Parish Magazine for July 2013

Pencil sketch by W A Green


We send our congratulations and best wishes to James Wozencroft and Gemma Davis on their engagement on Thursday 25th April. James proposed to Gemma at the Taj Mahal, while they were on a visit to India for a friend's wedding. We are delighted that the happy couple have chosen St Mary's for their wedding on 26th July 2014.


Our Holy Communion Service held on 25th April 2013 also included the Baptism of James Charles Bounds, second son of Steve and Fiona whose family and friends joined us for this happy occasion. A lovely service was conducted by Rev Claire Lording and Kath Bills made a wonderful Christening Cake to be enjoyed with tea and biscuits following the service. We welcome James into the family of the church.

Shropshire Historic Churches Visit

On Saturday May 18th St Mary's Church, Whitton, was visited by members of the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust. Approximately 50 members arrived at the church and although it is surrounded in scaffolding due to the roof being replaced, they were able to look around the church and also showed interest in the work being carried out. They commented that it was nice to be able to see work in progress as it is quite rare on annual visits around the county to see a church under repair. Following their tour of the church they were provided with a three-course lunch served in the garden of Smithy Bungalow. The lunch offered a choice of homemade soup, followed by cold meats with new potatoes and salads, finishing with trifles, cheesecakes, gateaux and cheese and biscuits provided and served by Kath Bills, Sue Britten and Ann and Chris Kemp. After the lunch the spokesman for the party thanked us for our hospitality and, in his words, magnificent meal. We were lucky with the weather which although a little overcast was dry and warm enough to be outside. We thank the three men, who shall remain nameless, who spent three hours trying to erect a marquee but gave up when the wind blew it away!!!!

May Communion Service

Our May Communion Service was held at Smithy Bungalow. We welcomed the Rev John Williams, a retired Priest from Aberystwyth who now lives in Ludlow. At the beginning of the service John commented that it was good to be able to share the Bread and Wine in re-enacting the earliest of religious services that were held in village homes by the spostles. It was lovely to welcome three visitors to our service who said how much they had enjoyed it. After the service our usual tea, coffee and biscuits were organised by Betty Ward allowing people to enjoy the breathtaking views. Thanks to Rev John Williams for leading our worship, to Don Hearn for the music and Mike Jenkins for the loan of his keyboard.

June Evensong

An evening of praise, worship and fellowship

With St Mary's Church still under repair, the evensong service on 9th June was held at The White House by kind invitation of Betty and Bill. The lawn of their home was set out with chairs and an altar on a lovely warm bright evening. The service was conducted by Rev Claire Lording and was well attended; it was especially nice to see that Geoff and Maureen Hilton-Turvey were able to join us. Unfortunately Don Hearn was not well so the hymns were sung unaccompanied which caused the cattle in a neighbouring field to look curiously over the fence!!! After the service we celebrated Jean Wall's birthday with cake and wine and nibbles and gave visitors an opportunity to look around Betty and Bill's delightful garden. Special thanks to Betty and Bill for their hospitality. Don you were greatly missed and we all send our best wishes to you for a speedy recovery. We are all thinking of you and Jean.

July Services

Sunday 14th July

Evensong at The Cottage, Whitton, by kind invitation of Ann and Chris Kemp, 6.30pm.

Sunday 28th July

Holy Communion at Parish House, Greete, by kind invitation of Anne and Michael Jenkins, 10am.


PCC Meeting on Monday 24th June, 7.30pm at Carpenter's House, Whitton, by kind invitation of Mary and Barry Winn.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. May 18th Pauline Deffley
  2. May 25th Michael Holmes
  3. June 1st Ysy and Alan Wozencroft
  4. June 8th Linda Drew

Text for the month

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things — Philippians 4:8

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