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See photos below of advent 2011.
On Nov 13th St. Paul’s took part in the annual Remembrance service at the Cenotaph in Sale. After the Vicar’s first service in church, during which a cross of poppies was hung at the Memorial, the congregation joined the choir in a procession to Sale Town Hall.
The Vicar led the service and some of the wreaths were laid by members of the congregation, representing various organisations.
Induction of Revd. Barbara Sharp
On Wednesday, Nov 9th our new Vicar, the Reverend Barbara Elaine Sharp, was inducted by the Bishop of Stockport, the Rt. Revd. Robert Atwell.Following an accident near the vicarage Barbara was confined to a wheelchair for the service but this did not stop a very enjoyable service attended by a large congregation. Those attending, in addition to a large number of clergy and readers, included members of Barbara’s previous parishes of Lostock Gralam and Timperley.
After the service refreshments were served in the church hall with a magnificent spread which could have fed at least double the large numbers attending.
The annual Harvest Supper was held on Oct 8th with a great turnout in a hall lit by candlelight and fairy lights. The catering was by “Jucy M’s” and was, as usual, excellent and enjoyed by all. Two quizzes kept everyone guessing and a raffle with numerous prizes was held. Entertainment was provided by the Cantus Chamber Choir under the leadership of Musical Director Daphne Sumbler.
The photos at right show the diners ready for refreshments and the choir during their performance. The following day the Harvest Festival service was held with the choir from Springfield Road school in attendance. More photos can be found here.
Heritage Open Day
St Paul’s hosted the annual Heritage Open day event on September 10th. The weather was warm, mostly sunny but quite breezy. The theme was Victorion with many dressed in costume and old-fashioned afternoon teas supplied in the hall. The hall also hosted a display celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Bridgewater Canal.
Events during the day included “Ye olde Traditional Morris Men”, “STORIES FOR ALL AGES” from Professional Storyteller Helen Stewart and a ‘Traditional Punch and Judy Show’, In church there was a Victorian Dressing up Box and the Choir sang hymn requests. Professor James Prescott Joule – the Father of the International Unit of Energy – also made an appearance and demonstrated some of his most exciting experiments.
Once again the tours up the tower proved very popular as did the food from the barbeque and strawberry and cream teas. For more photos see the slideshow below.
On 31st July, after the morning service, a presentation was made to Frank Tolley to mark his 90th birthday. This is one of several events that had been organised to celebrate this special occasion.
The church Garden Party was held on July 16th at the home of Carole and Eric Shakeshaft.
Although the weather had been very good during the previous week the morning of the party saw the heavans open. However several gazebo style covers were set up in the garden and when the event began there were glimpses of blue sky.
Despite the weather there was a good turn out and with a bring and share afternoon tea, the Brownies providing strawberries and cream and a barbeque to follow there was no shortage of refreshments. More suitable drinks for the adults were also on hand.
Entertainment was provided by a string quartet followed by songs from the choir and friends. In the evening Sale Nomads continued the entertainment. For more photos see the slideshow below.
Men’s Society Bowls Match – June
On a splendid June evening the Men’s Society held their annual bowls match at the Navigation green.Fifteen members (and two spectators) took part and resulted in a three way final between Harry Spriggs, Garry Prolze and Philip Hadwen. The winner was Garry with Philip runner up. There was a family flavour about this as Garry is Donald Brooks’ son-in-law and Philip is the chairman’s son.
Thanks to Clive Bancroft the society now has a new “winners” trophy and the chairman presented this to Garry during the supper that followed the match. This year the supper was supplied by the Corner family and, as usual, was excellent. For more photos see the slideshow below.
On Saturday 18th June a party from St Paul’s went to witness Deborah Prest’s Ordination as Priest at Chester Cathedral.
The Easter Day Parish Eucharist was celebrated by the Bishop of Stockport – Rt. Revd. Robert Atwell. A good congregation attended and enjoyed refreshments in the hall afterwards.
During the service the Easter Cross was decorated, the Easter Garden was visited by the children and new Vestments were concecrated.
Murder Mystery Evening
A evening of intrigue and mystery was held at the Church Hall on April 9th. Called “Fête Accompli”, it asked those present to solve a gruesome murder at the Church Fete with a collection of suspicious characters claiming to be innocent but which one had done the evil deed?
There were stalls and quizes. In addition there were wonderful refreshments provided by Julie Corner and family. For more photos see the slideshow below.