Heritage Open Day 2005
The photos below were taken during the Heritage Open Day – September 10th.
The photos to the right show a display of vestments as worn by clergy and choir.
To the left are photos of the display with the theme of weddings at St Paul’s during the Second World War linked to the 60th anniversary of the end of the war.
Remembrance Day and Confirmation 2005
On November 13th 2005 St Paul’s took an active part in the annual Remembrance Service at Sale Town Hall with the Vicar leading the Service and the Choir processing to and from the Church and assisting with the singing.
In the evening the Bishop of Chester, The Right Reverend Dr Peter Forster, presided over a Confirmation Service at St Paul’s for candidates from both St Paul’s and St Anne’s Churches in Sale.
Youth in Concert VIII
On Nov 26th 2005 St Paul’s hosted the eighth Youth in Concert event featuring the Trafford Youth Concert Band and the Thursday Singers from Manchester Grammar School, Manchester High School and Withington Girl’s School.
A good audience was treated to a varied programme ranging from a musical evocation of the trials of Stephenson’s Rocket to spirituals and carols from the Choir.
The concert ended with a rousing rendering of Hollywood show tunes.
Archdeacon’s Visitation 2005
The annual Archdeacon’s visitation was held at Oughtrington Parish Church on May 17th and the photo below shows our two Churchwardens signing in
Bowls Match 2005
The annual bowls match was held at the usual venue at Navigation Station on May 23rd. It was a beautiful evening and 12 members took part in the competition.
Four preliminary groups of three players each played 7 ends in pairs to determine the four semi-finalists.
The semi finalists were Roger, Alan, Zack and David.
Alan and David met in the final with David emerging as the winner.
The photo shows David in full flow and showing off the trophy. Also there is a shot of the final and the Chairman presenting Alan, last year’s winner, with the runners-up trophy.
Laying Up of RAA Standard
Following a decision at the AGM in March 2005 of the Trafford Branch of the RAA to disband the branch it was also decided that the Standard should be laid up in St Paul’s Church, Sale, where it had been dedicated on 1st June 1991.
The Trafford Branch was formed on 8 November 1989, by Joe Bufton and Brian Ferrari who recruited 50 members in three months. The membership was predominately World War II and Korean veterans and one Great War veteran. The branch was very active and in 1993 was the first branch to win the Burton Cup. A ladies’ section was formed, and they gave full support to the men. Joan Kinsville made a branch banner which was displayed at all branch meetings and on the front of the branch stand at fetes.
Following the dedication in June, 1991 the Standard was paraded through the town of Sale. The Standard Bearer was Frank Seaton. Shortly afterwards Barry Fagan took over as Standard Bearer and won the north west region standard bearers competition on seven occasions. The Standard was carried on two parades in London: on the 50th anniversary of VE Day and at the unveiling of the statue of FM The Viscount Alanbrooke of Brookeborough.
The laying up of the Standard took place on 11 September 2005 and was to be a low key affair, with only the RAFA Standard in support. Arrangements were made with the vicar who gave every help and assistance and compiled the order of service with Joe Bufton. A suitable location for the Standard was found in the church, next to two stained glass windows commemorating the fallen of the Great War.
Barry Fagan, who had moved away from the area, came back to carry the Standard to its final resting place. Brian Ferrari, the first chairman of the branch, handed the Standard over to the vicar for safe keeping in the church. It was a sad occasion with only a few of the original members present.
The photos shown were taken during the day.
60 Years with the RSCN
These photos were taken at the celebration of 60 years membership of the Royal School of Church Music by the Choir of St Paul’s Sale – Feb 14th 2005
Easy Access Project
This section records the work done to convert St Paul’s Church, Sale, Cheshire to an Easy Access building. As well as work inside and outside the Church, work was also done to bring the Church Hall up to the same standards.
The work was begun in Summer 2005 and Phase 1, which provided the Ramp access, was completed in September.
Phase 2, to add easy access toilet and baby changing facilities in both Church and Hall, began in January 2006. This work also involved re-roofing both sides of the Church.
This work is due to be completed by Easter 2006. During this work services have been held in the Church Hall.
Work began on the easy access ramp in the Church car park on May 23rd 2005. The slideshow below shows the start of work and up to 15th June.
September 25th 2005 was the official opening day for the new ramp and the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon was performed by Eunice Sheffield who at 91 has been attending St Paul’s all her life. The slideshow at the bottom shows the opening.