Parish Magazine for March 2008

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Team Rector

We send our congratulations to Rev Claire Lording on her Institution and Licensing held on Sunday 20th January. Claire is the first female Team Rector in the Hereford Diocese and the Tenbury Team was also the first Team Ministry set up in the Diocese - a double success for the Team. Well done Claire and we look forward to many more years of Ministry amongst us.

Tower Restoration Project Updates

The contractor for the project is to be Chester Masonry Limited of Hawarden, Chester, whose quotation for the work came in on budget. At the time of writing, a meeting is scheduled to take place on 19th February when the contract will be signed. Our faculty application has been approved by the DAC and the Public Notice supplied by them and outlining the works to be carried out has been attached to the church door as is required. Any objections to all or part of the proposed works has to be notified to the Chancellor in writing before the completion of the statutory 28 days. The plans and specifications can be viewed at any time and are situated just inside the main door of the church. Once the contracts are signed I will apply to English Heritage for the first advance of 50% of the grant money. The PCC now have the funds to complete our part of the financial agreement. The Contractor has indicated that they will be ready to start the works on or around the week commencing 31st March. This is to be confirmed. The project is expected to take 14 weeks to complete. — Tony Easteal


The Tuesday workshops began again on 22nd January. The attendance was overwhelming and the enthusiasm undimmed. The group is considering a number of textile works representing the Whitton year, which are to be displayed eventually in St. Mary's. There is no deadline for this as there is to be a good deal of experimentation with a range of techniques, to include dyeing, painting on fabric, stitching and fabric collage. There are some exciting ideas already and the group looks forward to many sessions of new and innovative experiences, along with much laughter and good humour. Watch this space! — Mary Hyslop-Winn

Annual Lunch

The Annual Lunch was a most enjoyable and successful occasion. Many thanks to Aileen Hood for arranging and co-ordinating the event.

PCC Meetings

The PCC will meet in church on Monday 10th March at 7.30 pm. The Annual Report and Accounts will be presented together with the new electoral roll. Will anyone who wishes to be on the roll make sure they have returned their form either to the church or to Clare Cavenagh.

The Annual PCC meeting will be held in church on Monday 14th April at 7.30 pm. This is a meeting open to everyone on the church electoral roll - come along and have your say as the church is such an important part of the community.

Pancake Race

It was a good turnout this year and we were pleased to welcome about ten new faces to this popular annual event. A lovely atmosphere with people chatting and enjoying themselves despite dodging the showers. The race as last year was a unisex race with a good number of competitors. Due to an unfortunate accident dropping her pancake at the start of the race, the reigning ladies' champion the Racing Reverend Claire got off to a bad start and failed to keep her crown. She was however ably succeeded by a new entrant, Amanda Cavenagh (aged three) who did it must be admitted have a slight advantage in starting half way round the course and who thrillingly finished in second place. However, the men's champion Michael Holmes once again sped to an amazing finish and emerged overall victor. Nathan Rogers was close behind Amanda, followed by Clare Britten. Many thanks to Mary and Barry Winn for producing copious amounts of pancakes, to those who donated sherry and to Ysy and Alan Wozencroft for their unfailing hospitality. The pictures of this year's race are on the Whitton web site. — Sally Thompson

Daffodil Daze

As I write (9/2/08) the daffodils are making rapid progress; it is difficult to predict the dates for Daffodil Daze at this stage. Please keep an eye out for the advertising boards. Offers of cakes and help with the tea and stewardship rota will be appreciated.

Mothering Sunday

Please join us on this special day for families at our service at 10 am on Sunday 2nd March. Celebrate Mothering Sunday with all families and enjoy simnel cake and blessing and presentation of posies after the service.

Easter Services

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. Jan 12th - Michael Holmes
  2. Jan 19th - Morgan Jones
  3. Jan 26th - Tony and Topsy Easteal
  4. Feb 2nd - Pat Hunter
  5. Feb 9th - Anne and Michael Jenkins

Many thanks to all the members of the 49 Club for making me so welcome as the new organiser, and to those who rushed to fill the vacant spaces available at the beginning of the year. Due to the recent death of Philip Nunn his number has been taken over by Susie Duncan and we are now down to a small waiting list again, so if you would like to be on that list please let me know — Sally Thompson (Tel 890570)

Philip William Nunn 1920- 2008

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Philip on Friday 1st February after a short illness. Philip was a long time friend to our community and preached and worshipped at St Mary's for very many years, continuing to be a part of the team of readers and intercessors right up until his final weeks among us. We at St Mary's and his many friends will remember him for many things, his wit, his commitment to our Lord and, at the last, his fortitude and courage. Philip, as you might expect, arranged his funeral service at St Mary's down to the last detail. RIP

Thought for Easter

  1. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us, therefore keep the feast.
  2. Not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the
  3. Unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. — 1 Corinthians Ch5, verse 7
  4.   Tony Easteal
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