The summer of 1999 will surely be known as the summer
when we (almost) saw the eclipse! When I've talked about it to anyone,
they've all been able to tell me exactly where they were at the time. The
Cozens family were on the Isle of Wight ferry, crossing to Portsmouth at
the vital moment! Although it was cloudy, every now and then the clouds
would break, leaving just a thin layer through which we could clearly see
the sun being reduced to a crescent-shape by the dark moon. As we drove off
the ferry, the sky was fairly dark, as if a heavy storm were about to
break, but all around us, on the streets, at windows and on the roofs of
office buildings, people were staring up into the sky.
Perhaps it was disappointing that the sky was so cloudy
(perhaps it was safer after all the warnings about damage to eyesight), but
it was still an amazing and memorable event. It was an awesome reminder of
the wonder of the world which God created for us and also of the greatness
of God himself. We should perhaps consider ourselves fortunate to have
witnessed such an incredible event.
And so back to earth, or rather, back to Prestbury! Back,
after the holidays, to the preparations for a VERY IMPORTANT DAY in
the life of our congregations. You will remember the very successful Parish
Consultation Day which we held last October, from which came the Parish
Plan. All those on the Electoral Roll will receive an invitation to another
Parish Day, to be held on Sunday 19th September In many ways
this day will follow on from last year, but it will move on to concentrate
particularly on Ministry and on the future of Ministry in our Parish life.
As I have said, this is a very important day and it is
vital that as many of our members as possible are present. On behalf of the
Parish Clergy, I urge you to respond positively to your invitation. If you
read this and do not receive an invitation but would like to join us, you
will be very welcome. Additional forms are available in both churches.
After the exciting events of the summer, I look forward
to joining you to consider the exciting challenges which the future holds
for us all!
What are homegroups?
With the full agreement of our clergy, they are
regular meetings of church members with the aim of mutual support and
encouragement in our Christian faith.
But I support the Lent Groups
Homegroups, or housegroups, are not in competition
with Lent or Advent groups, nor are they mutually exclusive. There is a
tradition of Lent Groups at Prestbury being a valuable discipline as we
take time to prepare ourselves afresh for the sacrifice and joy of Easter.
The existence of homegroups does not aim to debase, devalue or replace
this, but rather to extend the opportunity for Christian fellowship.
Why are homegroups important?
Some comments from people involved:
- Beryl: "You find you're not the only one
- Peter: "As people bounce ideas and get
other views they feed off each other - it's brilliant!"
- Michael: "We can grow informally in our
- Sue: "It's really encouraging to share
our faith, voice our doubts and learn together."
- Fr Stephen: "Homegroups are an
opportunity for us to share the good news of Jesus. They shouldn't be
seen as a threat but as an encouragement; they can prove to be an
- Fr Michael: "God can speak to us through
other people - a small group gives Him the chance to do so!"
- Fr Paul: "Much more fun than going to
church. The early church met like this in people's houses and look at how
They meet us where we are in our Christian life
and give us the chance to air and share questions which bug us, even if
they are silly, simple, complex or embarrassing.
The nitty gritty
Four groups will each meet during the second week
of the month. This will be the weeks beginning 12 September, 10 October, 14
November, 12 December and 9 January. There will be evening and daytime
groups held on different days and at different places so it should be
possible for most people to come who would like to. If you can't manage any
of the times tell one of the clergy and we'll see if something can be done!
Each session will last for 1½ hours and there may
well be tea or coffee. Beryl Elliott (Mon evening), Sue Read (Tues
afternoon), Michael Cole (Wed evening) and Peter Brown (Thurs evening),
have kindly agreed to lead. All you need to take part is some degree of
Christian faith or questions about such a belief.
What can I expect?
Initially the groups will focus on the fruit of
the Spirit as listed in St. Paul's letter to the Galatians, chapter 5
verses 22 & 23, ie love, joy, peace etc. There will probably be an opening
prayer, a discussion about what we understand by a specific gift, eg love,
then a consideration together of a bible passage to help us in our
understanding. There will be scope for both bible study and the application
of Christian principles to our lives here and now in Prestbury.
In the future it should be possible for us to
tackle topics and subjects that the group members would like to look at
but, in the meantime, this is where we'll start.
- "I can't possibly come, I'm far too busy" - You
are not required nor even expected to come every time and you don't need
to give any reason!
