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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

BELLRINGING COMMEMORATIONS

Last Saturday 3rd September 2016 another quarter peal was rung at St. Thomas, Leesfield, Lees on the 100th anniversary of two more of our former members who fell in the Great War. We were joined by ringers from Oldham, Halifax, West Haughton, Heptonstall and Spitalfields, London. (Details are shown below). We were especially delighted to meet Mr. Alan Regin, Steward of the Rolls of Honour, from London who had brought, to show us, two books of remembrance, leather bound with pages made from vellum that are normally kept in St. Paul’s Cathedral. The first book produced in 1920 cost £25 and contains the names of the bellringers from Great Britain who died. However, the book was full and more names that were missing needed to be added. Alan, who has been researching for more information about the ringers, had the second book commissioned. This cost approx. £4,800. The names are shown in alphabetical order and further names can be added if required.
Alan told us that, apart from a tower in the northeast of England, Leesfield had the second largest number of ringers from one tower who fell during the Great War 1914 - 1918.
N.B. The first page of the book (shown right) shows the names of the battlefields and the bell ropes intertwined with barbed wire.
Later that day a full peal was rung at St. Mary the Virgin, Oldham and was dedicated to the former Leesfield ringers.
Many thanks to Mr. Derek Thomas for making all the arrangements.

Private Tom Schofield of the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) 1st/7th Bn. Service No. 305780 who died 03/09/1916 aged 20 during the battles for Pozierers Ridge
He is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial, France, (Pier and Face 6A and 6B)
Born 27/06/1896. Son of James and Sarah Schofield of Lees. He worked as a House Painter before leaving for France, initially Boulogne, on 14th April 1915.
Born: Lees, Lancashire. Enlisted: Uppermill. Resided: 1911 Census, 106 High St Lees Lancs.

Private Thomas Gibson, Died 09/09/1916 age 26. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 1st/4th Bn. Service No. 202773. Commemorated at Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France, Grave XVIII. A. 5.  Son of Thomas and Mary Ann Gibson. Resided: at 15 Church Street, Lees. He worked as a Minder at Lees Union Mill before joining up, initially in the Manchester Regiment, Service Number 4756, then the King’s Liverpool Regiment before transferring to The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Born: Leigh, Lancs. Enlisted: Oldham, Lancs.

The other former ringer who we rang a quarter peal for last year to commemorate the centenary of his death on August 21st 1915 was  Private John Binns age 30. Commemorated at the Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 117 to 119.  He served in the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) Service Number 12149.  Son of Mrs. Hannah Binns at 31 Oldham Road, Springhead. Born: Keighley, Yorks. Enlisted: Keighley. Resided: Oldham, Lancs.

Peal & Quarter Details:
Lancashire Association
Lancashire Association
Lancashire Association
Leesfield, Lancashire
Oldham, Lancashire
Leesfield, Lancashire
St Thomas
St Mary the Virgin
St Thomas
Saturday 3 September 2016
Saturday 3 September 2016
Friday 21 August 2015
in 48m (14-0-8)
in 3h11m (15-0-0)
in 48m (14-0-8)
1260 Grandsire Triples
5024 Bristol Surprise Major
1260 Plain Bob Minor

Composed: James W Holdsworth (no.3)





1   Liz Dent                            (Leesfield)
1   Derek J Thomas            (Oldham)
1   Helen Rigby          (Newhey)
2   John M Thurman            (Halifax)
2   Lee Pinnington              (unattached)
2   Jack Whitehead     (Leesfield)
3   James E Andrews          
 (West Haughton)
3   James E Andrews         
 (West Haughton)
3   C Phillip Hope      (Newhey)
4   Brian Hayes                     (Leesfield)
4   Neil J Murray                (Halifax)
4   Brian Hayes           (Leesfield)
5   Derek J Thomas (C)       (Oldham)
5   George H Campling      (Heptonstall)
5   Eric Whitehead     (Leesfield)
6   George H Campling       (Heptonstall)
6   Geoffrey R Gardner     
 (Hazel Grove)
6   Derek J Thomas (C) (Oldham)
7   Alan Regin                        (Spitalfields,London)
7   Alan Regin                   (Spitalfields,London)

8   Eric Whitehead                (Leesfield)
8   John M Thurman (C)    (Halifax)

























See the article in the Oldham Evening Chronicle
September 16th 2016



Monday, 19 September 2016

Leesfield Parish September 18th 2016


DCC Meetings this week. These are open meetings, and anyone may attend. Come along and join in the conversations about your church!
St Thomas Monday 19th 7pm
St Agnes    Wednesday 21st 8pm

Ladies of Leesfield meet on Thursday 22nd at 7.30pm in church –Embarassing Moments!

Harvest Queen crowning at St Thomas on Saturday 24th at 2.30pm. Please come along and support Molly-Mae and her retinue.

Unfortunately St Thomas’ Sunday School prizegiving didn’t happen as originally planned on the 11th. It will now take place next Sunday, the 25th.

