Parish Magazine for July 2008

Pencil sketch by W A Green


We extend a very warm welcome to Rev Judith Dunkling as our new Team Vicar. Judith was licensed on 20th June and we hope she and her mother will have a long and enjoyable stay with us.

I would also like to extend a warm welcome to my new neighbours in The Cottage. Chris and Ann Kemp moved in on 6th June and we hope that they will enjoy being part of our community. They have a daughter Kate and Son-In-Law Daniel. We wish Mrs Josie Franklin every happiness in her new home in Tenbury Wells.


We extend Best Wishes to Shân Margaret Wozencroft and Stuart Whitby and also to Louise Carol Dunkerley and Patrick Rockliff White. May the sun shine for you all on your special days 5th and 26th July respectively and in your lives together for all the days that are to come.


Open Gardens Sat/Sun 28th and 29th June, 11am ? 5.30pm

Hopefully we will have 9 gardens open for our fund raising weekend, we pray for fine weather and a good turn out of visitors. Please support us with items for the stalls or by helping on either of the days. THANK YOU. On the Sunday evening in one of the gardens we are to hold “Songs of Praise” at 6.30pm, please join us if you can.

Auction of Promises Sun 6th July 7.30pm

This will be held in the wedding marquee at Whitton Farm commencing at 7.30 pm. The evening will commence with a Buffet Supper followed by the auction of promises and donated items. Tickets for the supper are priced £10 and are available from Michael or Ysy. The auctioneer will be Geoff Crofts of Brightwells who will guarantee an entertaining evening. If you have not yet offered promises, etc, it is still not too late. Again please may I ask for your support.


Many thanks to all those who have carried out additional cleaning of the church for fortnightly services during the Tower Restoration work. It has been a mammoth task to prepare the church for services but “many hands do make light work”. Thank you for your co-operation and enthusiastic response to my request.

Christian Aid

The house-to-house collection amounted to £216.00 (a record) of which £187 was gift aided. Thank you to all who responded so generously to this worthwhile charity.

PCC Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Monday 14th July in church commencing at 7.30 pm.

Cricket v Hope Bagot

This will take place as usual on Bank Holiday Monday August 25th at The Knowle Sports Field commencing at 2pm. This year it is Whitton?s turn to provide the tea and soft drinks; the barbeque in the evening will be held at Whitton Farm. Hope Bagot to provide the cakes.

Deanery Evensong

The Deanery Evensong and Social will be held at Ashford Carbonell on Thursday 17th July at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Deanery Synod

On 22 May, the PCC Deanery Synod representatives, Kath Bills, Michael Holmes and Tony Easteal plus the PCC Treasurer Stewart McGuinness attended a Synod meeting where they heard a presentation by Angus Darling from the Parish of Greater Whitbourne based on stewardship and fundraising. This parish had an extremely successful campaign based on planned giving that resulted in a 50% increase in funding.

The presentation was extremely interesting and very skilfully put together. Its main theme being that even non-church attenders are more than willing to contribute to costs when they realise the vital part the parish church plays in the community.

Various ideas for fund raising were shown, perhaps the simplest being to ask people to review their giving in the light of inflation. How long is it since you thought about giving a little more? As an example: assuming inflation to be 3% p.a, a donation of £10.00 five years ago is the equivalent to £8.50 now. Something to think about, maybe.

Tower Restoration

The work to restore and stabilise the church tower is proceeding well and on schedule with few unforeseen problems at this stage. At the time of writing, the raking out of the old grout and the resetting with stainless steel rods and re-grouting to the walls and lancet windows inside the church are nearing completion and we have every hope that it will be possible to dismantle and remove this part of the scaffolding in time for the wedding of Shân Wozencroft and Stuart Whitby on 5th July.

The next stage is to insert the cintec anchors around the tower walls before completing the installation of the new intermediate floor inside the tower itself. The rot to the timbers in the apex of the roof was found to be extensive and a way of protecting the repairs from water ingress in the future by way of a stainless steel cap is being devised, and will be welded onto the base of the weather vane before it is reinstalled after its cleaning and re-gilding.

The one aspect that is causing concern is the drainage situation around the base of the tower. At present it is only possible to rod it for around 18” and in any event we are not entirely sure in which direction it is meant to flow. In the hope that we might overcome the problem without recourse to excavating part of the churchyard it is proposed that we attempt in the first instance to remove the silt that has built up by pressure hosing. It remains to be seen if this will provide the answer to the problem. — Tony Easteal

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. May 17th - Roger and Joan Harris
  2. May 24th - Pauline Deffley
  3. May 31st - Bill Nield (who has invested his winnings very wisely ? he has purchased 6 new hens!!)
  4. June 7th - Rosemary Edwards

Thought for the Month

Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from your law.  — Psalm 119: 18

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