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March Benefice News

This Month's News

Blackpool Ballroom comes to Sutton

On the evening of Saturday 19 March the organist from the world-famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom, John Bowdler performed to a crowded scout hut in Sutton. He played a variety of music including a lot of sing-along songs which the crowd did with gusto. The evening was a great success with fun had by all and raising over £800 for the Church Hall refurbishment fund and the raffle raised over £200 for Ukraine. A huge thank you to all who helped out at the event including the scouts who provided the bar and especially to David Potts who masterminded the whole event. 

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Wincle and District WI Report

Wincle WI met on March 1st, St David’s Day and Shrove Tuesday, so there was plenty going on! Daffodils were on display for our meeting and we had a wonderful supper provided by our three ladies. This was followed by a talk from Mr. Vic Barlow, a local raconteur and columnist for the local newspaper. Vic has been writing for the Macclesfield and Wilmslow Expresses for over 10 years and also edits a weekly column advising people about dog behaviour.


On March 8th 17 ladies met at the Rose and Crown for the delayed New Year Dinner, which then became our Spring Dinner. We enjoyed a delicious meal, and all felt relieved to be once again meeting up without the need for masks.

Our thoughts are now looking toward the fete planning, and running the WI tea tent. Sandwiches, cakes and scones will be in demand once again, having had 2 years off, and we are planning a WI scarecrow. Busy times ahead!


To read the full report please click here: WI Report

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St Michaels Church, Lent Lunch

On March 16th, St Michael’s Lent Lunch took place at the Swythamley & Heaton Community Centre for the 1st time. This was an ideal venue as we had the space to cater for 41 people easily and safely. We were joined by a group of local walkers, as well as our fellow parishioners and locals. 

The donations raised £220 for Christian Aid, which is supporting the Ukraine Crisis, a superb amount for such a good cause.  Many thanks to the team of helpers who made it possible.

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Prayers for Peace

On the 9th of March in St. James Church we held a prayer meeting to pray for peace in Ukraine. The service sheet is avalible here if anyone would like to use it for their own prayers for peace. 

Prayers for Ukraine- click on the link

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Back in the Church hall for Coffee

This week marked the “soft opening” of St. James Church Hall. The builders are still finishing off the last jobs but we were able to use the hall for coffee after Church. To celebrate Sutton St. Jame Handbell Ringers gave us a short show and the hall looked lovely with daffodils on every windowsill. The official opening will be in July but do pop in and have a look if you are passing. 

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World Book Day at Wincle School



Everyone at Wincle Primary celebrated ‘World Book day’ learning about the  Oscar Wilde story ‘A Selfish Giant.’ Dressed as characters from traditional stories, children began the day listening to the story told by The Selfish Giant himself (Mrs Smith) standing tall above them all. Throughout the morning in their worship houses, children took part in  four creative workshops exploring the important message from the story - how kindness and sharing brings happiness. Emotions of the characters were investigated through discussion and games, as well as using percussion instruments to express a range of different feelings in the tale. Children really shone like stars as they worked collaboratively with different ages to produce beautiful art work of the seasons described in the text and group letters persuading the Giant to let children play in his garden.

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