●● 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.