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March 2013

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

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

Services 822747 67644 823096

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


Bolton-le-Sands & District Floral and Horticultural Society Mrs Margaret Carter


2nd Bolton-le-Sands Scout Group Kerry Willingham - Beaver Scout Leader 07748 581643 Debra Thackrah - Cub Leader 07900 803139 Dave Squirrell - Scout Leader 07811 274452

Worship at Holy Trinity Sunday 8.00am 10.30am 3.00pm



Holy Eucharist Holy Eucharist Liturgy of Healing

(every 2nd Sunday in the month)

Holy Eucharist

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 Eucharist - Common Worship Second Sunday Morning Prayer Third Sunday Holy Eucharist - Book of Common Prayer Fourth Sunday Morning Prayer Fifth Sunday Morning Prayer Worship at Christ Church United Reformed Church 3rd 10.00am Rev G Lear Flowers from - Flower Fund 10th 10.00am Rev Y Burns Flowers from - M Carter & D Debnam 17th 10.00am Rev R Chapman Flowers from - Flower Fund 24th 10.00am Rev Y Burns Flowers from - Flower Fund 31st 10.00am Rev D Greenwood Flowers from - Flower Fund 7th Apr 10.00am Rev G Lear Flowers from - Flower Fund

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

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Dear all... A Clean Spring? It’s spring cleaning time. However, busy families today are lucky to manage a deep clean even once a year, it is far more of an aspiration than a reality. My grandmother used to do it. For her, baking, cleaning, sewing and knitting were her work and her everyday focus, all year round. Today’s busy families have to share out housework and fit it in around everything else they do, and so dusting and polishing tend to have a very low priority indeed. I once went to baby sit for a friend. I’d had an unbelievably bad day, I was in a bad mood and was full of bottled up anger. I needed to pace around rather than sit and relax. So I got a cleaning cloth, and while she was out, I took my frustration and anger out on her furniture and windows, praying about it as I worked. She was a busy mother, window cleaning and polishing woodwork rarely got a look in, so she was utterly delighted on her return. I had a sense of satisfaction and achievement, and I had dealt with my anger in a very productive way (although not in my own house!). Cleaning and tidying, “bottoming a room” as my grandmother would say, has a spiritual side to it. Layers of dust get in the way of the light, and the shine becomes dull. Shine in me. Yes Lord, I can sing it, but to get a shine you sometimes need to get out the dusters and polish. Spiritually, a spring clean during Lent wipes away at our layers of cynicism and gets us ready for the radiance and brilliance of the new light of Easter, so when hope shines, we can reflect it out to the world. A bit like how clean windows and dusted furniture sparkle in the bright spring daylight, we can too. Lent is the time to get on and do it. So if you are tempted to do a little spring cleaning and pick up a duster in March, say a little prayer as you start, asking God to wipe away at the dust inside, so you can sparkle too.

Every Blessing,


Holy Trinity & St Mark’s - preparation of new electoral roll The Church Representation Rules require a new church electoral roll to be prepared for each parish in every sixth year from 2007 onwards, which means that a new roll needs to be prepared in 2013. Any person who wishes to have his or her name entered on the new roll must apply for entry by completing the form of application for enrolment. These are available in church from the 3rd February.



If you have any concerns or questions please speak to or ring the Church Wardens. Kathy Edwards (824518) Karen Hillis (824001)

