Goostrey sub Post OfficeFollowing the sad closure of the Goostrey village sub-post-office, the community got together to find a way of continuing to provide the service.  The outcome is that a new sub-post-office has been opened on the premisies of Goostrey Methodist Church.

Chester and Stoke on Trent District have published the story of how it came about, as part of their series of 'Inspirational Stories' from around the District.  It is published as a video on the District Facebook page, featuring the church's senior steward. 

Helena Todd receives Duke of Edinburgh Gold AwardCongratulations to Helena Todd.

Helena was recently invited (with her mum, Nichola) to Buckingham Palace to receive her Duke of Edinburgh Gold award at an event hosted by Prince Edward. It was a lovely day in the Palace Gardens, and the cupcakes were delicious. (Helena saw Prince Edward but didn’t manage to speak to him).

Helena earned her award by volunteering with the Trinity Brownie Pack for a year, by playing her trumpet, by taking up running, and by going on a 4 day backpacking adventure.

Well done, Helena!

Revd Andrew Web We welcome Revd Andrew Web who joins Dane and Trent Circuit as superintendent minister in September.  Revd Andrew will have pastoral responsibility for Bosley, Key Green, Rood Lane and Trinity.  He introduces himself as follows:

I am married to Sarah, and we have 2 adult sons. Sam is married to Kat and they are both teachers living in Sheffield. They have a little boy, Jonah, who will be 2 in November.

Joe works as a social worker in London and is getting married to Emma in October.  She is a literary agent. Sarah’s parents are in West Yorkshire and mine are in Birmingham.

Sarah and I have been married for 35 years and although I was a nurse when we got married, she has had 27 years to get used to having a Methodist minister for a husband!  Ministry has taken us to the North of Scotland, Cumbria, Lancashire, North Yorkshire and now to Cheshire.

Sarah and I are both looking forward to getting to know the folk in the churches and circuit and I am excited about working alongside the staff and church families as together we seek to serve God and explore God’s calling.

When not working I enjoy time with family, being in my garden, running, theatre trips, and holidays.

Revd Anna Carrington We welcome Revd Anna Carrington who joins Dane and Trent Circuit in September.  Revd Anna will have pastoral responsibility for Holmes Chapel and Goostrey.  She introduces herself as follows:

Hi, my name is Anna Carrington, and I will be joining the Dane and Trent circuit in September as a probationer minister.  I currently live in Farnham, Surrey, with my husband Paul and our 9-year-old son Elishama.

I have been studying at the Queens Foundation in Birmingham for the past 3 years on the part-time programme. This has involved travelling to Birmingham roughly once a month for residential weekends, as well as a week at Easter, and regular Zoom seminars during the week.

Jill Booth (Holmes Chapel) completes the London marathon 2024After months of training, the day finally arrived when I did something that fewer than 1% of the world's population have done - I ran a marathon! (I can't actually believe I'm saying that.)

The London Marathon was a special day that I am never going to forget.  The crowds all the way around the 26.2 miles course were amazing, cheering, singing, calling our names, high fiving and offering sweets and encouragement to keep us all going.

By the time I reached the Houses of Parliament I had already run a marathon distance but of course had to manage that all important sprint down The Mall to finish with a smile on my face, remembering my reason for running.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me in my fundraising which at the time of writing has raised £2,560 for East Cheshire Hospice.  I know that this will be put to good use for the patients in their care.

Coming up soon . . .

Saturday 22 Jun
Safari Supper at L Withington
Sunday 23 Jun 3.30pm
Farewell Revd. Yvonne
Friday 28 Jun 7.30pm
Mary Bosanquet Lecture 2024
Saturday 29 Jun 7.30pm
Biddulph and District Community Orchestra
Saturday 6 Jul 8.00am - Monday 8 Jul
Hill Top Flower Festival
Saturday 6 Jul 10.00am
Open Art Exhibition, Biddulph
Sunday 7 Jul 10.00am
Open Art Exhibition, Biddulph
Monday 8 Jul 10.00am
Open Art Exhibition, Biddulph
Saturday 13 Jul 7.30pm
Organ and Song at Biddulph
Sunday 14 Jul 10.45am
Festival Service and BBQ