- "I don't have transport" - Tell us and I'm
confident we could arrange something.
- "I don't know my bible well and it might be a
bit embarrassing" - We could all know our bibles better, and if
you like you can check the contents list at the front, you won't be the
only one! We all have to start somewhere.
- "I can't pray" - No-one will be forced
unwillingly to pray aloud or do anything else they don't want to or
aren't used to.
- "I'm not clever enough" - Jesus chose poorly
educated fishermen; He can deal with us. We don't expect you to have all
the answers, we certainly don't.
What you need to do
Decide which time and venue suits you best and
sign on one of the lists in either church - then turn up with a bible and
an open mind.
Sue Read (Education & Nurture Committee).
This is my first visit to the world of parish magazine articles (and
probably the last if the editor has anything to do with it) but I felt that
the time had come to put pen to paper, or should I say fingers to keyboard.
As I put Alice down in her cot for the night, I found myself marvelling
once again at how quickly she is growing up; ten months old now and walking
all round the furniture. And we, as a family, have now lived here in the
parish for over a year. I can't believe how the time has flown. This would
not have been the case, I am sure, had it not been for the kindness and
support that we have received from the people in the parish.
From the very beginning, I was being dragged off to a Meet-a-Mum group,
Rockers and toddler groups where I have made a wide circle of friends. The
girls have relished the attention from the other children and we have a
wonderful collection of willing babysitters so that (Fr!) Paul and I can
enjoy the occasional night out.
None of the above, however, could have prepared me for the emotions I
experienced over the weekend of the ordination. As well as being extremely
proud of Paul, I was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Parish both in
their lovely comments, cards, presents and good wishes, and in the
fantastic spread that was laid on at St. Nicolas'. I was (almost)
speechless! The party was such a lovely end to a very special weekend.
Thank you very much everyone, for all your love. We all look forward to
the rest of our time here with you in Prestbury.
During his sermon at St. Nicolas’ on 25th July Fr. Stephen invited the
congregation to look heavenwards, which traditionally means UP. On this
occasion however the reason was more prosaic than prophetic. The fabric
committee had met with the architect earlier in the week and were keen to
share their ideas with the congregation. What follows is a brief summary -
what happens next depends on decisions by the PCC.
The ceiling is deteriorating, mainly due to condensation between the
ceiling and the roof, there being no insulation and little ventilation.
While not in immediate danger of collapse some remedial work will be
required in the not too distant future.
The architect proposed replacing the current ceiling with one
constructed from strips of wood, installed horizontally and running around
the building following the existing roof line, with narrow risers between
each strip (it was much easier to explain at the presentation when a
demonstration piece was shown). The risers would be made of cork and the
whole could then be "tuned" for much improved audio qualities by either
drilling holes or fixing hard surfaces to these risers.
This method of construction is labour intensive, each strip being cut to
size and shape on-site, and the preferred medium is English Oak, with a
possible option of Ash. The architect’s estimate for this is £25,000
to include removal of the old ceiling, all construction work, insulation,
ventilation improvements, some rewiring for lighting and scaffolding. The
use of Ash would bring the price down to about £22,000 but the appearance
begins to look like cheap softwood; an absolute minimum using man-made
materials (e.g. aluminium) would be in the region of £17,500.
In case you have ever wondered, the baby bath often seen between choir
and organ is not for some arcane baptismal ceremony but is located to catch
water which frequently comes through the window. Although the other large
window is in slightly better condition both are beginning to rot and need
The architect has proposed removing all the frames and having windows
made only of glass held together with claw-like fixings. The glass is
very strong and has insulating properties which make it as good as
double glazing. The sealer between the panes is guaranteed for 30 years.
There would be no doors and ventilation would be at eaves level.
The estimate for this work is £10,000 (i.e. £5,000 per window).
The architect invited us to consider including some artwork (akin to
etching but using a printing process) which would identify the building
very clearly as a Christian one. The cost of this artwork would depend on
the artist and other factors but a figure in the region of £5,000 was
If this work is undertaken certain other aspects of the building must be
considered - for instance the remaining lighting will look dated, the roof
will need overhauling, bargeboards will need painting or replacing and the
interior will benefit from redecoration.
