Parish Magazine for January 2008

Pencil sketch by W A Green

I would like to wish you all a VERY HAPPY AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR.


We send our congratulations to Liz Hutt on winning the Design a Christmas Card competition organised by Shropshire Reminiscence, which is a charity promoting reminiscence for recreational purposes. It offers help to care workers and activity organisers to help recall happy positive memories, overcome communication difficulties and give meaning and value to people's past and present lives.

There were 102 entries all of a very high standard and Liz's picture of camels was judged a very worthy winner. Liz has enjoyed doing art therapy sessions with Mary Hyslop-Winn for some time and is delighted to have won. The design is to be reproduced as a Christmas Card for Shropshire Reminiscence.

Tower Restoration Project

The quotations are now in for the restoration work to the tower. The contractors supplying the two lowest quotes are being asked to supply a breakdown of their costing so that we may be assured that all aspects of the scheduled works have been included. When this has been confirmed by our architectural adviser, Peter Taylor, I will apply for a faculty to carry out the works and thereby complete all of the requirements set by English Heritage.

The next stage is to deliver all of our endeavours to English Heritage for them to approve and set in motion our eligibility for the second half of the ‘stage one development grant’ which you will recall was for £15,000 together with the conversion of their ‘in-principle’ stage two offer of £42,000 to grant status.

I am delighted to be able to tell you that our part of the agreement with English Heritage to raise the remaining funding required is progressing well and that the Churchwardens and PCC are sure that these will be in place and as required by the time that the restoration work begins. This is, at present, scheduled for the spring of 2008. — Tony Easteal

Communion Chalice c1500

At the last PCC meeting it was decided not to transfer the Chalice to the Cathedral owing to the fact that they do not have a display of silver artefacts. The Cathedral would have kept it in their vaults at no charge to us but, after considerable discussion, the consensus of opinion within the PCC was that it would be a pity to lock it away possibly rarely to be seen again. The Churchwardens have been asked to explore other avenues that would allow it to be put on public display. — Tony Easteal

Village Christmas

What an excellent result, £5,604 !! Despite the vagaries of the English Weather, we managed to have a wonderfully successful weekend at Whitton Paddocks. The Village Christmas attracted a record number of visitors including some from as far afield as Wales, Manchester, Cheshire and Worcester: what a triumph for our publicity machine. With what seemed like boundless enthusiasm and hard work, an amazing number of impressive and quality items were provided, by people working tirelessly at home and at the weekly workshops, offering a range of goods for sale even better than last year. The atmosphere at the workshops was a lively mix of industry and laughter and much enjoyed by all who attended. Our grateful thanks must go to Jane, Matthew and David Perks for allowing us to use their lovely home, and so providing the perfect setting for our event.

A large Thank You must go to the very many people who supported us by contributing gifts, cakes and donations, this has been such a heartening community effort. Mary Hyslop-Winn was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers at the Sunday Communion Service as a token of our heartfelt thanks. For those who may be feeling a gap in their Tuesday mornings; watch this space!!

All Age Worship

Kath's theme for our All Age Worship at Whitton Paddocks on the Sunday of our Village Christmas was, very appropriately, Gifts. The hymns, prayers and readings were all chosen to illustrate not only God's great gift to us but the gifts that we all have in one form or another. Kath was clear in her talk that we do all have these gifts and we should use them to try and do God's work in the world today. The chosen readings were read by Heidi Muller and Dr. Attlee, and the prayers by Alex Rushen, Jack Edwards and Tony Easteal. Our sincere thanks to Marina Clent for playing the keyboard, and to Kath Bills for leading us in our worship of praise and thanksgiving to God.


The quiz organised by Stuart McGuinness on Saturday 24th November was a well supported event — a super atmosphere, lots of fun, and delicious food combined to make it another great night. The questions were set by Stuart; Christine Lowe (with a little help from Jim!!) kept the score, Richard Tompkins was the ‘runner’. The winners were “The Ronhills” followed by “Leeds to Nowhere”, 3rd place went to “The Welsh Wonderers”. Thanks to Kath Bills for running the draw which raised £104, to Stuart, Christine, Jim and Richard for their organisation and to all who donated and served the food and donated draw prizes. The event raised over £252.

Church Lunch Sunday 27th January

The menu and booking form will be available shortly. Please obtain your form from Michael and return with your payment as soon as possible. We thank Aileen for co-ordinating this event.

Valentine's Supper Dance

Saturday 16th February 2008 at Hope Bagot Village Hall. 7.30 pm. Dancing to The Cellar Boys. Tickets cost £10 which includes hot supper.

49 Club

Recent winners:

  1. Nov 17th - David Rhoden
  2. Nov 24th - Sue Britten
  3. Dec 1st - John Salisbury

Thank you to all those who responded magnificently to the request for new members last month, as a result of which all places have now been filled and we have a waiting list once again!

Magazine Money

For those who pay by calendar year ie Jan - Dec. the Magazine subscription is now due. If you pay by 31st January 2008 the cost will be £6.00, otherwise it will be £7.20. Please pay Michael.


A sincere THANK YOU to Don Hearn, our organist, for his services during the year.

Prayer for the New Year

  1. God bless our year
  2. giving us time for the task,
  3. peace for the pathway
  4. wisdom for the work
  5. friends for the fireside
  6. love to the last.
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