THE 153rd ANNUAL REPORT TO THE CONGREGATION OF FLOWERY FIELD CHURCH
PRESENTED 26th FEBRUARY 2017
Chairman: Mr Donald Brooks
Joint Treasurers: Mr John Heywood and Mr. Harry Durose
Joint Secretaries: Mrs Carol A Redfern, 18 Thorsby Avenue, Hyde, SK14 5PH
Mr. Peter J. Bramall, 9 Hollybank Rise, Dukinfield, SK16 5EG
Church Committee Members 2016/2017
Mr. John Ashall, Mrs Sylvia Cooke,
Mrs Dorothy Finan, Mrs Ann Godfrey,
Mrs. Anne Lowndes, Mrs Muriel Slater,
Mr. David Stanley, Mr. David Timperley,
Mrs Denise Timperley,
It is encouraging that the proposal to erect an Annex on the Cricket Field side of the Church received unanimous support at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Congregation held in Church on Sunday 3rd July 2016, thereby demonstrating faith in the future of our Fellowship. Acting on our behalf Mr. John Flinn, the local architect, has submitted a planning application to Tameside MBC and it is hoped that permission will be granted in the near future. We are also very grateful for an additional asset provided by The Ashton Trust agreeing to transfer to the Church Trustees, as a gift, the ownership of a small plot of land (colloquially known as “the Cat’s Park”) situated at the corner of Well Meadow. It is intended to fence the plot and lay tarmac enabling it to be used as a car park.
The link with Hyde Chapel has continued, enabling us to sustain the Rev. Eric W. Breeze as the Joint Minister, and two Joint Pastorate Services have been held.
Regular weekly Services were held each Sunday afternoon, with Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. Tea/Coffee and biscuits were served at the conclusion of the Afternoon Services. A midweek lunchtime Bible Study Group was held occasionally on the first Wednesday of some months, meeting in the Flowery Field Centre. Volunteers again formed a choir for the Special Services at Easter and Christmas.
During the year we have continued with our outreach programme by:-
(a) Supporting the Foodbank run by the Hyde & District Fellowship of Churches
(b) Visiting the residents of the Riverside Care Home for a monthly Service of Holy Communion and also to sing carols at Christmas.
(c) Dispatching 100 shoeboxes to the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal,
(d) Donating the produce from our Harvest Thanksgiving Service to “Wellspring”, a charity working with the homeless in the Stockport area,
(e) Taking gifts from the Christmas Morning Service to elderly patients in Tameside Hospital.
(f) Taking retiring collections at all Services throughout the year and, thanks to generous giving by members, we were able to support the following charities: -Marie Curie Cancer Care, Willow Wood Hospice, Christian Aid, Blood Bikes Manchester, Tameside Sight, Macmillan Cancer Support, Lifeshare (Manchester), and the Disasters Emergency Committee Yemen Crisis Appeal; plus our offertory on Christmas Day was sent to the Send-a-child-to-Hucklow Fund.
The Christmas Fair on the 12th November, held once again at Hyde Town Hall, helped to keep our Church in the public eye and for the fifth year in succession the financial result showed a slight increase on the previous year. As always, the friendly atmosphere engendered by the common effort of everyone working together at this event and the support we receive from a wide range of people, is a very evident feature of the day and greatly benefits our fellowship.
The Annual Carol Service with the Adamson Band was held on the 13th December and the Christingle Service with Nativity Mime on the 20th December. In June we held a Special Service to mark the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. A number of other Special Services which had previously proved popular were repeated during the year including a Family Service with the participation of G.A.P. Puppets, a Healing & Angel Service, a “Light for a loved one” Memorial Service and the Annual Service of Remembrance with Wreath Laying on Remembrance Sunday morning. All were well received and have become established as annual events.
There were 5 Weddings, 1 Marriage Blessing and 25 Christenings held in Church during 2016 and a Bible was presented as a gift at each Christening.
We shared in the sense of loss felt by the death of Brian Shawdale and our heartfelt condolences go to his family and friends.
Shockledge Construction Ltd., completed the internal painting of the Church and double glazing was fitted to the windows in an attempt to conserve the heat during the winter months.
A number of successful social and entertaining events were held in the Flowery Field Centre during the year including a production of the comedy “The Other Fellow’s Oats” by FFADS, our Amateur Dramatic Society.
By our support for both the “Unitarian Christian Association” and the “Fellowship of Non-Subscribing Christians”, we are upholding and preserving liberal Christianity within the General Assembly
and wider afield.
Thanks to the co-operation of the Rising Moon Motorcycle Club acting as Marshalls once again, the traditional Whit Sunday Procession of Witness with the other Newton Churches was able to take place, prior to assembling for the United Sing around the bandstand in Hyde Park.
We were also represented at the Newton Churches Wreath Laying at the War Memorial in the George & Dragon Square on Remembrance Sunday.
We supported Christian Unity by co-operating in ecumenical events organised by the Hyde and District Fellowship of Churches and we were pleased to host their Songs of Praise Service in May.
Finally, we place on record our sincere gratitude to everyone who helps keep our Fellowship going:- the Minister, the Visiting Preachers and all who take part in Services, the Organists, the Cleaner, the Authorised Persons for registration of marriages, the Wedding Caretaker, the Assistant Treasurer, Envelope Registrar, Envelope subscribers, Flower Steward, flower donors and distributors, Altar cloth changers, Sidesmen/women, Coupon Secretary, Coupon seller, Flag Stewards, Wardens, Central Heating controller, Working Party volunteers, Gardener, Memorial Plaque installer, Communion Assistants, Baptism Assistant, Auditor, Operator of Church printing machine, Leaflet distributors, Poster Stewards, all who provide transport during the year; the Banner carriers, the Editorial Staff and distributors of ‘Chalice’, the Website controller, the birthday card scheme operator, volunteers who open and close the Church each week, the choir, all who help decorate church for special occasions, the Building Management Committee of the Flowery Field Centre and the 100 Club organisers.
On behalf of the Church Committee.
DONALD BROOKS, Chairman
CAROL A. REDFERN, Joint Secretary
PETER J. BRAMALL, Joint Secretary
JOHN HEYWOOD, Joint Treasurer
HARRY DUROSE, Joint Treasurer