ChadNet – no 164

ChadNet – no 164 – Sunday 14th May 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

Jo Bramall

I have always loved Rogation Sunday.  In particular, I loved the Rogation Walk, although the religious significance and relationship with agriculture was lost on me at the time. As a child, it came second only to Christmas as a favourite Sunday in the church calendar.  I would love to walk around the local parish on a sunny (or rainy) Sunday afternoon with other children and families and have the service in a different church.  I would enjoy the sociable amble around our glorious countryside, chatting to the adults at times but mostly playing with the other children.

The best part for me was that we had a tradition in the 1970’s that the children in the congregation could choose the hymns.  We would be invited to shout out what they would like to sing.  It was the only Sunday when the hymns were not pre-selected and dictated to us.  As a young child, that sort of agency and choice was irresistible! 

In my very early years, I was never quick enough to have my hymn chosen.  But I remember one Rogation Sunday, I went prepared.  I had decided that I wanted to sing a very popular “jazzy” hymn that we would sing in school assembly.  When we were asked to choose a hymn, I shot up out of the pew and shouted out “O Jesus, I have promised!”  The organist started to play… a tune I had never heard before.  And I commented, rather too loudly, that it was the “wrong tune.”  My poor Dad was rather embarrassed, and I had to sing a hymn that was not what I was expecting. 

Despite this, I have always enjoyed the Rogation Walks with the tea and refreshments upon arrival and the informal services, often these days with canine companions adding additional entertainment.  I shall be looking forward to our walk this Sunday and it would be great to see you all there along with your families and your dogs!

Jo Bramall

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.

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Sunday 14th May – The Sixth Sunday of Easter – Rogation Sunday

At 10 am there will be aservice of Holy Communion, led by Revd James Makepeace, in church. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service. The fourth Confirmation Class will be held after the service.

At 2 pm the traditional Rogation Sunday Walk will leave from St Chad’s Church. After a walk of about 3.5 miles the walkers will arrive at St Mary’s Church, Patshull in time for refreshments before the service.

At 4.30 pm there will be a Rogation Sunday Service at St Mary’s Church, Patshull, which will be led by Iain Coleman. Refreshments will be served before the service.

Arrangements have been made for those who are not taking part in the walk to get to Patshull Church from the Patshull Road. As this involves going through locked gates it will be necessary to travel together. Those who wish to do so should be at St Chad’s Church lychgate by 3.30pm, when we shall travel in convoy down the Patshull Road to enter the Estate by the main gate, formerly the entrance to the Hotel & Golf Club. Any cyclists who wish to join the convoy should be at the main gate by 3.35 pm.

There will be no evening service at St Chad’s.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray  for those who live or work in: Letchmere Close.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Michael & All Angels, Tettenhall Regis.

This week

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

This week (from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st May) is Dementia Awareness Week. See below for details.

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 at 7.00 pm there is a Wedding Rehearsal in church.

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.

Wednesday is the copy date for the June magazine. Send articles to Mike Moss at

From Wednesday to Saturday Pattingham Drama are performing Toast at 7.30 pm at the Village Hall. All tickets £10 available from 01902 700748 or

Thursday is Ascension Day.

On Thursday at 2 pm “Singing from the Heart”, a short dementia-friendly service, takes place at Shifnal Church. For details see below.

On Thursday at 7.30 pm there will be a service of Holy Communion for Ascension Day, led by Revd James Makepeace, in church.

On Saturday at 12.30 pm the Wedding of Stephen Baldwin and Leanne Russell takes place in church.

Sunday 21st May – The Seventh Sunday of Easter – Sunday after Ascension Day

At 10 am there will be a service led by the Youth Group in church.Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the service. There will be no Communion Service this week. The fifth Confirmation Class will be held after the service.

At 11.30 am the Annual Church Meeting takes place in church. See below for more information. There are a number of vacancies for members of the PCC. Please consider whether you can support the church by joining the PCC. There is information about PCC membership on the church website at <>.

At 2.00 pm the Baptism of Sebastian Akers takes place in church.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray  for: Village organisations.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: The Venerable Bede, Wombourne.

Annual Church Meeting

The Annual Church Meeting will be held in church at 11.30 am on Sunday 21st May (after the 10 o’clock service).

At that meeting there will be various reports on the activities of the church as well as presentation of the Annual Report and Accounts for 2022. The churchwardens, three representatives to the Deanery Synod and up to ten members of the PCC will be elected. Nomination forms for Churchwardens, Deanery Synod Representatives and Elected PCC Members are on the church website and at the back of the church. The Annual Report and Financial Statements and the agenda, minutes of last year’s meetings and other reports will be available from Sunday 14th May. They will be on the church website (at and at the back of the church.

The revision of the Church Electoral Roll has been completed. The revised roll can be checked on the church door.

Dementia Friendly Church and Dementia Awareness Week

Becoming Dementia Friendly Church 2023-24

The Bishop of Lichfield has signed our Dementia Friendly Church certificate which will be displayed in church soon. We can now use the “Becoming Dementia Friendly Church” logo. Tracey Williams is our Dementia Coordinator and will happily answer any questions about this.

Dementia Awareness Week takes place from Monday until next Sunday. More information can be found on the Alzheimer’s Society website at <> and on the diocesan website at <>. There are three prayers at <>.

On Thursday 18th May at 2 pm St Andrew’s Church, Shifnal are holding a short dementia-friendly church service with a warm welcome followed by a delicious tea. It’s called “Singing from the Heart”. All are welcome! Come and share the afternoon with their Forget-me-not group. Those who are not “Forget-me-not regulars” are asked to let Sarah Thorpe (the Forget-me-not Coordinator: – or 0798 224 8949) know they are coming, so she has an idea of numbers for tea.

Wolves Annual Service of Remembrance

Wolves invite family and friends of loved ones who have passed away in recent years at the club’s Annual Service of Remembrance coinciding with the last home fixture of the season.

Family and friends of loved ones are welcome to attend a service that provides an opportunity for reflection taking place at St Peter’s Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton City Centre at 12.30pm on Saturday 20th May, ahead of the Premier League fixture against Everton at Molineux (3pm kick-off).

Guests are requested to complete the online form at <> with the names of loved ones they wish to remember during the service, and these will be printed and handed out on the day. The online form will close at midnight on Sunday 14th May.

More information can be found at <>.


The PCC wishes to ensure that there is a record of who has which keys to the church and to the various locks in the church. If you have any key to the church or to anything in the church would you please let Gena or either of the Churchwardens know which keys you have. We are not trying to take keys away from those who have them but do need to know who has which keys.

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!

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 7th and 21st May.

Donald Victor Newill – 8th May 1995
Lilian Graham – 10th May 2002
Ernest Brian Lindley – 10th May 2003
Paul James Claxton – 10th May 2008
Jennifer Jane Nicholson – 10th May 2017
John Weaver – 11th May 2001
George Williamson – 12th May 1995
Kenneth Charles Ray – 12th May 2020
Neville Jeffrey Dulson – 13th May 1962
Ada Caddick Booth – 13th May 1977
Margaret Crowther Reynolds – 13th May 1986
Pamela Ann Stephens – 13th May 2017
Violet Hughes – 14th May 1977
Edna Mary Beagle – 14th May 1999
Edwin Harold Woodroffe – 14th May 2013
George Albert Elliott – 17th May 1996
Catherine Isabel Harrison – 17th May 2010
Ernest Parton – 18th May 2020
Joyce Beatrice Henshaw – 18th May 2022
Bert Nicholls – 20th May 1996
Barrie James Gatt – 21st May 1997
Sylvia Gwenythe Giles – 21st May 2020

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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