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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MANCHESTER REMEMBERS – 22nd May

  Anita, Joyce and Beth from St. Katharine’s Church were part of a wider team of flower arrangers from around the country who came together at St. Ann’s Church to create beautiful floral displays for the Spirit of Manchester Flower Festival.  The arrangement below has 22 yellow roses to commemorate...

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“The” Wedding Bells

Thank you to our Bellringers for getting us all in the right mood to enjoy the Royal Wedding on 19th May – it was wonderful to hear the bells and made us feel part of the celebrations – thank you to Mike and the team. Visiting ringers will be using...

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Easter Thank You’s!

Thank you …. …..to the clergy and volunteers for all their work with the Easter Experience and the children from the Primary schools. Also thank you to Garyth and the Choir and all those involved in the Holy Week services as well as the refreshment team for their hospitality during...

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