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        


1 May

Hannah Stephenson

D Williamson

L Readett

D Shallcross   

M Sixsmith

 

8 May

Dave Meacham

D Williamson

L Readett

G Leigh

Jill Coles

 

15 May

Rev Celia Cartwright

D Williamson

L Readett

J Readett

S Darbey

 

22 May

Jean Longworth

R Steedman

L Readett

D Williams

J Hodgson

 

29 May

Open Pulpit

D Williamson

L Readett

J Readett

J & L Readett

 

5 June

Vince McCully

D Williamson

L Readett

P Hill

D Shallcross

 

 

 

EASTER:  Mr Vince McCully led worship on Easter Sunday when the choir contributed an introit and vesper and sang “Lord of the Dance” as an anthem.  The service,  which was well attended, was followed by seasonal refreshments in the hall.  Congratulations to Pauline, who brought her Easter bonnet.

 

TERCENTENARY – 2 PM, SUNDAY, 12 JUNE 2022

Choir rehearsals in preparation for the service will be 7.30 pm Thurs 12 May, 2 pm Thurs 19 May, 7.30 pm Thurs 26 May, 7.30 pm Thurs 2 June, 7.30 pm Thurs 9 June.

 

NUMBERS CLUB MARCH WINNERS: 1st prize number 92 £50, 2nd number 29  £30, 3rd number 22 £20, 4th number 17 £15.

In it to win it. Support your Chapel with just £5 a month through a standing order

MUSIC:  If you or anyone you know would be available to occasionally play the piano or organ for a Sunday morning service please get in touch with Dorothy, dw6789@virginmedia.com.

BINGO:  Join the group from 12 to 2.30 on Wednesdays in Chapel Hall.  Bingo and lunch costs £1.50.  Bring your friends

WE STILL NEED FUNDRAISING:  Contact David Shallcross at the Chapel or email: chowbenter@gmail.com for the Chapel numbers club, to buy and dedicate a hymn book, buy a chalice badge or copy of the book "The Story of Chowbent Chapel.

To buy a copy of “Chowbent Chapel and the Organs” by Bryan Hughes contact Dorothy Williamson.

Contact Geoff Leigh for weekly envelopes; or donate anytime at https://www.justgiving.com/ crowdfunding/chowbentunitarianchapel-atherton

 

BLESSING:  An anniversary celebration and blessing of the wedding of Mr Simon J Gray and Mrs Christine J Gray took place on Saturday, 16 April.  Mr & Mrs Gray were married during lockdown when gatherings of more than ten people were not permitted.  We wish them every happiness.

 

FLOWERS:  Flowers on Easter Sunday were from the Blessing of the Wedding of Mr & Mrs Gray with spring flowers from funds.

24 April:

Birthday memories of a dear friend, Jacqui Ward, given by Jill Coles.

Birthday memories of Eric Gregory from Christine, Linda and families.

 

CALENDAR:  If you can print a copy of the calendar for someone who is not able to get it electronically that would be much appreciatedItems for the June calendar, eg dates of events, and news of people, should be with me, Dorothy, by Sunday, 22 May.


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

 

 

Date

Minister

Organist

Flowers

Steward

Refreshments

 

6 Mar

Rev Celia Cartwright

D Williamson

L Readett

S Loudon

J & L Readett

 

13 Mar

Rev Celia Cartwright

D Williamson

L Readett

P Hill

D Shallcross

 

20 Mar

David Meacham

R Steedman

L Readett

D Shallcross

M Sixsmith

 

 

27 Mar

Jean Longworth

D Williamson

L Readett

G Leigh

J Coles

 

3 April

 

D Williamson

L Readett

J Readett

S Darbey

 

 

 

EASTER

 

Easter Sunday is 17 April 2022.

 

There will be choir rehearsals after the service on Sundays 20 March and 3 and 10 April, and an afternoon rehearsal at 2.30 pm  on Thursday, 31 March.

 

NUMBERS CLUB WINNERS:  1st number 53 £50, 2nd number 4 £25, 3rd number 2 £15, 4th number 27 £10

 

MESSSAGE FROM DAVID:  If anyone would like to receive a copy of the Chapels 2020/21 financial report via email then they can contact me at ~ davidevans.331@sky.com

 

WE STILL NEED FUNDRAISING:  Contact David Shallcross at the Chapel or email: chowbenter@gmail.com for the Chapel numbers club, to buy and dedicate a hymn book, buy a chalice badge or copy of the book "The Story of Chowbent Chapel.

