The April 2012 magazine reminded us that we were in a period of interregnum, and featured an interregnum prayer written by an anonymous parishioner. The Ministry Message was written by our SSM, Revd. Barbara Jones, and she described some of the customs associated with Lent and Easter. Meditations for Holy Week were led by Dr Margaret Ives, a lay reader at St Paul’s, Scotforth, and involved in the Diocese’s Reader Training – her theme was ‘Women of the Passion’. It was reported that Annette McKenzie, our Reader in Training was on placement at St Oswald’s, Warton, where she would continue her training. An ‘interregnum update’ gave details of the application process, with the news that the earliest a new Priest-in-Charge could start would be September 2012. There was an appeal for more leaders for the Youth Groups, Rock Solid and HEAT, and Maree Aldren’s Saint of the Month was ‘St Mark – the first Gospel writer’. Pam Bentley provided a comprehensive report of the work of the Mothers’ Union, which included raising £496 for ‘Make a Mother’s Day’. During Lent, we at Holy Trinity had chosen to support two charities, WaterAid and Christ Church Night Shelter, which help to provide things most of us take for granted.
The Annual Parish Meeting was scheduled for 15th April at Holy Trinity, following a joint service with St Mark’s, and notice was given of the St George’s Day Parade for uniformed groups on Sunday 22nd April. Margaret Hutchinson gave details of the ‘London Calling’ Concert at Holy Trinity on May 26th which was to mark the Queen’s Jubilee, and the Trefoil Guild report gave an account of a talk by Allen Rushton from Hest Bank about the development of Slyne-with-Hest, which included the effect of the coming of the railways in 1846 – and the eventual arrival of electricity in the early 1930s! The Men’s Group had been entertained by an illustrated talk by Robert Swain, about his recent trip to Australia. The Bowling Club gave details of fees for the new season, and Marian Davies reported on the work of the WI, which included a talk by Ken Jagger on the ‘Life and Times of Gilbert and Sullivan’.