Salesbury - St Peter


The intention is that certain items will be stored here for reference after they have served their purpose in their original location, this may include fundraising events or special services that the St Peters have been involved in.




Janet Haworth will be Licensed

as a Reader on Saturday 12th October.

Please come along to the 10.30 am Service

on Sunday 13th October

when we can celebrate this splendid occasion.


Appointment of a Vicar

As you are aware the PCC Standing/Finance Committees of Salesbury and Langho have been meeting for many months to look to the future as to how both parishes could work together more closely in mission and ministry, sharing resources and good practice.

In view of the Vicar’s impending retirement the PCC Standing/Finance Committees of both parishes met recently with the Bishop of Burnley to try and ascertain a timetable for his successor coming to Salesbury.

The Bishop outlined the process to be implemented:

1. A Parish Profile and Statement of Needs to be adopted by the PCC

2. A meeting with the Bishop, and other diocesan personnel, based on
these documents.

3. The advertising of the post in and outside the diocese

4. Subsequent interviews of candidates

If the above proceeds according to plan it is not unreasonable, given a candidate being acceptable, for Salesbury to have a new Vicar in post around about Easter next year.

In the meantime your prayers are earnestly requested for this process, and particularly for Keith and Sue, our Churchwardens, who will play a major part in the appointment of a new Vicar.


Parish Profile


St. Peter's Salesbury

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Tuesday 9th October 2012


Cookery Demonstration


Nigel Haworth of Northcote

More details to follow


St. Peter’s Salesbury Mothers’ Union

Coffee Morning

to be held at 12 Shropshire Drive

Saturday 4th August 2012

10.30am to 12.00 noon

Cakes, Raffle and Bring & Buy

Admission by Ticket £2

(includes refreshments)

Proceeds to Mothers’ Union Charities

Tickets from Committee Members or

Contact Mrs Barbara Youles (Tel 248525)



Those Confirmed


St. Leonard's Langho

by Bishop John

Congratulations to those confirmed by Bishop John on 11 March 2012.

They are Matthew Ainsworth, Kate Blackburn, Laura Blackburn, Amelia Dowson, Eleanor Jessop, William Leeming, Jessica Lewis, Hannah Pickup and Kori-Ann Pickup.

A DVD was made of the confirmation - if any one would like one please contact me.
A member of Langho PCC has made a fantastic job of putting this together and they ask for a minimum donation of £5 to go towards their church funds.



The Social and Fundraising Committee is planning a Wedding Fair with a difference for the weekend 7th - 9th September 2012. A display of wedding dresses and related memorabilia will be set up in church. Entrance will be £2 and programmes 50p. Refreshments including bacon sandwiches and cakes will be available in the Memorial Hall on the Saturday and Sunday (8th and 9th)

Times of the exhibition are:

Friday and Saturday 11.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Sunday 1.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.

A service to celebrate marriage and family life will follow on the Sunday evening at 6.30 p.m.

Please would you consider loaning your wedding dress and/or related items? Perhaps there is a story attached which you would be happy to share!

Do contact Liz Baldwin, Derek Wardleworth, Janet Beverley, Clare Harding, Janet Haworth, Margaret Howells or Kathleen Sowerbutts for more information


The Year of the Bible


2011 was the year of the Bible - at the end of 2010 Preston Minster hosted a Bible reading marathon which involved the whole of the Bible being read by volunteers over a four day period - non-stop!! I went along, as did John, and we both found the experience of reading Scripture aloud, accompanied by constant visitors, at all times of the day and night,  'dropping-in' to the Church to see what was happening a very moving experience.

At St. Peter's, we celebrated the year of the Bible throughout 2011, not the least with our own Bible reading 'marathon' that took place alongside our Easter vigil as part of our Lent and Easter devotions this year. You can see how we celebrated this 'year' throughout this site.

... let's make every year 'A Year of the Bible'!!





Sheila Goodman has written this about the King James Bible:    


Long Live King James !

