JUBILEE update

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Partying for the Queen in Gatley, CheadleSt James Church, Gatley, near Cheadle, held a party (pictured) attended by 100 parishioners. There was a 1950s theme and the Vicar, the Revd Canon Bob Read, dressed as a teddy boy.

After a sing-along of songs from the '50s, Canon Bob cut the Jubilee cake with the help of Alex Pryce, one of the youngest church members.

There was also a special service of thanksgiving for the Queen, prior to the lighting of the Jubilee Beacon outside.  People from the whole community gathered on Gatley Green for an impromptu party. The local Italian restaurant donated pizzas for the event.

Christ Church, Willaston, Wirral, will hold a flower festival in honour of the Queen: Friday 15 June (2 - 5pm); Saturday 16 June(10am - 5pm) and Sunday 17 June (2pm  - 5pm). The programme costs £1. All are invited to Sunday morning church services at 9.15 and 10.30am. On the Recreation Ground at noon on the Saturday there will be a fancy dress parade for the jubilee, and starting at noon on Sunday, a big picnic lunch (bring a hamper!).

You can also go and sing with the Nantwich Singers in St Mary’s Church, Nantwich on Saturday 16 June to celebrate the jubilee. This will be a programme of music written to celebrate monarchs and coronations down
through the ages. Details from 01270 626339 or chair@thenantwichsingers.org

There were also some big events across our diocese, which saw the Church take centre stage in celebrations with representatives from local communities and civic life in attendnace.

There was an informal ecumenical service at Christ the King Church (formerly known as St Anne's), St Anne Street, Birkenhead. The Bishop of Birkenhead took part in this service, which was held at a church where the Queen herself was present back in 1991 when the building was re-ordered and renamed.

There was a diocese-wide service of thanksgiving for the Queen, held at Chester Cathedral at which the Bishop of Chester preached. He also attended a Churches Together in Crewe service at St Michael’s Church, Ford Lane, Coppenhall.

And the Bishop of Stockport preached at a special service for Cheshire East Council, which was held at St Michael’s and All Angels, Macclesfield.

• If YOUR parish held a lunch or special event to mark the Diamond Jubilee please send a report ASAP after the event – for inclusion in a pictorial feature article planned for CDN and for use on the diocesan website.

Also, please send digital photographs. NB Please DO NOT send the report or the pictures within a Word document or any other kind of document. Rather, send the report as plain text pasted directly onto the email, and send the digital pictures (Jpegs) as simple attachments to the email stephen.regan@chester.anglican.org