ChadNet – no 167

ChadNet – no 167 – Sunday 4th June 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

Rob Colin-Stokes


How many of us with our busy modern lives and families have time to find silence? Phones , e mails , smartphones all keep encroaching into our lives,I find myself looking back with nostalgia on just how much simpler life was 30 years ago!

Some people are frightened of silence and find that they must talk … sometimes there is just a need for silence.

We should all take time to actively seek silent places where we can sit and contemplate all that’s going on in our lives and all that’s going on around the world. This will be far harder than you think.

In my line of work, I am fortunate enough to visit some very remote and beautiful places. But even here silence can be very hard to come by.

Sometimes some of my best thinking moments are sat in a wooded glade with a small stream going about its business just a few feet from me, while I wait, sit and listen.

If you actively seek silence you will find out there are very few places especially in and around our village where you can actually be alone… but sitting just a few yards off a path can yield untold blessings.

Silence can give us plenty of time to reflect on what we have , what we can do and the beauty that we have all around us, enjoy nature!

Next time you get an hour (or even half an hour) try going out and actively seeking silence, just sit, listen and contemplate – you’ll be surprised what you can’t hear and where your thoughts go to !

Enjoy the time , enjoy the complex feelings that you get from the enormity of silence.

Take the time to enjoy that enormity of silence and take time to talk to the Lord and take time to give thanks for all you have and the wonderful place that we call home.

Try not to be afraid of silence because sometimes the silence (speaks) louder than you think.

God bless and enjoy listening

Robert Colin-Stokes

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 4th June – Trinity Sunday

At 10 am there will be a Family Service, led by Gladys Jones and Debbie Francis, in church. This will be followed by a short service of Holy Communion, led by Revd Simon Iredale, to which you are all most welcome. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the service. The sixth Confirmation Class will be held after the service. In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for those who live or work in: The Greenway, The Square, High Path, Green Close.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Michael and All Angels, Himley.

This week

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

The Archdeacon’s Visitation, at which the Churchwardens are admitted to office, takes place at St Michael’s Church, Tettenhall on Monday evening.

On Tuesday the funeral of Jean Wood takes place in church at 10.00 am.

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 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.

At 7 pm on Thursday there is a rehearsal for the Confirmation Service in church.

Sunday 11th June – St Barnabas Day

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

At 4.00 pm  there will be a Confirmation Service, led by the Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, at which candidates from a number of churches in the deanery will be confirmed, including eight young members of our congregation. After the service refreshments (tea, coffee and cakes) will be available in the Village Hall. Anyone who is willing to make a cake is asked to let Gena (700188) or Dorothy (701855) know.

There will be no evening service.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for those who live or work in: Patshull Park, Farm Road, Rushey Lane, Patshull Gardens, Patshull Lane.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: The Church at Perton.

Chalice at Communion

As the numbers receiving communion have increased the PCC has decided that we should resume the use of two chalices on Sunday mornings.

Century Club

The winners of the May Century Club draw were:

    1st Prize – £150
        Jill Wassell – ball 33
    2nd Prize – £100
         Mick O’Byrne – ball 45
    3rd Prize – £50
        David Horton – ball 100

Congratulations to all of them.

There are currently 10 vacancies for the Century Club. For more details, please contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518 or or see the website at <>

Scarecrow Festival

Scarecrow Festival

Scarecrow registration starts this month from 12th June…
Forms to register your scarecrow in this year’s Scarecrow Festival will be available from Monday 12th June at the Co-op, Martin Thomas Butcher, Pattingham Club and in St Chad’s Church. Forms can also be downloaded from the Scarecrow website at <>. Be sure to complete and return your form before the closing date of 20th August !  Let’s make this years’ Scarecrow Festival the biggest and the best since the start back in 2011.

FREE straw and lots of help for you to make your scarecrow…
You will be sent details about this FREE STRAW offer later in the summer once you have registered your scarecrow. Remember to visit the scarecrow website at <> for useful information on making your scarecrow, and links to other scarecrow sites to give you help and inspiration.

Sponsorship of Pew End arrangements in Church – as at other recent Festivals we are offering people the opportunity to celebrate their baptism or marriage, or commemorate a loved one, by sponsoring a pew end.  If you would like to do this and have not already received a letter about it, please phone Chrissie Ringrose on 700340 to request an application form – again the closing date is August 20th.

For more details on any aspect of the 2023 Scarecrow Festival, call Chrissie Ringrose on 700340, Mike Coope on 700426, or visit the website 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. 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 28th May and 11th June.

Jordan Katherine Taylor – 28th May 1997
Brian Harry Cooper – 28th May 2017
Fiona Jane K. Morrison – 30th May 1975
Emily Jane Price – 31st May 1977
George Wilfred Selvey Clinton – 31st May 1980
Thomas Caddick – 1st June 1998
Harry Kibble – 1st June 2002
Stuart Gerard Bowley – 5th June 1975
Gerald Giles – 5th June 2002
Gunter Hanns Jonat – 6th June 1983
Jean Beryl Shelley – 6th June 2011
William Bull (Bill) – 6th June 2015
Nellie Elizabeth Warrilow – 9th June 1967
Henry Parkes – 9th June 1989
Violet Agnes Davies – 11th June 1992
Gwendolyn Mary Pellow – 11th June 2010

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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