Worship at St Thomas’

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


Thank you again for your great generosity.

Fundraising for the East Cheshire Hospice

Just a reminder, there is still time to donate to Harry Newton’s fundraiser for the East Cheshire Hospice. Harry ran 26.2 miles on Sunday 4 October in aid of this valuable local organisation.


Bishop Keith’s Retirement

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 Wendy Worthington.

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 stmarys@renby.co.uk 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.


Luke 10.1-9

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. 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. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.

“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.

“When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

2 Timothy 4.5-17

But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 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.

Personal Remarks

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.



Faithful Lord,

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 Moore.

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.

e.g. CID = Criminal Investigation Department

1. GBP



4. AWD

5. MI5


7. AFK


9. ESP

10.  RADAR

Answers to last week’s quiz

1. conifer 2. content 3. continent  4. congregation  5. confuse 6. concert 7. concept  8. confine 9. confident  10. conspiracy

And we have another of Carolyn’s poems:

Young people keen to go on learning

Find themselves this Autumn yearning

To increase their store of knowledge

At a University or College

Students come from all directions

Bringing in the dread infections

Taking up a room in Hall

Not social distancing at all

So, they are in isolation

Causing study dislocation

In reality, however

It is questionable whether

Teaching can in fact take place

In lecture theatres face to face

At the start it may be fine

For teaching to be done on line

So, they may well be amazed

At the ingenuity displayed

Thank you, Carolyn.

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.

Henbury News

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, cabling etc.)

Job packs and the associated commercials have been raised and allocated to the build contractors

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 Provider (CP).

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.

Barbara Johnson

Closing Prayer

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.

St Patrick

God bless,

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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Thank You

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.