Parish Magazine for February 2014

Pencil sketch by W A Green

A Right Good Do

Our Christmas party this year took a slightly different course in that we were cordially invited to spend the evening at the home of Chris and Ann Kemp. We were all warmly greeted by their new and enthusiastic puppy who couldn't quite believe that so many people would want to play with her. But she soon calmed down to spend the rest of the evening attempting to wheedle titbits from any likely looking suspects. Mac excelled himself by setting a Christmas quiz that we all knew the answers to but couldn't remember at the time. The quiz was won by his wife Sally and her partner and, of course, all the usual banter of prior knowledge was fervently denied.

The ladies did us proud as always by providing us with a delicious supper and, together with a little wine and ale, the party went with a swing.

Our most grateful thanks to Chris and Ann, and not forgetting Lottie, for their wonderful hospitality.

Christmas Eve

Midnight Mass (which, in true Whitton tradition, takes place at 9pm) was a real treat this year as we were led for the first time in many years by a choir gathered together and arranged by Ann Kemp and her daughter Kate. The service began with the first verse of Once in Royal David's City sung from the Baptistery at the back of the church by Kate accompanied by Maisie Wall. The choir and clergy then processed in through the church lit only by candles and the glow from the overhead heaters. For the first time in most people's memory, we did not have Don Hearn to accompany our singing on the organ. Don has not been in the best of health of late and we send him and Jean our warmest wishes for a quick return to the rudest of rude. In Don's absence we are very grateful to Ella Davenhall for playing for us. Ella and her mother Rachel have recently moved to Knowbury. Welcome, we hope that you will be very happy in your new home. And thank you Ella, our celebrations would not have been complete without you. — Tony Easteal

Many thanks to all those who kindly decorated the church for the Christmas Concert and our Midnight Mass service - it all looked stunning. Special thanks to Chris Wall for donating the Christmas tree, and to Aileen Hood for making the Advent Wreath.

PCC Meeting

The next PCC Meeting will be held on Monday 10th February 2014 at Croft Cottage, Snitton, by kind invitation of Tony and Topsy Easteal at 7.30pm.

Carol Service

Many thanks to the parishioners of St James' Church, Greete, for their warm welcome and hospitality for our Joint Carol Service. It was a lovely evening.

Magazine Money

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

Church Electoral Roll

Another reminder! If you wish to join the Church Electoral Roll please apply for a form from Clare Cavenagh (891679) or a supply of forms are available in the church. Forms MUST be returned to Clare no later than 17th February 2014.

49 Club

Sally Thompson writes “Many thanks once again to all the people who have continued to support the 49 Club in the past year. We have been sorry to lose one or two members but grateful to those who stepped into the breach, which has enabled us to continue to pay out a weekly prize of £25 and a weekly donation of £24 to the church. Just a reminder that the prize goes to the person whose number matches the Bonus Ball on the National Lottery every Saturday. As a result of your membership, we will have paid out £1,300 in prizes and made a donation to the church of £1,248 in 2013.

You can pay monthly (or more) in advance by cash or cheque, post-dated cheques or direct debit. Also many thanks are due to Michael who acts as my glamorous assistant!”

If you would like to go on the waiting list or to have direct debit details please contact Sally Thompson on 01584-890570.

Recent winners were:

  1. December 14th George Baker
  2. December 21st Bill Nield
  3. December 28th Michael Holmes
  4. January 4th George Baker
  5. January 11th Tony and Topsy Easteal

Cleaning Rota for February

Mrs Anne Jenkins.

Thought for the month

If we would view through eyes of faith the course of each new day, we'd quickly see God's gracious hand in all that comes our way. — D De Haan

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