ChadNet – no 153

ChadNet – no 153 – Sunday 26th 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

Tony Ainsworth

Where has all the spirit gone?

No I’m not thinking of all the bottles of spirits you may have bought for Christmas or my Whisky collection!

But the willingness to give your time and effort to make our community of Pattingham, to make it a better place to live for both the young and the old.

Community spirit !

One Pattingham person recently commented ‘Pattingham is a great place to grow old but not a great place to grow up in‘.

St Chad’s Church is working to address this by facilitating both community events and hopefully a youth and family support worker.

To do these things we need volunteers to give their time, energy, and skills. Whether it’s a few hours occasionally or a regular longer-term commitment, everyone has something to offer.

A survey completed previously by village residents highlighted some areas where we could develop more community-based events and support. A few ideas that are either underway or being discussed include:

  • Activities for the young people of the village including a regular weekly club and holiday clubs in conjunction with Kingswood Trust
  • Village event committee
  • Who’s for Lunch
  • Dementia Support
  • Community litter picking
  • Scarecrow festival September
  • Village Celebrations for the coronation
  • The Village Fete
  • Safe space for girls
  • Warm space to come and chat.And many, many, more !

And many, many, more !

Your village community needs you!

Please come forward and let’s discuss how you may help!

Initially email your details to . Henry, Alan or I from St Chad’s O&G group will contact you to discuss.

Tony Ainsworth

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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Articles for the magazine should be sent to (note – this is different to the address used before November 2020 which no longer works).

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, tea and biscuits will be available after the service. There will be an appeal collection in aid of the victims of the Turkey and Syria earthquake.

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.

This week

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

The Century Club draw takes place on Monday.

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 11.00 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 Thursday at 9.30 am there will be a School Service for St Chad’s Day in church.

There is a Lent Course at the Church at Perton which started last week. There is a choice of two times – Thursdays at 7.30pm and Fridays at 11am.

Sunday 5th March – The Second Sunday of Lent

At 10 am there will be a Family Service, led by Philip Sims and Dorothy Steel. The choir of St Chad’s School will be joining us for this service. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service. There will be no communion service.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for those who live or work in:
Nurton Hill Road,  Holyhead Road, County Lane, High Park

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Chad’s, Pattingham.

Colouring competition to support Ukraine – and win a prize

A colouring competition for children and young people to the age of 16 is being held – with the aim of raising awareness of the plight of Ukraine and its people.

Pre-printed colouring sheets with a number of different designs are available from two holders at the back of the church and those intending to take part can choose which one they prefer. Entries can be as colourful and creative as the entrant wishes. There is a blue box file to put completed masterpieces! Closing date is April 2nd at 12 noon.

There will be prizes in a number of age groups: under 5s, 5 to 7, 8 to 11, and 12 and over. The awards may well include an Easter Egg – and a certificate – and who knows, there could even be creme eggs available too.

Posters are advertising the competition, which is organised by Jill Baker, and the closing date is Sunday 2nd April at 12 noon. For any enquires Jill’s email is

This is an initiative by the Prayers for Peace group who meet every Tuesday at 6 pm in church to pray for about 15 minutes.

Century Club

This month’s Century Club draw will be held on Monday.

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 the subscription needs to be paid by the previous day.

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), 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!

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 19th February and 5th March.

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
Simon Andrew Mackriel – 27th February 2019
Lily Bates – 28th February 1997
Jocelyn Ida Alice Mayne – 28th February 1999
James Andrew Potts – 28th February 2007
Andrew Woodroffe – 1st March 1976
Edith Margery Whitty – 2nd March 1999
Gordon Frederick Roberts – 3rd March 2010
Roy Meredith Wilcox – 5th March 2016

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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