Calendar


SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

3 June
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
S Loudon
M Sixsmith

10 June
Rev S Webster
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

17 June
Rev J Corrigall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

24 June
Rev Van Den Broeder
R Speedman
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape & A McGregor

1 July
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers


CHAPEL AGM

Our Chapel AGM is on Sunday, 3 June, at noon after morning service. Reports on the past year in the life of our Chapel, finances etc will be available. Please make every effort to attend.

WEDDING FAIR

Our first ever Wedding Fair at Chowbent was a great success. Over 40 people attended along with the stallholders and helpers. The hall looked lovely (thanks go to Sophie Graves whose idea it was and who donated the lovely banquet table cloths and bunting to the Chapel). Guests enjoyed a glass of bubbly and delicious refreshments as they viewed the displays and were also taken on a tour of the Chapel and grounds. Dorothy did a marathon stint at the organ!  Our gratitude to all who helped on the day and in preparation for it.  David’s footage of the Chapel and a wedding was lovely and we have had a new visitor’s guide printed which was available in time for the Fair.  Well done everyone – a day to remember.

BRENDA’S HOLIDAY
The Minister will be on holiday from Wednesday 20 to Wednesday 27 June.
EVENTS IN JUNE

A group of Chowbenters will be off to Great Hucklow for a congregational weekend from 8-10 June.  Let’s hope for sunny weather.  The preacher on Sunday, 10 June will be the Rev Shammy Webster.

The CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY SERVICE  is on Sunday, 17 June, with guest preacher Rev Jim Corrigall of the Lancashire Collaborative Ministry. There will be special music from the choir and as usual a SHARED LUNCH and get together in the hall after the service.  Spread the word and we hope for a good attendance that day.

CHOIR REHEARSALS:  Thursdays 7 and 14 June at 7.30 pm

MEDITATION

The Minister will lead a half hour Meditation in the hall meeting room on Thursday, 14 June, at 12 noon. A time of peace and relaxation followed by shared lunch. All welcome.

WOMEN’S LEAGUE TALK

Bank Street Chapel, Bolton’s Women’s League are to have a talk on the UK Sepsis Trust this year’s League project on Wed, 4 July, 7pm at Bank Street.  All welcome.

WEDDING:  4 May  Susan Elizabeth Henry and Michael Gilmore.

BAPTISM:  6 May  Harrison Harvey born 2.7.2017, son to Lisa and Kieran.
FLOWER DONATIONS


6 May: Mr and Mrs R Mather, Mr and Mrs H Harter and families, Mr and Mrs M Tonge and family, Rev B Catherall and Sophie, 13 May: Mrs P Hill, 20 May: Mrs S Loudon and Jenny, 27 May: Funds.

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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

6 May
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

13 May
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape & A McGregor

20 May
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

27 May
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
A & J Hynes

3 June
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
S Loudon
M Sixsmith


MEMBERSHIP SERVICE

At our Membership Service in April we welcomed six new subscribing Chapel members who each received a bunch of flowers presented by our Sunday School children. Chapel members shared their thoughts on “What Chowbent Chapel means to me”.

WEDDING FAIR

Our Chapel Wedding Fair is on Sunday, 13 May, from 1pm to 4pm with displays in the hall and Chapel and grounds open. There will be NO refreshments in the hall after morning service as the stallholders will be getting ready and can we please ask the congregation to leave the chapel car park free on that day.

NELUM AGM

Our district association NELUM will be holdings its AGM at Bury Unitarian Church on Monday, 14 May, at 7pm.  The AGM will be followed by the General Meeting and the evening will end with a pie and peas supper.  No charge for this but numbers need to be in by 6 May for catering purposes.  See Susan Loudon for details.
CHAPEL AGM

Our Chapel AGM is on Sunday, 3 June, at 12 noon after morning service.  Reports on the past year in the life of our Chapel, finances etc will be available.  Please do your best to attend .

CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY SERVICE

The Chapel Anniversary Service this year is on Sunday, 17 June, at 10.45am. The preacher will be the Rev Jim Corrigall of the Lancashire Collaborative Ministry.  As usual there will be special music from the choir and a shared lunch.  Let’s hope for a good turn-out !  Jim has also organised “Poetry Festival of the North” a one day event at Padiham Unitarian Chapel on Saturday, 9 June, from 11.30am to 4pm.  The programme includes lectures with readings on the works of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.  Tickets £10 for the day including lunch.  Details on our notice board.

CHOIR REHEARSALS: 17, 24, 31 May, 7 and 14 June,

TERCENTENARY

Chowbent Chapel’s Tercentenary year is in 2021, three hundred years since our beautiful Chapel was built and the Chapel Committee are busy thinking of ways to celebrate this great occasion.  If you have any suggestions or ideas let the committee know so we can start planning now

BAPTISM

15 April: John Joseph Travers born 29.9.2016, son to Kirsty and Patrick.

FLOWER DONATIONS


1 April: Funds. 8 April: Family of Olive and Joe Barber. 15 April: Rev B Catherall and Sophie. 22 April: Funds. 29 April: Mrs J Coles, family of Eric Gregory.



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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

1 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape & A McGregor

8 Apr
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

15 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
A & J Hynes

22 Apr
Rev L Readett
D Williamson
S Loudon
S Loudon
M Sixsmith

29 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

6 May
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth


EASTER SERVICES

Thanks to everyone who supported and took part in our Easter Services on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  Our Membership Service originally scheduled for Palm Sunday will now take place on Sunday, 8 April.

WEDDING FAIR

The Minister is organising a Wedding Fair at the Chapel on Sunday, 13 May, from 1pm to 4pm  (There will be no refreshments after morning service while we prepare the hall). There will be stalls and displays from local businesses (photography, flowers, bridal wear etc) in the hall and our Chapel and grounds open for prospective wedding couples to view.  Admission is £1 with refreshments provided.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETINGS

Our Minister Brenda, the Rev Lynne Readett and Mrs Susan Loudon will be off to the 90th Unitarian Annual Meetings held this year at De Vere Staverton Estate from 4 to 7 April. Susan is delegate for NELUM, our District Association, and Brenda and Lynne as Ministers will be going a day earlier for the meetings of the Ministerial Fellowship.

NORTH WEST PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY

The Provincial Assembly AGM and Workshop will be at Gateacre Chapel, Liverpool on Saturday, 28 April; coffee and tea at 10.30am, worship at 11am with short AGM at noon followed by lunch (please take sandwiches, cakes and drinks provided!)  At 2pm the workshop and presentation will be led by Marion Baker of the GA Training Education and Development Project. Departures at 4pm.

BRENDA’S HOLIDAY

After her week at the GA Annual Meetings our Minister will be back at Chowbent for a week and then on leave from 16 to 23 April.  Our thanks to Rev Lynne Readett who will conduct the Sunday service on 22 April.

MAUREEN ANN GREENOUGH

On 15 March at Chowbent the funeral service was held for Maureen Greenough  who passed away at the age of 85 years. Maureen and her late husband John married at the Chapel on 19 March 1955. Rev Catherall conducted the service which included moving tributes from Maureen’s family.  Committal took place at Howe Bridge Crematorium.  We hold Maureen’s dear family in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

BAPTISMS

18 March:  Alice Charlotte Evelyn Livesey born 11.3.2017 daughter to Gillian and Mark.
25 March:  Alex Liam Schofield born 5.7.2017. son to Claire and Liam.

FLOWER DONATIONS

4 March:  Mrs S Loudon, 11 March: Mrs J Coles, 18 March: Mrs J Hynes and Mrs A Hynes, 25 March:  Funds.




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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

4 Mar
G & V Walker
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
A & J Hynes

11 Mar
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
M Sixsmith

18 Mar
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

25 Mar
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

1 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape & A McGregor


EASTER SERVICES

Instead of our Passover Supper this year we will be having a Good Friday gathering in the Chapel at 11am . The Minister will read from Mark’s gospel with gentle music accompaniment. Afterwards we will meet in the hall at approximately 11.40am when fish and chips will be served (from the Valley Chippy) with peas, bread and butter and tea and coffee. Please sign up on the list in the vestibule for food as we need numbers for the catering. Cost to be announced from the pulpit. Our Easter Sunday Service on 1 April is at the usual time of 10.45am with special music from the choir and a shared lunch in the hall.

CHOIR REHEARSALS will be on Thursdays, 8, 15, 22 and 29 March.

MEMBERSHIP SERVICE

On Palm Sunday, 25 March at 10.45am our service will be to celebrate our Chapel membership. During the service we will remember those members and friends who have passed on in the last year. We will also welcome new Chapel members. Palm crosses decorated with flowers will be distributed.

CONGREGATIONAL WEEKEND

There are still places available for the Chapel weekend at Hucklow, 8 to 10 June. Contact the Nightingale Centre on 01298 871218 to book or speak to Rev Lynne Readett for further details. This is always an enjoyable occasion in great surroundings, good company and excellent food !

SLENDER BRENDA !

The Minister has embarked on a sponsored slim to raise money for Chapel funds.  She hopes to raise pounds by losing 28 lbs so please sign the sponsor sheet in the vestibule if you would like to encourage her (she needs all the help she can get !)

WEDDING FAIR

Our Minister is organising a Wedding Fair at Chowbent on Sunday, 13 May, from 1pm to 4pm. There will be stalls and displays from local businesses (photography, flowers, bridal wear etc) in the hall and our lovely Chapel and grounds open for prospective wedding couples to view. All welcome.

MEDITATION

The Meditation Session in March will be on Thursday the 15th at 12 noon in the meeting room in the hall. Half an hour of relaxation followed by a shared lunch. All welcome.

CHAPEL COMMITTEE

The March Chapel Committee Meeting will be on Monday the 12th at 7pm, one week later than scheduled. 


FLOWER DONATIONS:  4 Feb The Stewart family, 11, 18 25 Feb Funds.

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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

4 Feb
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

11 Feb
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

18 Feb
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape & A McGregor

25 Feb
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

4 Mar
G & V Walker
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
A & J Hynes


CAROL SERVICE THANKS

This is the first calendar since Christmas and we would like to thank all who contributed to a marvellous Carol Service on Christmas Eve. We had around 100 people in attendance with excellent music from Dorothy and the choir, and solos from Lesley and Katy. Thanks also to the readers and the Sunday School for their contribution. We had an enjoyable get-together in the hall afterwards; the raffle made £80 and £125 was collected for the UNICEF Jars of Grace.

KAREN’S ADVENTURE
We send our very best wishes to Karen Eckersley who is off on an adventure.  Karen is to spend a week at retreat centre Findhorn in Scotland with the Unitarian Network before jetting off to Australia. Karen is studying for a degree in Sociology at Liverpool University and as part of her course will spend six months in Perth under the auspices of the University of Western Australia hoping to do Indiginous Australian Studies.  Bon Voyage Karen.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETINGS
This year we will have three Chowbenters off to the Unitarian General Assembly meetings  at Daventry from 4 to 7April.  Our Minister will represent the Chapel and attend the pre-conference Ministers Meeting with the GA Executive Committee and Chapel member Rev Lynne Readett. Mrs Susan Loudon will also be attending the full conference as delegate for NELUM our District Association.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Joyce Tyldesley on the launch of her latest book “Nefertiti’s Face: The Creation of an Icon”.  The launch was at Manchester Museum and Joyce will also give her lecture at Bolton Museum in March.

NEWS OF PEOPLE
Quite a number of our Chapel members are or have been in hospital recently, or are in respite or nursing care. We send our love to you all and wish you well.

MEDITATION
The February Meditation session will be on Thursday, 15 February, at 12noon in the meeting room in the hall. Half an hour of relaxation and calm followed by a shared lunch. All welcome.

BRENDA’S HOLIDAY
Rev Catherall will be on leave from Monday, 26 Feb, to Monday, 5 March..  The service on 4 March will be conducted by Gordon and Veronica Walker.

FLOWER DONATIONS

3 Dec:  Mr D Evans. 10 Dec: Mr W Whitelaw and family. 17 Dec: Rev B Catherall and Sophie, Mrs J Coles, Mrs B Peers, Mr J Readett and families. 24 Dec: Mrs P Hill, Mrs M Fildes, Mrs M Jones and families. Mr and Mrs D Shallcross, family of Eric and Pat Gregory,Connor and Robbie. 31 Dec:  Mrs S Loudon and Jenny, Rev L Readett.


