Parish Magazine for September 2014

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Notice Board

A big ‘Thank You’ to Stuart (Mac) McGuinness for restoring the Village Notice Board, which is now available for village use. The key hangs on a chain behind the board.

July Evensong

Due to inclement weather the July Evensong was held in church and then we adjourned to Betty and Bill's at The White House, Hope Bagot, for a very convivial gathering. Many thanks to Betty and Bill for their hospitality. We were very grateful to Marina Clent for accompanying us on the organ at the service.

Village Barbecue

We were blessed with fine weather and a magnificent setting by the fishing lake for this village event, following James and Gemma's wedding the previous day. Lots of people came and enjoyed numerous games, food barbecued by Alan and Ollie and music supplied by Mac's jukebox.

Thank you to David and Lyn Wozencroft for providing the marquee and venue and thank you to the group of people who organised and ran the event.

War Memorial and Commemoration Event

The Rev Sylvia Turner put a lot of time and effort into researching the family histories of the men from the parish who were killed in the First World War, with a display in the church porch. For those who were unable to attend, the display remains in the porch. The Commemoration Service took place at 11am on Monday 4th August and was conducted by the Rev Turner around the newly restored Memorial Cross. Forty-six people attended a very moving and meaningful service and thank you to the participants and Rachel Davenhill for accompanying us on the keyboard. Everyone agrees that it is a magnificently restored cross which is a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives in the two World Wars. Sincere thanks to the Hoskins family and in particular Nicky for his fine craftsmanship and for laying the wreath. We are grateful to all those who donated towards the restoration.

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

A final reminder that the Mad Hatter, the Queen, the Mouse and Alice are looking forward to welcoming lots of people to their party on Sunday 7th September, 3-5.30pm, at The Cottage, Whitton. Apart from the usual stalls, there will be games, readings from Alice's adventures and the following competitions which are open to all:

  1. Table Centre Decoration - max diameter 25cm
  2. Jam/Jelly, jar of - any sort
  3. Sponge Cake - any sort
  4. Largest Onion
  5. Largest Courgette/Marrow
  6. The Maddest Hat!
  7. Children's classes - longest runner bean
    - the best fairy cake for the Mad Hatter

Proceeds in aid of St Mary's Church.

Cleaning and Flower Rota for September

Ysy Wozencroft and Mary Hyslop-Wynn

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. July 19th Dawn Hoskins
  2. July 26th Mary and Barry Wynn
  3. August 2nd Betty Ward
  4. August 9th David and Lyn Wozencroft

From the Parish Register

Holy Matrimony Saturday 19th July - James John Wozencroft and Gemma Jane Davis

The wedding of the year - at least in Whitton - was celebrated in grand style at our village church of St Mary's. Gemma and James were surrounded by their friends and families who filled the church to the absolute maximum. The day started with thunder and lightning together with torrential rain but, come the time for the wedding service, things had calmed down and the sun came out to shine on the bride and groom on their very special day. We send our sincere congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Wozencroft and wish them every joy and happiness in their lives together. — Topsy Easteal

Prayer for the month

Take, Lord, and receive my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my entire will, everything I have and call my own. You gave me all those gifts, and to you I return them. Dispose of them entirely according to your will. Give me only your love and your grace. That is all I ask.

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