Parish Magazine for February 2013

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Howard Cheese

We were sorry to hear of Howard's short stay in Wolverhampton hospital. At the time of writing this he is back home again and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Christmas Party

Tuesday 18th December saw around forty merry-makers at the Village Hall to spend a riotous evening at the annual Whitton Christmas “Get-together”.

The evening took its usual format, the first half consisting of a series of readings, songs and jokes performed by various members of the community. One of the highlights was Mick Peplow and his comic songs while Tony Easteal risked his marriage if not his life recounting the story of his new Sat Nav system, ie Topsy. You're a braver man than I am, Tony. Mac brought a slightly more thought-provoking note to the evening when he read a poem about the stupidity and horror of war that had been written by a fourteeen year old girl cadet from the Ludlow Squadron of the ATC.

After a very tasty meal and the raffle draw, the rest of the evening was spent dancing to music from the Juke Box. Many and various were the sights to behold including our worthy Rector leaping around like a frenzied dervish. Sally Thompson has it on film but has promised to keep it away from the Bishop for the usual consideration.

All in all it was a brilliant evening and thanks are due to everyone involved including hall decorators, food providers, raffle prizes donators, performers and especially to those who turned up the following morning to clear up. — Stuart McGuinness

Carol Service

Despite the rain over 60 of us gathered at St Mary‘s for our annual joint Carol Service of nine lessons and carols with our friends from St James, Greete. The service led by Rev Sue Foster was, once again, a wonderful celebration of the anticipation of the coming of the Christ Child. Thanks to all the readers and to our organist, Don Hearn. After the service a wonderful variety of light refreshments were served in church accompanied by sherry and soft drinks. Thanks to all who prepared and served the food, to Sue for taking the service and to everyone for braving the elements! The collection was in aid of The Children's Society.

Christmas Eve

Our “Midnight Mass” at 9pm, led by Rev Sue Foster, was not as well attended as in previous years but nevertheless all appreciated this Christmas Eucharist with carols to celebrate the beginning of Christmas. It was a joy to welcome three visitors from The Sheet, at Ludlow. At the beginning of the service the lighting of the final candle in the Advent Wreath by Sophie Cavenagh took place and during the service Sophie sang beautifully the carol Away in a Manger as a solo. Well done! And Thank You for being so brave! The service, as always, on such a poignant occasion was perfect and Sue's sermon gave us all food for thought.

Thanks

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who worked so hard to make the church look so stunning — it really was! — with the Christmas flowers, the tree, the Advent wreath, and the crib, namely Aileen Hood, Linda Drew, Betty Ward, Sue Britten, Ysy Wozencroft, Christine Bourne, Mary and Barry Winn and Tony and Topsy Easteal. Thanks to Chris Wall for once again providing the tree.

Church Electoral Roll

Just a reminder that this year everyone who wishes to be on the Church Electoral Roll needs to re-apply. Application forms are available in the church or from Clare Cavenagh (891679). The forms must be completed between 28th January and 11th February and returned to Clare by the 11th. The new roll has to be agreed, together with the Annual Report and Accounts at a meeting of the PCC on Monday 11th February at The Cottage, Whitton, by kind invitation of Chris and Ann Kemp at 7.30pm.

Magazine Money

Just to remind you that if you pay your magazine money before 31st January 2013 the cost will be £7.80, otherwise it will be £9. Please pay Michael.

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday Service this year will be a joint service with our neighbours Greete and will be held at St Mary's on Sunday 10th March at 11.30am (no Evensong this month). The service will be led by Kath Bills.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. December 15th Mac and Sally McGuinness
  2. December 22nd Tom Wall
  3. December 29th Chris and Ann Kemp
  4. January 5th Christine Bourne
  5. January 12th Tom Wall

Cleaning and Flower Rota

February — 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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