Category Archives: General

Anne receives Top Scouting Award

On Sunday 29th April we were joined by Stephen Allen, ex-District Commissioner for Rochdale District Scouts.

The reason for Stephen’s visit was to present one of the most prestigious awards in  Scouting to Anne Winn, lifetime member of St James and currently PCC Secretary.

Anne has been a member of the Scout Association for over 30 years. For over 20 years of this period she was the Cub Scout Leader of 1st Milnrow Scout Group. More recently she is an active Training Advisor and member of the Appointments Committee interviewing prospective new leaders.

Anne’s commitment to the Scout Association has been steadfast throughout this time. We’re sure she would be the first to say she’s been supported throughout this time by her husband Trevor, but nonetheless, this is a fantastic achievement.

The Silver Acorn is one of the highest adult awards made by the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, in recognition of her service to the Scout Association and for the impact she has made on the lives of so many young people in Milnrow and across the Borough of Rochdale.

From everyone at St James, “congratulations Anne”. A very well deserved award.


St James receives Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

On Sunday 29th April we were joined by representatives of Rochdale Hearbeat who presented us with an AED for use (if needed) in church.

Committee members Pam Wiseman and Sue Ridgard joined Rev Ivan Ruiters and Ian Douglas to present the AED during the mornings service.

5 members of our congregation are members of Rochdale Heartbeat and they have encouraged us to support a number of fundraising events to help place more AED’s in public buildings. One of our bravest fundraisers, Rachel Jay (nee Winn), took part in 2 open water swims raising a mammoth £976.

So thank you to Rochdale Heartbeat for the AED. We hope we don’t have to use it, but if we do, we know we’ll have done everything possible to save a life.

Thanks to Rachel and all of you who supported any of these fundraising events.

For more information about the work of Rochdale Heartbeat please contact:

Tel: 01706 372199

Mob: 07530 667551


Confirmation 2018

On Sunday 22nd April we will be holding a joint Confirmation Service with our friends from St Thomas’, Newhey at 9am.

We welcome Assistant Bishop Graham Dow, who will be officiating along with Ivan.

All candidates are asked to be in church to meet with Bishop Graham from 8:15am.

We hope you will keep all our Confirmation Candidates in your thoughts and prayers as they make their final preparations to reaffirm the promises made by their parents at baptism in their own right, and commit their lives to following Jesus.

We hope you can join us on Sunday and offer your support at this important service.

War Memorial Appeal – update

Our Smartie Tube initiative is gaining momentum.  Thanks so far to Jean Calow, Walter Tann, Barry & Paula Shaw and everyone at Shaw Mitchell Accountants, Dale St Milnrow and the Senior Management Team at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

A tube of Smatries filled with 20p pieces holds £13, a massive donation which goes directly to our War Memorial Refurbishment Appeal.  You can collect your tube any Sunday from Church.

Thank you for everyone’s support.

Sunday School

Sunday School meetings are held in school from 9am most Sundays. Are schedule of forthcoming meetings is:

29th April

6th May

13th May

20th May – Whit Walk, more details to follow.

27th May – Family Service

3rd June

10th June

17th June

24th June – Family Service

1st July

8th July – Sunday School Prize giving

We are always happy to welcome new members and helpers. If you’d like more details about Sunday School please contact:

Rachel Hill, Tel: 07866 626984, e-mail:

Mark Hazlehurst, Tel: 07825 994334, e-mail:





War Memorial Restoration Appeal

We are pleased to announce the launch of our War Memorial Refurbishment Appeal.

2018 is the Centenary Year of World Ward I so we are attempting to refurbish the Ward Memorial to its former glory.  We are hoping to attract grant funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund and the local authority, but we need your help.

To get or fundraising started we’re offering you a tube of Smarties to enjoy …. but there’s a catch!  We would like you to return the tube filled with 20p pieces. Each tube filled to the top will hold £13.  If we could get 100 tubes returned that would be a fantastic start to our fundraising. Smarties are available at the back of church each Sunday.  Please see Linda Adshead for more information.

We will publicise anyone who returns a tube on our Facebook, Twitter and website. So if you’d like to take a tube to work and ask your colleagues for some help we’ll happily give your team, business, office some publicity.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2018

We will be holding of Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Sunday 15th April at 10am immediately after Parish Eucharist.

As is required there will be a meeting of Parishioners who will elect two Church Wardens.  If you would like to apply for this post you can get a nomination form from the PCC Secretary.

APCM will then consider reports on the work of St James for 2017 and elect members to the Parochial Church Council (PCC).  Nomination forms are available from the PCC Secretary.

If you would like to be considered for either role you must be on the Electoral Role of St James.

Electoral Roll – Revision 2018

Every year the Parochial Church Council (PCC) are required to revise their electoral roll.

The PCC duly give notice that the Electoral Roll of St James Milnrow, is now being revised.

If you want to be a member of the PCC, put yourself forward as Church Warden or attend the Annual Parochial Church Council (date to be confirmed) you need to be on the Electoral Roll. Equally, if you have moved away from the parish or no longer worship regularly at St James please let us know if you would like to be removed from the Roll by contacting


Parish News – Spring Edition 2018

The Spring Edition of Parish News is now available.  Distributors will be on their way to deliver and to collect you £4 subscription fee.

We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed material. Special thanks go to our Editor, Emma Doggett, for the countless hours spent creating articles, editing, formatting and re-formatting.

If you would like to help with material for the Summer Edition or just lend a hand please contact Emma on

If you’d like to subscribe to our magazine drop Emma a line or email