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Murder Mystery Night

A dark and wet evening on Friday 13th November provided the setting for a mystery at St Chad’s.

Tables were set up in the chancel for a mystery banquet, catering courtesy of St John, Ravenhead.
Tables were set up in the chancel for a mystery banquet, catering courtesy of St John, Ravenhead.

Tables were set in the Chancel and a banquet was held by the mythical 8th Earl of Sefton. Some dubious acting exposed a plot of family intrigue and jealousy that was nevertheless convincing. The dinner guests (who had each paid £7 for the privilege) were confronted by solving a complex whodunnit.  None were successful, including those playing the major parts.

The evening was rounded off with awards for the acting and catering.  There are no prizes for guessing who got the prize for the most bumbling detective – I was actually playing the role of one of the victims but didn’t know it at the time.

There has been a great deal of interest in the event and it is sure to be repeated, perhaps when the weather gets a bit warmer and the nights a bit lighter.

The Earl's daughter-in-Law, Melanie, played by Joyce Lester.
The Earl's daughter-in-Law, Melanie, played by Joyce Lester.
Kelly Lester, alias the Earl's nurse, Bobbie.
Kelly Stokes, alias the Earl's nurse, Bobbie.

Kirkby School Photo 1892/3

Kirkby School 1892-3
Photo of "Kirkby Boys Group III" at Kirkby Church of England School between 1892 and 1893 (courtesy of Mrs RJ Webb aged 95)

Kirkby Church of England School used to be on the corner of Old Rough Lance and County Road opposite the current site of MacDonalds. For 150 years it was the only educational establishment in the town.  In the last 50 years more schools have been built as the population has grown.

Mrs Webb visited Kirkby recently, having lived away for some time, and was shocked to see the urban nature of a village she remembered as containing “lovely farm houses”.  You may just be able to detect a blue spot on the head of a young lad second from right and second from the back.  this is the only person we are currently able to identify: Edmond Rose.  His name is written on the back of the picture.  We would be glad to know of any other family memories from those days.

St Chad's Mini Fair

St. Chad's Church
St. Chad's Church

St Chad’s Christmas Fair has been rearranged.

It was planned to take place on Saturday 5th December.  This is a couple of weeks later than normal and clashes with a number of other events.

The date has changed to Sunday 6th December, after the 11.00am Morning Eucharist.
The Venue has changed to the Church building rather than Centre 63.
The Fair will now be a “Mini Fair”.

We normally have a good range of handicrafts prepared by church members and friends of St Chad’s which many people rely on at Christmas time.  Rather than cancel the Fair this year we have decided to run a Mini Fair at which all the usual handicrafts, cards and flowers will be on sale, but without the grotto.

Why not join us for the morning service then browse the stalls afterwards?

Christmas in Kirkby

Christmas in Kirkby
Christmas in Kirkby

We have a busy programme of events planned for Christmas this year, with something for everyone around the four Church of England churches here in Kirkby:

Sunday 1st November: All Saints day. Services of commemoration for the faithful departed in all four churches, 4pm at St. Mark’s, and 6pm in the other 3 churches.

Friday 13th November: Murder Mystery evening in St. Chad’s.

Saturday 21st November: Christmas Shopping Trip to Chester.

Sunday 29th November: St. Andrews’ Patronal Festival at 11am. All four churches come together for one service.

Parish Advent Course: Running on Tuesdays in Advent at 7:30pm, looking at the lives of four women saints.

  • Tuesday 1st December, St. Mark’s: Catherine of Alexandria
  • Tuesday 8th December, Centre 63: Lucy
  • Tuesday 15th December, St. Andrew’s: Eglantyne Jebb
  • Tuesday 22nd December, St. Martin’s: Mary

Friday 4th December: Christmas Cocktails @ St. Martin’s. Come and experience the roaring twenties!

Sunday 6th December: St. Chad’s Mini Christmas Fair immediately after the 11.00am Morning Eucharist.

Sunday 13th December: Children’s Christmas Party. Details tbc.

Sunday 13th December: The Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment performing in St. Chad’s at 6:30pm

Sunday 13th December: Sing-a-long Christmas Carols at St. Mark’s with Cafe Church. Minced pies, mulled wine and your favourite carols at 6:30pm

Monday 14th December: Community Carol Service @ St. Andrew’s at 6:30pm.

Sunday 20th December: Carols by Candlelight in St. Andrew’s, St. Chad’s and St. Martin’s. Traditional carol services with the churches beautifully lit.

Christmas Eve: Crib Services in St. Andrew’s and St. Chad’s at 4pm.

Christmas Eve: First Communion of Christmas at 9:30pm in St. Mark’s, 11pm in St. Andrew’s and 11:30pm in St. Martin’s & St. Chad’s

Christmas Day Communions: at 10am in St. Andrew’s, St. Chad’s and St. Martin’s, and at 11am in St. Mark’s.

Link to older stories

Welcome to our new blog. This is where we will be posting news stories from the Parish of Kirkby, and the four Church of England churches here, St. Andrew’s, St. Chad’s, St. Mark’s and St. Martin’s.

Older news stories can be found at their previous locations as follows:

Parish News

St. Andrew’s News

St. Chad’s News

St. Mark’s News

St. Martin’s Homepage