7 Jan: Mr and Mrs G Leigh, Mr and Mrs D Williams. 14 Jan: Mrs M Pover, Mrs B Collier. 21 Jan: Funds







SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

3 Dec
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

10 Dec
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

17 Dec
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

24 Dec
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

31 Dec
Rev Tony McNeile
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape

7 Jan
Rev L Readett
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Snape & A McGregor

14 Jan
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

21 Jan
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
Anne & Jackie

28 Jan
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

4 Feb
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall


CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT CHAPEL

3 Dec: 10.45am   First Sunday in Advent
10 Dec: 10.45am  TOY SERVICE.   Please bring new toys for children and early teens which the Salvation Army distribute to families in need in our area over Christmas.
17 Dec:  10.45am   Brenda will explore some of the stories behind our favourite Carols and we will enjoy our sing song.
24 Dec:  10.45am  CAROL SERVICE.  Our much loved Carol Service will again have carols, readings, Sunday School Presentation and special items from the Choir. Everyone is welcome to gather in the hall afterwards for tea,coffee and mince pies !


25 Dec:  10.45am   Brenda will conduct a short Christmas Morning service.
Chowbent School will be in Chapel for their Christmas Service on Tuesday, 19 December, at 1.30pm.  All welcome.

CHRISTMAS FAIR

Our Chapel Christmas Fair raised £900 and was once again an excellent event. We had many visitors who enjoyed the stalls and café. Thanks to all who supported the event and all those who worked so hard to make the occasion a great success.

GIFT MONTH

The Chapel Gift Month in October raised a total of £2,048.59p for the Chapel.  Thanks to everyone for their generous donations.




A ROYAL MEETING AND A TELLY STAR !

Two of our chapel members had an occasion to remember when they were invited by the British Embassy in Brussels to Talbot House on Armistice Day.  Janice and John Hodgson attended the breakfast reception where the guests were introduced to HRH Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence.  For a number of years Janice has travelled to Talbot House in Poperinge several times a year to work voluntarily as a warden.  Talbot House (Toc H) was a haven for soldiers during the first World War and remains a place much loved and visited.

And Chowbent’s David Shallcross also had an occasion to remember recently when he was filmed by the Children’s Channel for pre-school CBeebies !  David ,ornithologist and photographer is filmed at Pennington Flash and our Minister will announce from the pulpit when you can see David on the telly …….

FOODBANK

Please continue to provide much needed items for Atherton and Leigh Foodbank.  Items needed are listed on the box in the vestibule and our thanks to Lynne and John for overseeing this for us.

CONGREGATIONAL WEEKEND

Next year’s Congregational Weekend at the Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow is from 8 to 10 June.  The weekend will be shared by other Unitarian Churches and if you have not gone before it’s a great experience and something to look forward to. See Lynne Readett for details of booking etc and plan that holiday !






ATHERTON CHURCHES TOGETHER

Atherton Churches Together will be holding special Ecumenical services and events over the festive period.  There will be an Advent Carol Service at St Philip’s Church on 3 Dec at 6.30pm  and a Taize Service at St Richard’s Church on 13 Dec at 7pm.  Churches Together will also be singing Carols at Atherton Tesco Supermarket for an hour from 6pm on 22 Dec.  You can join them at any time during that hour for a sing-a-long.

NEWS OF PEOPLE

Congratulations to Denise and Bob Mather who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in November, and to Lynne and John Readett who celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary in December.

Our love and best wishes to Barbara Wheeler now at Richmond House in Leigh, and to all those who have not been too well recently.

MEDITATION

Lunch time Meditation sessions will be led by the Minister in the hall at 12 noon for half an hour followed by shared lunch on Thursday, 7 Dec, and Thursday, 11 Jan. All welcome.

BRENDA’S HOLIDAY

Our Minister will be on leave from 27 Dec to 8 Jan.   The Sunday services during that time will be conducted by the Rev Tony McNeile (31 Dec) and the Rev Lynne Readett (7 Jan).  Thanks to both Tony and Lynne.

FLOWER DONATIONS (November)

4 Nov: Funds.  12 Nov: Mrs D Williamson and Mrs B Drane.  19 Nov:  Mr and Mrs R Mather, Mr and Mrs H Harter and families.  26 Nov:  Mr and Mrs D Williams and the family of David Tonge.




CHRISTMAS WISHES

We wish all our Chapel members and friends a peaceful and blessed Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

At the close of our Carol Service our choir often sing the lovely vesper with words by Christina Rossetti (1830 – 94)  “Love Came Down at Christmas” and here are the words.

Love came down at Christmas, love all lovely, love divine.
Love came down at Christmas, star and angels gave the sign.
Love shall be our token, love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men, love for plea and gift and sign.



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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

5 Nov
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

12 Nov
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

19 Nov
Rev L Readett
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

26 Nov
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape

3 Dec
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers


FUNDRAISING THANKS

Our thanks to David Shallcross and all those who supported his Arctic Wildlife slideshow in October.  This was a wonderful evening and with additional donations raised £410 for the Chapel Restoration Fund.
The Coffee Afternoon at the end of September organised by Margaret Sixsmith raised £155 for the Macmillan Nurses.  Our thanks to Margaret, and those who attended and provided cakes!

CHRISTMAS FAIR

The Chapel Christmas Fair is on Sunday, 19 November, from 1pm to 3pm. There will be the usual stalls, raffles and café.  Please spread the word and bring your friends. Let’s make this a great occasion.

JARS OF GRACE

A reminder to everyone that our Jars of Grace appeal for UNICEF runs from October to our Carol Service on 24 December.  Please put pennies (or more!) in a jar at each meal and then bring the jar to our Carol Service.  All proceeds will go to UNICEF for their vital work with children all over the world.
NEWS OF PEOPLE

Congratulations to Alecia Boydell who was awarded her BA (Hons) in Counselling on 12 October at a ceremony at King George’s Hall, Blackburn.  She studied at the University Centre at Blackburn College (linked to Lancaster University).

The congregation also send their love and best wishes to Barbara Wheeler who is now in Wigan Infirmary after a long spell in hospital at Preston.

BRENDA’S HOLIDAY

The Minister will be on leave from 13 to 20 Nov, but in attendance for the Christmas Fair.  The service on 19 Nov will be conducted by the Rev Lynne Readett.

WEDDING
Saturday, 14 October, Lucy Elizabeth Adams and Ross Tobias Lancaster.  Our love and best wishes to you both.

IN MEMORIAM
Rev Catherall conducted the funeral service for Paul Aldridge aged 35 years at Chowbent  Chapel on 13 October, followed by burial at Howe Bridge Cemetery.  Paul’s family described him as a young man with “a heart of gold”.  He will be sadly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

The congregation also send their love and sympathy to the family of Irene Walmesley whose funeral service was held at St Philip’s Church, Atherton in October.  For many years Irene had knitted baby wear etc for our stall to raise money for chapel funds.

FLOWER DONATIONS


1 Oct: Mr D Evans, 8 Oct: Mrs D Williamson and family, Mr and Mrs Harter and family,15 Oct: Mrs J Coles, 22 Oct: Mr D Evans.

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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

1 Oct
Rev L Readett
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

8 Oct
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

15 Oct
l Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

22 Oct
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape

29 Oct
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

5 Nov
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith


HERITAGE THANKS

The Heritage Weekend in September attracted a number of visitors. Our thanks to John Readett and all the helpers. We launched the book ‘Chowbent Chapel and the Organs’ written by Bryan Hughes and Bryan was warmly thanked at the Sunday service.  The book is available at £4, all proceeds to the Organ Fund.

ARCTIC WILDLIFE

We are hoping for a good turnout for the slideshow on Friday, 13 October, at 7pm in the hall.  Chowbenter, photographer and ornithologist David Shallcross will present the slideshow with commentary about the Arctic region of Svalbard, its people and wildlife. Entrance a £5 donation to the Chapel Restoration Fund.

CHRISTMAS FAIR

Our Christmas Fair is on Sunday, 19 November, from 1pm to 3pm. Helpers and items needed.  Maureen needs items for her bric a brac stall. Put the date in your diary. More details from the pulpit.
CONGRATULATIONS
Our congratulations to Jack Snape who was a contestant in a recent University Challenge. His television appearance sent Harry Potter fans wild on social media with many references to Hogwarts and a prediction that Masters student Jack would be a great Professor Snape! Jack’s team, Courtauld Institute of Art, lost out to Oxford Brookes but Jack was a winner!

Our very best wishes to Susan and Geoff Leigh who celebrated their Ruby Wedding in September and to Frank Wright Yates and his wife Doris (Houghton) who celebrate their Diamond Anniversary in November.

SCHOOL HARVEST
Chowbent School will hold their Harvest Festival Service in Chapel on Thursday, 19 October, at 1.30pm.  All welcome.

FUNERALS
 On Friday, 22 September, Rev Catherall conducted the funeral service for Alfred Ince who passed away aged 78 years.  Service and committal were at Howe Bridge Crematorium and we send our love and prayers to his wife Sylvia, son Carl, daughter Carol and all the family.

On Tuesday, 26 September, at Howe Bridge Crematorium the funeral service for Margaret (Peggy ) Leigh was held. Peggy aged 90 years, was the wife of the late Ben and we think especially of daughter Susan, son Barry and all the family.

BAPTISMS
27 Aug  James Anthony Galley born 5.3.2017, son to Samantha and Anthony.
27 Aug  Alexa Faith Derbyshire born 30.1.2017, daughter to Lauren and Leon.
24 Sept  Lucas Charles Day born 29.12.2016, son to Alison and Stephen.

FLOWER DONATIONS

3 Sept Mr and Mrs H Harter and family, 10 Sept Mr and Mrs H Lane and family, 17 Sept Funds, 24 Sept Funds.


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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

6 Aug
Jean Clements
R Steedman
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

13 Aug
Rev Shammy Websterl
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

20 Aug
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape

27 Aug
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

3 Sept
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith



ORGAN RECITAL AND AFTERNOON TEA

On Sunday afternoon 9 July we held a Grand Organ Recital followed by Afternoon Tea to celebrate the recent restoration work on the Chapel’s 1901 Alexander Young organ.

The fine instrument is the third organ to be used in our 1721 historic chapel and it was a joy to hear renowned organist Carol Ann Wareing put it through its paces using full tonal range including the rousing finale “Festival Toccata” by Percy Fletcher and encore “Dancing with the Saints” which had everyone’s feet tapping!   Our organist Dorothy Williamson accompanied the Chowbent choir on piano for two items.

Following the recital a splendid afternoon tea was enjoyed in the chapel hall – a fitting close to a most memorable afternoon.  Thanks to all who helped in any way and supported the event which raised £540 for the Chapel Restoration Fund.  The organ restoration work was made possible by a bequest from the late Jack Howarth, a former chapel member who loved music, and the work carried out by AJ Carter Organ Builder Ltd.


ROSE QUEEN COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE

A special service will be held on Sunday, 20 August to dedicate the roll of honour for all the former Rose Queens of the Chapel who served during the years 1942 to 1994 when the Rose Queen Service ended.  Thanks to a former Rose Queen Chapel member Maureen Birchall (aided by Roy) who researched to list the names of all those who served and to David Shallcross for producing the roll of honour.  Please pass on the word to any former Rose Queens or attendants you may know to attend this commemorative service for a walk down memory lane.  The service is at the usual time of 10.45am, all welcome, followed by an “old fashioned” buffet in the hall to give us fond memories of the Walking Day teas which the Rose Queen and retinue would attend.  Photos of former Rose Queens, Walking Days etc will be on display.

CONGREGATIONAL WEEKEND

A group of Chowbenters had a wonderful sunny weekend at the Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow at the end of June.  One of the highlights was a visit to Bakewell Carnival on the Saturday and a great time was had by all ! 

BRENDA’S HOLIDAY:  The Minister will be on Summer holiday from Saturday, 5 August  and back Saturday, 19 August in time for the Sunday “Rose Queen” Service.  Our thanks to Jean Clements for the service on 6 August and to the Rev Shammy Webster on 13 August.

HERITAGE WEEKEND:  The Chapel will once again open its doors for Heritage Weekend from  8 to 10 Sept.  John Readett will be organising this and needing stewards etc. More details from the pulpit.

MEDITATION:  There will be NO Meditation session in August due to many people on holiday. Meditation will resume in September.


