ChadNet – no 176

ChadNet – no 176 – Sunday 6th August 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

Barbara Inett

Just lately my life has been a whirlwind of travelling up and down (or should that be down and up!) to London. Like many grandmothers I am often called upon to help look after grandchildren for various reasons, often at very short notice. All of them live a distance away – two lots in London, and one in Cheltenham. Although I can drive quite easily to Cheltenham, I have given up driving to London as it has become too stressful now what with congestion charges and the new ULEZ expansion scheme.

I now travel there by train and let the train take the strain as they say. Except it doesn’t always! Due to the recent spate of rail strikes, I often find myself waiting for the train that never comes. When I eventually manage to board one to Euston I then face the tube, followed by a bus ride, each bringing its own complications. When I eventually arrive at my daughter’s house I am pretty stressed, which leads me to this week’s ChadNet theme – Stress.

We all face stress in our lives in one way or another, and we all deal with it differently. Some take up yoga, or running, or some other physical activity. For others enjoying a good book, or maybe just sitting in the garden listening to the birds helps. For my own part the best way to relieve the stresses that life brings is by attending Evensong. Just the sound of that beautiful word is calming for me.

I love this service, which I look on as a winding down time at the end of a busy week. In fact the definition of Evensong according to English Cathedrals is ‘a service in church that provides a restful, peaceful and contemplative time at the evening point of the day.’ I have attended many Evensong services in various churches, but for me the one at our own St. Chad’s is the one that most typifies that definition. After a wonderful service led by either Ken or Iain, both doing sterling work during this prolonged period of interregnum, I leave refreshed and ready for whatever challenges the coming week may bring.

I wish you all a stress free summer holiday.

Barbara Inett

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 6th August – The Transfiguration – Ninth Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be a Family Service, led by Barbara Dias, 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. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the service.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for those who live or work in: Moor Lane, Elms Paddock, Little Moor.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Joseph’s Merry Hill, Wolverhampton.

This week

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

Holiday Club takes place on Monday and Tuesday at the Kingwood Trust, Albrighton.

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.

Monday is the copy date for the September magazine. Send articles to Mike Moss at

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 Paul Brown, 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. Those attending will receive 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 13th August – Tenth Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be aservice of Holy Communion including the Baptism of Jaxon Crowley, 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: Nurton Hill Road, Holyhead Road, County Lane, High Park.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Mary the Virgin, Enville.

Century Club

The winners of the July Century Club draw were: 

  • 1st Prize – £150
    • Mary Hayward – ball 44
  • 2nd Prize – £100
    • Mary Buttress – ball 80
  • 3rd Prize – £50
    • Ann Walker – ball 36

Congratulations to all of them.

There are currently 8 vacancies for the Century Club. For more details, please contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518 or or see the website at <>

Looking ahead …

Scarecrow Festival – closing date for registration and pew end orders – 20th August

The Scarecrow Festival takes place between Friday 22nd and Sunday 24th September.

The closing date for registration for scarecrows and for the pew ends is Sunday 20th August. Forms can be downloaded from <>

Pattingham Shower Singers

The Pattingham Shower Singers, on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 pm in church, resumes after its summer break on 6th September.

Barn Dance

There is a Barn Dance on Friday 22nd September at 7.30 pm. Tickets £8 each available from Anna Davies.

Brass Band Concert

There is a Brass Band Concert in church on Saturday 23rd September at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £15 each and are available from Alan Smith or any member of the PCC.

St Chad’s Church Kidz Club

Every second Sunday of the month from 4 to 5 pm – starting 10th September 2023 – for ages 5 to 11.

Join us in the Loft for Stories, Crafts and lots of Fun!

Ask Anna Davies for details – 07968 891927.

Every child is a child of GOD.

Go Ape Adventure Discovery Day

The Go Ape Adventure Discovery Day which was due to be held on Saturday 16th September has been cancelled as there were not enough bookings.

Dementia Friendly Church

Weekly Prayer

Becoming Dementia Friendly Church 2023-24

God of compassion and grace,
we pray for all those who,
through age and infirmity
find themselves imprisoned
within the loneliness of home,
Watching a world outside
that once had their
full involvement
increasingly pass them by.
Be with and bless them, Lord,
along with family and carers
calling through the week to help,
still precious in your sight,
and feel your arms support them
in the day and through the night.

(Faith & Worship)

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 30th July and 13th August.

Matthew Robinson – 30th July 2008
Colin George Hartley – 1st August 2008
Ellen Hayhurst – 2nd August 2007
Pauline Ann Moore – 2nd August 2011
Henry Parton – 4th August 1980
William Pugh – 4th August 1995
Phillippa Bullock Reeves – 5th August 2003
Christine Harley – 5th August 2013
Hilda Cecilia Whitty – 8th August 1993
Patricia Mabel Fildes – 8th August 1995
Daniel Wood – 9th August 1943
Kath Bennett – 10th August 2008
Hedley Charles Oxley Russell – 11th August 1982
Thomas Raymond Ellis ( Ray ) – 13th August 2019

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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