We give thanks for Your goodness. We pray for Your guidance, wisdom and provision as we embark on this exciting new project – ‘Space to Grow’.
Give us courage to step out in faith, a boldness to give and a hunger to see Your church transformed, that St. Mary’s will truly be a ‘Space to Grow’ in faith!
We are now open and our services with social distancing will begin on Easter Sunday
the next service in church (BCP) is on 25th April with John, then a service on Rogation Sunday 2nd May also with John, ,both those will be at 9.30 to enable John to get to his next service. We will not go to Chapel on that day.
Then on Whitsunday, 23rd May Ivan will take a 10am service in church and Chapel will join us.
The Annual Church Parochial Council Meeting is on 26th May 7.30pm probably in the Church
NEWS FROM BOSLEY
Work has finally got underway at St. Mary’s Church in Bosley to build the new extension on the south-west corner, for toilet & kitchen facilities. COVID-19 impacted the original start date of the Spring and so only a couple of weeks ago did the builders, R. Beech & Son, finally arrive on site. The old boiler house and outside loo have now been demolished and the footings have started to be excavated under the supervision of Aeon Archaeologists.
It is anticipated that the extension will be finished in December and we’ll hope to have some sort of celebratory event (COVID permitting) to enable visitors to see the exciting improvements to our facilities. By having modern, indoor toilets, new efficient heating system & a fully functioning kitchen we hope to be able to use the church building for a wider variety of community based activities/ clubs/ groups. So, if you’re looking for a large space to hold a meeting or group please consider the church building.
The last 12 months have for many of us been frustrating and just so for the Bosley church community; cancellation of services, events and fund-raisers, restrictions on funerals & weddings and also delays for our much-anticipated improvements project. Last April we were due to start work on the kitchen & toilet extension, but COVID delayed this and it wasn’t until late August that the builder finally came on site and demolition of the old lean-to commenced.
On the whole, the build has been straight-forward and although an archaeologist was required on site, it didn’t hold up progress. We now have a beautiful extension, very in-keeping with the main church building with leaded windows, light stone plinths & keystones. The bricks have come from a local Congleton chapel being demolished and so look of a similar age and will blend very well in time.
Inside, the extension houses a light and functionable kitchen with a new boiler to service the church more efficiently and two toilets, one being fully accessible and having a baby-change unit. Our builder has managed to retain, between the new build and tower, a visible section of the original Norman stonework.
The extension build and replacement boiler were Phase 1 of the Improvement Project and together with the initial sale of some of the old Victorian pews, we are now thinking forward to Phase 2 where the flooring & seating will be enhanced by the purchase of chairs and some tables. This will enable us to make the church a more versatile community building. It is anticipated that we will host coffee mornings, luncheon club, pilates, toddler & local groups, as well as weekly worship. If you’re interested in using our new space & facilities do get in touch with the vicar, churchwardens or any member of the church.
Although current government restrictions won’t allow for a celebratory event yet, keep your eyes open for details of when we can! The church is open for private prayer every Wednesday & Sunday (10-4pm) and the toilet facilities are available. Our first service for some months will be held on Easter Sunday at 10am, led by Phil Williams and we look forward to seeing our friends.
This project would not have been possible without the generosity of local benefactors & fund-raisers, or the time and skills of our architect, builder and project team. We are also very thankful for the grants which have been given for the project from the following funders...
- Allchurches Trust
- Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
- Bosley Parish Council
- Cheshire Community Foundation
- Garfield Weston Anniversary Fund
- Historic Cheshire Churches Preservation Trust
- National Churches Trust
the youth club is not meeting at present
the youth club is not meeting at present