Parish Magazine for May 2007
Daffodil Daze 17th/18th March
Apart from the pleasure of showing off the church and the profusion of wild daffodils in the churchyard it is a joy to meet so many people who come from all over the country, in this instance so enthusiastic to see the newly restored Burne-Jones/William Morris window which had been re-installed only three days before. Apart from a few snow showers on Sunday the weather was kind to us and we feel the weekend was a resounding success. Many thanks to all who contributed or helped with the book stall, cake stall and teas, also thanks to all who visited and donated. Once again a social and financial success resulting in £900 being raised for the restoration fund.
We were happy to see a record number of children join in our service of All Age Worship led by Kath Bills - even happier when young children actually volunteered to do readings and prayers and they really enjoyed taking part in the service. Afterwards Clare and Richard Cavenagh assisted the children in making floral table decorations while posies were handed out to the mothers and we enjoyed coffee and simnel cake. The service was a celebration of family life.
We would like to thank all those who decorated the church for the weekend and made the spring flower posies.
Annual PCC Meeting
The AGM was held in church on Monday 26th March and was well attended. Mr Tony Easteal and Mr Michael Holmes were re-elected as Churchwardens and were thanked by Rev Claire Lording for their services during the past year. The following were elected for the coming year: Vice Chairman Tony Easteal, Secretary Anne Jenkins, Treasurer Stuart McGuinness. The retiring Treasurer Aileen Hood was thanked for her work over the past few years. Gift Aid Officer Topsy Easteal, Electoral Roll Officer Clare Cavenagh. Sidesmen Mike Jenkins, Richard Tompkins and newly elected Sam Edwards.
Other members are: Dr. Nick Foster, Aileen Hood, Mary Hyslop-Winn, Alan Wozencroft, Bill Nield and newly elected Sally Thompson. It was decided to ask Mr David Clent to continue as our accounts examiner. Clare Cavenagh gave the new electoral roll figure as 68.
Dates for future services and PCC meetings were agreed.
Brain of Whitton II
Did you miss the Brain of Whitton quiz on 31st March? Well you missed a really good night - a friendly atmosphere, lots of fun, no arguments and good cottage pies!! The questions were set by Stuart McGuinness and Mary and Barry Winn (Mary kept us in order) and Richard Tompkins was the runner (he's so fit). Needless to say the winners of the quiz were visitors to the area - a late entry smuggled in by Tony and Margaret Freeman whose own team triumphed in second place. Third place went to Linda and Peter Drew's Wootton team. We must say “many thanks” to the Freemans' winning relatives who very generously donated their prize money of £40 back to the church. Thanks to Kim Bills for running the draw which raised £100, to Stuart, Mary, Barry and Richard for their organisation and to all who donated and served the food. Another good social event which raised over £400.
A good crowd gathered around the brazier in the graveyard on a beautiful morning for our dawn Easter Eucharist celebration. The Easter Candle was lit and we processed with it into the church where we held our service, with Alleluias, by candlelight with our own candles lit from the Easter Candle. We moved to the font for renewal of our baptism vows and sang new Easter hymns accompanied by Susan Jevons on the flute. We celebrated communion as dawn broke and shone through the east window into the darkened church.
After the service more than 50 of us walked through the village for breakfast at Whitton Paddocks where boiled eggs, toast, simnel cake, juice and hot drinks were enjoyed by a happy crowd packed into Jane's dining room. A very special morning - thank you to the clergy, Alan, Claire and Sue, for arranging the service and to Jane, Matthew and David Perks for their hospitality.
Forthcoming Services and events
Sunday 13th May - Rogation Sunday - Evensong 6.30 pm.
This year Rogation Sunday falls on our normal service day, therefore to mark Rogation the Clergy have suggested that we arrange a short walk in the parish after the service followed by refreshments. Everyone is welcome to the service and refreshments - the walk is not compulsory!! A member of the LMT, Peter Mason, is taking part in this service - so bring your walking boots Peter!!
Summer Concert June 30th 7.30 pm. Performed by the group Of One Accord
This will be held in the church, in the interval canapés and bubbly will be enjoyed in gazeboes in the churchyard. Tickets £6 (we held a similar concert a couple of years ago which was hugely enjoyable) so book now!!
Prayer for the month
‘The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy and peace’ - Father, we know that our world needs love and harmony, fill us with your Spirit — Amen
Recent winners were:
- March 17th - Jean Wall
- March 24th - Jackie and John Rolfe
- March 31st - Syd Davies
- April 7th - Joan and Roger Harris
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