Parish Magazine for August 2011

Pencil sketch by W A Green


We all send our many congratulations to Amy Ferris (grand-daughter of Don and Jean Hearn) who became a Doctor on Tuesday 21st June, having passed her degree with Honours. Amy has worked tirelessly over many years – a well deserved reward!

We also send our very best wishes to Bethany Harper and James Smith on their forthcoming marriage at St Mary's on Saturday 6th August. Their banns were read at our outdoor Songs of Praise service – our first alfresco banns and theirs will be Whitton's 100th wedding. We pray that the sun will shine on them and that they will have much happiness in the years ahead. It was lovely to see you both at the Open Gardens. Thank you for your support.

June Communion Service

At our June Communion service held on Sunday 12th June and conducted by Rev Claire Lording we were joined by family and friends of Anne and Michael Jenkins who had celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on the previous Friday. The family kindly provided lots of bubbly which we all enjoyed along with nibbles and cake. Congratulations Anne and Michael. They have asked me on their behalf to thank all who joined in the celebrations and helped make this an even more special day.

Open Gardens

Although the weekend weather began somewhat unpromising the Open Gardens weekend was well attended by many enthusiastic visitors from far and near, including a most charming couple from Holland who waxed lyrical about the exceptional appeal of the ‘English country garden’. Many people commented upon the range of gardens open and the fantastic variety of planting styles and scale. The spectacular views and formal planting of the garden at The Paddocks was a contrast to the exquisite but tiny garden of Wheelwrights and the quirky charm of the beach hut at Parkside. There was considerable surprise not to say disbelief at the “before” pictures of Carpenters House gardens and the enchantment which has been achieved in just six years, hopefully an inspiration to would-be gardeners. The tranquil setting, with recent planting, set against the ancient walnut trees of Smithy Bungalow was much commented upon. Despite enormous competition from other local events we were delighted to have raised the splendid sum of £1,810 towards the roof appeal. The weekend was very successful thanks to the wonderful support from the people who worked so hard to make it happen, the many people who kindly donated to the stalls, the marquee team, the ladies who made cakes and provided such delicious teas, the people who opened their gardens, those who helped with the advertising and who allowed boards to be erected on their property and most importantly the Farnell Family for their generous support in allowing their wonderful garden to be used for the event. The village looked a delight, thanks to the Rhoden family who made the approach to the village look so welcoming and the Hall family who made the entrance to the village by Whitton Brook look so pretty. At the close of gardens on Sunday 48 visitors and villagers attended Songs of Praise beneath the magnificent copper beech tree in the garden at The Paddocks. A collection of favourite hymns accompanied by Don Hearn to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude and a variety of readings including those from youngsters Sophie Cavenagh and Joseph Wall gave us an evening of praise and entertainment. Thanks to all the readers, all who chose the hymns and Kath Bills who ably led the service. The weekend was made quite perfect when we were all invited to supper at The Cottage by Chris and Ann Kemp. The setting in their delightful garden was sublime and their outstanding hospitality was so enjoyed by everyone. A heroic feat as Chris and Ann also opened their garden. Thank you from us all.

We have plans for something very different and we think quite spectacular for next year. Watch this space!  — Mary and Michael

Church Restoration

Here we go again. The PCC has agreed that the third (and hopefully, for now final) stage of our restoration programme should proceed with speed. The last quinquennial inspection, whilst congratulating the PCC on their sterling efforts to date, underlined the parlous state of the nave roof which is drifting northwards at an ever increasing rate. Details and estimates have been drawn up and a submission together with the required papers and application has been forwarded to English Heritage in the hope that they might find themselves once again, in a position to assist with the costs involved. The estimated sum is £73,000 and the PCC are under no illusions as to the task facing St Mary's in fulfilling our undertaking to preserve this beautiful old building for the community both now and in the future. But with a fair wind and the help and dedication of our village community we shall complete the task that we have set ourselves. — Tony Easteal

Michael's Evening Soirée

The invite had come through – “please come for drinks and nibbles after Evensong and sit in the garden”. Sounded lovely –  only it rained! But true to form Whitton pulled out all the stops and we continued in the bungalow's sitting room. A buffet was prepared by Janet Williams and Sue Britten and drinks were organised by our own “wine waiter” John Williams. It was lovely to sit and relax with our friends –  a fitting end to our Evensong taken by Rev Claire Lording, who had just returned from Maramba. The retiring collection in aid of the Christian Aid Appeal for East Africa raised £75. Thank you Michael. — Topsy Easteal

Operation Christmas Child

Yes –  I know it's only August but I also know that some of you generous people collect items for your boxes throughout the year, therefore this suggestion from the latest Newsletter from Samaritan's Purse may be useful, they suggest that this year we try to include items with an Olympics theme –  a good idea perhaps for the boys' boxes (if that is not being sexist!). — Kath


We hope to commence cutting the churchyard grass at the end of July. If you are able to spare a few hours, please let Michael know. Your help will be much appreciated. Thank you.

49 Club

We were sorry to lose Bev Huntbach as a member at the end of June but glad to welcome Theo Jones to take on her number (No 46). At the age of three he doesn't have much pocket money yet, but his granny Sally Thompson has volunteered to sub him for the time being.

Recent winners were:

  1. June 11th Penny Smith
  2. June 18th Andrew and Janté Baird
  3. June 25th Andrew and Janté Baird
  4. July 2nd John and Liz Rushen
  5. July 9th Viv and Tony Pimm

Cleaning Rota for August

Mrs Sue Britten

From the Parish Register

Holy Matrimony Saturday 18th June – Gavin Dennis Tutton and Laura Frances Evans

We send our best wishes to the new Mr and Mrs Gavin Tutton as they start out on their married life together. Gavin and Laura, the daughter of Rob and Lynda Evans of Meadow Court, were married on Saturday 18th June. After a very wet and windy morning the sun came out and the weather turned just in time for the arrival of the bride at St Mary's. The Church was full to bursting with friends and family gathered to witness their betrothal. Afterwards guests were entertained to a wonderful reception in the grounds of Meadow Court and the celebrations went on into the early hours. A wonderful day that they both will remember for the rest of their lives.  — Tony Easteal

Thought for the month

To hold a grudge is like sprinkling salt on an open wound. Let bygones be bygones and experience the healing effect of calm. — Luke 11:4, Luke 6:37

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