Parish Magazine for June 2013
After much discussion it was decided that we would keep to tradition and hold our Daffodil Daze weekend. Due to the changeable weather so far this year, another decision to be made was, when? At the end of March we had a reasonable amount of daffs along with primroses and crocuses so we gambled on 13th and 14th April which left Michael Holmes and John Williams rushing around the countryside erecting the advertising boards.
The weekend arrived and was surprisingly good to us. There were only a few downpours, a small amount of sun and quite a few visitors, some coming a fair distance. Our faithful friends from Halesowen have been visiting for 13 years! Refreshments, the sale of books, homemade cakes and new laid eggs together with donations raised over £300, which has been put into the churchyard maintenance account. The response for cakes to sell was brilliant and we thank everyone who contributed. A big thank-you to all those who acted as stewards and those who kept the refreshments flowing.
The April PCC meeting held at Smithy Bungalow was well attended and chaired by Rev Claire Lording.
- Mrs Ann Kemp was welcomed as a member to her first PCC meeting.
- Mrs Topsy Easteal reported that the amount collected in tax refund from HMRC is the lowest since 2000. Members discussed various means of trying to encourage more people to give on a regular basis.
- The Churchwardens' report was given by Tony Easteal:
- The faculty for the roof has been received, but not one for the War Memorial.
- The work on the roof commenced on time and is expected to take approximately 16 weeks; during this time the church will remain closed.
- Mrs Kath Bills encouraged members to attend the Deanery Evensong at Munslow on 27th June.
- The band concert with the Cleobury Mortimer Concert Brass has been booked for December 6th - please make a note of this date.
- Whitton will be participating in the Festival of Churches on the weekend of 14th/15th September. There will be Casseroles, Soups and Puddings, to eat in or take away, which Kath Bills is going to organise, plus teas and coffees. There will also be a Plant Stall - this is the perfect time to be potting up plants which may have self seeded, or making divisions from larger plants. If we do this now the plants will be a good size by September. If you have unusual or choice varieties, even better. We really will have an impressive stall if everyone in the village contributes, say, five plants. Plant sales are usually a reliable fund raiser, but on a greener note, it can be of great value to distribute species and thereby ensure their survival. Thank you.
The next PCC meeting will be on Monday 24th June, 7.30pm at Carpenters House, Whitton.
We are now in the season of churchyard conservation - the spring flowers have been particularly magnificent, especially the primroses, wood anemones, cowslips, violets and bluebells. Paths have been mowed and the rest of the churchyard is left, in order that the other wild flowers will follow on and allow the wild daffodils to naturalise for next season. Mowing will start in earnest in July/August.
Evensong at Whitton on Sunday 12th May was the first service since the church roof has been removed. For the next 16 weeks or so we are going to have to find alternative venues to hold our services - to date seven offers have been received. Thank you to all those who have kindly offered to hold services in their home. We held this service at Stoneoak by kind invitation of Mrs Pat Dunn. Her lounge was re-arranged by Chris Kemp and Michael Holmes. The service was led by Michael and the address was given by Rev Sue Foster. It was well attended, the content and atmosphere was lovely in a very warm room! Don Hearn played the keyboard kinly loaned by Michael Jenkins and once again Don proved his versatility. At the end of the service people stayed for a while chatting and after they left we put Pat's lounge back to its original state! A special thanks to Pat Dunn for her hospitality and Don Hearn for providing the music. Thank you all.
Evensong - 6.30pm Sunday 9th June
The White House, Hope Bagot by kind invitation of Betty and Bill. Weather permitting the service will be in their delightful garden, if wet in the Village Hall.
Preaching Cross Service
In the churchyard (Holy Communion with Baptism), 10 am Sunday 23rd June. After the service we will have our usual lunch in the churchyard.
Recent winners were:
- April 13th Liz and John Rushen
- April 20th Linda Drew
- April 27th Penny Smith
- May 4th Aileen Hood
- May 11th Tony Thompson
Text for the month
When things are going well for you, be glad, and when trouble comes just remember: God sends both happiness and trouble, you never know what is going to happen next — Ecclesiastes 7:14Archive of Previous Parish Magazines
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