ChadNet – no 184

ChadNet – no 184 – Sunday 1st October 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

Charlie Scarecrow

Well Hello all readers of the ChadNet Bulletin.- – this is Charlie doing a “View from the Pew” ….. bet you’d thought you had seen enough of me last weekend! but this is my chance to reminisce on all the fantastic times we have had together and to thank the many people of Pattingham for all their help and support.

I am always amazed and in awe of the wonderful scarecrow creations that fill the village over these Scarecrow Festival weekends – 2023 being the sixth such event since we started out together in 2011. Some are a bit scary, some are very simple but effective, others rather complex, but just as colourful – it must take hours of planning and construction – thank you to all you scarecrow makers. It is super that so many visitors come along to appreciate and enjoy them – they hear about the Festival because of the wonderful publicity that our Mr Coope puts out, drip feeding the general public over several months – my face has been seen just everywhere recently, hasn’t it?

I know from chatting to Chrissie that Festival planning started back in February and builds up throughout the summer months – the Steering Committee are extremely grateful to the sponsorship offered and donations given in advance of the Festival so that known expenses are covered (just in case we have a bad weather event) – talking of the weather, weren’t we lucky last weekend? …. I was mighty glad the forecasters had it a little bit wrong and in the end we had some super sunshine to enjoy. On Saturday and Sunday there were over 500 cars parked each day on the Evans field – a huge thank you to them for this facility – they also provided the free straw stuffing up many a scarecrow!

Did you know that over 70 volunteers came forward to help with stewarding the car park and in the Church, with selling tickets, trail guides, badges a quizzes, and with serving refreshments – that is a huge number of you and without whom we just couldn’t perform – thank you all so much. Thanks are also due to the many folks who baked a cake (or in some cases several cakes) and made up the lunchtime baps – far too many names to mention – you kept our weekend visitors very well fed indeed.

Time for a drum roll……… I can now reveal that the proceeds of this great community event are in the region of £13,500 (subject to last minute expenses still to come in) …… raised by the village to be spent on village projects within the Church, School and Community. My Steering Committee of Philip, Mike, Iain, Rob, Alison, Rob & Claire, Keith & Alix, & Chrissie are extremely proud of this achievement, and thank all villagers for their support of this venture – so do I, and needless to say I hope to be back with you all again in September 2025.

Take care everyone!


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 1st October – Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

At 10 am there will be a Family Service, led by Robert Colin-Stokes, 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: Orchard Close, Damson Park and Highgate Court.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Michael and All Angels, Tettenhall Regis.

This week

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

On Monday at 7.00 pm the Harvest Supper takes place at the Dartmouth Arms, Burnhill Green. For tickets or more information contact Gena Richards (700188).

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. Those attending will receive a warm welcome.

On Wednesday at 6 pm in church the Pattingham Shower Singers meet in church. All are welcome – just come and sing and have fun! If you need more information, contact Alix at

At 7 pm on Wednesday Choir Practice takes place in church. Anyone interested in joining the choir should contact any member of the choir.

Sunday 8th October – Eighteenth 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 4 pm in The Loft in church Kidz Club takes place. It is for children ages 3 to 11. Ask Anna Davies for details – 07968 891927.

At 6.30 pm there will be a Service of Evensong, led by Ken Scott, in church.

This is Prisons Sunday, the first day of Prisons Week, which raises awareness and generates prayer for those affected by prisons. More information can be found at <> and in next week’s ChadNet.

In the Parish Prayer Diary  we pray for those who live or work in: Great Moor Road, Nurton Brook, Nurton Bank, Warstone Hill Road and Hollies Lane.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for: St Chad, Pattingham.

Century Club

The winners of the September Century Club draw were: 

  • 1st Prize – £150
    •  David Sampson – ball 14
  • 2nd Prize – £100
    • Margaret Lingford – ball 28
  • 3rd Prize – £50
    • Richard & Lesley Stockall – ball 42

Congratulations to all of them.

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

Link to Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Link to Hope

It’s time to think about doing our shoeboxes now. This year the countries include Ukraine.  I do hope that we can do something to help these people, for whom life really is a struggle, especially in these difficult times.

There are other options, including making a donation, but hopefully we can gather up lots of actual boxes this year.  More details can be found on the Link to Hope website at <> and on the church website at <>.

I will take the filled boxes to the local co-ordinator.

Why support the Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal?

  • They ask people to fill a Shoebox for a family or an elderly couple – not just a child.  Their list contains items for all family members and includes items such a shower gel/shampoo, family games, stationery items, gift for mum and dad as well as sweets, soft toys, hats, scarves etc.
  • Their annual Family Shoebox Appeal has been running since 1992 and has delivered smiles to thousands of people in Eastern Europe over the years. Over 1,000,000 shoeboxes have been sent to hundreds of different locations!
  • It’s a really simple idea, anyone can get involved.

There are leaflets at the back of church.  It is important to check the leaflet as they are very particular what can, and cannot, be  included.  Alternatively, download a copy from the website noted above.

There are only 4 weeks to go, so I ask that these boxes are brought to me, or left at the back of church, by Sunday 29th October – to allow me time to take them to the collection point.

Barbara Tritton
17 High Street, Pattingham
(01902 700065)
email –

Dementia Friendly Church

Weekly Prayer

Becoming Dementia Friendly Church 2023-24

Shepherd of my path, so I have dementia. 
Give me grace to accept this as part of the pattern of my life and that of others. 
May I enjoy the present moment and all the life I have yet to live. 
Grant me humility to accept the assistance I will need. 
I give you gratitude for all those I am finding who so readily offer that help. 
Lord, you walked an unwelcome path you feared into a dark unknown. 
It took greater courage than mine to do that willingly. 
In my darkening path, take me by the hand and share your courage with me.

(Prayers for Dementia and how to live well with it Fay Sampson)

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 24th September and 8th October.

Kenelm Henry Forshaw Rose – 24th September 2000
Mollie Lucy Mallett – 26th September 1996
Reginald Oswald Dearn – 27th September 1993
Ivy Evans – 27th September 2001
Edna Elizabeth Bristow – 28th September 2008
David Simpson – 1st October 2002
John Edward Lavender – 1st October 2018
George Weaver – 3rd October 1930
Stephen Young – 3rd October 2018
M.G. Stuart Jones – 5th October 2017
Janet Sampson – 6th October 2009
Sidney Herbert Guest – 8th October 1976
John Beagle – 8th October 1982

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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