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Readings for March 1. Jeremiah 10: 1-16, John 7: 14-24 2. Jeremiah 10: 17-24, John 7: 25-36 3. Isaiah 55: 1-9, 1 Corinthians 10: 1-13, Luke 13: 1-9 4. Jeremiah 11: 1-17, John 7: 37-52 5. Jeremiah 11: 18 – 12: 6, John 7: 53 – 8: 11 6. Deuteronomy 4: 1, 5-9, Matthew 5: 17-19 7. Jeremiah 14, John 8: 31-47 8. Jeremiah 15: 10-end, John 8: 48-end 9. Jeremiah 16: 10 – 17: 4, John 9: 1-17 10. Samuel 1: 20-end, Colossian 3; 12-17, John 19: 25b-27 11. Jeremiah 17: 5-18, John 9: 18-end 12. Jeremiah 18: 1-12, John 10: 1-10 13. Isaiah 49: 8-15, John 5: 17-30 14. Jeremiah 19: 1-13, John 10: 22-end 15. Jeremiah 19: 14 – 20: 6, John 11: 1-16 16. Jeremiah 20: 7-end, John 11: 17-27 17. Isaiah 43: 16-21, Philippians 3: 4b-14, John 12: 1-8 18. Jeremiah 21: 1-10, John 11: 28-44 19. Isaiah 11: 1-10, Matthew 13: 54-end 20. Daniel 3: 14-20, 24-25, 28, John 8: 31-42 21. Jeremiah 23: 9-32, John 12: 12-19 22. Jeremiah 24, John 12: 20- 36a 23. Jeremiah 25: 1-14, John 12: 36b-end 24. Isaiah 50: 4-9a, Philippians 2: 5-11; 8am – Luke 19: 28-40; 10.30am Luke 22: 14 – end of 23 or Luke 23: 1-49 25. Lamentations 1: 1-12a, Luke 22: 1-23 26. Lamentations 3: 1-18, Luke 22: 24-53 27. Hebrews 12: 1-3, John 13: 21-32 28. Exodus 12: 1-14, 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26, John 13: 1-17, 31b-35 29. Isaiah 52: 13 – end of 53; Hebrews 10: 16-25 or 4: 14-16, 5: 7-9; John 18: 1 – end of 19 30. Hosea 6: 1-6, John 2: 18-22 31. Acts 10: 34-43, John 20: 1-18 10th Mothering Sunday 24th Palm Sunday 29th Good Friday

19th Joseph of Nazareth 28th Maundy Thursday 31st Easter Day

Parish Registers Baptisms

There were no baptisms during February


There were no weddings during February


Remembrance Book We remember all those departed this life whose anniversaries occur during March Alice Mary Mackintosh Ernest Carruthers Maggie Smith Gladys Mahon Arthur James Parkinson Annie Carter Colin Metcalfe John George Young William Holden James Airey Fairclough Ronald Hoggarth Jack Pemberton James William Charles Purcell Keith Smith James Beckett Hutchinson Jack Schofield Norman Hugh Brown Mark Gordon Rawsthorne William Cowperthwaite Frank Bracey Croll Brian Seddon Annie Cowperthwaite Robin Foster(Priest) Kathleen Muriel Parnell John Bidder (Priest) Simon Mark Edwards Denis Holmes


We continue to pray for the relatives and friends of those whose funerals took place in February : Barbara Watt Violet Lloyd Pauline Wood

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Concert News April – lambs, daffodils, greenery and spring – AND ST GEORGE! St. George – a martyr for the Christian faith, and adopted by the English as their Patron Saint (April 23rd) that we too might be inspired and uphold the same faith for all time. This year will be the ninth in succession that we have celebrated England, its foibles and its fun. So come along this year on 27th April and help us make it yet another night of laughter and celebration. And our prices are still the same – a bargain!! PS : Any Coronation Day memories out there? Deadline Easter weekend, please. Margaret Hutchinson (824110)

Come to the Fair Fun and frolics in the English countryside. Saturday April 27th at 7.30 in Holy Trinity Church at 7.30pm Tickets : £6 (including “bucolic buffet” !!)

Special deal - 3 for £15 - so bring a friend or two…. everyone welcome. See Margaret or Becky Hutchinson for details - or ring 824110 Tickets available from Easter Weekend an indication of numbers is always appreciated

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Mothers’ Union Update Our first Coffee Morning in 2013 was held in the Old Boys’ Free Grammar School and was a success both socially and financially, and we hope members of the congregation will support the next one which will be held at the same venue on Wednesday 6th March. The annual Lunch at Morecambe Golf Club, held on Shrove Tuesday, was once again a very popular event with over sixty members enjoying each other’s company and a delicious meal. We do thank Kathy Edwards for making the arrangements. Mothers’ Union members worldwide are united in prayer every day by the ‘Wave of Prayer’. Members pray for their fellow members in dioceses around the world and this month Holy Trinity MU members, as part of the Blackburn diocese, met for “The Seeds we Sow” Service ,when members learned of the work being done by the Mothers’ Union in the links we have with dioceses abroad. In Ibadan North, Nigeria, there is a students’ hostel funded by the MU and a mobile health clinic which is taken to rural areas. In the Diocese of Free State, Southern Africa, the MU works with HIV/AIDS patients and orphans through the After Care Programme and in the Diocese of Sekondi, Ghana, the MU run a school and nursery as well as providing travel for workers to go to villages to give

