Monday, 1 February 2016

Views from the Church Tower

Work was recently undertaken on the church tower.

This involed cleaning the entire parapet gully, clearing all drainage holes, fitting anti-bird spikes to the parapet perimeter edge and securing netting from the top of the parapet to the spire to prevent further bird roosting.

Whilst on the tower, the contractors, Skyline Ltd (Oldham), took some photos of the work undertaken and of the surrounding area.


Tower and river. 7.1.16Cleared gully 2. 7.1.16

Gully and Handbridge. 7.1.16Dee House and river, from tower. 7.1.16

Church Hall and river, from tower. 7.1.16

Thursday, 14 January 2016


Plans for the new St Mary’s Handbridge Centre to replace the current Church Hall are ongoing. The application for Planning Permission will be submitted shortly and the current timetable, assuming that sufficient funds are raised, is for building to take place in the summer of 2017. 




Members of St Mary’s congregation and from the wider community have been asked to pledge finanacial support, and are being asked to donate at their earliest convenience. If a tenth (£150,000) of the building costs can be raised in this way, it is felt that the church will be in a much stronger position to bid for further outside sources of funding, in addition to those already raised.

Pledge forms are available in church and cheques should be made payable to “St Mary’s PCC – re Handbridge Centre”. Alternatively, a new Standing Order form may be completed.   

Payments should go to Chris Schofield, Treasurer, c/o Parish Office, St Mary Without – the - Walls, Overleigh Road, Chester CH4 7HL.

Monday, 4 January 2016

St Mary's donations to the West Cheshire Foodbank

St Mary's congregation started collecting food for the local
Foodbank at the Harvest Festival in October 2012.


By the end of 2015 we had delivered 5095 kilos of food to the Foodbank warehouse near Cheshire Oaks. A magnificent response.  Thank you to all who have contributed in the past and for your ongoing support.