Parish Magazine for June 2009

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Don Hearn

We were all very sorry to hear of Don's illness, we send him our very best wishes for a speedy and full recovery and that he is very much in our thoughts and prayers at this time.


Mr Tony Easteal and Mr Michael Holmes were unanimously re-elected as Churchwardens and were thanked by Rev Claire Lording for all they had done in the past year. The following were elected to serve for the forthcoming year: Vice Chairman ? Mr Tony Easteal; Secretary ? Mrs Anne Jenkins; Treasurer ? Mr Stewart McGuinness; Gift Aid Officer ? Mrs Topsy Easteal; Electoral Roll Officer ? Mrs Clare Cavenagh; Deanery Synod Reps ? Mrs Kath Bills, Mr Tony Easteal and Mr Michael Holmes; Other members Mrs Aileen Hood, Mrs Mary Hyslop-Winn, Dr N Foster, Mrs Sally Thompson, Mr Alan Wozencroft, Mr Bill Nield and Mr Richard Tompkins. Accounts Examiner ? Mr David Clent. Sidesmen ? Mr Sam Edwards, Mr Mike Jenkins, Mr Richard Tompkins; Mrs Rose Edwards has also kindly accepted the invitation from the PCC to become a sides person.

A candle lit Wedding Blessing has been booked for Monday 21st December.

Future PCC meeting dates were agreed as follows: 27th July and 26th October 2009. Pre-AGM 22nd February and AGM 22nd March 2010.

Pop at Parkside

Ravers of the world unite. Be there or be square.

Have you got your tickets yet for the social occasion of the year; they are going fast so don?t miss out.

Roger Brown and No Agender plus Skynt will be playing all your favourite tunes from your mis-spent youth. Recapture those long lost days in pleasant surroundings, bring a picnic and chill out in the delightful setting of Parkside, Whitton. Ring Michael 01584 890332 or Mac 01584 890009 for tickets.

  1. Saturday June 6th 3pm ? 10pm
  2. Adults £10 Children under 14 £5


This year the spring flowers have been truly magnificent. The daffodils, bluebells, primroses, violets, cowslips and wood anemones have been in abundance; after an absence of quite a number of years, lady's smock has re-appeared. (On a recent visit to Wales I noticed fields resplendent with lady's smock). The paths have now been mown to allow visitors to walk round and enjoy the ongoing species of wild flowers until the flowers have seeded in late July, at which times all the churchyard grass will be cut.

Preaching Cross Service

This will be held on Sunday 28th June at 10 am, followed by lunch in the churchyard (weather permitting). Offers of food to Kath please. We look forward once again to a good congregation.

Advance Notice

Betty has kindly offered to hold a “Posh Do” in the garden at The White House, Hope Bagot on Saturday 11th July (weather permitting). More details next month.

Dog Owners Beware!!

On Easter Day two people plus two dogs visited our church. On Saturday 9th May they returned and brought to our attention that one of the dogs became ill half an hour after the visit at Easter. Unfortunately one of the dogs died a short while after, the vet thought that it had either been in contact with rat poison or slug pellets. I know that a number of parishioners exercise their dogs in and around the area of the churchyard, so please be vigilant. Please be assured that neither the churchwardens or any members of the congregation are depositing poison within the boundary of the churchyard.

49 Club

The club has just celebrated its tenth anniversary and has been fully subscribed over that period. Many thanks to all who have supported it, past and present ? as it is an important part of our annual income.

Recent winners were:

  1. April 18th Aileen Hood
  2. April 25th David Rhoden
  3. May 2nd Sue and Ray Amos
  4. May 9th Pat Hunter

Thought for the Month

When things are going well for you, be glad, and when trouble comes just remember: God sends both happiness and trouble, you never know what is going to happen next. — Ecclesiastes 7. 14

Churchyard Shed

The work to rebuild and repair the shed at the top of the Churchyard is now complete. Over the winter months it has been dismantled and rebuilt together with a concrete floor to replace the original earth floor. Much of the existing materials ? stone, bricks and tiles ? have been used where possible together with all new wood joists, rafters and door. The spare chairs and tables from the Church will now be stored there thus freeing up much needed space both in the vestry and the Baptistery. The key to the padlock can be obtained from Michael Holmes. Our grateful thanks to Stewart McGuinness, Barry Winn, Rob Evans, Mike Jenkins and Tony Easteal for all their hard work and expertise.

Welcome to the bus pass club

Michael Holmes celebrated his 60th birthday in April with lunch for 80 of his friends from the surrounding communities. Before the lunch many of us joined him for a service of Holy Communion at St Mary's. Michael respectfully asked that any gifts should be in the form of donations towards the repair and refurbishment of the red altar frontal (to date amounts to £1,000). This frontal is believed to be from the early Victorian era, possibly earlier than the Chancel itself. The backing material and threads holding it together are showing their age and, if the whole piece is to be saved, work needs to be carried through as soon as is possible. To this end, professional opinion is being sourced. Michael asks that I thank everyone for their best wishes and their generosity. Happy birthday Michael, welcome to the club. — Tony Easteal

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