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Rev Thomas and his wife Catherine in front of the pulpit



Farewell to Revd Thomas Shepherd and Catherine


The Revd Thomas Shepherd gave his last service on Sunday 29th September 2019. It was the Parish Eucharist at 10am, Michaelmas (15th Sunday after Trinity).

This was a wonderful service, the usual one for the time of year with an interesting sermon from Thomas about the 'ministries of angels and mortals in a wonderful order'. The choir sang hymns which were both relevant for the service and also meaningful to Thomas.

At the end of the service there were tributes given to Thomas for his hard work in the parish over these 11 years in Sandbach. Tributes were given from Anne Birch, the church warden, Bob Wharne a long standing member of the congregation and Mike Muldoon the mayor of the town council. Presentations were given from Thomas to the parish as leaving gifts, and the Shepherds were given leaving gifts from the congregation and another one from the town council.

The formalities over most of the congregation and the Shepherd family and friends enjoyed a parish meal in the church hall. As usual alot of effort was put in by many people to provide a fabulous meal. More speeches were made in an informal manner and there was a great atmosphere celebrating Thomas and Catherine's work in the parish and wishing them all the best in Thomas' retirement.

More Photographs of Thomas' last service

The Choir and Music Group said a big Thank You to Catherine at her last Choir Practice on Friday 27th October 2019.



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St Mary's News

  • 2 Nov

    Come along and bring your friends

    If you would like a stall please call Gill Savage on 265161.

    Cakes, items for the stalls, raffle and tombola will be very welcome.

  • 22 Oct

    If you a member of St Mary's and you are a member of the Dane Valley Arts Society, or would like to become a member please get in touch.

    More details: Project

  • 21 Oct

    Revised Forms have been added to the site. These are:

    • Gift Aid dcelaration Form
    • Gift Aid information
    • Standing Order form

    Please ensure you have the most recent ones when filling them in. Thank you

  • 29 Sep

    Our 10:00am Parish Eucharist service will be the last one Thomas will give in his time at Sandbach, and the last before his retirement. We wish Thomas and Catherine well in their retirement. The service will be followed by a lunch, please ad your name to the list if you wish to be part of it.

  • 17 Sep

    A brand new presentation by Minshull Archives.  Free entry by ticket available from Peevers, Godfrey C Williams & Son, and the church warden. Donation on admission for Church Funds. Evening includes a free glass of wine or soft drink.


See also Services this month and for the Year

Wed 23 October

Sun 27 October

Wed 30 October

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