Parish Magazine for November 2010

Pencil sketch by W A Green


We remember with great affection our dear friend Jenny Lythall who died on Saturday 9th October. Jenny supported many Whitton functions along with her husband Geoff and will be greatly missed by all her many friends in our community. We extend our deepest sympathy to Geoff and all the family, who are all very much in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

We also remember at this time Julie, Chris Wall and family on the sad loss of Michael Merrick (Mick), father of Julie and Patrick, husband of Jan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

I would also like at this sad time to pass on our condolences to Lyn Russell and family on the sudden death of Dr Anthony Russell, Churchwarden at St John The Baptist, Hope Bagot.


We send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Peter Thomas and Robert Wall who both have recently suffered incapacity following similar accidents. We hope they will soon be feeling much better and that they both make a complete recovery.


Although Whitton was a little thin on the ground, an incredibly good time was had by all at the joint Whitton/Hope Bagot Ceilidh held in the Village Hall on Saturday 9th October, in aid of hall funds. The level of dancing bordered on the dangerous with much twirling and promenading, hooting, howling and fits of laughter. The band, Golden Lion Light Orchestra were superb and provided brilliant music and a range of entertainment that allowed the dancers to regain their collective breath. Terry Tandler acted as caller and led the dancers through many an intricate pattern although the occasional tangle occurred which added to the general fun. A total of fifty people attended and everyone said that it was a great evening. Thanks to everyone involved, in particular the ladies from both villages who provided the excellent buffet supper. The amount of work behind the scenes for events like this is considerable, you know who you are and we are extremely grateful for your efforts. Village Hall funds benefited to the tune of just shy of £200 including income from the raffle.

Harvest Thanksgiving

On a beautiful Autumn evening a full church gathered to give thanks for the bounty of God's gifts at this time of harvest. All the traditional hymns were sung (thank you Don for your choice of hymns) and Rev Claire Lording's address was both apposite and thought-provoking on the theme of enough is enough. Kath Bills conducted the service with a perfect balance between humour and the dignity such an occasion demands. The church looked resplendent with beautiful floral decorations and an impressive display of produce on the steps of the sacristy. Many thanks to those who gave of their time and talents in producing such a wonderful presentation. It was a special delight to see children in the church and the collection was taken by Joseph Wall ably guided by sidesman Richard Tompkins. During the service Joseph and his sister, Maisie, performed the time honoured offering of coal and food while Clare Cavenagh and daughter Sophie read prayers of thanks for the harvest. As is our custom, the collection from the service will be donated to Sight Savers. After the service around thirty of the congregation gathered at the village hall for harvest supper where a mouth-watering meal was served. With a choice from four different casseroles and apple pie for pudding even the most voracious appetite was satisfied (amazingly Mac had enough! He took Claire's message of enough is enough at its literal best.) As always many, many thanks to everyone who cooked, served and washed up and cleaned the hall twice! The auction of produce, raffle and donations will contribute approximately £110 after expenses to church funds. The auction was conducted by Mac who, as usual, bullied and cajoled money from a very willing audience.

The whole weekend, whilst hectic for many, was a delight and fostered the spirit of community, everyone involved remarked what a wonderful couple of days it had been.

Future Fund Raising

There has been a request for another Ceilidh early in the New Year to help shed the pounds accrued over the Christmas period. Watch this space.

Quiz evening and a Juke Box Jive are being organised and dates for both will be announced as soon as possible. Details in the Village Link.

Tickets at £6 each are now available for the Annual Christmas Concert featuring the Bell Inn Band to be held in church on Friday 3rd December at 7.30 pm. The charge covers draw, punch and mince pies. We look forward once again to a full church. Tickets available from Mac (890009) or Michael (890332).

The Christmas Do will be held in the Village Hall on Friday 17th December (provisional date). This will take its usual format: music, recitals, humour (hopefully) and a good time for all. Supper will be provided and tickets will cost £5 from the usual sources. Anyone who would like to help, either performing or feeding, please contact Mac on 890009 as soon as possible.

Churchyard hedge

Grateful thanks to David Rhoden for once again cutting the road side hedge with his usual mastery, it looks wonderful. Thank you David!

Operation Christmas Child

Yes it's that time again –  and OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD has been working now for 20 years to show God's love by taking gifts FROM YOU to children who have virtually nothing. Last year 1.2 million gifts went to Africa (Mozambique) Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This year earthquake stricken Haiti has been added to the list. In all of these countries volunteers from local churches work to make sure that children in need, especially in rural areas, are reached. Leaflets are now in the church, together with ready-covered boxes (thanks to the Tuesday Crafty Ladies) so we can all do our bit to bring joy to these children and their parents. Jesus said, Let the children come to me and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these –  Matt. 19 v 14.

Annual Service of Remembrance

The Annual Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday 14th November at 6.30 pm. As is our 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.

Christmas Cards

We still have a supply of Christmas Cards, if you would like to make an order, please contact Michael as soon as possible.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. September 18th Tony Thompson
  2. September 25th Rob and Lynda Evans
  3. October 2nd Bev Huntbach
  4. October 9th Bev Huntbach

Cleaning and Flower Rota

November  –  Clare Cavenagh and Topsy Easteal.

Prayer for Remembrance

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. — John 14 verse 27

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