marriage counselling and adult literacy classes. In the Diocese of Nsukka, Nigeria. the MU is campaigning to improve the rights of women and to prevent the exploitation of children whilst in the Diocese of Shyogwe, Rwanda, there are training sessions in discipleship, leadership, savings and credit, in efforts to promote family health, both physical and spiritual. In her address, Mrs Betty Scott from Inskip, gave part 2 of her life story in which she gave details of the work she has done on her many visits to Shyogwe in recent years. Her first visit was soon after the horrific genocide when thousands were murdered, and she was greatly impressed by how forgiving the people were. During her last visit in 2010, at the age of 82, she helped a rural community to get machinery to juice the abundant supply of pineapples and now it is sold in packaging bearing the MU logo. The service was conducted by Mrs Janet Thompson. We look forward to giving our “Make a Mother’s Day” gifts on Mothering Sunday, and our next meeting is on 20th March when the Revd Linda Macluskie will take as the title of her talk “Crocuses, Cabbages and Corfu” by which time Pam will be back at the helm! Hazel Short , MU Secretary

Women’s World Day of Prayer Friday 1st March 2013 Service at Holy Trinity Church, Bolton-le-Sands, at 2.00pm. Theme :

‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’.

Prepared by Christian Women of France

Guest Speaker : Dr. Margaret Ives

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Bolton-le-Sands Bowling Club The 2013 season commences on Saturday 23rd March, and new members are welcome to join us in club play. Permits are available from Secretary, Geoff Forrest, 30 Broadlands Drive (824346) or from Sands News at Londis on the Coastal Road. Full permits cost £40, social permits £27 and winter permits £15. Competitive matches are held alternate Monday and Wednesday afternoons, and Thursday afternoons. (Veterans leagues operating on Mondays and Thursdays and a ladies league on Wednesdays). Evening competitive matches are held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, with cup matches generally played on some Thursday evenings. Important dates for your diary : This season, the Club will be hosting several open events. The first of these is the Mike Rigby Open Pairs on Sunday 14th April, from 9.30am. Severallocal businesses have given generously to sponsor the event, which attracts bowlers top bowlers from a wide area, having proved for several years to be a most popular opening event in the area, attracting 32 pairs. A few places are still available from our organiser on 824346 .Any proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to Unique Kidz, a very worthy local charity, which supports young people with disabilities. Come along and watch even if you are not a bowler. In May, North Lancs and Fylde Bowling League has an individual event for both men and women – The Jean and John Isherwood Over 60’s; for further details please contact Alan Swindlehurst, on 824128, who will be running this open event on Saturday 11th May. Later in the month, on Wednesday 29th, an all ladies doubles event will be held, followed on Wednesday 29th August by another ladies social gathering – for further details of both these events contact Margaret Coward, President of the local ladies league, on 823705. Internal Club Tournaments are to be held on several Sundays throughout the year – 12th May, 30th June, 4th August and 15th September. These will commence with bowling at 1.30pm, followed by a Jacob’s Join, with barbecue/hot pot – details to be arranged. Improvements to surrounds of ‘top green’ Much work has been done around this green of late to make the area more environmentally friendly and safe. The gullies have been strengthened and the surrounding paths improved. Work is still going on, courtesy of the local lengthsman, Mike Ashton, working in conjunction with the Parish Council. Alan Swindlehurst is working to improve the playing serface, which is to be used for some of the Open Tournaments already mentioned. Social bowlers will find this area much improved when using this green, when the main green is in use. Geoff Forrest (Secretary)

