ChadNet – no 157

ChadNet – no 157 – Sunday 26th 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.

Remember that the clocks go forward this weekend.

In this week’s ChadNet:

View from the Pews

Olive Barnett

Having read “A view from the Pews” recently, I thought that perhaps one of these days I ought to put a few thoughts on paper. However, little did I know that I was to be asked to do just this. I immediately said No! Having thought about this a little more, I decided I would write about my experience a few years ago.

Just out of the blue I received a letter demanding my attendance at the Old Bailey in London to attend for jury service. There was no getting out of it, and on the second day of attendance I went to enter the main entrance but had to push my way through hordes of photographers. Having reached the Jury Attendance Room I asked what all the commotion was about downstairs. I was told that it was the hearing scheduled for the trial of a man who was said to have carried out several murders.

The jury were duly sworn in and proceedings commenced. I cannot tell you how traumatic it was listening to the case and worse still, looking at photographs. Unfortunately at the time, Keith, my husband, was working abroad, and I was not allowed to discuss the trial with anyone. However at the time I was working at London Bible College in Northwood and because of my absence and also not knowing how long this would be, I shared the details of my summons.

The trial continued over a week or so until a final decision was made as to whether the man was guilty or not guilty. Amazingly, total agreement was finally reached, but on my part, prayer was uppermost in helping me come to a decision.

In view of the fact that the trial was so horrendous, I did receive an Exemption from Jury Service for 10 years.

Little did I realise how grateful I would be for the love and prayers that surrounded me at that time from my colleagues and friends, and also for the knowledge that the Lord continued to be with me.

Olive Barnett

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 26th March – Passion Sunday – Fifth Sunday of Lent

At 10 am there will be aservice of Holy Communion, led by Revd Paul Brown, in church. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the service.

At 6.30 pm there will be a Service of Evensong, led by Iain Coleman, in church.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray  for those who live or work in:
Letchmere Lane, St Chads Close, Yew Tree Road, Retreat Gardens.

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

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.

Bellringing practice takes place on Monday at 7.45 pm. Anyone interested in finding out about ringing should contact Geoffrey Dann or any of the ringers.

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 at 10.00 am there will be a service of Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer, led by Revd James Makepeace, in church 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.

At 7 pm on Wednesday Choir Practice takes place in church. Anyone interested in joining the choir should contact Greg Lewin or any member of the choir.

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

Sunday 2nd April – Palm Sunday

At 10 am there will be a Family Service, led by Ken Scott, in church. This will be followed by a short service of Holy Communion by Extension, to which you are all most welcome. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the service.

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

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: Holy Week Services across the Deanery.

Colouring competition to support Ukraine – and win a prize

The colouring competition is still open. The closing date is April 2nd at 12 noon.

More details can be found at <>

Easter Holiday Club

There are still vacancies for the Easter Holiday Club for those in year 4 as well as years 5 to 8.

Details can be found at <>
For more details or to book a place contact or call on 07562372771.

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.

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. 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!

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. 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!

Thank you from The Well

The Churchwardens have received the following message from The Well.

 St Chad’s Primary School & Church-Pattingham

 23 March 2023

We are writing to thank St Chad’s Primary School & Church-Pattingham for your generous support to the work of The Well during the period July-December 2022. The total weight of your donations was 255kg.

It is always humbling to receive the generous donations the public give to us. Whether you bring them to our warehouse, take them to your church/community donation point, or add them to the drop off point at your local supermarket – we want you to know how much we value your partnership with us. The fact that you have donated during such a financially challenging time for this nation, is even more amazing.

Recent feedback from one of the families to whom we delivered a parcel is a reminder of how tough it is for so many:

Me & my daughter have not been well and are struggling this month due to the rise in gas and electric bills.

Your giving directly impacts the lives of others in our local communities. On their behalf we say Thank You!

The Well is very much an adventure in faith. Over 16+ years we can say that Jesus has been so faithful. In these turbulent times we pray that you would know the comfort, hope and peace in knowing Him: To find out more of who Jesus is watch this groundbreaking TV show You won’t be disappointed!

Yours in His great love

Gary & Caroline

Gary & Caroline Price
(Project Leaders)

The Well Easter Egg Appeal

With Easter just around the corner the Well has launched its annual Easter Egg Appeal.

The Well is dedicated to meeting practical needs and showing love to those who need it most and wants to spread some joy and cheer by giving out chocolate eggs to those who may not have the opportunity to enjoy them.

The Well would be grateful if you can help by donating some chocolate eggs. Every egg counts, so whether you can provide one egg or a basket, your kindness and generosity will be appreciated so much by those in need.

If you wish to donate please can you leave eggs at the back of the church by 30 March and I can then get them there in time for Easter week deliveries.

Thank you for your support which is very much appreciated by all at the Well.

Alan Smith

Thanks from Maureen

Maureen Hobbs has sent the following message following the death of her friend, Revd Sherry Bloomer, whose funeral is on Thursday (30th).

“ May I take this opportunity to thank everyone for their expressions of condolences and support, both on-line and by card, that I have received on the sudden and unexpected death of my dear friend, the Revd. Sherry Bloomer.

” They have helped to uphold me during a very difficult time. I continue to keep the parish and everyone living in Pattingham and Patshull in my prayers – please continue to keep me and Sherry’s immediate family and friends in yours.

” With love and prayers from Maureen”

The Church Clock

You may have been wondering what has happened to the church clock, which has been stopped at 12 o’clock since early February.

The clock was manufactured by Joyce of Whitchurch in 1868. Part of the mechanism has developed a fault. Cumbria Clocks, who maintain it, have taken that part away to repair. They are also going to be fitting an automatic winding apparatus which will mean that we will not need to go up and wind it every week. We expect them to come and fit both after Easter. Until then the clock will be right twice a day. After that it should be right all the time.

The carillon, which is a separate piece of equipment with its own timer, continues to ring three times a day – at 9.06 am, 12.06 pm and 6.06 pm.

If you are interested there is a video on the church YouTube channel showing the clock mechanism as it strikes 4 o’clock and the carillon playing. It is at <>.

Geoffrey Dann

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 19th March and 2nd April.

Ronald Arthur Painting – 20th March 1980
Olive Harris – 20th March 1990
David Spencer Haddock – 21st March 1996
Leslie Thomas Price – 21st March 1997
Dennis David Cave – 23rd March 2017
Geoffrey Warrilow – 24th March 1956
Lillian Elkin – 26th March 1991
Christine May Watton – 29th March 2007
Bert Hughes – 30th March 2009
Christopher John Harrison – 30th March 2015
Isaac John Fellows – 31st March 1990
Kathleen Mary Parkes – 31st March 1999
Joan Selvey Fellows – 31st March 2019

You can see all the pages of the Memorial Book on the Memorial Book Online page of the Church 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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