Parish Magazine for September 2010

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Race for Life

A number of our parishioners in Whitton have taken part in the Race for Life at several different venues, all with one common theme - racing to celebrate or in memory of loved ones lost. Well done to everyone concerned either in sponsoring them or taking part.

A great achievement

Sam Edwards enjoyed his best weekend in cricket on the weekend of July 17th/18th. On Saturday he scored an unbeaten 117, the first century of his league career for Ludlow, against Shelton. Then on Sunday against Newtown he scored 48, before taking 4-18 including a hat trick. A wonderful achievement - will he ever be able to match that or even beat it!! Knowing 19 year old Sam anything can happen - watch this space. Sam was rewarded with a place in the Marston's representative side which met the North Somerset League in the first round of the Cedric Rhodes Trophy at Knowle CC in Bristol on 25th July.

Have a great day out!

Have you visited Gigrin Farm near Rhayader yet? You must, if you value our countryside and its wildlife. It is about a 50 mile drive but the scenery is beautiful. Take a picnic and use their picnic site, then go into one of the hides and wait. They feed at 3 pm daily, from a tractor. I won't spoil the surprise but I think you will be more then blown away at the spectacle of the Red Kites feeding. They were almost extinct - thank goodness someone cared enough to encourage these majestic creatures so that “ordinary” people like you and I can share the results of their dedication.

Deanery Evensong

The Tenbury Team was well represented at the Ludlow Deanery Evensong held at St Laurence's Ludlow on Thursday 22nd July. It was a wonderful service of sung evensong, was well attended and a very moving and inspirational occasion. It was the last deanery event for the Rural Dean James Stewart who retires from full time ministry in October. The preacher was Bishop Anthony. Afterwards refreshments were served which enabled us to meet members from other parts of the deanery.

Preaching Cross Service

Once again the weather held out for our Annual Service of Holy Communion around the Medieval Preaching Cross. We had a good congregation of 32 people, including some fresh faces who were warmly welcomed into the Whitton community. The service was taken by Rev Judith Dunkling who gave a most interesting address including some history of the Preaching Cross which everyone found most informative. After the service coffee and biscuits were served, while the lunch was being prepared. At midday we all sat around and enjoyed a superb lunch which was up to the usual Whitton high standard. Everyone agreed it was a wonderful day of fellowship and friendship - the last people left at 3 pm!! Special thanks to David Hanley for accompanying our hymns on his keyboard and for playing music during the interim period, then he and his friend enjoyed lunch with us. We would also like to thank all those who prepared the churchyard, put up gazebos, provided chairs and helped set up on the day. A big thank you to the team of ladies who gave and provided the marvellous food and to all who took the washing up home. We are all very grateful.

Cricket v Hope Bagot

As many of you may have already heard we have had to cancel our cricket match against Hope Bagot due to take place on Bank Holiday Monday August 30th, as the field at The Knowle is currently undergoing extensive drainage works. I understand that the cost of these works is in excess of £40,000 and hopefully, by the time of the 2011 event the pitch will be in 'A1' condition.

August Evensong

This service led by Kath Bills was a particularly joyful and uplifting occasion. A congregation of 35 including several visitors enjoyed a wonderful service, with superb singing and marvellous hymns for which we thank our organist Don Hearn. Rev Hilary Morgan's address on faith gave us all much to think about. Thank you Hilary. After the service an informal 'get together' was held at The Smithy which enabled parishioners to meet the new tenants, Steven, Fiona and Oliver Bounds to whom a warm welcome was extended.

PCC Meeting

The PCC meeting held in church on Monday 26th July was well attended and chaired by Rev Claire Lording.

At the beginning of the meeting Michael Jenkins was co-opted onto the PCC.

The main items of business were:-

On Saturday September 11th the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust is organising a Ride and Stride day and we agreed to provide drinks and a warm welcome as usual. Please let Michael know if you are able to do a 'stint' stewarding and welcoming.

The Standing Committee plus two PCC members are to meet with the Deanery Treasurer to discuss the Parish Share papers and report back at the October PCC meeting.

Stewart McGuinness gave a report on finances which showed a healthy balance. Tony Easteal then outlined the quinquennial report findings and costings. We are in need of a new roof and there are a number of smaller jobs that require attention. Cost of these works is approx £70,000. The PCC agreed to contact our architect and put the wheels in motion. It is hoped that some of the smaller jobs could be done by a working party. Tony Easteal thanked those who had spent quite a lot of time analysing our incomes and outgoings.

Tony Easteal was thanked for making and fixing the new gate at the top of the steps.

The Harvest Festival Evensong will be held on Sunday 10th October followed by the traditional Harvest Supper.

Rev Judith Dunkling has undertaken a review of the parish registers and our Burial 1856-2010 and Baptism 1825-2009 records are now at Shropshire Archives.

The October meeting on Monday 25th October will be at Croft Cottage, Snitton Gate by kind invitation of Tony and Topsy Easteal.

Hope Bagot & Whitton Village Hall

It is hoped to hold a joint fund raising event for the village hall on Saturday 9 October. A Ceilidh with Terry Tandler (The Golden Lion Light Orchestra) and a buffet supper has been arranged. Tickets £10 available from Mac (890009) or Michael (890332). More details next month.

Cleaning and Flower Rota

September - Ysy Wozencroft and Mary Hyslop-Winn

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. July 17th Ray and Sue Amos
  2. July 24th Edie Rhoden
  3. July 31st Richard and Clare Cavenagh
  4. August 7th Michael and Anne Jenkins

Text for the month

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. — Hebrews 11:1

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