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BGS Wreath Laying at Holebottom
Murder Mystery Event
Christmas Lunch after "Teddy Bear" Service
Fairtrade Service 2019
GA Meetings 2019
Victoria Wood Statue Unveiling Ceremony
Strawberry Tea 2019
WL Talk - "Women of Nepal"
Wedding of Peter & Lorraine
Wedding of Kate & Ade
Murder Mystery Evening
What a busy month April has been! The fact
that we can socialise a little more, and that this has had to be
incorporated into my accustomed routine has rather complicated matters!
On Easter Sunday, I conducted the service at Blackpool and received a
very warm, friendly welcome from the congregation there; all went well;
we weren't apprehended by the police for travelling outside our area
(allowable because I was working), and the roads weren't jammed with
tourists. Once the service had finished, we walked into central
Blackpool, as far as the pier, and enjoyed the views from the promenade;
we noted how clean everywhere looked, especially when compared with
Bury. We drove on, past Fairhaven Lake, to Lytham, and, finally, home.
It was Roger's birthday, so presents and birthday tea had to be factored
in, but he enjoyed his long day, in the end.
A week later, I
attended a Book Launch and Poetry Workshop, in connection with Rev.
Cliff Reed's new book, "Beyond Darkness" (available from The Lindsay
Press for £9.99). Cliff was interviewed and talked knowledgeably about
his writings, and, later, suggested topics for us to consider, to
encourage our creative juices. I enjoyed the evening and am looking
forward very much to reading and thinking about the book's contents.
The Lancashire Collaborative Ministry held its AGM and Committee
Meeting, that same week, and I had suggested that I, as the
Vice-President, could propose the customary vote of thanks to those
present; as I'm the Secretary, I didn't like to thank myself, but the
Chairman, Dot Hewerdine made good the deficiency; modesty forbids me to
quote her, but I felt very flattered by her words; appreciation is
always a very welcome commodity, I find.
I learned, from Val
Chamberlain, who is the Secretary of The Findhorn Unitarian Network, the
sad news that the two main buildings in Findhorn, in northern Scotland,
where there is a successful centre of spirituality, had been destroyed,
quite deliberately, by fire, mid-April. This had shocked and distressed
the many people who have visited the centre and come to love it. FUN's
AGM was held on April 17th, and I conveyed a message of sympathy to its
members, on behalf of the GA, which was well-received; the text of this
was sent out to all the members, when the Minutes were circulated, and I
was asked, also, to send a similar message to the CEO of the Findhorn
We had known, in advance, that we would be unlikely to be
able to attend Pam Oxley's funeral, on April 20th, on account of
restrictions on numbers, but we were able to watch the webcast, which
took place, at the same time---and a beautiful service it was, conducted
with dignity by Kate, and including an excellent prayer by Rev. Beryl
Allerton, and a reading by Kirsty, one of Pam's grand-daughters. I will
miss Pam for her humour, her conversation, and her sharp wit; whenever
we discussed lock-down, she would always comment, after a while, "It's a
bit of a beggar, isn't it?" I think I will always remember that, and
There were many preparations to be made, in advance of the
Annual GA Meetings, and these consumed a great deal of time; my
Acceptance Speech was recorded, about two weeks before the event, and
this caused some continuity-problems: I had to wear the same clothes,
despite very different temperatures on the day of recording and the
actual day, and my hair kept growing! I also had to prepare the Closing
Devotions for the Meetings and to liaise with the technical support
team; in the end, my script was a marvel of colour-coding: black for the
items to be delivered; red for my links from one to the other; and blue
for instructions to the technical folk. All went smoothly, in the end,
as the very first virtual Meetings took place, on April 24th. The
Inquirer requested a copy of all my material, plus photographs, which
had to be supplied, in order to meet the deadline for the next issue.
I'll be interested to see what is actually printed, in the end.
Finally, at the end of proceedings, I became the new President; it
wasn't the quite same as a live installation, but what took place was
sufficient to satisfy the constitution, and I was duly elected, as was
Rev. Sue Woolley, who became the new Vice-President. The entire day went
surprisingly smoothly, despite a few problems with the electronic
voting; Rev. Celia Cartwright did an amazing job, staying calm and
self-possessed, as she chaired the entire event; and the Motions were
debated with good humour, and in a pleasingly pleasant spirit. We drove
to Cumbria, to collect the President's medallion from Celia, on the
following Monday, to complete the handover and take more photographs,
two of which can be seen in this issue. Maybe now, the facts will start
to sink in, and the event will seem more real!
By now, as many of
us have had two jabs, and the figures continue to fall, it seems that we
might have cause for cautious optimism. We hope that restrictions on
churches will continue to relax, but, for the time being, demands on
Kate continue to be high; every week, now, we can choose from in-person
services, zoom ones, or read-at-home ones, and we are assured that this
situation will remain until we are fully-open, once more. This, of
course, asks a great deal of our Minister, and I do thank Kate for all
her efforts to ensure that no church-member is excluded or neglected,
and for the time and trouble she expends, as she carries out her duties.
Ade, too, is working very hard on all sorts of projects; he is covering
a great deal of ground, in the process, and much is achieved. He should
also be thanked for stewarding in-person services with calm authority,
so that each person present reaches the correct seat before the start of
the service. Thank you, both, for everything you do.
cherry-blossom on the trees at the back of the church is a reminder that
spring is proceeding apace; recent days have been sunny and pleasant,
but the nights have been chilly; nevertheless, summer will soon be here,
we hope. Roger and I send you our love and best wishes, and hope that we
will see everyone soon.
Click here to read
all Anne's diary entries since her installation
Most of our services are conducted
by our minister
Rev. Kate Brady McKenna
Click here to read about Kate
Services will be held in
the church at 11.15 am on Sundays 6th, 13th and 19th of December but because of the Corona Virus emergency
situation, this will be by invitation only. Contact the minister to requst an
Services will also be held on "Zoom" at 2.00 pm on each Sunday
afternoon until further notice.
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list of services and other religious occasions.
if you are attending a Unitarian service for the first time and would like some
We have a parents and children's area
within the church.
Because of the current
Coronan Virus shut-down, the Traidcraft shop will not be open until futher
notice. If you need any supplies in the mean time please contact Anne Mills who
will do her best to help.
When the situation
returns to normal the
Traidcraft stall selling
fairly-traded goods will be open for business from
12.15 pm to 12.45 pm,
normally on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month.
Bury Unitarian Church
1 Bank Street
0161 761 3785
"Under the terms of the
General Data Protection Registration (2018), Bury Unitarian Church
will use information provided by its members for its own social and
administrative purposes. A member's personal information will be
removed from the church-records within one month of the receipt of a written
request, to that effect. Bury Unitarian Church will not pass on members'
details to any third-parties outside the church, without permission;
information held by the Minister or Church Officers of a confidential nature
will not be passed on to other church-members; this will include Gift Aid
details. If photographs are taken on church-premises of church-members, Bury Unitarian Church
will assume that, unless instructed otherwise, permission for these to be
displayed is granted. In the case of members of the Junior Church, the
permission of the children's parents will always be gained before
photographs of them are taken or used (for example, in the church-calendar,
or on the church-website); in such cases, surnames and ages will never be
Queries about GDPR should be addressed to the Church Secretary.
Bury's Cultural Quarters
Our Church is situated in Bury's
Cultural Quarter and is surrounded
by buildings of architectural and cultural
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