ChadNet – no 79

ChadNet – no 79 – Sunday 26th September 2021

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:

The restrictions in church have been lifted. Face coverings not only protect the wearer but also other people. It is up to each individual to decide whether or not they should wear a face covering in church. So that those who wish to ensure that they can maintain social distance feel comfortable social distancing must be maintained in the pews by the wall in the South Aisle.

Do not attend church if you have any covid symptoms or are meant to be isolating.

Services are no longer available online or on the phone line.

View from the Pews

Chrissie Ringrose

Well “CHARLIE HAS LANDED” and by the time you are reading this the Scarecrow Festival will be well underway ….. there are 120 scarecrows on the three trails around the village – red, purple and blue – and we hope you have much enjoyment in going round and admiring them all.

Charlie the scarecrow

This is the 5th Pattingham Scarecrow Festival and when we started back in 2011 our ultimate aim was “to involve the village in a community event that was great fun for all, whilst at the same time raising funds for St.Chad’s Church and other local projects”.  Over the last ten years we have done just that and raised over £40,000 – the church porch has been much enhanced by the installation of glass doors and restored stonework, the school has benefitted from new computers for students and the entrance security gates, and a grant was given in 2013 towards new play equipment on the village playing fields.   In 2021, if successful, we hope to be able to support the Playing Fields Adult Outdoor Gym Equipment project, along with a further grant to the School and add further funds to the St.Chad’s Church project to modernise the West Door area.

None of this would have been possible without the village community – as has been written over many weeks in ‘View from the Pew’, we are so fortunate to live in a village where many folk willingly volunteer to bake cakes or give up some time to help, where there are many willing to donate to or sponsor the many aspects of setting up such a venture, or where there are so many inspired creators of scarecrows!   Taking part in a community gives that community a beating heart, from which we all benefit.   And it is no co-incidence that we hold the Scarecrow Festival over our traditional Harvest Festival weekend – a time of thanksgiving to God for all good things.

For this weekend we ask particularly that our village community be kind, be considerate, and be patient when welcoming our many visitors coming to see the Scarecrows…… but most of all we ask that you enjoy yourselves and be thankful.

Chrissie Ringrose

Chrissie – Mike – David – Iain – Clive   –  Scarecrow Festival Steering Committee

Could you contribute a View from the Pews?

We welcome contributions for View from the Pews from all members of the congregation. If you would like to write a View from the Pews please email or contact Henry Ibberson.


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 26th September – Harvest Thanksgiving – Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

There will be a service of Holy Communion for Harvest, led by Revd Rich Clarkson, in church at 10 am. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service.

At 6.30 pm there will be a Songs of Praise Service for Harvest and to mark the close of the Scarecrow Festival.

Songs of Praise for Harvest

Our harvest donations this year are being given to The Well, a Wolverhampton based food bank. Donations can be brought to church at any time when it is open until the evening service. Details of the items wanted are in previous issues of ChadNet and on the website.

The collect and readings for the Eucharist for the 17th Sunday after Trinity, which may not be used in the service, are available on the website.

This week

The church will be open as it used to be before the pandemic every day. Look out for the “church open” sign outside the porch. Please observe the instructions in the notice on the door.

On Monday morning the school Harvest Service will be held in church. This year it is for pupils and staff only – parents and others should not attend.

The Century Club draw will take place by Zoom on Monday. See below for the link.

On Tuesday evening the Harvest Supper will be held at the Dartmouth Arms. Only those with tickets should attend and there are no more tickets available.

On Wednesday there will be a service of Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer, led by Revd James Makepeace, in church at 10.00 am which will be followed by tea, coffee and cake.

Sunday 3rd October – Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

There will be a Family Service in church at 10 am. It will be led by Ken Scott with the theme “God always keeps His promises” and will be followed by Holy Communion for those who wish to stay. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service. There will be a Service of Baptism in church at 3 pm.

The collect and readings for the Eucharist for the 17th Sunday after Trinity, which may not be used in the service, are available on the website.

Scarecrow Festival

Scarecrow Festival

The Scarecrow Festival continues until Sunday 26th September. It is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The  TICKET/TRAIL GUIDE which will be on sale at the desk in front of the Village Hall at a cost of £3 per adult. Also on sale will be the very popular SCARECROW BADGE and the SCARECROW QUIZ. Both are firm favourites with the children and cost just £1 each.

Refreshments, including filled rolls, homemade cake and drinks will be available at the rear car park of the Village Hall. Toilets in the Village Hall are accessed via the front door.

For more information see the Scarecrow Festival website

Century Club draw

Thus month’s Century Club draw will be held on Monday at 6.30 pm and can be seen by Zoom. [The Zoom link is provided on the copy of ChadNet emailed to subscribers.]

For more information please contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518 or

October magazine

The October magazine will not be published until next weekend. It will include several pages of photographs of the Scarecrow Festival. If you would like to subscribe to the magazine contact Martin Parker on 01902 700755. Subscriptions cost £7.50 per year.

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 19th September and 3rd October.

Jack Bennett – 19th September 1990
A. H. Norman Harris – 20th September 2004
Malcolm Harris – 21st September 2003
Thomas Henry Ray – 23rd September 2016
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

You can see all the pages of the Memorial Book on the Memorial Book Online page of the Church website.

Resources for worship and prayer at home

Some of resources which can be used at home are listed on the Resources Available Online and the Resources Available for Children, Young People and Families pages of the website.

For those who are unable to attend church there are still a number of services which are available online, including a weekly service on the Church of England 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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