Parish Magazine for April 2009

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Feb Evensong

Owing to heavy snowfalls during the afternoon making the church path slippery, Rosemary Edwards kindly offered her house as the venue for the service, to the relief of many. Rev Judith Dunkling had to re-arrange her evening schedule and was unable to officiate. (We hope she will eventually make it to an evening service!!!) Panic, Panic, I thought I would be conducting the proceedings. However, just before the service I met the Rev Sylvia Turner on her way to our service and she readily agreed to take Evensong. About 20+ of us assembled with Don Hearn on keyboard and all agreed it was a lovely service with hearty singing and a friendly and WARM atmosphere. Chris Moore gave a thought-provoking address for which we thank him; thanks to Sylvia for stepping into the breach, those who braved the elements to join us, and to Rose and Clive Edwards for accommodating us.

Valentine's Dance at Hope Bagot Hall

As we were unable to have the original band, Mac kindly stepped in and offered his Juke Box. 32 of us sat down to an excellent three-course meal after which there was dancing to Mac's Juke Box which proved to be most successful and a source of interest!! Special thanks to all who prepared, served and provided the food, donated draw prizes, took the washing up home, decorated and cleaned the Village Hall. A great evening - be sure not to miss next year!!! The event raised £222. Thanks to all concerned.

Annual Lunch

On Sunday 22nd February following a very pleasant service led by Rev Judith Dunkling, a number of the congregation, including several new members, departed for the annual Church Lunch at The Granary, Collington. The well-organised venue provided a very appetising meal served by friendly staff in a relaxed atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed the luncheon and our special thanks go to Aileen for all her hard work co-ordinating the event and to Rev Colin Hutt for saying Grace.

Pancake Day

A perfect Spring day, a warm and balmy morning making for such a lovely sociable event where everyone joined in the spirit of the occasion. Around 70 people sat outside in the garden of Whitton Farmhouse and twelve brave, athletic souls ran and tossed pancakes as they went up Church bank and back again. It was so nice to have competitors from other parishes both locally and from as far away as Australia. There was a lovely buzzing friendly atmosphere, as we so often find at Whitton Farmhouse. The race was a close-run thing. As usual the Whitton Whippet (aka Michael Holmes) raced to victory in first place, Richard Brass was second and Annabel Foster was first lady home in third place. One usually reliable competitor Alan Wozencroft approached the finishing line only to find he had no pancake to toss, having lost it somewhere along the way! Competitors and spectators alike then returned to the Farmhouse to enjoy sherry, coffee and pancakes with a variety of toppings. Thank you to Mary and Barry Winn for once again making hundreds of pancakes to the usual high standard. Our sincere thanks go once again to Alan and Ysy Wozencroft for their unequalled generosity as hosts and to all those who so willingly contributed to the delicious goodies. How lovely it was to have the Rev Colin Hutt and Rev Dr Sue Foster with us to celebrate the event. — Mary Hyslop-Winn

PCC Meetings

The pre-AGM was held in church on Monday 23rd February and was well attended. Among items discussed: The Annual Report was agreed and the Accounts subsequently agreed at the meeting held on 8th March.

The new Electoral Roll now stands at 69 (up 4). The meeting agreed to accept and pay an additional sum in their Parish Share, the amount payable for 2009 therefore being £6,000. This will be reviewed in 2010. Mr Easteal reported that the Tower End was now finished and the costings had come in slightly under budget. We have received £14,500 from the Historic Churches Trust and the final payment from English Heritage. It was agreed to put back the curtains in the Baptistery.

Rotavator for Maramba

The rotavator has now been purchased (with a loan from the PCC) at the cost agreed in July 2008 and is now ready to go on the next container. Bill Nield who is co-ordinating the appeal has already received £200 in donations towards the £500 required. Two fund-raising events will have been held before these notes are published and it is hoped that the PCC will be reimbursed by the end of April. Thanks to Jones's of Leominster who supplied the machine at discount price, to Bill Nield and Stewart Mc Guinness for collection.


Unfortunately as I write (9/3/09) it is still difficult to predict the dates of Daffodil Daze. Keep an eye out for the advertising boards, dare I suggest either the weekend of 28/29 March or 4/5 April.

Palm Sunday

We are happy to be hosting the Team Palm Sunday Service on Sunday 5th April. The procession begins at 9.15 am from Hope Bagot Church, with the distribution of palms. The procession ends with the Team Eucharist at Whitton. If you are unable to walk please join us at church at 10 am.

Easter Day

We look forward to a good attendance at our 10 am Service on Sunday 12th April. After the service Easter Eggs will be distributed.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. February 14th Pauline Deffley
  2. February 21st Susie Duncan
  3. February 28th Morgan Jones
  4. March 7th Oli McPherson.

Prayer at Eastertide

God of all, through your Son, Jesus, you have conquered death and offered your salvation to all. You have brought the joy of Easter for all humanity.

We wish Michael a very happy 60th birthday on 30th April.

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