Parish Magazine for August 2007

Pencil sketch by W A Green


We extend a warm welcome to John, Pauline and son Michael who have recently moved into Court Lodge from North East Shropshire. We hope they will enjoy being part of Whitton.


Our thanks go to Peter from Roseleigh for his initiative in cutting the grass and generally tidying around the Whitton sign on the north side of the village. Peter has kindly agreed to cut the grass on a regular basis and Sue will keep the trough supplied with plants.

We also thank Mick Peplow for his sterling work in keeping the area around the Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall always so neat and tidy.

June Events and Services

It has been a particularly busy enjoyable and successful month of events and services. We celebrated two very special social occasions, a 70th and a 90th Birthday.

Our very well attended Evensong was led by Kath Bills with versicles and responses sung by Tony Easteal. Kath's sermon was especially thought provoking and interesting and our thanks go to her for all her hard work.

After a very, very wet week we thought our 6th Annual Preaching Cross Service, which is held outside, would have to be moved into the Church. BUT the weather turned out in our favour and we had a lovely service led by Geoffrey Hilton-Turvey, who was celebrating the 25th anniversary of his Priesting which we acknowledged in our usual way. This was followed by coffee and then a sumptuous lunch. Many thanks to everyone who moved, put gazebos up and down, moved tables and chairs and the providers of the food. A wonderful social occasion with a record attendance of 54 people.

On a warm Wednesday, we hosted a lunch for the Ladies Section of the Shropshire Alzheimer's Association, again in the Churchyard under the Gazebos. After a tour round the churchyard to wonder at the beautiful wild flowers and a tour round the inside of the church, the ladies sat down to eat a nice lunch provided by the ladies of the Church. It was a very happy day and we felt privileged to be able to help.

On Saturday 30th June we welcomed our friendly choir from Shrewsbury Of One Accord. 30 voices entertained us with a wide cross section including show songs, classic favourites, tribal music, TV adverts and a beautiful rendition of The Lord's Prayer. During the interval fizz and canapés were served. Plan A was to enjoy a summer evening in the Churchyard, however due to Global Warming!! we had to revert to Plan B and stay in the Church but as usual the Whitton spirit prevailed and we managed to serve everyone, although chaotic at times. The second half of the Concert was a more light-hearted affair with a great deal of audience participation which well and truly taxed some of our patrons! The Choir was led by Alison Stevens who is Musical Co-ordinator for Shropshire County Council Education. A big thank you is due to her and the Choir, their supporters, the people who braved the weather to make this successful and enjoyable occasion and not forgetting the people who provided the tasty canapés, the bubbly, and of course the draw prizes . We made a profit of £451 (which includes £117 from the draw) towards the Restoration of the Tower. THANK YOU ALL.

Village Christmas

How lovely to see so many eager helpers at our first Village Christmas meeting. Fifteen people attended the meeting in the newly completed garden studio at Carpenters House. There was a lovely interchange of new ideas and also suggestions for how to tweak some of the familiar ones. Many people were unable to attend due to holidays and other commitments, but have already promised their help. If you weren't able to join us at our meeting but would like to be involved in whatever capacity do get in touch. We'd love to hear from you. Thank you again for such a wonderful response.

The first workshop will be on 7th August 10am-12 midday in the studio. — Mary Hyslop-Winn

August Services

Please note for August only change of services and times.

  1. August 12th Holy Communion 11.30am
  2. August 26th Evensong 6.30pm.

Oli's “Do”

Oli has kindly volunteered to hold a fund-raising event at Whitton Barn on Saturday September 8th at 7.30pm in aid of the Tower Restoration Fund. More details next month.

Cricket v Hope Bagot

Our annual cricket match is booked for Bank Holiday Monday August 27th at 2pm at The Knowle Cricket Ground. Light refreshments will be available between innings. This year it is our turn to provide the cakes and the Hope Bagot 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 Hope Bagot, 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 16th - Aileen Hood
  2. June 23rd - John Salisbury
  3. June 30th - Don Hearn
  4. July 7th - Aileen Hood (again)

Thought for the Month

A quote taken from Geoffrey's address at the Preaching Cross Service. “When you feel God has forsaken you and you are saying where are You?, then it is you who have strayed, not Him.”

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