FLOWER DONATIONS:  2 July: Mrs D Williamson and family. 9 July : Funds. 26 July: Mrs B Collier.23 July: Mrs J Co


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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

2 July
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

9 July
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

16 July
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape

23 July
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

30 July
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

6 Aug
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall


ANNIVERSARY SERVICE

Our Anniversary Service on 25 June was well attended and we are grateful to the Rev Charles VanDenBroeder for conducting the service. Our thanks too go to Dorothy and the choir and Katy Holland Howarth for her solo.  After the service other visitors joined us including some of our Chapel neighbours who we had invited to join us for our “Great get-together” buffet in the hall.  The “get togethers” were held at many places including Chowbent inspired by the Late MP Jo Cox who wanted communities to come together.  Our thanks to Sue Loudon for obtaining the funding for this. In the afternoon Jill Coles, Margaret Sixsmith and the Minister attended Atherton Carnival to help with Atherton Churches Together stall and this too was most enjoyable.  A day to remember.

ORGAN RECITAL

The Organ Recital and Afternoon tea is on Sunday, 9 July at 2 pm with Carol Ann Wareing at the organ, items by the choir followed by the afternoon tea in the hall.  Tickets must be pre-booked in order to have numbers for the afternoon tea.  Cost £10 for the afternoon or £5 for just the recital.  Contact Sue Loudon on 01942 635861 for bookings.
FOODBANK:
Lynne and John Readett have organised for the Chapel to be a regular collection point for donations to Atherton and Leigh Foodbank. A list of urgent items is posted on the vestibule notice board and a box for goods is in the “banner” pew in chapel.

MEDITATION:
The next Meditation session organised by the Minister is on Thursday, 20 July in the meeting room in the hall at 12 noon.  A short time of quiet and relaxation followed by shared lunch.  Come and chill out!   All welcome

FLOWER COMMUNION:
 Our Flower Communion Service is on Sunday, 16 July at 10.45am. The service inspired by the Unitarian martyr Rev Norbert Capek and his love of the countryside has become an annual event at Chowbent.  Please bring a flower to  place in a basket at the start of the service and to take a different flower home as a symbol of our giving and receiving as a congregation.

The Minister is also organising a “Rose Queen” Service on 20 August at 10.45am to celebrate the roll of honour which has been made.  More details from the pulpit and in the next calendar.

FUNERAL: On 14 June at Howe Bridge Crematorium Rev Catherall conducted the funeral service for Jean Schofield who passed away at the age of 82 years. The service had contributions from family and friends . Jean was much loved and our thoughts and prayers are with her daughter Paula and all the family.

WEDDING: Saturday, 10 June Dursun Balci and Ruth Helen Kelly.  Our very best wishes to you both.


FLOWER DONATIONS: 4 and 11 June Funds; 18 June Mrs M Jones, Mrs M Fildes and families; 25 June Rev B Catherall and Sophie, Mrs B Peers, Mr J Readett and families.


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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

4 June
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape

11 June
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

18 June
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

25 June
Rev C Van Den Broeder
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

2 July
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth


CHAPEL AGM

The Chapel AGM will take place on Sunday, 11 June, at 12 noon after morning service. Please do your best to attend. The Chapel Constitution has been updated and we are looking to have this adopted at the meeting.

ANNIVERSARY SERVICE
Our Chapel Anniversary service will be held on Sunday, 25 June, at the usual time of 10.45am. The service this year will be conducted by the GA President the Rev Charles Van Den Broeder.  Katy Howarth will be the soloist. A shared lunch will follow in the hall afterwards.  Let’s hope for good support for this service of celebration.
CHOIR REHEARSAL: Thursday, 22 June, at 7.30 pm.

ATHERTON CHURCHES TOGETHER
Atherton Churches Together will be holding a joint service outside Atherton Parish Church on Sunday, 4 June, at 4 pm with music by Tyldesley Band. A tea will follow for all at the Baptist Church at 4.30pm. Please bring some food for the table.  Churches Together will also this year have a gazebo on the Meadowbank playing field for Atherton Carnival which is on Sunday, 25 June. Some of us have volunteered to help on the stall in the afternoon after our Anniversary Service.
MEDITATION
The Minister has again started the Meditation sessions each month. Everyone is welcome to join us for a half hour of relaxation and quiet in the meeting room in the hall followed by shared lunch and a chat!   The June Meditation is on Thursday the 15th at 12noon.

ORGAN RECITAL AND STRAWBERRY TEA
To celebrate the recent restoration work on the chapel organ and Organ Recital will take place on Sunday, 9 July, at 2 pm followed by a Strawberry Afternoon Tea at 3.30pm.  The cost for the afternoon will be £10 and we hope this will be well supported.  We hope to have local schoolchildren sing a few items for us and the Chapel Choir to also take part.  The organist giving the recital is Carol Anne Wareing. Also, Mr Bryan Hughes who has a wealth of knowledge on church and chapel organs has written a book about Chowbent and the Chapel organs which we hope to publish soon.
Meanwhile, we send our love to our organist Dorothy Williamson who is recovering well from a recent operation. Dorothy hopes to be back playing the organ in time for our Anniversary Service.

FUNERAL:  On Tuesday, 23 May, in Chapel the funeral service was held for Neil Patrick Hynes. Neil passed away quite suddenly and peacefully at his home in Atherton at the age of 41 years. The service conducted by Rev Catherall included tributes from Neil’s wife Jackie and his mum Anne, followed by committal at Howe Bridge Crematorium.  Neil was much loved and respected and our thoughts and prayers are with Jackie, Anne, Neil’s brother Michael and all the family.

BAPTISMS::
30 April Rosa Sharon Phenix born 8.2.2016 daughter to Katie and Michael
7 May  Harrie Alexandra Pitchford born 3.11.2015 and Abbie May Cross born 6.9.2001 daughters of Laura.

FLOWER DONATIONS:

7 May:  Rev B Catherall and Sophie, Mr and Mrs R Mather, Mr and Mrs H Harter, the Tonge family. 14 May: Funds. 21 May: Mrs S Loudon and Jenny. 28 May.


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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

7 May
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

14 May
Rev L Readett
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

21 May
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

28 May
Rev B Catherall
W Farnworth
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

4 June
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape


EASTER THANKS

Our thanks to Dorothy and the choir for the excellent music at our Easter Service. The service was well attended and much enjoyed with delightfully painted eggs done by the children.

We also had a successful and most enjoyable Passover Supper on Maundy Thursday. Thanks to all who helped in any way. It was good to welcome congregation and friends to the event including Gordon and Veronica Walker from Bank Street Chapel, Bolton.  Gordon as “Father” on the evening always makes the occasion special especially with his knowledge of Hebrew!

PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY

A special event organised by the North West Provincial Assembly will take place at Chowbent on Saturday, 6 May, starting at 10.30am with the theme “Reaching out to the Community”   Rev Catherall will conduct the service at 11 am, followed by a short meeting, lunch (bring your own sandwiches) and in the afternoon talks by Rev Bob Janis-Dillon on his work with refugees and Warren Done of Atherton/Leigh Foodbank and Night Shelter.  The event will close about 4 pm.
ATHERTON CHURCHES TOGETHER
Atherton Churches Together are to hold a special PENTECOST event on Sunday, 4 June. There will be a short service outside the Parish Church at 4 pm followed by a shared lunch at  4.30pm at the Baptist Church with music provided by Tyldesley Band.  This will be an excellent opportunity to meet together with our friends from the other churches.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
11 June:   Chapel AGM at 12 noon following morning service. Please do your best to attend.
25 June:  Chapel Anniversary Service 10.45am conducted by GA President Rev Charles VanDenBroeder.

MEDITATION
The Minister is to hold a Meditation session at 12 noon on Thursday, 25 May in the meeting room in the hall.  This will last for about half an hour followed by lunch together (please bring some sandwiches to share).  Everyone is welcome to come and share a time of relaxation and quiet

BRENDA’S HOLIDAY
 The Minister will be on holiday from 8 May to 15 May.  The service on 14 May will be conducted by the Rev Lynne Readett.  CHAPEL COMMITTEE is on Monday, 8 May, and the NELUM  AGM is at Rochdale on 15 May.

NEWS OF PEOPLE: We send our love and best wishes to Madge Pover, Roy Birchall, Marion Cowburn (and her brother Alan Aldred) who have all been in hospital.  Love also to Brian Crowther who is receiving hospital treatment and to all those who have not been too well recently. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

BAPTISM: 9 April:  George Blears born 4.5.2015. son to Victoria and Robert.


FLOWER DONATIONS: 2 &9 April Funds, 16 April Mr D Shallcross, Rev Catherall and Sophie, 23 April Funds, 30 April Mrs J Coles.


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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

2 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

9 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

16 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

23 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

30 Apr
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape

7 May
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers


EASTER SERVICES

Our Easter Sunday service is on 16 April at 10.45am.  There will be special music from the choir, our Children’s Easter Egg Parade and a buffet lunch in the hall after the service.  Please bring some food to share.
The Passover Supper will be on Maundy Thursday, 13 April, at 7pm in the hall.  This will follow Jewish ritual with hymns, the supper and closing communion.  Cost for the evening is £10. Please put your name on the list in the vestibule for catering purposes.
Chowbent School will be in Chapel for their Easter Service on Friday, 31 March at 11am. All welcome.
Churches Together have arranged a Palm Sunday Service at 6.30pm on 9 April at the Salvation Army.

CHOIR REHEARSALS:  Thursdays 23 & 30 March and 6 April, Tuesday 11 April

PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY

Chowbent is to host a special event organised by the North West Provincial Assembly on Saturday, 6 May.  Coffee and tea will be served in the hall at 10.30am followed by a service in Chapel conducted by Rev Brenda Catherall.  After lunch (bring your own sandwiches) and tea and coffee the afternoon session will be led by Rev Bob Janis-Dillon on his work with refugees and Warren Done (Atherton/Leigh Foodbank and Night Shelter) who will give a power point presentation and the event will finish at about 4pm.  The Rev Lynne Readett will be installed on the day as President.  If you can help with tea and coffee or provide a cake (or cakes) let Lynne know (01942 893965) or just come along. Let’s have a good Chowbent turnout !

CONGRATULATIONS:  Congratulations to Gillian (nee Dobson) and Mark Livesey on the birth of their daughter Alice Charlotte Evelyn on 11 March.  We are delighted for you all.
We also send our congratulations to Sue Loudon . Wigan Council is to confer the title of Honorary Alderman on Sue who served as a local councillor for many years. Family and friends will attend the ceremony at Wigan Town Hall on 19 April.

AN HONOUR FOR CHARLES:  The Rev Charles VanDenBroeder is to be nominated for the position of General Assembly President at the GA Meetings in April. Charles retired from the Ministry in 2015 but has remained active on the Unitarian scene, including preaching, and we are always delighted to welcome him to Chowbent.  Charles will conduct our Chapel’s Anniversary service  on 25 June in his capacity as GA President.

CHAPEL TERCENTENARY:  Our Chapel Tercentenary is in 2021. It seems a long way off but will soon be here and so we hope to start planning soon.  The Minister hopes to produce an update or addendum to the Chapel History written by Rev J.J.Wright in 1921.  Brenda wrote a project on the Chapel when she was 19 and training as a journalist which records events until 1974.  If you can help with any information about the Chapel from the 1970’s or with research let Brenda know.


FLOWER DONATIONS:  5 March;  Funds.   12 March:  Mrs B Glover, Mrs J Coles.  19 March: Funds.  26 March:  Family of Olive and Joe Barber.




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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am



Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

5 Mar
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

12 Mar
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

19 Mar
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

26 Mar
Rev Van Den Broeder
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape

2 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers


CHOWBENTERS OUT AND ABOUT

A group from Chapel visited the Zakariyya Central Mosque in Bolton on Sunday, 5 February, which was Visit a Mosque Open Day. The event was held in the afternoon and there were many visitors. We had a tour of the Mosque, observed prayer time and were given an insight into the Islamic faith.  The event closed with food and we also met up with other visitors from Bank Street Chapel, Bolton and Bury Unitarians.

Also in February on Thursday the 23rd, a group of us visited the Guide Dog Training Centre in Atherton, which was most informative and enjoyable. The visit was arranged by Sue Loudon who when she was Mayor chose Guide Dogs as her charity for the year.

INDUCTION

The Induction Service for the Rev Kate McKenna at Bury Unitarian Church is on Saturday, 4 March, at 2pm followed by a buffet tea.  Four of us from Chowbent will be attending and we wish Kate and the congregation a happy future together.


CONCERT AT RIVINGTON
On Saturday, 11 March, at 7.30pm there will be a musical concert given by One Accord and Caffrey-McGurk-Madge at Rivington Village Green tea room.  The event is a fundraiser for a new heating system at Rivington Chapel.  Details of the concert and ticket availability on our Chapel notice board.

