Parish Magazine for November 2011

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Churchyard

The annual mammoth task of clearing the churchyard –  having allowed all of the wildflowers to seed –  is now complete. Many thanks to Bill Nield for cutting the remainder of the grass at the east end. We feel the burden of work to be more than worthwhile as from early spring into late summer there is a diverse profusion of wild flowers attracting many visitors year by year. As always David Rhoden has cut the road side hedge with his usual mastery, it looks wonderful. Thank you David!

Harvest Thanksgiving

On an unusually balmy evening for mid October, we had a full church for our Harvest Festival service conducted by Rev Dr Chris Moore. The service commenced with the Wall children and the Cavenagh children taking traditional harvest produce to be blessed. Chris, in his address, reminded us that whilst celebrating the harvest of earthly goods to see us through the year, we might give thought to harvesting of another kind, the harvesting of God's people into the company of heaven. After the service we repaired to Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall for our supper. This year cottage pie followed by apple crumble, ice cream and custard was served to the multitude and very delicious it was too. A great many people spent a great deal of time preparing for our celebrations by way of supplying goods and flowers and decorating our church so beautifully, to cooking and supplying the food for our supper. As is usual, to name names is to run the risk of leaving someone out. You all know who you are and the Churchwardens and PCC are most grateful for your usual and wonderful largesse. This year, instead of an excess of fruit and vegetables, the PCC asked for donations of dried and tinned goods. These goods have been taken to the CAB drop off point at St Mary's Tenbury to be distributed among those in need in the community. Our collection, which amounted to £252.45, as is our tradition, is to be donated to Sight Savers. The raffle raised £85 towards our roof restoration fund. — Tony Easteal

Operation Christmas Child

Shoeboxes are now available in the church, could you please return to either Kath Bills or Michael Holmes, if possible by November 24th.

Annual Service of Remembrance

The Annual Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday 13th November at 6.30pm. As is our custom the collection will be for church funds, with a retiring collection for anyone who wishes to make a donation to the Poppy Appeal. The Act of Remembrance will take place in the church.

Christmas Concert

Tickets at £6 each are now available for our Annual Concert featuring the Bell Inn Band to be held in church on Friday 2nd December at 7.30pm. The charge covers draw, punch and mince pies. We look forward once again to a full church. Tickets available from Michael Holmes (890332).

Christmas Cards

Don't forget to order your Christmas Cards from Michael as soon as possible.

Cleaning Rota

November –  Mrs Topsy Easteal and Mrs Clare Cavenagh

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. September 17th David and Lyn Wozencroft
  2. September 24th Andrew and Janté Baird
  3. October 1st David Rhoden
  4. October 8th Sally Thompson
  5. October 15th Linda Drew

Prayer for the Month of Remembrance

O God of many nations, Lover of all nations. We pray for peace – in our hearts, in our homes, in our nations, in our world. The peace of your will. The Peace of your need. — George Appleton

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