Parish Magazine for May 2006

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Supper Dance

On 18th February we held a “Valentine’’s Dance” in Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall, which we had transformed during the afternoon with balloons, greenery, flowers and ribbons; subdued lighting added to the atmosphere! Sadly, not the usual large number were able to attend BUT those who did spent the evening dancing away to Wayne Clent’s Disco Music with improvised Scottish Reels, The Dashing White Sergeant and several “New” Dances! We toasted Jim and Christine Lowe’s Wedding Anniversary with pink champagne (such decadence) and ate a traditional style Whitton hot supper! A thoroughly enjoyable event. Grateful thanks go to all who contributed to the food and raffle. A profit of approximately of £265 was made for church funds. We are already planning a repeat performance in the Autumn, so if you missed out this time, WATCH THIS SPACE!

Looking further ahead, ‘Of One Accord’, a choir from Shrewsbury, will be making a return visit on Friday 1st December to entertain us with Christmas Music. More information in due course - Aileen Hood.

Shrove Tuesday

Lovely sunshine, freezing cold and a WARM WELCOME greeted us at the home of Ysy and Alan for our Pancake Day Race and Celebration. A record number turned out to see our two athletes - Racing Rev Claire and Whitton Whippet Michael - once again triumph, bravely followed by 2nd and 3rd, Ysy and Pat Hunter and John Salisbury and Alan Wozencroft. Will there have to be handicaps next year? Afterwards copious numbers of pancakes were eaten together with warming sherry and coffee. Thanks to Anne, Mary and Barry who kept busy at the stove and to Ysy and Alan once again for their hospitality. To view the pictures of the pancake race see the pancake race page on this web site.

Mothering Sunday

A good number, ranging in age from a few weeks to many years filled the church for our service of Holy Communion led by Rev Dr Sue Foster. A dramatised version of the story of Moses in the bullrushes was given by Aileen, Sally Thompson, Mary and Topsy. The prayers were led by Sam and Jack Edwards, Christine Bourne and Kath Bills. Posies were distributed and simnel cake served at the end of the service and the children made Mothering Sunday gifts in the vestry. Thanks to all who decorated the church, made the posies, helped with the children and made and decorated the cake.

Brain of Whitton

Just a reminder that this will be held on Saturday 6th May at Hope Bagot Village Hall commencing at 7.30 pm. Book your place - tickets £5 to include supper, bring your own drinks. It will be a competition for teams of four and promises to be a fun evening.

A Village Christmas

During the 3rd weekend in November, over two days, we will be offering for sale a range of high quality and individual items designed and made by volunteers from the church community. Our aim is for this to be a spectacular fund raising event for the Church Restoration Fund and we would like to use the skills of as many people as possible. We have divided the work involved into the following categories: Wood; Floral - Garlands etc; Food - preserves, baking etc; Sewn or Knitted items; Seasonal - cards, decorations etc.

If you would be prepared to assist in any way - however basic you feel your skills to be - your help would be appreciated. Some areas of making lend themselves to group working - say in workshops held weekly or fortnightly. This is not essential, as long as we co-ordinate our ideas to obtain a level of uniformity, whilst trying to raise much needed funds, and have FUN at the same time. We hope to begin in early May and Mary Winn is happy to co-ordinate this but it would help if you let her know of your offer to help. Thank you Mary for your initiative.

Christian Aid

Kath and Michael will be organising a house-to-house collection in aid of this worthy charity during Christian Aid week 14th-20th May. Watch out for the red and white envelopes, cross the box for gift aid and support the vital work, which aims to provide hope, health and a chance of a decent life to the world’s poorest communities, whatever their race or religion.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. March 4th - Don Hearn
  2. March 11th - Clare and Richard Cavenagh
  3. March 18th - Sally and Stuart McGuinness
  4. March 25th - Ysy and Alan Wozencoft
  5. April 1st - Sally and Tony Thompson

A prayer for Christian Aid month

God of every people and nation, grant that we, abiding in the love of Jesus may so love our brothers and sisters throughout the world that poverty may end, prejudice be overcome and fear be cast out. Amen

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