Parish Magazine for January 2012
May our year be filled with peace, prosperity and love. May God's blessings come upon us and bestow upon each of us a bright, healthy and peaceful New Year.
I was privileged to sponsor Maisie at her Confirmation held at St Laurence's Church, Ludlow, on Sunday 11th December. Bishop Anthony presided and it was a most memorable occasion – a very uplifting service.
Annual Service of Remembrance
An excellent attendance was recorded for our Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving on Sunday 13th November and we were pleased to welcome back to our service our good friend Richard Tompkins. The service was taken by the Rev Dr Sue Foster who gave a very inspiring address. The wreath was presented by Sophie Cavenagh and laid by Mrs Edie Rhoden's daughter and son, Christine and David. The Roll of Honour from the parishes of Greete and Whitton was read by Michael Jenkins and Tony Easteal read the Act of Homage. Many, many thanks to Mrs Aileen Hood and Mrs Di Rhoden for the stunning flower and poppy displays. Whitton Villagers contributed £70.50 to the Poppy Appeal which included the wreath money from the church.
Our annual Christmas Concert of readings and carols accompanied by the Bell Inn Band was near to having to be cancelled for a second year running when it was discovered that the main fuse from the supply had blown. But the maintenance crew from the electricity board came to our rescue in the nick of time and the power was restored just 15 minutes before the start time and the concert went ahead as planned. The church was full to bursting. The music, the readings and the singing of the carols was magical, a warm and wonderful start to this season of Advent as we prepare to celebrate Christ's birth at Bethlehem.
In the first half of the programme Jack Edwards introduced Joseph and Maisie Wall and Sophie and Amanda Cavenagh, supported by Clare Cavenagh, who gave an excellent rendition of Jesus is Born by Nikki Davies wholly presented in sign language which was beautifully co-ordinated by the children under the direction of Julie Wall. During the interval hot punch, sausage rolls and mince pieces were served. There were so many prizes in our lucky ticket draw that you could count yourself unlucky not to go home with something. All's well that ends well and everyone filed out at the end with smiles on their faces, some declaring that it was the best yet. Many thanks to all who helped in decorating the church, preparing the food and punch, donating the raffle prizes and taking home the mountain of washing up. THANK YOU ALL. — Tony Easteal
Operation Christmas Child
Once again a wonderful response from villagers and friends of Whitton, Hope Bagot, Boraston, Greete and Clee Hill (including contributions from Ludlow friends). I made two journeys with the jeep completely loaded with shoe boxes and bags of extras – which volunteers at Kidderminster called ‘treasure’. Many thanks to you all, also to the ladies who knit hats and mittens all the year round, for the generous money donations, to the industrious box coverers and to Mary Thomas at Gwythers for saving the empties. The boxes are now on the way to Crimea and Belarus where we know they will be gratefully received by children and families. — Kath Bills
Thank you to all those who have contributed so generously to the CAB Christmas Hamper Appeal. As a result we have been able to provide two hampers from the Whitton Church Community. Our thanks to Anne Jenkins for the beautifully covered hamper boxes that she prepared for us.
We express our gratitude to David Parry (assisted by his wife Gwen) of Midlands Electrical Services for installing a spot light over the Altar, which on dark mornings will enable the Priest to see the Communion Book easier.
The churchyard is now in pristine condition for the winter months and it is hoped that work on cutting the inside of the hedge will be completed shortly. Thanks to all concerned.
Church Electoral Roll
The Church Electoral Roll is open to those who are baptised and aged 16 or over and resident in the parish or, not being resident in the parish, have attended worship during the past six months. Forms are available from the Electoral Roll Officer, Mrs Clare Cavenagh (891679) or a supply of forms is available in the church. Completed forms MUST be returned between 13th and 27th February 2012 to Mrs Cavenagh.
The menu and booking form is now available for the annual Church Lunch at The Fountain, St Michael's at 12.30pm on Sunday 22nd January 2012 following Morning Service. Three courses including coffee £16.50. Numbers strictly limited – please obtain your menu from Michael as soon as possible and return no later than 15th January.
For those who pay by calendar year, ie Jan-Dec, the Magazine subscription is now due. If you pay by 31st January 2012 the cost will be £6.60, otherwise it will be £7.80. Please pay Michael.
Recent winners were:
- November 12th David and Lyn Wozencroft
- November 19th Sally Thompson
- November 26th Pauline Deffley
- December 3rd Richard Tompkins
- December 10th Sue and Ray Amos
January 2012 – Michael Holmes
An Epiphany Prayer
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” — John 8:12Archive of Previous Parish Magazines
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