EASTER EXPERIENCE
Atherton Parish Church are putting on a week-long event beginning on 20 March called Experiencing Easter and are asking for volunteers from the Atherton Churches to help by manning a station and guiding the children.  A form is posted on our Chapel notice board if anyone would like to help. The event is usually well attended with over 1,000 visitors.

FOR YOUR CHOWBENT DIARY
The Minister is to organise a Passover Supper on Maundy Thursday, 13 April, at 7pm.  A list for names will be put in the vestibule soon. The event has been well attended in previous years and involves Jewish ritual, hymns,  a Passover meal closing with Communion.  Cost to cover the food and wine is £10.

Our Easter Service will take place on Sunday, 16 April, at the usual time of 10.45am.  CHOIR REHEARSALS on Thursdays, 16, 23 & 30 March & 6 April and Tuesday, 11 April.

BRENDA’S HOLIDAY
The Minister will be on leave from 20 to 27 March.  Our thanks to the Rev Charles VanDenBroeder who will conduct the service on 26 March.

CHAPEL COMMITTEE
The Chapel Committee meeting is on Monday, 6 March, at 7pm
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FLOWER DONATIONS

5, 12 & 19 February from Funds.   Flowers on 26 February donated by Mr and Mrs H Harter.

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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

5 Feb
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

12 Feb
G and V Walker
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

19 Feb
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape

26 Feb
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

5 Mar
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover &


LOCAL SCHOOLS VISIT CHOWBENT

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was organised locally by Atherton Churches Together and proved to be an absolute delight for Chowbent Chapel.  A different church was open each day from 16 January for the week for an hour and a half . Local schools were invited to attend a place of worship different to the one connected with school and at our morning to host over 250 children visited from St George’s, St Philips, St Michael and Hindsford CE.  The children heard some of the story of the Chapel said a prayer and then toured the Chapel and grounds with a Quiz Sheet.  At the end of the session St George’s sang for us.  It was a wonderful occasion, thanks to the schools and to all who helped on the day.   How wonderful to have so many children in the Chapel!

GIFT MONTH
The final total for our Chapel Gift Month was £2,320, a fantastic record amount over previous years.  Thanks also to those who contributed with jars of grace for UNICEF which raised £63.47p.

GUIDE DOGS VISIT
A group of Chowbenters will be visiting the Guide Dog Training Centre in Atherton on Thursday, 23 February at 11am.  Meet at the centre.  The numbers for the tour are now full and Susan Loudon who has arranged the visit has directions to the Centre should they be needed.

SURPRISE VISITORS
We had several surprise visitors to Chapel over Christmas and the New Year.  It was a delight to welcome “home” Pam Brooks to the Carol Service and then joined by daughter Gillian and the grandchildren the family attended worship on 15 January before returning to Australia.  At the same service Brenda was also delighted to welcome Gwen and Steve Asprey who live in Spain.  Brenda had married them at Monton Church 20 years ago!

CONGRATULATIONS
Our congratulations to Alison and Steve Day on the birth of their son Lucas Charles on 29 December, a brother to Oscar.

WEDDING
The Chowbent wedding of Chapel member Gillian Dobson and Mark Livesey on 31 December was a lovely occasion and we send them our very best wishes.

FUNERAL
The funeral service for Kenny Dewett aged 60 was held at Chapel on 3 January, followed by commital at Howe Bridge Crematorium. The service was conducted by Rev Lynne Readett.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Kenny’s partner of 44 years Lynne and sons Mark, Ian, Leon, Andrew and Adam.

FLOWER DONATIONS
DECEMBER:  4th  Mr & Mrs D Williams;  11th  Mr & Mrs C Peers, Mr & Mrs J Readett and families; Rev B Catherall & Sophie; 18th  Mr W Whitelaw & family, Mr &  Mrs H Lane, Mrs M Fildes, Mrs M Jones & families, Mrs P Hill, Mrs S Loudon & Jenny, the Gregory family.

JANUARY:  1st   Rev L Readett; 8th Funds; 15th Mrs J Coles, Mrs M Pover & family, Mr & Mrs D Williams; 22nd  Mr & Mrs G Leigh & John, Mrs D Williamson, 29th  Funds.

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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, contiwnuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

4 Dec
Rev van
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

11 Dec
Rev B Catherall
R Speedman
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

18 Dec
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

25 Dec
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

1 Jan
Jean Clements
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape

8 Jan
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

15 Jan
Rev B Catherall
R Speedman
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

22 Jan
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

29 Jan
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

5 Feb
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape

                                                                                                     

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

11 December:   10.45am   TOY SERVICE    Please bring a new toy (or selection box etc) unwrapped,  for local children in need. The presents are distributed by the Salvation Army for children and early teens.
18 December:  10.45am   CAROL SERVICE with special contributions from the Choir, followed by seasonal refreshments in the hall.
25 December:  10.45am  a short CHRISTMAS DAY  service conducted by the Minister.

GIFT MONTH

Our Gift Month in October raised the fantastic sum of £2,190 for Chapel Funds. Thanks to everyone for their generosity.
CHRISTMAS FAIR

We had a most enjoyable Christmas Fair which raised £1,060 for the Chapel. The event was well attended and thanks to all who helped in any way.


 HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Many Happy Returns to Harold Harter who celebrated his 90th birthday on 1 December.  Love and best wishes from all at Chowbent.

BRENDA’S HOLIDAY.

Rev Catherall will be on leave from 26 Dec until 6 January. Our thanks to Jean Clements who will conduct the service on New Year’s Day.

VISION: NEXT STEPS

The service on 8 January will be on the theme of Vision. The Rev Lynne Readett will take part in the service with Brenda. Lynne is on the GA Executive Committee who have formulated a Next Steps plan to help stimulate growth in our denomination. A short DVD (15 minutes) will be shown after the service while we have our cups of tea in the hall and this will hopefully prompt some discussion.

WEEK OF PRAYER

Atherton Churches Together will be taking part in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This will begin with a joint service at St George’s Church at 6.30pm on Sunday, 15 January.  During the week a time of prayer will be held at a different church each day of the week from 10am to 11.30am.  It is hoped that local schools will take part and sing at the close of some or all of the prayer services.  Chowbent Chapel will host the first session on 16 January (Monday) followed by St Richards (Tuesday), St Michaels (Wednesday), Independent Methodists (Thursday) and the Parish Church (Friday).   Please feel free to drop in for as long or as short a time as you wish at any of the services.

CONGREGATIONAL WEEKEND

Please be sure to book your place for the Congregational Weekend at Great Hucklow from 30 June to 2 July.  The weekend starts with supper on Friday evening finishing with a traditional Sunday lunch.  Telephone Stella at the Nightingale Centre if you would like to go. Phone number 01298 871218. Book early to secure a room.

IN MEMORIAM

On 28 October at Howe Bridge Crematorium Chapel Rev Catherall conducted the funeral service for Joan Cleworth, followed by interment. Joan passed away in hospital at the age of 70 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with her daughter Alison, son Paul, sister June and all the family.
Rev Catherall also conducted the funeral service and interment for |Marion Thomason at Howe Bridge Cemetery on 3 November.  Marion passed away at Bedford Nursing Home at the age of 89 years.  She will be deeply missed by her son Paul, daughter Marlene and all the family.
They are remembered with love…….

FLOWER DONATIONS FOR NOVEMBER

6 Nov:  Mrs B Drane.  13 Nov:  Mr and Mrs R Mather, Mr and Mrs H Harter and families.  20 Nov:  Mr and Mrs M Tonge, Mr and Mrs J Chisholm and family.  27 Nov: Mr D Evans.

NEWS FROM NEPAL (via Rev Lynne Readett)

I heard from Nick Morice (York Unitarians) that there was good news, he wrote to us a few months ago thanking us for the very kind donation of £100 from Chowbent Chapel, the monies gathered up from chapel donations all across the UK were taken over to Nepal for the rebuilding of ‘Indra’s House’ which was destroyed in the earthquake last year. Indra and the family spent a miserable last winter in a shanty with a tin roof. This winter they will be warm and dry and they send their thanks to the many people in the UK who made this possible. All the small amounts donated added up to the £3000 needed to complete the rebuilding of their home. I was personally very pleased to hear of this first hand last week when I met Nick at the induction ceremony for Rev Ralph Catts in Hull and chatted with him, he said how overwhelmed Indra was to hear of British people’s kindness and we agreed that it was fitting that a woman who had dedicated her life to looking after orphaned children should have a safe and warm home once again.


 HAPPY CHRISTMAS

We wish all our readers a very happy Christmas and a good New Year and remember all those for whom the festive season can be lonely and difficult. May the Love that came down at Christmas in the form of the Christ child bless us all.










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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, contiwnuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

6 Nov
Rev B Catherall
R Speedman
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape

13 Nov
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

20 Nov
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

27 Nov
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

4 Dec
Rev Van Den Broeder
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth


CHRISTMAS FAIR

Our Christmas Fair is on Sunday, 20 November, from 1pm until 3pm. There will be our popular café, various stalls etc. Please bring items for the tombola, sweets tombola and bric a brac at the very latest the week before. Spread the word , come and enjoy the event and help raise money for chapel funds.

HARVEST THANKS

A big thanks to everyone who supported our Harvest Service.  Special thanks to Dorothy and the choir for the excellent music and to all who brought their produce . We have had a thankyou letter from Atherton and Leigh foodbank who do such great work and who much appreciated our contribution.

UNITARIAN:  WHAT’S THAT ?

Lynne Readett has some copies of the book “Unitarian:  What’s That ?” by Cliff Reed which answers questions about basic Unitarian thought.  If you would like a copy please ask Lynne or Brenda.


CONGREGATIONAL WEEKEND

For the last few years we have enjoyed a weekend away at our national holiday home at Great Hucklow. In 2017 our weekend will take place from 30 June to 2 July.  The Nightingale Centre offers comfortable accommodation and excellent food. Weekend starts with supper on Friday evening finishing with a traditional Sunday lunch.  Please telephone Stella at the centre to make your booking on 01298 871218.  You can ring Lynne Readett if you have any queries on 01942 893965.  Book early to secure a room.

REMEMBRANCE DAY

Our Remembrance Day Service is on Sunday, 13 November, at 10.45am.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sunday, 11 December:  Toy Service for the Salvation Army.
Sunday, 18 December:   Carol Service
Sunday, 25 December:  Christmas Morning Service.  All services at 10.45am.
CHOIR REHEARSALS: Thurs 17 Nov, 24 Nov, 1 Dec, TUES 6 Dec and Thurs 15 Dec
BAPTISMS
23 October:  April Rose Speakman born 17.4.2016, daughter to Deanne and Daniel.
23 October:  Benjamin Thomas Lee born 13.6.2016, son to Suzanne and Thomas.

FLOWER DONATIONS

2 October: Mr D Evans, Mrs A Magregor, Mrs E Glover and family.  9 October: Mr and Mrs H Harter. 16 October: Mrs D Williamson and family. 23 October: Mr D Evans. 30 October: Funds.




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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, contiwnuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

2 Oct
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape

9 Oct
Rev Van Den Broeder
R Speedman
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

16 Oct
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

23 Oct
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

30 Oct
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

6 Nov
Rev B Catherall
R Speedman
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape


HARVEST

Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service is on Sunday, 2 October, with special music from the Choir and a buffet lunch after the service.  Produce will go to Atherton and Leigh Foodbank for local people in crisis.  Chowbent Primary School will hold its Harvest Service in Chapel on Thursday, 13 October, at 1pm. All welcome.

CHRISTMAS FAIR

The Chapel Christmas Fair is on Sunday, 20 November, after morning service, the time of the Fair to be announced from the pulpit and in the November calendar.  Please bring items for the tombola and for a sweets/chocolate tombola in the next few weeks and before the event. There will be various stalls and the café

GIFT MONTH

October is the Chapel’s Gift Month when we invite monetary donations to aid the Chapel finances.  Please give your donation to either David Evans or Pauline Hill with cheques made out to Chowbent Unitarian Chapel.

CHOWBENTERS ON PILGRIMAGE

A group from Chowbent attended the Rivington Unitarian Chapel Triennial Pilgrimage on 24 September.  We enjoyed a Lancashire lunch, a short ‘pilgrimage’ to the Chapel service and proudly displayed our Chowbent banner!  Many Unitarians gathered for the event which was greatly enjoyed.  Also in September some Chowbenters along with some Walmsley members joined our friends at Bank Street, Bolton for the Women’s League “Mouse Drive”.  A great night, enjoyed by all.

