It’s good to have our magazine back in print again this month – hopefully uninterrupted for the foreseeable future.
There have been some comments made querying why the parish magazine was not printed for a few months in 2020 and earlier this year, particularly since other printed material has continued to come through our letter boxes. Our previous printers in Macclesfield decided to retire last March and David, at The Print Room agreed to take over. He has been extremely helpful and has actually been working through most of the pandemic. I took the decision to temporally halt printing primarily to protect our deliverers from the risk of infection, especially when we were all being urged to stay indoors! I hope you understand the reasoning. Stay Safe!
If the COVID-19 restrictions have been eased by May, we will hold our first working party of the year to tidy the area around the memorials at the Knutsford Road Cemetery. From mid-May, 30 people will be allowed to meet outdoors and so we plan to work at the Cemetery on Saturday 22nd May from 9.30am until 11am.
If you are able to help you would be very welcome, no gardening experience is necessary. We will maintain social distancing, if this is still in place, to keep everybody safe. Please bring hand shears, weeding tools and something to kneel on.
If you feel unable to make it until later in the year, we completely understand.
I am really looking forward to a morning of gardening and chat.
Our friends continue to be most grateful for donations sent from here for the benefit of the community in Brinnington and the homeless friends at Barnabus. Currently, because of continuing Coronavirus safety precautions, our donations to both destinations are somewhat restricted.
The Brinnington Parish Centre normally accepts donations for outreach purposes through their Drop-In sales and coffee mornings for the benefit of people in their community struggling with financial and other problems. For safety reasons the Parish Centre is closed for the foreseeable future and they have no storage space for donations. We have been unable to deliver your donations to them for over a year now. With permission of the Centre Manager, we continue to slowly re-distribute some of the items, particularly clean unmarked adult clothing, to other charities through the doorstep bag system until we can safely deliver to Brinnington once more. We have a large quantity of bric-a-brac including kitchen items stored safely to take to them as and when they can accept it.
We continue to be most grateful to Steve Best of Holmes Chapel Methodist Church for collecting donations for Barnabus from here, as and when it is safe to do so. We are advised that donations for Barnabus, including clothing and shoes, should be either new or as clean as possible, free of any marks or stains. If you wish to donate any clothing which can only be dry cleaned, please kindly have this done before donating it to us.
Thank you all for your generosity towards our friends in need.
As some of you may be aware, our church buildings and contents are insured through the Ecclesiastical Insurance Office. The organisation, which is celebrating its 130th birthday, has launched the Trust 130 Scheme through its charitable arm which is one of the largest corporate donors to charity in the UK.
Every time a new customer takes out a new home insurance policy with Ecclesiastical the sum of £130 is donated to a church of their choice, namely, St Luke’s Holmes Chapel. So far £430,000 has been paid to 2283 churches in the UK under this scheme and there is no limit to the number of donations which can be made to our church.
If your home insurance is due for renewal, and you are interested how Trust 130 can benefit our church, please contact Ecclesiastical Insurance by telephone on 0800-783-0130.
A question was raised with me this week concerning the lack of printed versions of the parish magazine during much of the lockdown period. In particular, why it “couldn’t be printed when advertising magazines were being delivered to households”.
My answer was that the issue is not the printing, but the distribution. David Bennett at The Print Room has been extremely helpful and could have printed the magazine without any problem. The issue is that our magazine is distributed to individual homes by a willing team of volunteers, many of whom are in shall we say, “advancing years”!
With the UK Government’s introduction of stricter rules governing people’s movements, and guidance advising us all to stay at home whenever possible, I felt that it would have been irresponsible to have potentially put our volunteer deliverers’ lives at risk, by expecting them to go out delivering magazines at the height of the pandemic.
I am hoping that, subject to a continuing fall in Covid infections, it may be possible for the Government to relax some of the restrictions which should allow us to resume the production of a printed magazine, beginning with the April edition.