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

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

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

18 Aug
Rev  B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape & A McGregor

25 Aug
Rev L Readett
TBA
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

1 Sept
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
A & J Hynes


MADGE POVER

The funeral service for Chapel member Madge Pover took place in the Chapel on 23 July, conducted by the Rev Lynne Readett.  Madge, wife of the late Jim, had served the Chapel in so many ways. Over the years she had served as Chair of the Congregation, Minutes Secretary, a Trustee and been a choir member for over 50 years.  Madge loved to sing in the choir and had chosen for the service music by former organist, composer and choirmaster Richard Manley Peake.  Our organist Dorothy Williamson played “Chowbent Chapel” as a tribute and the choir sang “Still, still with Thee”.  Madge will be remembered with much love and affection and our thoughts and prayers are with her sons Mark, Steven, Andrew and all the family.

NEWS OF PEOPLE:  Our congratulations to Karen Eckersley who has been awarded a first class BA (Hons) degree in Sociology and Social Policy from the University of Liverpool. Well done, Karen!

We send our love to Susan Loudon who is in hospital and wish her a speedy recovery. Our love and best wishes also to Bob Mather who is now at Bedford Care Home in Leigh.

NELUM MEETING:  There will be a special meeting of our District Association NELUM at Walmsley Chapel, Egerton on Saturday, 31 August.  There will be a short general meeting at 2pm followed by a discussion Forum at 2.30pm approx.  The forum will be to discuss the role of NELUM and how it can best serve our churches, congregations and the ministry in the future.   An afternoon tea will be served afterwards. More information available from Brenda.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

HERITAGE WEEKEND:    Chowbent will once again be taking part in Heritage Weekend.  The Chapel will be open to visitors on Friday, 13 September from 12 noon to 4pm, Saturday, 14th, from 10am to 4pm and Sunday. 15th, from 12noon until 4pm.  John Readett will once again organise the archive displays in the Chapel and hall and we will need help from stewards in Chapel and volunteers for the tea rota in the hall.  A list will be placed in the vestibule shortly for helpers. The weekend is always a good occasion at Chowbent and we have visitors to the Chapel from near and far.
HARVEST:    The Chapel Harvest Festival Service is on Sunday. 6 October at 10.45am.  Tinned and non-perishable goods will again be donated to the Foodbank. Details of items needed to be announced.   Harvest is also always the start of our UNICEF Jars of Grace Appeal.   Dorothy and the Choir will as usual provide special music for the occasion and the service will be followed by a shared lunch in the hall.

MEDITATION:  There will be no Meditation session in August due to the holidays, but these will resume in September.  The next meeting will be in the hall on Thursday, 5 September at 12noon. A half hour of quiet and relaxation led by the Minister, followed by a shared lunch for those wishing to stay on for a chat.  All welcome.


FLOWER DONATIONS:  Pauline Hill is helping with the flowers until Sue is feeling better. If you wish to donate in memory of a loved one see Pauline for the time being.  The donations for July will appear in the next calendar.


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Date
Minister
Organist
Flowers
Steward
Refreshments

7 July
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape & A McGregor

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

21 July
Rev L Readett
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
A & J Hynes

28 July
Rev C Van DenBroeder
D Williamson
S Loudon
S Loudon
M Sixsmith

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


ANNIVERSARY SERVICE

Our Chapel Anniversary Service on 23 June was an enjoyable occasion. The music provided by Dorothy and the choir was excellent and our thanks to the Rev Lynne Readett who conducted the service at short notice and to Becky who painted the lovely stones to give to the children as a memento.  Everyone enjoyed the shared lunch and chat in the hall afterwards.

CONGRATULATIONS

We send our congratulations to Sophie and Chris Graves on the birth of their daughter Alice on 25 June at the Royal Bolton Hospital.  Sophie and Alice are still in hospital and progressing well.  Lots of love from us all.

HOLIDAYS AND PREACHERS

The holiday season is upon us and we hope everyone enjoys some sunshine and perhaps a break away.

Brenda will be on leave from 15 to 31 July.   She would like to thank the Rev Lynne Readett for stepping in to help while she was spending time at the hospital .  Lynne will conduct the service on 21 July  and the Rev Charles VanDenBroeder on 28 July.

RONALD SALE

Rev Catherall conducted the funeral service for Ronald Sale at Chowbent on 5 June followed by committal at Howe Bridge Crematorium.  Ron passed away in hospital at the age of 93.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, son David, daughters Susan and Sharon and granddaughter Heather.

