There was a full congregation for this years service which was the traditional mix of lessons and carols with our Sound & Light extras.
However, this year there was a live soloist, Lucy Barlow, who beautifully sang three seasonal songs.
Ellie and Sam lit the final advent crown candle, the Reverend Anne did the bidding prayer and blessing and there was a surprise rendition of ‘Do They Know it’s Christmas’ by villagers at the end.
Merry Christmas to you all and may 2019 be a Blessed Year for us all.
Another record crowd turned up for this years carol celebration, many wearing their Christmas jumpers. The TCTC Group Brass Band played us through 16 carols, the first five around the outside tree with the frost forming all around us. The remainder were inside and everyone was fortified with mulled wine, a glass of wine, mince pies and snacks. John told us two stories from around the world during the second interval and everyone said how much they had enjoyed the evening afterwards. Thank you to all who helped, the band and those who travelled a distance to join us. Sydney, Australia, we think, is the new record.
A large group of ladies had great fun today, flower arranging and wreath making. Coffee, tea, lunch and lots of Christmas goodies kept them going and Jean Jones, who organised the day, helped with the final, artistic touches. Much of the materials were provided, but you could also bring your own and there were spectacular results. An amazing £200 was raised, so ‘Well Done’ to you all.
What a Fantastic Christmas Fair 24/11/18!!
At 2pm local Councillor Dr Jo Barrett opened our 2018 Christmas Fair. We had a Tombola, Craft stall, Bric-a-brak, Book stall, Refreshments and Home made Jams and Pickles. The children of Messy Church did a fantastic job by contributing things that they made from Lavender bags to Christmas Decorations and selling them to our visitors. Refreshments did a roaring trade on Teas and provided amongst other things Hot Buttered Scones straight from the oven. We took an all time record total of just over £600, so congratulations, well done and a Huge Thank You to everybody who helped or visited.
A Big Thank you to all who supported the Dental Fundraiser.
Bells rang out on a sunlit Remembrance Sunday and a large number of Church Minshull people and friends gathered at St Bart’s to remember all those who had fought in recent conflicts and commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First World War. Tim Hough read the list of ‘the fallen’ and Jean Stockdale the lesson. As the Chimes of Big Ben rang out at 11 o’clock, all stood to observe the two minutes silence that ended with ‘The Last Post’. Wreaths were laid at village memorials to both World Wars by the church, parish council, Village Vision Group, village hall, The Badger Inn, the children of Messy and Cafe Church, the Sports and Social Committee and the ladies group. Prayers were said for peace and for our armed service personnel still in danger today. David Barrett and John Headon officiated and “PJ” Jones was in charge of the lighting and sound. A presentation on the role of women in the First World War by Dr Jo Barrett followed the service and there was a lasagna lunch provided by Ruth Ford, Kathryn Cronin and their team of helpers which raised £370 for the British Legion.
Finally, at 7pm a single bell rang a half muffle and a beacon on top of the church tower was lit, as part of the chain of beacons across the country from Westminster Abbey to all the corners and islands of the UK. This completed the ‘Battle’s Over’ commemoration of the 1918 centenary and St Bart’s was proud to be one of the 1,000 sites chosen and thankful to The Badger who invited the mass of villagers who turned up, to view the beacon from their vantage point.
Our Harvest Festival Service was led by the Rev Anne and Bishop Willie who spoke of the varied fruit and vegetables we use and how in Polynesia there is a harvest all year round. He was surprised to meet Helen and Keith, who are new to our parish and he had met in New Guinea. Afterwards, there was a bring and share lunch and what a lot there was. We had a yet another bumper collection of food for the Nantwich Food Bank and we would like to express our thanks to all who so generously contributed.
This year we will again be donating all the food to the Nantwich Food Bank
What a fabulous Plant Sale 2018!
Three Blistering Hot and Sunny Days made our Best Plant & Art sale ever!!
Well done and thank you to the army of volunteers who helped with this year’s event.
Our event made a profit of £10,750!
It was lovely to also meet people from Cornwall, The United States, Canada, South Africa and Melbourne Australia.
It really does seem that the St. Bart’s Plant Sale & Art is becoming a truly Global Event.
John Turner enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of music entitled ‘A Serenade for Church Minshull’ in celebration of his and Margaret’s special anniversary. James Bowman CBE compèred and while John played the recorder, Richard Simpson played oboe, Robin Stephens, cello, Janet Simpson, harpsichord and mezzo-soprano, Margaret McDonald, sang. People had traveled from as far away as Cornwall to enjoy the music, which featured selections from Purcell, Handel, Britten, Steffani, Bononcini and some more unusual pieces from Marshall, Dickinson, Pehkonen, Walker, Ranki and Hope. The trio for the recorder, harpsichord and cello by Peter Dickinson was the first performance of this version anywhere, so was a special treat. John requested donations be made towards the church running costs and £400 was subsequently raised.
Thank you John and Margaret, for bringing such talent to our church and village and for the donations. May you continue to enjoy a long, happy and healthy life together.