It is hoped that we will be able to resume publication of the Parish Magazine with effect from the November issue, although this will very much depend on any future developments regarding precautions surrounding the Covid19 pandemic.

Some changes have taken place since the April edition was printed. Our magazine’s printers for almost 20 years, Tom and Jos Higgins of Cranmore Instant Print in Macclesfield, have decided to retire and the business will shortly be closing down. I would like to publicly thank them both for the excellent service that they have provided to us over the years. They became personal friends to Jacquie and I, indeed a trip to Macclesfield for a chat and a coffee with Jos, whilst I went over the magazine with Tom, became a highlight of Jacquie’s month. No longer will the cry of “Jos, how many copies?!” ring out across Crompton Road Mill! I am sure you will join me in wishing them both a long and happy retirement!

I am pleased to say that production of the Parish Magazine is being transferred to The Print Room in Church Walk, with whom I look forward to enjoying a long and successful association.

Finally, a big thank-you to Lew Riches and Rod Pickles who have been sharing the logistical task of collecting the finished magazines from Macclesfield each month and delivering them to Sue Wood in Cranage.

Alan Rickards