Parish Magazine for March 2010
Our January Communion Service was followed by our Annual Church Lunch held at The Queens, Ludlow, attended by 26 parishioners. Tony Easteal welcomed everyone and said grace. We all enjoyed a superb meal, efficiently served and a nice friendly atmosphere. These lunches were the brainchild of Aileen Hood and we all agree that they have been a great success.
The Annual PCC meeting will be held in Church at 7.30pm on Monday 22nd March 2010. This is a meeting open to everyone on the Church Electoral Roll - come along and have your say as the Church is such an important part of the community.
This year it will be a joint service with our neighbours from Greete and will be held at St Mary's Whitton on Sunday 14th March at 10am and will be led by Kath Bills. (Please note no Evensong this month.) Celebrate Mothering Sunday with all families and enjoy simnel cake and blessing and presentation of posies after the service. Offers of help with making the posies would be appreciated. We look forward to a good attendance.
As I write (08/02/10) the daffodils are making little or should I say no progress at present due to weeks of cold and snowy weather. It is therefore difficult to predict the dates for Daffodil Daze at this stage. Please keep an eye out for the advertising boards. Offers of cakes, books and help with the tea and stewardship rota will be appreciated.
Recent winners were:
- January 16th Betty Ward
- January 23rd Alan and Ysy Wozencroft
- January 30th Oliver Warr-Jenkins
- February 6th Rob and Lyn Evans
From the Parish Register January 25th
Funeral: Rev Colin Villette Hutt
Colin was born in 1932 in South London and when he was young he was sent to boarding school. For a few years during the war he lived in Colwyn Bay, where his father was attached to The Ministry of Food. After he left Felsted School in Essex, he was offered a place at Cambridge but was unable to accept it for financial reasons. Instead, he went to Sandhurst. Several of Colin's family were Christian Scientists, but Colin was drawn to more orthodox religious disciplines, including monasticism. In his early twenties he converted to Roman Catholicism and spent a brief period at Downside Abbey, but he did not pursue the religious life at this time and, after trying accountancy, eventually found a career as a preparatory schoolmaster.
In 1957 Colin married his first wife Ursula and they were married for 20 years. Sometime after Ursula died in 1977, Colin met and fell in love with Elizabeth McKnight. In 1986 Colin, by then married to Liz and with a daughter, Jane, came to live and work in the Ludlow area. He had been formally received back into the Church of England many years before and gradually, with the support of his family and friends, came to recognise his vocation as a priest. He was ordained in 1990. This brought him real fulfilment and he was delighted when he was able to extend his ministry beyond the normal retirement age. He found much happiness and many friends in all the parishes he served but Whitton always held a special place in his heart and it was his express wish to be buried here. Colin was a man who confronted spiritual, practical, emotional and social life head-on. Over the years he tried his hand at basketry, needlework, knitting, rush and cane work, cookery, upholstery, story-writing, gardening and poultry-keeping. He loved games, conversation, entertaining, food, wine and laughter. He was an enthusiastic member of the Guild of Clothworkers. You don't meet many people who have driven a flock of sheep over London Bridge!! Finally Colin believed profoundly that God's love was greater than any human institution, prejudice or preconception. We shall all miss you Colin, may you rest in peace.
The retiring collection of just over £600 will be sent to the Alzheimer's Society.
Prayer for the Season of Lent
- Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
- whose trust is the Lord.
- He is like a tree planted by water,
- that sends out its roots by the stream,
- and does not fear when heat comes,
- for its leaves remain green,
- and is not anxious in the year of drought,
- for it does not cease to bear fruit. — Jeremiah 17.7-8
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