Parish Magazine for September 2007

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Leonard Darlington

We send our sincere condolences to Miriam, Hugh, Mansur and James on the sudden death of Leonard on 3rd August. Leonard was a true country gentleman and I met him regularly enjoying walking along the local lanes. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Deanery Synod Evensong and Social

On the evening of Thursday 12th July the Deanery Evensong was held at Clee St Margaret Church which was almost full for the occasion. The service was led by Richard Mercer, Lay Reader in the Bitterley Group of Parishes. The preacher was Rev David Hewlett, Rector of Pontesbury who gave an interesting address on the different aspects of Vocation in differing areas of life. After the service we adjourned to Clee St Margaret Village Hall where we enjoyed a superb sit-down supper prepared by the ladies of the parish. During the evening Andrew Pike Lay Co-Chairman presented a thank-you gift to Preb Alan Jevons on behalf of the Deanery.

PCC Meeting

The PCC meeting held on Monday 23rd July was well attended. Points of discussion ranged from the restoration projects to finance and fund raising events for the future. It was noted that funding for the Tower restoration was progressing well with a report presented by our Treasurer on the position at the present time. Our restoration appeal committee also reported on their progress with a draft letter presented to the PCC for their comments and approval.

Consideration was given to improving the access and parking facilities for the disabled and less firm. It is proposed to widen the gated entrance at the top of the lane above the Church and to lay a gravel bed to the track as far as the turning circle. The turning circle and parking area will then be laid (subject to cost approval) with a nylon mesh covering through which the grass will grow and so disguise its presence whilst ensuring a firm surface for parking. It is envisaged that this system will then be used to extend the firm surface down to the church door. All of this is in line with our remit to English Heritage to improve access and fulfil our obligations under the provisions of our access audit.

Communion Chalice c1572

After a prolonged investigation by John Hugh Berry of Tenbury, it has been discovered that the route of the leakage is from between the sheets of silver used in medieval times to produce the chalice. These sheets are delaminating owing to impurities encapsulated between these sheets during its production. Because of this the chalice is unable to be brought back into service and, as we now have a new communion set given to the Parish by Rev Colin and Liz Hutt, the PCC have approached the Bishop's Office with a view to putting it on loan and display at the Cathedral and thereby ensuring its survival into the future.

Mower

At long last we have a new mower. This has been a protracted event, but we now feel confident that we have the right tool for the job and hope that it will give us many years of useful service.

Team Rector

Our statement of needs was delivered to the team office on the specified date. The next step is to attend the Section Eleven meeting to be held at St. Mary's Tenbury on Thursday 13th September. The meeting will start at 7pm with a Eucharist at which Bishop Michael will preside. After this a combined statement of needs will be put forward for discussion and agreement. All members of the PCC are asked to attend this important meeting and have ready the names of their elected representatives for the interview panel. Our elected representatives are Michael Holmes and Tony Easteal.

Parish Website - www.whitton-stmarys.org.uk

Sally Thompson, our webmaster, presented a month by month summary of 'Hits' over the past 10 months amounting to 76,617!!! Our website is updated by Sally every month and the PCC expressed their sincere thanks to her for all of her hard work on behalf of the Parish.

Dates for your diary

Our social committee ask you to please note the following events and dates for your diary:

  1. Oli's “Do” at Whitton Barn - Saturday 8th September 7.30 pm. Tickets from Oli or Michael.
  2. A Village Christmas at Whitton Paddocks - Saturday/Sunday 17th and 18th November 11am - 5pm.
  3. Christmas Concert with The Bell Inn Band - Friday 7th December 7.30 pm.
  4. An evening of Carols, Readings, Music and Song to welcome the festive season at Whitton Farm House by kind invitation of Ysy and Alan - Tuesday 18th December 7.30 pm.

More information on these and other events will be published in “WHITTON LINK” nearer the time.

Services

  1. Harvest Festival - Sunday 14th October 6.30 pm - followed by Harvest Supper.
  2. All Age Worship at Whitton Paddocks on Sunday 18th November 10 am.
  3. Whitton and Greete Carol Service - Sunday 23rd December 6.30 pm at Whitton to be followed by seasonal refreshments at Carpenters House by kind invitation of Mary and Barry Winn.

The next PCC meeting - Monday 22nd October 7.30pm in church.

Cricket v Hope Bagot

Just to remind you that this will take place on Bank Holiday Monday August 27th at 2 pm at The Knowle Cricket Ground. It is Whitton's turn to provide the cakes.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. July 14th - Mary and Barry Winn
  2. July 21st - Roger and Joan Harris
  3. July 28th - Jim and Christine Lowe
  4. August 4th - Lisa Bell

From the Parish Register:

Wedding - Deanna Corley and Richard Tompkins, 14th July

Congratulations to Dea and Richard on their marriage which was celebrated on one of the few dry and sunny Saturdays of the year so far. It was lovely to see the church full to overflowing with both family and friends on this very happy occasion. We wish you everything that you wish yourselves for a long and happy life together.

Thought for the month

In the rush of life, as you have intervals, step within yourselves and be still. Wait upon God and feel his good presence; this will carry you through your day's business. — William Penn (1644-1718)

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