Parish Magazine for January 2006

Pencil sketch by W A Green

I would like to wish you all a very happy and peaceful New Year.


A full church met on Sunday 13th November for our annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving, which was taken by Rev Sue Foster. The wreath was laid by Mrs Edie Rhoden and the Roll of Honour of Greete and Whitton was read by Dr Attlee. A beautifully embroidered kneeler depicting crosses and poppies, which was made and donated by Mrs Aileen Hood in memory of Joey Rhoden, was dedicated at the end of the service. Whitton villagers contributed £60.24 to the Poppy appeal, which included £20 from the church for the wreath.

Coffee Morning

14th November

Mrs Clare Cavenagh welcomed us on a lovely autumn morning to Whitton House for a most enjoyable Coffee Morning. The event was extremely well supported and we were treated to coffee and to Clare's mother's delightful cakes. There was a draw, a gift and produce stall and sales of home-made fudge, the total raised for church funds being £310. Many thanks to Clare, Richard and Clare's mother for their welcome and hospitality.

Race Night

Numbers were not as high as we would have liked for this event held at St Michael's Village Hall, but nevertheless those who attended enjoyed an evening of fun and a welcome and plenteous hot supper. Many thanks to all who attended, those who sponsored the races, gave prizes for the raffle and served the supper. Special thanks to Mr John Champkin for organising the event which raised a total of £600 for church funds.

All Age Worship

On Sunday 20th November on the Festival of Christ the King our service led by Kath Bills was on the theme of Witness and Welcome. As usual at these All Age Worship services we are pleased that young and “not so young” gave the readings and prayers. Thank you to Kathy Bourne, Leah Harper, Gill Akehurst, Jack Edwards, Stuart McGuinness and Tony Easteal. At the end of the service Clare Cavenagh helped the younger children to make beautiful gold and silver crowns to celebrate Christ the King. Thanks to Kath for organising and taking the service and to Clare for organising the activity.

Tony and Topsy Easteal

would like to thank everyone who had our grandson Ben in their thoughts and prayers over the last year. After his operation in December 2004 for curvature of the spine, he was left paralysed from the chest down. However, after a lot of hard work and determination from him and the hospital staff, Ben is now up and fully mobile again, with no signs of his wheelchair or stair lift, back at school and on track to take his GCSEs next term.

Isn't the power of prayer wonderful?

Holy Communion Service

During the service on Sunday 27th November Rev Claire Lording re-dedicated our 1572 Chalice following its renovation.

Two kneelers were also dedicated which had been made by Pat Dunn and Aileen Hood. One kneeler is in memory of Peter Dunn who was Churchwarden from 1988-2002 and one in celebration of Dr Attlee's service as Churchwarden from 1952-1988.

We now have a super set of beautiful kneelers worth going to look at.

Sunday 22nd January at 10am

Holy Communion

Following this service the Annual Lunch will be held at the Bennetts End Inn - 12.30 for 1pm. Pauline has promised us a special lunch at the price of £11.00 per head. Menus will be available shortly from Michael and numbers are limited, so make your booking early.

Advance Notice

Valentine Supper Dance - Saturday 18th February 2006. Tickets £10.00 includes supper.

Church Building Update

As I write (30.11.05), the faculty for the underpinning of the East End and the removal of the Burne-Jones/William Morris window for repair and preservation, together with the work on the rainwater goods and drains, is being applied for.

Tender forms have been sent out and it is hoped that prices for these works will be received shortly after Christmas.

Church Electoral Roll

The Church Electoral Roll is open to those who are baptised and aged 16 or over and resident in the parish or, not being resident in the parish, have attended worship during the past six months.

Forms are available from the Electoral Roll Officer, Mrs Clare Cavenagh (891679) or a supply of forms is available in the church. Completed forms MUST be returned between 13th and 27th February 2006 to Mrs Cavenagh.


A sincere “Thank You” to our organist Mr Don Hearn for his services during the year and we send him our best wishes for his forthcoming, and hopefully imminent, operation.

49 Club

Mrs Joan Harris writes: “Now approaching the end of its 7th year, the club is just as popular as ever and fully subscribed. In total, by 31st December the club has given £8,600 in prize money and £8,071 to St Mary's Church.

Thank you for all your friendly, generous support. I really hope your number will come up in 2006, mine hasn't so far in 2005!! Thank you again.” Thank you once again Joan for your work in ensuring the success of the 49 Club.

Recent winners were:

  1. November 5th - Barbara Tromans
  2. November 12th - Rosemary Edwards
  3. November 19th - Kath Bills
  4. November 26th - Anne and Michael Jenkins

I have been asked to bring parishioners up to date with the War Memorial Project. This has been discussed by the PCC several times this year and the project is ongoing.

A text and a thought for the New Year

Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. — Ecc.3 vI (Good News Bible)

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