CHAPEL COMMITTEE

The meeting in October is on Monday, 10 October, at 7pm. Brenda is on holiday from  3 to 10 October, and the service on Sunday, 9 October, will be conducted by Rev Charles Van Den Broeder. Many thanks to Charles.

BEST WISHES:  We send our love and best wishes to Steven Mather who is in the Royal Bolton Hospital . We hope you will soon be up and about, Steven. Our love to all those who have not been too well recently.

WEDDINGS:
3 Sept:   Susan Jayne Stout and Brian John Jackson
17 Sept:  Kathryn Susan Meekin and Karl Shaw.

BAPTISMS:
4 Sept:  Freddie John Alan Morris born 2.9.2015, son to Jennie and Jonathan.  The Chapel Rosebowl made by Freddie’s great-grandad Albert Aldred was used for the baptism !
18 Sept:  Reuben John Blakemore born 17.5.2016, son to Carley and John.
18 Sept:  Alfie-Jaxson Smith, born 1,12.2015, son to Stacey and Benjamin.

FLOWER DONATIONS


4 Sept: Mr and Mrs H Harter.  11 and 18 Sept:  Funds.


25 Sept: Mr D Evans, Rev B Catherall, Mrs B Glover.

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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

4 Sept
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

11 Sept
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

18 Sept
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

25 Sept
Rev B Catherall
R Speedman
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

2 Oct
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape


HERITAGE WEEKEND

The Chapel will be taking part once again in Heritage Weekend from 9 to 11 September.  We will be open to visitors on Friday 12 noon until 4pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday after morning service from 12 noon until 4pm. John Readett is appealing for helpers as both Chapel and Hall will be open with many interesting archives and photographs. If you can help John set up on Thursday let him know and please sign the list on the vestibule if you can help with refreshments or stewarding.

SPECIAL MEETING

On Sunday, 7 August we held a special congregational meeting to decide whether to register for a licence to conduct Same-Sex Marriages.  The vote was by over the two thirds majority required by our constitution in favour of registration. For Unitarian places of worship which have decided to pursue this the form filling and procedure is rather lengthy so this will take some time, but the process has begun.  Thanks to all members for their comments and votes.



FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Our Harvest Festival service this year is on Sunday, 2 October with produce being donated once again to the Foodbank.  There will be special music from the choir and a shared lunch after the service. Our Christmas Fair is on Sunday, 20 November. Please start to bring items for the tombola and let us know if you would like a stall or help in any way.

CHOIR REHEARSALS FOR HARVEST: Thursdays, 8, 15, 22 and 29 September.  If you enjoy singing, please come.

FUNERAL

On 25 August at Howe Bridge Crematorium the funeral service was held for Dave Graves, aged 65 years, who passed away peacefully at his Atherton home. The service and committal were conducted by Rev Brenda Catherall with Dave’s family taking part. Many people attended to pay their respects to Dave who had touched hearts with his laughter and love.  To his wife Sandra and all the family we send our love and our prayers.

WEDDING

27 August:  Darren Green and Michelle Houghton.  Congratulations !

BAPTISM

28 August:  Archie Philip Jones, born 14.11.2015, son to Samantha and Liam.

FLOWER DONATIONS

7 August: Funds, 14 August: Mr and Mrs H Harter, 21 August: Funds, 28
August: Mrs P Hill.







SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

7 Aug
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

14 Aug
Jean Clements
R Speedman
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

21 Aug
Rev C Van den Broeder
R Speedman
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

28 Aug
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape

4 Sept
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers


CHAPEL COMMITTEE NEWS

At the first meeting since the Chapel AGM new members Sue Loudon and Paul Howarth were welcomed and we thanked Madge Pover, who has now retired from the Committee, for her years of service.   Madge served on the Committee for about 40 years and during that time was Minutes Secretary for some time and also served for a few years as Chairman of the Committee and Congregation.  Our grateful thanks to Madge.

CHRISTMAS FAIR

Our Christmas Fair is planned for Sunday, 20 November.  Please start to bring items for the tombola and let us know if you would like a stall or can help in any way.

HERITAGE WEEKEND

Once again the Chapel will be taking part in Heritage Weekend from 9 to 11 Sept and opening its doors to visitors with our usual display of photos and historical items.  The Chapel and hall will be open on Friday 12 noon until 4pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 12 noon until 4pm.  John Readett, who organises our event, has put a notice up in the vestibule volunteers. Please sign up if you can help with teas or stewarding for a couple of hours.

RIVINGTON PILGRIMAGE

Rivington Unitarian Chapel’s Triennial Pilgrimage will be held on Saturday, 24 September. There will be a Lancashire lunch at Rivington Church Hall and the guest speaker will be the President of the General Assembly Dot Hewerdine.  Congregations can take their banners to display in the hall.  A service will be held in Rivington Chapel conducted by Rev Bob Janis Dillon, Minister at Warrington, Bryn and Chester Chapels.  Meet at hall 12.30, lunch 1pm and service at 3.15pm.  Booking is essential for lunch at a cost of £12.50 for adults and £8 children.   Sue Loudon is dealing with any Chowbent bookings which need to be made by early September.

SUMMER HOLIDAYS

Best wishes to all planning their Summer breaks.  The Minister will be on leave from Monday, 8 August, to Monday, 22 August,.  The preachers during Brenda’s holiday will be Jean Clements on Sunday, 14 August, and Rev Charles VanDenBroeder on the 21st. Our thanks to Jean and Charles.

BAPTISMS

31 July: Ava Louise Brown, born 8.2.2016, daughter to Gemma and Dean.
31 July: Harper Jane Mullin, born 19.9.2014, daughter to Jade and Scott.

FLOWER DONATIONS

3 July: Mrs D Williamson and family. 10 July: Funds. 17 July: Mrs J Coles, Mrs B Collier.  24 July: Funds. 31 July: Funds.





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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

3 July
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

10 July
Rev L Readett
D Williamson
J Crowther
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

17 July
Rev B Catherall
R Speedman
J Crowther
D Shallcross
J Worth

24 July
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J  Crowther
G Leigh
J Snape

31 July
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

7 Aug
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith


CONGREGATIONAL WEEKEND

A group of Chowbenters, along with Gordon and Veronica Walker (Bank St, Bolton) and three members of Ullet Road Church, Liverpool enjoyed a weekend at Great Hucklow, Derbyshire in June. Highlights included a trip to Eyam and to the Well Dressing at the village of Tideswell when we joined in the procession marching to the Band ! A great time was had by all.




CHAPEL AGM:

This will be held after morning service on 3 July. This is an important meeting in the Chapel year. Please come along and give your support.

SPECIAL MEETING

A Special Meeting of the Congregation has been called for Sunday, 7 August after morning service to discuss and vote as to whether the Chapel should register to conduct same-sex weddings.  This is a meeting for Congregational Members only. Please do your best to attend.

BRENDA’S HOLIDAY:

Our Minister will be on holiday from Monday to Monday, 4-11 July.  The service on Sunday 10 July will be conducted by the Rev Lynne Readett.

FLOWER  COMMUNION SERVICE: This will be held on Sunday, 17 July, please bring a flower to the morning service.

WEDDING:  22 June:  Stefan Noel James and Mandy Crippin. Our very best wishes.

BAPTISMS:
5 June: Olly Concannon born 29.11.2015, son to Nicola and Dylan.
5 June:  Harrison Bobby Chadwick born 22.3.2016, son to Louise and Adam.
12 June: Amelia Joan Statham born 10.6.2015, daughter to Samantha and Kevin.

FLOWER DONATIONS IN JUNE:


5th : Funds, 12th Mrs L Tattersall and family, 19th Mrs M Woodward, Mrs L Tattersall and family, Mrs M Jones, Mrs M Fildes and families, 26th Mr and Mrs K Lewin, Rev B Catherall, Mrs B Peers and families.

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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

5 June
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

12 June
Rev B Catherall
W Farnworth
J Crowther
D Shallcross
J Worth

19 June
Rev C Van Den Broeder
R Speedman
J  Crowther
G Leigh
J Snape

26 June
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

3 July
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith


MAYOR’S CONCERT

The Mayor’s Charity Concert featuring Flint Male Voice Choir held in Chapel in May raised £630. Thanks to all who helped and supported the event. Susan Loudon has now retired as a Councillor and has just completed her year of office as Mayor. She has had a wonderful year and hopes to have raised between £34,000 and £35,000 for Guide Dogs. A job well done !

CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY

The Chapel Anniversary Service is on Sunday, 26 June, at 10.45am.  Mrs Dot Hewerdine, President of the General Assembly will conduct the service and there will be special music from the choir. A shared lunch will follow in the hall. Please spread the word: we hope for a good attendance.

WARM WELCOME

We extend a warm welcome to members of Walkden Congregational Church and their Minister the Rev Alan Kennedy who will be visiting our chapel on the afternoon of 15 June for a guided tour of the chapel, talk on its history by our Minister, Brenda, and refreshments.
CONGRATULATIONS to Joyce Snape who took part in the Manchester 10K Run on 22 May.  Joyce completed the run in 1hr 15min and 14 secs and raised £503.96p for Manchester University Hospitals.  Well done, Joyce !

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR THE QUEEN

Atherton Parish Church will be holding a special service to mark the official birthday celebrations for the Queen on Sunday, 12 June, at 12 noon; all welcome.  The service will be followed by lunch and fun events.

UNITARIAN COLLEGE MANCHESTER

The End of Session Proceedings and Valedictory Service will be held at the College on Tuesday, 14 June. Principal’s Report etc at 4.45pm followed by a buffet tea and service for Robert Whiteman at 7pm with the address by the Rev Philip Waldron.

HUCKLOW WEEKEND

Some of our members will be off to Great Hucklow for a congregational weekend with members from Merseyside District from 17 to 19 June. Brenda will be going and Rev Charles Van DenBroeder will conduct the Chowbent service on June 19th.

CHAPEL AGM

This will be held on Sunday, 3 July, immediately after morning service. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting in our Chapel year.
FLOWER DONATIONS

May 1: Mr and Mrs M Tonge, Mr and Mrs R Mather, Mr and

Mrs H Harter. May 8: Rev B Catherall and Sophie. May 15: Mrs P Hill. May 22: Funds. May 29: Mrs P Grundy and Philip.



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FLINT MALE VOICE CHOIR

This Concert in aid of the Mayor’s Charity will take place in Chapel on Saturday, 7 May at 7.30pm. Tickets £7 or pay on the door. A wonderful evening is in store.

CHURCHES TOGETHER:  Atherton Churches Together are organising a joint Pentecost service and a meal on Sunday, 15 May. More details can be obtained from the Minister and will be announced from the pulpit. The Mayor, Cllr Susan Loudon, and her chaplain, Rev Catherall, will be attending the retirement service for the Bishop of Bolton at Bolton Parish Church in the afternoon.

JUNE EVENTS:  Our Chapel Anniversary Service is on Sunday, 26 June at 10.45am with special music from the choir and a shared buffet lunch in the hall afterwards. We are delighted that the GA President Mrs Dot Hewerdine will conduct the service and we look forward to her visit.

CHOIR REHEARSALS: Thurs 26 May, Thurs 2 June, TUES 7 June, Thurs 16 and 23 June.
Also in June a number of our congregational members will be off to Great Hucklow  from Friday, 17 June to Sunday, 19 June, for a congregational weekend with Merseyside District.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY REPORT FROM REV LYNNE READETT:
At our GA meetings this March it was personally heartening to hear the positive reactions to the Executive Commission report on the ‘Next Steps’. As a member of the EC I would urge those who can to take a look at the Unitarian website www.unitarian.org.uk and view the 15 minute promotional video shown at the meetings along with the short leaflet ‘The Next Steps’. Those who are not able to go online please speak to me and I will be able to give you a copy of the leaflet and also loan the video. Phone 01942 893965 or mobile 07885 414410.   

ORGAN BOOKLET:  We would like to thank our good friend Bryan Hughes who is compiling a booklet called “Chowbent Chapel and the Organs”. Brian has done much work on this booklet which is now at manuscript stage. We hope to have this printed for sale with proceeds to the Chapel Organ Restoration

FUNERALS:  The Minister Rev Catherall conducted the following funerals in April:
1 April: At Howe Bridge Crematorium the service for Stewart Bowdler, aged 47 years.
8 April:  Also at Howe Bridge Crematorium the service for Chapel member Johanna (Nel) Taylor, aged 91 years.
28 April: At Howe Bridge Crematorium the service for Gladys Barker, aged 94 years.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families.

