Welcome to St. Bertoline's, Barthomley, Cheshire

Why we're here today -

That the community may know that St Bertoline's is here to profess the faith, to celebrate it

in worship and prayer, and to share it in fellowship, so that we may say

"We would see Jesus".

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St Bertoline’s –Why we’re here.

That the community we serve may know that St Bertoline’s is here to profess the faith, to celebrate it in worship and prayer, and to share it in fellowship, so that we may say, “We would see Jesus”.


My dear Friends,

The saga of our North Aisle roof rivals any Whitehall Farce for ‘bumblingness’ – if there is such a word: there is now! Having had a previous experience of our poor aisle’s leaden roof being stolen, the possibility of alternative material was investigated. It soon became clear that the sole possibility was to use stainless steel. Permission for such change was sought, and granted by the church’s powers that be in such matters, but upon condition – that the local planning authority’s consent be obtained. Month followed month without approval forthcoming. But then we were asked to withdraw our application because the matter was within the terms of the Ecclesiastical Exemption rules. These state that the Church of England has jurisdiction over its own buildings – at least, within reason. In any case, who could see what material was used as roof covering.

Now all is said, what about the doing? Well it seems that necessary scaffolding is to be set up in the first week of May, then the second week is promised to see the work begin on the stainless steel covering itself. Hurrah!

While we speak of restorations, May is also to see the return to their rightful home of the paintings of Moses and Aaron, restored to their former glory. May 19th, at 10.30am, is the occasion when they are to be unveiled and re-dedicated. Val Alan and her assistant honorary sleuths have delved and pried into many a dark and remote corner of churchy and railway history to discover where they came from, where they disappeared to for sixty-odd years, from where they originated and as to who was the artist. Nothing definitive is resolved as yet, but the strongest lead appears to be somewhat tied up with the LNWR’s interest in the building of Christ Church, Crewe.

Do come and share in the shelter of our rainproof N. Aisle and gaze in wonder at our returned sorely missed brothers.

Not least of May’s events will be the marriage of two stalwart members of our church family – Ian Atherton and Edit Fillingham – on May 23rd. We wish them every joy.

May 30th is not only Ascension Day (Holy Communion 10.30am)

but also when the Choir will be entertaining to dinner Gill and Dennis Thorley in thanks for her effort over thirteen years in every corner of our church’s musical life and worship.

Angela and I send our best wishes to you all.

Darrel Speedy

Website updated: Darrel's introduction, 2018 Accounts & Calendar ; MJE 3rd May 2019