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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Can you Knit? We need your help!

  Help us to decorate Blackrod with yarn bombing – brighten up the village for the Scarecrow Festival with brightly coloured bits of knitting. Join in and have some fun – just knit a strip or a square and bring it along to Stitch & Knit group before Monday 1st...

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Youth News & Messy Church – August 2019

Sunday School News On the 23rd of June we had the commissioning of leaders and book presentation to Sunday school children and also the presentation to Jane Astley of a card and gift for her services to Sunday school for about 10 years. That’s a long time to be involved...

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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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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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Singing in the rain with Sunday School!

On Sunday 14th October, Sunday School went for a walk in the rain. We went past the library and school, to Vicarage Road, then up Half Acre Lane to the farms. We saw two lovely horses who followed us in their field as we walked up the path. We jumped...

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Ladies who Lunch -a special thanks!

On behalf of the Blackrod Cemetery/Gardening group I would like to give heartfelt thanks to all members of “Ladies who Lunch”. I was invited, nay summoned, by Janet Hollick to attend their August get together where I was presented with a very generous donation of £90 on behalf of the...

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My Time in Austria – August 2018

My Time in Austria August 2018 Monday 6th August – it was my 12th birthday and I was really, really excited! I had to get up at 3am and I hadn’t slept at all the night before as I was so hyped up. Also, the day before I had opened...

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My hobby, my life: Synchronised swimming

I have been doing synchronised swimming for 8 years now.  Synchronised swimming is a very varied sport; it is artistic, similar to dance, ice skating or gymnastics and it is necessary to be extremely expressive to convey a story or a theme.  Also, it is a highly athletic and demanding...

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Churchyard Clean-up Thanks and More!

A million thanks to all those who came along to clear the bottom corner of the churchyard of huge tree roots, bricks and assorted debris including a crisp packet best before 1989!  Let that be the proof that these things don’t rot down 30 years on. Following the donation last...

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