Category Archives: General

Join the Yard Gang

This year we’ve had a cracking start maintaining the church grounds thanks to our every growing ‘Yard Gang’.

Meeting every 2 weeks on a Saturday 9-12, our team of volunteers have kept the grass in check, the borders tidy and the church and grounds looking in great shape.

If you can spare an hour or two come along.  There’s always something to do and we have a kettle that always need boiling. Its also rumoured that all the team are now sporting the best suntans they’ve every had. Sunscreen always on hand!

For more information drop us a line on .

Afternoon Tea – Saturday 16th June

On Saturday 16th June at 2:30pm we will be holding an Afternoon Tea in church. The theme will be ‘Wartime Milnrow’ reflecting on life during the 2 great wars.

Tickets available from Linda Adshead. Adults £4, Children £2.

All proceeds go towards the War Memorial Appeal.

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Parish News – Summer 2018

The Summer Edition of our quarterly magazine, Parish News, is now available. Packed full of interesting news, articles and updates its great value at just £1 per copy.

A huge thanks goes to Emma Doggett, Editor, and her team of contributors for another fantastic edition. Great job everyone.

If you’d like more information about Parish News or would like to go on our distribution list drop us a line on Only £4 per year and we’ll deliver you a copy.

A great night of entertainment with Wardle Anderson Brass Band.

If you like a good Brass Band than look no further than Wardle Anderson Brass Band.

St James has had a long relationship with Wardle Anderson to celebrate 10 years  of friendship were holding a Concert in Church.  All proceeds will be shared between church and Wardle Anderson with our share going specifically to our Wart Memorial Appeal Fund. Refreshments will be on sale along with a little bit of extra fun.

Tickets are available in church or from Village Treasures, Dale St, Milnrow.

So get your tickets and bring along a few friends and lets raise funds for 2 fantastic causes.

We’d like to thank Johanna and John from ELCONS Employment Law Consultants of Ripponden,  for their generous sponsorship of this event.

If you need more information for tickets etc drop us a line at

War Memorial Appeal – tubes & tubes of hope.

Thanks to your support our War Memorial Appeal has got off to a great start.  Thanks to our Smartie Tube appeal, people from all over are filling tubes of Smarties with 20p pieces. So far we’ve raised £430.

Thank you everyone. If you’d like a tube of Smarties just let know or call in church any Sunday morning 9-11 am.

Christian Aid Week 2018 – Record Breaking Year

Thanks to your generosity and support this years Christian Aid week broke all records raising and massive £1,772.87 with Gift Aid. This donation will make a huge difference to the lives of many people around the world les fortunate than us.

Everyone at St James would like to Johnny Royle who once again coordinated this years collection. Thanks Johnny,  and well done to all your team.  Great Job everyone.


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.