ChadNet – no 132

ChadNet – no 132 – Sunday 2nd October 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

Dorothy Steel

Many years ago, (long before I had grey hair), when I was about to marry Frank, people came to me with messages of good luck, wishes for a healthy life and tips for marriage. One person said “In life you must expect there to be rough times as well as smooth times – but God will always be there.” Well, September has proved to be a bit of a rough time for us all, hasn’t it? Looking back on the month, we have worshipped in church, held a sad but at the same time wonderfully lifting Thanksgiving Service for our late Sovereign and said final ‘goodbyes’ to a dear member of our church family, Liz; we have celebrated the gifts of Harvest with produce going to The Well to support families in need all around Wolverhampton. We have seen our friend and member of our church, Alan Stubbs, go into hospital after breaking his hip in a fall, and we remember in our prayers Gordon, who at the moment is having rehabilitation care. We know also that as the weather turns colder many people in our community are struggling with heating bills and food prices.

The total attendance at all of the services in September was over 1,000, of whom 225 were under 16.   On each occasion there have been ‘constant’ elements; firstly, our dear Dr. Ken Scott has been the face of comfort, support, and guidance; secondly, we have entered our church to be greeted by wonderful floral displays, thanks to Margaret Harris and all members of the Flower Guild and, thirdly, by the beautiful music from our Organist, Greg, and our Choir. There are others too. Mike Coope has worked so many hours for us, helping produce visual displays and posters and so much more. The Head Teacher, children, their parents and staff from St. Chad’s School have come to worship in church and have donated a huge amount of produce for others. There have been Baptisms and two Weddings, demonstrating to us all the cycle of life.

1 Corinthians 12 tells us we are all one body through the Holy Spirit; everyone knows in their hearts how they have helped and done their ‘part’, and I hope you all know how very grateful we are for your fellowship. We do not take for granted our loyal and gifted Bell Ringers led by Geoffrey and their amazing efforts. Geoffrey probably annoyed his wife Shelagh because they were on a cruise in early September when our Queen died, and Geoffrey offered support and co-ordination via his laptop in their cabin! Similarly, our Chair of the PCC Philip was away with his wife Debbie, and he too gave up holiday time to support us from afar. Thanks particularly to Jane and Liz for tolling the Tenor Bell for our late Sovereign (96 rings) and to John for flying our flag at half mast and muffling the bells. Gena and Mike Richards and Mandy our Verger are working all the time behind the scenes for us and for God.

Most importantly, inside, and outside of church we are always greeted with the presence of God – a reminder that we are never alone.

I have prayed about all these things this month and there is for me a clear beacon of light shining on Pattingham, encouraging us all to search deeper, work harder and never give up on our mission to continue to carry out God’s work in our community. Matthew 11 v 28 explains the promise far better than I can “Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.”

If you were one of the over 1000 people who entered our church this month, thank you. Together we are strong and will achieve our mission. To all who quietly help in church, out of church and all over our village, your work is valued. Please do join us in our community Litter Pick (2/10/22), our October ‘Who’s for Lunch’ (26/10/22) and look out for details of our Youth activities, our Christmas Tree Festival, and Church Christmas concert (17/12/22).

Thank you and God Bless,

Dorothy Steel

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 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.

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 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.

Sunday 9th October – Seventeenth 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 a service of Evensong, led by Iain Coleman, in church

Litter Picking Event

Litter pick

Pattingham Litter Picking Event

Sunday 2nd October – 11.30 am – for about an hour or so. Meet in front of the church. Coffee and cake will be available afterwards.

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

The winners of the September Century Club draw were:

  • 1st Prize – £150
    • Richard Buttress – ball 79
  • 2nd Prize – £100
    • Geoff Rose – ball 73
  • 3rd Prize – £50
    • James Gosling – ball 89

Congratulations to all of them.

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 and Donations for The Well

There is an area in the porch of the church for the next few weeks where those who have an excess of produce from their garden or allotment 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.

The box for donations for the Food Bank at The Well in Wolverhampton will continue to be at the back of the church. Details of the items wanted are on the table and can also be seen on the church website at <>.

Thank you.

Service at Lichfield Cathedral – Tuesday 8th November at 2 pm

As a member of the St Chad’s Network we have been invited by the Bishop of Lichfield and the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield Cathedral to attend Ecumenical Vespers at Lichfield Cathedral on Tuesday 8 November 2022 at 14:00 at which a relic of St Chad will be translated by the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham into the new Shrine in Lichfield Cathedral.

Attendance from each parish is limited to four people. If you are interested in attending please contact Clive Pendrell.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 25th September and 9th October.

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
George Weaver – 3rd October 1930
Stephen Young – 3rd October 2018
M.G. Stuart Jones – 5th October 2017
Janet Sampson – 6th October 2009
Sidney Herbert Guest – 8th October 1976
John Beagle – 8th October 1982
Clive Fordham Parker – 9th October 1993
Barbara Alice Titley – 9th October 2003
Colin Charles Robinson – 9th October 2020

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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