Parish Magazine for May 2008

Pencil sketch by W A Green


We send our congratulations and best wishes to Steve and Rachel Vikentiou-Jones on the safe arrival of Sally Thompson's first grandchild (a boy, not yet named) born on 30th March in London weighing in at 7Ibs 4ozs.

Daffodil Daze

We were very pleased to welcome a steady number of visitors who braved the awful weather of rain, sleet and wind to enjoy the display of daffodils and crocus and stay for a chat and tea, cakes and scones and admire the Burne-Jones/William Morris window. Our cakes and books were very popular and sold very well, as did items made at the weekly workshops. All in all two very good days in which we met visitors from Halesowen, Bridgnorth, Bishops Castle, Church Stretton and of course many local people. Many thanks go to all who visited and donated, to all who greeted visitors and served teas, to all who gave cakes, scones and produce. Once again a social and financial success resulting on £666 being raised for the Tower Appeal.

Easter Services

Good Friday

We were pleased to welcome visitors from a number of parishes who braved the elements to join us for the Team Service ? The Last Hour ? held at Whitton this year.

Easter Day

Our traditional Easter Day thanksgiving took the form of Holy Communion led by Rev Claire Lording and was quite well attended. Afterwards we were treated to Easter eggs which were provided by Claire and Kath, followed by coffee.

Christian Aid

Michael will be organising a house-to-house collection in aid of this worthy charity during Christian Aid week 11th-18th May. Watch out for the red and white envelopes, cross the box for gift aid and support the vital work, which aims to provide hope, health and a chance of a decent life to the world's poorest communities, whatever their race or religion, with your usual generous contributions.

PCC Meeting

The pre-AGM meeting was held in church on Monday 10th March under the chairmanship of Rev Claire Lording. The Annual Accounts and Annual Reports were approved. Thanks were recorded to Stewart McGuinness, Tony Easteal and Michael Holmes for their work in preparing the reports. We thank David Clent for examining the accounts. The Electoral Roll Officer, Mrs Clare Cavenagh, reported that the roll stood at 65 (down 3).

Gift Aid Report

A written submission was received from Topsy Easteal in which she reported that since June 2000, the PCC has claimed back £17,009.59 from the tax man.

Church Building

The faculty has finally been received for the Tower Restoration work which should commence on April 7th.

Nave Window

This has been assessed by our Structural Engineers and Architectural Adviser. It is obvious from comparing photographs taken in 2001 by Sinclair Johnson and the present state, that considerable movement has occurred. It is their opinion that the stone work is safe but needs to be stabilised. It is proposed to rake out the existing mortar and regrout. The PCC agreed to obtain a quote for this work from the Tower contractor.

Car Park

The PCC also agreed to obtaining first stage outline drawings to developing parking facilities and improving access from the north approach to the churchyard.

Old Oil Lamps

One example of the lamps has been taken to Messrs Owen Williams in Ludlow for assessment and estimate of costs to complete a restoration.


Richard Tompkins has agreed to head up this task force. English Heritage has approved the Maintenance Schedule which the PCC is obliged under the agreement to report to them for the next ten years, annually, that the work has been carried out.

Open Gardens

Sat/Sun 28th & 29th June

At the end of June, we are planning another Whitton In Bloom. It will be held slightly earlier in the year than previously by a week or so. We are already collecting for a white elephant stall; afternoon teas will be served and there will be a large collection of plants for sale, to include many unusual perennials. We are fortunate to have so many beautiful and interesting gardens in our village, and many people from the surrounding area look forward eagerly to our opening them. If you think you might be prepared to open your garden, offer items or plants for sale or you would like to offer your help on or before the event please contact Michael (890332).

NB In order to offer healthy, quality plants, now is the time to be splitting larger plants, striking cuttings, or sowing seeds.

Promises Auction

Sunday 6th July

Thank you to those who responded so promptly with offers for the promises auction. Please think about what you might be able to offer to support this fund-raising event in aid of the Tower Appeal.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. March 15th - David Rhoden
  2. March 22nd - Aileen Hood
  3. March 29th - Viv and Tony Pimm
  4. April 5th - Chrissy Bourne

From the Parish Register: Funeral

11th March Dr. Wilfrid Ormiston Attlee

The church was packed to overflowing with a number of people standing inside and outside for Doctor's funeral, witness to the great affection and respect in which he was held. The service was conducted by Rev Claire Lording with the address given by Preb Stephen Thomas. Memorial donations have been divided between the League of Friends of Tenbury Hospital and St Mary's Tower Appeal.

Thought for the month

The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice. — Psalm 97:1

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