GORDON ROBERT WALKER

The congregation were saddened to hear of the passing of Gordon Walker at the age of 85 years.  Gordon passed away peacefully at home and our thoughts and prayers are especially with his wife Veronica and Gordon’s daughter and son Liz and Nick. Gordon was also a much loved grandad.
Gordon and Veronica, members at Bank Street Chapel, Bolton have been good friends to us at Chowbent and together and separately conducted services at our Chapel and enjoyed participating in the Passover Suppers at which Gordon presided.  A true gentleman, Gordon’s funeral service is to take place at Chowbent on Friday, 5 July, followed by committal at Howe Bridge.

FLOWER DONATIONS

2 June:  Funds.  9 June: Linda Tattersall, Christine Worthington, Sandra and Alan. 16 June: Mrs M Fildes, Mrs M Jones and families. 23 June: Mr J Readett, Mrs B Peers. 30 June: 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

2 June
Rev  C Van Den Broeder
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

9
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
A & J Hynes

16
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
S Loudon
M Sixsmith

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

30
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

7 July
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape & A McGregor



ANNIVERSARY SERVICE

The Chapel Anniversary Service is on Sunday, 23 June, at 10.45am.  Rev Brenda Catherall will conduct the service and there will be special music from the choir and a shared lunch in the hall afterwards. At the Chapel AGM Brenda announced her intention to retire in January 2020 so this will be her final Anniversary Service as the Chowbent Minister. However, Brenda has offered to help with services and the conduct of rites of passage in the interim period following her retirement.  Let us hope for a good attendance as our Anniversary Service is one of the highlights in our Chapel Calendar. The service on 30 June will be a Flower Communion Service again conducted by the Minister.  Please bring a flower to the service.

CHOIR REHEARSALS for the Anniversary will be at 7.30 pm on Thursdays, 6, 13 and 20 June.

The Tercentenary group will meet in Chapel at 2 pm on 4 June.


DAVID’S SLIDE SHOW

David Shallcross gave a brilliant slide show on ‘The Wonderful Wildlife of Islay and Jura’ in the hall at the end of April.  We enjoyed a tour of the Scottish Islands featuring wildlife, history and stunning scenes.  The evening raised £169 for the Chapel Restoration Fund.

ATHERTON CHURCHES TOGETHER

There will be a Pentecost Celebration organised by Churches Together in Atherton outside the Parish Church on Sunday, 9 June, at 4pm.  This will be followed by a faith bring and share tea at the Baptist Church.  All welcome.

MEDITATION: Brenda will lead a meditation session in the meeting room in the hall at 12 noon on Thursday, 13 June.  These monthly sessions of quiet and relaxation are much enjoyed and everyone is welcome. The meditation lasts for about half an hour and is followed by a shared lunch for those who wish to stay on for a chat.  The sessions will resume in September after a break during the holiday period.

FUNERAL:  On 30 April Rev Catherall conducted the funeral service for Marjorie Cawley who passed away in hospital aged 76. The service and committal were at Howe Bridge Crematorium.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Marjorie’s husband Terry, son Simon, daughter Vicky and all the family.  Marjorie will be remembered with much love and affection.

BAPTISMS:
12 May:  Tomas Albert Lee Knowles born 27.12.2018, son to Kymberly and Lee.
26 May:  Olivia Grace Potter born 7.4.2018, daughter to Jazmin and Thomas.


FLOWER DONATIONS: 5 May The Tonge family, Rev B Catherall and Sophie.  May 12 Mr and Mrs R Mather, Mr and Mrs H Harter and families, Mrs P Hill.  May 19 Mrs S Loudon and Jenny.  May 26 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

5 May
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
S Loudon

12 May
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall

 19 May
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Shallcross

26 May
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh

2 June
Rev C Van Den Broeder
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett


EASTER SERVICE THANKS

Our Easter Sunday Service was well attended and with a lovely shared lunch afterwards. The choir under the guidance of Dorothy were wonderful and the children’s painted eggs were superb.  The Good Friday event again led by the Minister began with a moving short service based on Mark’s Gospel followed by a fish and chips lunch and was also well attended. Thanks to all those on kitchen duty and to the Valley Chippy!   Our thanks also to Diane Maccabe who conducted the Palm Sunday Service.

ATHERTON CHURCHES TOGETHER

The Atherton Churches Together Lent Series ‘Getting to Know You’ was a great success.  Services were held at five different Atherton places of worship at which we learned about the history of different denominations and their worship.  Chowbent hosted the last service in the series when about 60 people attended from various churches and the singing was great!   After the service most people stayed behind for a cuppa and cake and it was a splendid afternoon.  The next Churches Together event will be at Pentecost.  More details from the pulpit and in the June calendar.

