Parish Magazine for February 2010

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Rev Colin Hutt

We were all very sad to learn of the sudden death of our dear friend Colin who died on Saturday 2nd January 2010. Colin was our former Team Vicar and after retirement was a regular attendee at our Communion Services, his last attendance being in November. He loved being part of our community. We extend our sincere condolences to his widow Liz, daughter Jane and step daughter Mary and her family.

The funeral will be held at Whitton on 25th January at 11.30am.


We send our congratulations and best wishes to Bethany Harper (eldest daughter of Julie and Chris Wall of Rockhill Mill) and James Smith of Kingstanding, Birmingham, who announced their engagement on 28th December 2009 - Beth's Birthday.

Christmas Party

Festivities got off to a cracking start with our annual village party in the Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall on Tuesday 15th December. Families and friends from near and far entertained or were entertained to readings, repartee and singing. During the interval delicious hot cottage pie was served for supper and six lucky folk were presented with gifts from the lucky ticket draw. Our grateful thanks to the cooks for providing the supper and to all those who helped to decorate and prepare the hall so festively, did the washing up and donated the draw prizes. Thank you to Mac for organising the evening so well. — Tony Easteal

Carol Service

Despite the snow and ice over 60 of us gathered at St Mary's for our annual joint Carol Service of nine lessons and carols with St James' Church, Greete. The service led by Rev Chris Moore was, once again, a wonderful celebration of the anticipation of the coming of the Christ Child. The highlight of this year's service was the children 'signing' to the carol Silent Night under the direction of Julie Wall. A wonderful and moving performance by Sophie Cavenagh, Aless Boland and Joseph Wall. Special thanks to Julie Wall for her initiative, to Clare Cavenagh for hosting the practices and the children for taking part. Thanks to all the readers and especially well done!! to Sophie Cavenagh (aged 8) who read beautifully. After the service light refreshments were served in church. Thanks to all who prepared and served the food, to Chris for taking the service and to everyone who braved the elements on such a cold evening. The collection was in aid of The Children's Society.

Christmas Eve Communion

To walk up the church path on the cold and frosty Christmas evening and see the welcome glow of the heaters and the numerous candles was an absolute joy. It set the scene perfectly for our “Midnight Mass” at 9pm. The Rev Claire officiated and the service began with the lighting of the final candle in the Advent Wreath by Ann Kemp and then Claire blessed the crib. The service, as always, on such a poignant occasion was perfect and Claire's sermon gave us all food for thought. She was very ably assisted by Kath Bills as Deacon. In spite of many of our parishioners being away, the congregation was boosted by several people who were visiting for the holiday. We were especially delighted to welcome Rev Judith Dunkling to the service and all hope that she will soon be well enough to re-join the Team. Thanks to Don for playing the organ and especially his final touch when he played Mary's Boy Child which we all sang spontaneously! Special thanks must go to Linda Drew (who was Michael's little helper for the night) who lit all the the candles (about thirty in all, I think) - is this promotion Linda??!! Also, an extra special thank you to Michael (who very rarely gets a mention here because he writes the monthly bulletin) for all that he does including putting all the heaters on for each service so that we are all comfortable. They were especially welcome on a very cold evening. — Aileen Hood


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who worked so hard to make the church so beautiful with the Christmas flowers, the tree, the Advent wreath, and the crib, namely Aileen, Pat, Edie, Linda, Betty, Ysy, Lyn, Mary, Topsy, Rob, Barry and Tony. Thanks to Chris Wall for once again providing the tree.

Operation Christmas Child

Thank you to all who donated and helped with this year's Shoebox Appeal. My car was piled with boxes four times. I lost count of exactly how many. Thank you so much for the superb boxes, the knitted hats and mittens - one lady did almost 100 hats - and the generous money donations, thanks also to the Tuesday Workshop ladies for covering the boxes in advance. The destination of the gifts was Belarus and Ukraine - hopefully there will be more news later. MANY THANKS. — Kath

Electoral Roll

The Church Electoral Roll will be revised between 8th and 22nd February. If anyone would like to be added to the roll, contact Clare Cavenagh on 891679, or pick up a form in the church. The new roll has to be agreed, together with the Annual Report and Accounts, at a meeting of the PCC at Smithy Bungalow on Monday 22nd February. The Annual PCC meeting will be held in church on Monday 22nd March 2010 at 7.30pm.

Valentine's Dance

Don't forget to obtain your tickets for the Valentine's Supper Dance on Saturday 13th February at Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall at £10 each. Dancing to Roger Brown. Please bring your own drink, glasses will be provided. Draw prizes would be appreciated. Offers of food to Kath Bills please. We look forward to another good night. Tickets available from Michael (890332).

Magazine Money

Just to remind you that if you pay your magazine money before 31st January 2010 the cost will be £6.60, otherwise it will be £7.80. Please pay Michael.

Advance Notice

Our Mothering Sunday Service this year will be a joint service with our neighbours Greete and will be held at St Mary's on Sunday 14th March at 10am. (No Evensong this month.)

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. December 12th Pauline and John Atkinson
  2. December 19th Oli McPherson
  3. December 26th Kath Bills
  4. January 2nd Sally and MacMcGuinness
  5. January 9th Betty Ward

A thought for the decade

Be satisfied. Be grateful and for what you have and all that God has given you.

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