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  • Hub in the Pub – 2020 – The Mouse and Elephant in the Cathedral
    Published: Monday 20 January 2020 09:30 AM
    Author: Helena Crawford

    It was a dark, wet and windy Monday night that greeted the Rev’d Canon Jane Brooke, Vice Dean and Canon Missioner, when she fought her way through floods and the howling wind to speak to the parishioners of St Mary’s and St Peter’s at The Plough, Whitegate.

    The Rev’d Cannon Jane Brooke was one of the first women ordained as priests in the Church of England in 1994, and has spent the majority of her ministry as a self-supporting minister, demonstrating black-belt level juggling of a career in education (teaching and as an educational consultant), bringing up a family of three and her ministry across Cheshire.

    When asked she said God‘nudged’ her into teaching and later ministry, just as it was probably God that nudged the ‘man’ leading the 24 hour silent retreat before her ordination to ‘break the rules’ and allow the women ordinees to talk. We were left with the feeling that Jane was good at talking, that is talking people into doing positive things; the Knife Angel at Chester Cathedral must have taken some talking to convince the powers that be that it was a powerful message. And this was affirmed when Jane admitted that being able to get things done in her current job excited her. Of course, there is a narrow path to tread, as although the Cathedral is foremost a place of prayer and worship, the teams running the Cathedral, the bookshop and refectory are interlinked and must all work together.

    A couple of years ago Jane wrote a book “Awesome Anselm”, about a mouse carved into the alter rail at the Cathedral, and his exciting adventures. As the evening ended with Jane talking about the unusual elephant carved in one end of the choir pews who has hooves instead of feet, I wondered if Jane has another book in her.

    Our thanks go out to Jane for giving up her evening to speak to us. Her chosen charity was Claire House, and £272 was raised. Many thanks are extended to David Hughes at The Plough who yet again donated a tasty supper to support the event.

  • New Choristers
    Published: Sunday 22 December 2019 01:02 PM
    Author: Linda Dutton

    On Sunday 22nd December 2019 James & Ellie were admitted as Choristers of St Mary’s Choir. The service was followed by coffee and a special cake served in the Mews.

  • Christingle 2019
    Published: Tuesday 10 December 2019 09:46 AM

    A selection of photographs taken at the Christingle service on the 8th December 2019.

  • Christmas Raffle
    Published: Friday 29 November 2019 03:32 PM

    Tickets are now available for our Christmas Raffle
    First Prize - A Christmas Hamper
    Second Prize - A Christmas Cake & Bottle of Whisky
    3rd Prizw - Six Flutes and a Bottle of Prosecco

    Tickets are priced at £1 each. The draw will be made after the morning service on the 15th December.
    The sheets are available at the back of church.

    Also guess the name of the doll. Two guesses for £1.
    The winner will also be announced on the 15th December.

  • Pilgrimage to the National Memorial Arboretum
    Published: Tuesday 11 June 2019 09:25 AM
    Author: Martin Allen

    St Mary’s pilgrimage to the National Memorial Arboretum was well attended and took place on a fine day on Saturday 18th May, appropriately just a few weeks before the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.  Set in 150 acres of park and woodland, and bordered by the serene River Tame, the Arboretum and its 350 memorials were designed to provide a national focus for Remembrance, not just for the military, but also for all rescue services and many other associated organisations.  The visit started with a short service in the chapel and then we dispersed in all directions either to seek out memorials relevant to our own respective families, or simply to admire the beautifully constructed and tended monuments and statues.  Some took the internal land train to enjoy a 50 minute tour of the site with an audio commentary whilst others followed recommended tour routes described in the official written guide.  Central to the site is the Armed Forces Memorial which is a stunning and captivating piece of architecture listing on Portland stone panels some 16,000 names of those who have been killed on duty since WW2.  Sculptures and statues within the large circular construction bear silent witness to the cost and scale of armed conflict in recent years. Particularly heart-wrenching are the memorials dedicated to the Burma Railway, Polish Forces and “Shot at Dawn”.  (There are no words to describe the distressing feelings evoked by a visit to the latter memorial).  Despite moments of sadness tinged with gratitude to those who had given their lives for us, all in all Alan Newton organised a wonderfully thought-provoking and informative day in the company of good church friends.  Individual return journeys are already being planned to visit the numerous monuments still to be seen.     

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