ChadNet – no 82

ChadNet – no 82 – Sunday 17th 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.

The Bishop of Wolverhampton will be leading our Family Communion Service this week. The Youth Service will now take place on 31st October.

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

Alan Smith

It is striking how our priorities and thought processes change so quickly. For months we were preoccupied with Covid and, whilst it hasn’t gone away, for many of us life has thankfully returned to something like normal. A couple of months ago it was Afghanistan which held our attention, now it’s the fuel and energy crisis and, if we believe the tabloids, a fixation on what we will have for Christmas dinner. For millions across the country though, some priorities never change and it’s not Christmas dinner – it is what will be on the table today, making ends meet and, potentially, the dilemma of heating or eating.

The shameful decision to end the £20 a week Universal Credit supplement this month has removed a lifeline from millions of families and poverty will increase amongst the six million claimants as a result. The government justifies ending the supplement by saying its focus is to get more people into jobs but this misses the point as almost 40% of Universal Credit claimants are in work. Some 2.3 million workers, many of whom are in key worker households, will be worse off. Coincidentally poorer families currently spend an average of  £20 a week on gas and electricity and this will increase when the price cap surely goes up in April. Analysis by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that the majority who will lose out are working families. The voluntary sector such as mental health charities and foodbanks will be busier than ever.

If social justice is to be achieved an ambitious plan is required to tackle poverty and would include a decent living wage, secure work and progression opportunities, alongside affordable childcare and housing. It would not include a cut to lifeline support that working families across the country are relying on.

Alan Smith


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 17th October -Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

Bishop Clive, the Bishop of Wolverhampton, will be leading our service of Holy Communion in church at 10 am. Coffee (and tea and biscuits) will be available after the service.

The Youth Service will now take place on Sunday 31st October.

Clive Pendrell, one of our churchwardens, is being confirmed at St Luke’s, Cannock at 3.30 pm. Please pray for Clive and those who are being confirmed with him.

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.

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.

There will be a Diocesan Day of Prayer from 12 noon on Friday to 12 noon on Saturday. More information can be found at <>. Our deanery’s half hour is from 3.30 pm on Friday – if possible please set aside this time to pray. Join the Rural Dean and others in prayer at The Church at Perton ot via YouTobe at <>

Sunday 24th October – Last Sunday after Trinity

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

There will be a Service of Baptism in church at 1 pm.

There will be no evening service.

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

October Youth Service

The October Youth Service will be held at 10 am on Sunday 31st October (followed as usual by Communion for those who wish to stay). This will be the first Youth Service held in church since February last year. As the COP26 climate change conference is about to start in Glasgow the service will be about caring for God’s world. Please support our young people by attending this service if you can.

All Souls Memorial Service

The All Souls Memorial Service will be held at 6.30 pm on Sunday 31st October. 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 a list at the back of church to allow the addition of other names. The list will be removed on Thursday 28th October. Please ensure any names are placed on the list before that date.

Scarecrow Festival Calendar

Scarecrow calendar

The Scarecrow Festival 2022 Calendar has now been designed and is on sale at £9.00 each, complete with envelope.

We have taken sixty of the many photographs of the fantastic scarecrows at this year’s Pattingham Scarecrow Festival and incorporated them into a full colour A4 sized calendar for 2022. There is a page for each month with scarecrow pictures and plenty of space for you to write in all your diary dates. The calendars are spiral bound with a hanger and are on sale now at £9.00 each including envelope, with the proceeds after production costs going towards projects within the Pattingham community.

There is a display at the back of Church, together with Order Forms which on completion should be delivered to Mike Coope. Order forms can also be downloaded from
Orders can also be placed by phoning Mike on 01902 700426 or email to

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

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 2 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 10th and 24th October.

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
Thomas Stanley Inett – 18th October 1992
Gillian Bloomfield – 18th October 2003
David Thornton – 20th October 1997
Hazel Jeanette Frost – 20th October 2004
Violet May Watkins – 21st October 1977
Margaret Gosling – 21st October 2012
John Robert (Bob) Pinches – 21st October 2013
Mary Margaret Parker – 23rd October 1994
Derek William Littleford – 24th October 1998

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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