ChadNet – no 120

ChadNet – no 120 – Sunday 10th July 2022

ChadNet - the eBulletin of St Chad's Church, Pattingham
        with Patshull

Welcome to this week’s edition of ChadNet – the eBulletin of St Chad’s Church, Pattingham with Patshull.

In this week’s ChadNet:

View from the Pews

Geoffrey Dann

I have been looking through the History of Pattingham by Rev Fred Brighton, then Vicar of Pattingham, which was published in 1942. I was trying to find information about the screen at the west end of the church and failed to find anything about it. I will have to try to find other sources of information. If anyone has any information about it please let me know.

There is a lot of information in the book about the history of the church and the village and I discovered a number of things which I didn’t know. I will no doubt discover more as I dip into it again.

There was one passage at the end of the chapter about the church which particularly struck me and I thought could be appropriate for a View from the Pews. The language is of its time and the description of the congregation and choir does not represent our current congregation or choir but the underlying message is still true and will continue to be true as long as there is a church here.

Geoffrey Dann

“Friend, this Church stands open now for thee,
That thou mayest enter, rest, think, kneel and pray!
Remember where thou art and what must be
Thine end. Remember us. Then go thy way.”

The foregoing sketch of this Church seems to suggest that to estimate the usefulness of a country Parish Church by counting the sparse Sunday congregations is not enough; for the Church itself justifies existence by supplying tired and anxious folk with a retreat where, in some brief pause from work and turmoil they may find peace as they enter the sacred building and see before them the symbols of eternal truth.

Though empty it brings no sense of emptiness, for with the inward eye it becomes easy to picture the congregation, the handful of simple villagers loving the services their forefathers loved; the few elderly men and one or two youths in the choir with the choirboys clattering to their places. Thence thought turns to those who were before them, the sturdy squires with their servants and rustics who filled the pews and benches, finding strength in times of trouble where we best may find it now.

The strong Norman pillars, beautiful in their severity, carry the mind still farther back, to the first masons; then the Clerestory windows above suggest the fifteenth century craftsmen, intent on more height and more light; then the modern reformers still adding to its beauty and dignity – all alike resolute that the House of God should be as worthy as they could make it.

At the last, if late sunshine through the West window gleams on the Altar cross and flooding as a splash of gold the beautiful mosaic of our Lord, there may come to the memory those ancient and heartening words: “Lighten our darkness, we beseech Thee, O Lord,” and with it a deepening trust in the Power which cannot fail.

With a sense of benediction we pass again through the door to the world outside, spiritually refreshed for the battle of life.

(From “Pattingham” by Rev F Brighton, published in 1942).

Would you like to write a View from the Pews?

We welcome contributions for View from the Pews from anyone who would like to write one, It does not need to be on any particular subject. If you would like to write one please send it to or contact Henry Ibberson ( / 01902 701136).


We do not have a VIcar at the moment. For matters which would normally be dealt with by the Vicar the churchwardens are the first point of contact. The Vicarage phone (01902 700257) is redirected to the churchwardens. When they are not available a message can be left on the voicemail and they will return the call when they are available. Emails to will be received by the churchwardens.

Contact details for church officers can be found on the Contacts page of the church website. You can use if you are nore sure who to contact and the churchwardens will be able to forward it to the correct person.

Notices, which should be received by Friday evening for inclusion in that week’s ChadNet, and other communications in relation to ChadNet should be sent to Articles for the magazine should be sent to (note – this is different to the address used before November 2020 which no longer works).

Notices, which should be received by Friday evening for inclusion in that week’s ChadNet, and other communications in relation to ChadNet should be sent to

Articles for the magazine should be sent to (note – this is different to the address used before November 2020 which no longer works).

Sunday 10th July – Fourth Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be a service of Holy Communion, led by Revd James Makepeace, in church. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service.

Sunday School will be held in The Loft during the 10 am service and be led by Anna Davies.  Contact Anna on or 07968 891927 for further information.

