ChadNet – no 81

ChadNet – no 81 – Sunday 10th October 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

Mael Famau

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills—-

Psalm 121 has always been a favourite of mine and it often comes into my mind when I look out of my front windows towards the Clee Hills.

Having been brought up in North Wales, of course hills and mountains were a backdrop to my younger life and I am at my happiest and, perhaps, most peaceful when at the summit of a hill — huff and puff though I do to reach the top these days.

The area where I grew up was the Vale of Clwyd bordered by the Clwydian Range. Moel Famau, or Mother Hill,  the highest of the hills, was easily recognised as it had a Jubilee Tower, now ruined, built in 1810 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of George III, silhouetted at the top. Moel Famau is 1818 feet.

How high does a hill have to be before it is classed as a mountain? Opinions and definitions vary between 1000 and 2000 feet above sea level.

Did you ever see a charming little film starring Hugh Grant called ‘The Englishman who went up a hill but came down a mountain’? In this film the locals of a Welsh village outwitted two cartographers who had come to downgrade their beloved mountain to hill status.

Hill and mountains feature prominently in the Bible. We think immediately of Mount Sinai, Mount Ararat, Calgary, and the Mount of Olives and verses that teach us that faith can move mountains.

When I was fortunate enough to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Revds James and Anna Makepeace I was very impressed by the topography of the country and the mountainous regions through which we travelled. Nomads with their flocks could be spotted — sights almost unchanged since Biblical times.

Life is like a mountain — there are false peaks and dips, sometimes obstacles to trip us up,  but with God’s love and with faith and courage to sustain us we can reach that summit if we keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Margaret Lingford

(The photograph is of Offa’s Dyke footpath ascending Moel Famau – Photo © Roger Davies (cc-by-sa/2.0))


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).

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 10th October – Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

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

Sunday School will be held in The Loft during the 10 am service and be led by Anna Davies. Contact Anna on or 07968 891927 for further information.

There will be an Service of Evensong, led by Ken Scott, in church at 6.30 pm.

The collect and readings for the Eucharist, which would normally be on the pewsheet, 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.

There is a PCC meeting in church on Tuesday evening.

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.

Wednesday is the copy date for the November magazine. Send articles to Mike Moss at

Sunday 17th October – Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

There will be a service with the title “Countdown to COP-26”, in which we will be thinking about climate change, led by the Youth Group, in church at 10 am. It will be followed by Holy Communion for those who wish to stay. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service.

The collect and readings for the Eucharist, which would normally be on the pewsheet, are available on the website.

Harvest gifts

St Chad’s school and church donated a whopping 352 kilograms (774 lbs) of food and toiletries to the Well food bank at the recent harvest collection. The gifts from the school were particularly overwhelming, filling the children’s area in church and the van which came to collect them.

On behalf of the needy of Wolverhampton all at the Well are extremely grateful for your generosity and praise the Lord for his bountiful harvest.

Alan Smith

Pattingham Scarecrow Festival 2021

Thank you

Although the 2021 Pattingham Scarecrow Festival had several constraints on it, including the hesitation of mixing in large crowds because of COVID and then the additional problem of the petrol shortage, the weather, as it has always been, was kind to us.

The support we have received over the years from the village, from sponsors, from our local farmers, and of course from all the Scarecrow makers has been tremendous and we thank you all for making this 5th Scarecrow Festival such a successful event.

With the attraction of 120 registered scarecrows scattered around the village, this helped to create a great community spirit, giving visitors much fun and freedom after months of restriction. The event also gave a welcome boost to village food and drink establishments after many months of poor trading.

The Festival Steering Committee is pleased to announce that the proceeds from the 2021 event totalled £8990.49, a very satisfactory result which will support the Playing Fields Adult Outdoor Gym Equipment Project, St.Chad’s Church (West End Door Project) and St.Chad’s C of E (VC) First School.

This time, the control of car parking was in the hands of the local branch of the Air Cadets who performed an excellent job of supervising the cars in an orderly manner on the field off the Patshull Road. As a mark of thanks to the cadets, a donation will be made to the branch together with goodies to thank the cadets individually. Chrissie Ringrose, Mike Coope, Dave Challinor, Iain Coleman and Clive Pendrell
Scarecrow Festival Steering Committee

Century Club subscriptions

A message from Alan Smith for members of the Century Club.

The annual subscription of £60 is due on 1 December. Payment can be made as follows: Bank transfer (preferred)
Account name: Pattingham Parochial Church Council
Sort code: 20 97 78
Account no: 50655023
Payment reference: Centuryclub

Payment should be taken automatically from those who have set up a standing order.

Cheque payable to Pattingham PCC or cash. If possible please can this be delivered to me at Cherry Cottage Marlbrook Lane, alternatively I’m happy to collect if that’s easier. Please call or text me on 07757 688518 to arrange.

Thank you for your continued support and good luck.

For more information please contact Alan Smith on 07757 688518 or

All Souls Memorial Service

The Memorial Service will be held on Sunday 31st October at 6.30pm where we will remember by name all those for whom funerals have been held in the last 2 years and those whose names are in the Memorial Book who have died within the last 6 years.

There is an opportunity to add extra names as there will be a list at the back of the Church where additional names can be written The list will be removed on THURSDAY 28th OCTOBER for admin. purposes. Please ensure any names are placed on the list before that date.

Thank you.

Link to Hope

A reminder that the Link to Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal is open for this year and running as normal. Leaflets are available at the back of the church and more details can be found on the church website at <>

There are only 3 weeks to go. Barbara asks that the boxes are brought to her by Friday 29th October – to allow her time to take them to the collection point.

Barbara Tritton
17 High Street, Pattingham
(01902 700065)

From the Memorial Book

Those whose anniversaries occur between 3rd and 17th October.

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
Clive Fordham Parker – 9th October 1993
Barbara Alice Titley – 9th October 2003
Evelyn Eileen Carlile – 10th October 2010
Graham Roger Gilbert – 12th October 2002
Carol Jane Higginson – 12th October 2004
Emily Elizabeth Penny – 14th October 1993
Philippa Ciceley Bramall – 15th October 2017
Doris Pugh – 16th October 1987
Lilian Mary Monckton – 17th October 1982
June Hazel Wilcox – 17th October 2009

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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