Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Heritage Trust Newsletter

News Update
Work In the Church –At last the work in the church is finished and the carpets down. All is clean and warm and we are waiting to hear if we are able to use the old choir vestry for exhibitions, in the New Year. Roger Scoones, who has been the rector at St. Mary’s for the last 19 years, will be retiring following the Easter services next March. Roger has been a good friend to the Heritage Centre, which would never have been located in the church without his full support. He will be missed, and it is hoped that the new incumbent will also wish to be part of this unique partnership.

Merseyway Bridge – A group of members gathered together on a cold Sunday in November, to measure the distance from Lancashire Bridge to the Bear Pit. The reason for this dates back to a Trust outing to Rochdale, back in March 2009 when, seeing that Rochdale were claiming the widest bridge in Europe, our members became convinced that Stockport could beat them. It has taken six years to get around to measuring it and Stockport’s bridge is now shorter than it was, but Rochdale’s does not exist anymore. The distance measured was 436m (1430ft.), so we are throwing down the gauntlet to see if any town challenge that.

 Stockport Colour Calendar for 2016
Still a few calendars left in our Heritage Centre still £6 or order on line at our website.

Church Guide Book – St. Mary’s have a new book coming out, which can guide you around the history of the church, its building and its past. It was put together by Jill Trumble, one of our long standing members and with a colourful cover it is on sale in the church shop at £2.

Archaeology in Stockport - If you have an interest in archaeology in Stockport and its surrounds contact: ‘Dig Discover Enjoy’, Archaeology in Greater Manchester. To find out what is happening in the area go to  

Christmas – the last day that the Heritage Centre will be open for gifts, will be Thur. 24th December, and we will be returning  on Sat 9th Jan 2016.

Facebook - We now have a new Facebook page called ‘Stockport Heritage Trust Group’.
Events –
Christmas Meal – Wed Jan 13th, we are gathering at the Rudyard Hotel, Heaton Chapel, SK4 5BP. The meal will be £10 but places need to be booked so please give your name and money to someone in the Heritage Centre if you wish to go.
10th Feb. 2016 – A trip to the Manchester Police Museum.

Chairman Tony Marsh 0161  432 1670
Hon. Sec. Coral Dranfield 0161 427 4006
For news, photos and upcoming events see
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Bishop of Stockport The Rt. Revd Libby Lane visits our SHC and St. Mary's

The Mayor's Carol Service took place in St. Marys Church, 16th December 2015.
Our Bishop of Stockport The Rt. Revd Libby Lane, who was consecrated on 26th January 2015 at York Cathedral by Archbishop John Sentamu, took part in this service. Previously she'd been the vicar of St. George's Church, Heaviley.
She is a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Chester and is the first woman to be appointed as a bishop by the Church of England.
[A Suffragan bishop is a bishop subordinate to a metropolitan bishop of diocesan bishop. They may be assigned to an area which does not have a cathedral of its own]. 
Libby was born in 1966.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Stockport Colour Calendar 2016

 The Stockport Heritage Trust Colour calendar for 2016 is selling out fast.
Get your copies from the St. Mary's Church Heritage Centre, Bakers News, Station Convenient Stores, Davenport Post Office, Jacksons News or Stockport Market.

And hurry they may not last until Christmas.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Rev. Roger Scoones is retiring

On the  29th November, 2015 Rev. Scoones  announced that he will be retiring in March next year

Roger started as Rector in 1996, after being the Vicar at Congleton.

Here's a pic of him I took in 1998.

Before 1996, I had never been in St. Mary's Church before as it only seemed to be open on Sundays for services. 

After Roger became our Rector, one lunchtime I called in; I recall that he was alone in the Vestry. He and I had a long chat; we both have an interest in photography, together other shared interests and we quickly became good friends. 

In 1996 the Trust was homeless and all our monthly meeting were in the Pack Horse, and the Trust had been looking for empty affordable premises for a while.
I approached Roger on behalf of SHT to propose running, just a 3 months initially, a trail of a Heritage Centre display in the empty Choir Vestry, which had just been refurbished after a fire.
It took almost a year to negotiate this 'trial' with the PCC. The next 18 years are history. 

The small handful of early volunteer members when Iain McLean was Chairman worked as trojans together to furnish, man and create the our museum/centre;  we were open even then on all market days. 
Sadly most of these loyal volunteers are no longer with us today.

Without Roger's full support over the intervening 18 years, we wouldn't have our 'new' splendid Heritage Centre today.

I really hope that Roger has a long and happy retirement.

Phil [R]