ChadNet – no 216

ChadNet – no 216 – Sunday 12th May 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.

In this week’s ChadNet:

View from the Pews

Margaret Booth

Bell Sunday is an initiative designed by the Central Council of Church Bellringers to raise awareness of bellringing on a national level. As the date approached I thought I would reflect on my experience of bellringing.

I began Bellringing when I was 13 years old when my friend and I responded to a poster displayed in the entrance to St Bartholomew’s Church  in Penn asking for ringers. We both joined up for this and despite having the odd break from ringing over the years, I have been ringing ever since.

Bells are rung for a variety of reasons but the main one I think about when I am ringing on Sundays is that we are calling people to worship .The bells are calling people to church.

Bells are commonly rung at Weddings too to symbolise the love and devotion two people have for each other. At funerals the tenor or heaviest bell is often sounded.

Last year we celebrated the Coronation of KIng Charles III on May 6th. We were able to ring just before the Coronation in true celebratory mode. I was especially pleased as a few months before this date I had persuaded my sister and my son to resume bellringing. Both were able to ring for this special occasion and both are now established members of our band here at St Chad’s.

This year marks the 300th birthday of six of the eight bells in our tower and plans are in the pipeline to celebrate their special birthdays.

As we celebrate Bell Sunday I hope that this very English tradition is able to continue.

Margaret Booth

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 12th May – Seventh Sunday of Easter – Sunday after Ascension Day

At 10 am there will be a s service of Holy Communion by Extension, led by Ken Scott, in church. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the service.

At 11.30 am the Annual Church Meeting takes place in church. The Annual Report and Financial Statements and the agenda, minutes of last year’s meetings and other reports are available on the church website (at and at the back of the church. There are a number of vacancies for members of the PCC. Please consider whether you can support the church by joining the PCC. There is information about PCC membership on the church website at <>.

At 6.30 pm there will be a Service in the Iona style for Bell Sunday, led by Iain Coleman, in church. There will be a chance to find out something about the bells in our church and to reflect on the part which bells play in the life of the church. Refreshments will be available after the service.

In the Parish Prayer Diary we pray for those who live and work in:
High Street, Meadow View, Broadwell Lane, Old Smithy Close.

In the Trysull Deanery Prayer Diary we pray for:
St Philip, Penn Fields.

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.

At 12.30 pm on Monday the funeral of Andrew Day takes place in church.

At 11.00 am on Tuesday the funeral of Arthur Howell takes place in church.

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 6 pm 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.

At 11.00 am on Friday the funeral of James Duffy takes place in church.

On Saturday morning a band of visiting ringers will be ringing the bells.

Sunday 19th May – Pentecost – Whitsunday

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. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the service.

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

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

Rogation at Patshull

On Sunday 5th May we had this year’s Rogation walk from St Chad’s to St Mary’s Patshull. There were 21 walkers, 2 cyclists and a good collection of dogs. On a beautiful day we stopped at several places to pray for God’s blessing on the crops and the countryside. At St Mary’s we then had refreshments and listened to the bells, before a service in the Church. 38 attended the service and it completed a most enjoyable afternoon.

Ken Scott

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Refreshments with fresh cakes made by Mary Buttress and Debbie Sims were served before the service and thanks are due to the Bell Ringers for ringing at St. Mary’s. 

We are grateful also to the loyal ‘squad’ who turned out to join us in cleaning the church so  the service could take place.

God Bless
Dorothy Steel

Photographs of the walkers, cyclists and dogs and of the “cleaning squad” are on the website at <>

Village Fete – Saturday 6th July, midday onwards

As we hurtle headlong towards summer, the village fete will soon be upon us.  Plans are coming together nicely and advertising and competition entry forms will be circulating from the beginning of May.  Entry forms will be available from either Le Salon, the Co-Op, The Pigot or the back of the church. Competitions include best Victoria sponge, best fruit jam, best pickle/preserve, best dressed wheelbarrow and so much more!  We also need volunteers to help out on the day – doesn’t have to be all day, just whatever you can do if you’d like to.  Some stalls will need manning and set-up/clear-up help would be most appreciated.

If you’d like to be involved, please do email Alix Jones on or Keith Eden on

Fill a pencil case for Ukraine

The children of Ukraine are some of the forgotten victims of the ongoing war. Many have lost all they have including items needed for school. Jane Whittall has a friend who is able to transport supplies to Ukraine and is looking for filled pencil cases to help such children.

So to help a child in one of Ukraine’s bombed out schools get back to normality can you help fill a pencil case with the following items?

  • Boys/Girls pencil case
  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Glue stick
  • Coloured crayons
  • Small note book.

If you are able to help there is a clearly marked box at the back of Church where you can place your contribution. The closing date is the 20th May.

Your help will be much appreciated. 

The Well – the Wolverhampton Food Bank

The Well continues to need our donations and prayers. As Alan said in his View from the Pews last week your gifts do make a difference to those who find life a real struggle.

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

Dementia Friendly Church

Weekly Prayer

Becoming Dementia Friendly Church 2023-24

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and everyday.
He will either shield you from suffering, or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.

(St Francis de Sales 1567-1622)

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 5th and 19th May..

William Henry Critchley – 5th May 2000
Alice Scriven – 6th May 1991
Terence Curtis – 6th May 2000
Donald Victor Newill – 8th May 1995
Lilian Graham – 10th May 2002
Ernest Brian Lindley – 10th May 2003
Paul James Claxton – 10th May 2008
Jennifer Jane Nicholson – 10th May 2017
John Weaver – 11th May 2001
George Williamson – 12th May 1995
Kenneth Charles Ray – 12th May 2020
Neville Jeffrey Dulson – 13th May 1962
Ada Caddick Booth – 13th May 1977
Margaret Crowther Reynolds – 13th May 1986
Pamela Ann Stephens – 13th May 2017
Violet Hughes – 14th May 1977
Edna Mary Beagle – 14th May 1999
Edwin Harold Woodroffe – 14th May 2013
George Albert Elliott – 17th May 1996
Catherine Isabel Harrison – 17th May 2010
Ernest Parton – 18th May 2020
Joyce Beatrice Henshaw – 18th May 2022

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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