 

Contact Geoff Leigh for weekly envelopes; or donate anytime at https://www.justgiving.com/ crowdfunding/chowbentunitarianchapel-atherton

 

FLOWERS

 

6 March – Birthday memories of Eric Homer given by his daughter, Jill Coles.

 

Donations for flowers to be put in Chapel in memory of loved ones are appreciated.  They enhance the Chapel environment and can be shared with the donor and sick members after the service.

 

CALENDAR:  If you can print a copy of the calendar for someone who is not able to get it electronically that would be much appreciated.  Items for the April calendar, e.g. dates of events, news of people, should be with me, Dorothy, by Sunday, 20 March





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 Feb

Vince McCully

D Williamson

L Readett

D Shallcross

M Sixsmith

 

 

13 Feb

Rev Celia Cartwright

D Williamson

L Readett

G Leigh

J Coles

 

20 Feb

Vince McCully

D Williamson

L Readett

J Readett

S Darbey

 

27 Feb

Jean Longworth

R Steedman

L Readett

D Williams

J Hodgson

 

6 Mar

Rev Celia Cartwright

D Williamson

L Readett

S Loudon

J & L Readett

 

 

 

 

ERIC FISHWICK

 

The funeral service for Eric Fishwick was held at Howe Bridge Crematorium on January 10th conducted by Stuart Preston. Eric passed away in hospital at the age of 68 years. Chowbent Chapel played a big part in Eric's life. His late mum and dad Ada and Ken were staunch Chowbenters and Eric was brought up in the Sunday School and later attended the youth club where he met his wife Sandra. They married at the Chapel.  It was fitting that on the day of his funeral Eric's cortege paused outside Chowbent Chapel as the Chapel bell was rung in tribute to him.  To his wife Sandra, daughter Kim and all the family we send our love, prayers and fond memories.

 

MESSSAGE FROM DAVID:  If anyone would like to receive a copy of the Chapels 2020/21 financial report via email then they can contact me at ~ davidevans.331@sky.com

 

WE STILL NEED FUNDRAISING:  Contact David Shallcross at the Chapel or email: chowbenter@gmail.com for the Chapel numbers club, to buy and dedicate a hymn book, buy a chalice badge or copy of the book "The Story of Chowbent Chapel.

 

Contact Geoff Leigh for weekly envelopes; or donate anytime at https://www.justgiving.com/ crowdfunding/chowbentunitarianchapel-atherton

 

Flowers for January:

Birthday memories of Muriel Forest Fleming from loving son Duncan and Christine. 

Birthday memories of Lilian and Jack Leigh from Susan, Geoff and John Leigh.

Birthday memories of Mr and Mrs John Vernon and Patricia, from Dorothy

 

FROM A MEMBER:

 

“Always be a listener if someone needs your ear.

Assist with others’ burdens, and if you can give cheer.

But when you’ve sat and listened, don’t tell what you’ve been told, for a friend who never gossips is a friend of purest gold.”

 

CALENDAR:  If you can print a copy of the calendar for someone who is not able to get it electronically that would be much appreciatedItems for the March calendar, eg dates of events, news of people, should be with me, Dorothy, by Sunday, 28 February


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 Jan

Hannah Stephenson

D Williamson

L Readett

G Leigh

J Coles

 

9 Jan

Rev Celia Cartwright

D Williamson

L Readett

J Readett

S Darbey

 

16 Jan

Rev Beryl Allerton

D Williamson

L Readett

D Williams

J Hodgson

 

23 Jan

Jean Longworth

D Williamson

L Readett

S Loudon

J & L Readett

 

30 Jan

G H Warrington

D Williamson

L Readett

P Hill

D Shallcross

 

6 Feb

Vince McCully

D Williamson

L Readett

D Shallcross

M Sixsmith

 

 

CAROL SERVICE

 



We were able to celebrate Christmas with carols and readings at our Carol Service on 19 December. The service was led by Rev Lynne Readett and readers were Joyce Snape, Veronica Walker, Susan Loudon and Phillippa Snape. The choir made a welcome contribution of three items, including a new setting of the Coventry carol by John Stopford, in spite of a limited number of rehearsals. After the service festive refreshments were served in the hall.



