Extracts from Parish Magazine for July 2001

MISS SAIGON THEATRE TRIP
CHESTER ALLELUIA 14 – 16 SEPTEMBER 2001
THE KAMUTZA PROJECT (UGANDA)
NATURE NOTES
CHRISTLETON VILLAGE SHOW
LIBRARY MATTERS
SEA SUNDAY – JULY 8TH
CHRISTLETON CRICKET CLUB

MAP STORY 28 – HOLIDAY FOR MAPS


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MISS SAIGON THEATRE TRIP
Following an excellent response to last month’s advert regarding a trip to Manchester to see “Miss Saigon”, I have now booked 50 tickets for Thursday 7th February 2002 at 7.30pm. I will be booking a coach to take us to the Palace Theatre and estimate that the coach will leave Christleton at approximately 5.30pm and return from Manchester at approximately 10.35pm. Tickets for the theatre will be £28 per person (a reduction of £3 per ticket), additionally coach fares (and an ice cream at the interval!) should be in the region of £6 per person.
If you are interested in joining the trip, please let me know as soon as possible as I have over 30 names already provisionally booking places.
Pat Nilssen, 336013, 11 Littleton Lane
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CHESTER ALLELUIA 14 – 16 SEPTEMBER 2001
A weekend of discovery and celebration centered on the Eucharist
Chester Alleluia is a weekend based in and around Chester Cathedral. It is for people who are in their 20s to 40s.
Through workshops, liturgy and excellent preaching, Chester Alleluia will explore how the Eucharist can shape values, provide the pattern for our living and the moment to bring before God the needs and brokenness of the world.
During special services at Chester Cathedral there will be new songs to learn, a chance to make new friends, one-to-one ministry, healing, listening and forgiveness.
Guest speakers include the Archbishop of York David Hope, the Bishop of Sheffield Jack Nicholls, Sister Winsome of the Community of St Mary the Virgin, Wantage, and Stephen Cotterell (Springboard – Archbishops’ Arm for Evangelism).
Because Chester Alleluia is for every Diocese in the North of England, places will be limited. However, we will take as many people as we can from Chester Diocese.
If you are in your 20s to 40s and want to come, please send for a booking form from Irene Pendleton by calling 01244 620444 or visit www.chester.anglican.org
Parish groups welcome.
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THE KAMUTZA PROJECT (UGANDA)
Last month I told the story of Ian and Clare Gray and the help we were giving them by providing a portable generator to be used with the Tampluma Community in Ghana. This month I can give details of our main Millennium Project, to provide clean water for children in a school in Uganda. By linking with Wilmslow Wells for Africa, and in partnership with “Just Care” we have been instrumental in providing water for a Primary School of 600 pupils in Kamutuza. The money raised last year in the village has funded most of this exciting work. We learned recently in Christian Aid week, how Uganda was one of the developing world countries targeted this year. Thanks to the relief from their great burden of debt, with the British Government being instrumental in this action, by cancelling all of Uganda’s bilateral debt, money is being channelled into education and health projects. Primary Education, health services and access to clean water are the great priorities for this new nation, which suffered so much under the dictator Amin. Despite the efforts being made by the people to rid the country of its image, it remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with an average annual family income of £220, and half its population of 21 million exist below the poverty line. Also more than half the population are below the age of fifteen, and more than one million are orphans of war and disease!
Great strides are being taken nationally to improve finances, by creating and developing the new trade of growing flowers (roses and many tropical varieties) and fresh vegetables to be sold in markets all over the world, and the setting up of new national parks and by their careful exploitation, attracting visitors and therefore currency. It is a huge country with 15% of its area under water, but large areas of land are above 4000 feet with majestic mountain ranges, which feed water down to the fertile valley of the River Nile. However it is education which is vital to their future. Thanks to being free of their huge debt, new primary schools are now being built, and the money from Christleton is just one small happening that will we hope, have lasting benefits. Our money will provide over 600 pupils with water collection equipment and storage tanks, and this is a great step forward for the community. No longer will children have to carry large containers of water from the rivers to their homes before they attend school, and the clean water will provide healthier conditions for all. However the greatest problem they face is the spread of Aids and HIV, and as in Ghana it is vital that the people (through the children) can be educated about these terrible diseases, to try to prevent the spread to almost everyone in the community.
I hope to be able to show photographs of our gift at work in a future edition of the magazine.
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NATURE NOTES
Our swans at the Pit had five eggs this year, producing three fine cygnets around 12th May. Most unusually another was born several days later, but was often “missing” when the family were seen around the water’s edge. However the secret hiding place proved to be under the pen’s wing, where it happily sat until it was strong enough to move around on its own. The other cygnets were very adventurous from the start, and were soon happy to pose for photographs near the Almshouses. Sadly one cygnet has disappeared at the time of writing, probably predated by a fox, as the swans tend to roost in the thick grass on the bank at the side of the Pit and not on the nest site, and can be caught off guard by a fox creeping up under cover of darkness. Fortunately the pair and cygnets have stayed at the Pit this year, I suspect because the cob has a severely damaged hip and doesn’t walk very well.
The pair on the canal at Rowton have had seven cygnets this year, and are all doing well, although Beryl and I watched in amazement as the cygnets withstood several attacks from underwater outside our house. The adults seemed oblivious to the danger, but the cygnets were seen to be panicking as they swam along. Occasionally one would disappear for seconds at a time, and appeared to be under attack from something large under the water surface, probably a young mink. However the family soon found shelter on the canal bank, and the danger subsided.
You will be pleased to learn that swifts finally arrived in and around the village on about 14th May, a much later date than previously recorded. I apologise that we have not been able to open the Nature Reserve at Hockenhull this year initially because of the foot and mouth disease, but now because of the closure of the lane and access to the Roman Bridges due to a new gas pipeline being laid 25 metres from the reserve boundary.
David Cummings

