Parish Magazine for April 2015

Pencil sketch by W A Green

Tony Pimm

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of our friend and neighbour Tony Pimm. Tony had been ill for some time but, as was his way, he bore it with great courage. Tony was a delightful friend and personality always ready to talk in depth on any subject that one would care to mention and always ready to listen to others' points of view. A pacifist by nature he would find himself able to find the good in most things. We offer our sincerest sympathies to Viv and to her family, especially Anthony her son, whose wife, Alison, tragically lost her long battle with cancer just a few days later. We wish you both eternal rest in our Lord's house of many rooms. — Tony Easteal

Pancake Day

On a perfect ‘Spring’ day - a sunny and dry morning - making for such a lovely sociable event where everyone joined in the spirit of the occasion. A near record of over 60 people including a number of toddlers sat outside in the garden of Whitton Farmhouse. We then gathered outside Whitton Paddocks for the race up to the church steps and back tossing our pancakes on the way. The men's race was won by Oli (running backwards!), 2nd Andrew Landers. The ladies' race was won by Ann Kemp followed by Phoebe Anderson, and for the first time we had a toddlers' race won by Imogen (John and Margaret Anderson's granddaughter) with a little help from a friend!

After the race we were all treated to as many pancakes as we could eat, all washed down with cups of coffee, tea and glasses of sherry. A great morning and lots of fun and good company. Sincere thanks to Mary and Barry Winn for once again making hundreds of pancakes to the usual high standard, and also to Ysy and Alan Wozencroft for their unequalled generosity as hosts and to all those who so willingly contributed to the delicious goodies.

Friends of Whitton 3rd Annual Meeting

Fifteen people gathered in the village hall on 10th March to discuss events for the coming year.

There was much lively discussion and plenty of ideas for activities were thrown into the ring. Food was quite a regular theme! But the range included raft racing on the fishing pool, a village fair, an auction, a display of owls, a Whitton's Got Talent evening, a pudding club, a scarecrow festival, and a ceilidh.

Eventually the meeting settled on three events/activities:

Wine and sandwiches were enjoyed by all.

Easter Day Dawn Eucharist

We are happy to be hosting the Team Dawn Eucharist Service on Easter Day (April 5th) at 6am followed by breakfast of boiled eggs and toast at Smithy Bungalow. Please bring your own egg cups, everything else will be provided and SET YOUR ALARMS!


Many thanks to those who have so generously donated to church funds this year. Your contributions are acknowledged with grateful thanks.

Daffodil Daze

As I write the daffodils are now making good progress, and hopefully dare I say!! the annual Daffodil Daze will be held early April. Please keep an eye out for the advertising boards, and once again may I please ask for your usual generous support in providing cakes, books, etc and stewarding.

Annual PCC Meeting

The annual PCC meeting was held in church on Monday 9th March and was chaired by Rev Claire Lording. Mr Tony Easteal and Mr Michael Holmes were unanimously re-elected as Churchwardens and were thanked by the Chairman for all their hard work over the past year. The following were elected to serve for the forthcoming year: Vice-Chairman Mr Tony Easteal; Secretary and Gift Aid Officer Mrs Topsy Easteal; Treasurer Mr Chris Kemp; Electoral Roll Officer Mrs Clare Cavenagh. Other PCC members are Ann Kemp, Bill Nield and Michael Jenkins. Sidesmen are Ann and Michael Jenkins, Rose Edwards and Chris Kemp. The Electoral Roll stands at 47. The Annual Report and Accounts were presented and adopted. Mr David Clent was appointed examiner and thanks were recorded to him. The Team Report was handed out to each member; copies are available at the back of the church.

49 Club

Recent winners were:

  1. February 14th Oliver Warr-Jenkins
  2. February 21st Ann and Chris Kemp
  3. February 28th Michael Holmes
  4. March 7th Andrew and Janté Baird

Cleaning and Flower Rota

April: Kath Bills and Aileen Hood

Prayer for Easter Day

Father God, thank you for new life, for spring flowers, baby chicks, newborn lambs, for spring sunshine and rain showers which help the plants to grow. Thank you for the dried bulbs and seeds which look so dead. They are springing into new life, soon they will be beautiful. Most of all Lord, we thank you for your son Jesus, who suffered and died for us, on the cross. And today, we celebrate that on Easter Day He rose from the dead. He is risen! Alleluia!

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