A reminder – Sunday School begins at St Agnes at 9.10am. To be marked as present (for the purpose of school admission) children should be there by that time. Similarly, to be marked present, children should be in St Thomas Church before the service begins at 11am.

Harvest Sunday is October 2nd. There will be a Parish Service at St Thomas 11am. No service at St Agnes that day. This will be followed by Harvest Lunch in church. This is a ticket only event (because we need to know numbers in advance for catering). Adults £5 Children up to 11 years £2.50

Tuesday morning Holy Communion service at St Thomas at 10am. This is a short (30mins) service without hymns. It would be good to involve more people. If you are around at that time why not drop in and give it a try? And stay for a cuppa afterwards too !

Community Room  Anyone wishing to book the community room at St Thomas should contact Audrey Atkinson (652 2987) She is in charge of bookings so we don’t double book.

Supplementary forms – should be given to Edith by October 2nd for completion. They will be signed and returned to you soon afterwards.

Keep up to date by looking at our website leesfieldparish.blogspot.co.uk, and follow the
Sunday school facebook pages

Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Mon 19th   Sept         St Thomas DCC    7pm    
Wed 21st    Sept       St Agnes DCC         8pm
Thurs 22nd Sept      Ladies of L   7.30pm in church   Embarassing Moments
Sat 24th  Sept          St Thomas Harvest Queen Crowning 2.30pm
Mon 26th Sept       PCC    St Thomas  7pm
Sat Oct 1st              Coffee morning 2 Hopkin View
Sun Oct  2nd                  Harvest Sunday     Parish service at St Thomas  11am followed by lunch
Sat Oct 8th                 Wedding at St Thomas  2pm
Tues Oct 11th         Churches Together Open meeting   Zion Methodist Church 7.30pm
Sun Oct 16th             Rose Queen At Home St Agnes 2.30pm
Sun Oct 23rd             Christmas stall starts  St Thomas
Sun Oct 30th             Service for All Souls   St Thomas  3.30pm

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Boundary Walk - Saturday 17th September

This year’s Sponsored Parish Boundary Walk will take place on Saturday 17th September, starting from the car park at the end of Station Road,  Grotton at 10 am.

Please join us in this fun event, which also raises lots of money for Parish funds.

As well as walkers and sponsors we will need marshals to man the checkpoints. Any volunteers please see Paul or Liz. 

Sponsor forms, walking guides and maps are available from both churches and schools, or contact lizzy.dent@googlemail.com .







To join the walk and get your own Fundraising page to collect sponsorship online, click the link go to https://mydonate.bt.com/events/boundarywalk3/340050 and select the pink "Start Fundraising" button. You will have to register, then when asked to select a charity event choose this one. during the process you will be asked if you want to link your page to a fundraising team, answer yes and the reference number you need is 817595721. Hope you can join the team!

Leesfield Parish September 11th 2016


This year's Sponsored Leesfield Parish Boundary Walk is on Saturday 17th September, starting at 10 am from Grotton Park at the end of Station Road. Sponsor forms are now available. Please see Liz or Paul or telephone 0161 627 4515 for further information. It would be lovely to have lots of walkers again this year, and we will need checkpoint marshals as well. If you aren't able to join us please support the event by sponsoring a walker
If you don’t have a copy of Liz’s book –Mud and Friendship- yet this might be a good time to get one as it has the map in it as well as lots of interesting information.

A reminder – Sunday School begins at St Agnes at 9.10am. To be marked as present (for the purpose of school) children should be there by that time. Similarly, to be marked present, children should be in St Thomas Church before the service begins at 11am.

Harvest Sunday is October 2nd. There will be a Parish Service at St Thomas 11am. No service at St Agnes that day. This will be followed by Harvest Lunch in church. This is a ticket only event (because we need to know numbers in advance for catering). Adults £5 Children up to 11 years £2.50

Bonus Ball is continuing – though we are looking at some changes –watch this space. If you would like to join please have a word with Susan Harrop or Roy Atkinson.

Tuesday morning Holy Communion service at St Thomas at 10am. This is a short (30mins) service without hymns. It would be good to involve more people. If you are around at that time why not drop in and give it a try? And stay for a cuppa afterwards too !

Community Room  Anyone wishing to book the community room at St Thomas should contact Audrey Atkinson (652 2987) She is in charge of bookings so we don’t double book.

Supplementary forms – should be given to Edith by October 2nd for completion. They will be signed and returned to you soon afterwards.

