New Lamps for Old

Two new floodlights have now been installed to illuminate the side pathway at St Mark’s church which has often been in at least partial darkness during nightime. The old tungsten-halogen lighting was installed over 20 years ago, the bulbs needed frequent replacement and the cast aluminium lamp housings had severe corrosion – see photo 1.

The new floodlights (one can be seen in photo 2) use LED technology, are energy efficient and should last for many years.

Old floodlights after removal
One of the new floodlights in-situ

Luxury Christmas Hamper Raffle

The lucky winner, Heather Trafford (left), was presented with the hamper by Elizabeth Davies on Sunday 19th December.

£234 was raised for St Mark’s New Build Fund – many thanks to everyone who supported this event and to Elizabeth who did a great job organising it all.
Our New Build plans are still awaiting attention by Cheshire East Council – watch out for further announcements early in the New Year.
The next Fundraising event is our Race Night at Shavington Club on Friday 20th May (postponed from Thursday 27th January) – more information in due course.

St Mark’s Hall Clearance

A small team of volunteers did sterling works on the morning of Saturdat 9th October clearing vegetation from the hall perimeter and tidying the storeroom.

The side of the hall had become impassable due to hedge growth and ifestations of ivy, nettles and brambles whilst the rear of the hall (behind the storeroom which had previously become the toilets and kitchen) was overgrown with ivy and had suffered from the dumping of cutdown leylandi branches and other rubbish.

The storeroom had amassed many items brought there with good intensions but which were really no longer of use. Many thanks to Sheila, Ian, Hilary, Sara and Jools who undertook the tasks enthusiastically – the hired skip was full by 1pm!

There is more to do – the rear of the hall needs further work, as does the storeroom – so watch out for requests for help from Roger in the future!

Walk A While

The “Walk A While” group organised by Nev Cracknell went to Rawhead (near Bickerton, between Nantwich and Wrexham) on Weds 24th January.

Only 4 hardy walkers took part – the weather was not too good – but they had a lovely time together.

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