Parish Magazine for May 2009

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Brain of Whitton Quiz

A good number of teams competed in the Brain of Whitton Quiz in Hope Bagot Village Hall on Friday March 20th. The quiz was organised by Stewart McGuinness who was the quizmaster extraordinaire. The score was kept by Sally McGuinness and Richard Tompkins. The teams enjoyed a delicious hot supper followed by a selection of fresh fruit. Kim Bills ran the draw in her usual energetic way. The winning team was the No bury Know alls with 41 points, Well done to them. The evening raised £250 including the draw. Many thanks to Mac and those who provided and served the food and donated the draw prizes. A great success.

With the success of the Maramba Rotavator appeal which now stands at £525 the PCC have now been reimbursed for the loan of £500 which made the purchase possible. The balance will pay for the shipping and container costs to Maramba. The good news is that the rotavator is now on its way to Mtapwa and is scheduled to arrive at the beginning of June. Thank you to everyone who contributed so promptly to this appeal. We look forward to seeing photographs of the machine in action from the next visiting group.

Daffodil Daze 28th and 29th March

Despite a chill wind and the odd sleet/snow shower there was a steady stream of visitors to St Mary?s on Saturday; to view the splendid display of wild daffodils in the churchyard and to see the ever popular Burne-Jones/William Morris window.

On Sunday we were blessed with a warm and beautiful sunny day. As always we had visitors from near and far. This year we had a visitor from New Zealand, in this area to visit family, who saw the advertising boards and decided to visit. She was delighted to have found such an “unspoilt gem of an almost forgotten rural England”. The cakes, books, handmade gifts and teas did brisk business. The event raised the magnificent sum of £701.40; many, many thanks to all who helped to make the event such a success, not least the very many generous people who visited over the weekend.

Mothering Sunday

Notwithstanding the emergency clergy rota which had to be arranged at the eleventh hour the Mothering Sunday Service was the joyous and warm occasion we have come to love. Our neighbour Rev Sylvia Turner kindly stepped into the breach at the last minute to lead our worship, skilfully making the service inclusive, enjoyable and meaningful to everyone, whatever their age. Every lady in the congregation received a beautiful spring posy delivered by Maisie Wall, Amanda Cavenagh and Jo Akenhurst. Our prayers were led by Joseph Wall, Sophie Cavenagh, Ellie Akenhurst, Lewis Boland and Mrs Anne Jenkins brought the prayers to a conclusion. Following the service a congregation of over 50 people enjoyed simnel cake and coffee. Many thanks to Sylvia for coming to our aid, to Kath Bills for her delicious cake, to the ladies who made the posies, and to the children for their participation.

Palm Sunday

A group of some 45 souls including ten children gathered at Hope Bagot for the commencement of the Palm Sunday procession, beginning with prayers and a reading. As we processed to Whitton for the Eucharist, there was a lovely atmosphere with much palm waving and many Hosannas. The procession was led by the recently refurbished donkey and was joined along the way by a good number of people. We arrived at Whitton only two minutes late, despite having to repair the wheels on the donkey twice en route. We were welcomed into the church by a congregation of 40 or so. It was a very well attended team service, almost 90 people including 74 communicants. After the service warm hot cross buns, chocolate cake and coffee was enjoyed by all. A very memorable service on such a lovely day.

Easter Day

A congregation of 30 plus were pleased to welcome the Rev Geoffrey Hilton-Turvey to lead our Easter Day Holy Communion Service on this very important day in the Life of the Church. Geoffrey requested that if he fell over, we stepped over him rather than on him!! His address was thought provoking and inspiring. Sam and Jack Edwards were accompanied by the two young grandchildren of Topsy and Tony Easteal, William and Isobel, who took the offertory efficiently. After the service Hot Cross Buns and coffee were served and Easter Eggs distributed. Special thanks to Geoffrey for a lovely service, to those who provided the refreshments and to the ladies for the magnificent Easter floral decorations.

Zimbabwe Appeal

Thank you to all those who gave so generously to the retiring collection at our services during Lent for the above appeal. We have forwarded a cheque for £100.

Christian Aid Week

Michael will be organising a house-to-house collection in aid of this worthy charity during Christian Aid Week 10th?16th May. Watch out for the red and white envelopes, cross the box for gift aid and support the vital work, which aims to provide hope, health and a chance of a decent life to the world's poorest communities, whatever their race or religion, with your usual generous contributions.

Pop at Parkside

Following the success of last year?s concert we are planning even bigger and better for 2009. A veritable extravaganza of the very best in local music, in verdant surroundings and with wonderful food (you have to bring your own). Pop at Parkside will be in the orchard at Parkside, Whitton on Saturday June 6th from 3pm until 10pm. With music provided by Roger Brown and No Agender plus the welcome return of Skynt, you can relive your lost youth with numbers from Buddy Holly and Elvis, via The Beatles and the swinging sixties all the way through to Queen and The Clash. Bring a picnic and a chair, relax, chill out in lovely surroundings, sing along to all your favourites and get up and dance if the mood takes you. Admission strictly by ticket only from Mac on 01584 890009 or Michael on 01584 890332. Adults £10, children under 14 £5. Book early to avoid disappointment.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. March 14th Tony and Topsy Easteal
  2. March 21st Richard Tompkins
  3. March 28th Linda Drew
  4. April 4th John Salisbury
  5. April 11th John Champkin

Thought for Christian Aid Week

In Ghana there is a wise saying: “One stick can be easily broken. But many, bound together, are strong”.

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