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DIAMOND WEDDING CELEBRATIONS                                                                                  On the 28th June Les and Freda Wilcock celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. On the same day Freda, who is the verger at Newchurch, celebrated her 80th birthday. A surprise party organised by church members was held for them in the Parish Hall.

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THERE BUT NOT THERE                                                                                                              On one of the pews in Newchurch is a ‘There But Not There’ figure depicting the silhouette of a ‘Tommy’ soldier who died in WW1. This is to commemorate Edwin Leatherbarrow aged 22, a member of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, who was killed on 15th July 1918 just four months before the end of the war. Edwin was an active member of Newchurch Parish Church and was also a bellringer. In his honour next week before the 10.30 am service, the bellringers will ring the King’s Peel in his honour followed by 22 rings of the toll bell representing his age when he died. The silhouette will remain in church until Remembrance Sunday                                                       

The Standard of the Culcheth Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion being Laid Up in the Church, Sunday 14th May 2017.

Speech given to the Newchurch congregation by Nancy Halbert on behalf of the Culcheth Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion:

“The Royal British Legion Women’s Section first formed nationally in 1923, the Culcheth branch opening in 1954. Since then the women’s section has helped to support widows and orphans of serving and ex-service families in the community. Help was provided in a number of ways; including a weekly pension, providing school uniforms and support with university fees.

In addition the Women’s Section provided support and convalescing services for families in need after being in hospital. Over the years the Culcheth branch has raised thousands of pounds to support these causes and helped many families.

So today, Sunday, 14th May, 2017, we are here to find a final resting place for our Culcheth Standard in Newchurch Church, in memory and honour of the many women who have served in the Culcheth and District Branch.”

Following the closure of the Women’s Section, the women will continue their good work alongside the men at Culcheth British Legion.   Chris Jones, Rector of Newchurch Parish Church, as the current incumbent of the church, accepted charge of the standard.

CHURCHYARD PROJECT GAINING MOMENTUM AS IT APPROACHES £5000

Allchurches Trust Limited, the insurance owners of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group and Warrington Borough Council’s Neighbour Fund have both recently awarded Newchurch Churchyard Project £1000 each (totaling £2,000) towards the cost of installing the much needed drainage system.
 
Chris Jones, Rector, said; “Awards of this kind really boost our fundraising and together with donations from the local community we are now heading towards £5,000. I’m personally humbled by the way people are getting behind this project clearly demonstrating that the churchyard is something they really care about.

As local gardeners will know, the local soil is heavy clay and during prolonged or heavy rainfall the churchyard becomes waterlogged. Ground conditions often present major difficulties during burial services and during late autumn and winter months the Churchyard is often inaccessible to the many visitors who tend the graves of family and friends and to the wider community wishing to visit. Our group of volunteers spend many hours attending to the Churchyard keeping it tidy and well maintained, however, the waterlogged areas is a challenge well beyond them.”

To complete the drainage work we need £19.500, our JustGiving site can be found at www.justgiving.com/newchurchcy.  You may also donate by sending a cheque, made payable to Newchurch PCC drainage fund, to The Rectory, Jackson Avenue, Culcheth, Warrington WA3 4ED or make a cash donation at Newchurch Parish Church (please identify any donations as being towards the drainage fund).

CHURCHYARD PROJECT GETS OFF TO A GREAT START  

In September 2016 Newchurch Parish Church launched the Churchyard Project to install a much needed drainage system in the churchyard.

Following the publication of an article in Culcheth Life the project has got off to a fantastic start with donations made on the JustGiving site raising £1,000.  

Chris Jones, Rector, said; “The momentum is gathering for this project and we are pleased with the reaction of those living in the village, they are clearly demonstrating it is something they care about and want to get involved in.  Whilst our group of volunteers spend many hours keeping the churchyard tidy and well maintained, the waterlogged area is a challenge beyond routine maintenance. We are thankful for the support of anyone interested in helping.”

To complete the drainage installation we need £19.500. Find out more in the article,                       In Search of Dry Land. Our JustGiving site can be found at www.justgiving.com/newchurchcy. You may also donate by sending a cheque to The Rectory, Jackson Avenue, Culcheth, Warrington     WA3 4ED (cheques payable to Newchurch PCC) or make a cash donation at Newchurch Parish Church.