Parish Magazine for December 2013

Pencil sketch by W A Green


We send our best wishes and congratulations to Nick and Georgia on the safe arrival of Joshua Mark Hoskins born at Ludlow Hospital on 10th October weighing in at 7lb 2oz. The first grandchild for John and Dawn of The Bungalow. We also send our best wishes and congratulations to Stuart and Shan Whitby on the safe arrival of Henry Stuart born on 18th October at Heath Hospital, Cardiff weighing in at 7lb 5½oz, a brother for Georgia and the second grandchild for Alan and Ysy Wozencroft of Whitton Farm.

Harvest Thanksgiving and Rededication of the Church

Our Harvest Thanksgiving service this year was combined with the communion service and re-dedication of St Mary's Church. The service was taken by Rev Claire Lording. It was a joy to see an almost full church congregation which included a number of visitors including Dr Attlee's daughter Jane and her husband Peter. The church looked lovely with flower arrangements and plenty of fruit and vegetables representing the successful gathering of the harvest. Prior to the re-dedication of the church Tony Easteal gave a résumé of all the works that had been carried out over the past seven years which was of interest to everyone. Gifts were brought up to the Altar by children of the congregation who carried out their tasks beautifully. A big thank you to all who provided the fruit and vegetables and decorated the church with flowers. The non-perishable goods were given to the CAB Food bank appeal and the collection to Sight Savers. Following the service 27 of us adjourned to Hope Bagot and Whitton Village Hall for the Harvest Lunch which consisted mainly of a variety of fish dishes and homemade bread which was delicious! Thank you to everyone who contributed food for the lunch and to those who cleared up afterwards. The fruit and vegetables were taken to the hall and sold prior to the lunch.

Bulb Planting

On the weekend of 5th/6th October planting went on apace. With good weather and an excellent turnout, approximately 600-700 bulbs were planted up and down the village. We hope next spring Whitton will be a carpet of daffodils and bluebells! — Janet, Graham, Chris and Ann

Christmas Hampers

We are once again supporting the CAB Christmas Hamper Appeal. The hampers will be distributed to families in our parishes. These families are nominated by doctors, police and social services in our community and are families where Christmas will be a time of hardship. If you would like to contribute Michael Holmes has a wish list and would be pleased to furnish you with a list of suitable items. Thank You in anticipation.

PCC Meeting

The October PCC meeting held at The Cottage, Whitton, by kind invitation of Chris and Ann Kemp was well attended. Mac McGuinness gave the Treasurer's report and it was agreed to close the Fabric Fund and put the money in the General Fund. Mac informed the meeting that he would be resigning, due to other pressures, at the end of the financial year. At the end of the meeting Chris Kemp kindly agreed to be the new treasurer. Topsy Easteal gave an up-to-date gift aid report. It was interesting to note that over £30,000 had been received from the tax man!! in the last 13 years. The faculty has now been received for the War Memorial. Chris Kemp agreed to liaise with John Hoskins who is happy to complete the works of restoration. The screen in the vestry to be replaced with the cupboard and a curtain to keep the draught out!! The Church brochure to be re-vamped.

Fund Raising

Christmas Services

Advance Notice

Church Lunch - Sunday 26th January following Morning Service. Full details next month.


We are currently in the process of drawing up rotas for 2014. If anyone would like to join the rota for taking intercessions or readings, would they kindly speak to Michael.

Magazine Money

Just to remind those of you who pay by calendar year that your subscription will be due on 1st January; if you pay before 31st January the cost will be £7.80. Please pay Michael.

Remembrance Service

Although this year's attendance was down on that of previous years, nevertheless we had a very inspiring and meaningful service led by Rev Sue Foster. Thank you Sue for such a wonderful and at times emotional address which struck the right balance for the occasion. The citation and The Roll of Honour from the parishes of Greete and Whitton was read by Tony Easteal and Chris Kemp. The wreath was presented and laid by Sophie Cavenagh. Many thanks to Aileen Hood for the stunning flowers and poppy displays. Thanks also to Sophie and Amanda Cavenagh for collecting the offertory. Whitton villagers contributed £83 to the Poppy Appeal which included £25 from the church for the wreath.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. October 12th Anthony and Helen Brand
  2. October 19th Pauline Deffley
  3. October 26th Alan and Ysy Wozencroft
  4. November 2nd Peter Thomas
  5. November 9th Tom Wall

Cleaning Rota for December

Kath Bills and Michael Holmes.


At this time of year I would like to thank everyone who has participated in the life and work of the church and community. We have once again had a busy, lively and enjoyable year of fellowship. Thank you for being part of it and a very Happy and Blessed Christmas to you all.

Thought for Christmas

The Music of Christmas is Laughter; The warmth of Christmas is Friendship, And the Spirit of Christmas is Love. — Anon

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