On each of the next two Sundays, 18 and 25 October, there will be a service of Morning
Prayer at 11.00 a.m., which will be led by our new vicar, Suzie.
If you would like to attend any services, please contact Jackie Hulme (429075) by
5 p.m. on the preceding Friday. Places are limited, so to be fair to everyone, priority
will be given to those who did not attend the service on the previous Sunday. This
does not mean that you can’t ask to come on two consecutive Sundays, but if we have
too many applications, you might be asked to step down in favour of someone who was
not there the previous week.
Please can we remind everyone that the current government advice is that masks must
not be removed whilst you are inside the church, except for the taking of communion
or if you are doing a reading. It is also vital that social distancing is observed
at all times inside the church, so please can we ask you to go straight to a pew
when you arrive and, at the end of the service, please wait to be ushered out. Finally,
although shaking hands is a natural reaction, this is not permitted during the current
pandemic. Sorry about all the instructions but it is crucial that they are strictly
observed in order to protect us all.
Reverend Suzie Eddleston
On Tuesday evening, 13 October, at a service held at St John’s Church, the Reverend
Suzie Eddleston was licensed as the Priest-in-Charge of the United Benefice of St
John the Evangelist, Macclesfield and St Thomas, Henbury and Broken Cross. The Right
Reverend William Pwaisiho, Assistant Bishop, and the Venerable Ian Bishop, Archdeacon
of Macclesfield officiated at this service, which was streamed live online. If you
missed the service, you can still watch it via the following link:
Harvest Thanksgiving – Thank You
A huge thank you to everyone who donated dried and tinned food at our Harvest Thanksgiving
Service last Sunday. We were overwhelmed by the scale of your response. These items
will now be taken to the Food Bank in Macclesfield.
In addition to these donations, £110 was given in the retiring collection for Christian
Aid’s Autumn Appeal, which is wonderful. If you weren’t at the service, and would
like to contribute to this appeal, please follow the link below
Bishop Keith has today announced that he is to retire on 8 March 2021, 14 years to
the day after he was consecrated. Announcing the news, Bishop Keith said that he
was thankful to God for calling Bishop Mark to the role of Bishop of Chester and
said that he is hoping that his retirement in March will help the process of the
appointment of two new suffragan bishops of Stockport and Birkenhead.
Read Bishop Keith's statement to the Diocese of Chester Speaking on the day of the
announcement, Bishop Mark and Bishop Keith recorded a conversation, held on Zoom,
in which Mark asked Keith about his retirement plans and invited him to reflect on
the highlights from his time as the Bishop of Birkenhead. Watch the recorded conversation
on YouTube here
St Thomas’ Memories
Did you know that at one time St Thomas’ used to have a very active Amateur Dramatic
Society? Every year at harvest time, they would perform three one-act plays on two
consecutive evenings. One after the Harvest Supper on Friday and another on Saturday
night. The late Dorothy Littler (nee Dale) was one of the players and Keith has very
kindly allowed us to use extracts from the scrapbook that she kept of the performances.
This week we go back to 3 October 1957.
Below is the review in the local paper:
St Thomas’ Players, Henbury, contributed three one-act plays in the school on Friday
and Saturday, as their harvest festival effort. A drama and two comedies provided
excellent variety for a pleasant evening’s entertainment.
‘Home is the Hunted’, a comedy by R F Delderfield had as its hero a man who, should
have been serving a term of imprisonment. When he escapes and returns home, he finds
his family’s plans ‘in the cellar between two packing cases, snug as a bug in a rug’,
or ‘in the airing cupboard – are worse than being in prison.
In the cast were Dorothy A Dale (Mamie Sopworth), Blanche Howard (Ada Sopworth),
Dorothy Poole (Cora Safarelli), Dorothy Howells (Emma Sopworth), Bill Pickford (Oscar
Sopworth) and Harold Howard (Det-Sergeant Wilton). The play was produced by H R Howard,
the prompter being Edith Camm, and properties mistress,
Ann Glyn Jones.
The dining room of a collier’s cottage in a Lancashire colliery village about 50
years ago, was the setting for the drama ‘The Price of Coal’ by Harold Brighouse
[who also wrote Hobson’s Choice].
Although the pace was slow at first the excitement mounted when there had been an
accident at the pithead and Mary, the heroine, wondered whether she had sent her
lover to his death before giving him his answer. The cast who acquired a good dialect,
were Carolyn Andrew (Mary Bradshaw), Neville Parkin (Jack Tyldersley), A Margaret
Wain (Ellen Tyldersley), Marjorie Cobham (Pollie Livesey). Producer: A Fenton, Prompter
and Properties: Ida Fenton.
The third play, ‘Holiday Eve’ by P King and F L Clay, was a riot of slap stick comedy.
The problems that confront a family packing to go away for a holiday provide amusement.
Father’s moustache and straggling hair helped him to give a good character study
– a typical irate parent when his son says ‘you know – a bit of rope – grandfather
to a bit of string’.
Taking part were Hilda Bullock (Mrs Fisher), Charles Lomas (Mr Fisher), Martin Howard
(Billy), Caroline M Oliver (Vera), and Shirley Morris (Minnie Thompson). The play
was produced by F D Broadbent, with prompter Winifred Worthington, and properties
Other credits: Stage and Scenery – F Bullock, H Bailey, J Wheeldon.
Lighting – N Burton and I Wardle, Sound effects and music – E W Ardern and J Barnes
Refreshments - Hilda Bullock.
Left to right: Dorothy Poole, Dorothy A Dale, Dorothy Howells, Bill Pickford, Harold
Howard and Blanche Howard.
Oscar prefers to go back to prison after the squabbling at home. A scene from ‘Home
is the Hunted.
