20, Matthew 18: 1-10 29 Hebrews 2: 10-end, Matthew 2: 13-end 30 Jonah 2, Colossians 1: 15-23 31 Jonah 3-4, Colossians 1: 24 – 2: 7

We remember all those departed this life whose anniversaries occur during December

Parish Registers

Charles Allen Walker


Cyril Perks

During November, we welcomed into the church with our love and prayers: Max Crawley Oliver Marsh


We continue to pray for the relatives and friends of those whose funerals took place during November: Michael Edwards Pamela Gates


We congratulate and pray for Matthew John Stannet and Nichola Procter Timothy Allen and Victoria Hegarty

John Mather Wilson Bowker Edward Wilson Bowker George Ralph Melton Mary Edith Thompson Morris Hilda Muriel McDermott John Dixon Eleanor Beatty Thomas Beatty Michael Rigg Bowker Arthur Chesworth Andrew John Perks Kathleen Isobel Gordon Annie Rachel Parker Norman Ernest Morris Ann Davies Jean Townson Joseph Robinson Nigel Duncan Robinson Esther Monkhouse Jack Hinton John Edwin Fryers Daisy Fryers John Richard Storey Edward Askew Cornthwaite Alexander Souter Astor Aeneas Ramsay Mackintosh Eleanor Mackintosh Edward Cowperthwaite

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January We remember all those departed this life whose anniversaries occur during Jabnuary Thomas George Broughton Charles Seth Lloyd Thomas James Jeremy Ron Exley Joyce Chesworth Frederick James Thomas James Shaw Morris Mary Alice Hayes Barry Beakley Nellie Hutchinson Arthur Briggs James Carter Palmer James Sanderson Blanche Smalley George Stackhouse Irvin Taylor Gordon William Mullard Anne Simpson John William Owen Oliver Thomas Mapp

Readings for January 1 Naming and Circumcision of Jesus : Galatians 4: 4-7, Luke 2: 15-21 2 Ruth 1, Colossians 2: 8-end 3 Ruth 2, Colossians 3: 1-11 4 Ruth 3: Colossians 3: 12 – 4: 1 5 Epiphany (transferred from 6th Jan) Ephesians 3: 1-12, Matthew 2: 1-12 6 Ruth 4: 1-17, Colossians 4: 2-end 7 Baruch 1: 15 – 2: 10 or Jeremiah 23: 1-8, Matthew 20: 1-16 8 1 John 4: 11-18, Mark 6: 45-52 9 Baruch 3: 1-8 or Jeremiah 30: 18 - 31: 9, Matthew 20: 29-end 10 Baruch 3: 9 – 4: 4 or Jeremiah 31: 10-17, Matthew 23: 1-12 11 Baruch 4: 21-30 or Jeremiah 33: 14-end, Matthew 23: 13-28 12 Baptism of Christ : Acts 10: 34-43, Matthew 3: 13-end 13 Genesis 1: 1-19, Matthew 21: 1-17 14 Genesis 1: 20 – 2: 3, Matthew 21: 18-32 15 1 Samuel 3: 1-10, 19-20, Mark 1: 29-39 16 Genesis 3, Matthew 22: 1-14 17 Genesis 4: 1-16, 25, 26, Matthew 22: 15-33 18 Genesis 6: 1-10, Matthew 22: 34-end 19 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9, John 1: 29-42 20 Genesis 6: 11 – 7: 10, Matthew 2: 1-14 21 Genesis 7: 11-end, Matthew 24: 15-28 22 1 Samuel 17: 32-33, 37, 40-51, Mark 3: 1-6 23 Genesis 8: 15 – 9: 7, Matthew 25: 1-13 24 Genesis 9: 8-19, Matthew 25: 14-30 25 Conversion of St. Paul : Ezekiel 3: 22-end, Philippians 3: 1-14 26 1 Corinthians 1: 10-18, Matthew 4: 12-23 27 Genesis 11: 27 – 12: 9, Matthew 26: 1-16 28 Genesis 13: 2-end, Matthew 26: 17-35 29 Samuel 7: 4-17, Mark 4: 1-20 30 Genesis 15, Matthew 26: 47-56 31 Genesis 16, Matthew 26: 57-end

