Parish Magazine for April 2008

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Dr Attlee

It was with the greatest sadness that we learned of the death of Dr Attlee on Friday 29th February. It is difficult to imagine our lives in Whitton without his reassuring presence. The doctor had been a part of many people's lives for as long as they are able to remember; in fact in some cases he was responsible for their safe delivery into the world. For those relative newcomers to the village it will be his wonderfully resonant and expressive voice when reading the gospel in church which will be so warmly remembered. Dr Attlee was keenly interested in all that happened in the community and participated enthusiastically in a whole range of events where his wit, humour and enormous charm were always much appreciated. A full obituary will be included in the next magazine.

Farewell and Welcome

On Wednesday 5th March we said farewell to Jane, Matthew and David Perks. We thank them for the many fundraising and social events they hosted at Whitton Paddocks, and we wish them well in their new home at Oldbury, Bridgnorth. Please come back and see us when you can. We extend a warm welcome to The Farnell Family and we hope they will all enjoy being part of Whitton.


We send our congratulations and best wishes to Charles and Louise Drew on the safe arrival of their first child Lola Grace born on 2nd March in Cambridge weighing in at 7lbs 3 ozs. A third grandchild for Peter and Linda Drew of Yew Tree Cottage.

Valentine Dance

On the 16th February we held a Valentines Dance in Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall, which we had transformed during the morning with greenery, streamers, bunting and numerous heart shapes which had been made the previous Tuesday at the workshop, it all added to a wonderful atmosphere as you walked into the hall. A record number attended and spent the evening dancing away to The Cellar Boys. The evening commenced with a traditional style Whitton hot supper. A thoroughly enjoyable event. Grateful thanks go to all who contributed to the food and raffle and to all the youngsters from Cardiff for the mammoth task of doing all the washing up. A profit of £628 was raised for the Tower Restoration Appeal. THANK YOU ALL.

Mothering Sunday

The All Age Worship service for Mothering Sunday seems to become more lively and well attended each year. The service was ably led by Kath Bills with a number of children from the congregation reading texts and prayers, the prayers were concluded by Clare Cavenagh. Jack Edwards, Alex Jeavons, Sophie Cavenagh and Joseph Wall all read exceptionally well, and following Joseph's extremely lengthy and beautifully read passage there was a spontaneous round of applause. Several of the younger girls gave delightful posies of Spring flowers to all the ladies. The blessing was given by the Rev Colin Hutt. Following the service the congregation enjoyed tea, coffee, traditional Simnel cake and an impromptu rendering of Kumbaya by the children from the choir stalls conducted by Kath Bills. Our thanks to Margaret Slade for stepping in at the last moment to play the organ. Thanks to all those who decorated the church with daffodils for the service, to Kath, the readers and all who attended for making the service so special.

Fund Raising

On the evening of Sunday 6th July 2008, Alan and Ysy Wozencroft have generously offered to host a huge fundraising event for the tower appeal in the wedding marquee. This will consist of a buffet meal followed by an auction of promises. We are most fortunate to have secured the services of Geoff Croft of Brightwells as guest auctioneer. Anyone who has seen Geoff in action will know how enormously entertaining he can be. If you are able to offer a promise or other items to be auctioned please let Michael know.

Annual PCC

The Annual PCC meeting will be held in church at 7.30 pm on Monday April 14th. 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.


During our Morning Communion Service on 27th April the Baptism of Isabel Lara Wickens will take place. We look forward to a good congregation to welcome Isabel into the Lord's Family.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. Feb 16th - Oliver Jenkins-Warr
  2. Feb 23rd - Aileen Hood
  3. March 1st - Pauline and John Atkinson
  4. March 8th - Alan and Ysy Wozencroft

Due to the recent death of Dr Attlee, John Champkin, the next person on the waiting list, has taken over his number from April.

Christopher McKnight

We were all greatly saddened to hear of the death of Christopher (“Spotty”), brother of Liz Hutt, who passed away on Thursday 6th March in Shrewsbury Hospital after a short illness. He attended St Mary's Church from time to time with Colin and Liz. Our condolences are extended to Liz, Colin and Jane and they are very much in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time for them all.

From the Parish Register: Funeral

14th February Philip William Nunn

The church was packed for Philip's funeral which was a testament to the high esteem in which he was held in by all who knew him. The service was conducted by Rev Claire Lording with the address given by Preb Duncan Dormor. Memorial donations which amounted to £1156.57 are to be divided between St Mary's Tower Appeal and the work of the British Heart Foundation.

Thought for the month

The things, which are impossible with men, are possible with God. — Luke 18:27

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