Parish Magazine for August 2008

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Preaching Cross Service

After a very wet and windy night we thought our 7th Annual Preaching Cross Service, which is held outside, would have to be moved into the Church. At 8.30 am it was decided to erect the gazebos, despite the gale force wind!! It was amazing how calm the wind was around the Preaching Cross and we proceeded with our service led by Rev Sue Foster. We welcomed a number of visitors, who have told me how much they had enjoyed the service and the lunch - in all we had an attendance of 49. After the service we enjoyed coffee while the lunch was prepared. Many thanks to all who provided the food - dare I say I thought it to be one of our best lunches. Thanks to Don who this year for the first time (thanks to the loan of Aileen's granddaughter's keyboard) was able to join us under the gazebo. Finally thanks to everyone who moved, put gazebos up and down, moved tables and chairs and took the washing up home. A wonderful social occasion.

Open Gardens

Despite the variable weather, we held a very successful Open Gardens over the weekend of 28th/29th June with nine gardens open to the public. The comments received from our many visitors were a tribute to the vast amounts of hard work put in by all our gardeners in preparation for the event. It takes a degree of courage to expose one's work to the harsh glare of the public and everyone concerned deserves the highest congratulations for their efforts.

Sincere thanks go to The Farnell Family of Whitton Paddocks for not only opening their garden but for also hosting the refreshments, stalls and Songs of Praise. As always, the Whitton community came up trumps in the shape of the many volunteers who manned the stalls and acted as stewards, many thanks to them and a special and a very big THANK YOU to the brave souls who opened their gardens. Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Les Selly of The Knowle who won the Guess the Garden competition.

On Sunday evening, when everyone had recovered slightly, we held a Songs of Praise service in the garden of Whitton Paddocks which was ably led by Kath Bills. The hymns had all been chosen by the congregation and Kath introduced each one with a brief explanation. There was also a selection of bible and other readings. One of the highlights of the service was the reading given by Sophie Cavenagh who is celebrating her 7th birthday. Thanks to Kath for leading and arranging the service, to Don Hearn for playing on his evening off and to all the readers. All in all a very successful weekend with a delightful finale. Heartiest congratulations to all concerned.

Auction of Promises

The splendid wedding marquee at Whitton Farm House was the venue for the Promises Auction and Buffet Supper in aid of the Church Tower Appeal. The event was extremely well supported. The catalogue of promises which began in excess of some 60 promises continued to grow throughout the evening. Geoff Crofts was fantastic as auctioneer and created a really exciting atmosphere.

The variety of promises generated huge enthusiasm and everyone responded with great generosity and good humour. The draw was run by Betty Ward and Oli McPherson and raised the magnificent sum of £275. Our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Alan and Ysy for their generosity in offering the marquee and their initiative for the Auction of Promises. Also to Geoff Crofts of Brightwells who performed with his usual enthusiasm despite suffering from jet lag having just returned from Canada. Our grateful thanks must also go to Pauline of The Bennett's End for the excellent buffet supper and to Rosie, Caroline and Annabel Foster for their very helpful and efficient service. Also to our friends who provided wonderful puddings and salads. Without the generosity of the donors of promises and raffle prizes and combined efforts of everyone involved none of this would have been possible. A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE.

During the two weekends a magnificent sum of £6,700 was raised, ie £2,500 from the Open Gardens weekend and over £4,200 from the Auction of Promises. A fabulous result from a small community such as ours.

Cricket v Hope Bagot

Our annual cricket match is booked for Bank Holiday Monday August 25th at 2.00 pm at The Knowle Cricket Ground. Light refreshments will be available between innings. This year it is Hope Bagot's turn to provide the cakes and the Whitton ladies will provide tea and soft drinks. A small levy of £1.00 per player will be necessary to pay for the hire of the cricket ground. In the evening a barbeque will be held - hosted by Whitton and held at Whitton Farm House by kind invitation of Alan and Ysy Wozencroft. Please bring your own drinks. Come and join in a family day of sport and fun.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. June 14th - Pauline and John Atkinson
  2. June 21st - The Perks Family
  3. June 28th - Mick and Carole Peplow
  4. July 5th - Pat Hunter

From the Parish Register: Holy Matrimony July 5th

Shân Margaret Wozencroft and Stuart Brian Whitby

Following many weeks of careful planning and preparation (not to mention church cleaning) the day finally arrived for the wedding of Stuart and Shân.

The church was beautifully decorated with an abundance of country and hedgerow flowers in creams, whites and the palest of yellows. The theme was rustic and simple as befits our beautiful church. We were amazed at what seemed a tardis-like capacity of the church building to accommodate quite so many people. The vagaries of the weather had been a concern, but when the bride and her father arrived at the church not even the rain could dim their wonderfully happy smiles. The service conducted by our rector Rev Claire Lording was intimate and inclusive at the same time; making this the most joyous of celebrations. We wish Shân and Stuart much happiness in their future together.

Text for the month

As for God, His way is perfect. — Psalm 18: 30

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