Parish Magazine for October 2008

Pencil sketch by W A Green


The Tuesday workshops continue to be a hive of activity and interest. The long term goal is to produce a series of hangings for the church, loosely based on the church year and the seasons. Not all of the workshops centre around this objective. Often people will bring their own projects to work on, and this enables people to share their skills and ideas. The atmosphere is always welcoming and inspiring, with much laughter and friendship. Anyone is welcome, if you wish to find out more you can ring Mary on 891704 or just turn up at the garden studio at 10 am. on Tuesday mornings. — Mary

Annual Cricket Match

Bank Holiday Monday saw the annual cricket match between Hope Bagot and Whitton at the Knowle Sports Ground.

Charles Chesshire, Hope Bagot?s captain, won the toss and decided to bat. Scoring was restricted due to the length of the grass on the outfield and some tight bowling by Whitton. At the end of their allotted 22 overs Hope Bagot had amassed 82 runs with everyone contributing some but nobody making a telling score. Charles Kenchington?s need of a runner added to the confusion and general hilarity but at least the umpires had someone to talk to when he was at the non-striker?s end.

After tea, cakes and refreshments supplied by the ladies of both villages, Whitton batted, ably led by their captain Sam Edwards who set a fine example by making 26 before retiring under the rules of the match. He was well backed up by his team and Whitton eventually overhauled the Hope Bagot score with one over to spare thus retaining the trophy.

The evening was given over to a Barbecue at Whitton Farm where the trophy was presented to Sam Edwards, the winning captain. After much discussion and attempts at coercion, the umpires (Tony Easteal and Stewart McGuinness) awarded the Man of the Match to young Julian Chesshire. Although only aged 10 he batted well, bowled two overs for only four runs and his father offered the biggest bribe!!

Many thanks to The Knowle Sports Club, the ladies for the delicious tea, Gabby and Lucy for selling the raffle tickets, everyone who donated raffle prizes and Ysy and Alan Wozencroft for their hospitality.


THE IVY COVERED LUMP at the top of the church yard turned out to be what must have been a very useful storage shed in years gone by. Having stripped the ivy away a stone structure in very bad order was revealed and, having located a key for the lock, on opening revealed several relics from the past. Firstly the iron ladder from the tower base to the first floor which is thought to predate the reordering of the church by Sir Aston Webb in 1879. The next treasure to reveal itself was what can only be described as a 'hand bier' (ie no wheels just legs and drop down handles) in a remarkable degree of preservation and also presumed to predate the reordering as we know the approximate date of the wheeled bier, still used to this day, is from that period. Lastly, amongst much other detritus and buried in the earth floor, a copper oil reservoir together with mantle and wick assembly from the original oil lamps which were removed from the church when electricity was installed around 1953. This lucky find now gives us one complete (sans glass funnel) lamp which we intend to restore to its former glory and seek faculty permission to reinstall at some point.

The fabric of the shed is in a very poor state and, when the tiles were removed from the roof, the timbers were found to be infested with beetle and decay. The other problem involved the stone and brick work which, at one end, promptly fell down once the timbers were removed.

The shed is now the subject of a complete renovation project by a team of able volunteers to make it suitable once more to store those items which are not used very often and, inevitably, take up valuable space within the church itself. — Tony Easteal

Shoe Box Appeal

Once again it's time to get busy thinking up what gifts we are going to put in the shoe boxes for the Samaritan's Purse appeal. This year the boxes from our warehouse will be going to Simferopol in the Ukraine. Without being in anyway political I think we have all seen and read recently the poverty of the lives led in many parts of the former Soviet Union. In the words of one of the team working with children in Belarus - children even now being born with defects - after-effects of the Chernobyl disaster such as lung infections, thyroid cancer, weak bones --- “I hope the shoe boxes keep coming through, whatever happens in the future. We need them to help our children to smile again.”

Shoeboxes and leaflets are available in the church. Many thanks. — Kath Bills

Christmas Cards

Once again we are selling Christmas Cards depicting the Burne-Jones/William Morris window. (We still have a large quantity in stock). These can be collected from the church or ordered from Michael Holmes (890332) They are available blank or with a Christmas greeting at a cost of £5 per pack of 10, £4.00 per pack for quantities of 5-9 packs, or £3.50 per pack for 10 packs or more.

Harvest Thanksgiving

Our service will be held on Sunday 12th October at 6.30 pm followed by Harvest Supper at The Carpenter?s House by kind invitation of Barry and Mary Winn. May I ask for your usual generous offer of fruit, veg and foliage for the church decoration which will take place on Saturday. Please don?t forget to bring your runner bean/s with you, from the seed which Claire gave out on Rogation Sunday. A prize will be awarded to the person who managed to grow the longest runner bean. As it is our custom at Harvest the collection will be given to Sight Savers. Offers of food to Kath Bills on 01299 270367 please by 6th October. We look forward to a full church.

Christmas Concert

This year?s concert will be held on Friday 5th December at 7.30 pm. Tickets at £6.00 each will cover the draw, punch and mince pies. Music will be by the Bell Inn Band. We look forward to a packed church. Tickets will be available shortly from Ysy (890234) or Michael (890332).

PCC Meeting

Just a reminder that the next PCC meeting will be held in church on Monday 13th October at 7.30 pm. If you have any items you wish to be included on the agenda, please contact Anne Jenkins (810725).

Pop at Parkside

Just a reminder that if you have not yet obtained your ticket for the Pop Concert at Parkside on Sunday 28th September at 2.30 pm, please contact Mac on 890009. Please bring a picnic and a chair with you. Tickets are only £5.00.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. August 16th - Bev Huntbach
  2. August 23rd - Susie Duncan
  3. August 30th - Don Hearn

Thought for Harvest

When we enjoy the fruits of the harvest, but forget they come from you ? then, Father, in your mercy, forgive us and help us.

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