Parish Magazine for September 2011

Pencil sketch by W A Green


We extend a warm welcome from the parish to our new Team Vicar Rev Sian Harris who with her husband, Julian, has moved from over the border in Herefordshire to Burford Rectory. We hope she will have a long and happy stay with us in the Team Parishes and enjoy her ministry to us. We look forward to many of you supporting Sian at her licensing service at St Mary's Tenbury on Wednesday 7th September at 7pm.

Thank You

To all the seen and unseen friends who came to my assistance following my recent riding accident. We have been overwhelmed with the concern, kindness and offers of help shown by everyone. I am pleased to report that a slow but sure recovery is being made. Hopefully Ghost and I will be seen riding the lanes in the not too distant future! We are all so lucky to live in such a caring Community — Linda and Peter Drew.

We are all very pleased to hear that you are making steady progress, it is good to see you out and about again and we hope you make a complete and full recovery.

Afternoon Tea

On Wednesday 13th July the Teme Valley Decorative and Fine Arts Society held their Annual Open Day. Prior to coming to St Mary's Church, members and friends of the Society visited Bockleton Church in the early afternoon, they then came to St Mary's for afternoon tea and the Team Leader of the Society, Mr Robert Garman, gave a brief résumé of the information gathered to date at St Mary's by the recording group. Following the talk and questions, they wandered round the church and he pointed out items of particular interest. Altogether over 50 people attended including 15 of our congregation, who all enjoyed a superb assortment of sandwiches, scones and cakes that had been provided by the Society. Whitton provided the drinks and served the refreshments and as it was a lovely afternoon we were able to arrange the tables in the churchyard where we enjoyed this lovely fare, sitting in the sun. Many thanks to those who provided the excellent refreshments and to the Whitton ladies for serving the food and washing up, also for the generous donations given to St Mary's Church. A most successful and informative afternoon. Thank you to all concerned.

Preaching Cross Service

On Sunday 24th July we once again were able to celebrate our outdoor preaching cross service in warm sunshine. This year we had the added pleasure of welcoming baby Alexandra Anne Flanagan and her parents all the way from Zimbabwe to her baptism at St Mary's. Her Mum and Dad, Elizabeth, daughter of Bob and Pat Burt of Little Stoke, Greete and Bruce Flanagan were married at St James, Greete in 2010. The Service, conducted by Rev Claire Lording, was not without its hitches in that the portable organ, which has a mind of its own, and having indicated that it was ready for Don to play in accompaniment to our singing, then decided not to utter a sound. After much to-ing and fro-ing and plug changing by Mac and Tony it obviously felt much better and more like joining in. The gathering of some 66 friends, family and our usual committed congregation gave thanks to God for his wonderful world and for the love and the peace that we are so privileged to enjoy. After the service we raised a toast in cake, with thanks to Kath, and wine to baby Alexandra Anne wishing her good health and happiness in her life to come. Our service was followed by a delicious lunch, taken in the shade of the marquees in the churchyard. Good company, good food and fine summer weather, what more could we possible ask. Our sincere thanks to all who, with their usual generosity, provided the food and helped in any way to prepare for this very special occasion. — Tony Easteal

Dates for your Diary

Harvest Thanksgiving

Sunday 9th October 6.30 pm followed by Harvest Supper at Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall.

Christmas Concert

Friday 2nd December 7.30 pm featuring the Bell Inn Band.

Carol Service of 9 Lessons and Carols

Sunday 18th December 6.30 pm at St James, Greete.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. July 16th Kath Bills
  2. July 23rd Viv and Tony Pimm
  3. July 30th Don Hearn
  4. Aug 6th Janet and John Williams

Cleaning rota for September

Mrs Ysobel Wozencroft

From the Parish Register

Holy Matrimony Saturday 6th August –  James Smith and Bethany Harper

As Beth arrived at the church for her marriage to James, the clouds cleared and the sun shone onto the bride. The church was filled with family and friends of the bride and groom to witness and support them on their special day. The atmosphere was enhanced by the wonderful floral displays for which we thank Aileen Hood who arranged the flowers in the church and Gill Cushion who arranged the porch decorations. The service was conducted by the Rev Claire Lording, who informed the congregation that this was also a notable occasion for the church in that this was the 100th wedding to be held at St Mary's Church. We had two appropriate readings beautifully read by Joseph Wall and Leah Harper, who both received a round of applause. The sun continued to shine whilst the photographs were taken after which everyone adjourned to Rockhill Mill for the reception. We wish Beth and James a long and happy life together. A splendid day for a special couple.

Prayer for the month

Teach us good Lord, to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to work and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do your will, through Christ our Lord.  — Amen –  St Ignatius Loyola 16th Century

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