Rector Writes

From the sermon preached by the Rector at St.Catherine’s Church, Birtles on the Sunday before Lent In Lent (this year 14th February to 1st April) we mark both Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness, when – through temptation – he learned the limits of mortal existence, and our Lord’s journey to Jerusalem for the last time. Suffering … [Read more…]

Parish Hall Restoration Project

An update by the Rector in collaboration with Mrs Jenny Shufflebottom – Chair of Nether Alderley Parish Council and Mr Martyn Bale – Chair of the Parish Hall Restoration Committee The aim of the Parish Hall Restoration project is to repair, refurbish and improve the Parish Hall.  Key to achieving this is the £145,000 that … [Read more…]

An English Vicar In Ukraine

The Revd Jon Hale recently visited Ukraine – his third visit in the last 7 years.  On Tuesday 21st November at 7.30pm come to St.Philip & St.James Church, Alderley Edge when Jon will speak on: AN ENGLISH VICAR IN UKRAINE The church heating will be on – and you are asked to make a donation … [Read more…]

Organist and Director of Music for the Benefice

We are ‘recruiting’ for a self-employed Organist and Director of Music for the Benefice – the advert is published on the Diocesan website: If you know of anyone that might be interested in this role, please pass on this link or for any questions please email Rev’d Hale on

Oulton Park ‘Open Day’

The Reverend Jon Hale (Vicar) writes: I’m new to Nether Alderley – and I am also responsible for St. Catherine’s Birtles, but I know East Cheshire because my daughter has lived here for a while and I’ve cycled the lanes. And I’ve been to the racing at Oulton Park with one of the local motor … [Read more…]

Rector Writes – December 2016

Thank you for your welcome to Nether Alderley and Birtles. Kerry and I moved into the Rectory at Nether Alderley in mid October. After four weeks, family and close friends of ours gathered at the Rectory and nearby, so when I was presented by Bishop Peter as your new Rector I was also surrounded by people who had known … [Read more…]