Parish Magazine for November 2008

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Welcome

We extend a warm welcome to Sylvia Turner who has recently moved into The Wheelwrights. We hope she will enjoy being part of Whitton.

Richard Peplow

After a long and bravely borne illness, Richard lost his battle and died peacefully at home with his family around him on Friday September 26th a few days before his 46th birthday. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Fiona, daughter Holly and to Carole and Mick, his parents. Our love and thoughts are with you all.

Joyce Fletcher

We were also saddened to hear of the death of Joyce at the age of 90. She and her late husband, Arthur, had a long association with St Mary?s Whitton and she will be sorely missed in our congregation especially at Evensong which she always enjoyed to the full.

Our condolences are extended to her family and many friends.

A Gift

At our October Evensong the electric organ which the late Philip Nunn bequeathed to St Mary?s was played by our organist Don Hearn for the first time in the church. At the beginning of the service Kath Bills said a prayer of thanks for this generous gift and the service commenced with one of Philip?s favourite hymns. For an experimental period the organ is situated at the back of the church. Thanks to Alan Wozencroft, John Salisbury and Nathan Rogers for transporting it from Tenbury to Whitton and to Don Hearn for setting it up.

Pops at Parkside

When Mac first put the idea of an open air pop concert to me in late July, I must admit I was slightly apprehensive. However, with PCC approval it was decided to go ahead in the spirit of “nothing ventured nothing gained”.

After a week of glorious weather, Sunday September 28th dawned to overcast skies and the threat of rain. Once again the indomitable Whitton spirit prevailed and the event went ahead. From one o?clock onwards people arrived carrying chairs, tables, picnics and even a barbeque! The band set up and the jollities began in a very light shower of rain that thankfully stopped after a short while.

The setting, in the orchard at Parkside, proved ideal with the audience spread out amongst the fruit trees with room for everyone but still retaining an intimate atmosphere. The band Skynt played a wide selection of music from the 70?s and 80?s to a high professional standard and proved very popular.

The concert, in spite of the relatively short notice, was well supported with around 150 people attending. The event raised in excess of £400 for the Church Fabric Fund and we are grateful to everyone concerned in its organisation.

Special thanks to Sally and Mac for the use of the orchard, to Pauline and John for the car parking at Court Lodge and to Sally and Siān for organising the raffle.

Feedback has been extremely positive and I am so glad that my apprehension was misplaced. Plans are already underway for a bigger and better event next year.

Watch your back Bob Geldorf.

Harvest Thanksgiving

On a very balmy evening following a beautiful day we gathered at the church to celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving. There was a congregation in excess of 60. Kath Bills led the service in a wonderfully relaxed way and Rev Dr Sue Foster gave the address on the importance of the humble potato in feeding the ever increasing world population. The competition for the longest runner bean (grown from the beans given out by Rev Claire Lording on Rogation Sunday) was won by Anthony Britten with Rev Colin Hutt a close second. The church was beautifully decorated with stunning yet restrained flower arrangements and a lovely selection of fruit and vegetables. Stewart McGuinness (Mac) auctioned the produce, raising £100.00, with Sally Thompson?s delicious smelling cob loaf making a whopping £5.50 whilst George Huntbach paid what must be a record sum for ½ dozen eggs - £5.00. This amount was added to the collection in aid of ?Sight Savers?.

Afterwards we gathered at Carpenters House, by kind invitation of Barry and Mary Winn. There was a delicious supper provided by the ladies of the congregation. With the addition of the church marquee there was ample room for 65 people to enjoy a seated and leisurely meal, accompanied by an extremely generous gift of wine from the Rev Colin Hutt who was unable to attend and much missed. Rose Edwards ran the raffle which raised £100 for church funds. Our sincere thanks for a lovely service to Kath and Sue and to everyone who contributed to the decorations in the church. Many thanks to Mary and Barry for hosting the supper and to the wonderful helpers in the kitchen; also to the donors of the draw prizes and the small army of people who came to help before the event and in clearing away the following day. YOUR HELP IS MUCH APPRECIATED.

Church Building

All the electrical work is now completed ? the lights at the back of the church damaged during the building project are now operational once again. The heaters are now all fully serviceable. The spot light on the tower has been replaced and we have a ?bank? of new floodlights ? they are really superb, a fantastic improvement on the old ones. Our grateful thanks to David Parry of Midlands Electrical Services for carrying out the above works.

Remembrance Sunday

The Annual Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday 9th November at 6.30 pm. As is our usual custom the collection will be for church funds, with a retiring collection for anyone who wishes to make a donation to the Poppy Appeal. The Act of Remembrance will take place in the church.

Christmas Concert December 5th

Tickets at £6.00 each are now available for the Christmas Concert. The charge covers draw, punch and mince pies. Music will be by the Bell Inn Band. We look forward to a full church. Tickets available from Ysy (890234) or Michael (890332).

A Reminder

Don?t forget to order your Christmas Cards from Michael as soon as possible.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. Sept 6th - Bev Huntbach
  2. Sept 13th - Oli McPherson
  3. Sept 20th - Sally and Tony Thompson
  4. Sept 27th - Christine Bourne
  5. Oct 4th - Viv and Tony Pimm
  6. Oct 11th - Christine and Jim Lowe

Prayer for the Month of Remembrance

Make your Church an instrument of peace, teaching by word and example the way of reconciliation. — Amen

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