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Men’s Group The monthly meeting of the Men’s Group took place in the Old Boys’ School on 11th February, when the speaker was Mike Craddock. His subject was “From a Skip to a Pearl”, and it gradually was revealed why that was the title of the illustrated talk. Instead of having a campervan, Mike and his wife decided to have a boat on the Lancaster Canal. They found one for sale at Carnforth at an affordable price, but it smelled of cigarettes and was old fashioned inside. They looked at other boats, decided that they liked a cruiser stern, and bought a nearly finished hull. A colour was chosen, involving Mike’s wife, and then came the name. ‘Oyster’, Carnforth was decided upon after their Pearl Wedding Anniversary. ‘Oyster’ arrived at Carnforth on 28 July 2009. It weighed around 12 to 13 tons and was lifted by crane and lowered into the water. Mike did worry about a ‘risk assessment’ when the saw his boat up in the air, but all went well and it was lowered into the water. Fitting out followed, Mike doing the work. With all the timber etc around on the inside, waiting to be fixed, Mike felt that ‘Oyster’ looked like a builder’s skip. Anyway, he worked on the boat, fitting the timber, fitting a kitchen unit, cooker, shower and everything else. By August 2011 the work was all done, and what had been like a skip was then a pearl. The next meeting of the Men’s Group will be the Annual General Meeting on Monday March 10th in the Old Boys’ School.

Celebration of Life” Choral Concert The Rotary club of Carnforth is putting on a choral concert at St Oswald’s Church in Warton, at 7pm on Saturday 16th March, that features the K Shoes Male Voice Choir (Kendal) and Ladies of Note. The Concert title “Celebration of Life” is to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost and to remind us through the music and voices in the choirs, just how great it is to be here. The K Shoes Male Voice choir’s pieces reflect this completely, and the Ladies of Note programme includes songs about love and the weather - being something none of us can escape! We feel sure that the joined choirs rendition of ‘Singing in the Rain’ will bring a smile to everyone’s face. Tickets are £8, including refreshments afterwards; from Carnforth Rotary 01524 734722, the Choirs, Inner Wheel, or on the door. All net proceeds will go to North West air Ambulance.

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AGM of the Lower Lunesdale January 30th saw the AGM of the Lower Lunesdale Trefoil Guild. Judith Spotswood is our newly elected chairman. After the formalities of the AGM, our speaker, Susan Rae told us about her involvement with the Kenyan Project. Her involvement had begun when a friend showed her a three minute you tube, video clip, highlighting the plight of abandoned babies and children in Kenya. Being a person who enjoys art and craft, she decided to make and sell things to raise money for what was then New Life Homes Trust. It all snowballed from there. Her first Art and Craft Fair at The Memorial Hall, Slyne, was very successful, with many people eager to make items to donate for sale. Items were also made and taken to the home in Kenya through the kindness of Stuart who went out there on business. Two other organizations Education for Life and a baby rescue centre in Mombasa came to the attention of the now growing numbers of supporters and it was decided to amalgamate giving to all three charities under the name of Kenyan project. There are now regular meetings at the Memorial Hall Slyne, to sew, knit, crochet and make blankets in order to help the project. Annette McKenzie

Lent Appeal This year, the Lent Appeal at Holy Trinity will support the Food Bank, which was featured in the February Messenger. The Food Bank is seeded by The Tussel Trust which provides three days of crisis food for people and families who qualify. Many of the recipients are low paid, working families who have hit financial problems when an extra repair bill or heating bill arrives. Long life and tinned produce with a three months minimum shelf life are required, please. Leaflets at the back of church give full details of suitable items for donation. Please give generously, and also pray for these families over the coming month.

Holy Trinity Church Will be open during the daytime throughout Lent, to offer people an opportunity for private prayer, reflection – or just the time to have a good look round and discover more about the building.

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Dear friends... As I write this letter it’s half term, we are just at the beginning of Lent and the weather is glorious. It has been a long grey winter and it’s good to see the sun and know that the children and teachers on half term holiday will be able to get out and about and enjoy the first signs of Spring. As you read this letter we will be half way through Lent and our Thursday morning Lenten Reflections on The Servant King based upon words of Jesus and images produced by Christian Aid. ‘The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve’. Matthew 20:28 In Jesus we find not just a servant but also a king. He fulfils two strands of Old Testament prophecy from Isaiah. In Isaiah 11 we read of the promise of a king to be born ‘ from the stock of Jesse’ and in Isaiah 53 the mysterious servant who will be ‘despised and rejected’ and subject to untold suffering, in order that he might ‘make many righteous’. The idea of a king who also serves, and who suffers in serving, has been a source of strength to many Christians, especially those in countries where oppression and hardship are basic facts of life. On Easter Day we celebrate the resurrection when the servant at last reclaims his full majesty. His resurrection offers to all of us a source of unending hope. Brian Wren puts it beautifully in this verse from his hymn ‘Great god your love has called us here.’ Then take the towel and break the bread, and humble us and call us friends. Suffer and serve till all are fed, and show how grandly love intends to work till all creation sings, to fill all world, to crown all things. Brian Wren – Rejoice and Sing John and I wish you all a very Happy Easter !