NELUM

The AGM of NELUM our District Association will be held at Rawtenstall Unitarian Church on Monday, 13 May, at 7.15pm.   A NELUM Dinner is planned for Friday, 17 May, 6.30pm for 7pm also at Rawtenstall at a cost of £20. This must be booked by 5 May and a minimum number of bookings required to go ahead. Menu and tel no to book available from Susan Loudon.

CHAPEL AGM

Our Chapel AGM will be held at 12 noon in the hall after morning service on Sunday, 19 May.  Please do your best to attend this important meeting in our Chapel calendar. A Nomination sheet has been put up in the chapel.

MORE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Chapel Committee will meet on Monday, 6 May, at 7pm.  The Chapel Anniversary Service is on Sunday, 23 June, at 10.45am conducted by the Minister.

MEDITATION

The Minister will lead a half hour of Meditation in the hall meeting room at 12 noon on Thursday, 16 May, followed by a shared lunch. All welcome. Come and enjoy a time of quiet and relaxation.

BRENDA’S HOLIDAY

The Minister will be on holiday from 27 May to 3 June. The service on 2 June will be conducted by the Rev Charles Van Den Broeder.

FLOWER DONATIONS


7 April; Lent Service. 14 April: Funds. 21 April:  The Gregory family, Rev B Catherall and Sophie.  28 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

7 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross

 14 Apr
Diane Maccabe
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh

21 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett

28 Apr
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Williams

5 May
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
S Loudon



EASTER SERVICES

The service on Palm Sunday, 14 April, at 10.45am will be conducted by Diane Maccabe  from Manchester. We are grateful to Diane for coming to Chowbent as Brenda is on holiday from 8 to 15 April.

On Good Friday at 11am in Chapel Brenda will read from Mark’s gospel with reflective music.   This will be followed by a fish and chips lunch, hot cross buns etc in the hall served at about 11.40am.  Cost for the lunch is £5  to be given to Susan Loudon BEFORE  she goes to the Valley Chippy to collect the fish and chips and names MUST be on the list on the noticeboard  by14 April so we have precise numbers.  Easter Sunday service is at 10.45am on 21 April. There will be special music from the choir and the Children’s Easter Egg Parade. Please bring food for a shared lunch in the hall after the service.

ATHERTON ART GROUP

Atherton Art Group held an exhibition in the Chapel Hall on Saturday, 9 March and members joined us for worship with an art theme on the Sunday, and over cups of tea we were able to view the art work which was outstanding.  They hope to exhibit in our hall in the future and we look forward to welcoming them again at Chowbent.

CHOWBENT SLIDE SHOW

David Shallcross is to give a slide show on ‘The Wonderful Wildlife of Islay and Jura’ in the Chapel hall at 7.30pm on Thursday, 25 April.  Doors open at 7pm and the cost is £5 with proceeds to the Chapel Restoration Fund. There will be refreshments and a raffle. This wonderful tour of the Scottish Islands featuring wildlife, history and scenes is not to be missed.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Our Chapel AGM will be held on Sunday, 19 May, at 12 noon after morning service. Please do your best to attend.

FUNERALS

On 12 March the Minister conducted the funeral service and committal at Howe Bridge Crematorium for Lynne McNeil. Lynne passed away in hospital at the age of 46 years and our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Mick, their children Megan, Jessica and Thomas and all the family.

We also extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Keith Critchley, whose funeral was also held at Howe Bridge Crematorium on 13 March conducted by Rev Catherall. Keith passed away at home shortly after his 75th birthday.  To his wife Mavis and all the family, you too are in our prayers.

BAPTISM: 24 March:  Winnie Fay Speakman born 7.10.2018, daughter to Chloe and Thomas.


FLOWER DONATIONS: 3 March: Mrs S Loudon. 10 March: Mrs B Glover, Mrs J Coles. 17 March: Jackie and Anne Hynes and family. 24 & 31 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

3 Mar
John Poskitt
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh

10 Mar
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
J Readett

17 Mar
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams

24 Mar
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
S Loudon

31 Mar
Rev B Catherall
W Farnworth
S Loudon
R Birchall

7 Apr
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross


GETTING TO KNOW YOU

This year during Lent Churches Together in Atherton have arranged a series of afternoons with the title “Getting to Know You”.  The idea is for the places of worship to hold a service/session in which they each highlight what is different about them so we can learn from each other.  Chowbent Chapel will be the venue for the last gathering on 7 April so there will be NO MORNING SERVICE on that day.  Please do your best to attend some or all of the churches as this is a wonderful opportunity to learn about each other.  10 March:  Atherton Parish Church. 17 March: Baptist Church. 24 March: Central Methodists. 31 March: St Richards. 7 April: Chowbent.   All sessions begin at 4pm. All welcome.