Work could begin within a month of permission being given and would take
6-8 weeks, though the church would not necessarily be out of action all
Proposals will need to be put to the PCC. If they agree then discussions
with the Local Authority and the Diocesan Advisory Committee must be
undertaken. It is hoped that the work will be VAT free, but this is not yet
certain. An additional 11% for architect’s fees has to be added to
the costs and it must be emphasised that the above are architect’s
Bob and Barbara Lyle have received a Thank-You card from Fr Joseph, who
came down from Birmingham for Fr. Paul’s ordination before going home to
In Pakistan it is impolite, even for adults, to address the venerable
and greyhaired by Christian name. Hence "Anti & Uncle".
Dear Anti & Uncle,
This is just to say thank you and the parish of Prestbury, the kindness
you showed us during our visit to Prestbury. We pray God’s
blessings upon your lives and hope that our paths will cross again in
fellowship with one another.
Joseph & Irfana John.
Saturday 18th September New programme begins with a Barbecue.
The meetings will then take a serious,
but at the same time light-hearted, look at some of the Psalms. These
sessions will attempt to make the psalms more relevant, and will also allow
us to consider some issues raised by the psalms.
- Saturday 2nd October Psalm 1 The World or the Word?
Saturday 16th October Psalm 8 Who is God?...Who am I?
Saturday 30th October Psalm 19 His Works and His Word
Saturday 13th November Psalm 23 Going, Going
Saturday 27th November Psalm 51 Getting Changed
Saturday 11th December Psalm 95 Worship - For Ever
SYNERGY is open to all young people who are now at secondary school. It
is particularly designed for young, confirmed members of St. Mary's and St.
Nicolas'. Unless specifically mentioned, all meetings take place in 'The
Barn', above the garage of Tatchley House in Tatchley Lane, Prestbury.
Meetings begin at 7.30pm and finish at 9.00pm, soft drinks and snacks are
available for sale.
If you are interested (or know someone who should be!) contact:-
Fr. Michael, Fr. Paul or Liz Bennett.
After having had a much needed Summer break, Twilight Zone, the youth
club for 11-15 year old children will begin again on Friday September
10th, at St, Nicolas' Church Hall. Thanks to anyone who expressed an
interest; your offers of help will not go unheeded.
Call it 'an act of faith' if you like, for despite the fact that 100% of
the funding had not been secured, we went ahead and advertised nationally
for a full-time Youth Worker. Over 20 enquiries resulted in four
applications. However, none of these really fulfilled our criteria and so
we decided not to call any of them for interview.
Perhaps this 'set-back' has given us a little more time to raise the
funds we need to match the amount promised to us by the Deanery. We have
written to no less than 42 charitable trusts asking them to consider giving
us a grant; so far none of them have been able to promise any money.
But we will not be put off! We still feel that we need someone to
develop the excellent youth work which is already being done in our parish;
any suggestions about how we find that person will be welcomed - please
also pray for the future of our Youth Work. If anyone feels able to
contribute towards the funding of a Youth Worker, or knows of a possible
source of funding, please speak to Fr. Michael.
Peter and I thank all those from St. Mary’s and St. Nicolas’ churches
who helped in many ways on Saturday July 17th or came to our Ruby Wedding
celebration that day at our home or at the evening Barn Dance. Your sharing
made it a very happy and memorable day for us and your generosity enabled
us to give £150 to "Let the Children Live!" and £136 to Cheltenham Victim
Support. We were also grateful to our local Girl Guides group who did a
wonderful job with the food and drink at the Barn Dance. It was an amusing
sight to see some of the band leaving with a fiddle under one arm and
French bread under the other! After the church service the following day we
shared a cake with those of our church family who were unable to be there
on Saturday. Family and friends were leaving in batches until Tuesday.
Our real anniversary date was ten days later while we were on a choral
tour to Göttingen in Germany with 60 others. A third cake bumped round
Europe with us on a coach. It was finally cut after a concert in a small
evangelical country church, where the villagers produced wine, German
sausages and local cheeses. We all sang ourselves hoarse with old familiar
songs and Auld Lang Syne. It was like the parable of the loaves and fishes
- our cake for 60 choir members went round all the villagers, choir hosts,
the minister, his wife and helpers and there was still a little over!