Dates for the Diary 1st March

7th March 8th March 14th March 15th March 21th March 22th March 26th March 28th March 29th March 31st March

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9.30am - Shining Stars 2.00pm - Women’s World Day of Prayer at Holy Trinity CofE Church 9.30am - Lent Prayers 12noon - Agape Lunch 9.30am - Shining Stars 9.30am - Lent Prayers 9.30am - Shining Stars 9.30am - Lent Prayers 9.30am - Shining Stars 7.30pm - Bible Study, Towers Room 9.30am - Lent Prayers for Maundy Thursday 9.30am Good Friday Service at HALTON U.R.C. Followed by Hot Cross Buns & Walk 8.30am EASTER BREAKFAST

Commitment for Life The following has been received from Linda Meade re Bangladesh, to where our contributions are sent: The three Harirampur villages in which Christian Aid works are some of the most vulnerable to floods in the area. In the most affected parts, 28 per cent of the community are at risk of losing their homes and land because of river erosion. Fifty-seven per cent of households live in extreme poverty, and their lack of land exacerbates this. To tackle this, Christian Aid supported partner Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) to undertake participatory vulnerability and capacity assessments (PVCAs). A PVCA helps people to reach a shared understanding of their situation and the changes that they need, and to identify appropriate, sustainable ways to bring these about. It allows people to analyse their problems and suggest solutions, drawing on their strengths and capabilities. With support from local organisations and authorities, households are raising well-heads and houses above flood level, establishing tree nurseries to offer flood and storm protection, and developing new ways to earn a living. People are earning more and are less likely to experience food shortages since they started growing more flood- and drought-resistant crops and using more organic farming techniques. They are more knowledgeable, assertive and united, and feel able to contact local authorities to find out about, and use resources and services. Protests prevent British mining company GCM visiting mine site in Bangladesh – director resigns. Massive protests against British mining company GCM Resources prevented the company’s CEO visiting the site of its proposed open-pit coal mine in Bangladesh last week. One of the company’s directors resigned the following day. CEO Gary Lye was due to visit Phulbari on 29 January, where GCM wants to open a mine that would displace up to 220,000 people. Mr Lye had planned to distribute blankets to people living in the area, according to the local press. Thousands of people joined protests against the mine, and Lye abandoned his visit on official advice. One of GCM’s directors, Graham Taggart, resigned on Wednesday. The company’s largest shareholder, Polo Resources, has announced that it is considering selling its 29.77% stake in the company. A Bangladeshi parliamentary committee has also spoken out against GCM, claiming that that the company does not have a valid agreement with the Bangladeshi government to proceed with the mine. The British mining company has faced sustained opposition to its planned mine. Three people were killed and around 200 injured when paramilitary officers opened fire on protestors in 2006. World Development Movement campaigner Christine Haigh said “The Phulbari mine would devastate hundreds of thousands of lives, destroying valuable agricultural land and causing irreparable environmental damage. It’s high time GCM listened to the massive sustained opposition in Bangladesh and abandoned the project.”

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Here’s a little story, I found that I thought had an important message. It was a cold wet day and the couple had just got home after the christening of little Sarah Louise, their friends’ new baby granddaughter. “I suppose it rather silly of me, Francis”, said his wife, as they relaxed in front of the fire, “but whenever I go to a christening, it always makes me wonder what I would give a child if I was a fairy godmother”. “Riches, beauty”, jokingly her husband suggested. “No”, she replied firmly, “it would be the gift of being able to appreciate small pleasures. You know we’re often so busy wishing away our lives until the next big event, things like holidays or special treats, that we forget to enjoy the simple day to day delights such as good company or a warm fire on a cold day. I do hope little Sarah Louise has many pleasures in her life, but even more than that, I hope she will remember to cherish all of them.” P.S. Yes, I too have many small pleasures that I cherish.


