Friday, 5 August 2016


Funds towards the cost of the new Centre are now over £1million and we are pursuing other sources of funding to reach our target.

The application for Planning Permission has been submitted with a view to building taking place in the summer of 2017.




Members of St Mary’s congregation and from the wider community have been asked to pledge financial support. 

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.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

David Cowie–our new Curate

Revd David Cowie has recently moved to St Mary’s as our Curate. David originally hails from Bangor in Northern Ireland, and came to Chester about ten years ago to train as a primary school teacher at the University. Experience as a Chaplaincy Assistant at the University led him to Ripon College, Cuddesdon, to train to be a priest. On completion of his training David returned to Chester, spending two years at Holy Trinity in Blacon before coming to St. Mary's in late April.
We welcome David to the parish and hope he will enjoy his time with us, in spite of being volunteered to man the “throw the wet sponge stall” at the Summer Fair!

Monday, 13 June 2016

Photos from St Mary’s Summer Fair

St Mary’s held its Summer Fair on Saturday in the Church and Church grounds.

Entertainment was provided by the Panama Jazz Band and a dancing display by children from Overleigh St Mary’s C of E Primary School.








In spite of the rain, a good time was had by all.