Reminder – The Forget Me Not tea party is on Thursday 11th January, 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

REMINDER: The Forget Me Not tea party is on Thursday 11th January, 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Come and enjoy afternoon tea, with home made cakes of course, meet new friends and have a good natter about anything and everything. Absolutely no charge.

Carole Waterworth from the Azheimer’s Society will be with us to answer any questions and offer support if needed; and so will Sheila Pursich from NEWCIS, again to offer guidance and support if required.

NEWCIS is a provider of carer services – delivering information, one to one support, advocacy, training and counselling to carers who provide unpaid support to family or friends. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.

We hope to see you there.

Reminder of the Christingle Service on Sunday 07th January at 11.00am.

A gentle reminder of the Christingle Service on Sunday 07th January at 11.00am.
For nearly 50 years Christingle has been a key part of celebrations within churches and schools, this candlelit service is a firm favourite not only for children but for all ages.
A Christingle is a symbolic object used in the Advent services, and for Epiphany. Christingle means ‘Christ Light’, and is used to celebrate Jesus Christ as the “Light of the World”. During this service, children, and of course anyone else who wishes to, decorate an orange with red ribbon, dried fruit, sweets and a candle to create a new visual representation of Jesus as the Light of the World. The celebration is completed by the lighting of all the candles together.

Everyone is welcome, come and join us.

Messy Church Holiday Club

Come and join the fun at the Messy Church Holiday Club, from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesday 03rd January 2018. The fun activities will include colouring; making treasure chests; icing biscuits; as well as singing, acting and story time. A totally interactive playtime; yes, across all generations! Come on mums & dads, grandparents or carers, let’s get Messy.

 

REPAIRS TO THE CHURCH BELL AND HEADSTOCK

During routine checking and maintenance of the church’s bellcote earlier this year (2017) excessive wear was found to the bell’s headstock with partial separation at its gudgeon’s / axle apertures. The risk of continued use was too great and therefore it was removed for further investigation and repair. Following dismantling a small fracture was found to the bell’s crown indicative of fatigue failure.

The work required to return the assembly to use entailed the repair of the bell’s crown; replacement of the headstock with appropriate seasoned oak; renewal of retractable stainless steel axles fitted with stainless steel springs built into the oak headstock; stainless steel support bands for the lateral timber extensions; the headstock’s circumferential retaining straps were renewed. To retain historical elements where possible, the headstock’s original vertical support rods were re-threaded and re-used, but their nuts were replaced as they were excessively corroded. All the non-stainless steel metal components were hot dip galvanized and painted.

The bell was refitted on Thursday 07th December and returned to its weekly use on the following Sunday; and yes, it sounds as clear as a bell.

We must acknowledge the excellent work carried out by Skyline Ltd of Oldham; in addition to the high standard of refurbishment of the bell’s assembly, their high level rope access skills meant that it was not necessary to use scaffolding, thus realising a substantial saving on costs.

Images of the bell and its refitting can be viewed shortly in the ‘Gallery’ page.