Crosscrake Christmas Fair 2022

Crosscrake Christmas Fair 2022

A big thank you to everyone who supported the Christmas Fair, which raised over £1,200 for church funds.

The fair was held in Sedgwick Village Hall on the morning of Saturday 26th November and was extremely well supported by the local community. The fair featured stalls selling cakes, crafts, plants and books; a raffle and prize draws; along with lots of tea and coffee for everyone.

Magic of Opera Concert by Encore Opera

Magic of Opera Concert by Encore Opera at Crosscrake Church

Encore Opera, which regularly rehearses in St Thomas’ church, gave a fabulous performance in Crosscrake Church on Sunday 6th November. Their “Magic of Opera” concert opera featured favourites such as the Pearl Fishers’ duet, the Toreador’s Song and the Habanera from Carmen and many other pieces from the most famous and well known operas.

The concert raised over £650 for church funds. People in attendance commented on what a wonderful performance it was and a great afternoon was had by all. Many thanks to the members of Encore Opera from all at Crosscrake Church.

Encore, formed by opera enthusiasts to bring concerts of opera out of the theatres and into the community, has a unique combination of voices which produces a very special and unforgettable sound.

Every concert performed is delivered with passion and precision. The music is dramatized and the repertoire is constantly changing so that each concert experienced will be a unique one.

You can find out more about Encore Opera at

September Magazine

September magazine

The first issue of the new Crosscrake Parish news is now printed and will be heading to homes throughout the parish over the next few days.

This is the first issue produced in-house by Crosscrake’s own ‘Quarantino publications’, the print division of Quarantino Ink (sic) 😃

We hope you like it and welcome feedback/comments.

Christian Aid week at Crosscrake

Christian Aid Week at Crosscrake

The coffee morning and cake sale at Crosscrake to support Christian Aid week 2022 raised £755 for the cause. As you can see from the photo, a beautiful array of cakes were on offer and a ‘Guess the weight of the cake’ competition brought in a wide range of guesses. Thanks to all those who took part and gave so generously to the cause.

Christian Aid week 2022 aims to help families in Zimbabwe battling drought and poverty. Find out more about Christian Aid week here on the Christian Aid website.

Crosscrake DJs go bowling

Crosscrake DJs go bowling

On 11th September a group of youngsters from Crosscrake Church DJ’s went bowling at Holgates in Silverdale.

Everyone managed to have their lunch while the weather was dry, before some fierce competition on the bowling alley. They even had ice creams before playing together on the play park.

It was lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves together after the long Covid break. It was also a good opportunity for the adults to meet up as well.

David Boxford presented with leaving gift

David Boxford presented with leaving gift on his last service at Crosscrake before moving home

Crosscrake Church regular David Boxford attended his final Sunday service at Crosscrake on 12th September, before moving to a new home in East Devon.

David has been a key figure in Crosscrake Church life for many years and has lived in the parish since 1970. He has been instrumental in the church choir since 1980 and went on to be choir leader. In recent years he has worked alongside organist Mike Critchlow in choosing music for services and special occasions, rallying extra singing talent for special services.

A kind and much loved member of the congregation, his cheery disposition, enthusiasm and encouragement to others, particular those in the choir, will be very much missed.

Rev. Terry Wilcock presented David with a leaving gift from everyone at Crosscrake at the end of the service and David made a wonderful speech in his usual thoughtful and articulate manner.

Everyone at Crosscrake sends David and Suzanne the very best wishes in their new home and life in Devon.

The ‘Little’ Summer Garden Party 2021

The ‘Little’ Summer Garden Party 2021

Summer Garden Party 2021

The summer garden party at Marlene and Ian’s house took place on the 25th July and was a superb occasion, being the first church social event to take place since the start of the pandemic.

The garden party was rescheduled from it’s normal early-july date, due the the government extension of restrictions, however despite a weather forcast that suggested it may be less than clement, the sun shone beautifully and it was a wonderful summer’s day.

The generosity of Crosscrake parishoners also shone through with a fabulous selection of cakes made for the occasion along with a constant supply of tea and even a glass of bubbly if you felt like it. A raffle was held, with some great prizes and there was a bring-and-buy stall too.

Rev. Terry Wilcock led a short service at the end of the afternoon, in which a couple of popular hymns were sung. Rev. Mat Ineson kindly sang for the congregation too and a wonderful time was had by all.

The event raised over £1,000 for church funds. A big thank you to everyone who made the event such a wonderful success and a well-needed return to socialising in-person for the Crosscrake community.

Outdoor service at Crosscrake – 4th July 2021

Outdoor service at Crosscrake – 4th July 2021

Crosscrake Church outdoor service

An outdoor service took place today at Crosscrake Church and was a great success. The weather forecast had predicted heavy, thundery showers, but it stayed dry for the duration of the service.

There was great enthusiasm from the congregation and being outdoor, this was the first service in which singing has been permitted since the start of Covid restrictions some eighteen months ago. The turnout of people showed the great desire to be able to meet again and sing together.

Rev. Mat Ineson, Rev. Terry Wilcock and Rev. Lucy Foster led the family service which included hymns and songs that are great favourites amongst the children of the congregation. If you look carefully at some of the photos, you may even see people doing the actions to the words of ‘If I were a butterfly’ as they are singing!

The service was followed by some Covid-safe outdoor refreshments giving people the chance to chat and catch up with one-another, for some this being the first time they have seen each other for a long time.

We all look forward to soon being able to return to worship together as before with singing permitted again. Thanks to all involved for making this service such a wonderful and successful event.