Parish Magazine for November 2009

Pencil sketch by W A Green

New Arrival

We send our best wishes and many congratulations to Andy and Sue on the safe arrival of Tali Lee born on Sunday 20th September weighing in at 7 lbs 4 oz, a sister for Melchi and the second grandchild for Oli McPherson.

John Hood

Our thoughts and prayers are with Aileen and the family at this difficult time. Her brother John died suddenly on Sunday 13th September and our sincere condolences go to them all.


The annual mammoth task of clearing the churchyard - having allowed all of the wild flowers to seed - is now complete. We thank Barry, Bill and Alan for their help and hard work. We feel the burden of work to be more than worthwhile as from early spring into late summer there is a diverse profusion of wild flowers attracting many visitors year on year. As always David Rhoden has cut the road side hedge with his usual mastery, it looks wonderful. Thank you David!

Harvest Thanksgiving

The leaves had begun to turn, the days were getting shorter and once again the time came for our harvest thanksgiving. A goodly number of people were in church for a service led by Rev Claire Lording who gave a very thought-provoking address. The church looked lovely with the display of produce and flowers. We were grateful once again to Raymond Morris of Burford for his generous gift of hop bines for our display, both in church and in the village hall where we held our harvest supper. The non-perishable goods were donated to the local CAB appeal and the produce was auctioned by Stewart McGuinness for Sight Savers our traditional harvest charity. People responded with their usual generosity and the proiduce raised £65.70, together with the collection of £94, enabling us to send a cheque to Sight Savers for £159.70. Our thanks for a lovely service, most enjoyable evening and delicious supper. We also extend our thanks to all who provided produce, cooked the supper, helped to decorate the church and village hall, donated the raffle prizes, to Kim Bills for running the raffle which made £81 and to all of the people who so willingly helped to clear up. Last but not least thanks to all of you for supporting the event.

Annual Service of Remembrance

The Annual Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday 8th November at 6.30pm. As is our usual custom the collection will be for church funds, with a retiring collection for anyone who wishes to make a donation to the Poppy Appeal. The Act of Remembrance will take place in the church.

Juke Box Jive

At 7.30pm on Saturday November 14th at Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall, there is to be an evening of dancing, jive and jollity. Music is to be provided courtesy of Mac and his Jukebox. Do come and enjoy a hot supper and dance to oldies but goldies. Tickets are £7.50. Bring your own drink, glasses will be provided.


Operation Christmas Child

Shoeboxes are now available in the church, could you please return to either Kath or Michael, if possible by November 25th. Many thanks to the Tuesday workshop personnel for covering the boxes. Your efforts were greatly appreciated.

Christmas Cards

Don't forget to order your Christmas Cards from Michael as soon as possible.

Christmas Concert

Tickets at £6 each are now available for our Annual Concert featuring the Bell Inn Band to be held in church on Friday 4th December at 7.30pm. The charge covers draw, punch and mince pies. We look forward once again to a full church. Tickets available from Ysy (890234) or Michael (890332).

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. September 12th Dorothy Shakespeare
  2. September 19th Peter Britten
  3. September 26th David Rhoden
  4. October 3rd Bill Nield
  5. October 10th Graham and Janet Breese

Rob and Lyn Evans have taken over No 5 from the late Margaret Brereton.

From the Parish Register - Funeral

Margaret Brereton (Gangy) Wednesday 23rd September

Gangy was fiercely proud of her Welsh heritage and language. Having been born in Lampeter, Gangy left Wales to work in Reading at the Bank of England, which had been evacuated there, for the duration of the war. The fact she spoke Welsh was a huge advantage to the bank and she worked in translation and administration. In 1962 Gangy moved to Craven Arms where she lived with her first husband Gerald until his death and then moved to live in Burford some fifteen years ago with her second husband Den until his death in 2001. We all came to know and love Gangy as she was a familiar figure at Whitton social gatherings. For the last four years she became inseparable from 'Champs' (John Champkin) and they made a wonderfully stylish and handsome couple. The 'tea party' at Whitton Farm was quite memorable and was much enjoyed by everyone. Gangy would have loved it!! She would have been particularly delighted at the thought of Sam Edwards travelling home on Champs' mobility scooter. After midnight!! Our thoughts and prayers are very much with Ysy and Alan, Faye and Shan, Vivienne, Robbie and family. We share in their sadness. The family would like to thank friends and the wider community for the love and support they received during this difficult time. They would wish to express their particular gratitude to Dr Nick Foster who was always prepared to go the extra mile in caring for Gangy during her illness. Memorial donations were in aid of The Air Ambulance and Whitton Church Roof Appeal.

Prayer for the month of Remembrance

  1. O God of many names, Lover of all nations
  2. We pray for peace - in our hearts,
  3. In our homes, in our nations, in our world
  4. The peace of your will
  5. The peace of your need. — George Appleton
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