Fun at Work , the muddling up of our language & proverbs, and a very decent Foreman with a Christian Ethos  “If you work hard and succeed, the whole world will be your Lobster”. Well I thought it was Oyster, but who was I, (as a new starter from school) to argue with my section […]

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FROM THE CLERGY TEAM…….December 2015

Wow! December already! Where’s it all gone to – 2015 I mean?  Here we are in Advent again, looking forward (perhaps?) to the Second Coming of Christ, looking forward (definitely?) to celebrating the Birth of Christ. It often feels like Christmas has been taken away from the Christian Church, taken over by commercial enterprises, money- […]

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  Remembrance Sunday is only a few weeks away and I think the commemorations this year will take on an extra poignancy particularly for Blackrod Community Group and its research team. It was back in January 2014 that the Community Group decided to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War by producing a book […]

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FROM THE CLERGY TEAM…….NOV 2015

  The Habit of Advent The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourself and rest a while.”                                                                                                                                                                 Mark 6:30-31. “There […]

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Sadness and Joy – Thoughts for October 2015

  From Mike Hollick My thoughts for October are one of sadness and joy. Sadness with the loss of some very dear friends including Mary Cooper and Jack Finney. Joy comes in the form of the birth of my granddaughter Charlotte Ann in December. A great Christmas present. Charlotte is now 10 months old a […]

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Our chosen charity for the Harvest Collection of 2015 is BYPHS – Bolton Young Persons Housing scheme.  BYPHS currently accommodates 113 young homeless people in Bolton at any one time all aged between 16 and 25 years.  BYPHS do not agree that young people should be sleeping rough or homeless. But they are, and BYPHS […]

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Thought for the Month – September 2015

Return of the Bells Thought for the Month from Mike Kay There can be few times the bells of St. Katharine’s, Blackrod have ceased to ring out during their 230-year history. The bells probably fell silent during the two world wars; we know for certain the bells were silenced in 1922 when the installation underwent […]

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From the Clergy – September 2015

BACK TO SCHOOL September sees a change in the season and the beginning of a new school year which, for many children, will be a time of great change.  Some will be starting school, nursery or play group for the first time, which is an anxious time for them and for their parents who wonder […]

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From the Clergy – August 2015

The Clergy writing……For August Bells are the voice of the church; They have tones that touch and search the hearts of young and old.                             Longfellow…..Bells of San Blas    August sees the return of our bells from the foundry in Loughborough where they have been restored and repaired over the last couple of months.  St […]

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Thought for the Month – August 2015

SAY IT WITH WORDS Thoughts for August from David Gregory Language is a funny thing, especially if it’s English.  There was a lovely story circulating in the early sixties concerning a young Saudi prince who was struggling with some of the finer points of the language.  He arrived in London around the same time as […]

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