A Sunday school Prize.   A Bible presented to Sheila Smart (guess who!) in 1954 from the Church of the Holy Cross Sunday School, in Crediton, Devon.   Known as the Authorised, or King James version, this translation will be celebrating its 400th birthday on 2nd May 2011.

We’ve become accustomed to the Good News Bible.   There are copies in the pews at St Peter’s.   We listen to Gospels, Epistles, Old and New Testament readings regularly in church.   Maybe we also read our Bibles at home.   The language of the Good News Bible “seeks to state clearly and accurately the meaning of the original texts in words that are widely accepted by people who use English as a means of communication”.

However, what we may not realise is that many familiar phrases or sayings have originated in the King James’ Bible.   Do we ever “eat, drink and be merry”, “see the writing on the wall”, “go from strength to strength”, “fight the good fight” ?   Well, if we do, then we are quoting from the Bible as translated 400 years ago !   Someone had identified no fewer than 257 phrases in everyday use.   A labour of love … or “no rest for the wicked”, “from cradle to grave” ?

It is said that the works of William Shakespeare are full of “Quotes”, only Shakespeare wrote them in the first place !   Likewise, the Bible, and the Authorised Version is much loved for its poetry and rhetoric as for its message.   Besides, Shakespeare has a vocabulary of 31,000 different words, the King James Bible uses a lexicon of just 12,000 words.

100 years ago Theodore Roosevelt declared: “The King James Bible is a Magna Carta for the poor and oppressed, the most democratic book in the world”.   This still rings true today.

Next year commemorative events will be fruitful and multiply, nationally and locally.   On the one hand, the King James Bible is one of Britain’s greatest exports, with 2.5 million copies cast on the waters so far.   On the other hand, we also know it isn’t just one book, but a collection of books, encompassing history, poetry, guidelines for everyday living, morality tales and the Greatest Story ever told, upon which our Christian faith, in the New Testament, while we share parts of the Old Testament with our Jewish and Muslim friends.

We should give thanks for the miracle of the King James’ translation, a triumph of creative collaboration (54 scholars in six committees!) and we should also give thanks for good old Google.   It seems that, each month, 450,000 people make a Google search for King James Bible, and fewer than 10% of these searches originate in the United Kingdom.   No wonder they call it the World Wide Web !

Make a New Year’s Resolution to remember to read your Bible every day, and watch out for some Biblical activities at St Peter’s in 2011.





The Teaching of Jesus

 This is a 5 Session ‘York Course’ written by John Young, Canon Emeritus of York Minster and author of more than 30 books/booklets.



1. Forgiveness: - Sycamore Cottage, Copster Green - April 16th

2. God: - Pinesprings, The HawthornsApril 30th

3. Money: - The Vicarage, Clayton-Le-Dale – May 14th

4. Heaven and Hell: - 4, Valley Road, Wilpshire –May 28th

5. On Being Human: - The Bungalow, Copster Green – June 11th


The evenings are most enjoyable with interesting discussion and conversation in friendly and informal settings.

Please join us!

Tuesdays 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm


If you would like more details please contact Julie Bradshaw (249764).



Glimpses of God

Clicking on the link above will open a document giving more details about the course

8th and 22nd May, 12th and 26th June 2012

Better Together?

The above York Course began in April, but only 1 session has been held and 4 remain. Each Session stands alone so it is not too late to join the Group! The evenings are most enjoyable with interesting discussion and conversation in friendly and informal settings.

‘Better Together’ is all about relationships – in the church and within the family and society – and looks at how the Christian perspective may differ from that of society at large.

The remaining sessions are detailed below:


2. Relationships within the Church - Sycamore Cottage - May 8th

3. Relating to Strangers - 2, Hollowhead Avenue - May 22nd

4. Broken Relationships - 3, Hazelmoor - June 12th

5. Our Relationship with God - The Bungalow, Copster Green - June 26th

If you would like more details please contact Julie Bradshaw (249764).

