Parish Magazine for October 2006

Pencil sketch by W A Green


Congratulations to Mary-Jane and Mark of Hope Bagot on the safe arrival of Sam born on 11th August, a bouncing 8lbs 6ozs. First grandchild for Dorothy and Clive Shakespeare.

Violet Jenkins

We send our condolences to Mike and Anne on the death of Mike's Mother at the age of 94.

A Village Christmas

Sat/Sun 18th and 19th November, 11am - 5pm

What a fantastic response! Many hands make light work, and at the last count we estimate that around 30 people are involved in producing a large variety of items for our grand Christmas extravaganza. Very successful workshops have been held on Tuesday mornings at Carpenters House. There has been a lovely atmosphere of industry and laughter. We are lucky to have such an enthusiastic response from the wider community who are hard at work producing a variety of unusual and interesting gifts.

Church Building

By the time that you read this the works to the East End of the church building will have started. The Reredos and the Chancel floor have been boarded over to protect them whilst the scaffold is in place and the Burne-Jones/William Morris window is removed to the conservators' studio for analysis and restoration. A full photographic record is being made of the proceedings and these will be available to view on our web site in the near future and kept with the archives for future generations. We have been fortunate to receive a grant of £1,000 from the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Glass Painters towards the costs of the window restoration. This alone is now costing in excess of £9,500. They were able to inform us that the last time the window was worked on was in 1969. Contracts for the underpinning and repairs to the stonework and the tracery will by now be in place. This is not a moment too soon as yet another crack has opened up parallel to the existing one and running the full length of the east wall. This has in turn moved the top mantle slab of the Reredos by over 12mm! and caused the tessellated chancel floor to open even more. As has been previously stated, the PCC are financing the whole of this part of the restoration (Project 1). We have heard from English Heritage that our application for financial help towards the repairs and restoration to the Tower (Project 2) is to be taken forward by them for an in depth analysis of the situation and we await the outcome with great interest. Again the situation would appear to be of some urgency as the wall facing into the Nave would now appear to be bulging outwards. We will keep you posted. — Tony Easteal


Thanks to all those who have worked hard over the past month to give the churchyard its annual short back and sides after the wild flowers have seeded.

Cricket v Hope Bagot

Once again we were blessed with ideal weather conditions on Bank Holiday Monday for our annual cricket encounter with Hope Bagot. Whitton won the toss and put Hope Bagot into bat; with steady scoring they reached 126 for 6 wickets at the end of their allotted 22 overs. Alan Wozencroft was Whitton's best bowler with 2 wickets for 3 runs. After the tea interval, Whitton took the field and openers Sam and Jack Edwards batted well and took the score to 40 until Jack was bowled for 18, then came a disaster losing 6 wickets for 8 runs. Mike Jenkins steadied the ship and with the return to the crease of Sam Edwards took the score to 122 for 9 at the end of the 22 overs. A brilliant n.o. with 43 runs for Sam Edwards and 21 n.o. from Mike Jenkins. Man of the Match was Hope Bagot's Steve Bowkett with 3 wickets for 2 runs. A close win for Hope Bagot and another good day's sport. Thanks to the ladies of Hope Bagot for the delicious array of cakes and to Whitton for the drinks.

The day was rounded off with a convivial barbeque at the home of Ysy and Alan - thanks for your hospitality.

Operation Christmas Child

Once again may we ask for your generosity in supporting the Shoebox Appeal for needy children around the world covering Eastern Europe, parts of Africa and India. Leaflets and ready covered shoeboxes are available in the church and donations of items will be welcomed should you not feel able to fill a box. Any further information From Kath Bills on 01299 270367.


Have you noticed that the table at the back of the church is always covered in colourful leaflets? These are on Christian Aid, Samaritans Purse, World Vision, USPG, SPCK, Water Aid, Unicef, British Red Cross, Leprosy Mission as well as Local Deanery and Diocesan News and are regularly updated. Please feel free to help yourself to any of these leaflets.

Harvest Thanksgiving

Our service will be held on Sunday 8th October at 6.30 pm. followed by Harvest Supper at The Bennett's End by kind invitation of Pauline and Steve. May I ask for your usual generous offer of fruit, veg and foliage for the church decoration which will take place on Saturday. Although the Bennett's End is the venue this year for our harvest meal it will still be a Do It Ourselves supper. Offers of food to Kath Bills on 01299 270367 please by 2nd October. The drinks bar will be operated by The Bennett's End.

PCC Meeting

Just a reminder that the next PCC meeting will be held in church on Monday 23rd October at 7.30 pm. If you have any items you wish to be included on the agenda, please contact Anne Jenkins (810725).

Deanery Event

Those who forgot the Deanery Event at Richard's Castle on Sunday 3rd September missed a very pleasant afternoon of worship and fellowship. This began with a walk from the old church, St Bartholomew, followed by a trip up the ancient, historic belfry, a short Celtic Service, picnic in the churchyard and a talk on the interesting points of this ancient church given by Andrew Pike (Deanery Lay Co Chair). Whitton was well represented by 4 parishioners and Flick the dog (who also managed the trip up and down the tricky steps into the belfry). Thanks to Susan Jevons for her flute playing, to the Rural Dean Preb. Alan Jevons who arranged the afternoon and to Richard's Castle for their hospitality.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. August 5th - Oli McPherson
  2. August 12th - Liz and John Rushen
  3. August 19th - Richard and James Wozencroft
  4. August 26th - Pam and Rob Murray
  5. September 2nd - Jackie and John Rolfe

Prayer for Harvest

When we enjoy the fruits of the harvest, but forget they come from you - then, Father, in your mercy, forgive us and help us.

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