The Minister

alan poolton


Our Minister, Revd Alan Poolton, serves the joint pastorate of Cheadle Hulme and Bramhall United Reformed Churches.

Alan, with his wife Karen, joined us in June 2008 and comes from serving in two separate churches in Runcorn Cheshire and Westhoughton Greater Manchester.  After over 10 years with us, Alan is planning to retire in 2019, which co-incidentally is this church’s 150th anniversary.

Contact Alan to arrange Baptisms, Marriages, Funerals or Civil Partnerships – the latter taking place at our pastorate partner church Bramhall URC


Reverend Alan Poolton, MA BA

0161 285 9206         [email protected]



Like spokes of a wheel, turning and turning

revolving mankind on the rim of a wheel

does time use man, as a fire that is burning

‘till the wood runs out and there is none left to steal?

Was God cruel or kind , to bind us in time ?

Like fairground ducks all swimming in line.

I follow you, but who follows me?

time shoots us down , one , two , three.

Time, the master that none can fool,

nor ask a pardon , nor break the rule.

Like spokes of a wheel slowly revolving.

The scale of it makes my head swim away.

Who turns the hour glass, and who is controlling

the order of life and my empty days?.

To whom will I account for my wasted time?

To whom will I complain of those ducks – in – line?.

Questions draw nearer to understanding,

still The Master is just as demanding,

none can revoke the sentence of time,

nor can they query their place in the line.

Copyright Rev Alan Poolton January 1986