From The Wardens March 2018
This month sees a break in the strictness of Lent with the arrival of its fourth Sunday– a day when we celebrate mother church and all that it means to us now and has meant to generations before us. We should be glad that it has stood the test of time, in this world now filled with rapid technological change; the faith on which it is founded is still the same.  The same yesterday, today and tomorrow, despite the many attempts over the years to disprove its basic belief in God and in Jesus as His Son, nothing has proved that this is not so, in fact the harder some scientists try to shake its foundations, the firmer they seem to be!

We also give thanks for our earthly mothers, showing appreciation for their love and devotion, which, like the love of God, is unending.   Our Mothering Sunday service this year will be led by our Reader- in-training, Dr Linda Craig – herself a mother and grandmother, with help from our branch of Mothers’ Union, the world-wide organisation whose aims are to promote marriage and the upbringing of children in a loving and caring stable family.   

We look forward to greeting as many of you as possible on that Sunday – March 11th at 11 a.m. – and again the following Sunday morning, when our Suffragan Bishop, the Rt. Reverend Libby Lane will be with us and officiating at our service of Holy Communion.  If you do not take communion, you are still very welcome as part of God’s church family to be part of that service and receive a blessing.

With best wishes,

      Tony Dewdney     Tony Curzon













Extracts From The

Parish Magazine

March 4




April 1

1st Reading

Exodus 20: 1-17

Psalm 34: 11-20

Jeremiah 31: 31-34

Psalm 118: 19-end

Acts 10: 34-43


John 2: 13-22

Luke 2: 33-35

John 12: 20-33

Mark 11: 1-11

John 20: 1-18


John Russell

Rita Russell

Anthony Westnedge

Anne Brown

Tony Dewdney


David Plews


John Russell


Roy Waller

Lesson Readers

If you are unavailable on your allocated date, please arrange to change with someone else.


March 4




April 1

8.00 a.m.

Janet Tute

Anne Potts

Roy Waller

Lynda Carter

Roger Hulme

11.00 a.m.

Peter Bullivent

Carolyn Bullivent

John Russell

Rita Russel

Tony Curzon

Carole Curzon

Frank Glynn

Christine Glynn

Peter Bullivent

Carolyn Bullivent

6.30 a.m.

Colin Marlow

Howard Hulme


Colin Marlow

Sidesmen Rota

From the Registers

23rd Feb   Geoffrey Rowson

Interment of Ashes

7th  Feb   Nathan Dewhurst

Items for inclusion in the next month’s magazine should be

sent to Judith Dewdney by the 20th March.

30 Henbury Rise Henbury

Tel:-  01625 439753 email:-


When I came to forward this article for publishing I was positive that I had already prepared most of it. Unfortunately if I had it is now nowhere to be found and I shall start again!

In 2018, In Mary Sumner’s Footsteps calls us to focus on the example of our founder, Mary Sumner, and on the core principles of Mothers’ Union:   Listening to God and each other, and having determination to take steps of faith as we journey together in response to his call.

2018 is a significant year for MU, with our triennial elections and the beginning of global conversations throughout the Provinces to inform our way ahead.  As we look to the future we want to build on our heritage, and in particular, the life and vision of our founder.

Mary Sumner was a woman of deep faith, with a heart for prayer and a determination to make a difference
in the lives of others. She listened to God and acted upon his call.

Contrary to what is often assumed, she was an older woman, a Grandmother, when she took the first steps which eventually led to the establishment of MU.  She was not a natural speaker, but quiet and diffident.  However, her faith and resolve to follow God’s call to make a difference to families and society, laid the foundations for today’s worldwide movement.

In 1876, she founded “the Union of Mothers” – with a membership card and promise “to be given up, body and soul, to Jesus Christ in Holy Baptism, and that your duty is to train your children for his service”.

There are many resources available on the MU website with each resource designed to help explore what it means to follow in Mary Sumner’s example.   (www.mothersunion.or/content/annual-theme-resources-2018)

At our last meeting a presentation was made to Judith Dewdney on her retirement as Branch Leader and we thank her for the many years she served our Branch, although she is still remaining as a member.  For the time being our Branch will be run by the Committee.   

Finally, Mary Sumner’s Prayer:

All this day, O Lord,

Let me touch as many lives as possible for thee;

And every life I touch, do thou by thy spirit quicken,

Whether through the word I speak, the prayer I breathe, or the life I live.  Amen.

                                                   DIARY DATES MARCH 2018

Thursday, 8th March 7.30 – Monthly Meeting – Speaker Canon David Taylor – “Iona”

Refreshments: Trudi Ray & Phyllis Newton    Raffle &Table Flowers: Trudi Ray   Vote of Thanks –Jane Thomson

Sunday, 11th March – Mothering Sunday – Cake Stall after morning service – All contributions appreciated and help on the stall.

Thursday, 22nd March 2 p.m. – St. Michael’s Bramhall MU – Talk by lady who has done flowers for the Queen for Maundy Thursday and for Richard II’s funeral.  Tickets £5.  Judith has contact details for tickets.

Thursday, 29th  March– Maundy Thursday 10.40 a.m. – Intercessions – Lynne Hibbert & Di Waller Reader – Carole Curzon


At our February meeting we were entertained by Dorothy Waite who gave us the History of Chocolate.

She told us how chocolate was first used as a drink and then progressed to the sweet that we know today.  Over the years chocolate has been used as many things including for medicinal purposes as well as enjoyment.

Dorothy brought us examples of chocolate which we all delighted in sampling.  The competition was for a chocolate cup cake and the raffle consisted of various chocolate items.

We meet again on March 6th when Brian Morris (the Magic Lantern Man) will be giving a talk entitled ‘Victorian Life’

All visitors are welcome

                                                                                      Ann Cresswell