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Bolton-le-Sands WI Our Tuesday meeting on 12th February proved to be a bit special for a number of reasons. Firstly we welcomed two new members. We also had a number of visitors, so along with many members the Village Hall was full. A good many members had had birthdays to celebrate during February and good wishes were also sent to Pat Forrest who had celebrated her Golden Wedding. It was good to see Pauline Sterritt, as she was well enough to come along, and she was pleased to be able to thank members for their kind wishes of support. We also heard about Jennifer Fothergill, who had fallen off her bike and could not come, although she managed to win the competition, so well done Jennifer and hope to see you at our next meeting. We had interesting report backs from the leaders of the various Interest Groups which have been recently formed. We have Judith Spotswood (Crafts), Jean Bayliss (Walking) and Dorothy Carruthers (Flower Arranging). Watch this space for news on a “Knit and Natter� Group, possibly meeting at the Blue Anchor. It is hoped to arrange a trip to Martin Mere Bird Sanctuary on 16 April. Dorothy Carruthers made leaflets available on the update of plans to build dwelling on the Coastal Road. The main event of the evening was a cookery demonstration by `The Inspiration from Sainsbury`s Try Team`. Helen and Zoe worked very hard with entertaining chat and culinary expertise. It was an evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all the members. Hazel Short gave full details of the sound advice shown to her by Steve Turner of the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service about safety in the home. A full safety check can be carried out by the Fire Service on request, and Hazel said that after Steve Turner`s visit to her home she could well recommend this service. Steve Turner can be contacted on 0775 630071 or Another good meeting of fun and fellowship ended by singing `The Queen`. Marian.

First Friday

Worship and Fellowship at Holy Trinity on 1st March, 7.30pm Hymns & Readings & Home-baked Refreshments All Age worship - Everyone welcome!

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Musical Notes I hope that many people will have heard, and enjoyed or even been moved by the recent efforts of the Church choir. I believe that now we are beginning to produce a good sound which praises God in the way that He should be praised. We are limited, however, by the lack of bass voice singers, indeed by men in general and we could do with a few more altos. If anyone could volunteer to be the accompanist, that would be splendid. If you are thinking of Lenten discipline, how about giving up some time to join the choir, which practices on Wednesday evenings in Church between 7pm - 8pm. No previous experience is necessary and you would be really helping us. We range in age from teenager to nonagenarian, and in experience from none to vast. It has been known for people to actually enjoy choir practice! We try to sing at Morning Service on the first Sunday of the month as well as at festival times. I f you are considering joining us, please have a word with me, or any choir member soon – so that we will have enough people to do Bach’s St. Matthew Passion !? Incidentally I am trying to give up playing wrong notes on the organ for Lent – just for Lent you understand – you’ll be able to hear how it goes. Ian

Lent Appeal This year, the Lent Appeal at Holy Trinity will support the Food Bank, which was featured in the February Messenger. The Food Bank is seeded by The Tussel Trust which provides three days of crisis food for people and families who qualify. Many of the recipients are low paid, working families who have hit financial problems when an extra repair bill or heating bill arrives. Long life and tinned produce with a three months minimum shelf life are required, please. Leaflets at the back of church give full details of suitable items for donation. Please give generously, and also pray for these families over the coming month.

