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Where Bowdon Parish Comes Together

Bowdon Parish is always busy. Whether there’s a group meeting at the Parish Centre or a Service at St Mary’s or St Luke’s, every day there is something to do or join in with. We have many special events planned throughout the year to celebrate Christian events and festivals and also run numerous events to highlight awareness of the Church in the community. Please take a look at our calendar of events to see what’s coming up or even better, why not sign up to our newsletter to keep informed of the latest news and upcoming events.

Meeting up with friends at the Wednesday Lunch Club

Jonny from Red House farm at the biennial Business Fair

Coffee, cake and conversation

BOWDON CARES

Bowdon Cares looks after the needs of the more elderly and vulnerable adults in the parish as part of our pastoral care and we are currently exploring new ways of taking the church to these often overlooked members of our parish. 

We run a weekly coffee morning every Monday at St Luke’s from 10.30-12.00. Coffee or tea with croissants or toasted tea-cakes awaited those who tried the new Coffee Cabin on its first day. As well as refreshments, there are newspapers and a few magazines to browse and to take home if you please.

Additionally a selection of card and board games is available, and if this proves appealing perhaps somekind of compeition or league tables may result. From little acorns grow big trees. There is also advice on practical matters available. All ages welcome.

BOWDON CARES CONTACTS:     Liz Taylor Hayes   928 8563     Judith Robertson  928 5097            Linda Woods   928 6179

Click on the image of THE ENTERTAINER – the newsletter of the Bowdon Cares initiative to download and find out more.

Voluntary Transport Group

The Voluntary Transport Group continues to be very busy taking people with sight and mobility problems to attend hospital and clinic appointments.

Our drivers take them to their appointment, wait with them and then return them home. The patients are incredibly grateful for the service offered and if it were not for the kind volunteer drivers many would not be able to keep their appointments.

The drivers find the work very fulfilling and are happy to be able to put something back into the community. Drivers are reimbursed for their petrol expenses at the rate of 45p per mile and are issued with identity windscreen badges. Most of the hospitals we visit have allocated us designated parking bays.

If anyone feels able to give some time to drive our disadvantaged clients to their appointments, we should be very pleased to hear from them. It does not have to be a big commitment and a couple of hours occasionally would be much appreciated.

Contact Kaye Gardner on 928 1158 or 929 6994

Men’s Breakfast

Invites will be sent out a week or so before each Breakfast. If you would like to come and hang out with a load of like-minded blokes to chat about life in general then feel free to come along between 8.00 and 9.30 on any of the Saturdays that will be announced via the Bulletin Board section.

Speakers: If anyone would like to speak at Mens Breakfast, in particular I am looking for some personal testimony, please let me know There’s plenty of you out there who have great stories to tell (you know who you are!) so it would be fantastic.

We will also be doing at couple of activity based events this year, so watch this space.

Will Blanksby

Ladies Continental Breakfast

A ladies continental breakfast takes place about every 6 – 8 weeks, on a Saturday morning from 9.00 am to 10.30 am, usually in the Parish Centre. We share coffee, croissants and jam, and other delicacies. There is laughter, chatter, discussion and shared female fellowship in equal measure.

Guest speakers guide our thoughts, inform us, or sometimes prick our consciences. On occassion we have turned our hand to practical crafting of some kind.

Dates for your diary:

May 20th – Sharon Richardson, professional storyteller, telling a selection of stories relating to women.

June 17th – speaker tba

July & August, no breakfasts

September 9th – Joint Breakfast – A solo Scottish coast-to-coast hike for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, Jennifer Raffle

October 21st – ‘The similarities between Buddhism and Christianity and how I came to embrace them both’, Francois Garcia

November 18th – Christian meditation, Michael Jackson

December, no breakfast

Contact Sue Coles: lcb@bowdonchurch.org OR via the Parish Centre 0161 929 1537

The Wednesday Lunch Club

Lunch is served in the Parish Centre at 12 noon on Wednesdays between September and May, with breaks for the Christmas and Easter holidays. This is a custom that has lasted nearly 30 years, with helpers providing soup and salads.

Those who attend enjoy not only delicious home-made food but also warm fellowship. There is a charge of £2.50 for the meal.

Contact: Margaret Sykes via the Parish Office on 0161 929 1537.

Coffee, Cake and Conversation

This informal group meets on the third Tuesday afternoon of each month between 2 pm and 3.20 pm in the Parish Centre. The aim is to provide a happy social occasion where those of a slightly older age group can meet and enjoy coffee, tea or juice, a variety of cakes and a lot of friendly conversation.

Sometimes a member of the group volunteers to give a short talk and sometimes a member might offer to bring a cake. But no-one need feel that they have to do anything— just turn up and enjoy a pleasant hour or so.

For enquiries contact Christine Barratt, 0161 928 4048.

Next Business Fair 2018

As part of our support for the local community, we hold a biennial Business Fair, which is free to exhibitors and visitors alike. There is a wide range of exhibitors, with tempting special offers, so bring your shopping bags! An amazing range of over 60 local businesses from jam to jewellery and wine to websites.

A directory of the participating businesses and community groups is available by clicking on the link below, which we hope will serve as a useful and durable reminder of the variety of goods, services and activities that we have on our doorstep.

Our next Business Fair, our 5th, will be announced via the website.

LINK TO THE PARISH LOCAL BUSINESS GUIDE

Affiliated Groups

There are a number of local groups that Bowdon Church has an affiliation with. Please click on the links below to visit their websites.

Friends of Denzell Gardens and the Devisdale

Bowdon History Society

Bowdon Croquet Club

Bowdon Conservation Group

Friends of Rosie

Altrincham Choral Society

Eugene Halliday Society

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Timothy 1:7

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