The Jars of Grace collection which is donated to UNICEF. raised £90.55, rounded up to £100.




NUMBERS CLUB: November winners - 1st number 25 £50, 2nd number 41 £25, 3rd number 1 £15, 4th number 6 £10

MESSSAGE FROM DAVID: If anyone would like to receive a copy of the Chapels 2020/21 financial report via email then they can contact me at ~ davidevans.331@sky.com



WE STILL NEED FUNDRAISING: Contact David Shallcross at the Chapel or email: chowbenter@gmail.com for the Chapel numbers club, to buy and dedicate a hymn book, buy a chalice badge or copy of the book "The Story of Chowbent Chapel; contact Geoff Leigh for weekly envelopes; or donate anytime at https://www.justgiving.com/ crowdfunding/chowbentunitarianchapel-atherton



DECEMBER FLOWERS: Birthday memories of Evelyn McNeil (Readett), given by her loving daughter Brenda Peers, son John Readett and families

In memory of Allan Hill, given by his loving wife Pauline Hill.

The flowers for 2nd January 2022 are in memory of Jennifer Whitelaw given by her sister Christine Lane and family on the 10th anniversary of Jennifer's funeral.



A NEW YEAR



A new year, a new beginning. 2021 has been a difficult one for everyone but Chowbent has been well supported by loyal members and friends and we have benefitted from the services of preachers who have filled our pulpit and given us thoughtful and hopeful sermons which have been much appreciated. We all hope for a healthier and happier 2022. Best wishes to everyone for the New Year.



CALENDAR: If you can print a copy of the calendar for someone who is not able to get it electronically that would be much appreciated. Items for the February calendar, eg dates of events, news of people, should be with me, Dorothy, by Sunday, 23 January.

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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 December

Vince McCully

D Williamson

L Readett

D Williams

J Hodgson

 

12 December

Rev Celia Cartwright

D Williamson

L Readett

S Loudon

J & L Readett

 

19 December

Rev L Readett

D Williamson

L Readett

P Hill

D Shallcross

 

26 December

No service

 

 

 

 

 

2 January

Hannah Stephenson

D Williamson

L Readett

G Leigh

J Coles

 

 

CHRISTMAS FAIR

The Christmas Fair held on 21 November raised £490.36 on the day; the total, including the raffle, was £1,3961. The Fair is hard work for the organisers but the amount raised is an extremely valuable contribution to Chapel funds as well as providing an enjoyable afternoon for the Chapel community. Many thanks to all who supported or worked for the Fair.


CHRISTMAS SERVICES

The Carol Service will be on Sunday, 19 December. Rev Lynne Readett will be in the pulpit and there will be items by the choir as well as favourite carols for everyone. The service will be at the usual time of 10.45.

There will be no Sunday service on Boxing Day.

CHOIR REHEARSALS: Sunday, 28 November, Thursday, 2 December at 2 pm, Sunday, 5 December, Thursday, 9 December at 2 pm, Sunday, 12 December.

CHRISTMAS CARDS

Instead of many, perhaps just one Christmas card can be put onto the notice board in the Hall. You may then wish to donate the money otherwise spent to Chapel funds.

Chapel Numbers Club Draw for October:

1st prize £50.00 Number 43

2nd £25.00 38

3rd £15.00 35

4th £10.00 9

WE STILL NEED FUNDRAISING: Contact David Shallcross at the Chapel or email: chowbenter@gmail.com for the Chapel numbers club, to buy and dedicate a hymn book, buy a chalice badge or copy of the book "The Story of Chowbent Chapel; contact Geoff Leigh for weekly envelopes, or donate anytime at https://www.justgiving.com/ crowdfunding/chowbentunitarianchapel-atherton


FLOWERS IN NOVEMBER: 28th November Birthday memories for a loved son and brother David Tonge. From Jean, Michael, Sheila, John and the boys.


CALENDAR: If you can print a copy of the calendar for someone who is not able to get it electronically, that would be much appreciated. Items for the January calendar, e.g. dates of events, news of people, should be with me, Dorothy, by Sunday, 19 December.

