ChadNet – no 133

ChadNet – no 133 – Sunday 9th 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

Henry Ibberson

Music plays an important part in our lives and Liz and I were lucky enough to be in the audience this week at Symphony Hall to hear that quite outstanding young cellist, Sheku, one of the five hugely talented young musicians from the remarkable Kanneh-Mason family, superbly playing the Haydn Cello Concerto in C, which was apparently only discovered in 1961 ( Haydn died in 1809!). You will remember his bursting onto the major public scene, when he played with such amazing poise and presence at the wedding of the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018, then only a teenager.  His career since has burgeoned and he is in demand all over the world, is about to embark with the CBSO on an 8 concert tour of America and was appointed an MBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List. Such, one might say, is the power of music.

And that power can often be a spiritually uplifting experience, as can a spectacular sunset or a walk in beautiful countryside, when we can sometimes feel closer to God than anywhere else. I was reflecting on this in the context of Ken Scott’s address during his Family Service last weekend, when he acknowledged that such experiences are indeed spiritual, but that the true strength and support for our beliefs and our Faith, lies in our being together in our collective worship. We are each instruments of God and, like members of an orchestra, we can perform solo using the gifts given to us, but together, just like that orchestra, the impact and combined effect can be truly amazing and uplifting.

There are moves afoot in many of our schools, where music has often had to take a back seat for reasons of cost and other academic pressures, to ensure that all children have the opportunity to express themselves in music, either learning an instrument or maybe joining a choir. I remember joining a Church choir when only eight years old and ever since then the joy of collective singing in Choirs, wherever we have lived, has been part of both our lives. Some of the great classical choral compositions, by Verdi, by Bach, by Mozart, Elgar and so many others have the Christian message at their heart and that feeling of spirituality when performing them, with an orchestra and professional soloists, is a truly spine-tingling experience.

And this is why the Choral Society to which we now belong, is starting a Youth Choir, so that anyone between the ages of 13 and 21, whether or not they play an instrument or maybe have never sung before, can have that opportunity, outside school, to have fun, learn new music together, secular and classical, singing and performing pieces which they perhaps may not have the chance to experience at school. A number of Heads of Music, to whom we have been talking, say they welcome an opportunity such as this for their students, since the crowded school timetable limits the range of music upon which they are able to work with them, often to the exclusion of the choral classics.  If this initiative interests you, or you have family and friends whom you think might be interested, do please have a look at to learn more about it.

The Duke Orsino begins Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” with the words “If music be the food of love, play on“. We might also say “If music be the food of God, play on”

Henry Ibberson

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 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.

This week

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

At 5 pm on Tuesday the church bells with be ring by a group of visiting ringers.

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.

Sunday 16th October – Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be a service led by the Youth Group in church. At the end of that part of the service there will be a break for coffee, tea and biscuits after which the service will resume with a service of Holy Communion, led by Revd Sue Watson, for those who wish to stay.

At 1.30 pm Zachary Glazier will be baptised in church.

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 –

Harvest gifts

A massive thank you from The Well for the harvest produce. An amazing 255 kg (that’s 561 lbs in real money) was donated, the vast majority from the school. This will be distributed to the needy of the Wolverhampton area in the coming weeks and months.

All at The Well are extremely grateful for your generosity.

Alan Smith

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 by this Sunday (9th October) at the latest.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 2nd and 16th October.

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
Evelyn Eileen Carlile – 10th October 2010
Graham Roger Gilbert – 12th October 2002
Carol Jane Higginson – 12th October 2004
Emily Elizabeth Penny – 14th October 1993
Philippa Ciceley Bramall – 15th October 2017
Doris Pugh – 16th October 1987

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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