ChadNet – no 174

ChadNet – no 174 – Sunday 23rd 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

Sue Stirk

I was surprised to hear a fairly new friend say recently that when she moved to Claverley from Worcester a few years ago to be closer to her daughter she had no expectations of making new friendship groups or being part of a community. She is now 81 and has become an integral part of life in Claverley and our own social life. So she has settled extraordinarily well. Her daughter has moved on to Herefordshire but Mum has remained because she is happy and content to stay here among her new friends.

This made me wonder why this part of the world is so friendly and welcoming. People make places and we are surrounded by the most amazing folks.

Michael and I have lived in Shropshire/Staffordshire all our lives and have gathered a huge array of friends from many walks of life. AND WE ARE BLESSED. But I do realise there are many people less fortunate who are lonely for whatever reason.

Pattingham Church is the epitome of a most welcoming Church including the monthly ‘Who’s for lunch?’ which beautifully fills a gap for those who wish to feel part of the community.

Michael and I have had cause to be eternally grateful to our friends in the last few months. Their kindness and support has been strengthening and often surprisingly so – you know that warm fuzzy feeling when someone cares by doing or saying something that is just right but unexpected.

I get that warm fuzzy feeling when I think of our Church- the people who are gallantly running it during Interregnum and the diverse congregation who worship there.

Sue Stirk

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 23rd July – Seventh Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be aservice of Holy Communion, led by Revd Paul Brown, 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 Ken Scott, in church.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for those who live or work in: Hall End Lane, Beech Close, Beech Croft.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Anne, Lower Penn.

This week

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

On Monday at 11.30 am the Wedding of Claire Ainsworth and Josh Fenton takes place in church.

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.

Sunday 30th July – Eighth Sunday after Trinity

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

At 2.00 pm the Baptism of Austin Yeubrey takes place in church.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for those who work in health care.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: Rural Dean and Lay Chair.

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 now 29th July.

Enquiries to Henry Ibberson on 07775 680705 or email .

Dementia Friendly Church

Weekly Prayer

Becoming Dementia Friendly Church 2023-24

Be close to those who,
Growing old, are afraid 
of what the future holds.
Grant them the strength
for daily tasks, and more,
a joy of life that can rise 
above its aches and pains,
and by your Holy Spirit
become a daily blessing
to all who they shall meet.
(Faith & Worship John Birch)

Bridgnorth Walking Group – Age UK

Explore your local area and meet new people with Age UK’s Bridgnorth walking group.

Join us for gentle, dementia friendly social walks around Bridgnorth town, with a refreshment stop at the end of the walk.

Venue: Bridgnorth Library, 67 Listley Street, Bridgnorth WV16 4AW
When: Third Monday of every month, 10.00am-12.00pm
Cost: Free

For more information please call 01743 233123 – email or visit <>

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 16th and 30th July.

Charles Herbert James Gosling – 16th July 1989
Florence Gladys Roberts – 17th July 1998
George Derek Thomason – 21st July 1990
Agnes Victoria Louise Fellows – 23rd July 1992
Matthew Robinson – 30th July 2008

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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