Parish Magazine for October 2007

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Welcome

We extend a warm welcome to Richard and Dea Tompkins who became “official” Whitton residents on September 1st. We wish them every happiness in their new home.

Christmas Cards

Once again we are selling Christmas Cards depicting the Burne-Jones/William Morris window. These can be collected from the church or ordered from Michael Holmes (890332). They are available blank or with a Christmas greeting at a cost of £5 per pk (10) £4 per pk for quantities of 5 pks, or £3.50 per pack for 10 pks or more.

Operation Christmas Child

Once again “Shoebox” time is here although I know some of you have been busy knitting or collecting items throughout the year. My daughter has visited children's orphanages and hospitals in Ukraine and Belarus in the past few months and has seen the need of these children and what a difference your gifts and donations make. We were also visited by a 17 yr old girl from Minsk who had been helping the Samaritan's Purse teams as an interpreter and she told us that the only presents she receives are the shoeboxes making us more aware of the importance of our efforts. Leaflets are now in the Church, also covered boxes (we could do with empty boxes throughout the year). Please help if you can and thank you all very much. — Kath Bills

Harvest Thanksgiving

Our service will be held on Sunday 14th October at 6.30 pm followed by Harvest Supper at Whitton Paddocks by kind invitation of Mrs Jane Perks. May I ask for your usual generous offer of fruit, veg and foliage for the church decoration which will take place on Saturday. As it is our custom at Harvest the collection will be given to Sight Savers. Offers of food to Kath Bills on 01299 270367 please by 8th October.

PCC Meeting

Just a reminder that the next PCC meeting will be held in Church on Monday 22nd October at 7.30 pm. If you have any items you wish to be included on the agenda, please contact Anne Jenkins (810725).

Cricket v Hope Bagot

A good crowd gathered on Bank Holiday Monday August 27th at The Knowle Cricket Ground for our annual cricket encounter v Hope Bagot. Whitton won the toss and team captain Sam Edwards elected to put Hope Bagot in to bat. Their innings began disastrously losing 8 wickets for only 31 runs. They were saved by a brilliant partnership by Steve Bowkett (22 not out) and Charles Kenchington who took the score onto 87 before Charles was out. They were finally all out for 101. The tea interval was then taken, many thanks to the ladies who served tea and cakes. Whitton then batted and Richard Wozencroft was out first ball. Sam Edwards and Dave Ball took the score to 39 when the second wicket fell. Whitton also suffered a mid batting collapse, but after a very close and exciting contest Whitton won by 1 run with 8 overs remaining. At the barbeque in the evening the umpires Stewart McGuinness and Tony Easteal awarded the Man of the Match to Dave Ball for 28 not out, plus 2 wickets and 1 catch. The Mason Trophy was presented to the Whitton captain Sam Edwards. Many thanks to Charles and Anne Chesshire for their hospitality and to The Knowle Sports for the use of their wonderful facilities.

Village Christmas 17th and 18th November 11am-5pm

Whitton Paddocks

There has been a amazingly good attendance at the workshops for A Village Christmas. Workshops will be held weekly each Tuesday from 10 am-12 noon in the garden studio at Carpenters House. Many exciting projects are underway, lots of interesting and unusual gifts are being made. Make a note of the date. Come along and do all your Christmas Shopping in delightful surroundings with jolly company. — Mary Hyslop-Winn

Oli's September Bash

On Saturday 8th September Oli welcomed us to her home for a most enjoyable and successful social evening. 50 people attended including several new parishioners who joined us for a good chat and splendid food prepared and provided most generously by Oli and several other donors to whom we say many thanks. Thanks also to Syd and Bill who presided over the bar with their usual joviality. Many thanks to all who provided the numerous draw prizes and we thank Kim Bills and Rosemary Edwards for raising from this draw a total of £153. I think we can safely say “A good time was had by all”. Thanks to everyone's generosity the sum of £604.90 was raised for the church tower appeal and A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OLI.

49 Club

Mrs Joan Harris has given notice that at the end of 2007 she wishes to retire from running the 49 Club. Joan has run the scheme since she began it in May 1999 and it has proved to be a most valuable source of income for the church. We are therefore looking for a volunteer to administer the club as from January 2008. Please contact Michael if you are able to help. Thank You.

Recent winners were:

  1. August 11th - Dawn Hoskins
  2. August 18th - Oliver Warr-Jenkins
  3. August 25th - Richard Tompkins
  4. September 1st - Richard Tompkins (again)
  5. September 8th - Jante and Andrew Baird

Cycle Ride

Thank You to Alan Wozencroft who was Whitton's sole participant in the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust Cycle Ride held on 8th September. Alan said he enjoyed visiting a number of local churches which he had never been to before.

Cleaning Rota

Thank You to Jane Perks and Sue Britten for kindly volunteering to take up the two vacancies on the cleaning rota.

Cleaning for October - Mrs Lyn Wozencroft.

Thought for the month

The question is not whether the God of Christianity suits us, but whether we suit him — William Temple

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