Past Events Photo Galleries (Click photos to view albums)


16th May – 18th May

All Saints & Martyrs’

Golden Jubilee

Flower festival

Thursday 1st May


Bishop of Manchester’s visit to Heywood

During  2014 and 2015, Bishop David plans  to spend a long day in each of the deaneries   The purpose of each visit is twofold:

1. To provide opportunity for Bishop David to get to know the deanery.
2. For the Bishop to help in the development of existing community links and where appropriate, to help ‘open doors’ to new places  of engagement.

This was one of such visits to our deanery and he came to Heywood. The picture gallery shows where he went and whom he met.


Sunday 17th June




Rev’d Jackie Calow’s ordination party

All Saints & Martyrs





Sunday 25th March 3:00pm 




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Queen’s Jubilee Celebration in Rochdale Town Hall

Members of the deanery, both clergy and lay, joined other faiths and local dignitaries along with representatives from schools, and other groups within the borough to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee at service held in Rochdale Town Hall. The Bishop of Manchester presided, assisted by the Bishop of Middleton and the Archdeacon.  At the Bishop’s request, Rev’d Maureen Thorp, the Borough Dean, gave a short talk on the history of Rochdale throughout the 60 years of the Queen’ s reign, illustrating it with artefacts which encapsulated essence of each decade. It was very interesting and highly amusing and was thoroughly enjoyed by the large congregation. Well done Maureen for all your work in organising the event! A truly memorable occasion!




5th March



“Come and Sing!”

Two Sisters and a Funeral

Over 140 singers from all areas of Manchester, many from our Deanery, came to Bamford Chapel on Saturday 5th March to work alongside Roger Jones, the composer, and his soloists to learn his latest musical, ”Two Sisters and a Funeral” during the afternoon and then to sing to the public in an evening performance. It was a hugely successful event. Examples of comments received “What an inspiring time at Bamford Chapel today.” “Let’s have more of these!” “It was such a brilliant afternoon and evening, most enjoyable and worthwhile, the first time I have done anything like this and I loved it!”


We are hoping to host a production of the musical, by the United Christian Singers, later in the year at All Saints and Martyrs, in the same way the deanery supported their production of Roger Jones’ previous musical, the hugely enjoyed and sell-out  “Rock”, a couple of years ago.     Watch this space! 


22nd April



Good Friday

Walk of Witness

A goodly crowd, of around 30, turned out for the ‘Walk Of Witness’, as we took turns to carry the cross from St Mary, Birch to St Thomas, Bowlee. We started with a short service at St Mary’s before forming into a procession to start the walk. We paused a few times on the journey to sing a few verses of hymns to neighbours who came out to meet us as they were unable or too unwell to join in the walk. We ended the walk by erecting the cross in the garden at St Thomas, and all gathered round at its foot to sing ‘When I Survey’ following a short reading to complete our witness.



Easter Saturday


22nd March




Confirmation Service at Manchester Cathedral

85 candidates from across the Diocese, many of them adults, were confirmed by the Bishop of Manchester in a packed Manchester Cathedral on Saturday night.


Our prayers go with them as they continue their Christian journey through their lives.


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Good Friday


21st March



Good Friday Witness

Middleton Churches held their annual open-air Service of Witness at 11:30am in Middleton Town Centre on Good Friday. It was a very cold and windy day but it did not deter a number of hardy souls from attending the service. Canon Nick Feist, from St Leonards, opened the service and Carl Roach, from The Upper Room, led the singing, ably supported by talented musicians and vocalists. Rev’d Nke Ebumo of St Steven’s, led the prayers and the address was given by David Morley, again from The Upper Room. Our thanks go to all those who took part and to those organised the event, as our joint witness, to the people of Middleton, of Christ’s crucifixion for us.


Later, at 5:00pm, following a short, but moving, service in St Mary, Birch representatives of St Mary, Birch, St Thomas, Bowlee and All Saints and Martyrs, Langley joined together to carry the from St Mary’s to St Thomas’, where we all gathered around the cross to sing “When I survey the wondrous cross”.


The snow fall on Easter Sunday added the final touch of Easter whiteness to the occasion.


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31st April to 3rd May


All Saints and Martyrs held a Flower Festival to celebrate their 40th Anniversary