Parish Magazine for June 2011

Pencil sketch by W A Green


We send our congratulations and best wishes to Leah Harper (2nd daughter of Julie and Chris Wall of Rockhill Mill) and Liam Hinckes of Bilston, who announced their engagement on 28th April. We look forward to another wedding!


We also send our best wishes to Laura and Gavin on their special day on Saturday 18th June. We hope the sun will shine on them. The wedding is at 12.30 pm and I know you will give them the usual Whitton support.

Easter Dawn Eucharist

A good crowd of 47 people, including three children gathered around the brazier in the churchyard on a perfect still morning for our Team Dawn Easter Eucharist celebration. The Easter Candle was lit and we processed with it into the church where we held our service, as we entered the church, the dawn chorus was in full cry, with blackbirds and song thrushes sharing our Easter joy. In church we sang Alleluias, by candlelight with our own candles lit from the Easter Candle. We moved to the font for renewal of our baptism vows and sang new Easter hymns assisted by an augmented musical accompaniment. We celebrated communion as the light shone through the east window. After the service more than 40 of us walked through the village for breakfast outside at Smithy Bungalow where boiled eggs, toast, juice and hot drinks were served. A very special thank you to the clergy, Claire, Sue, Hilary and Chris, for arranging the service and to Kath Bills, Aileen Hood, Sue Britten, Ann and Chris Kemp and their daughter Kate for preparing and serving the breakfast so efficiently. Also I must mention Tony and Topsy's grandchildren William and Isobel who enjoyed helping serve the food. Finally thank you to Raymond Morris, Lyn and David Wozencroft for donating the eggs.

Street Party

Following the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales to Miss Catherine Middleton the residents of Hope Bagot and Whitton joined together to celebrate with a tea party at Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall. The hall was packed with an excellent turn out from both parishes, where we all enjoyed a remarkable spread of cakes, sandwiches and variety of drinks. Many thanks to the Shakespeare family for printing the invitations and to all those from both parishes who so generously made and donated the food and drinks. THANK YOU ALL. A wonderful afternoon of friendship.


As mentioned in May's magazine, St Mary's churchyard in Whitton was featured in the Countrywise programme which was broadcast on Tuesday 3rd May. We have received encouraging feedback from many quarters near and far. The following morning whilst I was mowing the paths in the churchyard, we had several visits from people who had watched the programme and decided to view it for themselves. Sadly one lady came expecting to see the crocuses and I had to explain to her that the programme was filmed in early March and that the crocuses were now finished but nevertheless she was able to enjoy the Bluebells! I told her to return at the end of May to view what should be a magnificent array of Moon daisies. The programme highlighted the value of conservation and brought to the notice of the public the reason why this is important as it showed quite a number of wild flowers that live in our churchyard. We hope that it will encourage more people to come and appreciate the haven that exists there. It appears that the Bluebells, Violets, Primroses, Cowslips and Moon daises have multiplied greatly in the last 12 months.

Church Steps

Many thanks to Barry Winn for so kindly repairing the steps that lead from the road into the churchyard. A job well done.

June Services and Events

Thursday 2nd June – Betty and Bill are holding a social occasion in memory of Oli on her birthday at The White House, Hope Bagot commencing at 6 pm. All friends of Oli are welcome, please bring a small plate of nibbles.

Sunday June 12th –  Holy Communion 11.30 am.

Open Gardens Sat/Sun 25th and 26th Jun 11 am-5.30 pm

After a break of three years we are again preparing to open some of the varied gardens of the parish. We have many lovely gardens in a variety of styles, ranging from the more formal in layout to traditional cottage gardens. There are a number of new and different features to see and the newer gardens have become much more established and mature. Would you be able to offer your help in running stalls or with refreshments, or to donate items for any of the stalls eg bric a brac, books, cakes, tombola and/or draw prizes? If you have surplus plants of any kind, whether vegetables, annuals, alpines or perennials, we will be very happy to pot them up. If you would like to include your garden, please let Michael or Mary know. Please see enclosed flyer.

Following the event on Sunday evening at 6.30 p.m. we are to hold Songs of Praise in one of the gardens. Please join us and if you have a favourite hymn or reading which you would like to be included please let me know. We hope for good weather.

Please note Preaching Cross Service will be held on Sunday 24th July.

An “Open” afternoon

On the afternoon of Wednesday 13th July the Teme Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Society are holding an “Open” afternoon at St Mary's and will be joining us for Afternoon Tea.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. April 16th Bev Huntbach
  2. April 23rd David and Lyn Wozencroft
  3. April 30th Peter and Colleen Child
  4. May 7th Tony Thompson

Cleaning Rota

June – Lynda Evans

Prayer for the month

Thanks be to you, O Lord Jesus, for all the benefits which your life has brought us; for the pains and insults which you bore for us. O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly and follow you more nearly, day by day — Amen

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