On Saturday 18 October 2014 a trip to Liverpool was organised arriving at Liverpool at about 11am giving at least five and half hours before having to board the coach for the return journey home. The weather was kind to us and it was unseasonably warm for the time of year.
There was no set programme with people doing there own thing when we arrived. For example a couple met up with either friends or relations whilst others boarded sightseeing buses for tours around the city. Mersey Ferries also do a 50 minute round trip taking in all the sights of the waterfront as well as providing a service to foot passengers and cyclists who wish to cross the Mersey. Albert Dock where the coach dropping off point is located is full of shops, restaurants and museums as well as the Beatles' Experience.
Not too far away are the two iconic cathedrals, the Anglican Cathedral which is reputedly the largest in the UK and the RC Cathedral with is round roof and wonderful stained glass.
As well as a good day out the opportunity was taken to use it as a fund raising opportunity and with the on board raffle and the balance left after paying for the hire of the coach and driver £455 was made to add to St. Mary's Roof Appeal. Thank you also Sharpes of Nottingham and their driver Rob for getting us there and back safely.
On Saturday 20th September the "Apple Party" took place in St Mary's Church Hall. This came about as a result of two factors- the huge crop of apples on the trees in the vicarage garden, and the harrowing news about the Christian refugees in Northern Iraq. We therefore felt inspired to do what we could, and went about raising money for these people, using apples as the means.
We had a really good day, doing and eating all things relating to apples, raising a total of £588.57. We also spent time praying for God's help for these dear people.
Thanks to all who supported the event and helped in any way.
Congratulations to our churchwarden Dave on completing his sponsored bike ride Saturday 6 September 2014 from Radcliffe to Skegness, all of 80 miles using back routes. Christine & I drove (the easy way) to Woodhall Spa to meet up with him for lunch. Waiting there we were joined by Margaret and his son Peter who were supporting him on his bike ride. Dave estimated that he would arrive at Woodhall Spa about 1.30pm and almost to the minutes there he was cycling up the main street to St. Peter's Church where we caught up with him. After a quick bite to eat he set off on the final 33 miles to Skegness where he arrived about 5.30pm outside St. Matthew's Church. Well done Dave raising over £1300 for the Roof Appeal fund.