Each month we produce a magazine, "The Over Alderley and Birtles Monthly Messsenger", this being the title used for the first parish magazine produced from 1892 to 1908 by the second Vicar of Birtles, The Revd Henry Waldron Bradley.
Here are some snippets ...
More than 100 years ago ...
October 1903 1nd the sound of wedding bells was heralded in the Messenger, as Mr Bradley wrote … “The impending marriage of Miss Close Brooks overshadows all other local topics this month. The news has come from Scotland, and the parish was not prepared for it! And yet we recognise now that such an event has been all along inevitable; and we have been fortunate to keep her so long! We congratulate Mr Percy Ashworth sincerely, although it is difficult to forgive him on securing his prize! The wedding is to be at Birtles in the middle of November.”
As Mr Bradley intimated, Annie Isabel Close Brooks had been a mainstay of several parish activities, the choir, the Sunday School, the Sunshine Class, the Scripture Union, the Girls’ Friendly Society and the violin class. No doubt she was indeed going to be missed.
The Annual Harvest Festival was fixed for the 11th of October after which date afternoon services would commence for the winter months. The special preacher at Harvest was to be the Rev. C Brookes Gwynne, Vicar of Bollington. The afternoon service would be taken by the Vicar and the evening service was to have Canon William Symonds, Rector of Stockport, who was said to be well known in Over Alderley. Mr Bradley wrote … “Forty years ago he was sowing where the Vicar is now reaping” Can anybody explain that please? Possibly something to do with the school?
The Parish Cricket match had gone well. The sides were Mr J Dewar’s and Mr F Pickford’s. Mr Bradley was on Mr Dewar’s team and was on form as a bowler being responsible for three wickets, but his batting was less successful as he was out for a duck.
After a wet summer it was said that the prayers for fine weather had been answered and for the most part crops were in. Mr Bradley observed that prayers had been answered better than was deserved “Considering how many of those most interested in the soil and crops are continually absent from public prayer”.