CHOIR REHEARSALS FOR EASTER: Thursdays, 28 March, 4, 11 and 16 April.

NUMBERS CLUB: Chowbent Chapel is to have a Numbers Club to raise funds for the Chapel and Restoration Fund. Membership is not exclusive to the congregation and friends and family welcome to join. A number may be bought for £5 per calendar month with no limit to numbers bought. More numbers mean bigger prizes and more money for Chapel funds.  Numbers will go into a monthly raffle where half the proceeds go in prize money and half to Chapel.  If you would like to join you can see John Hodgson for information and details of how to take part. Draw to be made on the first Sunday of each month in the hall after morning service. However, the first draw in April will take place on the 14th due to there being no morning service on the 7th.

ART EXHIBITION:  Atherton Art Group will be putting on an Art Exhibition in the Chapel Hall on Saturday 9 March from 10am to 2pm.  Refreshments will be on sale. All welcome. On Sunday, 10 March, it is hoped some of the group members will join us for morning worship when our Minister Brenda will have an “art themed” service, and then we can all join for refreshments.

PETER ROSTRON: We were saddened to hear that Peter Rostron passed away at the Royal Bolton Hospital on 14 February at the age of  70 years.  He had been resident at Campbell House, Farnworth, for a number of years.  The eldest son of the late Eva and Ernest, Peter was much loved by all who knew him and our thoughts are especially with his brother Philip and all the staff at Campbell House. Peter’s funeral service to be held in Chapel at 11.30am on Wednesday, 6 March, followed by committal at Howe Bridge Crematorium at 12.15.

MEETINGS: The NELUM District Meeting will take place at Bury Unitarian Church on Monday, 18 March, at 7.15pm.   Our Chapel Committee will meet on Monday, 1 April, at 7pm.

MEDITATION: The Minister will lead a half hour of Meditation in the meeting room in the hall on Thursday, 21 March, at 12 noon . All welcome, no experience necessary! Just come and enjoy a half hour of quiet and relaxation, followed by a shared lunch for those who wish to stay.


FLOWER DONATIONS: Sunday Flowers in February were donated from the Flower Fund.




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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 Feb
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Williams
A & J Hynes

10 Feb
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
S Loudon
M Sixsmith

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

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

3 Mar
John Poskitt
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape & A McGregor




LOOKING BACK

Our Chapel Carol Service in December was well-attended and enjoyed by all.  Thanks to all who took part, the readers, Dorothy and the choir and the children. Thanks also to Rev Lynne Readett for stepping in to conduct the service and several others as our Minister Brenda was off sick for several weeks. We are also grateful to Jean Longworth and John Poskitt for conducting services.  Quite a number of people have been ill over the Christmas period and in the New Year and we wish you well.

ENID GLOVER

The funeral service for Enid Glover was held in Chapel on 15 January followed by committal at Howe Bridge Crematorium. Her niece Rev Brenda Catherall conducted the service.  Enid passed away in hospital at the age of 88 years. She was the former wife of the late Frank Glover, long-serving organist and choirmaster at Chowbent. Enid sang in the Chowbent choir for over sixty years!  Enid was devoted to her family and especially her three sons Jeffrey, Philip and the late Steven.  Enid will be remembered with much love and affection.

While on holiday in Australia visiting family, Chowbenter Janice Hodgson attended Adelaide Unitarian Church where the Guest preacher happened to be former Chowbent Chapel Minister Rev Dr David Usher!   David was also on holiday and is originally from Adelaide. Now retired he lives in California..


BRENDA’S HOLIDAY
The Minister hopes to be on holiday from 25 Feb to 4 March, and not on sick leave! Thanks to John Poskitt who will conduct the service on 3 March. Meditation sessions restart in March.

FLOWER DONATIONS

9 Dec: Mr Whitelaw. 16 Dec: Mr J Readett & Mrs B Peers. 23 Dec: Mrs J Coles, Mrs M Fildes, Mrs M Jones & families. Gregory family, S & J Loudon. 30 Dec: Mrs L Readett, C & D Williamson. 13 Jan: Mrs B Collier. 20 Jan: Mr G Leigh.

