55 people participated in our Gin Flight evening to mark St Oswald’s Day. We enjoyed a variety of gins selected by our host for the evening Heather Kirk (of Concepts of Wine & Dine). Most of the gins had some sort of Ecclesiastical connection. There was also a raffle with many other gin-related prizes.
The event was held to raise funds for our New Kitchen project.
This one was certainly different. It was black. And like Marmite, some enjoyed it, others were not keen.
…was a really busy but enjoyable fortnight for St Oswald’s, starting off with our Camel Train in the Parade then hosting the mesmerising Model Railway Exhibition, both made possible by the creative talents of Bev and Steve. This was followed a few days later by a whole variety of our brilliant and dedicated Arts & Crafts Group’s train-themed handicrafts which were out on display for the remainder of the Festival, alongside some colourful contributions from Praise & Play and RiCH children, plus the beautiful winged creatures captured in our local embroiderers’ butterfly nets. Then there was a fabulous Print-making Day Workshop run by the lovely and very talented Debbie Tracey-Carney, a former member of our congregation now based in the Isle of Man. Later that first week, thanks to Lorraine and Dave and their willing kitchen staff, we hosted another hugely successful Big Brekkie fundraiser for Christian Aid Week, with bacon butties enjoyed by several groups of children from Bollington Cross School. We welcomed baby Elsa at her Christening on Saturday 18th before the William Byrd Singers presented an excellent acapella concert to round off our first week of Festival events.
the second week we were pleased to host the Diocese of Chester’s roving exhibition
“Journey into Light” which included many very moving canvases of original
therapeutic artwork created by prisoners from HMP Styal and Thorn Cross. During
this week, our RiCH Group children also met as usual on the Thursday afternoon
and many of them were inspired to create their own personal art canvases
depicting what belonging to this Group means to them. Our three exhibitions
attracted a good cross-section of visitors over a broad age range from our
local community (plus people travelling from further afield). The “Journey into
Light” provided a stunning backdrop for a vibrant Gospel Train led by Maggie and
our church choir and musicians, augmented by an enthusiastic choir of children
from Bollington St John’s School and applauded by appreciative visitors from
Mount Hall Nursing Home. It was fitting that on the Thursday we could offer space,
even amidst the artwork on display in church, for the late Jean Ransley’s
funeral, safe in the knowledge that she had over many years been a stalwart
supporter of Bollington Festival and an encourager throughout her life of art
and music appreciation. The next day there
was an opportunity to share in a meditative Stations of the Cross based on the emotive
canvases around us, and on Saturday we enjoyed an incredible variety of music performed
by the amazing young composer and musician, Joe Riley. That second week ended
with a calming evening of Taize worship, led by Elaine and Chris and members of
our choir and Music Group (including Peter Spooner who kindly stepped in at the
last minute for us). This closing service was in contrast to the rather louder
Big Top Worship Service which had been held on the first Sunday of the Festival,
but proved equally ecumenical!
Throughout the Festival fortnight, a stalwart and faithful few from our congregation maintained a cheerful and friendly presence within St Oswald’s, opening our doors and welcoming visitors from far and wide, supplying them with copious amounts of coffee and tea, delicious home-made cake and the occasional glass of Prosecco! Thanks to those people who were so generous with their time and skills (including especially our two dedicated Churchwardens and Julie our PCC Secretary), we were able to offer warm hospitality to all who ventured in, many for the first time even though perhaps they had lived in the village for years!
And finally, a huge thank you to our friend Audrey Downes, who not only skilfully created, but also daily maintained, the beautiful floral garland which greeted everyone who stepped into our entrance porch, providing a glorious reminder to one particular couple who were recalling their wedding service held here during the very first Bollington Festival!
was hard work but a pleasure to take part in such a fantastic community event
over those hectic two weeks in May! We must thank the Festival events
Co-ordinator, Jose Spinks, for all her organisational skills, and her unbounded
encouragement and enthusiasm! We look forward to the next Bollington Festival (in
four or five years’ time perhaps?) when once again (thankfully bolstered by our
growing group of “Friends”) St Oswald’s may offer a truly welcoming performance
and worship space, opportunities to build friendships and share refreshments, the
encouragement of local creative talent and the gift of time for deep reflection
on the meaning of life – but also a chance to enjoy ourselves and have fun
together here in our unique place at the heart of our parish community!
The church was arranged in “café style” for our Agape meal of roast lamb with unleavened bread followed by baklava and fresh fruit.
The food was then cleared away in preparation for the more solemn meal of the Eucharist.
After the meal there was a watch of prayer until midnight
In the morning there was a Children’s Workshop, following the story of Holy Week…
In the afternoon, members of our Lent Group shared reflections from the book “The Nail” by Bishop Stephen Cottrell. These were followed by the Liturgy of the Day.
Time for the flower arrangers to “spring” into action!
We listened to the final chapters from “The Nail” before saying Compline together.
