Youngsters in Malpas enjoyed a competitive Easter with a difference at St Oswald’s Church.

A mouse-making competition was inspired by five-year-old Idris Lumb from Malpas who loves making models at home with his mum Marie and she approached Ian Davenport, Rector at St Oswald’s,who was delighted to share the fun over Easter with Idris’ friends and their families.

The Rector joined in a morning of mouse-making alongside creating the Easter garden and parachute games.

“Well done to everyone who took part in The Great Church Mouse Competition; the standard was so high, picking winners was almost impossible,” said Canon Ian.

“Thank you to Idris and Marie, Ozzie’s Sunday School Club and everyone who took part and helped make our Easter garden.”

“It was perfect weather and we were all delighted to bring the community together for fun and games at St Oswald’s this Easter,” added Marie.

There were prizes for completing the church mouse hunt and church members provided homemade cakes for refreshments and donated items such as interesting buttons so that children could personalise their mouse creations.

Ann Welby, with Canon Ian and Anne, Archdeacon of Halifax, took on the difficult task of judging the competition.

“The standard was high and competition tough as four winners were selected alongside runners-up in the categories – pre-school, primary, secondary and adult.”

The competition on Easter Saturday was part of Holy Week in The Benefice as they welcomed the Archdeacon of Halifax, The Venerable Dr Anne Dawtry, who preached on Maundy Thursday and Easter Day as well as leading devotional services on Good Friday. St Oswald’s Church Choir sang the Eucharist of The Last Supper on Maundy Thursday.

Forthcoming community events to join in The Benefice include a short course based around the film The King’s Speech with The Revd Helen beginning on May 2 at 2.30 pm.

For course details email or phone 01948 860922.

Choral Evensong in St Oswald’s is on Sunday, May 5 at 6.30 pm sung by Chester Cathedral Choir.

The Rector’s Ramble is on Saturday, June 8 when Canon Davenport and Revd Helen Molesworth invite the whole community to join them on sponsored walks between the three churches.

For sponsorship forms email or phone 01948 860333.