ChadNet – no 152

ChadNet – no 152 – Sunday 19th 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

Mary Hayward

When Henry asked me to write this I was looking for inspiration! It came at the end of one of Revd James Makepeace’s sermons when his final words were “Nature or Nurture  ?” I’ll leave you to think about it.

Nature versus Nurture is a long standing debate in biology and society about the balance between two competing factors which determine fate – Genetics (nature) and environmental (nurture).

I began to think about my love of music, although eclectic I particularly love Organ music, Sacred and Secular and singing in a four part Choir. Singing in Church Choirs is particularly top of my list.

Nature or Nurture? At this point I thought Nurture.

Choir director:

As a young girl my father was Church Organist playing a Pump Organ and as a 11 year old I was called upon to pump the bellows,  not a particularly easy or exciting job. The Pump Organ was popular centuries ago because it was more portable than pipe Organs . Being most popular between 1850-1930 it worked by pushing air past a piece of thin metal called a reed. It can be heard in the work of many Classical Artists from Debussy to Bach to Franz Liszt.

The Pump Organ was eventually replaced by the Electric Organ in Church. However it is still used in Indian Music being incorporated in many Hindu and Sikh songs. Also it has been used in Pop Music particularly The Beatles

Once my father no longer needed my assistance at the Organ I joined the Church Choir. I sang in my first performance of Handel’s Messiah at the age of fourteen and I still enjoy singing in this wonderful Oratorio.

My interest in Music continued at High School, playing violin and piano in the Orchestra and singing in the Choir.

When I left school I joined a Folk Group singing Classic Folk Songs. I really enjoyed this but once I embarked on my Nurse Training I had to stand down and was only able to join them as shifts allowed.Throughout all of this and growing up during the “Swinging Sixties “ I continued to take part in Choral and Church Choir singing.
Singing is such a large part of worshipping God and singing in a four part Choir brings such joy!

If you feel you would like to join us new members would be made very welcome. Either speak to our Organist and Choirmaster Greg Lewin or come along to Choir Practice Wednesday evenings at 19.00 hrs.

A warm welcome awaits, you’ll make new friends and have a few laughs along the way.

So back to the beginning of my story – was it Nature or Nurture that started my journey as an avid lover of Music?

I think a little of both don’t you?

Mary Hayward

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.

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 19th February – The Sunday before Lent

At 10 am there will be a service led by the Youth Group in church.This will be followed by a service of Holy Communion, led by Revd. Sue Watson, for those who wish to stay. After the whole service there will be refreshments and tea and coffee.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for those who live or work in:
Hall End Lane, Beech Close, Beech Croft.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Aidan Penn Fields.

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 Tuesday evening there is a PCC meeting in church.

Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. There will be the usual service at 10 am but no service in the evening.

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 11.00 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 12 noon Who’s for Lunch? is held in the Village Hall.

Sunday 26th February – The First Sunday of Lent

At 10 am there will be a service of Holy Communion, led by Revd Julia Cody, 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 Ken Scott, in church.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for those who live or work in:
Rudge Road, Lower Rudge, Spoonley Gate, Upper Ludstone, Worcester Road

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: All Saints, Trysull.

Easter Holiday Club

St Chad’s Church Easter Holiday Club
For years 5, 6,7 & 8
Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th April 10am to 3pm
To be held Kingswood Trust Outdoor Adventure Centre
Full of exciting activities.
Cost £52.50 for both days
Details at <>
For more details or to book a place contact or call on 07562372771.

Easter card deliveries

The church Easter cards will be delivered to all homes in the parish towards the end of March.

Volunteers are needed to deliver them in the following locations:
Rudge, Clive Road (outside village), Beech Close, Beech Croft, Patshull Road and Farm Road.

If you can help please contact Alan Smith at

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 <>.

The wishing well is also at the back of the church if you have any spare loose change. Donations, however small, go towards running costs. Don’t be shy, every little helps!

Century Club

There are currently 14 vacancies for the Century Club. For more details, please contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518 or or see the website at <>

To be included in the next draw on Monday 27th February the subscription needs to be paid by the previous day.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 12th and 26th February.

Ida Annie Knight – 13th February 2002
Patrick Curtis – 14th February 1959
Harold Taylor – 14th February 1976
William Stanley Smith – 15th February 1966
Alfred Ernest Davis – 15th February 2004
Stanley Frederick Chaplin – 15th February 2016
Alan Sadler – 16th February 1998
Florence Irene Steele – 16th February 2003
Pauline Jones – 18th February 2011
Mary Stubbs – 19th February 2019
Clive Brough – 20th February 1979
Lillian (Marg) Nicholls – 20th February 2007
Joseph Ernest Penny – 20th February 2009
Thomas James Heath – 20th February 2017
Muriel Noreen Swift – 21st February 1999
Victor James Jordan – 22nd February 2009
Tom Knight – 23rd February 1997
Kathleen Simpson – 23rd February 1999
Teresa Margaret Richards – 23rd February 2002
Iris Freda Thomas – 25th February 2004
Thomas Lockley – 26th February 1974
John Barry Hebditch – 26th February 1998

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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