Our host owned an old established family publishing house and his wife
is a Doctor of Philology. They introduced us to their way of saying grace
at meal times - all those round the table join hands while it is said -
rather like our handshake at Sunday services. On Sunday morning we attended
a Lutheran service, in German, at a small Romanesque (we would call it
‘Norman’) village church. Here we stood for prayers and sat for hymns. It
was interesting to witness an adult baptism, which was very similar to our
own with the giving of a candle representing the Light of the world.
Afterwards the young woman was given a posy of flowers with which she
processed round the church with her family and friends. Coincidentally, on
the Feast of St. James we sang Beethoven’s Mass in C in the medieval
church of St. Jakob (James) in Göttingen.
As we said our farewells, we felt a bond with these Christian people and
marvelled at the power of the Holy Spirit rising out of the ashes of World
War II. Finally, as we sped cross N. Germany, Belgium and France in our
coach, we passed a large warehouse with EMMAUS emblazoned across it and a
queue of homeless figures waiting to start their day’s work there - it’s a
We arrived home on the 28th to more cards, good wishes and flowers, and
rounded it off with a bottle of pink champagne!
On Sunday 25th July about 30 people attended an evening meeting which
was intended to be an opportunity to pass on information and raise
questions about aspects of parish life. Three questions were submitted in
advance and answers were given during the meeting; these were as follows:-
1) A question about a notice board at St.Mary's which will be
accessible when the porch gates are locked. The Mission and Outreach
Committee have this matter as an objective on the Parish Plan. The meeting
made two suggestions as possible temporary measures: a) ask to place a
notice of service times and contact numbers in the Bakery Stores; b) attach
a notice to the inside of the porch gates which would be visible when the
gates are locked.
2) A request to stop printing the full text of the readings on the
Sunday service sheets. After some discussion, a straw poll was taken at
the meeting and the majority were found to be in favour of retaining the
full printed text. Two points were made for further consideration: a)
references for the following Sunday's readings should be printed; b) the
possibility of combining the service sheet and notice sheet and encouraging
people to take them home.
3) A question about the possibility of pruning the yew trees
adjoining the pathways in St.Mary's churchyard. This had been attempted
some years ago and it was thought that appropriate permission might be
required. The Fabric Committee will be asked to look into it.
Thursday Morning 10.30am Eucharist
Why not join us for this short service during the week? Coffee and
biscuits are served after the service and we have now raised another £50
for "Let the Children Live!" from the refreshments fund. Thank you to
everyone who has supported us.
St. Nicolas’ Church Room
The refurbished room at St. Nicolas’ is deliberately being kept
available for use by Church groups. During term-time it is used on Friday
evenings by the Twilight Zone, and an increasing number of parish meetings
are now being held in the room. The clergy have a Parish Diary in which
they put any bookings. Please speak to one of them if you would like to
book the room. (No charge, of course!)
We generally think of this as something that we have to give to HM
Inspectors of Taxes but just once in a while we get something back and what
a pleasant surprise this is! Recently, I was able to give the
Treasurer of St Nicolas’ church a cheque for £5858.34 which I had
received from the Inland Revenue. This was money claimed back in
respect of regular giving on the part of those of our congregation who have
taken out covenants in favour of the church. I am sure that they will
be pleased to know that this sum, which has called for no extra effort on
their part, has kept us from being even further in the red than we are at
Any members of the congregation of either of our churches who pay Income
Tax, however little, should think seriously about joining this scheme.
Please contact me or Martin Kannreuther if you are interested and need
Believe me, it is absolutely painless and has no unpleasant
Frank Merrett, D.Litt. (Covenant Secretary to St. Nicolas’ church)
Some people who are interested in The Children’s Society and who support
its work have been dismayed by the very adverse publicity it has received
over its recent decision on fostering and adoption policy. It is very sad
that this has caused some people to remove their support and even to return
their collecting boxes. The Children’s Society has just published a small
pamphlet in which they explain the reasons for their decision, outline its
effects and point out that what they have done is merely to accept guidance
set out by the Department of Health. In doing so they have fallen into line
with Barnado’s, the British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering and NCH
Action for Children who have adopted the same policy. If anyone is
concerned about this issue and would like to see the pamphlet they should
Dr. Frank Merrett.
