Parish Magazine for January 2011

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Tony and I would like to wish you all a SAFE AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR

Jack Edwards

We extend our congratulations to Jack Edwards who was named Shropshire Star Young Cricketer of the Year for Shropshire. The presentation was held at the White House Hotel, Telford on Friday 19th November. Jack is now back in training six days a week. Well done Jack, keep up the good work.

Joseph Wall

I was privileged to sponsor Joseph at his Confirmation held at St Laurence's Church, Ludlow, on Sunday 21st November. Bishop Anthony presided and it was a most memorable occasion - a very uplifting service.

Sight Savers

Thank you to all who gave so generously to this worthy cause at our Harvest Thanksgiving Service, £175 was collected and has been forwarded to this charity in their fight against avoidable blindness.

Churchyard

Due to the recent cold weather we have been unable to complete the cutting of the grass. We thank Chris Wall for his help during November.

Annual Service of Remembrance

An excellent attendance was recorded for our Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving on Sunday 14th November. The service was ably led by Kath Bills who gave a very inspiring address. The wreath was presented by Sophie Cavenagh and laid by Mrs Edie Rhoden. The Roll of Honour from the parishes of Greete and Whitton was read by churchwarden Tony Easteal and Michael Jenkins read the Act of Homage. Many, many thanks to Mrs Pat Dunn, Mrs Aileen Hood and Mrs Edie Rhoden for the stunning flower and poppy displays. Whitton Villagers contributed £85 to the Poppy Appeal which included £25 from the church for the wreath.

November Communion

At 7am on Sunday 28th November 2010 the temperature in the church was -11°C therefore we were pleased to be invited by Rose and Clive Edwards to hold our morning service in the warmth of their lounge. Twenty seven of us congregated at Burnt House, and the service was taken by the Rev Judith Dunkling and Rev Chris Moore. In her welcome Judith told us that at the church where she had officiated earlier that morning the temperature had been -9°C and she thanked Rose and Clive for allowing us all to invade their home. Judith also commented that if we found the sermon boring, we had a wonderful view to admire and entertainment from the blue tits going in and out of the old pump. As this was Judith's last service at Whitton before she leaves for pastures new we were delighted that the service was able to take place in such a lovely atmosphere. Refreshments were kindly provided by the parishioners and everyone was able to stay after the service to chat with Judith and wish her well for the future. Thank you Don as always for the musical accompaniment. Special thanks to Rose and Clive for their hospitality.

Christmas Concert

After 10 years of the Christmas Concert, this year proved unlucky due to the adverse weather conditions and unfortunately the 11th concert had to be cancelled at the 11th hour!! I know that many of you were disappointed including the Band as they told me that it is one of the highlights of their Christmas. We would have once again had a full house but the majority of you would not have been able to get to our church safely. We would like to offer a thank you to all for your support and a big thank you to Aileen Hood for all her hard work in arranging the programme. Hopefully, Aileen will let us use it for 2011, the date being Friday December 2nd.

December Evensong

After our December Evensong, led by Rev Chris Moore, a service which everyone appreciated and enjoyed, the congregation were invited to Burnt House to view the magnificent array of their Christmas lights both inside and out. Everyone thought the display was stunning. Light refreshments were enjoyed including for a change a birthday cake for Rose's own birthday which she hadn't had to make herself! Once again many thanks for Rose and Clive's warm hospitality on a cold evening.

Church Electoral Roll

The Church Electoral Roll is open to those who are baptized and aged 16 or over and resident in the parish or, not being resident in the parish, have attended worship during the past six months. Forms are available from the Electoral Roll Officer, Mrs Clare Cavenagh (891679) or a supply of forms is available in the church. Completed forms MUST be returned between 14th and 28th February 2011 to Mrs Cavenagh.

Quiz

Don't forget to book your table for the Whitton Mastermind Quiz on Saturday 22nd January 2011 at Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall commencing at 7.30 pm. Teams of 4 (£5 per player) to include a hot supper. Bookings please to either Michael (890332) or Mac (890009). We look forward to another enjoyable evening.

Church Lunch

The menu and booking form is now available for the annual Church Lunch at The Queens, Ludlow at 12 noon prompt on Sunday 23rd January 2011 following Morning Service. Two courses £13.00. Numbers strictly limited. Please obtain your menu from Michael as soon as possible and return with your remittance no later than 13th January.

Valentine's Supper Dance

This will again be held at Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall on Saturday 12th February 2011 at 7.30 pm. Tickets for this event, priced £10.00 to include hot supper, will be available shortly from Michael or Mac as above. More details next month.

Magazine Money

For those who pay by calendar year ie Jan-Dec, the Magazine subscription is now due. If you pay by 31st January 2011 the cost will be £6.60; otherwise it will be £7.80. Please pay Michael.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. November 13th Sally Thompson
  2. November 20th David Rhoden
  3. November 27th Richard Tompkins
  4. December 4th Mary and Barry Winn
  5. December 11th Edie Rhoden

Sally Thompson writes:Many thanks once again to all the people who have continued to support the 49 Club in the past year. We have been sorry to lose one or two members but grateful to those who stepped into the breach, which has enabled us to continue to pay out a weekly prize of £25 and a weekly donation of £24 to the church. Just a reminder that the prize goes to the person whose number matches the Bonus Ball on the National Lottery every Saturday. As a result of your membership, we will have paid out £1,300 in prizes and made a donation to the church of £1,248 in 2010. You can pay monthly in advance by cash or cheque, and extra thanks are due to those who save my carbon footprint by paying several months at a time or giving me post-dated cheques.

If you would like to go on the waiting list please contact Sally Thompson on 01584 890570.

Thank you very much Sally for your efficient running of the club, your efforts are greatly appreciated.

An Epiphany Prayer

Dear Jesus, as You led the Three Kings to You by the light of a star, please draw us ever closer to You by the light of Faith.

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