ChadNet – no 210

ChadNet – no 210 – Sunday 31st March 2024

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.

Remember that the clocks go forward this weekend.

In this week’s ChadNet:

View from the Pews

Geoffrey Dann

It’s been four years …..

The first edition of ChadNet was published four years ago on 29th March 2020 in the week that we entered the first lockdown. It was sent to 34 subscribers. The circulation has grown steadily since then and this edition is being sent to 132 subscribers.

Over those four years ChadNet has become an important channel of communication for our church but one of the interesting developments is the transformation of View from the Vicarage into View from the Pews. The contributions from many members of our congregation have been on all sorts of subjects and have all been appreciated.

Among the contributions have been odes from the Pattingham Anonymous Poet and there’s another one this week, which is particularly suitable for Passiontide and Easter.

Wishing you all a Happy Easter

Geoffrey Dann

Trees and Me
Pattingham Anonymous

The trees were clothed in lovely sheen,
In various shades of softest green,
Then change they will, to brown and gold,
A sight observers to behold.

Now, when the days are growing cold,
trees have no garment to enfold
their skeleton arms all standing bare.
I sense them shivering in the air.

I pity all those trees around,
Which I observe, no longer gowned,
But all are doomed for winter’s sleep;
thought makes me sad, inclined to weep.

Yet happy times will come, I know,
With warmth of sun and golden glow.
Then after that cold night of rest,
They will appear all freshly dressed.

We wear most clothes in Winter’s storm,
Trees put their clothes on when they’re warm.
Trees live a different way from me,
I wisely wear appropriately!

I know a loving Saviour
Whose death was on a tree,
Giving his life that all may live
Throughout eternity.

His cross was hewn out of a tree,
Not clothed in leaves, but blood.
Each drop was shed for you, for me.
This sinless man on Calvary,
Who lived and worked in Galilee,
Was buried in Gethsemane.
His boundless, wondrous love is free
For all to follow Him.

Believers know, one day they’ll see
The one who died on Calvary,
Then they’ll proclaim with one accord,
In life he’s been my “ all in all”,
The man who died
The crucified
Is Christ – my risen Lord.

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 afternoon 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 31st March – Easter Day

At 10 am there will be a service 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 of Evensong, led by Philip Sims, in church.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for:
Those who teach and look after children.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for:
Easter Sunday.

This week

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

Contractors are continuing work on various repairs and work to the church this week. The contractors will be working in and around the church. The church and churchyard will remain open but please take care while using them. Access to the toilets will be kept unlocked.

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.

There is NO Shower Singers this week. It will return after its Easter break on 10th April.

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 7th April – Second Sunday of Easter

At 10 am there will be a Pets Service, led by Henry Ibberson and Alan Smith, in church. Come & join us for our celebration and All Age Worship, followed by coffee, tea and treats! Pets must be accompanied by a well-behaved human !!! There will be no Communion this week.

Henry and Alan say “It’s a long time since a Pet’s Service has been held at St Chad’s, so we have decided this is long overdue! It will be a joyous celebration of all our pets, dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, birds , hamsters……whatever beloved animal you look after as part of your family, please bring them along. Oh, and they will be under your care of course, but we will be celebrating all that our animals give to us, what we can learn from them and, of course highlighting what they do for others in very special circumstances.”

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for:
Those who live and work in: Clive Road.

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

Century Club

The winners of the March Century Club draw were:

    1st Prize – £150
        Tom Steel – ball 40
    2nd Prize – £100
         Keith Bradshaw – ball 31
    3rd Prize – £50
        Geoff Rose – ball 73

Congratulations to all of them.

There are vacancies for the Century Club. For an annual subscription is £60 there is a chance every month to win £150, £100 or £50.  If you would like to join the Century Club or for more details, please contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518 or or see the website at <>.

The Well – the Wolverhampton Food Bank

The Well continues to need our donations and prayers.

The box remains at the rear of the church for donations of food and toiletries and the wishing well for donations of cash. Foreign coins can be put into the wishing well (in a separate bag please) and they will also go to help the needy in Wolverhampton.

Thank you for your support.

Dementia Friendly Church

Weekly Prayer

Becoming Dementia Friendly Church 2023-24

Loving God

You have been more patient with me and with humanity than we could ever expect or deserve.  Grant me the same loving patience.
Let me view the failing memory with the same compassion as I would a greater difficulty in walking.  Help me to be supportive, not demanding.  School me to control my voice, so that I answer the seventh identical question as sympathetically as I did the first.
May I never be guilty of sounding as though this failure of memory is the fault of the one I love.
And when I fail, continue to be patient with me.

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

If you would like to suggest (or write) a prayer for inclusion in this series please let Tracey Williams, our Dementia Friendly Church Co-ordinator, know.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 24th March and 7th April.

Geoffrey Warrilow – 24th March 1956
Lillian Elkin – 26th March 1991
Christine May Watton – 29th March 2007
Bert Hughes – 30th March 2009
Christopher John Harrison – 30th March 2015
Isaac John Fellows – 31st March 1990
Kathleen Mary Parkes – 31st March 1999
Joan Selvey Fellows – 31st March 2019
Elsie Jane Williams – 3rd April 2001
Mary Grace Russell – 3rd April 2002
Margaret Rogers – 6th April 2012
Stanley Medlicott – 7th April 1982
Dorothy Vera Perks – 7th April 2013
Margaret Lesley Slater – 7th April 2018

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“.


This bulletin is sent to those who have requested it. We now have 132 subscribers but there may still  be some people who are not aware of it and would wish to receive it. The weekly bulletin for each Sunday will normally be sent on the preceding Friday or Saturday. Additional bulletins may be sent if required. It is only being sent to those who have requested it.

If you know of anyone who might be interested please tell them about it and ask them to sign up using the form on the website ( or by email to

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