Season of Creation: 1 September – 4 October 2017

 

In 2015, in the spirit of his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis instituted the annual “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” on 1st September.

A number of Christian bodies including the Orthodox and the World Council of Churches have for some time promoted the period from 12 September until the Feast of St Francis of Assisi on 4t October as a time of wonder, thanksgiving and praise.

You are warmly invited to join in some or all of this period of daily reflection, enjoyment and action as stewards of creation.
Events and services will take place at St Alban’s and St Michael’s and St Peter’s Prestbury and elsewhere.

Download more information and a day-by-day calendar of events here

Conference at Tarporley – 16 November 2107

We Stand Together is a timely conference that aims to bring together people from different faith and non- faith groups. It’s an opportunity to come together and explore ways we can all work together for the greater
good of community wellbeing.

Key speakers:
Simon Byrne (Chief Constable Cheshire Police)
David Keane (Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire)
Debra Green OBE (Founder and Director of ROC)

Venue:
MacDonald Portal Hotel, Cobblers Cross, Tarporley QV6 ODJ

Download a poster here.

A message from Hope in North East Cheshire.

A new vicarage for Bollington!

The old vicarage

As reported in a previous blog item, Veronica and Dave have moved out of the old vicarage on Shrigley Road, which has now been sold. They bought their own house in Tytherington, just outside the parish boundary and will continue to live there for the foreseeable future. The diocese and the PCC are happy with this arrangement and Veronica will continue to be our Vicar for a good while yet!

The proceeds of the sale have allowed the diocese to purchase a new, more practical vicarage for the parish of Bollington. This is a brand-new house, located behind Bollington Medical Centre on the Bellway Waterhouse Mill development. The new vicarage will be rented out* until the time comes for a new Vicar of Bollington to be appointed at some future date. The new Vicarage is well-located right at the heart of Bollington, has a manageable garden, and is well insulated to keep energy bills to affordable levels.

The new property was inspected by the Diocesan Surveyor, the Archdeacon of Macclesfield and the delighted present incumbent this week.

*The “To Let” sign is already up!

Revd. John St Hilary Mullett – RIP

Revd John St H Mullett is on the left of the picture

I was saddened to hear from his daughter Anne that John passed away on the 30th July 2017.

John and his family left Que Que in Southern Rhodesia and came to live (in John’s words) “a sleepy village called Bollington”, I think he would have been very surprised with the changes now!!

He was very much involved with the planning and building of St. John’s School and was thrilled, along with my dad Albert Clayton and Geoff Newcombe who were the churchwardens at the time to be introduced to Princess Margaret who officially opened the new school. They even had afternoon tea with her along with the headmaster Gwilym Humphries and other dignitaries.

He loved his music and you would often hear him playing the organ at St. John’s along with his son John James.  They were both accomplished musicians.

He was always organising Parish Trips which he took charge of with his clipboard in hand, making sure he didn’t lose anyone and everyone was accounted for.

His sense of humour was second to none, always seen with a smile on his face.

He left Bollington early in 1969, but I was lucky enough that his successor the Rev Peter Hunt allowed John to return so he could take part in my marriage service, in fact I had three vicars taking part !!! and the Rev. John Williams who was the curate taking a black and white cine film of the day.

On his retirement he moved to be nearer his family in Cambridge where he was made a Fellow of St. Catharine’s College and just before he died he had a visit from St Catharine’s choral scholars which according to Anne he enjoyed very much.

Jackie Pengelly