Parish Magazine for August 2006

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Congratulations

Welcome to Nia Rose grand-daughter of Linda and Peter Drew, sister for Morgan, born on 15th June weighing 9Ibs 4ozs.

Preaching Cross

We welcomed Rev Geoffrey H-T to lead our Eucharist Service around the Medieval Preaching Cross in the churchyard on Sunday 25th June. This was the fifth year for this service which is becoming a Whitton tradition, every year we have been blessed with fine weather for the service and for the lunch following. This year we had a record attendance including 12 small children and visitors from Ludlow and Stanton Lacy. Thanks to all who helped with the lunch, erected the gazebos or took the washing-up home. Thanks also to Don who managed to keep our “churchyard singing” in order from his lonely position in the church.

Open Gardens

Wonderful weather, wonderful gardens and wonderful people all combined to make our Open Gardens weekend a happy and successful event. The gardens on show were all of individual styles and the stalls and teas around the swimming pool were a delightful addition to the overall scene. The church was beautifully decorated and was a cooling and peaceful haven from the heat of the day. Dare we say that many visitors commented on the friendly and relaxing atmosphere of the village and said they were looking forward to the next occasion. We have so many people to thank, stewards in the church, church flower arrangers, stall holders and to all who donated to the stalls, those who served, prepared and contributed to the teas. Special thanks to all who opened their gardens, for their hard work in the weeks before and for their hospitality during the weekend. The magnificent sum of over £3,000 was raised for the church restoration fund, therefore a HUGE THANK YOU to all who attended and helped to make the event such a resounding success in every way.

The weekend was brought to a fitting conclusion by a Service of Songs of Praise in the garden of Smithy Bungalow. Seventeen visitors stayed and joined a congregation of 46 who sang the appropriate joyful hymns led by Don on a keyboard. The readings were all chosen to complement the hymns in praising God for his creation, which we had enjoyed so much during the weekend. Thanks to Kath Bills for leading and arranging the service, to Don for playing on his evening off and to all the readers. Afterwards we adjourned to the swimming pool area and relaxed with bread, cheese and wine. A WONDERFUL WEEKEND.

PCC Meeting

The PCC met in Church on Monday 3rd July. Mr Tony Easteal updated members on repairs/grants for the church building. A grant application has been submitted to English Heritage for financial assistance towards the tower repairs which are estimated to be in the sum of £90,000. To date we have received a grant of £400 from the All Churches Trust. The Architects have suggested that we re-commence the monitoring of the cracks in the west and east ends. The PCC agreed to the schedule of works to the drains drawn up by Stewart McGuinness and Tony Easteal. The Harvest Festival/Supper will be held on Sunday 8th October. Members wished to congratulate Sally Thompson on the continuing success of the website (www.whitton-stmarys.org.uk) and thank her for her work in keeping it up-to-date.

Cricket v Hope Bagot

Our annual cricket match is booked for Bank Holiday Monday August 28th at 2pm at The Knowle Cricket Ground. Light refreshments will be available between innings. This year it is Hope Bagot’s turn to provide the cakes and the Whitton ladies will provide tea and soft drinks. A small levy of £1 per player will be necessary to pay for the hire of the cricket ground. In the evening a barbeque will be held - hosted by Whitton, venue to be announced on the day, please bring your own drinks. Come and join in a family day of sport and fun.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. June 10th - Pat Hunter
  2. June 17th - David and Lyn Wozencroft
  3. June 24th - Julie Wal
  4. July 1st - Heather and Terry Hill

Text for the month

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it - Psalm 24:1

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