BRENDA’S HOLIDAY:  The Minister will be on holiday from Monday, 23 May, to Monday, 30 May.  The preacher on Sunday, 29 May, will be the Rev Charles Van Den Broeder.


FLOWER DONATIONS:  3 and 10 April: Funds. 17 April: Rev B Catherall and Sophie.24 April: The Gregory Family.









SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

3Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

10 Apr
Rev Charles Van Den Broeder
D Williamson
J  Crowther
G Leigh
J Snape

17 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

24 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

1 May
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
R Birchall
M & R Birchall


EASTER THANKS

Our Easter services were well attended and we would like to thank Dorothy and the Choir for the excellent music on Easter Sunday. This year we held a Good Friday event with a short, but moving reflection in the Chapel followed by a fish and chips lunch in the hall. Thanks to all the helpers at the lunch and for your attendance at both these Easter events.

FLINT MALE VOICE CHOIR

We are delighted that Flint Male Voice Choir are to make a return visit to Chapel on Saturday 7 May, time to be confirmed for the evening concert.  This is a Mayor’s Charity Event and we hope for a good turnout to hear this wonderful choir.  Tickets will be available soon and more details from the pulpit.

THEOLOGY CONFERENCE

A Unitarian Theology Conference will be held at Cross Street Chapel, Manchester on Saturday, 21 May, starting 10.30am for 11am to 5pm. Speakers include Bank Street Minister Stephen Lingwood with the Keynote address by Rev Dr David Steers. Brenda, our Minister will be attending, let her know if you are interested in attending.

GA PRESIDENT TO VISIT

We are delighted that the GA President Mrs Dot Hewerdine has kindly accepted our invitation to conduct the Chapel Anniversary Service on Sunday, 26 June, at 10.45am. Please put the date in your diary.

FUNERALS

On 22 March Rev Catherall conducted the funeral service at Howe Bridge Crematorium for Arthur Adams, aged 86 years. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with his wife Delphine and all the family.
We were also saddened to hear of the passing in hospital of Johanne Taylor aged 91 years. Affectionately known to us as Nel, Johanne had been a much loved member of the Chapel.  Her funeral service is to be held at Howe Bridge Crematorium on Friday, 8 April, at 10.45am. Our deepest sympathy to sister Marie and all the family.

BEST WISHES

 We send our love and best wishes to Steven Mather who is in the Royal Bolton Hospital. We hope you are soon feeling better, Steven.

BRENDA’S HOLIDAY

The Minister will be on holiday from Saturday, 9 April to Saturday, 16 April. Thanks to Rev Charles VanDenBroeder for conducting the service on Sunday, 10 April.

FLOWER DONATIONS


6 March: Mrs J Coles. 13 March: Mrs B Glover. 20 March: Daughters of Olive and Joseph Barber. 27 March: Mr D Shallcross, Mr and Mrs H Harter.

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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

6 Mar
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape

13 Mar
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J  Crowther
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

20 Mar
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
J Crowther
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

27 Mar
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

3 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
D Shallcross
J Worth


EASTER SERVICES

The Chapel Easter Service will be on Easter Sunday, 27 March at 10.45am. As usual there will be special music from the choir and the Children’s Easter Egg Parade. Please bring some food along for the shared lunch after the service. There will be no Passover Supper this year. Instead we will have a short time of reflection in the Chapel on Good Friday (25 March) at 11.30am followed by a lunch of fish and chips and hot cross buns in the hall at 12 noon. Please put your names on the list in the vestibule for catering purposes.

Chowbent Primary School will hold its Easter Service on Monday, 21 March at 1.30pm in Chapel. All welcome.

CHOIR REHEARSALS will be on THURSDAYS, 10, 17 and 24 March at 7.30 pm.

FLINT MALE VOICE CHOIR

The Concert given by this wonderful choir has been rearranged for Saturday, 7 May (not April as previously stated).  More details in the next calendar and to be announced from the pulpit.
HUCKLOW WEEKEND:  There will again be a Chapel weekend at Hucklow in June, from the 17th to the 19th.  Booking is essential and should be made directly with the Centre.  The address is The Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 8RH, tel: 01298 871218.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETINGS:  These will take place in Birmingham from 30 March to 2 April. Two local Unitarian women are to be honoured. Janet Poole of Bank Street Chapel, Bolton will be installed as President of the Women’s League and Dot Hewerdine of Chorley Unitarian Chapel as President of the General Assembly.

THANKS FROM BRENDA:  Rev Brenda would like to thank everyone for helping the Chapel to “tick over” nicely during her recent leave of absence. Particular thanks to Rev Lynne Readett , Rev Charles Van Den Broeder and Veronica and Gordon Walker for conducting the services and to Rev Tony McNeile for officiating at the funeral service in Chapel on 25 January of Fred Farnworth. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Farnworth’s family.

ELIZABETH (BETTY) MATHER:  We were all saddened to hear of the passing of Betty Mather suddenly at her home in Thomas Street. Betty  aged 81 years was a much loved Chapel member and when she lived on Bolton Old Road opposite the Chapel Betty was Chapel caretaker, a job she took much pride in. She would often involve the family in cleaning and maintenance chores at the Chapel including her late husband  Thomas and late son David.  To son John, daughter Judith and all the family we offer our sincere sympathy. Betty will long be remembered with love and affection. Her funeral service was held in Chowbent Chapel on 25 February with Rev Catherall officiating. The service was followed by committal at Howe Bridge Crematorium.

FLOWER DONATIONS

Jan 24: Funds. Jan 31st Mrs R Jenkins and family. February – Funds.




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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

7 Feb
Rev C Vanden Broeder
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Shallcross
 B Peers

14 Feb
Rev C Vanden Broeder
R Steedman
J  Crowther
D Williams
M Pover &               M Sixsmith

21 Feb
Rev B Catherall
Wilf
J Crowther
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

28 Feb
Rev B Catherall
Music
J Crowther
D Shallcross
J Worth

6 Mar
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
G Leigh
J Snape


BRENDA’S CELEBRATION

It was a joy for us all to celebrate both Brenda’s 25th year anniversary of Unitarian Ministry and her 60th birthday on Sunday, 10 January.  The congregation was joined by Gordon and Veronica Walker from Bolton and readings were by Rev Lynne Readett and Rev Dr David Steers, who came to the service with his wife, Sue.

After the service everyone enjoyed the party, with pasties and a birthday cake, and an enthusiastic rendering of “Happy Birthday”.  We look forward to many more years of Ministry and many happy birthdays.  Brenda thanks everyone for the cards and gifts received on the occasion.


NOTICES
Thank you to members who take weekly envelopes for the support their regular donations give to the Chapel.  Weekly contribution envelopes are now available for the coming year: if you would like one please see Geoff Leigh.
Become a friend of the Chapel even if you can’t attend every service.
Thank you  to David Shallcross and Jacqui Worth for the prizes they gave for the raffle at Christmas which accumulated £190 for the Chapel restoration fund.

Choir rehearsals for Easter start on Thursday, 25 February, continuing on Thursdays, 3, 10 and 17 March, and Tuesday, 22 March.

FUTURE EVENTS

FLINT MALE VOICE CHOIR

Flint Male Voice Choir will entertain us in a concert on Saturday, 7th May  This will be another chance to hear their wonderful music.  Please come and bring your friends. 

HUCKLOW WEEKEND

There will again be a Chapel weekend at Hucklow in June, from the 17th to the 19th.  Booking is essential and should be made directly with the Centre.  The address is The Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 8RH, tel: 01298 871218.


FLOWER DONATIONS


6 Dec: Mrs B Drane, 13 Dec: Mrs B Peers, 3 Jan: Mr & Mrs D Williams, 10 Jan: Mr & Mrs G Leigh and John, Mrs J Coles, Mrs B Collier, 17 Jan: Funds.



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SERVICES: Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am.


Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments
6 Dec
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover &
M Sixsmith
13 Dec
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
R Birchall
M &
R Birchall
20 Dec
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
D Shallcross
J Worth
27 Dec
Jean Clements
D Williamson
J Crowther
G Leigh
J Snape
3 Jan
Rev C Van denBroeder
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett &
B Peers
10 Jan
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
D Williams
M Pover &
M Sixsmith
17 Jan
Rev Lynne Readett 
R Steedman
J Crowther
R Birchall
M & R Birchall
24 Jan
Veronica & Gordon Walker
D Williamson
J Crowther
D Shallcross
J Worth
31 Jan
Veronica & Gordon Walker
R Steedman
J Crowther
G Leigh
J Snape


CHAPEL TREASURER

Mrs Linda Tattersall is stepping down as Chapel Treasurer after 17 years of excellent service in this position. If anyone is interested in taking up the post or knows of anyone who might do, we would be very grateful. It is vital we appoint someone to this role. Please see Linda if you would like to know what is involved.  Many thanks Linda 

Weekly contribution envelopes are now available for the coming year, if you would like one please see Geoff Leigh.
  
Become a friend of the Chapel even if you can’t attend every service



CHRISTMAS FAIR

Our Christmas Fair held on November 22nd was a great success.  We had many visitors and the event raised £1,087 – a record in recent years! 

Thanks to everyone for their help and support.  In just three months with our Autumn Fair, Christmas Fair, concert and slide show we have raised around £2,500 for the Chapel.  This is a wonderful achievement.



CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Sunday, December 13th at 10.45am.  Our Toy Service. 

Please bring a new toy or selection box for needy children in our area.  Gifts will be distributed by the Salvation Army.

Wednesday 16th 1.30pm Chowbent School Christmas service in Chapel, all welcome.

Sunday December 20th at 10.45am.  Our Carol Service.

Special music from the choir, children’s nativity, carols and readings. Please spread the word and join us in the hall after the service for seasonal refreshments.
Friday December 25th at 10.45am.  Our Christmas Day Service. This will be a short service led by our Minister.


GUEST PREACHERS
The service on Sunday December 27th will be conducted by Jean Clements and on Sunday January 3rd the preacher will be Rev Charles VanDenBroeder. Thanks to Jean and Charles for conducting these services while Brenda is on holiday.

NEWS OF PEOPLE

Our love to Blanche Collier who has been in hospital and to our former deputy organist James Carter who is in hospital. Best wishes to him, to Fiona and Samuel. We are grateful to Rachel Steedman who now plays the piano for us once a month. We are glad to have you with us Rachel.


WEDDING
Saturday November 14th:  Anne Elizabeth Kelleher and Stephen David Kelleher. Best wishes.

CELEBRATORY SERVICE

The service on Sunday January 10th at 10.45am will be a Celebration of our Minister’s 25 years as a Unitarian Minister.  This will be followed by a party buffet lunch in the hall afterwards to also celebrate Brenda’s 60th Birthday!  Brenda will provide pasties and cake, so please bring some sandwiches to share for the buffet table.  All welcome.

A SERMON BY J.J. WRIGHT

On Sunday January 17th Brenda will deliver a sermon given by the Rev J.J. Wright which he gave in 1918. Entitled “No Exclusion in Religion” it was a brave and passionate response to a controversy when the Unitarians were excluded from a “United” Service.  It is a stirring call for unity in religion and was delivered to a crowded congregation.

CHRISTMAS BLESSING

We wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a New Year of hope and peace.

“Love came down at Christmas. Love all lovely, Love Divine.
Love was born at Christmas, star and angels gave the sign.”
                                                                    Words Christina Rossetti (1830 to 1894).



 Be a Friend of Chowbent Chapel

Weekly Offering Envelopes will be issued in the New Year,
if you would like to support the Chapel by taking one,
please contact Geoff Leigh,


SPECIAL RAFFLE

David Shallcross is to raffle a magnificent photo of a polar bear and cub, one of the many stunning pictures he captured on his trip to the Arctic.  The draw will take place after our Carol Service.




ATHERTON CHURCHES TOGETHER SERVICES

Sunday Dec 6th: Advent Service at the Independent Methodist Church at 6.30pm
Sunday Dec 13: Taize service at Atherton Baptist Church at 6.30pm.


FLOWER DONATIONS

Nov 1: Funds. Nov 8: Mrs M Woodward. Nov 15: Mr and Mrs R Mather, Mr and Mrs H Harter and family.  Nov 29: Mr D Evans.

