Community pride at village civic parade
MEMBERS of the community turned out for the annual Rainow Civic Service.
Around 100 people attended at Holy Trinity Church in the village for the service led by Rev Steve Rathbone.
It’s a religious service which takes place every year, but with a focus on celebrating the community and its people.
Each year an award is presented to a resident for outstanding service to the Rainow community.
This year Jo Rogers MBE was given an award, presented by the mayor of Rainow Anne Williams and accepted on Jo’s behalf by church warden Lou Thornhill.
Jo’s service to the community has included baking a cake to take to every new resident into the village.
Janet Balment, a member of the Rainow Handbell Ringers, known as ‘The Clangers’, which performed at the service, said: “Jo has served the community in so many ways over the years.
“She’s famous for greeting newcomers to the village with her cakes. The service was well attended and a great day for the community.
“It’s about celebrating the community of Rainow.”
Among the guests were the deputy mayor of Cheshire East Hilda Gaddum, the Mayor of Macclesfield coun Janet Jackson, Bollington town mayor coun Amanda Stott and Poynton deputy mayor coun Sandra Horsman.
Over Alderley Brass Band accompanied the hymn singing.
At the end of the service, the people gathered at Rainow Primary School to enjoy refreshments and see the presentation for Mrs Rogers.
Sarah Giller, clerk to Rainow Parish Council, said: “Representatives also attended from the parish councils of Higher Hurdsfield and Pott Shrigley.
“The boys and girls from beavers, cubs and scouts attended along with Rose Queen Milly Cantrell and her attendants to make the morning even more special.”
●● Clockwise from left: Rose Queen Milly Cantrell with her attendants; Chairman of Rainow Parish Coucnil John Cantrell with Rainow Mayor Anne Williams; the pararde;
accepts and award on behalf of Jo Rogers, with John Cantrell