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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 November

Rev C Cartwright

D Williamson

L Readett

P Hill

D Shallcross

 

14 November

Rev L Readett

R Steedman

L Readett

D Shallcross

M Sixsmith

 

21 November

Rev C Cartwright

D Williamson

L Readett

G Leigh

J Coles

 

28 November

David Meachem

D Williamson

L Readett

J Readett

S Darbey

 

5 December

Vince McCully

D Williamson

L Readett

D Williams

J Hodgson

 

 

HARVEST FESTIVAL

 

On 3 October, our Harvest Festival service was led by Vince McCully, who took as his theme "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are Few" from Matthew's gospel. He developed this theme relating it to practical challenges in day-to-day life, which can result in a personal harvest.  After months of not singing, a small choir of seven stalwarts contributed the introit, anthem and vesper and led the congregation in singing the hymns.  The words from the anthem were reflected in the blessing. The congregation gave generously and their gifts were donated to the Atherton Food Bank.

 

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

 

Tercentenary Christmas Raffle tickets have been sent to all members and Returns Slips and money can be brought to Chapel and handed to Muriel Jones, Lynne Readett or Jill Coles.

 

CHOIR REHEARSALS

 

Assuming it will be possible to have our usual carol service, the first choir rehearsal will be at  7.30 pm on Thursday, 25 November.  There will then be a  rehearsal after the service on Sunday, 28 November, and rehearsals in December on Thursdays, 2nd and 9th, and Sunday, 12th.

 

NUMBERS CLUB:  The September winning numbers were:

 

1st Prize £50 number 12

2nd Prize £25 number 2

3rd Prize £15 number 34

4th Prize £10 number 4

 

WE STILL NEED FUNDRAISING:  Contact David Shallcross at the Chapel or email: chowbenter@gmail.com for the Chapel numbers club, to buy and dedicate a hymn book, buy a chalice badge or copy of the book "The Story of Chowbent Chapel; contact Geoff Leigh for weekly envelopes; or donate anytime at https://www.justgiving.com/ crowdfunding/chowbentunitarianchapel-atherton

 

FLOWERS IN OCTOBER: In loving memory of John Williamson, given by his wife, Dorothy, and family.

 

CALENDAR: If you can print a copy of the calendar for someone who is not able to get it electronically that would be much appreciatedItems for the October calendar, eg dates of events, news of people, should be with me, Dorothy, by Sunday, 21 November.





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 October

V McCully

D Williamson

M Jones

D Shallcross

M Sixsmith

 

10 October

Rev C Cartwright

R Steedman

M Jones

G Leigh

J Coles

 

17 October

V McCully

D Williamson

M Jones

J Readett

S Darbey

 

24 October

J Longworth

D Williamson

L Readett

D Williams

J Hodgson

 

31 October  an invited precher

D Williamson

L Readett

S Loudon

J & L Readett

 

7 November

Rev C Cartwright

D Williamson

L Readett

P Hill

D Shallcross

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HARVEST

 

Our Harvest service will be celebrated on 3 October, led by Vince McCully.  There will be items by the choir and non-perishable donations will be given to the Atherton food bank.

 

REFRESHMENTS

 

We are hoping to resume our Sunday morning cups of tea after the service. 

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP, PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME ON THE LIST ON THE NOTICE BOARD AS YOU ENTER CHAPEL.

 

 

SAD NEWS FROM BANK STREET

 

It was announced at the NELUM meeting last Monday that Bolton Bank Street Chapel will not reopen. They have decided to close up the Chapel and the congregation will worship in surrounding chapels. This news, coming hot on the heels of Hindley chapel's closure is something to concentrate the mind.

We hope Chowbent will continue to provide a welcome for all fellow Unitarians and friends.

 

NUMBERS CLUB:  The August winners were:

First prize - number 32 £50

Second prize – number 19 £25

Third prize – number 26 £15

Fourth prize – number 14 £10

 

WE STILL NEED FUNDRAISING:  Contact David Shallcross at the Chapel or email: chowbenter@gmail.com for the Chapel numbers club, to buy and dedicate a hymn book, buy a chalice badge or copy of the book "The Story of Chowbent Chapel; contact Geoff Leigh for weekly envelopes; or donate anytime at https://www.justgiving.com/ crowdfunding/chowbentunitarianchapel-atherton

 

 

CALENDAR: If you can print a copy of the calendar for someone who is not able to get it electronically that would be much appreciatedItems for the November calendar, eg dates of events, news of people, should be with me, Dorothy, by Sunday, 24 October.