At 6.30 pm there will be an Iona Style Service, led by Iain Coleman, in church.

This week

The church will be open every day. Look out for the “church open” sign outside the porch.

On Tuesday and Thursday Prayers for Peace will be said in church at 6 pm. On other days of the week the church will remain open until at least 6.30 pm and there will be a sheet of prayers left in the Lady Chapel for people to use if they wish. If you would like to join the team of people who take turns to lead the Prayers for Peace please contact Mary Hayward ().

On Wednesday there will be a service of Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer, led by Revd James Makepeace, in church at 10.00 am which will be followed by tea, coffee and cake.

Wednesday is the copy date for the August magazine. Send articles to Mike Moss at

On Friday visiting bellringers will be ringing the bells between 4.30 pm and 5.45 pm.

On Saturday the Church Fete takes place on the Playing Field from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. There are more details below.

Sunday 17th July – Fifth Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be a service led by the Youth Group in church which will be followed by a service of Holy Communion, led by Revd Roberta Maxfield, for those who wish to stay. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the the whole service – with an extra treat served by the Youth Group.

Long Lost Family

The episode of Long Lost Family which is on ITV on Monday 11th July at 9 pm features footage filmed from St Chad’s Church tower.


The Church Fete takes place on Saturday 16th July starting at 2 o’clock. Details are in the July magazine and are on the church website.

Anna Davies is leading the organising committee and can be contacted on or 07968 891927 with any offers of help or for information.

Bottle stall

Colin & Chrissie Ringrose are running the very popular bottle stall and would appreciate donations of any bottles of wine or spirits, squash etc. that you can give – also cans of beer or soft drinks.  Please either give to them or phone 700340 for collection – delivery can be made to the Playing Field between 9&12 on the morning of the fete.  Alternatively they can do the bottle shopping for you if you prefer to give a cash donation instead.  Many thanks from  Colin & Chrissie Ringrose 700340.


Baked cakes are wanted for the cake stall and refreshments.

For the cake stall please speak to Gladys Jones (700393).

For the refreshments please speak to Mary Buttress (700195) or Debbie Sims (700955) or add your name to the list at the back of the church.


The bellringers are running the tombola stall. Small items such as bottles, soaps, chocolates, shower gel, etc. are needed as prizes. Any contributions will be gratefully received.
Please leave in box at back of church or take to 23 The Greenway.

Setting up

Help is needed at 9 am to help set up on the day of the fete.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 3rd and 17th July.

Dorothy Jean Haden – 3rd July 1996
John James – 4th July 2009
Molly Dermott Pass – 5th July 2018
Bunty Genna – 6th July 2001
Campbell Harris – 10th July 1966
David John Rushton – 11th July 1995
Walter Newman Foggin – 11th July 2014
Jennifer Anne Baxter – 14th July 2007
Henry Charles Peever – 15th July 1991
Charles Herbert James Gosling – 16th July 1989
Florence Gladys Roberts – 17th July 1998

You can see all the pages of the Memorial Book on the Memorial Book Online page of the Church website.

Resources for worship and prayer at home

Some of resources which can be used at home are listed on the Resources Available Online and the Resources Available for Children, Young People and Families pages of the website.

For those who are unable to attend church there are still a number of services which are available online, including a weekly service on the Church of England website.

Giving to the church

Details of the various ways in which you can give can be found on the Giving page of the website.

We have a JustGiving page to enable people to make one off donations. It’s at You will be asked if you want to make a contribution on top of your donation. If you do it will go to JustGiving and not to charity. If you do not want to make such a contribution select “other”. If you are a taxpayer please consider gift aiding your donation.

You can make a bank transfer to our bank account (Account name: Pattingham Parochial Church Council – Sort Code: 20-97-78 Account No: 50655023).

If you are paying by cheque please make the cheque payable to “Pattingham PCC” or “Pattingham Parochial Church Council“.


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