On the day before I was to be ordained deacon, I was privileged to stand
in a queue of young (and not so young) hopefuls, waiting outside the
bishop's door for his lordship's 'fireside chat'. When my turn came, I gave
the secret knock, sidled into the shadows at the back of the room and took
my place in the comfy chair (not the comfy chair!). After the usual
formalities, the steely gaze of episcopal authority trapped me like a
rabbit in the headlights and he (the bishop, not the rabbit) asked me ...
do you play cricket?
My ordeal long over, I sailed happily on the seas of parish life for
nearly a year before the call came in a plain brown envelope to report to
the nets - unlike Peter and Andrew, James and John, of course, who were
called to leave theirs. I had to discover some appropriate clothing since
there would appear to be a dress code for this sort of thing, and it would
also appear to be the antithesis of what I usually wear.
Nonetheless, something suitably white having been acquired, a proud
young curate strode into the fray on three occasions for his diocese,
usually, but not always, at number eleven. A strange combination of modesty
and embarrassment forbids the revelation of precise details of the ensuing
displays, but, as a team, we won, drew and lost, and I think it would be
quite fair to say that I played my part in all of that. If anyone has any
hints or tips about batting, bowling or fielding, you will find an
enthusiastic audience in me. I cannot but improve on my performance so far
Diocesan cricket provides some small entertainment for those who
participate, but dare I suggest that when next Summer comes along, there
might be a few of you who could spare the odd Monday afternoon to come
along to support and uphold us now and in the years to come? It's not just
a load of balls, it's a metaphor for life - lots of fun for everyone ...
until you get caught.
It was Father Ian Rutherford,
curate-in-charge at St. Nicolas’, himself no mean performer, who formed
SNADS in 1973. Its début was a dramatised version of The Mad
Hatter’s Tea-Party (at least two of our current members performed on
that occasion - guess who!).
Since then, SNADS has put on 45 dramatic
events including regular pantomimes (the first Cinderalfred in the
old St. Nicolas’ Church Hall in 1974 to the most recent Dick Whittington
in 1995); straight three- and one-act plays (Alan Ayckbourn, Bernard
Shaw, Peter Schaffer, Pinter, John Mortimer et al); religious drama;
Victorian melodrama and of course entertainment for Harvest and Patronal
Yes the photo is the right way up!
We perform where we are needed. We have
acted in the Church, both Church Halls, the Church field, the Burgage, the
Prestbury House Hotel and the Cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral. With our
portable trestle staging we are able to perform in the round, in the centre
or on the side of the hall with the audience banked. Sometimes we have even
performed in traditional style!
Cast numbers have varied from 42 for
Hallmark (a musical which we wrote to celebrate the opening of the new
Church Hall in 1983) to five for John Mortimer’s I Spy. We are
fortunate to have talented people for costumes, scenery, staging and of
course producing and directing!
The overflowing urn. Gosforth's Fête
Our policy has been to perform quality
plays and we have been delighted over the years to play to packed houses.
Now we are concerned by our failure to respond to enquiries about future
events. Our rehearsals for John Godber’s Teechers were going well
until we lost our younger male cast members. We had to abandon the play -
something we had never before had to do. We simply need more participants
(particularly men!) if we are to mount anything other than occasional
entertainments, enjoyable though those are. Meanwhile we have play-reading
evenings, seeing what we could put on if we could only mount the cast!
An important feature of SNADS has been our
eagerness to involve young members of our community in our productions, for
example, in pantomimes and in such dramas as Willy Russell’s Our Day
Out. We have also helped children and young people in their own
productions and drama sessions.
Unwelcome attentions. Companions
We like to feel that over the years SNADS
has contributed to the life of the church community not only in providing
light relief and the opportunity to enjoy more serious fare but also in
giving those interested in drama in whatever form and in whatever capacity
a chance to express themselves. We would like to continue to do so. We may
be dormant but are not dead. Budding or frustrated thespians, young or more
mature, please contact:-
This month’s pets belong to Kathryn.
Date: 28th June.
