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By Bosley Village, Jan 15 2018 07:34PM

The daylight hours are already getting a little longer and we can look forward to spring. Easter this year is on April 1st so Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14th with the first Lent Lunch at the Wincle vicarage. The one at Bosley will be on March 7th at Thrumble Rock.

The Youth Group took the major part in our Nativity play, “Jesus Birthday Party”. The innkeeper, Nathan Rawlinson, was continually being woken up by those coming to see the baby, played by Theo, who celebrated his first birthday that day. Shepherds, king, angels and of course Joseph and Mary all played their parts helped by Olly Carter who narrated the story and the congregation, stamped, knocked and snored to order.

The Youth club programme for February includes on February 5th, a trip out to the Bowling Alley at Lyme Green, February 12th a Chinese night, February 26th Karaoke Competition night and March 5th a Welsh Night.

Many of us enjoyed seeing the Gilmans of Pye Ash Farm starring on BBC1 with some lovely shots of Bosley, bellringing at the church, Jane with her bees, George and Martha working on the farm and James with his sheep dogs and the Hope Fete and sheep dogs trials there.

The Plough Service this year is at Wildboarclough church at 10.30 on February 11th when the plough is blessed and a lamb if available. Plans for the year for the year are being made and please let me know of any events that need flagging up. The donkeys should be there on March 25th, Palm Sunday, to process from the Green to the church for the service. The Rose Queen fete and Fell Run is on 16th June followed by the Rose Queen Service on the 17th. A Safari Supper will be held on 30th June when the various courses are held at different homes around the parish ending up altogether at a single venue. The Annual Meeting of St. Mary’s church is at 7.30pm on 26th April in the church. All on the electoral roll are welcome.

Congleton Young Farmers Club has it annual dinner and awards evening on Friday 12th January at Sandhole Farm. Several awards were presented for different aspects of club life; stock judging, entertainments, newcomer, and two awards for the best male and female member and then an overall best member trophy. Congratulations to Sarah Nixon who won it and she was amazed and overjoyed at the accolade which followed on from her mother winning the same trophy back in 2000!

Neil Wain gave a talk at the Chapel service about the Hope for Justice charity which works to prevent modern day slavery and rescue and support those who have been trapped into it. There are more slaves in this country and the rest of the world than at any time before. Neil travels overseas visiting places where it is suspected that slavery is taking place and to help set up centres there and there are also centres in this country. An article about Neil’s work will appear in next month’s magazine.

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