ChadNet – no 127

ChadNet – no 127 – Sunday 28th August 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

My wife tells me I read too much. She says I should do far less reading and much more housework. I argue that my twice weekly shopping trips to Sainsbury’s are sufficient contribution to the household chores.  Actually, I could easily do our weekly shop in one trip but that would give me less time to browse the biography sections in the library and the two charity shops. And I refuse to exchange the few minutes I spend reading the weekly ‘View’ for a vacuum cleaner.

I love biographies including ‘View’ which gives me an insight into the experiences and minds of people who live nearby so I can easily relate to them. I particularly enjoyed Gladys’s recent contribution where she said, ‘Aren’t we lucky! Many people would love to live in Pattingham. We can be cheered by God’s gift of creation; the sky is often blue, the sun is warm, the birds are singing. And in this beautiful place we have friends.’ Those few words cheered me a lot.

I then read the article about Adam Peaty in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games programme and was left with an altogether different emotion. Adam is a Staffordshire lad from Uttoxeter. As a child he was terrified of water and screamed when his parents took him to their local swimming pool. His journey from that fear to 31 gold medals and countless world records is overwhelming. Adam is blessed with huge feet and hands and very long legs which helps enormously in breast stroke swimming. But even more impressive is his work ethic. His coach says she has never seen anyone who could match his commitment and training load. Typically, his day starts at 6.30 in the pool with a minimum of 10,000 metres (that’s 400 lengths of Wolverhampton swimming pool) followed by at least 4 hours in the gym pushing heavy weights. His target is ‘Project Immortal’ which is a time that will never be beaten. He says he has to be utterly ruthless with a complete lack of mercy for fellow competitors. ‘It’s got to be war,’ he says. ‘You’ve got to treat them like they’re going to take something away from you because they are. The red mist for me is my super strength. I can use my anger to the nth degree.’

I was left feeling that this was indeed a determined, perhaps  angry young man but comforted a little by how his life has changed with fatherhood; a whole new perspective.  I can relate to the new Peaty but not so much to the old.

Adam’s ‘Project Immortal’ was inspired by British triple jumper Jonathan Edwards who set a world record for the triple jump of 18.29 metres in 1995 and it remains unbeaten. Surely that’s ‘immortal.’ In his biography, Jonathan describes his early life as the son of a vicar and how he refused to compete on Sundays because of his  Christian beliefs.  However, in 1993 after much deliberation and discussions with his father, he changed his mind, deciding that God gave him talent to compete in athletics and that it would be right to demonstrate that to the world. He said that his relationship with God was fundamental to everything he did and he committed to serving God in every area of his life. Jonathan became a role model for many young athletes around the world and for that we should thank him.

And thank you Gladys for mentioning the proposed Pattingham Chill Out Club which aims to bring young people together and help them explore new opportunities and make the most of their talents. Jonathan certainly made the very best of his talent in sport and there is much more for our young people to enjoy.  Chill Out will need volunteers to work with young people – perhaps it could be you!

So no, I won’t be unleashing the vacuum cleaner and yes, I will find more inspiring stories to read.

Tony Taylor

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.

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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).

Century Club draw

Thus month’s Century Club draw will be held this Saturday (27th August) at 9.00 am and can be seen by Zoom.

The are no vacancies at the moment. For any further information please contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518 or

Sunday 28th August – Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

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

At 6.30 pm there will be a Service of Evensong, 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 evening there is a PCC meeting in church.

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.

On Wednesday at 11 am the ashes of William Knight will be interred in the churchyard.

On Friday the wedding of Jamie Milner and Hannah Meehan takes place in church at 12 noon.

Sunday 4th September – Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be a Family Service in church, led by Anna Davies. The children who attended the Holiday Club will help to present the service. We look forward to welcoming to church the children and their families at this service. During the service the children will be presented with their Certificates of Merit. It may be followed by Holy Communion for those who wish to stay but are waiting for confirmation that we will have a priest to take the service.

Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service.

Holday Club

32 children attended the Holiday Club at Kingswood which was held last Monday to Wednesday. The children who attended had great fun but also demonstrated a wide range of attributes and skills during the three days.

On Sunday 4th September the children and their families will be attending the Family Service and the children will help to present the service. During the service Philip Sims, the PCC Chairman, will present Certificates of Merit to the children which detail their achievements. There will be an opportunity after the service for families to take photographs.

Saltmine Theatre Company presents The Liberator
Saturday 24th September – Christ Church, Tettenhall Wood

The Liberator

The Saltmine Trust is a Christian charity and theatre company which was established in 1994 in Dudley. It performs in theatres, churches and schools throughout the country and is currently performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It is well known for being a highly accomplished, professional and entertaining company.

The company is performing its latest production The Liberator on Saturday 24th September at 7.30pm at Christ Church, Tettenhall Wood. Tickets are £10 each. This is a passionate retelling of the life and teaching of Jesus, told in a modern idiom.

We have arranged a Group Booking from St. Chad’s and if anyone would like to join us then please contact Philip Sims on 01902 700955 by Friday 2nd September.

More information about the production can be found at <>

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 21st and 4th September.

Marion Darlington – 22nd August 1980
Alice Mary Bramall – 23rd August 1976
Tina Jandrell Poston – 23rd August 2011
Ethel May Haden – 24th August 1979
Joseph Caddick – 28th August 1979
Norah Patricia Chaplin – 28th August 2017
Dorothy Winifred James – 29th August 2010
Ida Margaret Burton – 30th August 1980
Irene Painting – 31st August 2017
Gladys Thornton – 2nd September 1997

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

Those entries which have been added recently are all included so there should now be up to date images of all pages.

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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