Parish Magazine for March 2007

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Church Building

Stabilised at Last!! - Well, we sincerely hope so. The underpinning of the Chancel is now complete with tons of concrete having been poured into the voids that were dug out from under the foundations. The walls have been stabilised with “cintec” anchors. Work to the stonework and tracery is next and then all will be finished off with a fresh coat of lime mortar both inside and out. The works to the stained glass are also well under way at the conservators and, with a fair wind, the project should come in on time and within budget around the beginning of March. We can then bring project one to a close.

Project Two is also now underway with Architects and Surveyors drawing up plans for the restoration of the tower, its roof, floors and adjacent walls. This project is estimated to cost in the region of £103,000 and we are delighted to announce that we have received a grant of £15,000 from English Heritage towards the necessary eligible development work which, in itself, is estimated to cost a little under £20,000. The grant comes together with an “in principle” offer of £42,000 towards the estimated £83,000 costs of the actual building repair works. As you will quickly perceive this leaves the PCC with the problem of finding the difference. In total some £46,000. But are we down hearted? No we are not. We have come this far. We have paid for project one. We cannot stop now. We have many plans and ideas and with a will to succeed we will succeed. - Watch this space.

Tower Restoration Appeal

As you are aware the PCC have authorised, and have now all but completed, the works to the Chancel and East Window. It took us all of seven years to accumulate sufficient funds (£45,000) for this first stage of the church restoration. This time scale is one that we do not have the luxury of for the second. As it states in the in depth report from English Heritage, and I quote - “ the tower and arch have major cracks both above and through them, the arch is close to the point of failure”!

With all of this in mind, and with the approval of the PCC, a committee has been formed to launch an appeal to everyone in the village and church community, together with those friends and families with past connections to St Mary's. This committee will be chaired by Dr Attlee with Mrs Clare Cavenagh as secretary and Mr Jim Lowe, Mr Mike Jenkins and Mr Barry Winn as committee members. They are at this time formulating their approach to you all and both Michael and myself earnestly implore you to give it your utmost support so that, together, we will save this beautiful and tranquil place of worship for all of us, our children and our children's children. THANK YOU — Tony Easteal


The PCC will meet in church on Monday 26th February at 7.30 pm. The Annual Report and Accounts will be presented together with the new Electoral Roll. Will EVERYONE who wishes to be on the roll make sure they have returned their form either to the church or to Clare Cavenagh. The Annual PCC meeting will be held in church on Monday March 26th at 7.30 pm. This is a meeting open to everyone on the church Electoral Roll - come along and have your say as the church is such an important part of the community.

Daffodil Daze

Hopefully we shall again have a good show of daffodils and be able to hold our two day event - watch out for the advertising boards.

Mothering Sunday

Please join us on this special day for families - at our lay led informal service at 10am on Sunday 18th March. Celebrate Mothering Sunday and enjoy simnel cake and presentation of posies after the service.

Brain of Whitton II

Questions are ready, are you? We are holding this “Fun Quiz” with the prospect of a prize of £40 for the winning team on Saturday 31st March at 7.30 pm in Hope Bagot Village Hall. Teams of 4, £5 per person to include hot supper, bring your own drinks, there will be a raffle with good prizes. Entry forms available from Michael (890332).

From the Parish Register:

Funeral 16th January, Anthony Christopher Britten

Tony was a devout Christian and although having lived in Whitton only a short time had become a regular member of the church and well known in the community where he and Sue had settled happily. He served in RAF Bomber Command servicing ‘V’ bombers, in particular the Valiant. After National Service he became a Technical Service Engineer and worked all over the world trouble-shooting and using his expertise for example in development work on Triumph 2000 and Jaguar. By contrast we are told he would be the life and soul of the party as a DJ wearing bike leathers and a curly black wig. We send our condolence and support to Sue and the family. Memorial donations were in aid of the Air Ambulance and St Mary's Church.

A prayer in the month of Mothering Sunday

Soften with a mother's gentleness all the hardness of human hearts, draw all races and nations to be one family in your love. — Amen

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