We gathered outside the church before dawn. A fire was lit and blessed. The Paschal Candle was blessed and the “cruel nails” inserted. It was lit from the fire and carried into the church in a cloud of incense- “The Light of Christ”. The congregation followed, each carrying a votive candle. Canon Veronica sang the “Exsultet”, and then we listened to the biblical stories from creation through to the events of Holy Week, all read by candle light. Then following the Gospel reading, “Christ is Risen – He is risen indeed!”. The lights were switched on and everyone made “a joyful noise” on various instruments.
Following the First Eucharist of Easter, we enjoyed a shower of mini Easter Eggs and a glass of “Buck’s Fizz.”
At the 10.30am Family Communion Service we welcomed Megan and Maisie for their Christening and shared a special cake afterwards to celebrate the Vicar’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood.
Come and celebrate Bollington Festival with us here at St Oswald’s! We are hosting a whole variety of events and services here during the Railway/Journeying themed Festival Fortnight – do come along and take part in what’s going on! Refreshments provided during exhibitions and after concerts!
Saturday 11 May: Festival Parade through Bollington starting at 11am at the Poachers Inn:
Be wise and join in our Camel Train (costumes optional!)
Saturday 11 May: 12noon till 5.00pm and Sunday 12 May: 11.00am till 4.00pm: Model Railway Enthusiasts Exhibition in St Oswald’s ChurchSuggested donation: Adults £3.00 – but free entry for children!
Sunday 12 May: 11.00am Worship Service in Festival
Marquee on the Rec
Guest Speaker: David
Maidment, founder of the Railway Children charity
Plus Puppet Show (& the chance to try out these puppets after the service)
Please note: No 10.30am service at St Oswald’s this Sunday!
Saturday 11 May till Monday 27 May: St Oswald’s Arts & Crafts Group Exhibits on show –
some items to be sold at Grand Auction on Sunday 2 June during our next Afternoon Tea & Cake event 3.00pm till 5.00pm
Monday 13 May: 5.00pm till 7.00pm Launch
Event in St Oswald’s for Bollington Embroiderers Group
exhibition (thereafter this will be open
to view between 4.00pm and 7.00pm Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15, Friday 17 and
Saturday 18 May)
Wednesday 15 May: 10.00am till 8.00pm:
Make Your Mark: Printmaking
Techniques for the reluctant artist! Come along and be led by Debbie Tracey –
our special guest artist now based in the Isle of Man – no prior skills needed!
Stay for as long as you like – contributions towards cost of materials welcome!
Friday 17 May: 8.00am till 11.00am: Big Brekkie fundraiser for Christian Aid:
Come and share breakfast in St Oswald’s and raise money for those who are hungry across the world
Saturday 18 May: 10.00am till 12noon: Donald Judge presents a Music Workshop for all ages, tracing the history of the railway coming
and going in Bollington! All welcome: Tickets £5.00 from Festival Box
Office or on the door
Sunday 19 May: 10.30am at St Oswald’s Family Communion Service
All Welcome to our mid-monthly family-friendly service of Holy Communion
Sunday 19 May: 7.30pm: William Byrd Choir Concert: “The Singing Will Never Be Done” A varied programme of delightful music: Tickets £12.50 from Festival Box Office or on the door
Tuesday 21 May: 7.00pm till 8.00pm Launch Event of Travelling Exhibition “Journey into Light”: Art created by prisoners from HMP Styall and HMP Thorn expressing their experiences and background stories: Open for viewing thereafter at the following times: Wed 22 May: 10am till 12noon, 4pm till 7pm; Fri 24 May: 10am till 12noon, 2pm till 5pm; Sat 25 May: 10am till 12noon, 4pm till 7pm; Sun 26 May: 1pm till 3pm; Mon 27 May: 10am till 12noon, 2pm till 5pm.
Wednesday 22 May: 2.00pm: Gospel Train! An interactive Praise Event, with local amateur singers
and musicians, including children from Bollington St John’s School. Come along
and join in!
Friday 24 May: 7.30pm: “Stations of
the Cross” led by Revd Canon
Veronica Hydon: offering a simple meditation on our own journeys through life,
reflected in the Christian story of Holy Week and Easter. All welcome.
Saturday 25 May: 2.00pm: Joe Riley and
Friends: a musical event showcasing the talent of Joe Riley, a Year 7 composer, songwriter and performer. Come
along and support this emerging young Bollington musician!
Sunday 26 May: 4.00pm: Taize Worship Service: prayer, song, readings, silence, thanksgiving. Followed by simple refreshments
Every blessing as we
celebrate so many different facets of our life together within this community!
Once in every six years the preparation of new church electoral rolls takes place, which means that everyone had to come off the roll and re-apply. The next occasion for the preparation of new rolls is THIS YEAR.
This means that EVERYONE who wants to be on the electoral roll has to fill in a form this time, EVEN IF their name was on the list before.
The Church Electoral Roll is the parish church’s register of electors and is the list of those qualified to attend and to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in the elections for the parochial church council and the parish’s representatives on the deanery synod.
Any person entitled to attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting may raise any question of parochial or general church interest.
If you enrol you become a voting member of the Church of England and so help to ensure that all the synodical councils of the Church – the Parochial Church Council, your Deanery Synod, the Diocesan Synod and the General Synod – are fully representative of its members.