ChadNet – no 169

ChadNet – no 169 – Sunday 18th 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

Tracey Williams


Hello Everyone

This weeks View from the Pews is a way of keeping you all updated on our journey.

I would like to begin with a prayer.  There were many prayers shared During Dementia Awareness week in May and I aim to include one everyweek on Chadnet.  It would be wonderful if anyone has any ideas for a prayer to be included please by all means send them to me at or pass them to me at church.

This was written by a child contributed by St Paul`s Church of England School, Longton Stoke on Trent.  This was part of the Share A Prayer for part of the Dementia Awareness Week in May.

Please help those with dementia,
watch over them and keep them safe
.Help the people who care for them,
Giving them peace and patience.

Just a little update.  We are in the process of organising a notice board.  In the meantime I will leaving some resources at the rear of the church.  There is so much information and everyone’s needs are different. You are most welcome to browse and if there is anything of interest by all means please help yourself.

I would also like to recommend two books by Wendy Mitchell “Somebody I used to know” and “What I wish people knew about dementia”.  Wendy Mitchell was only 58 when she was  diagnosed with young-onset dementia in July 2014 and in 2019 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Health for contribution to research.  I have read both books and they give a valuable insight into the person who is suffering and their perspective on the life that was and the journey from point of diagnosis.  On a recent visit to my father, who was diagnosed 18 months ago, we were sitting having a coffee in his favourite coffee shop and he just came out with “Tracey, I feel like I am going out of my mind.”  Many people have a misconception that people with dementia are immediately transported into this other world of complete memory loss and “their own little world.”  It is so important to remember initially that they are aware of the journey, the things they can no longer remember or do. How frightening and frustrating that must be.  I will be leaving copies of the books at the back of the church for people to borrow if they wish.

Here is a small paragraph from “What I wish people knew about dementia” by Wendy Mitchell.

What can nature teach us about dealing with change? In times of struggle there are always lessons to be found in the world around us – even if that is only in our very own back garden.  There is nothing nature does not know about life and death, chaos and order, the light and the dark.  I see it every morning and afternoon on the trundles I take around my village.  I see that the waxing and waning of the seasons are necessary, that they stand as a reminder that there is nothing more natural than change, that it is not something to fear or avoid, to ask `why me`when Mother Nature is so undiscriminating to animals, plants and trees.  Instead something to face head-on, to respect and embrace.  Sometimes, with this disease in tow, there are only the seasons that I have for company each day, reminding me that the small incremental battles I win against dementia matter as much as a tiny acorn that falls from the tree and grows into an oak.

I found this very thought provoking and the books are full of many more.

As well as providing you with resources from the large national organisations such as Dementia UK, Alzheimers Society etc., my primary focus is support and activities nearer to home that may be of interest.

Were you aware, for example, that the Grand Theatre Wolverhampton run a Memory café?  Details can be found on the Grand Theatre website (<>); go to Menu and click on `support` scroll down to Dementia Friendly Memory Café.  These are free and held every month.  They look very popular. However, I have been in touch and they have forwarded me posters of future events which I will put up in the porch for now.

Dementia Singing Friends meet every Wednesday at The Community Room, Wombourne Library from 1pm to 3pm  Contact is Sarah Slater. Singing and dancing and music in general evoke memories and bring pleasure to all. or 01902 892781 for further information.

Warmest Wishes to you all

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 18th June – Second Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be a service led by the Youth Group in church.This will be followed by a short service of Holy Communion, led by Revd. Roberta Maxfield, 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 those who live or work in: Clive Road.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: Church Wardens across the Deanery.

This week

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

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.

Sunday 25th June – Third Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be aservice of Holy Communion, led by Revd Ben Whitmore, which will include the  baptism of Bridgette Oakley in church. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the service.

At 6.30 pm there will be a Service in the Iona style, led by Iain Coleman, in church.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for: St Chad’s School and the other schools attended by children in the parish.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Peter, Kinver.

Church Fete

The Church Fete takes place on Saturday 1st July starting at 2 pm.

Bottle stall

This year the Bellringers have taken over running the very popular bottle stall and would appreciate donations of any bottles of wine or spirits, squash etc. that you can give – also cans of beer or soft drinks.  Please either give to them to any of the bellringers or put them in the box which is at the back of the church. They can also be delivered to the stall at the Playing Field between 10 am and 12 noon on the morning of the fete. If you would prefer to give us the cash we can do the bottle shopping for you. Geoffrey Dann – phone 700212 – email

Dementia Friendly Church

Becoming Dementia Friendly Church 2023-24

Information about a dementia friendly event which is being held not very far away.

Musical Memories at All Saints Parish Church, Wellington on Saturday 1st July
Matthew Richards (Channel Four: ‘The Piano’) playing Piano and Ukulele
3.30 – 5.30 pm – Free Entry!! – *Interval Cream Tea*
This is a dementia friendly event
For tickets <> or phone 07976100321

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 11th and 25th June.

Violet Agnes Davies – 11th June 1992
Gwendolyn Mary Pellow – 11th June 2010
Geraint Samuel Jones – 12th June 2013
Annie Parton – 13th June 1987
Gerald Victor Rowley – 14th June 1993
Frederick Seymour Toy – 15th June 1971
Ian Brian Price – 15th June 1973
Winifred Jane James – 15th June 2006
Audrey Wilhelmina Rose – 15th June 2022
Anthony Robert Kiddle – 16th June 2015
Mitchell James Lingford – 18th June 1989
Kenneth Joseph Russell – 19th June 2010
Wilfred Leslie Darlington – 20th June 1981
Jasper Ronald Curtis – 23rd June 2004
Susan Caton – 24th June 2018
Joan Morgan – 25th June 1991

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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