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February 2019

Minister and Contact Details

A minister is available for emergencies. For pastoral support during this time please contact Janet Poole.

Chapel Officers.

President Janet Poole – 01204 845916

Chair of Council Alec Bowman – 07494349369 email:

Treasurer Valerie Ramsden

Correspondence Secretary Don Gerrard

Calendar Editor Nicola Daley email:

Webmaster Bill Kelly email :

Pulpit Secretary Veronica Walker e-mail:

Women’s League President Janet Poole e-mail:

Independent Organisations

Non-Chapel Groups who meet in our Hall are listed below. If you would like to make contact with any of these groups, speak to the Minister or a Council member.

  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Weight Watchers
  • The Bank Street Writers
  • Gamblers Anonymous
  • The Theosophical Society
  • Yoga
  • Lizzie Jones’s History Group
  • The University of the Third Age Choir.



February 2019


3rd Don & Gaye

10th Jean & June

17th Arthur & Jean

10th Adrienne & Brian


3rd Lesley & Ian

 17th Barbara & Janet

24th Adrienne & Brian 24th June & Sue

3rd March – Sue &?? 3rd March – Ian & Lesley


3rd Hilary Fenton

10th Faye Kennedy


24th Alan & Margaret Knott (Wedding Anniversary)

3rd March – Glenys Rigby


3rd John Allerton

10th Anne Mills

17th June Grice

24th Vincent McCulley


Children’s Page

I assume that you are all back at school after the Christmas holidays. As I write this I am looking through the window at the snow. I love it, the trees look beautiful. I hope it lasts long enough for you to build a snowman, or go sledging but, do be careful!

The next thing to look forward to is pancake Tuesday, sweet or savoury they are delicious. Followed by half term, we may have some snow then and you can enjoy it for longer.


What do you call a cat that has eaten a whole duck?

A duck filled fatty puss!

What kind of illness did Bruce Lee get?

Kung flu!

Patient Doctor, doctor, my son has swallowed my pen. What should I do?

Doctor Use a pencil.


Respect is a powerful thing. You respect people because they do something like caring. I show respect because my Dad looks after me. I show respect for my family because they do nice things for me, my friends because when I’m hurt they help me and the rescue services for saving people’s lives. But I don’t respect people who hurt others.

Alex Greenhalgh year 5

Perhaps when you are in Sunday School next time you could write down your thoughts about respect and we could put it in the Church magazine. Enjoy your pancakes!



Congregation Contributions


Bygone Days

Do you remember Sundays,

When we were all well dressed?

With clean and shiny Sunday shoes

And suits all neatly pressed.

The girls in snow white ankle socks

With ribbons in their hair,

The boys were neat and newly scrubbed

And told they must take care.

Do you remember Sunday School

And sitting in a row,

Then rushing out to laugh and play-

Where did all the time go?

The years have quickly slipped away

And swift each year departs,

But we remember those we knew

And keep them in our hearts.

Iris Hesselden/ Submitted By Jean Longworth

My Grandma is missing

This is a tribute to all the grandmas and Grandpas who have been fearless enough to master that modern instrument of torture – the dreaded COMPUTER!!

The computer swallowed Grandma, yes honestly it’s true,

She pressed Control and Enter, and disappeared from view,

It devoured her completely, the thought just makes me squirm,

I’ve looked through the recycle bin, and files of every kind,

I’ve even tried the internet, but nothing could I find,

In desperation I asked Jeeves my searches to refine,

The reply from him was negative, not a thing was found on line.

So if inside your inbox, my Grandma you should see, Please copy, scan and paste her, and send her back to me.

So please don’t ever press a key, just to see what it might do,

Take heed of my dilemma, next time it might be YOU!

Author unknown. Submitted by Jean Longworth.

The Wayside Pulpit

Exercise daily – Walk with God

In order to unite with one another,

We must love one another.

In order to love one another,

We must know one another.

In order to know one another,

We must meet one another.

Let us think on these words as we at Bank Street Chapel enter a challenging period in our history, Let us unite, love, know and meet one another on our journey into the future.

Jean Longworth.

Raise a Smile

Two gentlemen of unsteady gait waited impatiently at the bus terminal late at night, long after the buses had ceased to run.

A couple of hours later they realised, in their drunken stupor, that the last bus had gone. Seeing several buses parked at the depot, they decided to borrow one and drive themselves home.

To their disappointment, they couldn’t find the bus they wanted. “Can you believe it?” said one. “A hundred buses, and not a single number 36 in the whole lot!” “Never mind!” said the other. Let’s take a 22 up to its last stop and walk the rest of the two miles home.” J.L.


Charity collection

For Guide Dogs for the Blind and Women’s League Project UK Sepsis Trust.

Fire escape and Wheelchair access

Repairs almost complete… see how repairs to the gantry have been progressing.


There will be an Agape, bring and share lunch, after service on Sunday 17th. Please stay, bring a little food to share, join in the conversation round the table, and enjoy the company.


Our Brunch Café reopens on Thursday 7th February from 10.30 to 1.30.

Tasty snacks are available at affordable prices. Cheerful conversation and friendly staff come free of charge!! Please join us.

  • New Thursday Brunch Menu! On the basis that you can put spuds in a bucket…and I’ve carried a lot of buckets of spuds in my time…Bank Street’s pushing the the envelope with…


Frites en Bouquet avec Crudités

No that’s nothing dodgy, it’s French for Chips in the Bucket with Salad; delicious just like me mam used ter make, and all the better for being put on a butty. Congratulations to our volunteer ladies in the kitchen!