Sunday Worship – 19th Sunday After Trinity
Below are some alternative options for worship on a Sunday. You can visit the Holy
Trinity and St Philip’s and St James’ pages at other times as well.
Holy Trinity Church Hurdsfield’s service at 10.30 a.m. (www.hthmacc.com)
St Mary’s Tilston (Tim and Norma’s service) – contact email@example.com for an
invitation code to the service which is broadcast via Zoom at 11.00 a.m
St Philip and St James at Alderley Edge: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg7TyZCQ6rOCBs0GO7bIu7A
St Catherine’s Church at Birtles – Matins (BCP) at 11.15 a.m.
Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two
10 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[a] others and sent them two by two ahead
of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, “The harvest
is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to
send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among
wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If someone who promotes
peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay
there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do
not move around from house to house.
8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9 Heal the
sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
2 Timothy 4.5-17
5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge
all the duties of your ministry.
6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure
is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the
faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord,
the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to
all who have longed for his appearing.
9 Do your best to come to me quickly, 10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has
deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to
Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is
helpful to me in my ministry. 12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring
the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.
14 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him
for what he has done. 15 You too should be on your guard against him, because he
strongly opposed our message.
16 At my first defence, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May
it not be held against them. 17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so
that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might
hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.
Hymn of the Week – This week our organist, Judith, has chosen:
Lead us Heavenly Father Lead Us
1 Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us through this world's tempestuous sea; guard us,
guide us, keep us, feed us for your help is full and free, here possessing every blessing if
our God our Father be.
2 Saviour, by your grace restore us - all our weaknesses are plain; you have lived
on earth before us, you have felt our grief and pain: tempted, taunted, yet undaunted, from
the depths you rose again.
3 Spirit of our God, descending, fill our hearts with holy peace; love with every passion
blending, pleasure that can never cease: thus provided, pardoned, guided, ever shall
our joys increase.
whose steadfast love never ceases
and whose mercies never come to an end:
grant us the grace to trust you
and to receive the gifts of your love,
new every morning,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
For our Prayers:Amy Roberts, Pat Wain, Luke Pateman, Dylan Belt, Cliff Lovatt, Suzanne
If you would like us to include you, or anyone you know, in our prayers, please contact
us (our telephone numbers are at the end of this letter).
This week we have some acronyms for you to work out.
A huge thank you to everyone who has sent in contributions to the newsletter. Please
continue to do so – all contributions are most welcome – memories of St Thomas’,
musical memories, poems, quizzes etc. Anything that you think might be of interest
to our readers.
Superfast is coming to Henbury!
We've received a further update from OpenReach on the progress of the work to install
Superfast Fibre Broadband in Henbury,and build work has commenced.
The FTTP (Full Fibre Broadband) structures (PONs passive optical nodes) have been
built on our systems — this is a large extended build and there are 8 PONs covering
the full build
A mobile planner has been out to site and surveyed the area and put together a
plan to serve the contracted customers
This plan has been broken down into individual work-stream (underground civils,
Job packs and the associated commercials have been raised and allocated to the
The work on the Spine (the network backbone to the exchange) has started
The work on most of the PONs has also started. Where we are utilising existing
underground ducts, the aim is to prove these routes are clear. This work has started
— we can expect to encounter blockages of say mud and silt, but the contractor will
highlight these to us and we will try and approve a workaround solution as soon as
possible to keep their work fluid.
The contracted date was 14/05/2020 so the government vouchers are valid until 14/05/2021
and we are aiming at 10 months to complete the build i.e. 14/03/2021 to allow the
customers 2 months to place their orders and obtain FTTP from their chosen Communications
If there is any opportunity to complete earlier, we will of course do that.
Henbury Bonfire Cancelled – Message from Trustees of Henbury Millennium Green
Sadly, the Government Covid-19 regulations mean its impossible for the usual 600
or more people to gather on Henbury Millennium Green this November to celebrate Guy
Fawkes Night, so, the bonfire and fireworks are CANCELLED!
This is a serious blow to the Charitable Trust that owns and runs the Green because
the majority of the income it needs to maintain and improve the Green every year
comes from this event. We know that lots of Henbury residents and families from nearby
enjoy visiting the Green to picnic, play, run around and explore in the safe surroundings
and we'll continue as best we can to keep it open and in good order for your enjoyment.
But the loss of the income from the annual bonfire will seriously affect our ability
to pay for all the running costs such as insurance and grass and hedge cutting etc.
We have therefore come up with two innovative schemes to help us generate some much-needed
income. We'll give you details shortly. In the meantime, enjoy socially distanced
exercise on the Green, stay well and keep safe.
Words of Wisdom
Faith is seeing light with your heart, when all your eyes see is darkness.
The Power of God
May the strength of God pilot us,
May the power of God preserve us,
May the wisdom of God instruct us,
May the hand of God protect us,
May the way of God direct us,
May the shield of God defend us,
May the host of God guard us
Against snares of evil
And the temptations of the world.
Tony and Carole (611477), Jackie (429075), Linda (424505)
If you would like to talk to someone, please don’t hesitate to call one of us. The
Hope Centre in Macclesfield is also offering a professional listening service. Every
weekday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 07958181927 or 0300 3034566
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to email or ring Linda (firstname.lastname@example.org 01625 424505).
Many thanks to everyone who has kindly made a donation to St Thomas’. We really appreciate
your gifts. If anyone who would like to contribute to the church, you can do this
either by a BACS payment (please contact us for the bank details) or by sending a
cheque made payable to ‘St Thomas’ Church’ to Howard Hulme, 11 Worthington Close,
Henbury SK11 9NS. Many thanks.