Parish Magazine for July 2006

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Dedication of Gift

At our April Communion service, Rev Claire Lording dedicated the Communion Set which has been given to St Mary’s by Rev Colin and Mrs Elizabeth Hutt. We are all very grateful for this generous gift.


The amount raised through the Lent boxes and sent to USPG (United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel) was £53.84. Many thanks to all who contributed.

Coffee Morning

On Friday 19th May Mrs Charlotte Hall was hostess at The Old School House, Whitton, for a Coffee Morning in aid of Kemp Hospice. Although the support was not as she would have wished the sum of £187 was raised for this worthy cause. Thank you Charlotte for your work and hospitality.

Christian Aid

The house-to-house collection amounted to £286.40 (£200 in 2005). Thank you to all who responded so generously to this worthwhile charity.

Why are we waiting?

I am being asked what’s happening with the Church restoration and why the delay. Well it’s down to officialdom I’m afraid which grinds exceeding slow. Our application to petition for a faculty went to the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) in time for their February meeting. The Committee returned our petition with requests for further clarification from our Architects. The points raised were dealt with swiftly but as the Committee did not meet in March our petition was further delayed until the next meeting in April!!

At their meeting on April 20th our petition was approved and a certificate issued enabling us to progress to the next stage which is to go out to tender for the work. When these tenders are in we will make application to the Archdeacon’s Office for a faculty.

In the meantime and completely separately from all of this, we have now completed and delivered to English Heritage their Grant Application Form for consideration for assistance with our works to the Tower and the adjacent North Wall and Buttress and including the reinstatement of the tower floor and repairs to the rotting and beetle infested tower roof.

After consultation with, and on the advice of, English Heritage, it has been decided to split the restoration programme into three tranches:

  1. The Chancel and Burne-Jones window which is the subject of the faculty application
  2. The Tower which is bulging and moving alarmingly and
  3. The Nave Roof which, as it appears to be lined with asbestos, would seem to present problems all of its own!!

I will keep you posted - Tony Easteal

Brain of Whitton

We regret that we have to admit that the winners of this worthy title were two ladies from Cheshire aided by the President of Greete Young Farmers Club and his wife!! - Jean and Jane Miller and Mark and Mary-Jane Shakespeare. Linda and Peter Drew’s team managed second place for Whitton and Sue and Ray Amos’s team gave third place to Greete.

This event held at Hope Bagot Village Hall on Saturday May 6th was great fun, although rather noisy. Stewart McGuinness, Question Master and Compere, managed to keep order, while Christine and Jim Lowe and Richard Tompkins had the important job of marking and scoring. A hot meal was served at half-time and our usual raffle. Many thanks to all who generously provided the food and raffle prizes and to all who attended.

Over £550 was raised for the Church Restoration Fund. We dunces at Whitton are busy swotting up for next year!!

Open Gardens

Just to remind you of our Open Gardens Weekend Saturday/Sunday 1st and 2nd July from 11am to 6pm. Stalls will include cakes, plants, books, bric a brac, tombola and draw. Teas will be served. On Sunday evening the event will be rounded off with Songs of Praise held in one of the gardens at 6.30pm. May I ask you for your usual generous contributions for the stalls.

A Village Christmas

We are already planning for this craft event which will be held in the Church during the third weekend in November. We would like as many as possible to help and get involved. Mrs Mary Winn is holding an information and workshop day at her home (Carpenters House) on Tuesday 18th July at 10am. Please come along and find out what it’s all about.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. May 6th - Richard Tompkins
  2. May 13th - Edie Rhoden
  3. May 20th - Don Hearn
  4. May 27th - Carol Gates
  5. June 3rd - Joan and Roger Harris

Thought for the month

To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world - Karl Barth

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