Dec 6: Mr W Whitelaw. Dec 13: Rev B Catherall and Sophie. Dec 20: Mr W Whitelaw, Mr and Mrs Tattersall, Mrs M Fildes, Mrs P Hill, Mrs M Pover. Dec 27 Mrs D Williamson







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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

1 Nov
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

8 Nov
Mr G Walker
R Steedman
J Crowther
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

15 Nov
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
D Shallcross
J Worth

22 Nov
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
G Leigh
J Snape

29 Nov
Rev L Readett
R Steedman
J Crowther
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers



CHRISTMAS FAIR

Our Christmas Fair is on Sunday, 22 November from 1pm to 3pm in the hall. There will be a café, stalls, raffles etc. Items needed for tombola, toffee tombola, old jewellery and raffle prizes. Please come and support this major event and spread the word. Admission 50p.

EVENTS THANK YOU

Thanks to all those who helped and supported our events in October. The harvest hot pot supper was greatly enjoyed with folk entertainment from John, Terry and Geoff with £132 being raised for the Restoration Fund. The Restoration Fund also benefitted by £290 from the excellent slide show presentation by David Shallcross on his expedition to the Arctic region. David plans to raffle one of his photographs of Polar bear and cub!  Our home grown talent concert raised £230 for the Organ Fund. Thanks to John, Katy, Liz, supporting acts and those who attended the event.




GIFT DAY

The Chapel Gift day appeal raised £1,300, an excellent result. Thanks to everyone for their generosity.

NOVEMBER SERVICES

Remembrance Sunday service on 8 November will be conducted by Gordon Walker and on 29 November service to be conducted by Rev Lynne Readett as Brenda is on holiday.

FUNERAL SERVICES

On 23 October the funeral service was held at Howe Bridge Crematorium for Melanie Andrews who passed away aged 53 years and who lived on Weston Street. The service was conducted by Rev Catherall, Melanie’s neighbour with tributes from family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with all  Melanie’s family.

The congregation were saddened to hear of the funeral in Australia of Russell Best aged 52 years.  Russell, his wife Gillian (nee Brookes) and children  had lived in  Australia  for a number of years.  Gillian’s mum and dad Pam and the late Jim had also made their home there and the family were staunch members of Chowbent Chapel. We are thinking of you all and holding you close at this sad time.

WEDDING:  23 October:Louise Marie Kenyon and Matthew Cartledge. Congratulations !

FLOWER DONATIONS


4 Oct: Mr D Evans, Mr and Mrs H Harter, Mrs A Magregor and family, Rev B Catherall and Sophie, Mrs E Glover.  11 Oct: Mrs J Coles. 18 Oct Mrs D Williamson and family. 25 Oct Mr D Evans:




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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

4 Oct
RevB Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

11 Oct
Rev B Catherall
Rachel Steedman
J Crowther
D Shallcross
J Worth

18 Oct
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
G Leigh
J Snape

25 Oct
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

1 Nov
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith


AUTUMN FAIR AND CHRISTMAS FAIR

We had an excellent turnout for our Autumn Fair held in September. This was a new event and we would like to thank Sophie, all the helpers and supporters. The weather was kind as this year we had stalls and gazebos outside as well as stalls, activities and afternoon tea in the hall.  The event raised £972.67p for the Chapel Restoration Fund. Well done!

Let’s hope for a successful Christmas Fair . This will be held on Sunday 22 November from 1pm to 3pm. Maureen Birchall would like items for her stall. More details to be announced from the pulpit.

MORE CHAPEL EVENTS

On Thursday, 15 October, at 7.15pm in the hall come and take a trip to the Arctic region of Svalbard and Spitsbergen with local photographer and ornithologist David Shallcross. The show will contain a selection of the wildlife and scenery he encountered there. Admission by donation (suggested £5) inc refreshments. All proceeds to the Chapel Restoration Fund.

More entertainment on Saturday, 17 October, at 7pm in Chapel. Come and join us for “Atherton’s Talent in Concert”  (An evening of music and humour). Featuring Katy Howarth, soprano, Liz Holland, saxophone and clarinet and John Readett, guitar.  Supporting offerings by young singers and chapel members. Pay on the door £5 (children free) inc refreshments. Proceeds to Organ Restoration Fund.

NOVEMBER SERVICES

Brenda will be on holiday for two weeks in November. The service on Remembrance Sunday, 8 November, will be conducted by our very good friend Gordon Walker of Bank Street Chapel, Bolton and the service on 29  November by Rev Lynne Readett.

ANNA’S INDUCTION SERVICE

The Induction Service for the Rev Anna Jarvis as Minister to Monton Church, Eccles was held on Saturday, 26 September. Among those taking part were our Minister Brenda who gave the Charge to the Congregation and Rev Lynne Readett who brought greetings from the Executive Committee.  It was a lovely occasion and we wish Anna and the congregation a happy future together.

BAPTISMS

30 August: Sienna Louise Carter born 19.12.2013 and Ruby Grace Carter born 28.2.2015, daughters to Angela and Christopher.
20 September: Kaitlyn Blair Livesey, born 30.12.2014, daughter to Paula and David.

FLOWER DONATIONS


6 Sept: Mr W Whitelaw, Harold and Gladys Harter. 13 Sept: Funds. 20 Sept: Mrs C Lane,Mrs R Jenkins and Mrs C Ashton. 27 Sept: Mr D Evans, Mrs B Glover

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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

6 Sept
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

13 Sept
Rev B Catherall
Guest
J Crowther
G Leigh
Joyce Snape

20 Sept
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

27 Sept
Rev L Readett
D Williamson
J Crowther
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

4 Oct
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall


AUTUMN FAIR
The Chapel will be holding an AUTUMN FAIR on Saturday, 5 September. This is a new venture and we are hoping for a good turnout.  The event will be held from 11am until 3pm and will feature the Great Chowbent Bake-off. Please bring your cake to be judged at 12 noon with prizes presented by the Mayor and no admission charge for children.  Let’s make this a great event.

HERITAGE WEEKEND
The Chapel and hall will be open for Heritage Weekend from Friday 11 September  to Sunday the 13th, Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday after service 12 noon until 4pm. Our thanks to John for arranging this. Please put your names on the notice in the vestibule if you can help with stewarding and refreshments.

CONGRATULATIONS to our young Chowbenters on their recent exam results.  Jack Snape gained a 2:1 degree in History of Art at Warwick University and will study for an MA in London.  Kieran Hollingsworth achieved excellent ‘A’ level results and is off to the University of Manchester and Naomi Alex Harrison also achieved excellent ‘A’ level results and will be going to Edge Hill. Well done !

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Our Harvest Festival is on Sunday, 4 October, and the service will have special music from the choir. This will also be Chapel Gift Day with a shared lunch and archive memories.
A Harvest Hot Pot supper and entertainment from John Readett will take place on Saturday, 3 October, at 7pm in the hall. More details from the pulpit.
On Thursday, 15 October at 7.15pm in the hall our very own David Shallcross will delight us with a presentation on his recent trip to The Arctic Region! A wonderful power point presentation of wildlife and scenery.  Not to be missed.
A concert of home-grown talent is also planned for 17 October. Details from the pulpit.

CHOIR REHEARSALS FOR HARVEST: Thurs 3 Sept, TUES 8 Sept,
Thurs 17 & 24 Sept and Thurs 1 Oct.  New singers welcome.

FLOWER DONATIONS:  2 Aug Funds: 9 Aug Mr and Mrs H Harter.16 Aug  Funds. 23 Aug Mrs P Hill. 30 Aug Funds.

FUNERALS
On 4 August Rev Lynne Readett conducted the funeral service and committal at Howe Bridge Crematorium  for John Speakman who passed away at the age of 88 years. The Speakman family were staunch members of Astley Unitarian Chapel and our thoughts and prayers are with Joyce and all the family.
On 17 August Rev Catherall conducted the funeral service and committal at Carleton Crematorium for Kathleen Lewis (nee Chadwick). Kath passed away at the age of 94 years. A former Chowbent member and Sunday School teacher she had lived for a number of years at Thornton, Clevelys. We extend our deepest sympathy to all her family.

WEDDING
22 August: Chloe Victoria Taylor and Dean Robert Potter.

BAPTISMS
16 August: Jackson James Neal born 2.10.2012 and Anabelle Rose Neal born 27.5.2015, children to Laura and Benji.

23 August: Oscar Cass Day born 6.10.2014 son to Alison and Stephen.


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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

2 Aug
V Bradley

S Loudon
D Shallcross
Jacqui Worth

9 Aug
Rev B Catherall
W Farnworth
J Crowther
G Leigh
Joyce Snape

16 Aug
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

23 Aug
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

30 Aug
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

6 Sept
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth


AUTUMN FAIR

The Chapel will be holding an AUTUMN FAIR on Saturday, 5 September. This is a new venture and we are hoping for a good turnout.  The event will be held from 11am until 3pm and will feature the Great Chowbent Bake-off. Please bring your cake to be judged at 12 noon with prizes presented by the Mayor. The bake-off will take place in a gazebo on the Chapel front lawn! Other attractions in the hall will be Afternoon tea, craft stalls and holistic therapies, with children’s activities such as “hook a duck” and a treasure hunt. Admission will be £1 including a raffle ticket,  and no admission charge for children.  Let’s make this a great event.

HERITAGE WEEKEND

The Chapel Heritage Weekend will take place over the weekend of 11 to 13 September. Chapel and hall with archive displays will be open to visitors on Friday from 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 12noon until 4pm. Please sign the list on the notice board if you can help with stewarding and refreshments.


CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Sheila and John Chisholm who celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary on 1 September. Sheila (Tonge) and John married at the Chapel and the service was the first wedding to be conducted by the Rev Brenda Catherall !

BEST WISHES

Our very best wishes to Blanche Collier recovering at home after her hip operation and to Barbara Wheeler who is awaiting surgery. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

FUNERALS
On 15 July the Minister conducted the funeral service for Geoffrey Cleworth at Howe Bridge Crematorium. Geoffrey passed away peacefully in hospital at the age of 70 years and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Joan, daughter Alison, son Paul and all the family.
Rev Catherall also conducted the funeral service for Joyce Williams aged 94 years at Howe Bridge Crematorium on 17 July. Joyce was the much loved wife of the late Harold and a loving aunt.  We extend our deepest sympathy.

CHAPEL WEDDINGS
10 July: Maureen McHugh and David Davies. 24 July: Caroline Cresswell and Steven Johnson.  Our very best wishes.

BAPTISMS: 
28 June: Zac Stephen Holmes, born 1.12.2011, son to Angela and Stephen.
5 July: Isaac Stephen Rogerson, born 8.12.2014, son to Katie and Rob.
5 July: Max Wallace, born 19.1.2015, son to Stacie and Lee.

FLOWER DONATIONS


5 July: Dorothy Williamson and family, 12 July: Blanche Collier, 19 July: Jill Coles, 26 July: Funds.

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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

5 July
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape

12 July
Rev B Catherall
J Carter
J Crowther
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

19 July
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

26 July
Rev B Catherall
Guest
J Crowther
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

2 August
V Bradley

S. Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth


MAYORAL SERVICE

The Civic Service for the new Mayor of Wigan Borough, Councillor Susan Loudon was a wonderful occasion. It was a privilege for Chowbent Chapel to hold the service, especially as Susan is a Chapel member. Among the many attending were Lord Peter Smith, leader of the Council, Leigh MP Andy Burnham and Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue . The children from St George’s Primary School sang brilliantly and tenor Anthony Mee, a relative of the Mayoress was outstanding. Keeping it in the family, Susan’s daughter Jenny was one of the readers. An excellent buffet followed in the hall and there was a great atmosphere on the day with some excellent hymn singing accompanied by our organist Dorothy.  Brenda, our Minister who is also the Mayor’s Chaplain gave the address entitled “ A Minister’s Mayoral Musings”.  A day to remember.


ANNIVERSARY SERVICE

Our thanks to Mrs Marion Baker for conducting our Anniversary Service in June. Past President of the General Assembly, Marion brought greetings from the GA and the service was excellent .  Our thanks to Dorothy and the choir for the wonderful music.  A buffet lunch followed in the hall which was much enjoyed.

FLOWER COMMUNION

Our Flower Communion Service will be held on Sunday, 19 July, at 10.45am.  Please bring a flower to the service.  The service came about years ago to celebrate the life of the Czech Minister Norbert Capek who devised the flower communion and the service was brought to this country from America by the Rev Eric Shirvell Price then Minister at Bank Street Chapel, Bolton.  A memorial portrait of Rev Price was recently placed in the library at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, which Brenda viewed on her recent visit to the College.

