Archive of 2019

Midnight Communion Service


The Church ready for the midnight communion service.

The photo below taken by Richard shows the decorated altar.


Christmas Services Update


The photos below were taken during the Christingle service.


Carol Service

The annual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols took place on Dec 15th with a large Choir and orchestra leading the singing.

The photos below were taken during the service.


Parish Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree has been erected in Church ready for the Toy Service on Dec 8th by members of the Men’s Society. The photos below show the tree and also the Men’s Society tree for one of the window alcoves.


Purple for Polio Update

The 900 bulbs presented to St Paul’s as part of the Purple for Polio campaign have now been planted as shown in the photos below.


Watch this space in Spring when  the results should be seen by all who come into the Church grounds from the canal bank.

Remembrance Day Service

After the 10:00am service at St Paul’s on Nov 10th the choir and congregation departed for the Cenotaph. The photos below were taken during the morning.

The slideshow below are photos taken by John Earnshaw of the Sale Photographic Society at the parade.



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Men’s Society Farmhouse Supper

On Oct 31st the Men’s Society held their annual farmhouse supper and the photos below were taken during the event


Purple for Polio Update

St Paul’s was illuminated on Oct 24th for World Polio Day joining other prominent buildings in Purple for Polio. The photo below shows the effect.


Harvest Festival

On Sunday morning Oct 19th, St Paul’s held the annual Harvest Festival service. We were joined by the choir from Springfield Road school and the Brownies.  Harvest gifts had been collected before and during the service and these will be distributed to various charities. After the service there was a Bring and Share lunch in the Church hall. The photos below were taken on the day.


Songs of Praise

This event was held in Church on Oct 6th and was a great success. St Paul’s choir was joined by the choir from St Joseph’s.

It was great to join with the musicians from St Joseph’s to lead a full church in some of our favourite hymns.  Several people gave thoughtful introductions to why a particular hymn was important to them including the Mayor of Trafford.

The Mayor was in attendance and the photos below was taken after the service.


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Special Birthday

After the Morning service on Oct 6th Anne was presented with a cake to mark her special birthday as the photo below shows.


Bishop’s Chorister Award

Rosie was formally awarded her Bishop’s Chorister Award at Chester Cathedral last Saturday (Sept 28th) at the Royal Schools of Church Music Festival.


Purple for Polio

The Men’s Society hosted an illustrated talk by Karen Wroe from Sale Rotary Club on the Rotary International project to eradicate Polio the world over. St Paul’s will be illuminated on Oct 24th for World Polio Day joining other prominent buildings in Purple for Polio.

During the talk the Vicar was presented with a thousand purple crocus bulbs to be planted around the church. The significance of purple is that it is the dye used on children’s fingers to indicate that they have received the polio immunisation.

The photos below were taken during the evening.

Pet Service

On Sunday 22nd September St Paul’s hosted a Pet Service and Pet Show in aid of the Mayor of Trafford’s Charities – The Alex Hulme Foundation, the Society for Abandoned Animals and the Manchester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity.

The Hall was filled with dogs, hamsters, a snake, a tortoise and their owners.

The judges were the Mayor and special guest Eamonn O’Neal.

Another guest was Wayne Devlin who reported on the event in his column in the Sale Messenger weekly newspaper.


Heritage Day

On a glorious September Day St Paul’s opened its doors to the annual Heritage Day event.

On display following restoration and erection in Church are three World War One Memorials, one from the Sale Presbyterian Church, which stood on Northenden Road and two from Sale Congregational Church which have been in storage since 1979 and have not seen the light of day for over forty years.

Highlights of the day also included guided tours of the Church Tower, a rare collection of old aerial photographs of Sale, a display of vintage domestic bygones and  a unique opportunity to view the Parish Registers.  

Victorian Afternoon Teas were served in the Church Hall  with Harpist Becki McIlroy and  the Sale Handbell ringers providing entertainment.  A Barbeque and performances from   the Bollin Morris Men  and Sale Scout and Guide Band Band were  held on the lawns.

Professional Storyteller Helen Stewart and a traditional Punch and Judy Show entertained all the family, plus Sale’s most famous resident Professor James Prescott Joule – the Father of the International Unit of Energy – made his usual appearance. 

The photos below were taken on the day.

Ashton-on-Mersey Update

The photos below show the planters in Ashton Village sponsored by St Paul’s as they are now in late August.

