Events 2018


Saturday 13th October – Scone of Praise

A new departure – have we established a tradition?  We all gathered in the Croft and the proceedings started with an “Afternoon Tea” of scones (with cream) and lots of cake provided  by Sheila and Julie.  With the inner man and woman  thus fortified we then proceeded to the Praise, a selection of favourite hymns chosen by members of the congregation and sung to music provided by Geoff at the keyboard.  A wonderful, uplifting afternoon which helped contribute £200 to church funds.

Sunday 7th October – Harvest celebration

A service that has its roots in the agriculture based communities of long ago yet which is so important today as it makes us stop and think just how fortunate we are in all that we have.  However  there are so many even in our own community who are lacking in many of the most basic necessities of daily life.  During the Harvest season we make a special effort to bring them some help.

This is however an all year effort at St Hilda’s.  We support the local charity Porch Boxes; there is a donations box permanently at the back of church and the extra that is given at Harvest time goes to the same good cause.

We are delighted with this year’s response both from our own parishioners and from the school community.

Ready to be packed and delivered.

Saturday 6th October.

The Full Monty returned to St Hilda’s – no not that film but yet another of Phyllis’ Big Breakfasts. The team of Andrea and Sal were again slaving over a hot stove turning out plates weighed down with nine items: eggs, sausages, bacon, beans, black pudding, fried bread, tomatoes and toast, all cooked to perfection. Doug, Natalie, Betty and Carole ensured that everything arrived hot and on time to the tables.

An enjoyable feast resulted in a total of £125 being donated to church funds

6th October 2018

MacMillan Coffee Morning – Saturday 29th September

The Croft took on the appearance of a café/cake shop as along with so many other locations around the country St Hilda’s “set up shop” to raise money for the MacMillan appeal to fund cancer research.  There was a dazzling array of cakes and pastries for those with a sweet tooth and additional money was raised through the sale of donated household items.  Andrea and Julie did sterling work in coordinating the whole event.  The wonderful sum of £300 was raised towards this very worthy cause

Look what was on the table (before we started)


Alfie at the Keyboard – Friday 21st Sept

An evening of Food and Fun!  Around fifty of us were wonderfully entertained  by Alfie with his full range of songs old and new (but chiefly old classics to suit his audience) interspersed with highly competitive but hilarious games of Roll the Lemon and Pass the Saucepan.  The inner person was catered for with a delicious buffet, courtesy of Irene Egerton  who was the leading spirit behind the evening.  A total of £565 was raised for church funds.

Alfie in full flow.

Pass the saucepan nearing its climax.

Curry and Hotpot Night – Friday 7th Sept

The smell was delicious!  Phyllis had once more exercised her culinary skills and 20 hungry souls were treated to a choice between a delicious chicken curry or a tasty hotpot (or  for those who wished,  some of each).  Andrea, Sal, Bernie and John provided invaluable assistance in the kitchen. The profit from a very enjoyable evening came to £162 to go towards church funds

Spicing up our lives!

In Fond Memory

On Sunday 26th August a moving ceremony was held after the morning mass to bless a beautiful picture of Our Lady Of Walsingham hung in the church to remind us of Chris and Pauline Dillon who worshipped and took a great part in the life of St Hilda’s. They both loved Walsingham, going on the annual parish pilgrimages; and following their wishes their ashes have been scattered at the shrine.  Among the congregation we were delighted to welcome 18 members of Chris and Pauline’s families.

Strawberry Tea – Saturday 14th July

Getting into the Wimbledon spirit Phyllis and her team laid on a delightful  offering for 40 hungry souls of soup, sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, strawberries with cream and concluded  ( for those with any corners left to fill) with a selection of cakes.  £315 towards church funds!

Summer Fair Saturday – 30th June

A glorious summers day! We are in the midst of a heatwave; hosepipe bans are looming. Stalls were set up during last week.  Those running the chocolate stall had a scare as much of their stock melted in the sun.  However all was alright on the day.  In a wonderful atmosphere, fortified by the team sweltering in the kitchen to keep everyone supplied with food and particularly drink  we raised on the day £918, a wonderful total which I am sure will be enhanced by further donations.  Well done to everyone who worked so hard.

Let them eat cake!