MEDITATION

Brenda is to re-start the monthly Meditation sessions held in the meeting room in the hall. The Meditations will begin on Thursday, 16 July, at 12noon for half an hour followed by lunch. Come along and enjoy a time of quiet and bring a sandwich for lunch.  All welcome.

BRENDA’S HOLIDAY:  The Minister will be taking her Summer Holidays from 27 July to 10 August. Vincent Bradley will conduct the services on 2 and 9 August while Brenda is away. Thank you Vincent. We are glad Vincent’s mum Karen is home from hospital, Jean Tonge is progressing well after her hip surgery and Duncan Williams is improving.  Our love and best wishes to all those who have not been too well recently. We hope the coming sunshine helps.

BAPTISM:  7 June: Renae Esme Wallace, born 10.1.2015, daughter to Samantha and Jack.

FLOWER DONATIONS:  7 June: Family of Pat Gregory. 14 June: Mrs S Loudon.  21 June: Family of Pat and Eric Gregory, Mrs J Scott, Mrs B Peers, Mr J Readett, the 
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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

7 June
Rev B Catherall
J Carter
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

14 June
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

21 June
Mrs Marion Baker
D Williamson
J Crowther
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

28 June
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
D Shallcross
J Worth

5 July
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S. Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape


CHAPEL AGM

Our Chapel Annual General Meeting will be held immediately after morning service on 14 June.  This is a very important meeting in our Chapel calendar when we reflect on the past year and look to the future.  Much work is done in preparing the reports so please come along and support your Chapel

ANNIVERSARY SERVICE

Our Anniversary service is on Sunday, 21 June, at 10.45am. The preacher this year is Mrs Marion Baker, Past GA President and EC Member, of Upper Chapel, Sheffield.  As usual there will be special music from the choir and a shared lunch to follow the service.  It is a great occasion in which to give thanks for our beautiful Chapel and Unitarian witness, so come along, enjoy and spread the word!

CHOIR REHEARSALS:  Tuesday, 2 June, Thursdays, 11 and 18 June.




UNITARIAN COLLEGE, MANCHESTER:  The End of Session proceedings and Valedictory Service will be held at Luther King House, Rusholme, on 9 June.  Business proceedings and a presentation on the future options for UCM will take place at 3.30 pm followed by tea and then the Valedictory Service for Phil Waldron at 7 pm.  Phil has preached at Chowbent and we wish him well in his ministry.

OFF TO OXFORD:  Brenda will be attending Harris Manchester College, Oxford, from 22 to 24 June.  The event includes the Governors AGM, Valedictory Service for outgoing students and sessions for Professional Development for Ministry.  Rev Lynne Readett will also be attending.

NEWS OF PEOPLE:  We send our love and best wishes to Jean Tonge, who has had surgery for a new hip and is recovering at home, and also to Duncan Williams still undergoing hospital tests.  To all those who have not been too well recently we wish you a speedy recovery.

BAPTISMS: 3 May:
Jaxon Christopher Beaumont, born 8.11.2010, son to Suzanne and Warren; and Marissa Monica Charley Cope, daughter to Suzanne and Steven.
Ronnie Sheals Meredith, born 1.5.2014, son to Paige and Benjamen.
Max Philip Walker, born 13.1.2015, son to Victoria and Ashley.

WEDDINGS:
10 April  Michaela Joanne Beardall and Adrian Karl Piggott
2 May     Judith Christine Collier and Paul David Keogh
16 May   Paula Joanne Kieran and Michael John Evans

FLOWERS IN MAY:


3 May  Mrs J Coles, Mr & Mrs M Tonge and family; 10 May  Mr & Mrs R Mather, Mr & Mrs H Harter, Mrs P Hill, Rev Brenda Catherall and Sophie;  17 May Mr & Mrs H Harter; 24 May   Mrs P Grundy and Philip; 31 May  Mrs S Loudon 




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SERVICES:  Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

3 May
Rev B Catherall
J Carter
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

10 May
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

17 May
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

24 May
Jean Clements
D Williamson
J Crowther
D Shallcross
J Worth

31 May
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
G Leigh
J Snape


EASTER THANKS
Many thanks to all those who supported and helped out at our Passover Supper which was greatly enjoyed.  Special thanks to our friends Gordon and Veronica Walker from Bank Street (Gordon’s Hebrew really adds to the occasion!), to Dorothy for playing for the hymns and to all who made and prepared the meal.

Our Easter Service was also an excellent event with wonderful music from the choir and Dorothy. Although a number of members and friends were on holiday so the attendance was a little disappointing. Let us all do our best to support Sunday services and especially our special events.

CHOIR REHEARSALS:  Thursdays, 21 and 28 May, Tuesday, 2 June, Thursdays, 11 and 18 June.

SPECIAL SERVICES
We are delighted that Chowbent Chapel will be the venue for the Civic Service for the new Mayor of the Wigan Borough and Chapel member Councillor Susan Loudon.  The service is on Sunday, 31 May, at the usual time of 10.45am. There will be a Mayoral procession before the service and a buffet lunch in the hall afterwards. There will be songs from a choir of children from St George’s Primary School where Susan has been much involved, a soloist, guest readers, and a sermon from our Minister, Brenda, entitled “A Minister’s Mayoral Musings!”  Susan has chosen all the hymns and the special music which Dorothy will be playing. Get there early for a good seat as we are looking forward to a very full Chapel!

Our Anniversary service will be on Sunday, 21 June, at 10.45am. The guest preacher will be the former GA President, Mrs Marion Baker. The service will include special items from the choir and our usual buffet lunch afterwards.

CHAPEL AGM:  This will be held immediately after morning service on Sunday, 14 June. Please put the date in your diary and make every effort to attend.

WILDLIFE NIGHT
Our grateful thanks to David Shallcross for his wonderful digital slideshow and talk on “The Highland and Islands of Scotland” on 13 April. Fantastic photography and a wonderful evening which raised £233 for the Chapel Restoration Fund. Thanks to everyone who supported the event.

PENTECOST JAMBOREE
Atherton Churches Together are holding a special short Whit Sunday Service on Sunday, 24 May, at 4 pm for all the churches. This will take place at Atherton Parish Church hopefully outside with songs, the Lord’s Prayer recited in various languages and the releasing of colourful balloons, a “dove” and the children from the Sunday Schools are invited to make flags of red and gold to help celebrate.  From about 4.30 pm everyone is invited to Atherton Baptist Church for a shared lunch. Let’s hope we have a good attendance from Chowbent to join in a celebration with all the other churches in Atherton.

MINISTER’S HOLIDAY – Brenda is on holiday from 18 to 25 May.

FLOWERS IN APRIL: 5th Funds, 12th Rev B Catherall and Sophie,

19th Family of Pat Gregory, 26th Funds

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SERVICES:

Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

5 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith

12 Apr
Rev B Catherall
J Carter
J Crowther
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

19 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
D Shallcross
J Worth

26 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
G Leigh
J Snape

3 May
Rev B Catherall
J Carter
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers


EASTER SERVICE

Our Easter Service is on Sunday, 5 April, at 10.45am. The service will feature special music from Dorothy and the choir and the Children’s Easter Egg Parade.  A shared lunch will follow in the hall. All welcome.

WILDLIFE NIGHT

On Monday, 13 April, at 7.30pm in the hall there will be a Wildlife slideshow and talk on “The Highland and Islands of Scotland”.  Giving the presentation will be ornithologist, wildlife photographer and Chowbenter David Shallcross.  Cost for the evening is £5 with refreshments and all proceeds will go to the Chapel restoration Fund.  Spread the word and bring your friends !

BEST WISHES

We send our very best wishes to the Rev Lynne Readett who is retiring in April from the full time ministry.  She has served the Merseyside District since 2007. Enjoy a well-earned rest Lynne !
We also send our best wishes to Duncan Williams, Barbara Wheeler , Betty Mowbray and all our members and friends who have not been too well recently. We hope you will soon be feeling better.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

The service in Chapel on Sunday, 31 May, will be at the usual time of 10.45am and will be a resplendent occasion. The service is the Mayoral Service for the new Mayor of the Wigan Borough, Councillor Susan Loudon. It is fitting that the service will be held at Chowbent Chapel, Susan’s spiritual home. Several hundred people are expected for the service so come early to get your seat!  There will be a Mayoral Procession before the service and a buffet lunch in the hall afterwards.

FUNERALS

The funeral service for Rosalyn Tunstall aged 68 years was held in Chapel on 2 March followed by committal at Howe Bridge Crematorium. The service was conducted by the Rev Brenda Catherall, and Rosalyn’s daughter Julie who married Mark at Chapel in 2005 gave a moving tribute to her mum. To Rosalyn’s husband Philip, Julie and all the family we extend our deepest sympathy.

The funeral service for Joan Taylor aged 94 years was held in Chapel on 10 March conducted by the Rev Lynne Readett and followed by committal at  Howe Bridge Crematorium. Joan was a much loved member of the Chapel. Loving mum to Rosalind and Freda, Joan had been married to the late Bill and was twin sister to the late Helen and sister to Olive. The Chapel had enriched Joan’s life and she enriched the lives of all who knew her.

FLOWER DONATIONS


1 March:  Funds. 8 March: Mrs J Coles, Mrs B Glover. 15 March: Family of Pat Gregory, June Crowther. 22 March:  Family of Joseph and Olive Barber, Mrs B Mather and family. 29 March: Funds.



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SERVICES:

Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

1 Mar
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover and M Sixsmith

8 Mar
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

15 Mar
Jean Clements
J Carter
J Crowther
D Shallcross
J Worth

22 Mar
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
G Leigh
J Snape

29 Mar
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers



BRENDA’S HOLIDAY

The Minister will be on holiday from Monday, 9 March, to Monday, 16 March. The service on 15 March  will be conducted by Jean Clements of Denton Chapel and we welcome Jean to Chowbent.

FUNERALS

The funeral service for John ( Jack )Howarth was held in Chapel on 12 February, followed by interment at Howe Bridge Cemetery. Jack passed away peacefully in hospital at the age of 80 years. Jack was a much loved member of Chowbent Chapel who brought love and laughter into our lives. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter Janet, grandson Matthew, brother Bill , sister in law Joan and all the family. Jack was the loving husband of the late Irene, a former Chowbent Rose Queen.  We are deeply grateful to Jack’s family who have donated his electronic piano for use at Chowbent, a fitting tribute to Jack, who loved his music.

The Minister also conducted the funeral service on 19 February at Chapel for John (Jack) Simm, aged 84 years. The service was followed by committal at Howe Bridge Crematorium. We extend our thoughts and deepest sympathy to Jack’s family.

Joan Taylor passed away in hospital at the age of 94 years. She was much loved and a devoted member of the Chapel. To her daughters Rosalind and Freda and all the family you are much in our thoughts. Joan’s funeral service will be in Chapel on 10 March at 1.45pm followed by committal at Howe Bridge Crematorium.

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Harold and Gladys Harter who celebrate their Diamond Wedding on 19 March. Congratulations also to Simon and Mhairi Mather on the birth of their son Alexander Robert on 6 February.

PASSOVER SUPPER AND EASTER SERVICE

Our Passover Supper will once again be held on Maundy Thursday, 2 April, in the hall at 7pm. The cost for the evening to cover the expenses for the meal, wine and Jewish ritual foods will be £10.  Please put your name on the list on the Chapel notice board as soon as possible. The Easter Service with special music from the choir is on 5 April at 10.45am followed by a shared lunch.

CHOIR REHEARSALS FOR EASTER will be on Thursdays, 5, 12, 19 and 26 March and on Wednesday, 1 April, at 7.30 pm

FLOWER DONATIONS
1 Feb: Mr and Mrs D Williams, 8 Feb: Funds, 15 Feb: Mrs R Jenkins and family, 22 Feb: Funds.


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SERVICES:

Sunday morning services start at 10.45 am. Sunday school usually begins in Chapel at 10.45 am, continuing in the Hall at approximately 11 am

Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

1 Feb
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

8 Feb
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
J Crowther
D Shallcross
J Worth

15 Feb
Rev B Catherall
J Carter
J Crowther
G Leigh
J Snape

22 Feb
Rev B Catherall
Guest
J Crowther
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

1 Mar
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
M Pover & M Sixsmith


LETTER FROM NANCY
The Minister received the following note from Nancy Boardman after celebrating her 90th birthday.
“Dear Friends, Thank you for the birthday card, signed with all your signatures.  I was moved to tears, but felt so happy at the same time.  I had a wonderful birthday, the time passed all too quickly, pity you couldn’t share my birthday cake.  I often think of my years spent at Chowbent, and feel