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Bolton-le-Sands Village Website A new website for the village has recently come on line, with the address : The website contains information about the village and its amenities, news and events, and has a useful link to Bolton-le-Sands Parish Council, where you can find more information about the work of the Parish Council. Council Meetings are held in the Old Boy’s Free Grammar School at 7.00pm on the first Monday of each Month (except for August). Members of the public are entitled to attend these meetings, and may address the Council at the discretion of the Chairman. Planning Application matters are normally discussed, in Committee, at the end of each meeting. Bolton-le-Sands is divided into two wards; North Ward has 7 Parish Council seats, and South Ward has 3 seats. Residents living to the south of the middle of Slyne Road and ByePass Road are represented on the Lancaster District Council by Slyne-with-Hest Councillors. The current Chairman of the Parish Council is Keith Budden, who has been a Parish Councillor since 1987. Keith also represents Bolton-le-Sands North on Lancaster District Council, and served as Mayor in 2008/09. The Vice-Chairman is Mike Craddock, who became a Parish Councillor in 2008. The Clerk to the Council is Patricia Bradley (825263) Bolton-le-Sands is represented on Lancaster District Council by Keith Budden and Val Histed (North) and Malcolm Thomas and Sylvia Rogerson (South, and Slyne-with-Hest). The next Parish Council Meeting is on Monday, 4th March, and the agenda is available on the website. The minutes of previous meetings are also available on the website, so you can find out what issues the Council is currently dealing with.

Lent Supper Club Thursday 21st March 2013 Bolton-le-Sands CofE Primary School 6.30pm for 7pm supper ÂŁ6 per head - to Guest Speaker : Rev Nancy Goodrich

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Dance Crazy 2013 The students of the Alysia Gilda School of Dance, which is based in Bolton-le-Sands, will be appearing at The Grand Theatre, Lancaster on Sunday 24th March. With routines to suit every musical taste - from Grieg to Glenn Miller, from hornpipe to hip hop - the dancers who are aged from 4 years to adults, present a showcase of our local talent. The show commences at 3.00pm and tickets at £8.50 and £6.50, are available from the Grand Theatre box office, telephone 646495 or book on line at

Thwaite Brow Woods Conservation Group The Conservation Group consists entirely of volunteers, and a working party group meets once a month at 10.00am and/or 1.45pm, by the canal bridge at Whin Grove. New members are always welcome; just wear appropriate clothing and bring your own gardening gloves. During February, the group met to clear out and repair the 35 or so nest boxes that are maintained in the woods, and to put up some new boxes. There will be additional boxes for robins and nuthatches due to last year’s successes. The next working party will be on Sunday March 10th, when there will be the usual litter picking and repairs to any damage which has come to light recently. Sadly, there has been quite a lot of vandalism over recent months, and anyone who spots an incident is asked to contact CrimeStoppers free on 0800 555 111.

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Bolton-le-Sands CE Primary School Cricket opportunities

Bolton-le-Sands Cricket Club have contacted school to let us know that indoor coaching is available in the nets at Carnforth High School. The sessions are aimed at children (girls and boys) currently in Years 5,6 and 7. The training sessions are on Monday evenings from 7.00 - 8.00pm. If you are interested, please contact Matthew Ireland via email at

Bible Explorer

After the half-term holiday, our Year 5 and Year 6 children will be experiencing ‘Bible Explorer’ lessons with Mr James Bovenizor from the Faith Mission. Mr Bovenizor has brought the Bible to life with hundreds of children in many primary schools and we are delighted that he will be joining us to share his knowledge and enthusiasm.

Mothering Sunday events

Mothering Sunday is on Sunday 10th March. We will be celebrating this lovely day in 3 ways: 1. A good number of children from ‘Loaves and Fishes’, and from the rest of the school, will be helping Revd. Nancy with the family service at Holy Trinity on Sunday morning. 2. We will be holding a special school lunch on Thursday 7th March. Mums and grandmas will be invited to join us for a school meal at lunchtime. 3. Our Reception children will be hosting a special party for their mums and grandmas on Friday 8 March.

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

Holy Trinity Coffee Morning

Thursday 4th April 2013 9.45am to 11.15am Bolton-le-Sands Community Centre - £1 To raise funds for Holy Trinity Church Cakes-Jams-Cards-Books-Raffles If you would like to host a Coffee Morning, or to have a stall, please contact Karen Hillis on 824001, or other members of the social group.

