ChadNet – no 172

ChadNet – no 172 – Sunday 9th July 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

Dorothy Steel

Church Bells “…. ringing in sweet accordance throughout many lands, and awaking a great joy in the heart of our common humanity.” Edwin Hubbell Chapin (1814 -1880)

I have read that Church bells were first used around 400 AD, and it is thought by 600 AD they were in widespread use across Europe. They were the ‘official’ call to worship in an age when people relied on them to know when church services were taking place as they didn’t have the clocks, watches, radio, television or internet which we all expect, and depend upon, today. They have been used in celebrations, in memorial and as a warning to the community. It is lovely to hear the bells as part of a wedding celebration and I still recall (from many years ago) the joyous sound of bells at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Penn on my wedding day!

For me, our church bells are far more than a call to worship; they are an integral part of the worship itself. We are reminded “It is our duty and our joy to give thanks and praise…..” and for me church bells are a part of this signalling of our ‘duty’ and our ‘joy’.

Did you know that there are many weeks when our own bellringers are joined by colleagues from other churches – within our deanery and beyond? Occasionally, our bellringers have to change their planned ringing because there are fewer members available to ring for a particular service than needed.

Perhaps the next time you hear our bells, you will find a moment to pause and enjoy the sound – we would miss the bells if we didn’t have them! (‘Not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken’ – Don McLean).

Have you ever thought of becoming a bellringer? If you are interested, please contact Geoffrey Dann because we would love to have new ringers coming forward to learn how to ring and to be part of the team.

To all our bellringers, and to all who visit us from other churches, please accept our grateful thanks for all your skill, commitment and for the contribution you make to brighten our lives and to be part of our praise and worship!

God Bless!
Dorothy Steel

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 9th July – Fifth Sunday after Trinity

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 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: High Street, Meadow View. Broadwell Lane, Old Smithy Close.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Benedict Biscop, Wombourne.

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. 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 6 pm the second session of the the Pattingham Shower Singers takes place in church. See below for more information.

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 from 10 am the bells will be rung by members of the Lichfield and Walsall Archdeaconries Society of Change Ringers who are holding a training meeting.

Sunday 16th July – Sixth 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. Paul Brown, 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: All children and young people in the parish.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Paul, Pendeford.

Thank you

The Fete

We were blessed with fair weather for our Fete last Saturday and we thank Anna and Paul and all who worked to set up and clear the field, to our money counters and to those who ran stalls. Particular thanks must go to the Mercer family for once again generously donating the wonderful ‘Pork Baps’ and to all who attended, supporting the event and making the day enjoyable.

The children’s races were superb and if you didn’t manage to win a coconut this year – try in 2024!

The final amount raised is still to be determined, but the day itself with the beautiful Classic Cars (and their owners of course!) made it a lovely village event.

If you attended, donated a bottle for the Bottle Stall, made a cake or were one of the working team – we send our thanks for your support.

Philip Sims – Chairman of the PCC
Clive Pendrell and Dorothy Steel – Churchwardens

Bottle stall at the Fete

The bellringers are extremely grateful to all those who donated bottles for the bottle stall at the Church Fete and to those who tried to win the bottles. We had over 200 bottles and due to your generosity we raised £544.

Geoffrey Dann

The Well

The donations to the Well from last week’s service totalled a massive 73.5 kgs. Everyone at the Well is extremely grateful for your generosity.

Gary and Caroline have also asked me to pass on their thanks to everybody for making them feel so welcome and that they thoroughly enjoyed their visit to St Chad’s.

Alan Smith

Pattingham Shower Singers

Pattingham Shower Singers started off with a flood – of people! 30 of them turned up, including children and we had a ball! Great fun and further sessions will take place in Church at 6.00pm to 7.00pm for the next two Wednesdays, 12th and 19th July. After a summer break it will resume on Wednesday 6th September.

All are welcome – age no barrier, no previous singing experience required – just come and sing and have fun!

Words, etc will be provided but if you need more information, contact Alix at

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

Go Ape Adventure Discovery Day

Saturday 16th September 09:30 – 18:30. An Adventure Discovery Day at Go Ape on Cannock Chase for those aged between 6 and 18.

Coach will leave Pattingham at 9.30 am returning approx 3.30 pm followed by food in the Village Hall.

The day will be rounded off by a film show in St Chad’s Church ending at approx 6.30 pm.

Cost for full day only £20 to £35 per head, depending on Adventure chosen, inclusive of transport, food and film show.

Bookings are coming in and registration forms are available from . Will be a great day out for all our young people – don’t delay book today! Closing date 22nd July. Enquiries to Henry Ibberson on 07775 680705 or email .

Dementia Friendly Church

Becoming Dementia Friendly Church 2023-24

As the sun rises, we prayer that we have kind hearts
So we can always treasure memories even though some people may forget.
We pray for the charities who help to raise money and pray that you always bring comfort to those living with Dementia.

(From “Share a Prayer” author unknown)

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 2nd and 16th July.

Dennis Thomas – 2nd July 1995
Dorothy Jean Haden – 3rd July 1996
John James – 4th July 2009
Molly Dermott Pass – 5th July 2018
Bunty Genna – 6th July 2001
Campbell Harris – 10th July 1966
David John Rushton – 11th July 1995
Walter Newman Foggin – 11th July 2014
Jennifer Anne Baxter – 14th July 2007
Henry Charles Peever – 15th July 1991
Charles Herbert James Gosling – 16th July 1989

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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