ChadNet – no 170

ChadNet – no 170 – Sunday 25th 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

Alan Smith

The Perfect Storm

No one will be unaware of the cost of living crisis and very few not affected by it. Whilst food and energy costs are slowly coming down, food inflation remains stubbornly high at 16%. For the basics of bread, pasta, dairy products and the like it is even higher. Higher interest rates are forcing up rents, proportionately this all hits low income families more and so the vicious circle goes on. It was recently reported that 19,000 children in Wolverhampton are eligible for free school meals, some 40% of the total.

For foodbanks like the Well, this is a difficult time. Demand is up 20% over the last twelve months but donations have significantly reduced. Bulk donations have all but dried up and many food banks, including the Well, have had to dip into cash resources to keep going. There is also much more reliance on smaller donations from supermarket and church collection points and the Well is extremely grateful to St Chad’s church and school for their continued support. In the coming weeks we anticipate St Chad’s becoming an official drop off point for the Well, and hope that the wider village community will support this initiative.

And this is not just an issue for the Well. When it started in 2006 it was the only food bank in town, plus the Good Shepherd; there are now nineteen. The Black Country Food Bank reported recently that they have spent £12,000 on stock in the last seven weeks, a previously unknown and totally unsustainable situation.

On 2nd July we are delighted that the founders of the Well, Gary & Caroline Price, will be joining us at our family service and giving a presentation on their work. To show our appreciation please can everyone attending the service (and even if you’re not!) bring at least one item from the shopping list below if you are able to do so. Please remember also that you can throw any loose change into the wishing well at the back of the church, every little helps in these difficult times.

Alan Smith

  • UHT milk
  • Cereal
  • Tea/coffee
  • Sugar
  • Jam/spreads
  • Squash/fruit juice (UHT)
  • Meat/fish (tinned)
  • Pasta/rice/noodles (dried)
  • Pulses/couscous
  • Soup (tinned)
  • Vegetables (tinned)
  • Pasta/cooking sauce (jar)
  • fruit (tinned)/puddings/custard
  • Snacks/biscuits
  • Nappies (sealed packets size 4, 5, 6)
  • Baby wipes/toiletries
  • Baby food (long use by date)
  • Ladies/men’s toiletries
  • Household cleaning products

No baked beans please. Only food within its Use by/Best Before dates please. 

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.

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 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.

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. 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.

On Wednesday at 12 noon Who’s for Lunch? is held in the Village Hall.

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.

On Saturday the Church Fete takes place on the Playing Field from 2.00 pm. There will be Hog roast, Ice cream van, Drinks refreshments, Bouncy castles, Raffle, Bottle stall, Coconut shy, Hoopla, Football Tyres, Classic cars, Children’s races, St Chad’s First School Choir, Craft stalls.

Sunday 2nd July – Fourth Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be a Service for All Ages entitled “What Springs from The Well”, led by  Henry Ibberson and Alan Smith. Foundation Leaders of The Well will be participating in the service. Members of St Chad’s School Choir are also taking part and their families will be supporting them. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the service. There will be no Communion service.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray  for those who live or work in: Westbeech Road, College Farm Close, Patshull Road.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St John the Evangelist, Swindon.

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

Century Club

This month’s Century Club draw will be held on Monday.

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 <>

To be included in the next draw on Monday the subscription (£30 for the remainder of the year to November) needs to be paid by the previous day.

Holiday Club

Are your children looking for Summer Fun?

Following on from last year’s successful holiday club, the PCC is delighted to announce that we will be repeating it this year on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th August. So….

Is your child aged between 4 and 12 years?

Would they enjoy two fun packed days of forest adventure at the Kingwood Trust, Albrighton? Activities include bush walk, den building, pizza making, pond dipping, animal encounters and other adventures.

All activities will be organised by fully trained Kingswood staff supported by volunteers from Pattingham Church.

The cost is £50 for the two days, 10am – 3pm.

Booking will go live on Monday 26th June when details are released on Pattingham Today and the church website.

There are only 30 places available so don’t miss out. Full information, including the booking form, at

Dementia Friendly Church

Becoming Dementia Friendly Church 2023-24

This prayer was taken from “Share a Prayer” for Dementia Awareness week Prayer written by Ann Shepherd, a Deacon in the Methodist Church who lives with dementia.

Lord, as doubt and the perplexity of daily life
become even more confusing and uncertain,
thank you for being always present and gently guiding and protecting me.
Thank you for family and friends who continue to
Love, support and encourage me without judgement or disdain.
I pray that I may always be aware of your loving, guiding
Presence in this life and that I will come to meet with you in the next.

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 18th June and 2nd July.

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
Katie Margaret Dain – 26th June 2005
Eleanor Hayward – 29th June 1982
Pat Morgan – 29th June 2004
John Alfred Garbutt Harrison – 30th June 2016
Bertie Grainger – 1st July 1961
Guy Charles Benjamin Phillips – 1st July 2001
Dennis Thomas – 2nd July 1995

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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