ChadNet – no 131

ChadNet – no 131 – Sunday 25th September 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

Alan Smith

These are tough times – we don’t need reminding. Every time we fill up the car or go to the supermarket we see prices that we wouldn’t have believed possible just a few months ago. Despite the recent announcement, average  energy bills will still be double what they were this time last year.

Everybody will be hit. Whilst some will manage, many will spiral into debt. A recent survey by Lloyds Bank suggests that up to 80% of its customers have less than £500 worth of savings and the proportion of people with persistent debt has risen by 30% this year. For those ‘just about managing’, a sudden crisis such as redundancy, illness or an unexpected bill can mean going hungry. Many will have the dilemma of heating or eating and will need to turn to food banks.

The Well food bank, based in Wolverhampton, is a Christian charity with a passion to show Jesus’ love for the poor across the city and local area. It delivers some 120 food parcels per week and, since it started in 2006, over 90,000 individuals have been helped. In today’s economic environment, the need is only going to increase further.

This year’s harvest donations will again go to the Well, for which they are extremely grateful. Additionally, if you are able, and would like, to help, there are various ways to do so:

  • Donate supplies: A box will remain at the back of the church for in date non perishable foods; a shopping list is on the table;
  • Donate by joining the 500 Club: Donating £10 per month will help the Well to expand its services further. Forms are at the back of the church;
  • Pray for the project, its staff and volunteers.

The Well’s impact is illustrated by Hannah’s story:

“I am hoping you can help. I am absolutely desperate. I lost my job two months ago and am still waiting for a benefit payment as my last wage went completely on debt and arrears. 

I really don’t know what to do. I have survived these past four days on one loaf of bread. I am desperate and you are my last hope. I was referred to an agency which contacted you.

I cannot thank you enough. I know how valuable each item is. Thank you so much xxx”

More information is available at

Alan Smith

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).

Sunday 25th September – Harvest Festival – Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

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

At 1 pm Ophelia Smith and Elliot Smith will be baptised in church.

At 6.30 pm there will be an Evening Service of Harvest Thanksgiving in the Iona style, led by Ken Scott.

Our harvest donations this year are being given to The Well, a Wolverhampton based food bank. Donations can be brought to church at any time when it is open until the evening service. Details of the items wanted can be seen on the church website at <>.

This week

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

The Century Club draw will take place by Zoom on Monday. See below for the link.

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 Tuesday evening there is a PCC meeting in church.

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 12 noon Who’s for Lunch? is held in the Village Hall.

Sunday 2nd October – Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be a Family Service in church, led by Ken Scott, which will be followed by Holy Communion, led by Revd Roberta Maxfield, for those who wish to stay. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service.

At 11.30 am the Pattingham Litter Picking Event wll take place. For more information see below.

Litter Picking Event

Litter pick

Pattingham Litter Picking Event

Sunday 2nd October – 11.30 am.

Limited kit available including Litter Pickers, Gloves & hi-vis.  Rubbish sacks will be provided.

For more information and to register you’re Interested  call or text Tony Ainsworth on 07748111816 or email

This event was postponed from Sunday 18th September and is organised by St Chad’s Church, Pattingham with Patshull.

Century Club draw

This month’s Century Club draw will be held on Monday at 7.30 am and can be seen by Zoom. [The Zoom link is included in the edition of ChadNet emailed to subscribers.]

There is one vacancy at the moment. If you would like to join the Century Club at a cost of £60 per year or for any further information please contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518 or

Link to Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Link to Hope

It is time to start filling shoeboxes for The Link to Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. Link to Hope currently works with nationals in Moldova (NE) and Romania (NE), Bulgaria (N) and the Ukraine (S & W) and sends Christmas Shoeboxes to all of these countries. Its aim is to help the poorest and most marginalised through education and social care and to change lives by releasing communities out of poverty.

We do hope that we can do something to help these people, for whom life really is a struggle, especially in these difficult times. If you would like to make up a shoe box for the Link to Hope Appeal, do please do so. The charity asks us to prepare boxes for either a family or an elderly person.

There are leaflets at the back of the church which will give greater details and make suggestions about what they would like us to include in the boxes. More details can be found on the church website at <>

Filled boxes should be taken to Barbara Tritton by Sunday 30th October to give her time to take them to the collection point.

Last year we sent 24 boxes. Can we beat that this year?

Barbara Tritton
01902 700065
email –

Garden Produce

At this time of year many people find they have excess produce from their garden or allotments. So we will have an area in the porch at St Chad’s for the next few weeks where you can leave any fresh fruit and vegetables you can spare. These are then available to anyone who would like to take them and if you would like to make a donation to the church, this can be placed in the wall safe, which is in the first pillar on the right, just beyond the font.

Thank you.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 18th September and 2nd October.

Dorothy Lavender – 18th September 2016
Harry Colin Robinson – 18th September 2021
Jack Bennett – 19th September 1990
A. H. Norman Harris – 20th September 2004
Barbara Agnes Roberts – 20th September 2021
Malcolm Harris – 21st September 2003
Thomas Henry Ray – 23rd September 2016
Kenelm Henry Forshaw Rose – 24th September 2000
Mollie Lucy Mallett – 26th September 1996
Reginald Oswald Dearn – 27th September 1993
Ivy Evans – 27th September 2001
Edna Elizabeth Bristow – 28th September 2008
David Simpson – 1st October 2002
John Edward Lavender – 1st October 2018

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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