Proposed Development opposite Church

An announcement is being made regarding the development of the land opposite the Church tomorrow (Oct 16th). The Vicar has been involved with discussions with the group behind this and as she will be retiring at the end of January wonders if any Church member would like to represent the Church during the development process. St Paul’s have no position at present on the development ie. neither oppose or support it. The following is just for information.

The following email has been sent by Michael Brown who is a director of AlteredSpace :-

“I just wanted to let you all know that we will be unveiling a new name for The Square Shopping Centre tomorrow at the HIYA community space on the Mall as well as via social Media.  Ideally we would have held a small event and issued an invite to you all however for obvious reasons that didn’t seem appropriate at present.

The name we have gone for is ‘Stanley Square’ and rather than me writing a long winded explanation as to the origin of the name I have attached some of the presentation boards that will be available for the local community to see in HIYA from Friday 16th – Friday 23rd October (1-am-2pm each day exc. Sunday 18th).  The Boards provide an update on our plans to physically regenerate the asset as well as the design concept behind the rebrand.

It is our intention to manage the gallery space at HIYA responsibly to ensure effective social distancing so please feel free to drop down if you get a chance.

Many thanks & hope you like the content.  Please feel free to pass on any feedback.


Michael Brown


+44 (0) 7771 577 970″

The two documents below were sent with the email above

Bible Study by Zoom

The Vicar is proposing to hold weekly Bible study sessions via Zoom starting in November.

The proposal is to have Thursday afternoon 2-2.45 midweek Zoom meetings  to look at themes /people from the Bible   It will be a different theme each week and each person will be able to suggest themes if they wish to.  It I will start on November 5th.    

People who would like to join need to let me have an email  address to send the Zoom invitation to. To request an invitation please email the Vicar on

Vicar’s Sermon – Oct 11th

Because of a problem with the live streaming of the 10am service the Vicar’s sermon can be viewed below. The service was followed by the delayed Annual Parish Meeting and the Reports presented at that meeting will be available shortly under the Reports heading.

Harvest 2020

Our Harvest service on oct 4th was different this year for obvious reasons. A display had been prepared for the front door and the photo below shows this. A donation box for foodstuffs for the Mustard Tree left at side of the door had been well supported.

During the morning service for the first time since March four socially distanced choir members sang a Harvest hymn and a verse of this is shown in the video below. It was a very emotional experience.

Heritage (non)Open Day 2020

On what would normally have been the annual Heritage Open Day at St Paul’s the COVID-19 restrictions meant the full event could not take place. However with good weather the Church was open with limited access and refreshments were served on the canal bank and in the Church grounds. The photos below were taken during the afternoon.

Heritage Open Day 2020

The poster below details a rather different Heritage Open Day to previous years.

Whilst we are unable to celebrate Heritage Open Day in the usual way, it will still go ahead with a difference.

The Church will be open for private prayer and to look around from 11am to 4pm. Whilst we will not this year have special exhibitions and displays, visitors will have the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the Church, including the many fine, stained glass windows and memorials.

Some interesting old documents will be release on the Church facebook page, which can also be access via the Church website,

Refreshments will be available outside from 1pm to 3pm