Any guesses as to what this object is? Our artist Ann has captured its complexity and its shiny industrial beauty. It looks rather like a musical instrument but it isn’t, although it used to make quite a noise. In fact it is the actual old steam-driven factory hooter (or blower) from the Adelphi Mill in Bollington, which used to call the cotton workers to start their labours in the morning and get off home in the evening.
It has been acquired for St Oswald’s Church for use instead of the present Church bell. The plan is that the hooter will sound an hour before the time of our Sunday service to wake people up and allow them time for a quick breakfast. It will blow for a full 10 minutes before the actual start of worship at 10.30am. It is believed that the sound of the hooter will reach as far as the top end of Bollington and even Pott Shrigley and Prestbury with the wind in the right direction. Around the Bollington Cross area, it will be quite deafening but the Church Council is of the opinion that it will be welcomed as “a voice from the past reminding people of Bollington’s industrial heritage as well as being a joyful noise and a call to worship” and as the Bible reminds us “to wake up as the night is far spent”. It will be given a trial run (maybe) on the first of April.
In early Lent, the Rotary Club of Macclesfield Castle obtained 20 very large chocolate Easter Eggs; one was raffled at St. Oswald, with the proceeds shared between Rotary charities and Church funds. The last ticket was sold after the Palm Sunday Service and the draw was made at the Faith Hour on 23rd March.
Judi (who never wins anything) was delighted to have won the Easter Egg competition with ticket no 43.
Some of the non-winners expressed concern about the calorie content of the prize.
The Rotary Club of Macclesfield Castle raises funds to help charities both locally and abroad. You may have heard of ‘Shelter Boxes’ which are sent out to disaster areas, and ‘Water Aid’ which delivers clean drinking water, and also ‘Polio Plus’ which aims to eradicate polio in the world, all funded by Rotary Charities. Locally the club has supported a Youth Speaking Competition, organized a Swimathon here in Macclesfield and recently sponsored a residential weekend for Secondary school students to help them develop their leadership skills.
At our 2.30pm service (Liturgy of the Day) we shared the Reserved Sacrament that had been consecrated on Maundy Thursday.
Starting 7.30pm in St Oswald’s – an evening of Irish-themed entertainment on the eve of St Patrick’s Day.
Tickets £7 in aid of church funds available in advance from the church or at the door.
It was a most enjoyable evening – a good time was had by all.
Irene was crowned the winner of the limerick competition, headgear courtesy of the Bollington Balloon man Alex.