Com­mu­nity pride at vil­lage civic pa­rade

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

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.”

Lou Thornill

Pic­tures taken by Rainow clerk Sarah Giller

●● 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

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