Parish Magazine for February 2009

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Jacqueline Blackey

We are all very saddened to hear of the death of the former editor of this magazine. Jackie would be proud of me this month as I have not written over my quota. She will be looking down on me with much pride (she frequently phoned me to ask me to précis down my contribution). Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Harold.

Churchyard Hedge

Our sincere thanks go to David Rhoden for once again cutting the church hedge to his usual high standard. It all looks so neat and tidy.

Carol Party

Our Christmas party this year was held in the village hall at Hope Bagot where around fifty of our friends and neighbours gathered to see in the festivities by playing games and being entertained with readings, carols, and a sing-a-long to traditional folk and old time music hall songs interspersed with a few jokes both old and new. A hot supper of bangers, mash and beans, followed by puddings then cheese and biscuits was consumed with relish. The hall was beautifully decorated with festive swags and hangings making the whole atmosphere both warm and inviting. My grateful thanks to all those of you who worked so hard to make the evening the success that it evidently was. A special thank you to Marina Clent for coming and playing the organ to accompany our singing. — Tony Easteal

Christmas Eve Service

The colourfully decorated Christmas tree, along with the exquisite flower arrangements and candles set a warm and welcoming atmosphere for our ?Midnight Mass? at 9pm on Christmas Eve. The service was conducted by Revd Dr Sue Foster. At the beginning of the service Sue blessed the Crib and one of our visitors volunteered to light the final candle on the Advent Wreath. Sue led a meaningful service, the singing of the carols was hearty despite us being a slightly reduced congregation. Special thanks to Chris Wall for donating the Christmas tree, to Aileen Hood for making the Advent Wreath, and finally to all those who decorated the church and the Christmas tree - it all looked stunning. Thank you.

Village Hall News

Parishioners of Hope Bagot and Whitton will be pleased to learn that a grant has been applied for from Shropshire County Council to bring the kitchen into the 21st century!! The total cost of the works is just under £6,000. We look forward to a successful outcome.

Church Lunch

Following morning service on Sunday 22nd February the annual lunch will be held at The Granary, Collington. The menu and booking forms are now available from Michael (890332). Please obtain your form and return with payment as soon as possible and not later than 31st January please. We look forward to a good attendance.

Valentine?s Dance

Don?t forget to obtain your tickets for the Valentine?s Supper Dance on Saturday 14th February at Hope Bagot Village Hall at £10 each. Please bring your own drinks, glasses will be provided. Draw prizes would be appreciated. Offers of food to Kath Bills please. We look forward to another good night.

Electoral Roll

The Church Electoral Roll will be revised between 9th and 23rd February. If anyone would like to be added to the roll, contact Clare Cavanagh on 891679, or pick up a form in the church. The new roll has to be agreed, together with the Annual Report and Accounts at a meeting of the PCC in church on Monday 23rd February.

The Annual PCC meeting will be held in church on Monday 23rd March 2009 at 7.30pm.

Pancake Race

The Annual Pancake Race will be held on Tuesday 24th February, Shrove Tuesday, 10.30am at Whitton Farm House. No charge!! Please bring your own frying pans. Pancakes will be provided, coffee and sherry will be served afterwards. Come and join in the fun, spectators welcome.

Operation Christmas Child

Many thanks to all who contributed shoe boxes again this year. You have been so generous and thoughtful in filling the boxes which have been despatched to needy children in Simferopol in Ukraine. Thanks also to the Tuesday workshop for covering the boxes, the ladies who produced so many knitted hats and mittens and to those who gave such generous donations. — Kath Bills

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. Dec 13th Margaret Brereton
  2. Dec 20th Betty Ward
  3. Dec 27th Margaret Brereton
  4. Jan 3rd Lyn and David Wozencroft
  5. Jan 10th John Salisbury

Prayer for the month

As the Wise Men were led to worship the infant Jesus, so lead your Church to know you more clearly and to do your work on earth more faithfully.

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