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

9 Dec
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape & A McGregor

16 Dec
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

23 Dec
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
A & J Hynes

30 Dec
Jean Longworth
D Williamson
S Loudon
S Loudon
 M Sixsmith

6 Jan
John Poskitt
D Williamson
S Loudon
R Birchall
M & R Birchall

13 Jan
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

20 Jan
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape & A McGregor

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

3 Feb
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Williams
A & J Hynes


LOOKING BACK

A big thank you to all those who supported and helped in any way at our Christmas Fair in November. We had many visitors who all enjoyed the occasion and the hall looked lovely.  To date, we raised £901 for chapel funds. A great result.

Our Chapel Gift Month also raised a record contribution of £2,919.90p! Thanks to all those who made such generous donations.

On Remembrance Sunday as it was the Centenary since the end of the First World War, Chapel was closed in the morning as quite a number of us attended the Cenotaph Service and some of us joined in the parade. We then gathered back at the chapel for refreshments and David Shallcross laid a wreath for us on our Garden of Remembrance as our Chapel bell rang. The previous Sunday the service focussed on the research John and Lynne Readett had carried out on the Chowbent men who lost their lives serving in the First World War.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

TOY SERVICE:  Sunday, 2 December, at 10.45am Toys will be delivered to the Salvation Army for children in need.

CAROL SING SONG:  Sunday, 9 December, at 10.45am. A chance to sing some of our favourite Christmas carols with Brenda telling us a little of their history

CHAPEL CAROL SERVICE: Sunday, 23 December, at 10.45am.  Our Annual Carol Service with special music from the choir, readings from the congregation and children’s presentation.  Seasonal refreshments in the hall afterwards.

CHOIR REHEARSALS: Thursdays, 7, 14 and 21 December

CHRISTMAS DAY:  A short Christmas morning service will be held at 10.45am.

OTHER CHRISTMAS EVENTS

An Ecumenical Advent Service will be held at St Philip’s Church, Atherton at 6.30pm on 2 December.   Seasonal refreshments. All welcome.

CHOWBENT SCHOOL will be coming into Chapel on Thursday, 20 December, at 1.30pm for their Christmas Service. It is lovely to have all the children at Chapel and their singing is wonderful !

ATHERTON WALKING NATIVITY: 13 December - The walk starts at the Market Place at 6.30pm followed by a short carol service at St John’s Parish Church.



. ANCIENT CHAPEL OF TOXTETH

Congratulations to the Ancient Chapel of Toxteth. A special service to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of this oldest Unitarian place of worship was held on 25 November. Our Chapel celebrates the 300th Anniversary of our present building in 2021. Ideas for celebrations welcome.


 BRENDA’S HOLIDAY

Our Minister is on leave from 26 December to 9 January. Sunday services will be conducted by Jean Longworth (30 Dec) and John Poskitt  (6 Jan).  Our thanks to Jean and John.


CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES

Congratulations to Richard and Rebecca Coles on the birth of their son Connor James William on 2 November, a brother to Thea and the late Grace.

We send our love to Jamie Blatchley who spent nine weeks in hospital after a road accident.  Jamie is now out of hospital and progressing well. Helen Turner had a knee operation and is recuperating. To all our members and friends who have been in hospital or are not too well at the moment you are much in our thoughts.

IN MEMORIAM

The funeral service for Delia (nee Barber) and Tony Green was held on 9 November in Scotland where the couple had retired to. Delia and Tony had lived in Atherton before retiring to Moffat and the family have long connections with Chowbent Chapel.  The service was at St Andrew’s Parish Church, Moffat. Delia and Tony sadly lost their lives during flash flooding on the Spanish island of Mallorca whilst on holiday. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

Rev Catherall conducted the funeral service for Alan Aldred at Howe Bridge Crematorium on 15 November.  Alan passed away at Belong, Atherton, aged 82 years. Alan’s family too have long connections with the Chapel where Alan was much involved in his younger days. He will be much missed and our deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Susie and all the family.
On 22 November the Minister conducted the funeral service at Chowbent for Annie Taylor aged 98 who passed away at High Peak Lodge, Leigh.  Wife of the late Eric, Annie and the family were members of the former Astley Unitarian Chapel.  The service was followed by interment at Leigh Cemetery.  Fondly remembered.

Muriel Graham of Penwortham passed away peacefully at the age of 96 years. She and her late husband Bill (a former Chairman of Chowbent Chapel Trustees) had also had a special place in their hearts for the Chapel.  Funeral service was to be held at St Mary’s Church, Penwortham, on 6 December. We send our thoughts and prayers to Muriel and Bill’s daughters Jane and Sarah and all the family.