We send our love to friends who have recently been unwell, particularly to Don Gerrard, Keith Bateson and Adrienne Tonge who have each had a short spell in hospital. We are happy to hear that they are all back home and recovering well. Our thoughts also to Gordon and Veronica Walker, and Edith Raynor, who have also been unwell, we hope they will all get well soon.

Women’s League News

The W.L. met for its first meeting of the year at the home of Janet Poole, where we discussed a programme for the coming year. There are many events to look forward to, and we hope that members will do their best to attend. Again, this year there will be opportunities for members of the congregation to join us. Please keep an eye on the notice board for future meetings and events.

Next Meeting

for W.League members is TUESDAY 5th FEBRUARY, at chapel, starting at 2pm. Ladies, please bring a ‘Favourite Thing’ to tell us about, this can be a special item, a poem, photograph, a piece of music or a reading. Of course we will have tea and cake too!

Churches together in Bolton Town Centre

The annual service of the congregations of CTIBTC took place at the Citadel church of the Salvation Army on Sunday 20th January. Bank Street was very well represented and of course the wonderful band of the Salvation army gave us a wonderful accompaniment to the hymns. The service was well received with some of our young people taking part. The choirs of the Salvation army also provided some lovely music and singing.

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Established in 1672

The Vestry Postal Address: Crown Street, Bolton BL1 2RU

Vestry Telephone: 01204 528633

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Our purpose is to inspire spiritual journeys, engaging with the world with open hearts and open minds.

Unitarians are people who recognise that there is a spiritual dimension to life. We know this spiritual dimension by many names such as Truth, Liberation, the Universe, the Real, the Holy, or God.

Every Human can walk an individual spiritual journey and must come to their own understanding of their spiritual path.

There are many guides to this path, but ultimately, no one should tell you what to believe. You must think for yourself in your spiritual life.

Unitarians are rooted in a liberal spiritual path that comes from Jesus, with his teaching of love, justice and care for the least  in society. We believe in the sacred worth of every person.

Weddings, Civil Partnerships, Naming Ceremonies and Funerals are all conducted at this Chapel. Please get in touch for more details.

Since 1672 Bank Street Unitarian Chapel in Bolton has stood for a faith based on love, tolerance,open minded spirituality, and a deep engagement with the world.

Child Blessing and Naming Ceremonies.

The birth of a baby is naturally a time for celebration. Many families want a celebration for the birth of a child, a ceremony that celebrates the child and confirms their name. In some Christian churches this takes the forms of a Baptism or Christening. However you may feel uncomfortable with the language and beliefs of such a ceremony.

Unitarians do not see children as needing to be “cleansed” in any way; we believe children are born into an Original Blessing. We also believe that a child must grow up and choose their own religious or spiritual path. Therefore our blessing ceremonies are simple acts of the celebration of the child, the blessing of their life, and the commitment of parents and godparents to the physical and spiritual welfare of the child.

Our child blessing ceremonies take place as part of our Sunday morning service. They usually involve promises from parents and godparents, and a simple ceremony of blessing, usually involving water and a rose. In the choice of words as well as the ceremony itself our minister will work with the family to create a ceremony that is meaningful to you. We will not ask you to say anything that you don’t believe.

You do not need to be a member of our church or a Unitarian to hold a child blessing ceremony with us. We welcome all.


Unitarians view marriage as the holy joining of two people in an act of commitment, love and celebration.

Bank Street Unitarian Chapel is happy to marry couples seeking a spiritual, individual, unique, alternative or traditional ceremony.

We believe in marriage equality and offer marriages to both same sex and different sex couples. We are one of the very few churches in Bolton who will marry same sex couples. If you are a same-sex couple and want a church wedding, then we are happy to provide this. Unitarians have long supported gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights and we are more than happy to provide ceremonies for all couples.

If you want a wedding that reflects your values and beliefs, then we may be the right place for you. Unitarian weddings reflect the ethos of Unitarianism but there are no set patterns and our minister will work with each individual couple to create a ceremony that is right for you.  Couples are actively encouraged to decide the form of language and the elements to be included in the ceremony.

There are no tests of faith you have to pass to be married with us. If you are divorced, this is no problem for us. If you are a mixed-religion couple, or one or both of you are atheist or humanist, this is no problem for us. Our wedding ceremonies are spiritual but we understand spirituality in a broad and inclusive way. We can include material from different religions, or from secular sources too.

You do not need to be a Unitarian to marry in our Chapel. However we do ask that you attend some of our services and activities, as it’s important you get to know the religious community in which you’re going to get married.

Unitarian services involve many of the elements normally associated with church weddings. They may entail the exchange of vows and rings. They might also include prayers, hymns and music. But they begin with the commitment to create something that is right for each couple.


Unitarians mark death with a service that celebrates someone’s life as well as mourns their death. As with other ceremonies, Unitarians want to create something that is personal and reflects the deceased person’s life and beliefs.

Funeral services can take place at the Chapel or at a crematorium or cemetery. Our Minister will visit the family and create a service that is meaningful for the family and the deceased person. Readings and music can come from religious or secular sources. We are happy to provide meaningful services for atheists and humanists, and our minister will use language that is appropriate for that person and their beliefs.

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