Posted by John Horsfield on 2nd January 2017
Interesting reading the emails particularly Brice Burgum which is set in my era in Sandiway. And yes well remember Rev Basil Jones, he married us in 1967. Like Arthur Tanner I now reside in Australia, Melbourne. Have been back to Sandiway a few times, my parents are buried at the cemetary down Weaverham Road. Not come across any of my peers whilst in the vicinity. My route to Australia was via New Zealand where I lived for 31 years and have now been in Melbourne for 19 years. Got to say I prefer the warm weather down here. We attend St George's Anglican church here which is just as welcoming as Sandiway. God's blessing to you from down-under and may 2017 be spiritually fruitful JB
Posted by Margaret Harwood 25-12-2016
Yet again, another excellent Advent calendar and although it was expected, a beautiful ending. It made one think about the precious gifts, which aren't always appreciated. Thank you and 'Happy Christmas'.
Posted by Nicola Boot 4th December 2016
Thank you! We listened to the advent calendar today, and were very pleased that Bonzo is off on a journey again. Toby was very excited all day looking forward to finding out what he's been up to! Loved the newsroom. Nicola, Matthew, Jessica and Toby
Posted by Margaret Harwood 25/12/2015
Excellent Advent Calendar, a great way to start the day. The whole concept was well thought out and executed. I loved it. Well done to all who produced it.
Posted by Nicola Boot 02/12/2015
Thank you for the advent recordings. We've loved the first two and are looking forward to tuning in tomorrow! Love the jokes! Nicola, Matt, Jessica and Toby
Posted by Fiona Goulden 22/11/2015
Email sent by Brice Burgum 26-12-14
I remember well the church youth club and our friends there. Margaret Cox, Gillian Chapman, Roger Everell, David Proudfoot Jill Gouldney, Diane Surtton and many more. The Vicar was Basil Jones, a kind and friendly man who all loved (this was not always the case in those days for priests, most were very 'stand offish'
I now live in Heswall on the Wirral. I run a small charity known as 'African Womens Aid Network' helping in a small way the very poorest women & children in Kenya and Uganda (just returned from Uganda). Website is out of date but is www.africanwomensaid.com
Born a Catholic but always close to staunch teenagers who were regular members of St Johns. This gave me a more rounded view of Christianity rather than the narrow view I got at the Catholic church in Weaverham. I would say I am now a non denominational Christian. Even in our charity we are secular BUT give much encouragement to those of faith, muslim and others alike. Need is need. It is not unusual at all in East Africa for families to have mixed faiths.
I remember one time at St Johns, Rev Basil needed the grounds of the church sorting out. They were so overgrown at the time. No clear view of the church that you now see. We had a talk to others at the youth club and due to Basils charisma there was a huge effort and the grounds were clear in just one weekend. Those who volunteered were not just church members but virtually the whole of those attending the club. (plus a few adults)
St Johns had a wonderful community spirit in those days. As a teenager I said to my mum one day 'They must be better Christians at St Johns because they don't have to go to Sunday service and they do. But we Catholics are forced to go under threat of mortal sin! I think my parents thought me a heretic.
Extract of message sent by Barbara. Posted here on 16th August 2014
Poated 25th July by David Bruce
Great website. I feel proud of it...David
Posted 14th July 2014 by Arthur Tanner
Posted 26th May 2014 by John Kyle
Posted 21 May 2014 by Tracey Walker
Walking into St johns 2 years
ago truly saved my life in many ways. It brought me closer to God and our Lord
Jesus Christ. The friends I have made from the congregation are the best and
supportive friends I have ever had and I consider them my family. I have learnt
so much and now Ministry is my passion. I could never thank St Johns enough for
being so welcoming and supportive.... Thank you to you all.
Tracey walker xx