All remembered with love and affection, in God’s peace

FLOWER DONATIONS

4 Nov:  Mrs B Drane.  11 Nov:  Remembrance Service.  18 Nov:  Mr and Mrs M Tonge and family, Mr and Mrs R Mather, Mr and Mrs H Harter and families.  25 Nov:  Mr and Mrs D Williams.

If anyone would like to volunteer to take out flowers to those who are ill or unable to get to chapel please let Susan or Brenda know.



Our Choir have traditionally sung at our Carol Service a vesper based on the words of a poem by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 – 94).   May the words bless all of us this Christmas time.

Love came down at Christmas
Love all lovely, Love Divine
Love was born 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.

May peace come to your homes and hearts this Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers.





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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 Nov
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers

11 Nov
CENOTAPH


D Williams
A & J Hynes

18 Nov
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
S Loudon
M Sixsmith

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

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


HARVEST THANKS

Our Harvest Festival service on 7 October was a good occasion and much enjoyed. Many thanks to Dorothy and the choir and to everyone who attended and brought harvest produce and items for Atherton and Leigh Foodbank.  The gathering in the hall afterwards was a good social event with the shared ploughmans buffet lunch a real winner !

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

This year sees the 100th Anniversary since the end of the First World War and so there will be no Sunday morning service on 11 November to give us the opportunity to attend the Cenotaph. Procession to leave Atherton Collieries at 10.10am for a 10.50 start at the Cenotaph. For those going by car please get there early as road closures will begin at 9.45am. Chowbenters can meet back at the Chapel hall for cups of tea at 11.45am and at 12.30pm we will ring the Chapel bell as other places of worship will be doing across the country to mark the Armistice. A special service is to be held at Atherton Parish Church at 4pm.



CHRISTMAS FAIR

Our Christmas Fair is on Sunday, 18 November from 1pm to 3pm.  Various stalls, café etc. Please spread the word and let us hope for a good turnout

MEDITATION

The next Meditation session will be on Thursday, 15 November, at 12noon in the meeting room in the hall. Half an hour of quiet and relaxation followed by a shared lunch for those wishing to stay.   The meditation is led by the Minister and is open to all.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Our Carol Service this year is on Sunday, 23 December, at 10.45 am. The Toy Service is on 2 December and Chowbent School will be coming into Chapel for their Christmas Service on Thursday, 20 December. There will also be a short service on Christmas Day morning.

CHRISTMAS CHOIR REHEARSALS : 22 & 29 Nov, 6, 13 & 20 Dec.

MEETING DATES

Chapel Committee will meet on Monday, 5 November, at 7pm.  NELUM our District Association will meet at Chowbent at 7.15pm on Monday, 19 November and we extend a very warm welcome.

BAPTISM

7 October:  James Anthony Bassett born 20.11.2017 son to Carla and Neil.

FLOWER DONATIONS


7 Oct: Mrs A McGregor and family, Mrs J Coles, Mrs E Glover. 14 Oct: Mrs D Williamson and family.  21 and 28 Oct:  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 Oct
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
S Loudon
M Sixsmith

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

21 Oct
Rev C Van Den Broeder
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

28 Oct
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape & A McGregor

4 Nov
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
J Readett
J Readett & B Peers


JOYCE’S TALK

Many thanks to Dr Joyce Tyldesley (aided by husband Steven) for her wonderful illustrated talk on “Nefertiti’s Face “.  The evening in September was well attended and raised over £300 for the Chapel Restoration Fund.

HARVEST
 Our Harvest Service is on Sunday. 7 October, at 10.45am with special music from the choir, produce for Atherton and Leigh Foodbank and a shared Ploughman’s lunch buffet in the hall afterwards. All welcome.
CHOIR REHEARSAL: Thursday, 4 October.

GIFT MONTH
October is the Chapel GIFT MONTH when monetary donations can be given in our annual appeal to help our Chapel Funds. Donations can be given to David Evans or Pauline Hill. Name on an envelope please if we can claim Gift Aid.

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE
There will be NO Chapel Service on Sunday, 11 November. As this is the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War Chapel Committee decided to give everyone the opportunity this year to attend the service at the town’s Cenotaph.  The Parade leaves Atherton Collieries Ground at 10.10am proceeding past the Baptist Church, Market Street and Leigh Road to the Cenotaph. A wreath will be laid on behalf of Atherton Churches Together. Procession to return via Hamilton Street. You can go straight to the Cenotaph instead of joining the Parade. Details of time and road closures from the pulpit.

