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

Christians Against Poverty in Sale

‘We support and are proud to work with Christians Against Poverty (CAP). We are one of eight local churches who have partnered together to help people experiencing financial difficulties back on their journey to debt freedom. Debt can occur through the lost of a loved one, lost of income or as little as an unexpected expense for a household who already struggles on the minimum wage. It can have dire consequences on families affecting mental health and contributing to the break down of marriages. As of May 2019 there will be a new Debt Centre opening in Sale which will offer life transforming help from an award winning charity. For more information, please speak to Barbara (our Vicar on 0161 973 1042) your church CAP representative. To find out more about CAP visit or call 0800 328 0006.

Easter Day and Mothering Sunday

The Easter Day morning service included a Christening and a large congregation  was in attendance. After the service the Easter bunny handed out eggs.

The photos below were taken on the day and show the Easter garden, the decorated Cross, the Choir and some of the splendid flower arrangements.


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.

St. Paul's Tower 047

Mens’ 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.