Parish Magazine for September 2012

Pencil sketch by W A Green


We send our congratulations to David Bourne on achieving a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine and Fresh Water Biology gaining a 2.1 award; his graduation took place at Aberystwyth University on Wednesday 11th July. Well done David, a reward justly deserved.

Tea Party

A tea party for Marie Curie Cancer Care was hosted by Ysy Wozencroft at Whitton Farm on Wednesday 18th July. The weather was determined to give us its worst. However, a marquee was installed (just in case) and proved to be essential.

Despite all of this at least 80 people attended throughout the afternoon. The atmosphere (as ever) was delightful with a range of ages from 9 weeks to almost 90 years. There was much laughter and enjoyment. Cream teas and a wonderful array of cakes made the event a huge success and managed to raise a wonderful £477.30. Ysy would like to thank Whitton for all of the support. — Mary Hyslop-Winn

Preaching Cross Service

Our Preaching Cross Service this year was held mostly inside the church, although it was a lovely day. For the first time in 10 years the heavy rainfall had prevented us from cutting the grass in the churchyard. The service taken by Rev Sue Foster was very good and we gathered around the Preaching Cross where Anne Jenkins read the Intercessions whilst we all stood in the long grass with the sun shining down on us. The service was followed by our usual coffee and biscuits organised by Aileen Hood, after which 24 of us adjourned to Smithy Bungalow by kind invitation of Michael Holmes where we enjoyed a very nice lunch under the walnut trees on a perfect day in congenial company. The food which was delicious and plentiful was provided by the ladies of the congregation and the wine which flowed profusely was provided by Michael Holmes. We thank him for stepping in and saving our Preaching Cross lunch which otherwise would have had to be forfeited. — Sue Britten


On one of the very few warm and sunny afternoons in July, we had a visit from a group of likeminded people taking part in an educational tour and very informative talk on the history and architecture of some of the more unusual church buildings within the local area. Around 40 people arrived and were seated in the church ready for the educational ‘bit’ which was given by Tim Bridges. I then talked about St Mary's and the ongoing work that is being carried out to restore our building for our community and for future generations. After this the assembled company departed for Hope Bagot and a well-earned cup of tea.

Tim Bridges is the Diocesan Church Buildings Officer. This is a part time post funded by English Heritage to enable parishioners within the Dioceses to have a better understanding of their Church buildings together with their architectural heritage. WEA stands for the Workers' Educational Association - a countrywide organisation set up in the early part of the 20th century to further the education of the population at large and provide an opportunity to learn from people, qualified in their field of expertise, teaching almost anything you care to name from “why we exist” to conjecture on “what may come next” — from “Architecture to Zoos” and everything in between. — Tony Easteal

PCC Meeting

The PCC meeting held at Carpenter's House on Monday 23rd July was well attended and chaired by Rev Claire Lording. The main items of business were:

Barry and Mary Winn were thanked for their hospitality.

Future Events/Services


Many grateful thanks to Christine and David Bourne for all their hard work and time spent cutting and tidying up the hedge and grass on the north approach to the church - it looks wonderful. Thanks also for strimming part of the grass in the churchyard. We are indebted to David Rhoden for the use of his equipment which enabled the work to be carried out. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. Thank You.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. July 14th Mick and Carole Peplow
  2. July 21st Richard Tompkins
  3. July 28th Penny Smith
  4. August 4th Michael Holmes
  5. August 11th Morgan Jones

Cleaning and Flower Rota

September - Ysy Wozencroft and Mary Hyslop-Winn

From the Parish Register

Funeral Saturday 28th July - Edith (Edie) Ann Rhoden

Edie was born on 3rd January 1930 at Hope Court Farm, Hope Bagot. Her mother died when she was only 6 weeks old; shortly afterwards she came to live at Whitton School with her father and his brothers. Edie elected to start school at 3 years old and the school teacher provided a special school for her to use! She loved school as it was held in her own home, she regarded it as normal to have a full house at all times; this policy continued throughout her whole life.

When Edie was 17 she moved to The Hollins Farm with a number of relatives and now worked as a post lady. Edie met Joe Rhoden and they married in 1952. They made their first home in part of The Hollins and in 1955 Christine was born, followed by David 3 years later. In 1962, the family moved to Wootton, Whitton; this was her first home of her own.They had a very productive garden and Edie spent many hours particularly in the autumn preserving fruit. It was at this time that Edie went to work at what was known as the Canning Factory in Tenbury. She made many friends there.

Edie had a love of aviation - anything that left the ground was of interest! She had a flight on Concorde, champagne all the way, enjoyed a balloon flight over Ludlow, a helicopter ride over the Welsh hills and was a regular volunteer passenger on the small aircraft at Shobdon. Another great love was the Queen and the Royal Family, she collected royal books and much memorabilia all her life.

Another lifelong interest was photography, not just snapping away at the grandchildren, but recording of every wedding in Whitton, every event and all get-togethers - no-one escaped! When you went to visit Edie you had to allow extra time because you knew she would produce many photo albums for you to view; she was extremely proud of her photos and all the results were perfect. Right up to last year, even when she was poorly she insisted on being taken to take photos of Whitton weddings.

Edie was an exceptional grandmother, there was one simple rule: the grandchildren could do no wrong. She revelled in the children and their antics, spent hour after hour playing with them, teaching them, encouraging them, and just spending time with them. About 15 years ago, Edie thought it would be nice for the grandchildren to raise half a dozen bantams. The number soon grew and the fancy fowl became a large project for the Rhoden and Bourne families.

Edie was a Poppy Appeal collector in Whitton for over 60 years; if you were out when she called, she would not give up until she found you in! Edie lived at Hollimeade for about 20 years. During the last few years, Edie's health gradually deteriorated and she received wonderful care at her home from family, friends and carers. Edie always spoke her mind, had a heart as big as a house, was generous to a fault, and though small in stature, had the strength of will similar to a giant. She was a Whitton legend. She will be greatly missed. Msy she rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with Christine and David and all the family at this sad time. Memorial donations, which to date amount to £614, will be divided between St Mary's Church and SCC Helena Lane Resource Centre Comforts Fund.

Thought for the month

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. — Psalm 16:11

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