The rabbits have arrived!!! Dad and I bought them from a lady called
Mrs. Vye. When we looked at the litter in their hutch, one of them was very
lively and friendly. Mrs. Vye took us to see another litter that were only
4 weeks old and she didn’t want to sell them yet (the litter we saw earlier
were 8 weeks old and she was comfortable about selling them.). Dad and I
decided to get two of the other ones. We wanted two so that they would keep
each other company and we also wanted sisters so that the risk of them
fighting was lower. We decided to get the inquisitive one (she is grey) and
a black one (so that it is easy to tell them apart). When we were in the
car, Dad and I thought of the names Hazel and Bramble. We named the grey
one Hazel. While we were out, Mum had been getting the hutch ready. As soon
as we got home we put the rabbits into it as we wanted to let them settle
In the following weeks, I have learnt that looking after rabbits is not
as easy as it might seem!! We have had a few problems, most of them
diarrhoea. We thought the cause of this was too much hay but we recently
found out that young rabbits should have unlimited hay and food. We then
thought the cause of it was the change in diet. We feed the rabbits on a
mixture that is rabbit pellets. It is supposed to taste nice but it doesn’t
smell nice that’s for sure!! The rabbits don’t mind being picked up now.
Well, Hazel doesn’t, but whenever you hold Bramble she wriggles and
struggles and once she jumped right off my lap. Luckily I caught her!!
Sometimes in the evenings we brush and comb the rabbits with a special
brush and comb. Then we bring them inside. When we have shut all the doors,
we put them on the sitting-room floor and let them hop around. Sometimes
they rest and sometimes they race around like loonies. They don’t, however,
like being caught. Most of the time we have to corner them!!
Twice a day we give the rabbits some fruit or vegetable. They have lots
of things including apple, tomato, broccoli and parsley. Their favourite is
cucumber. When you have got some in your hand to give to them, they come
right up to the cage door and push their noses through!
Sometimes the rabbits do naughty things. One day Mum had given them a
basil leaf each. Hazel had eaten hers very quickly but Bramble was still
eating hers and had half of it sticking out of her mouth. Hazel went up to
her and grabbed the leaf right out of Bramble’s mouth!! Mum had to give
Bramble another leaf!
Rabbits on average live 5-8 years. I love my rabbits very much and hope
they live for a long time.
Kathryn P. Age 11
A Hymn to the Virgin
|Of on that is so fayr and bright
Velut maris stella,
Brighter than the day is light,
Parens et puella:
Ic crie to the, thou see to me,
Levedy, preye thi Sone for me,
That ic mote come to thee
||Of one that is so fair and bright
As if a star of the sea,
Brighter than the day is light,
Mother and Maiden:
I cry to thee, speak thou to me,
Lady, pray thy Son for me,
That I may come to thee
|Al this world was for-lore
Tyl our Lord was y-bore
De te genetrice.
With ave it went away
Thuster nyth and cometh the day
The welle springeth ut of the
||All this world was lost
Through Eve the sinner,
Till our Lord was born
Of thee, mother.
With Hail it went away
Dark night[?] and comes the day
The well springs out of thy
|Levedy, flour of alle thing,
Rosa sine spina,
Thu bere Jhesu, hevene king,
Of alle thu berst the pris,
Levedy, quene of paradys
Mayde milde, Moder es
||Lady, best of all things,
Rose without a thorn,
Bear thou Jesu, heaven’s king,
By divine grace:
Of all thou bearest the prize,
Lady, queen of paradise
Virgin mild, a Mother hast
||Tr. F. Murton.
We start the new term on Thursday 16th September
in St. Mary’s church at 2pm. This short service is ideal for mothers,
fathers and other child-carers looking after young children from birth to
school-age. We meet in the calm of the church, in a relaxed atmosphere, for
an informal service, which includes action songs, bible story, toys and a
cup of tea, and finishes in plenty of time for older children to be met
from the local schools.
Looking ahead, we are planning a reunion next summer to
celebrate 25 years of Rockers’ Half-Hour. Please mention this to any
former Rockers you know, and ask them to contact me with their present
address. I hope as many as possible will be able to come to the reunion. I
also hope to compile a ‘Where are they now?’ list.
Prestbury Writers’ Workshop
return on Wednesday 15th September for 10 weekly
meetings at the Prestbury Road Day Centre. Sessions are from 2pm to 3.30pm
at £1.20 per week. All abilities are welcome. (You could end up being
published in the Prestbury Parish Magazine!)
St. Mary’s Church Choir
Are there any children of the Parish who would like to
join St. Mary’s Church Choir? Boys and girls aged 8 years and more
would be very welcome.
Please contact Malcolm McKelvey at St. Mary’s.