Violet Lloyd Joe Dugdale Doreen Holbrook A child of God, finally laid to rest Christina Lynch

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Parish Calendar - December Sunday 1st Advent Sunday Wednesday 4th Friday 6th Sunday 8th

Wednesday 11th Thursday 19th Sunday 22nd

Tuesday 24th Christmas Eve Wednesday 25th Christmas Day Sunday 29th

January 2014 Wednesday 1st Friday 3rd Sunday 5th Epiphany Sunday

Wednesday 15th Sunday 19th

Wednesday 22nd Sunday 26th

Wednesday 22nd

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8.00am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity 9.00am Holy Communion (Common Worship) at St. Mark's 10.30am Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity 10.00am Holy Eucharist - Holy Trinity 7.30pm First Friday Worship : ‘Don’t Pass The Parcel’ at Holy Trinity 8.00am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity 9.00am Morning Prayer at St. Mark’s 10.30am Morning Prayer at St. Mark's (Please note change of time) 3.00pm Healing Service at Holy Trinity 10.00am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity 2.00pm MU Christmas Party at Community Centre 7.30pm Carol Service at Holy Trinity 8.00am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity 9.00am Morning Prayer at St. Mark’s 10.30am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity 4.00pm Crib Service at Holy Trinity 8.00pm First Communion of Christmas at Holy Trinity 9.00am Holy Communion at St. Mark’s 10.30am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity 8.00am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity 9.00am Morning Prayer at St. Mark's 10.30am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity 12.15pm Holy Baptism of Nell Dixon at Holy Trinity No Service No First Friday Worship 8.00am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity 9.00am Morning Prayer at St. Mark's 10.30am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity 3.00pm Healing Service at Holy Trinity 10.00am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity 2.00pm MU AGM at Community Centre 8.00am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity 9.00am Morning Prayer at St. Mark's 10.30am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity 10.00am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity 8.00am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity 9.00am Morning Prayer at St. Mark's 10.30am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity 10.00am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity

Church Staff Directory Vicar

The Rev’d Nancy Goodrich



Mrs Janet Thompson


Church Wardens

Mrs Karen Hillis


St Mark’s Officers

Mr Robert Whittaker


Pastoral Assistants

Mrs Susan Axon


Mr Ian Entwistle


Mr Robert Midgley


P.A Emeritus

Mrs Maree Aldren


Mrs Joan Midgley


Musical Director

Mr Ian Entwistle



Mr Simon Wilson


Covenant Secretary

Mr Alan Thompson


PCC Secretary

Mrs Jane Ruscoe


Bolton le Sands CE Primary School Headteacher

Mr Tim Cross


Under 18’s Coordinator

Mrs Adele Wilkinson


Rock Solid

Mrs Kath Brough



Mrs Andrea Hobbs


Serving Information

Mr Joshua Hillis

Junior Church

Childrens Society Parish Coordinator Miss Margaret Hutchinson

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MU Enrolling Member

Mrs Kath Lane


The Messenger : Editor

Mr David Bateman


The Messenger : Subscriptions

Mrs Kathy Edwards


We are keen to include news of any events taking place within the parish, and to celebrate the many successes of all who live and work here. The deadline for receiving articles for THE MESSENGER is 20th of the month. Articles can be sent by email to or by hand/ post to 30 Slyne Road, Bolton-le-Sands. Editor David Bateman 822065 Subscriptions Kathy Edwards 824518

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visit our NEW website - Holy Trinity, Main Road, Bolton-le-Sands, Lancs, LA5 8DU Tel: 01524 823106 St Marks, Main Road, Nether Kellet, Lancs, LA6 1ER Tel: 01524 823106 Christ Church (United Reformed), Main Road, Bolton-le-Sands, Lancs, LA5 8DL Tel: 01524 822747 St Mary of the Angels (Catholic), Main Road, Bolton-le-Sands, Lancs, LA5 8DN Tel: 01524 732940

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Messenger December 2013  

Community Magazine for Bolton le Sands and Nether Kellet

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