ChadNet – no 150

ChadNet – no 150 – Sunday 5th February 2023

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

Gladys Jones

Aren’t we lucky! Today is Candlemas and everywhere we look we are surrounded by drifts of Candlemas Bells – snowdrops. Other spring flowers are also making an appearance: daffodils, grape hyacinths, primroses, and many others, but it is good to know that, whatever the weather throws at them, the snowdrops will survive. It has also been warmer of late; the sun is shining; spring is on its way.

But however good we feel we live in an age where we are surrounded by ill tidings from around the world. The Americans have been buried in unexpected snow. I suppose it is useful to know that it might reach us: we are prepared. There is a flu epidemic expected but we have jabs to help us. The situation in Ukraine is no better and we feel helpless but we can pray; (there are prayers in church on Tuesday evenings); we can donate to emergency causes, we can be careful that we do not buy anything that supports Russia and her allies. The Ukrainian situation has directly led to shortages of food and fuel and therefore to the rise in the cost of almost everything. We must try to help those less well off than ourselves (don’t forget The Well).

So much for taxes. The other thing which is “always with us” is death. Recently we have lost so many church friends who have given very long and very much needed service, which is why we miss them so much. May they rest in peace.

Still, surrounded by so much bad news I often feel that “ignorance is bliss”. But I’m not so sure when I remember the night time prayer of our ancestors.

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!

Gladys Jones

(This was obviously written on Thursday.)

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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Sunday 5th February – The Third Sunday before Lent

At 10 am there will be a Family Service in church, led by Iain Coleman and Clive Pendrell, 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.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for we pray for those who live and work in: High Street, Meadow View, Broadwell Lane, Old Smithy Close.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Bartholomew, Penn.

This week

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

On Tuesday Prayers for Peace will be said in church at 6 pm. Prayers for Peace now takes place on Tuesdays only during the winter months. Please do join us and if you would like more information or are willing to lead a session, 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.

After the service the church will be open from 10.30 am until at least 11.30 am as a Place of Welcome when anyone who wants to will be welcome to share in the coffee, cake and chat, whether they have been to the service or not. The church heating will be on so those attending will be warm as well as receiving a warm welcome.

On Wednesday at 1.30 pm the Thanksgiving Service for the life of Ann Hawkins takes place in church.

On Thursday at 1.30 pm the funeral of Mandy Smith takes place in church.

Sunday 12th February – The Second Sunday before Lent

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.

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

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for we pray for those members of the congregation who live outside the parish.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: Deanery Synod.

Century Club

The winners of the January Century Club draw were: 

  • 1st Prize – £150
    • John & Jean Dimmock – ball 29
  • 2nd Prize – £100
    • Jill Wassell – ball 33
  • 3rd Prize – £50
    • Mike Moss – ball 3

Congratulations to all of them.

There are currently 16 vacancies for the Century Club and we need to try to recruit new members. If you know anyone who might like to help support the church and have a chance to win £150 each month then please tell them about it.

To join please send a cheque payable to Pattingham PCC to Alan Smith Cherry Cottage Marlbrook Lane.

Alternatively, you can make a bank transfer to the PCC account as follows:
Sort code:     20-97-78
Account no:    50655023
Account name:    Pattingham Parochial Church Council
Payment ref:     Century Club

For more details, please contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518 or
All surplus monies go to church funds.

Food Bank Donations for The Well

The need for the Food Bank continues and the box for donations for the Food Bank at The Well in Wolverhampton continues 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 <>.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 29th January and 12th February.

Walter James Matthews – 29th January 1988
Ethel Brough – 30th January 1979
Dorothy Eileen Cooper – 30th January 2020
Norman Bartlett – 31st January 2003
John Stuart Hague – 1st February 2010
Sean Peter Mark Lingford – 2nd February 1995
William Ritchie Farquharson – 2nd February 2007
William John Evans – 2nd February 2010
Gordon Kennedy Morrison – 2nd February 2016
Nigel Martin William Vaughan – 4th February 2000
Beville Bentley – 7th February 1999
David Stephen Patrick – 8th February 2008
Brian William Broxton – 8th February 2011
Keith William Bishop – 9th February 2022
James Christopher Maclean – 11th February 2009
Margaret Watton – 11th February 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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