Listeners to Radio Stoke may have been surprised to hear our churchwarden, John Headon, being interviewed by presenter Liz Ellis at 3.30 this afternoon. Liz asked John about the village being cut off last night when Over Road, to Winsford was flooded and the bridge over Eel Brook, where it joins the River Weaver went under water. Sadly, the adjacent house, flooded last February was inundated again. John explained the road was still closed by the police, but some vehicles were going through and the water levels were now dropping. Asked what kind of village Church Minshull was, John commented on the 16th Century houses here and the excellent community spirit that had twice won awards and has carried the village through the Covid crisis and will continue to support local residents. This had been achieved by the Parish Council and parish church working together and Liz said the village sounded idyllic and wished us well for the future.
St Bart’s was full to the permitted capacity on Christmas Eve for a different kind of traditional service. With no singing allowed, we were fortunate to have the Weaver Quintet with us to play live music, joined by some audio music and some of our usual lighting effects. The readings were unchanged and the Rev. Anne led us in prayer and delivered the blessing. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the evening and for everyone for remaining socially distanced and safe.
A new addition to outside church, with thanks to TimH.
After many requests to put up the village Christmas tree outside church, with the Advent star on the tower roof, we have completed the job.
Our thanks go to The Badger Inn for again supplying the tree and we hope the sight will bring some cheer in these difficult times.
St Bart’s marked the day by playing the chimes of Big Ben from the church tower, followed by two minutes silence and the last post at 11am, when people were asked to observe the silence on their doorsteps. At 3pm in the afternoon, we met for private prayer, after which, the wreaths from eight village groups were placed on the war memorials in church, in the names of all those who have died in conflict. “We will remember them”.
For those unable to attend any form of remembrance, the following video was shot by St Bart’s and St Mary’s at the Acton War Memorial.
Simply click this link to view it on your web browser
Starting on Sunday 1st November, St Bart’s will become a drop off point for food donations for Nantwich Foodbank.
There will be a covered plastic box in the porch to place items into every Sunday from 10.30am until 12.30pm.
All dried, canned, bottled, packeted and long life foods are gratefully received.
Sorry, due to government Covid 19 restrictions this event is now cancelled.
Our service will begin at 10.45am with all restrictions observed and refreshments provided afterwards.
The weather could not have been better for our first ever Autumn Plant Sale. A great crowd turned out to select their winter bedding and perennials and the stocks were soon going down. Out came the watering hosepipes as the day got warmer, while inside the church, the bulb stall was a big favourite and the craft stall and refreshments were well attended. Such events are major social occasions for villagers and visitors alike and it was good to be able to hold it while maintaining all the safety measures required. Our thanks go to all who helped, laying out the plants, keeping them filled, taking payments, making signs, carrying to cars, providing refreshments, manning stalls, ensuring sanitisation, helping visitors, erecting tents and cleaning up and to all who supported the event. Without the help and support, such an event is not possible and we are delighted to announce that we made a wonderful £2,227 on the day.