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Published by, 2019-12-02 08:50:37



December 2019/January 2020

Volume 41 Issue 8

Compiled by: Sean and Heather Moore
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Christmas Message From
The Vicar

It’s nearly Christmas time again and I’m sure we’ve all got lots to do before the big day! I can’t believe it has
come around so quickly again - and I haven’t thought about Christmas shopping yet.

Advent Sunday is on 1st December when we start thinking about the coming of Christ into the world and services
during December lead us up to the celebration of the Christmas story. There will be Christmas services across the
three churches of our parish so hopefully there will be something to suit everyone - young and not so young.

Christmas is a special and joyful time to be together with family and friends and to celebrate the birth of our
Saviour. Please do come and join us at some of our services (see page 2 for details).

With every blessing and good wishes for a very Happy Christmas. Collette

Parish Council Meeting 4th December 2019 7:30pm

Wednesday 4th December Village Hall 7.30 start. This will be the last meeting of the year.
So, please come along for a mince pie, it’s Christmas!

Lest We Forget – Remembrance Sunday 2019

St Luke’s Remembrance
Sunday Service. Thank you
to Pam Straw and Margaret
Ratcliffe, on behalf of
Whitley WI, for the
beautiful flower decoration.

Local children represent the
Scout Movement at St
Matthews in Stretton.

Leaf Pick- Thank you to everyone who helped

clear fallen leaves from the St Luke’s church yard on
Saturday 16th November. Darren & Irene

Carol Service 22/12/19 at 16:30 followed by

mince pies and mulled wine afterwards at the village
hall. Christmas raffle will be drawn. Tickets for the
raffle available from Irene, Deborah, Melanie

Christmas Services All Welcome

Sunday 1 December Also Monday 20th January 2020
09:30 Communion, St Luke’s
Tuesday 3 December
18:30 Christingle at St Luke’s
Sunday 8 December
11:00 Morning Prayer, St Luke’s
Sunday 15 December
09:30 Holy Communion at St Luke’s
09:30 Family Service at St Michael, Little Leigh
11:15 Carol Service at St Peter, Aston
Sunday 22 December
09:30 Morning Prayer at St Luke’s
11:00 Holy Communion at St Michael, Little Leigh
11:00 Morning Prayer at St Peter, Aston
16:30 Carol Service at St Luke’s
18:30 Carol Service at St Michael, Little Leigh
Tuesday 24 December - Christmas Eve
15:00 Crib Service at St Luke’s
15:00 Crib Service at St Michael, Little Leigh
23:30 Midnight Communion at St Luke’s
Wednesday 25 December - Christmas Day
09:30 Holy Communion at St Michael, Little Leigh
11:15 Holy Communion at St Peter, Aston
Sunday 29 December
10:30 Holy Communion at St Peter, Aston
January St Luke Sunday Services
5 January 09:30 Holly Communion
12 January 11:00 Morning Prayer
19 January 09:30 Holly Communion
26 January 09:30 Morning Prayer

School News

Christmas Craft Club Some of our younger children have
joined Whitley’s Christmas Craft Club. Each week we will be
making special handmade decorations to take home and
put on our trees. The children really enjoyed making
Christmas wreaths in the first week.
Christmas Play Rehearsals Rehearsals for this year’s
production of, “Lights, Camel, Action: Strictly the Nativity,”
are well underway. The play is based around a nativity of
celebrities as they celebrate Jesus' birth with a dazzling
dance show!

Whitley Community Preschool would love to extend an invite to the children’s

wonderful Christmas Concert. We would like to welcome all senior members of the village who have attained the
grand age of 55 or over. Please join us for the performance, and then enjoy juice and mince pies served by the
children on 18th December at 1.30pm. Spaces are limited so please contact Alex Swinden on 07785 610 600 or
[email protected]

December My Strictly FAB-U-LOUS Experience
Georgia Pitchford will be 9 on 4th
Darah Morrell will be 10 on 15th After many years of applying, I was fortunate enough to get tickets to
Raffy Morris will be 8 on 19th be in the studio audience for the recording of Strictly Come Dancing at
Blackpool Tower Ballroom. The BBC say the chance of getting tickets is
January just 0.2%.
Daniel Pitchford will be 2 on 3rd
Mirabelle Morris will be 10 on 27th We started early. My sister and I queued for 21/2 hours. There is no
Indi Morris will also be 10 on 27th choice where you sit but we were lucky getting seats in the balcony
right above the judges, a great position but sadly four rows back so we
Autumn Greenall 2yrs old on 7th Jan had to stand all night to get a good view. The show goes out live on
Saturday evening, however all the preparation, checks and audience
instruction is done before the live show begins. Sunday night’s results
show is recorded immediately afterwards.

