Parish Magazine for April 2011

Pencil sketch by W A Green


We send our congratulations and best wishes to Daniel and Lizzie McGuinness on the safe arrival of Max born at Whittington Hospital, London on February 11th at 4.30 am, weighing in at 8lbs 12oz. A sixth grandchild for Mac and Sally McGuinness of Parkside. We also send congratulations and best wishes to Paul (brother of Clare Cavenagh) and Helen Haggarty on the safe arrival of Annabel Joy born at Worcester Hospital on Monday March 7th, weighing in at 8lbs 4oz. The first grandchild for Rob and Pam Murray of Whitton Villa.


On Monday 21st February we said farewell to Richard and Dea Tompkins, who moved to their new home at Little Birch, south of Hereford. We wish them every happiness. Richard has been a very faithful member of our congregation and has carried out his duties as sidesman very conscientiously and rarely missed a service. Thank you Richard –  we will miss you!

Syd Davies

We were all very sorry to hear that our good friend Syd died peacefully in the early hours of Monday 14th March in Kidderminster Hospital. Syd and Oli were close friends for a number of years and he worshipped regularly with Oli at St Mary's. He loved our social events and was very much the life and soul of the party and he enjoyed telling jokes!! Syd was a very sociable person and wherever he went he always made new friends and had a welcoming smile to greet people. We send our sincere condolences to his daughters Julie and Diane and all the family. You are all very much in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Tribute to our Music Man

After our service of Evensong, which included a robust sermon on the quite difficult subjects posted by the New Testament reading for that day (Matthew 5 verses 21-37) and given the usual no holds barred treatment by Rev Chris Moore, we were pleased to host a thank you party for Don Hearn to celebrate his 80th birthday. At the same time it gave us the golden opportunity to thank him for his many years of unstinting dedication in playing the organ to accompany our singing at services. He has always been there for us in times of joy, in times of sorrow, and all the times in between. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the presentation to Don of a cheque which we hope, in some small way, expresses the love and esteem in which he is held by us all. I think it is fair to say that he appeared both touched and delighted by the occasion. — Tony Easteal

Pancake Day

Once again we were blessed with wonderful weather for our annual Pancake Day race. Around 50 folk from Whitton and the surrounding villages turned out to watch the fun. Eight of those more agile than the rest of us, took part in the race up the hill to the Church and back to Whitton Farm, tossing their pancakes along the way. The ladies' race was won in near record time by Sandra James and the men's race by Sam Edwards who broke the tape well ahead of the competition. Afterwards Ysy presented the prizes to the winners and invited everyone back to the farmhouse for more pancakes, coffee and as Jean Wall would say, just a toothful of sherry.

To mention names runs the risk of leaving someone out but mention must go to Mary and Barry Winn for cooking in excess of 100 pancakes –  to Joan Harris for supplying the lemons –  to all those who came armed with a bottle – but mostly to Alan and Ysy for their hospitality. — Tony Easteal

PCC Meeting

The Pre-AGM held at Smithy Bungalow was well attended and proved to be a rather jolly meeting. Among items discussed were: Mr McGuinness presented the audited accounts for 2010 which were agreed, he then went through the budget for 2011 with two scenarios –  one without a grant for the new church roof, and one with. Mr Easteal informed the meeting that our architect Mr Peter Taylor is preparing the required papers for us to send to English Heritage with our submission to see if we can obtain a grant for the works on the roof. The meeting agreed to pay the sum of £7,000 as our contribution towards the parish share. Thanks were recorded to Barry Winn ably assisted by Mary for checking the guttering and tower roof so that the Annual Post Monitoring report could be sent to English Heritage. Mr Winn has agreed to lead a team in carrying out the highlighted items in the quinquennial report which we feel able to complete. Mrs Pat Dunn has volunteered to hold a fund raising event in late spring/early summer and Betty and Bill wish to hold an event in early June. Please note that in June our Communion service will be held on the second Sunday (June 12th) at 11.30am. The Annual Preaching Cross Service with lunch in the churchyard will be on 24th July.

Open Gardens

Advance notice of Whitton Open Gardens Sat/Sun 25th and 26th June. Already we have a number of offers from people who would be pleased to open their gardens, and would welcome any further offers. Now might be a good time for us all to be thinking of producing plants to sell on the plant stall. Vegetable plants, annuals, bedding plants, grasses and any perennials which you may be able to split would be most welcome. We also hope to repeat the success of the bric-a-brac stall, and hold the usual tombola, cake stall and book stall. Contributions please to Michael or Mary telephone number 890332 or 891704 respectively. We hope to end the weekend by holding Songs of Praise in one of the gardens featuring a well known choir. It is good to look forward to a time when our gardens always look so lovely and draw so many people into the village to share them. Further details to follow. — Mary and Michael


A group of us spent a very interesting 3 hours at the church with a crew from ITV Central Television on Wednesday 9th March. We were interviewed by Rachel De Thame on churchyard management and conservation and a number of parishioners were filmed carrying out tasks in order to maintain the natural environment. This is provisionally booked to be broadcast on Tuesday 3rd May 2011 for the Countrywise programme. Hopefully this will provide good publicity for our church.

Altar Frontal

The Red Altar Frontal is once again in pristine condition thanks to the skills of Topsy Easteal and Mary Hyslop-Winn who have recently renovated it. Many thanks for all your time and efforts. It looks superb.

Easter Day Dawn Eucharist

We are happy to be hosting the Dawn Eucharist Service on Easter Day (April 24th) at 6 AM followed by breakfast at Smithy Bungalow. Please bring your own egg cups, everything else will be provided and SET YOUR ALARMS.


The family of Olive McPherson (Oli) would like to thank everyone for supporting her through her illness and all who attended her funeral at St Mary's Church. The flowers in the church and the service were lovely. Thank you Rev Claire Lording. It all made saying Goodbye to Oli much easier. The PCC acknowledge with much gratitude the sum of £650 being 50% of the memorial donations. The same amount has been forwarded to Stoke St Milborough Church.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. February 12th Anthony and Helen Brand
  2. February 19th Jim and Christine Lowe
  3. February 26th Michael Holmes
  4. March 5th Pauline Wedell
  5. March 12th Dawn Hoskins

Cleaning Rota for April

Kath Bills


Aileen Hood

Many thanks to Dr Bev Farnell for kindly volunteering to join the cleaning/flower rota. Bev will take over the month of January, following the death of Oli.

Prayer for Easter

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. — Amen

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