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.


In the photo above are Michael Riley, Mayoress of Trafford Zoe Marshall, Mayor of Trafford Cllr Rob Chilton, Wayne Devlin and Eamonn O’Neal.



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.

Babes and Tots

Babes and Tots will re-open at 9:30am on September 10th.

We urgently need more helpers to prepare the drinks and toast so if anyone can spare an hour or so for even one day (Tuesday or Thursday) a month we would be most grateful. If you think you can help please contact the vicar on 973 1042.

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 :-