Parish Magazine for October 2009

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Len Fairbrother

We send our sincere condolences to Topsy, Tony and family on the sad death of Topsy's father Len. In recent years he never failed to visit Whitton Church whenever he was staying with the family. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.


A start has been made on end of year clearing of the churchyard. This is a mammoth task; and we must thank Bill Nield for strimming, Chris Wall for his considerable 'mechanical' help and to Michael Harper for helping to rake. A big thank-you to you all for the work so far.

As promised an outside light has now been installed at the rear of the tower, to allow parishioners safer access during the winter evenings. Thank you to David Parry of Midland Electrical Services for carrying out the work.

Cricket v Hope Bagot

Bank Holiday Monday began wet, drizzly and unsettled, but as the morning wore on the sky brightened and the gloom lifted! A very good crowd attended and how nice it was to see so many children. Whitton won the toss and put Hope Bagot into bat. The pace was good and the runs came thick and fast. After 26 overs Hope Bagot amassed a total of 151 runs. Highest score was to Simon Cooley for Hope Bagot with 25 not out. Of the Whitton bowlers Sam Edwards took 2 for 9 runs and Robin Huntbach took 2 for 15 runs. During the interval tea was served with delicious cakes from the Hope Bagot ladies and tea and soft drinks from Whitton. Whitton went in to bat and began play at a rapid pace with 'Horse' and Jack Edwards scoring 25 not out followed by Toddy with a score of 23. Whitton was still ahead with 2 overs to go, then lost 3 quick wickets, the last over bowled by Hope Bagot was a maiden over. Whitton lost by 3 runs, having made a total of 148. Alan Wozencroft presented the winning shield to Hope Bagot captain Steve Bowkett. The youngest player on the field was Ben, Mac and Sally's grandson, who gave a fine bowling and fielding performance. It was agreed by everyone that this was the most exciting, nail-biting and the friendliest match experienced in the eighteen years since the annual cricket match began. Many thanks to The Knowle Sports Club for the use of their excellent facilities. Thanks also to everyone who provided and served the refreshments and washed up. A great day.

Operation Christmas Child

How time flies! Yes Christmas is on its way again but before we begin our own buying and packing let's get cracking again on our Shoebox gifts for children in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa. Last year an amazing 1.2 million children had a filled shoebox - I have a DVD showing some of the children and their excitement and joy at the gift - contact me if you'd like to see it. Leaflets and covered boxes are in the church (thank you Tuesday Workshop folks) and thank you all for your continuing generosity.

Christmas Cards

Once again we are selling Christmas Cards depicting the Burne-Jones/William Morris window. (We still have quite a stock.) These can be collected from the church or ordered from Michael Holmes (890332). They are available blank or with a Christmas greeting at a cost of £5 per pack of 10, £4 per pack for quantities of 5-9 packs, or £3.50 per pack for 10 packs or more.

Harvest Thanksgiving

Our service will be held on Sunday 11th October at 6.30pm followed by Harvest Supper at Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall. May I ask for your usual generous offer of fruit, veg and foliage for the church decoration which will take place on the Saturday. As is our custom at Harvest the collection will be given to Sight Savers. Please bring your own drinks - glasses will be provided. Offers of food to Kath Bills on 01299 270367 please by 5th October. We look forward to a full church. Any help in decorating the Village Hall for the Harvest Supper would be most welcome. If you have any greenery or similar and a little time to spare please come at 10am on Friday morning. See you there.

Christmas Concert

This year's concert will be held on Friday 4th December at 7.30pm. Tickets at £6 each will cover the draw, punch and mince pies. Music will be by the Bell Inn Band. We look forward to a packed church. Tickets will be available shortly from Ysy (890234) or Michael (890332).

PCC Meeting

Just a reminder that the next PCC meeting will be held in church on Monday 26th October at 7.30pm. If you have any items you wish to be included on the agenda, please contact Anne Jenkins (810725).

Variety Show

After a lapse of many years it has been decided to reinstate this Palace of Varieties on Saturday 24th October, 7.30 for 8pm in Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall. Charles Kenchington, Village Hall Entertainments Officer, has booked Comedian Dave Huband. Tickets are £10 to include a ploughman's supper. Please bring your own drinks, glasses will be provided. Tickets available from Michael Holmes 01584 890332, Ysy Wozencroft 01584 890234 or Lynn Russell 01584 890407. It promises to be a great evening's entertainment.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. August 15th Graham and Janet Breese
  2. August 22nd John Salisbury
  3. August 29th Margaret Brereton
  4. September 5th Viv and Tony Pimm

Tom Wall has taken over No 13 from Geraldine Bernatt. There is now a waiting list.

Text for Harvest

Thou visitest the earth, and blessest it: though makest it very plenteous. — Psalm 65 v9

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