Parish Magazine for February 2012

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Joseph Wall

Recently, Joseph Wall went to the NEC, Birmingham, for an audition for 2012 Britain's got Talent. Accompanied by Mr and Mrs Michael Jenkins' keyboard (thank you for the loan), Joseph played Pretty Woman. A wonderful experience for him.

Steve Wall

We were all devastated and stunned to hear of the tragic, accidental death of Steve on Monday 2nd January. Steve, his wife Mandy and daughter Amy lived at Hope Bagot for a number of years. Over the years they attended our Family Services where Amy often read. Steve was a lovely guy, always had a smile on his face and would do anything to help you. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mandy and Amy at this most difficult time. Steve, may you rest in peace.

Christmas Party

Tuesday 13th December saw the Annual Party in Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall. The format was changed this year as Mac brought his juke box along and the second half of the evening saw a lot of people of a certain age reliving their youth –  misspent or otherwise. The first half performances were as varied as ever and even Michael Holmes gave a rendition!

Tony Easteal has still to recover from the treatment he received during his efforts! Another very welcome addition to the programme was Steve Bounds singing and playing his guitar, very professional and well received.

During the interval the hall took on the appearance of a soup kitchen with a variety of delicious soups available followed by a generous cheeseboard, grateful thanks to everyone who provided and helped with the refreshments. Many favourable comments have been received about the evening ranging from “terrific” through “best do I've ever been to” and “totally exhausted” from Mac. Many thanks to everyone concerned, hall decorators, performers, food and hall clearer uppers and the team who helped transport the juke box. A great evening. — Mac and Michael

Carol Service

Many thanks to the parishioners of St James' Church, Greete, for their warm welcome and hospitality for our Joint Carol Service. It was a lovely evening.

Christmas Eve Service

In contrast to last year we gathered on quite a balmy evening for our Midnight Mass at 9pm! The atmosphere within the church was magical with candles and Christmas tree lights combined with the red glow of the heaters. A congregation of 58 which included a number of visitors from near and far “enjoyed a wonderful service” (the words written in the visitors' book) led by Rev Hilary Morgan. At the start of the service the crib was blessed and one of the visitors volunteered to light the final candle on the Advent Wreath. This was the last service led by Hilary at Whitton as she has now moved to pastures new over the border in Hereford. Special thanks to Chris Wall for donating the Christmas tree, to Aileen Hood for making the Advent Wreath, and finally to all those who decorated the church and the Christmas tree –  it all looked stunning. THANK YOU.

Pancake Race

Dig out your running shoes and join us on Shrove Tuesday 21st February at 10am for our annual race up the road to the church steps and back again –  tossing your pancakes as you go!! Please bring your own frying pan –  pancakes will be provided. Afterwards you are all invited to Alan and Ysy's at Whitton Farm for pancakes, tea, coffee, lots of chat and laughter and a glass of sherry. Look forward to seeing you all. (Non-runners welcome!!!)

Electoral Roll

The Church Electoral Roll will be revised between 13th and 27th February 2012. If anyone would like to be added to the roll, contact Clare Cavenagh on 891679, or pick up a form in the church. The new roll has to be agreed, together with the Annual Report and Accounts, at a meeting of the PCC at Smithy Bungalow on Monday 27th February at 7.30pm. The AGM will be held in Church on Monday 26th March at 7.30pm.

Magazine Money

Just to remind you that if you pay your subscription by 31st January 2012 the cost will be £6.60, otherwise it will be £7.80. Please pay Michael.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. December 17th Pat Hunter
  2. December 24th Janet and John Williams
  3. December 31st Chrissy Bourne
  4. January 7th Sue Britten

Cleaning Rota

Mrs Anne Jenkins

Prayer for the Month

As the Wise Men were led to worship the infant Jesus, so lead Your Church to know You more clearly and to do Your work on earth more faithfully.

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