Afternoon Concert and Tea

70 people sat down to tea after the concert which featured the choir singing spirituals, a little orchestra playing Boyce, Kevin playing the organ, some pieces for two pianos with 4 and 8 hands and Michael Birtwhistle singing some Flanders and Swann songs.  It was attended by the deputy mayor and mayoress of Trafford.

The photo below shows our oldest and youngest performers:  Frank (98) and Ben(10).

Ben played a piano solo.


The photos below show the performers and audience enjoying the tea on the lawns

Anne’s postscript after the concert :-


Bowls Evening

The Men’s Society annual Bowls match was re-arranged for July 11th to allow for the Canal trip in June.

20 members and friends attended the Linden Club for the event. Two hours after a torrential thunderstorm in the afternoon, it dried up and 16 bowlers took part, the final being between Eric Shakeshaft and Gary Prolze with Gary winning. Splendid refreshments were provided by Carole and her team.

The photos below were taken on the night.

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Civic Service Update

The Mayor was delighted to receive a cheque towards his Mayoral Charities from his Chaplain, the Vicar of St Paul’s, Sale, Rev Mrs Barbara Sharp (pictured with Churchwarden Harry Thomas). This was from the collection at the Mayor’s Civic Service last Sunday, and totalled £879.48!


Civic Service

On Sunday afternoon, June 30th, St Paul’s hosted the Civic Service for the Mayor of Trafford, Cllr. Robert Chilton. The service was Choral Evensong and the guest preacher was the Archdeacon of Macclesfield, the Venerable Ian Bishop.

Many of the local churches and organisations were represented and the church was full with additional seating required. After the service refreshments were served on the south lawn. Although there was a strong breeze the weather was very kind.

The  photos below were taken on the day.

Canal Cruise

On the evening of June 25th the Men’s Society joined with the Tuesday Group and went on a canal cruise along the Bridgewater Canal from Sale to Dunham and back. During the journey a two course dinner was served. Although the weather was cloudy it did not rain and everyone seemed to enjoy the event.

Photos taken during the cruise are shown below.

The photo below did not mean that we had run aground. We were turning for home.


Lets Play the Organ

This event on Saturday June 22nd was a workshop for pianists to learn about the organ, the differences between playing the piano and organ and to provide an opportunity for guided playing.

Fifteen pianists attended with presentations and guidance by Anne Allen, David Hillary and Kevin Drury.

The workshop ended with Anne playing Widor’s Tocatta.

The photos below were taken on the day.

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Ashton-on-Mersey in Bloom

Ashton on Mersey: A Village in Bloom!

Ashton on Mersey Village have entered the Village in Bloom competition for the first time this year, with an added focus on helping to tackle loneliness, becoming a dementia-friendly community and working together.

Robbie Murray from Herbert Murray Funeral Directors in the village has played a major role in co-ordinating this initiative. Westway Nissan and Herbert Murray Funeral directors are two of the main sponsors of the event which has enabled many hanging baskets and planter troughs to be acquired.

Planters in all shapes and sizes have been sponsored or taken over by a variety of local businesses, schools, churches, care homes, community and young people’s groups and the village was a hive of activity on Saturday 11th May when local residents and members of all the groups turned out to do their planting.

St Paul’s Church, whilst clearly not in the village was invited to take part and has painted and planted out the violet coloured trough planter in front of the village chemist. The trough has been packed with marigolds, petunias, pansies, impatiens and lobelia and displays coloured photographs of the outside and inside of our church in all its magnificence. The planter should be in full bloom by the time this article is published.

If you are not a village regular it will certainly be worth a visit this summer.

Irrespective of the outcome of the official Village in Bloom Competition it has certainly been worth the effort judging from the very positive comments which I received from passers-by when planting out our trough.

Brian Kerridge

2019 planter

Easter Day and Mothering Sunday

The photos below were taken later on Easter Day

During the Mothering Day service at St Paul’s Rosie was presented with her Bishop’s Chorister Award. The photos below were taken on the day and show Rosie with John and Barbara


Notre Dame Bell Ringing

“The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are today encouraging, where possible, all cathedrals and churches across England to toll a bell for 7 minutes at 7pm this Thursday, as a mark of solidarity following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. This initiative has been  suggested by the British Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, and it is hoped that many will take part.”

St Paul’s will be joining in this bell ringing tonight April 18th.

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Men’s Society AGM

The Mens’ Society held their re-scheduled AGM on Mar 28th in the Hall.

17 members were present and after the proceedings they enjoyed a lovely hot-pot meal provided by the Corners. The photos below were taken during the evening.

Pancake Party

The annual Pancake Party was held on Saturday March 2nd and the photo below was taken during the event.