Marion’s Bric a Brac team

Big Breakfast Second Time Round – Saturday 28th April

The Full Monty at St Hilda’s!  No not that film, just a full English Breakfast with nine items on the plate for just £8. On Saturday morning Phyllis with her team of her daughter Andrea with friend Sal doing the cooking and willing help from Carole, Betty and Rita helped persuade 30 people to forget about diets and tuck in to bacon, eggs, black pudding etc.

We also welcomed to the Croft at the same time the group from the local interdenominational Churches Together who were walking round their five churches to raise awareness of the CAFOD campaign “Share the Journey”. Biscuits and drinks were provided for the visitors but some succumbed to the attractive smell of the frying and sustained themselves with bacon butties.

£200 was raised for church funds.

 Lancashire Night – Saturday 14th April

This was the first musical event to be held in the Croft.  An audience of around 35 listened to and joined in with a medley of Lancashire songs and recitations by Steve and Keith, both dressed for the part in flat caps and accompanied on guitars and mandolin.  The inner man (and woman) were catered for at the interval by a delicious hotpot prepared especially for the event by Phyllis.

The event raised nearly £300 for church funds

Steve & Keith in full flow


The Easter Vigil – Saturday March 31st

This is perhaps the most atmospheric event in the Churches’ year.

The service started at 8pm with the church in darkness as we all met together outside the main door where a new fire was blazing (it had been ignited from a spark from a flint so that it was totally new).

Fr Croft put five studs containing incense into the Paschal Candle which was then lit from the new fire.

The Deacon (on this occasion Canon Denby) then processed down the aisle holding the candle aloft as each member of the congregation took a light for their own individual candle.

Our organist for this occasion was Geoffrey who as well as providing the music also had the privilege of singing the “Exsultet” – a hymn celebrating the glories of Easter sung unaccompanied in plainchant.

Then followed a series of four readings from the Scriptures taking us through from the Creation of the World to the Birth of Our Saviour

The church then burst into life as we all joined together in the Gloria, accompanied by the first bells to be rung for nearly a week. All the statues that had been shrouded in purple for Holy Week could be seen again.

The ceremony was followed by the first Mass of Easter which included a renewal of baptismal vows by all present.

The empty tomb – the stone rolled away

The Paschal Candle

Palm Sunday March 25th

A beautiful Spring day! We all gathered on the lawn outside church as Father Mark led us in the Palm Sunday service and blessed us with a sprinkling of Holy Water as we held up our palm crosses. We then processed back into church for Mass with Canon Denby the celebrant.

We are now in the most significant week in the church’s year as we follow Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem with the drama of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, His death on the cross on Good Friday and then after two days in mourning with no bells or candles the church bursts back into life on Holy Saturday night as we rejoice in the glorious event of the Resurrection.

Big Breakfast – Saturday 24th March

Something has been missing in the social calendar at St Hilda’s!  Today marked  the return of the Big Breakfast.  Nine items on your plate, dietary regimes either ignored or forgotten. Andrea and Sal were at the heart of proceedings, producing a production line of sausages, bacon, fried bread, tomatoes etc which obviously hit the right spot judging by the array of cleaned plates.

The Big Breakfasts have been suspended during the building work but will now become again a regular feature in the St Hilda’s calendar.

A grand total of £183.75 was raised for church funds.  Many thanks to all those who helped to make the event such a success.

Beetle Drive – Saturday March 10th

Who would have thought it? 40 adults (aided and abetted by a number of children) shaking dice and according to the numbers thrown sticking body parts on to insects? An enjoyable, though noisy, time was had by all. Prizes were Easter Eggs, not to be consumed until the 1st April. A grand total of £250 was raised.  Congratulations to Julie and Sheila.


Lenten Supper  – Saturday 24th February

On Saturday evening  we marked the start of Lent 2018 with  our annual Lenten Supper.   50 parishioners and friends came together to share in an evening of bingo followed by a supper of pie and peas,( meat and potato or cheese and onion)  It was a wonderful warm evening; we are now settling in to using our new church hall, the Croft, for functions.  It is exactly what has been needed at St Hilda’s.

A grand total of £600 was raised towards church funds.  Congratulations to Maryrose and her team of helpers..