ChadNet – no 155

ChadNet – no 155 – Sunday 12th March 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

Gill and Roger Evans

Roger was christened and confirmed at Pattingham Church. I was christened, confirmed and married at Claverley Church.

After Roger’s confirmation at 14 he always attended the 8 am communion service on a Sunday morning with all the old villagers – Mary Bradford, Vera and Millie Gittins, Ellen Hayhurst, Joe Caddick and Bill Pugh – often doing sidesperson duty. This was the only time there was a communion service.

We have always enjoyed Evensong, Roger became a reader and both of us sidespersons.

At one time St Chad’s was part of The Churches Together in the Albrighton Area. Once a month we would visit the different churches in Albrighton: St Mary’s, St Joseph’s and the Methodist church, also RAF Cosford, Boningale and Tong. And then there would be a return visit to Pattingham. We enjoyed these Sunday evenings, talking to people with similar interests and beliefs.

Occasionally on a Sunday evening we would travel to Wednesfield to St Alban’s, Ashmore Park to join in with their service, and they would return the visit to St Chad’s.

We had two particular memorable and interesting experiences. One was being invited by Gill Bloomfield to Sunday lunch with the Bishop of Wolverhampton and his wife at Liz and David Sampson’s home. We had a wonderful lunch cooked to perfection by our dear friend Liz (who we miss so much).

The second was when the Bishop of Lichfield was staying over at the vicarage and Maureen asked if she could bring him up for a family breakfast. We all sat round the kitchen table in work clothes and enjoyed a full English with plenty of farming chat. We received a very nice thank you letter from him afterwards.

Harvest festival was always a special event in the church’s calendar. So many village people worked on the land in the surrounding area. On Thursday evening there was a service for Harvest Festival, and then on Friday evening a Harvest Supper was held upstairs at The Pigot. On Sunday there were two services, matins and evensong, both very well attended.

Roger and I hope we can attend and support Pattingham Church for the foreseeable future.

Gill Evans

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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 12th March – The Third Sunday of 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 Ken Scott, in church.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for we pray for those members of the congregation who live or work in:
Orchard Close, Damson Park, Highgate Court.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: Holy Cross, Bilbrook.

This week

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

On Monday at 2 pm the funeral of Margaret Guest takes place in church.

Monday is the copy date for the April magazine. Send articles to Mike Moss at

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.

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.

The Lent Course at the Church at Perton continues. There is a choice of two times – Thursdays at 7.30pm and Fridays at 11am.

Sunday 19th March – Mothering Sunday – Fourth Sunday of Lent

At 10 am there will be a service for Mothering Sunday led by the Youth Group in church.Mothering Sunday posies will be distributed at the service. This will be followed by a short service of Holy Communion, led by Revd Sue Watson, to which you are all most welcome. Immediately after communion we will be serving refreshments, tea and coffee.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for: The Parish Council and all elected representatives.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Joseph’s, Merry Hill, Wolverhampton.

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.

Easter Holiday Club

Easter Holiday Club is now open to those in year 4 as well as years 5 to 8.

St Chad’s Church Easter Holiday Club
For years 4, 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

Those who normally distribute cards for us have been sent an email by Alan Smith about the arrangements for distribution of the church Easter cards later this month.

There are some outlying parts of the parish for which we do not have a distributor at the moment. If you would be able to help by combining a walk or cycle in the countryside with delivering a few cards 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 5th and 19th March.

Roy Meredith Wilcox – 5th March 2016
Anthony John Harley – 11th March 1997
Gordon Francis Thomas – 12th March 1992
Dennis William Lovering – 12th March 2012
Emily Margaret Ada Pugh – 13th March 1991
Ronald Lacey – 13th March 1998
Arthur John Rogers – 14th March 2005
Hilda Northern – 15th March 1997
Thomas William Roberts – 17th March 1973
James Keith Bradshaw – 17th March 2006
Lilian Ross Beach – 17th March 2006
Phyllis Alice Wood – 18th 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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