Christmas Stall will begin 23rd October at St Thomas.
Keep up to date by looking at our website leesfieldparish.blogspot.co.uk, and follow the Sunday school facebook pages

Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

                             
Sun 11th Sept          Sunday School Prizegiving at both churches (All Age service)
Thurs 15th Sept      DMPC  7.30pm Holy Trinity Dobcross
Sat 17th  Sept          Boundary Walk (See magazine or website for details)
Thurs 22nd Sept      Ladies of L   7.30pm in church   Embarassing Moments
Mon 19th   Sept         St Thomas DCC    7pm    
Wed 21st    Sept       St Agnes DCC         8pm
Sat 24th  Sept          St Thomas Harvest Queen Crowning 2.30pm
Mon 26th Sept       PCC    St Thomas  7pm
Sat Oct 1st              Coffee morning 2 Hopkin View
Sun Oct  2nd                  Harvest Sunday     Parish service at St Thomas  11am followed by lunch
Sat Oct 8th                 Wedding at St Thomas  2pm
Tues Oct 11th         Churches Together Open meeting   Zion Methodist Church 7.30pm
Sun Oct 16th             Rose Queen At Home St Agnes 2.30pm
Sun Oct 23rd             Christmas stall starts  St Thomas
Sun Oct 30th             Service for All Souls   St Thomas  3.30pm

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Boundary walk – 17th September



This year’s Sponsored Parish Boundary Walk will take place on Saturday 17th September, starting from the car park at the end of Station Road,  Grotton at 10 am.

Please join us in this fun event, which also raises lots of money for Parish funds.

As well as walkers and sponsors we will need marshals to man the checkpoints. Any volunteers please see Paul or Liz. 

More details to follow on the Parish website and facebook page. Sponsor forms, walking guides and maps will be available from both churches and schools from the 3rd September, or contact lizzy.dent@googlemail.com .





Leesfield Parish September 4th 2016


Next Sunday, 11th September will be Sunday School prizegiving at both churches. The service will in each church be All Age.

As part of the National Heritage Week, St Thomas' Church will be open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday 10th September, including tours of the bellringing chamber from 10 to 12. Please come along if you are interested. It is a Tea and Toast morning too!

Tea and Toast is September 10th not 17th as originally planned.

This year's Sponsored Leesfield Parish Boundary Walk is on Saturday 17th September, starting at 10 am from Grotton Park at the end of Station Road. Sponsor forms are now available. Please see Liz or Paul or telephone 0161 627 4515 for further information. It would be lovely to have lots of walkers again this year, and we will need checkpoint marshals as well. If you aren't able to join us please support the event by sponsoring a walker
If you don’t have a copy of Liz’s book –Mud and Friendship- yet this might be a good time to get one as it has the map in it as well as lots of interesting information.

A reminder – Sunday School begins at St Agnes at 9.10am. To be marked as present (for the purpose of school) children should be there by that time. Similarly, to be marked present, children should be in St Thomas Church before the service begins at 11am.

Harvest Sunday is October 2nd. There will be a Parish Service at St Thomas 11am. No service at St Agnes that day. This will be followed by Harvest Lunch in church. This is a ticket only event (because we need to know numbers in advance for catering). Adults £5 Children up to 11 years £2.50

Bonus Ball is continuing – though we are looking at some changes –watch this space. If you would like to join please have a word with Susan Harrop or Roy Atkinson.

Tuesday morning Holy Communion service at St Thomas at 10am. This is a short (30mins) service without hymns. It would be good to involve more people. If you are around at that time why not drop in and give it a try? And stay for a cuppa afterwards too !

Community Room  Anyone wishing to book the community room at St Thomas should contact Audrey Atkinson (652 2987) She is in charge of bookings so we don’t double book.

Supplementary forms – should be given to Edith by October 2nd for completion. They will be signed and returned to you soon afterwards.

Christmas Stall will begin 23rd October at St Thomas.

Keep up to date by looking at our website leesfieldparish.blogspot.co.uk, and follow the Sunday school facebook pages

Magazine  articles to paulmdent@gmail.com

Items for the newsletter to Edith by Wednesday eve please.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
September 2nd  Wedding blessing at St Agnes 2.30pm
Sat 3rd Sept      Coffee morning 23 Brewerton Rd
Mon 5th Sept    Standing Committee  Vicarage 7pm
Sat 10th Sept    Heritage Open Day 10am to 4pm  St Thomas
                             Tea and Toast   10.30 to noon St Thomas
Sun 11th Sept          Sunday School Prizegiving at both churches (All Age service)
Thurs 15th Sept      DMPC  7.30pm Holy Trinity Dobcross
Sat 17th  Sept          Boundary Walk (See magazine or website for details)
Thurs 22nd Sept      Ladies of L   7.30pm in church   Embarassing Moments
Mon 19th   Sept         St Thomas DCC    7pm    
Wed 21st    Sept       St Agnes DCC         8pm
Sat 24th  Sept          St Thomas Harvest Queen Crowning
Mon 26th Sept       PCC    St Thomas  7pm
Sat Oct 1st              Coffee morning 2 Hopkin View
Sun Oct  2nd                  Harvest Sunday     Parish service at St Thomas  11am followed by lunch
Sat Oct 8th                 Wedding at St Thomas  2pm
Sun Oct 16th             Rose Queen At Home St Agnes 2.30pm
Sun Oct 23rd             Christmas stall starts  St Thomas

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