CHRISTMAS FAIR
Our Chapel Christmas Fair is on Sunday, 18 November, from 1pm to 3pm in the hall. Tombola prizes, gifts, bric a brac and sweets for the sweet stall much appreciated. There will be the usual café which is always popular.  Spread the word.

BRENDA’S HOLIDAY
The Minister is on leave from 15 to 22 October.  The preacher on Sunday, 21 October, is Rev Charles Van Den Broeder. MEDITATION will take place at noon on Thursday, 18 October, in the meeting room in the hall. A half hour of quiet and relaxation led by the Rev Lynne Readett and followed by a shared lunch.  All welcome.

NEWS OF PEOPLE
We send our love and best wishes to Jamie Blatchley who is in Salford Royal Hospital. Ruth Jenkins has also been in hospital and is recuperating at Richmond House where Barbara Wheeler is now resident.  Our love and prayers are with all those who have not been too well recently.

BAPTISMS
9 Sept:  Tallulah Strawberry Cleworth born 27.10.2017 daughter to Kya and Thomas.
23 Sept: Amelia Jae Bamber born 12.4.2018, daughter to Kathy.

FLOWER DONATIONS

2 Sept:  Funds. 9 Sept: Mr and Mrs H Lane and family. 16 Sept: Funds.  23 Sept: Funds. 30 Sept: 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

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

9 Sept
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

16 Sept
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape & A McGregor

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

30 Sept
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
A & J Hynes


HERITAGE WEEKEND

The Chapel will once again be taking part in Heritage Weekend on 7, 8 and 9 Sept. We will be open to visitors on Friday 12 noon to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm.  Displays of memorabilia and archive material will be on view in Chapel and with much more in the hall including old photos etc.  Refreshments will be served in the hall. John will be setting up on the Thursday and will need help. Volunteers needed to act as stewards and to do refreshments. Let’s hope for a good turnout.
JOYCE’S TALK

We are delighted to have Egyptologist Dr Joyce Tyldesley give a talk and slide show in the Chapel hall on Friday, 21 Sept, at 7pm, entitled “Nefertiti’s Face” the subject of her latest book and centred on the famous bust of the Egyptian Queen. Joyce will take us back to the ancient world of Egypt. Our Chapel member Joyce is much renowned in her field and her talks are not to be missed.  Admission £3 and refreshments available.  Spread the word for a fascinating evening.

NELUM SPECIAL MEETING:  Our District Association NELUM  will be welcoming Simon Bland to an evening at Rochdale Unitarian Church on 13 Sept at 7.15pm.  Simon is the Ministry and Congregational Support Officer for our General Assembly and will explore governance issues of importance to our congregations, including charitable status, an update on ministry training and much more. If you are interested in going let either Rev Lynne Readett or Mrs Susan Loudon know for transport to be arranged.

CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE:  The Chapel service on 19 Aug was conducted by members of the congregation and was very well-received. Thank you to all who took part. Also as our Minister was on holiday the service on 26 Aug was conducted by the Rev Shammy Webster and thanks to Shammy too !

MEDITATION:  Our Meditation sessions will resume in September.  Next one in the hall meeting room at 12 noon Thursday, 13 Sept.  Join us for half an hour of quiet and relaxation followed by a shared lunch for those wishing to stay on.  Our Minister Brenda will lead the session and all welcome. 

HARVEST:  Our Harvest Service is on Sunday, 7 Oct at 10.45am.  Gifts of food will be donated to the local foodbank (see items needed on the noticeboard). This year we will have a Ploughman’s Lunch after the service followed by any fresh fruit brought for the harvest. A list will be put up for items to be contributed.  October will also be GIFT MONTH for the Chapel. Details from the pulpit and in the next calendar.

CHOIR REHEARSALS: TUES, 11 Sept, THURS 20, 27 Sept, 4 Oct

BAPTISMS:  5 Aug:  Phoebe Mae Green born 8.5.2014 and Georgia Mae Green born 18.5.2012 daughters to Michelle and Darren.
12 Aug: Charlotte Elise Henry born 26.9.2017 daughter to Sallie and Justin. 12 Aug: Oliver John Jones born 18.3.2018 son to Jennifer and Philip.


FLOWER DONATIONS FOR AUGUST:  5th: Funds. 12th: Mr and Mrs D Worthington. 19th: Funds. 26th: Mrs P Hill.







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

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

19 Aug
Chapel Members
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
A & J Hynes

26 Aug
Rev S Webster
R Steedman
S Loudon
S Loudon
M Sixsmith

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


AUGUST SERVICES

There will be some “special” services in August.  During morning service on 12 August, Charlotte Elise Henry (a fifth-generation Chowbenter) will be baptised.  Rev Catherall will be on holiday from 13 to 27 August.   The service on 19 August will be a congregational service conducted by six members of our congregation – a service of hymns, readings and prayers. On 26 August the service will be conducted by the Rev Shammy Webster.

