Parish Magazine for February 2008
December Services and events
Friday 7th December saw the start of Whitton's Christmas when the church was packed for the Annual Christmas Concert. Music was supplied by the wonderful Bell Inn Band, under the directorship of Penny Jaeger, and the church rang to a range of carols and old time favourites with the audience joining in to the merriment of all. Interspersed with the music were a series of readings from members of the audience. The readings varied from traditional Christmas themes through thought provoking and on to comic. After the intermission, when mince pies, sausage rolls and hot punch were served, the level of volume of the singing certainly increased. All agreed that it had been a highly successful and very enjoyable evening. Grateful thanks go to all who contributed to the event be they performers, caterers, audience or donors for the lucky ticket draw. Twelve people thought it so good that they have booked for this year already!! (Friday 5th December 2008). The event raised almost £500.
Sunday 9th December - We thank Tony Easteal for leading our Evensong Service and we welcomed back Gordon Bailey (LMT) who gave a thought provoking address.
Tuesday 18th December - Yet another evening of festive fun. This time at Whitton Farm House where over 60 villagers and friends were wined, dined and entertained by a group of extremely talented musicians, singers, readers and raconteurs with everyone enthusiastically joining in the singing of the carols and a selection of songs from the Old Tyme Music Halls. Once again our grateful thanks to Ysy and Alan for their hospitality (what would we do without them?) and to all those who took their part so ably or prepared and served the bangers, mash and beans for our supper or sold and donated the draw prizes.
Sunday 23rd December - Our joint Carol service with St James Church, Greete, of nine lessons and carols, led by Kath Bills, was, once again, a wonderful celebration of the anticipation of the coming of the Christ Child. After the service the congregation adjourned to Stoneoak by kind invitation of Mrs Pat Dunn where refreshments were served. Many thanks to Kath, all the readers and to Pat for stepping in at the last moment when illness prevented Mary and Barry Winn from hosting the evening (hope you are feeling better Mary) and to everyone who prepared and served the punch and food. The collection in aid of The Children's Society amounted to £155.
Christmas Eve - Our “Midnight Mass” at 9 pm, led by Rev Dr. Sue Foster was not as well attended as in previous years but nevertheless all appreciated this Christmas Eucharist with Carols to celebrate the beginning of Christmas. During the service we received, and had dedicated new linen for use at our Communion Services. We have a new cover for our Credence Table together with a sufficient supply of Purificators and Lavabo Towels all beautifully made and kindly donated by Aileen Hood to whom we offer our grateful thanks for this timely and generous gift.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who worked so hard to make the church so beautiful with the Christmas flowers, the tree, the Advent wreath, and the crib, namely Pat, Edie, Aileen, Linda, Oli, Betty, Barbara, Mary and Barry. Thanks to Chris Wall for once again providing the tree.
Operation Christmas Child
Once again a very sincere thank you to all who filled shoeboxes or gave donations for this year's appeal. A total of 28,204 boxes went from the warehouse at Hartlebury - all of which had to be checked and loaded by volunteers there. As you can imagine it was a mammoth task and in the words of Lyn the wonderful lady in charge “Everyone worked carefully and thoughtfully, respecting each box and the love with which it was given. Visitors were able to sense the atmosphere of good humour and goodwill and were overwhelmed by the sheer size of the operation.” The boxes from our depot went to Kyrgyzstan and Romania.
Many thanks also to the ‘knitters’. Hats, scarves and mittens went in the shoeboxes, tunics to Hereford for despatch to Eastern Europe and cardigans and jumpers will go to Belarus in March. Thank you all once again and as Lyn ended her report “ Where there is love there is God.” — Kath Bills
The Church Electoral Roll will be revised between 25th February and 10th March. If anyone would like to be added to the roll, contact Clare Cavenagh on 891679, or there is a supply of forms in the church. The new roll has to be agreed, together with the Annual Report and Accounts at a meeting of the PCC on Monday 10th March.
The Annual Pancake Race will be held on Tuesday 5th February, Shrove Tuesday 10.30 am at Whitton Farm House. NO CHARGE!! Please bring your own frying pans. Pancakes will be provided, coffee and sherry will be served afterwards. Come and join in the fun, spectators welcome.
Don't forget to obtain your tickets for the Valentine's Supper Dance on Saturday 16th February 2008 at Hope Bagot Village Hall at £10 each which includes hot supper and dancing to The Cellar Boys — please bring your own drinks, glasses will be provided. Draw prizes would be appreciated. Offers of food to Kath Bills please. We look forward to another good night.
Recent winners were:
- Dec 8th - Penny Smith
- Dec 15th - David and Lyn Wozencroft
- Dec 22nd - Oli McPherson
- Dec 29th - Mary and Barry Winn
- Jan 5th - Mary and Barry Winn
Thought for the Month
- Make new friends, but keep the old;
- Those are silver, these are gold,
- Brows may wrinkle, hair grow grey,
- But friendship never knows decay.
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