(An example of what we look at ... ) 


The next series ……


Tuesdays 7.45pm to 9.15pm

 ‘Living Faith’ by Tom Wright

A 10-session DVD-based course

May 31st

at 4 Valley Road

'The Story and Message of the Bible' 

June 14th

at ‘Pine Springs’, The Hawthorns

'The Hebrew Scriptures' 

June 28th

at 2 Hollowhead Avenue

'The World, Life and Ministry of Jesus'

July 12th

at the Vicarage

'The Gospel testimonies to Jesus'

July 26th

at ‘Sycamore Cottage’, Lovely Hall Lane

'Paul and the Outward Movement'


   The 2nd half of the series begins in September


House Group I


The Sermon on the Mount is the core of Jesus' teaching - what relevance has this for 21st Century living?

Matthew Chapters 5 and 7

Tuesday's - 8th, and 22nd September
and the 6th October

 7.45 -9.30pm

4 Valley Road, Wilpshire



House Group II


What does mission mean for us and for the Church - What does mission mean for St. Peter's?


Tuesday's - 13th and 27th October, 
10th and 24th November
and the 8th December  

7.30pm - 9pm

At a venue to be announced


Tuesday 13th October

What Mission is

What exactly is God’s mission?

Matthew 9:35-38
35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.
36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; 38 therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’

Tuesday 27th October

How do we ‘do’ Mission

As Christians what should we be doing?

Ephesians 4:11-12

‘And he gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the Body of Christ.’

Tuesday 10th November

Skills for Mission

What skills do we have and need to engage in mission?

Romans 8:25-28
25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 26 In the same way the Spirit also comes to help us, weak as we are. For we do not know how we ought to pray; the Spirit himself pleads with God for us in groans that words cannot express. 27 And God, who sees into our hearts, knows what the thought of the Spirit is; because the Spirit pleads with God on behalf of his people and in accordance with his will. 28 We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose.

Proverbs 3:5–6
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way’.

Ecclesiastes 8:7
‘None of us know what the future will hold. Only God knows what the future holds and it is our job to trust that he will guide us through what unfolds as it presents itself, whether for the better or the worse.’


Tuesday 24th November

Hope for our Mission

How do we know our mission will succeed?

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’


Tuesday 8th December

What do we do now?

A vision for the future









April 2011

Before our March meeting, we held our annual “Wave of Prayer” service in church, where we prayed for Mothers’ Union in the wider world as well as for members in our own country.

After the service we returned to the Memorial Hall, where we welcomed our speaker Derek Hartley. Derek supports the work of the Leprosy Mission locally, by fundraising and giving talks, and at St. Peter’s we support his work by donating our used stamps, which are collected at the back of church. Derek was able to visit India with his wife, and we saw the amazing slide show of the work of the Leprosy Mission. Leprosy can be cured with antibiotics which cost around £15, but many people do not seek medical treatment in the early stages of the disease because of the stigma and prejudice associated with the disease or simply because they are unable to afford to pay for the medication. Once treated the person has immunity from leprosy for life. The Leprosy mission funds hospitals, clinics and out-reach workers, who travel around by bicycle to visit families affected by the illness. The Leprosy Mission also run mobile clinics from rough looking ambulances, for patients who are unable to attend the hospitals, wounds being dressed in the streets. With large hospitals in Deli, Japura, Bangladesh, and Mumbai, the Leprosy Mission are able to offer patients’ treatment to correct the contracture or deformities of their hands, or foot drop when their feet have been affected. With early intervention the disease can be halted and can prevent the need to amputate limbs too damaged to save. The hospitals provide artificial limbs for patients who are badly affected. The Leprosy Mission also run education work – shops, so that people affected by this illness can work and lead independent lives.