St. Nicolas’ Rainbows
We have vacancies for Autumn/Winter 1999. If your
daughter is 5 years old and would like to join us contact
New Pre-School Group
A new group for pre-school children aged rising 3
years and upwards will be opening in St. Nicolas’ Church Hall in
For more information contact
Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust
Sponsored Ride or Walk
The Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust’s seventeenth
Annual Sponsored Ride or Walk is due to take place on Saturday 11th
September. If you can cycle, ride a horse or walk, we hope you will be
willing to participate. If none of these is applicable, your support in
sponsoring participants will be most welcome.
Last year 455 cyclists, 12 horse riders and 72 walkers
took part in Gloucestershire and, despite the poor weather, raised a grand
total of £36,277. The only disappointing feature of the day was the fact
that of the 500 plus churches and chapels sited within the county, only 169
contributed towards this excellent figure.
Further information about the event, together with the
necessary sponsorship forms, is available from the Local Organisers
(details below). Half the amount you raise is given to your own church and
the other half goes to the Trust for its grant aid fund.
Although good weather cannot be guaranteed, those who
have taken part in past years have experienced an enjoyable day - and the
cause is a good one! Please do consider participating this year.
The Local Organisers in Prestbury are:
for St. Mary’s: Bob Lyle
for St. Nicolas’: Nigel Woodcock
Mid-Morning Music at St Mary’s
The next concert will be on
Wednesday 15th September at 11 o’clock,
preceded by coffee and biscuits at 10.30.
Elizabeth Capener (Soprano)
Nicholas Moor (Piano)
music by Handel, Haydn, Edward Elgar,
Richard Rodney Bennett and Nicholas Moor.
Admission is free.
There will be a retiring collection in aid of church funds.
A Talk from CRUSE
Thursday 30th September at 7.30
in St. Nicolas’ Church Room.
The Bereavement Support Group has invited a
representative from CRUSE to talk to us. This organisation has long
experience of supporting and helping people coming to terms with the death
of someone close, - not only widows. Bereavement touches us all, and the
talk is open to anyone who would like learn more about the work of CRUSE.
Do join us for what should be a worthwhile evening.
If you are not sure if this is for you, ask me or Rose
Bradbury, or any of the Bereavement group.
Spirituality Network for Gloucestershire
(a Body in Association with
Gloucestershire Churches Together)
Saturday 18th September 1999, 10.00am to
The Christian Pilgrimage
a Day of Meditation on
Poetry & Prayer
the Dean of Gloucestershire Cathedral,
the Very Revd. Nicholas Bury
at the Methodist Hall, Winchcombe
Tickets £3 from the Revd. Pauline Green.
Bring a packed lunch. Drinks provided
Prestbury Women’s Institute
are holding a "Music Appreciation Course" by our
organist, Mr. Malcolm McKelvey, at the WI Hall, Prestbury Road. It will be
on the following dates:- 14th & 21st September & 12th October, 7.30-9.00pm.
If you would like to join us on any of these dates or all
three, please contact Doreen Morris to enrol. The cost will be determined
by the numbers attending. It will definitely not be any more than £2 per
24 Hour Wrap - Friday 1st October
Take part in this National Eczema Society annual
sponsored event. Wear a tubifast wet wrap bandage on one hand for 24 hours.
This is an excellent way of fundraising and publicising the Society.
For an information pack, including bandage and sponsor
form, contact the NES on 0171 388 4097 or www.eczema.org.
Prestbury Village Millennium Dance
This event will take place on Friday 31st December 1999
in St. Mary’s Hall, Bouncers Lane, 8pm till 1am. There will be live music
by Dave Day & Friends. Please bring your own drink and food. Tickets are
This is a locally run event for Prestbury residents and
their friends. For further details and ticket reservations ring Dave
news from the little bird…
Linda Wyatt has gained a IIi in Social Policy & Diploma
in Community Work at Plymouth university. Congratulations!
Ann and Brian Rees…
have become grandparents. Their son, Simon, one-time
choirboy at St. Mary’s, and Emma have produced a bonny son weighing 9lbs
5oz, born on the day of the eclipse.
Sylvia & John McKenzie.
Update from Japan…
It was lovely to meet Cathy and John, with six-month-old
Édèle, while they were visiting Prestbury during the summer.