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Community Playground Project Further to the Public Meeting held in the Old Boys School on December 1st 2012, the Community Playground Project (or CCP) has now been formed. The committee members include Emma Bousfield, Bob Bond, Keith Budden, Dani Khan, Linda Leak, Cath Morris and Andrew Parker. This group has come together with the aim of raising funds to redevelop the village playground. The playground/recreation area is very well used but the equipment is aging and the design dated. Local children have been consulted to help determine the design of the playground. The CCP have commissioned with support from Lancashire County Council, a local award winning playground designer to guide the design development and create a fun place for the children and families of the village. If you would like to be involved and help with this project in any way contact Linda Leak (Secretary) on 01524 823338, or any committee member. Initial plans for the new playground are up in B-l-S Preschool, B-l-S Library and B-l-S C E Primary School. The Community Playground Project group would appreciate any comments/feedback. To follow the progress of this project, and to leave any comments, you can find us on Facebook (Bolton-le-Sands Community Playground Project) and on the parish website

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Parish Calendar - March Friday 1st

2.00pm – Women’s World Day of Prayer at Holy Trinity 7.30pm – First Friday Worship at Holy Trinity

Sunday 3rd

8.00am Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity 9.00am Holy Eucharist (CW) at St. Mark’s 10.30am Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity 12.15pm Holy Baptism – Alicia May Angela Kneale at Holy Trinity

Tuesday 5th

7.30pm PCC Meeting at Holy Trinity

Wednesday 6th

10.00am Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity MU Coffee Morning at OBGS

Sunday 10th

8.00am Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity


9.00am Morning Prayer at St. Mark’s


10.30am FAMILY SERVICE at Holy Trinity 12.15pm Holy Baptism – Bobby Jack & Joseph Paul Taylor at Holy Trinity

Wednesday 13th

10.00am Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity

Saturday 16th

11.30am Wedding of Timothy Martin and Laura Moss at Holy Trinity

Sunday 17th

8.00am Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity 9.00am Holy Eucharist (BCP) at St. Mark’s 10.30am Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity

Wednesday 20th

10.00am Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity 2.00pm MU Meeting at Community Centre

Thursday 21st

10.00am Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity

Sunday 24th

8.00am Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity

Palm Sunday

9.00am Morning Prayer at St. Mark’s 10.30am Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity

Monday 25th

8.30am Morning Prayer at Holy Trinity 7.30pm Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity

Tuesday 26th

8.30am Morning Prayer at Holy Trinity 7.30pm Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity

Wednesday 27th

8.30am Morning Prayer at Holy Trinity 10.00am Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity 7.30pm Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity

Wednesday 27th

8.30am Morning Prayer at Holy Trinity 10.00am Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity 7.30pm Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity

Thursday 28th

8.30am Morning Prayer at Holy Trinity

Maundy Thursday

11.00am Chrism Eucharist at Blackburn Cathedral 5.30pm Evening Prayer at Holy Trinity 7.30pm Maundy Thursday Lord’s Supper, followed by Vigil Watch 9.30pm Compline

Friday 29th

8.30am Morning Prayer at Holy Trinity

Good Friday

10.00am Morning Prayer at St. Mark’s 9.00am - 2.00pm : Holy Trinity Church open for silent prayer & meditation 2.00pm – 3.00pm Good Friday Service at Holy Trinity

Saturday 30th

8.30am Morning Prayer at Holy Trinity

Easter Eve

8.00pm Easter Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter at Holy Trinity

Sunday 31st

8.00am Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity

Easter Sunday

9.00am Holy Eucharist (CW) at St. Mark’s 10.30am Holy Eucharist at Holy Trinity

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Church Staff Directory Vicar

The Rev’d Nancy Goodrich


SSM Curate

The Rev’d Barbara Jones



Mrs Janet Thompson


Church Wardens

Mrs Kathy Edwards


Mrs Karen Hillis


St Mark’s Officers

Mrs Ruth Mason


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 Robert Midgley


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


Junior Church

Mrs Amanda Graham


Rock Solid

Mrs Kath Brough



Mrs Andrea Hobbs


Serving Information

Mrs J Midgley

Childrens Society Parish Coordinator Miss Margaret Hutchinson


MU Enrolling Member


Mrs Pam Bentley

The Messenger : Editor

Mr David Bateman


The Messenger : Subscriptions

Mrs Kathy Edwards


All enquiries regarding Baptisms and Weddings should be made direct to Rev. Nancy Goodrich 823106.

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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

Vicar The Reverend Nancy Goodrich, T. 01524 823106 E.



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Messenger March 2013  

Community Magazine for Bolton le Sands and Nether Kellet