It was fantastic to see the hard work done by the support staff, seeing
how it all comes together into the polished show we see on TV. The
Floor Managers kept us entertained throughout the day. Teams rush in
between performances to clean the dance
floor and change props. Everyone certainly
earns their money! We saw everyone
arriving whilst we were queuing early in
the morning, they then spent all day
rehearsing, preparing and performing,
late into the evening.

We left just after 11pm and finally
collapsed back into our beds just after
midnight. We were utterly exhausted
being awake for 20 hours, however, it
was so worth it!

By Lorraine Wright

Whitley WI Annual Meeting reflected on all the many wonderful things that we have enjoyed

this last year; a review of which can be seen on our website ( Chris Jones was elected
President for 2020, a second year. She payed tribute to everyone on the committee with whom she has worked
during her first year in office.

Annette led a Christmas craft activity and we had lots of laughs making labels for Christmas presents. Cathy, a
new member, was congratulated as she entered a whole basket of homemade items into our competition.
Nineteen of our members recently enjoyed a trip to the ‘Amazon Fulfilment Centre’ near Manchester Airport to
see how thousands of items are sorted, wrapped and despatched each day. Quite an eye opener!

To mark the Cheshire Federation of Women’s Institutes 100th birthday in 2020, Jean Harding the Federation
Chairman challenged all Cheshire WI’s to plant a tree to celebrate this milestone. So Chris our President went
with three other members to plant our chosen tree a ‘Sorbus Joseph’s Coat’ at Raddel Lane nature reserve.
Our meetings are held at 7.30pm on the first Thursday of each month at Whitley Village Hall; guests and new
members are welcome.

Calling All Tree Lovers Are you interested in

Whitley’s local environment and in particular conservation and
tree preservation? If so please get in touch if you are interested in
forming a community discussion group. Please contact Julia
Cooper on 730292 or Heather Moore on 730188.

The Mothers Union met at the Village Hall on 13th

November for an illustrated talk by David Shimmings entitled
“The First Canal”. He offered a glimpse into the life of the 3rd
Duke of Bridgewater, Francis Egerton, who built the Bridgewater
canal to transport Coal from his mine in Worsley. This spanned
the Irwell with a viaduct and linked to Manchester, the Mersey
and the Trent & Mersey Canal. Mr Shimming amused us all with
the story of the Duke of Wellington falling into the canal when
stepping back to allow Queen Victoria to disembark following a
trip on the canal. Next month’s Christmas meeting will be at the
Village Hall at 2pm 11th Dec and includes carols, tea and a raffle.

Mobile Library will visit Whitley Whitley Friendly Club will meet on 12th Dec for a

Village Hall on Thursday 5th December and musical afternoon. Next meeting will be 10th & 24th Jan 2020, the
16th January 2020 10 10 - 10.40am. latter being the AGM, 2-4pm at the Village Hall. New members
Please use this facility to keep it coming to welcome. In Nov we welcomed Pat Sharpe to demonstrate
the Village. making An Austrian Apple Strudel. Pat was taught how to do this
by her Austrian Mother-In-Law. Members enjoyed sampling the
Ready for Spring finished item along with strawberries and cream. A tasty end to
an instructive afternoon.
Parish Councillors have recently been out
planting Daffodils around Whitley. These Lottery Winners November
were kindly donated by Cheshire West &
Chester Councillors Lynn Gibbon & Phil 1st Brian Holbrook 2nd Peter Radcliffe
Marshall. Many thanks to all. 3rd Fiona Spittle 4th T Quayle

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