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CHRISTLETON VILLAGE SHOW
It’s this month!
Saturday 21st July in the Village Hall
There is still time to get a schedule and make an entry (you may have a problem growing your flowers from seed) but there are plenty of categories to choose from and there are also plenty of trophies to win. Schedules are available from Paul Jackson in Christleton Post Office or any of the committee (see below).
The schedule includes entry forms for the Hanging Basket, Web page and Scarecrow Competitions as well as the Village Show. PLEASE NOTE that entry forms for the Hanging Basket, Web page and Scarecrow competitions must be submitted by the dates on the entry form so that winners can be announced on Show day (all details can be found on the schedule).
The Village Garden Trail is planned for Sunday 22nd July, the day after the Show. Please see the notices around the village or contact David Cummings for details. Where else can you see so many superb gardens for only £1.00 per adult and the proceeds are for charity.
You now only have a couple of weeks to get your entry forms completed and in, so start your preparations: select the best plants, recipes etc. Please support your Village Show and remember it’s never too late and it’s great fun on the day.
All instructions for the times to bring your entries and/or to visit the exhibition, as well as the charges are on the schedule, but if you are not sure of anything or would like to help on the day (you would be very, very welcome!), contact any of the team below.

Chris Marsland (335424), Sue Haywood (01829 741814), Charles Smeatham (335209), Margaret Croston (335955), Janet Brown (335785), David Cummings (332410), Judith Butt (335296), Pat ffrench-Lynch (336050).

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LIBRARY MATTERS
This is just to remind people that the library contains a variety of entertaining, informative and faith-building books, ranging from easy reading to more academic tomes. Those leading intercessions or meditations may find material there of particular help to them. If anyone needs Bible Reading notes I will be happy to obtain them or advise in any way.
Margaret Bass

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SEA SUNDAY – JULY 8TH
GIVING THANKS FOR SEAFARERS
Who needs seafarers? The simple answer is that we all do. Without them our shops and supermarkets would be virtually empty. They bring us food, electrical goods, toys and oil. They carry our manufactured products to other countries and bring in raw materials for our industry. The fact that over 90% of world trade is carried by sea underlines the importance of seafarers to all our lives.
But to meet our needs, seafarers pay a high price. They spend long periods away from their homes and families and face isolation and danger. At sea they are cut off from much that we take for granted, such as telephones, shops, medical care and the ability to escape from the pressures of work at the end of the day. In the brief time that they can get off their ships in port, often only a few hours, they are strangers who frequently face unfamiliar languages and cultures.
Seafarers are out of sight and are easily forgotten. This is why the Church has “Sea Sunday” to help us to remember and give thanks for their vital contribution to our lives, and to pray for them, the families left behind, and the Christian outreach to them through the Mission to Seafarers.
This missionary society, which until last year was called The Missions to Seamen, has been caring for seafarers for over 140 years, showing God’s love to people of all nations and creeds. Today it is at work in some 300 ports, visiting ships to make the crews welcome, and offering hospitality, spiritual support, and help in times of need.
Your prayers and support for this work show seafarers that they are not forgotten. They enable their needs to be met while they are meeting ours. So please remember them, and the work of The Mission to Seafarers, on Sea Sunday.
To find out more about this ministry to seafarers around the world contact your nearest Mission to Seafarers or:
Gillian Ennis
The Mission to Seafarers, St Michael Paternoster Royal,
College Hill, London EC4R 2RL
Tel: 020 7248 5202
www.missiontoseafarers.org
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CHRISTLETON CRICKET CLUB
Christleton CC have made an excellent startto the season. At the end of May the 1st team are second and the second team are top of their respective leagues. The 1st team also defeated Hawarden Park on the 27th May to reach the area semi-final of the national village competition. Both teams are through to the second round of the league 20 over competitions.
The Ladies Section who play on Tuesday evenings are unbeaten in their league after 3 matches.
The new practice nets are completed and the ground is looking immaculate.
Sponsors of match balls for May were Walker Smith and Way, Arthur Broster, Christleton Post Office and Terry Brooks. We thank them for their support.
A bench has been purchased and will be erected in memory of Cliff Boddy.
Coaching continues on Monday evenings at 6:30, 3 qualified coaches are in attendance.
Chester city council have awarded £250 towards a FLICX cricket surface for junior matches.

More information about the cricket club can be found on the internet at:
www.christletoncc.co.uk

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MAP STORY 28 – HOLIDAY FOR MAPS
I think we have all perhaps suffered from the odd mouse near to the house or even in the house. I must admit I do not feel very guilty in putting poison down in which case you are pleased to see when the heap has diminished in size and maybe just wonder where the little blighters will perish. The other day I found a mouse that had fallen into a dustbin outside the back door so I shot it, about ten times – with a camera. I then took the bin into the garden and released my new friend. What has this got to do with maps. Absolutely nothing. It is the month for holidays. Had it been a rat you would not have had a holiday but would have got a map story.

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