NELUM MEETING

The August meeting of our District Association NELUM will be held on Saturday, 11 August.  It will take place at Rivington Chapel at 2pm and will be followed by a light afternoon tea in the tea rooms. No charge for this but donations welcome.

HERITAGE WEEKEND

The Chapel will once again be taking part in Heritage Weekend and be open to visitors on 7, 8 and 9 September - Friday 12 noon until 4pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm until 4pm.  The Chapel will be open and the hall with archive material, old photos and memorabilia.  If you can help at any time with stewarding or with refreshments please sign the rota in the vestibule.  John Readett will be organising the weekend and will need help in setting up on the Thursday from 2pm until 4pm.  Please let John know if you can help. The weekend usually attracts quite a number of visitors.

CONGRATULATIONS

We send our congratulations to two of our younger members on their examination success.  Kieran Hollingsworth graduated with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in Primary Education from Manchester Metropolitan University and Naomi Alex Harrison with a first class honours degree at Edge Hill University and begins her teaching career in September.  Well done!

FUNERAL

 Rev Catherall conducted the funeral service for Peggy Thornley on 23 July.  The service was held at Overdale Crematorium. Peggy aged 95 was a much loved member at Bank Street Chapel, Bolton . She will be deeply missed by her loving family, friends and neighbours.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her son Roger and all the family.

BAPTISMS:
8 July:  Lola Catherine Cassidy born 15.12.2017, daughter to Jennifer and Matthew.
15 July:  Malakie Gareth Simon Walker born 12.7.2017 son to Kelly and Gareth.
15 July:  William Daniel Ord (Billy) born 2.3.2017 son to Rebecca and Sam.
29 July:  Charlie Luke Derbyshire born 30.10.2017 son to Robyn.

FLOWER DONATIONS

1 July: Mrs D Williamson and family, Rev Catherall and Sophie. 8 and 22 July: Funds.  15 July: Alecia Boydell. 29 July: 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

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

8  July
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
D Williams
A & J Hynes

15 July
Rev B Catherall
W Farnworth
S Loudon
S Loudon
M Sixsmith

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

29 July
Rev B Catherall
R Steedman
S Loudon
D Shallcross
J Worth

5 Aug
Rev B Catherall
D Williamson
S Loudon
G Leigh
J Snape & A McGregor


ANNIVERSARY SERVICE

Our Chapel Anniversary Service on 17 June was well attended and much enjoyed. Our thanks to our guest preacher Rev Jim Corrigall and to Dorothy and the choir for the excellent music contributions.  Everyone appreciated the get-together in the hall after the service with a shared lunch.

FLOWER COMMUNION

The service on Sunday, 29 July, will be our annual Flower  Communion Service.  This is a popular service in Unitarian Churches and is a testament to the Czech Unitarian Minister and Martyr Rev Norbert Capek (1870 – 1942) who first devised it, and a celebration of our chapel community.  Please bring a flower with you to the service to place in the basket in the vestibule when you arrive.

RESTORATION WORK

Work has begun on the Chapel roof repairs . Our thanks to several members of the congregation who have made anonymous generous donations and to the John Gregson Trust for their grant.  These have enabled the urgent work to get underway and we are extremely grateful.

MEDITATION

Our Meditation sessions will resume in the hall in September following a break during the Summer when people will be taking holidays. Date to be announced in the August calendar.

FUNERALS

On15 June the funeral service and committal for John Richard Murphy aged 87 years was held at Howe Bridge Crematorium.  The Rev Brenda Catherall officiated. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Joyce and all the family.

The funeral service for Ebeneezer Elias Hughes, “Eben” was held at Howe Bridge Crematorium on 22 June conducted by the Rev Lynne Readett. Eben was 92 years old and his wife Jean and all the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

HERITAGE WEEKEND

The Chapel will once again be taking part in the Heritage Weekend 7, 8 and 9 September. More details in the next calendar.

WEDDING:  2 June  Briony Alice Leach and Benn Anthony Wilson.

BAPTISM: 1 July  Rory Michael Adrian Abbott born 1.5.2018, son to Paul and Keelyanna.

FLOWER DONATIONS

3 and 10 June: Funds. 17 June: Mrs M Fildes, Mrs M Jones and families. 
24 June: 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

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 tablecloths 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 a 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.