The following Mothers’ Union Charities have been helped from the proceeds of our open evening last year: The Overseas Fund, The Away from it All Holiday Fund, The Relief Fund, The U.K. & Ireland Development Fund and the General Fund. In addition to this some new books have been purchased for the ‘fun bags’ for younger children to use during the church services at St Peter’s. We have also purchased some new leaflets recently issued by Mothers Union: “Children in Church”, “Children & Spirituality”, ”Children & Bereavement”, and “Taking Children Seriously”. These are to be found at the back of church on the table, with laminated copies kept in the fun bags.

Dates for your Diaries

3rd April Mothering Sunday

4th May Deanery Festival at 7.30pm at St. Mary’s Church, Mellor.

11th May Committee Meeting

18th May Committee Dinner


February 2011

At our last meeting, we met at the ‘Dog and Partridge’, at Chipping, for our Christmas meal. In spite of the cold and icy conditions 33 of our members and their friends joined together for a pleasant evening with good food and homemade entertainment.

We thank all our members for their continuing support of the Mothers’ Union and its charity work both in the UK and abroad. We are a thriving branch and welcome new members. If you have friends or neighbours who would like to join, please invite them along, also, if any members of the Young Wives Group would like to join us you would be welcome, come along and bring a friend.

Mothers’ Union subscriptions for members will be £19.00 next year. We are sorry that these have gone up but you will be pleased to know that the cost at branch meetings for refreshments and some cost towards the speaker will be remain at £1. We would appreciate it if you would pay your committee member by cheque as soon as possible.

We continue to remember in our prayers our members who are unwell or unable to attend our meetings and we send our best wishes to you all.

Dates for your Diaries:

23rd February

The ‘Wave of Prayer’ Service will be held in the Lady Chapel in church at 7pm and will be followed by the monthly meeting in the Memorial Hall when we look forward

to meeting our speaker, Mr Derek Hartley, who will give a talk about the Leprosy Mission. Tea Hostesses, please: Christine Wardleworth, Pauline Hey, Anne Duckworth, Sheila Goodman, and Margaret Greenwood.

23rd March

The Lady Day Service will be held in church at 7.00pm, prior to the monthly meeting in the Memorial Hall.

3rd April

Mothering Sunday Service at 10.30am in church

With best wishes


January 2011

We wish all our members a happy new year and look forward to seeing you at our AGM on 26th January 2011.  The meeting will start at 7.30pm promptly.

As I write, the temperature is minus 6° centigrade outside and the snow and frost look very picturesque. We trust all our elderly members are able to have friends, neighbours and family to visit and help with their shopping.

At our November meeting we were pleased to have Mrs. Rita Parkes as our speaker. Rita made a splendid entrance as the “Christmas Fairy” and her Christmas miscellany was both amusing and thought provoking - contrasting poetry showing the different aspects of Christmas. Rita is a Commissioned Mothers’ Union speaker and we thank her for her valuable contribution to the work of the Mothers’ Union.

We thank everyone for all their hard work at the Christmas Fayre.  We really appreciated your help, especially Suzanne for the use of the school kitchen and for all the help in preparing the pies.  We send our thanks to Ian, who did the washing up and to Bill for helping with the tables and chairs and for putting them away again.  The Christmas Fayre was well attended in spite of the weather and with our members’ help we were able to provide coffee and cake and lunches for most people who were there.

Last month’s notes were produced too late to acknowledge the death of Dorothy Coar, a member of this branch for many years, and one-time Enrolling Member.   She had borne her illness with dignity over many years.   We send our love and sympathy to Alan, Peter and their family.   (We understand, from the Vicar, that donations to church, in lieu of flowers, raised approximately £525.   Thank you).

Dates for your diaries

12th January  Committee meeting at 1.00pm.

23rd February  ‘Wave of Prayer’ Service in Church 7.00pm, prior to our Monthly Meeting

Our next meeting in the Memorial Hall is the AGM on 26th January.  After the meeting we welcome Mr Derrick Smith as our speaker.  His talk is entitled, “Living and working in South West France”.   Tea Hostesses, please: The Committee.

With best wishes from Susan and Tricia