Parish Magazine for September 2008

Pencil sketch by W A Green


We send our congratulations and best wishes to Holly and Philip Lashford on the safe arrival of Isla Rose born at home in Stourport on Friday 1st August weighing in at 8Ibs 5 ozs. First grandchild for Barbara Tromans of Applecroft.

Church Building

IT IS FINISHED - well this part of the overall restoration of St Mary's is. The tower is now unveiled and the scaffold has been removed to reveal all of the work that has been carried out to stabilise the structure and to restore the fabric. The tower roof has new timbers, slates and lead work. A new bell pull has been made by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and installed. We are now able to toll the Sanctus bell for the first time in over eight years. But the crowning glory has to be the re-gilded cockerel on the weather vane which, once again, catches the sunlight as it turns gently in the breeze. The new drains around the foot of the tower eventually went better than we could have hoped for, the outfall having been located without the necessity of digging up the churchyard.

With the Chancel and now the Tower restorations completed it is two down and one - the roof - to go. But that is for tomorrow. For today let us celebrate our success and pat ourselves on the back for a job well done in the preservation of this beautiful building for our use, for the use of those who will follow us and to the Glory of God.

I cannot end without thanking most sincerely those of our Parish who so willingly came to clean up the mess and the dust on so many occasions over the past months. Without you we could not have continued using the church for our services nor indeed for the weddings that have taken place during this period. To name you risks leaving someone out. You know who you are. Michael and I are in your debt. — Tony Easteal

PCC Meeting

The July PCC meeting held in Church was well attended and was chaired by Rev Claire Lording. The main items of business were:-

Churchyard Shed

It was just like unearthing treasure! The shed behind the church was so engulfed with ivy - many, many years of growth - that most people were unaware there was a building there at all. Once the tree-like growth of ivy had been removed a very pretty little building of stone and brick with a tiled roof was revealed. At the above PCC meeting work was authorised to begin on the renovation of the building, probably in September. The roof will be removed and timbers made good. When the roof is rebuilt the vast majority of the tiles will be re-used, very few needing to be replaced. The walls will be re-pointed and a new door made. A concrete floor will replace the current earth floor. Barry Winn, Stewart McGuinness and Tony Easteal have volunteered to do the work. A LITTLE GEM, SAVED FOR POSTERITY.


Dig out your dancing shoes and purchase a picnic! Sunday 28th September at 2.30 pm. there will be an open-air pop concert at Parkside, Whitton featuring the very popular local band SKYNT.

Bring along your chairs and tables and have a picnic in the orchard at Parkside while listening to live music from the 80's onwards. And, if you're brave enough, kick off your shoes and work off the calories to what is acknowledged as the best of local music.

Numbers will be restricted so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Admission £5.00 for pre-booked and £6.00 at the gate. Children under 11 free when accompanied by adult. Contact Mac on 01584 890009 to book your tickets.


Cricket v Hope Bagot

Just a reminder that this will be held on Bank Holiday Monday August 25th at The Knowle Cricket Ground at 2 pm. followed in the evening by a barbeque at Whitton Farm. We look forward to an afternoon of exciting cricket followed in the evening by a wonderful social occasion. Please join us if you can - all welcome.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. July 12th - Michael Holmes
  2. July 19th - Aileen Hood
  3. July 26th - Ysy and Alan Wozencroft
  4. Aug 2nd - Ysy and Alan Wozencroft ( A birthday gift for Ysy)
  5. Aug 9th - Pauline Deffley

From the Parish Register: Holy Matrimony July 26th

Louise Dunkerley and Patrick White

One of the warmest days in July saw the wedding of Louise Dunkerley and Patrick White (Step grandson of Rev Colin Hutt) for which a licence was granted by the Archbishop of Canterbury contained in a beautifully decorated scroll.

The church was decorated with a stunning array of country flowers including delphiniums, antirrhinums and lilies in clear glass jugs. A simple idea that worked beautifully. Again the church surprised us all in accommodating a congregation of 105 in the main body of the Church. The service was conducted by Rev Colin Hutt who gave a powerful and emotional address on love, based on 1 Corinthians 13 and Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney. The prayers and the blessing were given by our Team Rector Rev Claire Lording. A wedding is one of life's great moments, one shared by many. We wish Louise and Patrick many great moments and much happiness in their life together.

Prayer for the month

Almighty God, renew in us the desire to share the stories of our faith. Help us in all we do to anticipate the joy of your kingdom. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. — Amen

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