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Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●● THE AN­NUAL rush­bear­ing cer­e­mony at St Stephen’s Church in Mac­cles­field For­est is on Sun­day, Au­gust 16.

It’s a tra­di­tional ser­vice led by Rev Steve Rath­bone of Holy Trin­ity Rainow and For­est Chapel, with vis­it­ing Ru­ral Dean, Veron­ica Hy­don.

The cer­e­mony dates back hun­dreds of years to when fresh rushes were cut from the fields and laid to re­place the old ones as a car­pet for visi­tors be­fore the days of pews and paving stones.

So the wor­ship­pers had sweet smelling and hard wear­ing cover on the earth in­side the an­cient chapel, which was later ex­tended in the 19th cen­tury.

The ser­vice is at 3pm at St Stephen’s in For­est Chapel.

All are welcome, with an op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies to en­joy the views of the for­est and moors.

There is free park­ing.

The church has do­nated money to The Chil­dren’s So­ci­ety and Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue from its last two ser­vices. ●● SUT­TON Read­ing Group will next meet on Mon­day, Septem­ber 7.

Mem­bers will dis­cuss Lie Down with the Lions by Ken Fol­lett.

The group meets at 8.15pm at Sut­ton Hall and wel­comes any­one, even those who have not read the book. ●● A FLOWER fes­ti­val and ‘Ride and Stride’ event will take place to raise money for four churches.

Par­tic­i­pants will com­plete a route around lo­cal coun­try­side by bike, on foot, horse­back or other means, with re­fresh­ments and flower dis­plays at Sut­ton St James church, St Mary the Vir­gin in Bosley, St Michael’s in Win­cle and St Saviour’s in Wild­boar­clough.

Spon­sor­ship by friends and fam­ily will be split be­tween the four churches and His­toric Cheshire Churches Trust.

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