Coronavirus (COVID 19) News – March 2020

Following the instruction from the Prime Minister  Monday 23rd March 2020 we have sadly taken the decision to cancel all ‘Open church’ sessions for the foreseeable future and so church will remain closed. The clergy are currently working on a pastoral plan to keep in contact with our congregation and...

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Blackrod Scarecrow Festival 2020 – Team Found!

  Many thanks to all who came to the meeting last month to put together a new team of organisers for the Festival to be held on 4th and 5th of July following the retirement of the current group. Janet Fielding and Angela Stridgeon will lead a really strong, new...

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Messy Church January 2020

Messy Church at Christmas 2019! Children (and adults) enjoyed a festive Messy Church session in December – making stars, angels, biscuits and all things Christmassy, with a festive buffet to follow. Many thanks to Angela, Sylvia, Margaret, Ruth, Doreen, and all the team for their hard work. Messy Church is...

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Baaaa!  FIND THE FLOCK

  There’s still time to have a go at the search for the sheep lost in Blackrod. Based on the story of the Good Shepherd, 10 sheep are out and about in shops and public places in Blackrod. We have read in the Bible many times how Jesus is the...

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Peal Board Dedication

  As I’m sure you know we have a brilliant team of bellringers at St Katharine’s and to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018 they rang a peal from our church tower.  This is a very complicated and disciplined operation which has strict rules, and to commemorate their...

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Confirmations 2019

The Confirmation Service took place on Sunday 19th May at St John’s Church, Wingates, with the Bishop of Bolton. Please keep in your prayers the young people and adults from St Katharine’s who have been confirmed this year….. George Hibbert Jack Smith Louis Royal Hannah Broderick Susan Taylor   And...

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Blackrod Scarecrow Festival 2019…and Finally!

Well, what a Scarecrow Festival we had – it was truly memorable once again and Blackrod folk did us proud. The thought, ideas and energy that went into creating the festival this year was amazing and the scarecrows started emerging on to the streets after a bit of early rain....

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The Potteries Trip

On the 17th of November last year a group of 24 ladies attended a pottery trip to Stoke-on-Trent. Our first stop was at Wedgwood and Royal Doulton; here there were lots of major brands including Waterford, Royal Albert and beautiful crystal all at reasonably low prices. Next stop was Portmeirion...

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A short history of the Popplewell Charity

  If you enter St Katharine’s Church and turn left into the room at the base of the Tower you will see two large painted wooden tablets attached to the wall. These tell the story of how the Popplewell Charity first began. In the early 1800’s, Mr. John Popplewell was...

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