St Stephen's Blog

October 7, 2017

A sleepy but happy band of 11 pilgrims gathered in church at 7.15  on Monday September18th for a celebration of Mass before embarking on Master Thomas,our coach, for our journey to Walsingham.

As we set off Father Andrew gave each of us a sealed envelope containing a rosary. Driven expertly by Tom, our excellent driver, we paused for lunch  at Spalding. The journey passed very quickly and it didn't seem long before we were swooping down the narrow lanes and...

August 12, 2016

August 11th dawned dismally with persistent rain falling from grey skies.

Undeterred 25 treasure hunters set off for Whalley Abbey in the hopes that blue skies would appear as we approached this “Locus Benedictus”.

Alas, this was not to be and if anything the fine but exceedingly moist curtain of rain became worse. Never mind , we thought, by the time we've all gathered in the lounge and had a welcoming cuppa things might improve. Okay, we thought, it isn't...

July 18, 2016

This year our theme for the Fayre was, of course, the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen and it was apt that June 19th, her official birthday was chosen as the day of the Fayre.

Sadly the clerk of the weather was in no mood for fun and just as the last table had been placed on the lawn the rains descended. Everyone scuttled for shelter but it became clear by 11.30 that we would have to retreat to drier accommodation.

The BBQ  braved the elements but the...

December 1, 2015

The first Sunday in Advent has, for several years, been the occasion of our visit to the cathedral to join in the Advent Carol Service. However, this year Philip and Cantantes Domino decided to bite the bullet and bring to St Stephen's it's very own Advent Carol Service.

 

Ably assisted by Neil, Andrew and Vaughan, Philip and Cantantes produced yet another stunning performance. As quoted in the introduction "The pattern of this Advent service (in its 4 sectio...

September 5, 2015

Brain - child of Sandy Robinson and Joyce Chadwick, the Pop up Boutique attracted congregation, locals and many from further afield. 

 

Somewhat disheartened by recent Jumble Sale attendances our two intrepid ladies suggested a more challenging project. Why not ask our congregation to turn out their wardrobes and let us have something which they had bought but hardly used?

 

The result? A multitude of glamourous, smart, delectable, gorgeous....garments to suit...

August 11, 2015

This year the Treasure Hunt took place in pastures new. For a change we decided to set the walking hunt in Stanley Park,while the Car Treasure Hunt set off from Church and involved a different slant – it was very numerical so if you weren't too hot on maths you were doomed.

 

Having sent the Car Hunters on their way, yours truly zoomed up to the Park in search of more Treasure Hunters who were happily meandering among the trees and flowers in glorious sunshin...

June 13, 2015

 

I don't know whether it was because it took place earlier than usual or because we called it a Spring Fair but lo, the sun shone and we decided to set up on the lawn.

 

We had a super day. There were lots of games for the children, a beer tent and cafe for the grown ups, and hot dogs and beefburgers for all.

 

It was an ideal day to buy a few books from the Book stall, spend a pound or two on the various Tombolas and Raffles, stock up with a cake or three for...

June 6, 2015

Our team of servers from Saint Stephen’s headed the long procession of pilgrims who came from Blackburn, Manchester and Chester Dioceses to join Bishop Philip on the journey to the Shrine.

 

The procession set off from the lovely church of St. Mary, Fernyhalgh and wended its way along the pretty country lane the quarter of a mile to the Shrine. Bishop Philip said the Rosary as we all walked slowly along. The wooden statue of Our Lady, surrounded by pink and w...

May 14, 2015

Bishop Philip's first confirmation at Saint Stephen's must be one he will never forget. Cantantes Domino made sure of that as they made their way past him into church and nearly knocked him for six with the sheer volume of joyous singing.

 

It was, in fact, a most joyful and happy occasion as the Bishop first baptised  one of the candidates and then confirmed all six, namely John, Karen, Kirsten and Lynette from S. Stephen's and Tilly and George from Saint Ni...

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