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Steve to Leave

Steve June 3013 001Steve, who has been our vicar for almost exactly eight years, has announced that he will be leaving us in April this year.  However, he will be taking a sabbatical from 15th February, so in practice, he will only be taking one or two more services in each parish. During his sabbatical, he will still be taking funerals and pre-arranged weddings. 

Steve will be taking up his new post as the  minister of Christ Church Dusseldorf ( This is an English-speaking church in Germany, part of the Church of England’s Diocese of Europe. The members of Steve's new church are varied in background, age, and denominational heritage. Some members drive or use public transport for over one and a half hours to get to Christ Church for worship, where they aim at maintaining ecumenical links and evangelistic calling in and around Düsseldorf. It will be somewhat larger than Steve has been used to, as the average Sunday attendance is 80 – 95 adults & 20 – 30 children.
Steve said the move will provide an opportunity for the family to live in Gunilla's home country, and for their children to grow up in a german-speaking environment. I'm sure everyone in our three parishes will want to wish Steve and his family well in their great new adventure.  There will be a farewell service for Steve at Marbury on Sunday April 26th. 

We are told by the diocese that the practice of having a 12 month interregnum without an incumbent has been discontinued, and the archdeacon and his team will be working hard with the wardens from now to find a replacement as soon as possible. In the meantime, it will be the job of the wardens to find people to take the services in the three parishes. 


Higher Wych School Charity

The charity supports the educational needs of young people in the township of Iscoyd (essentially Whitewell Parish). In recent months, young people have received financial help with music lessons on piano, flute, and cornet. The Trust has awarded grants to students travelling abroad to further their education. It has provided assistance to students taking up further education at University. It has paid towards additional coaching for students at school and it has even helped someone obtain their HGV licence. If you are a young person who is either living in the Whitewell Parish, or who has a strong connection to it, you too may be eligible for help. In the first instance you should approach Mr Philip Godsal, the Chairman of the Trustees. 



Christmas Lunches

Whitchurch Rotary Club provided 120 piping hot Christmas Lunches to elderly people living alone at home on Christmas Day this year, some of them into our area, or to people who have formerly lived in our parish.  For many of these people, the Rotarian turning up on the doorstep would have been the only person they saw on Christmas Day.  Lunch included turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pud and brandy sauce, a piece of Christmas cake, cheese, yoghourt and sweets. 

Whitchurch Rotary Club is currently recruiting men and women of all ages. If you would like to support your local community on a regular basis by joining Rotary, meet new friends or widen your circle of business contacts through networking,  please contact Chris on 01948 780114.  


Recently Bereaved?  Not sure what to do?  
Independant advice is available here

Jan Andrews has recently been through this process and didn't know where to go for advice, so she has set up this website to help others. It's not-for-profit










FROM 5.30 until 6.15 approx. THE COST WILL BE £7.00 for a drop in session or £6.00 per class 


if you sign up for a block of 6 or 10. Mats are not provided. 


If you are interested in joining please ring Deborah Paul on 01948 780642 




 WiFi now available in Parish Rooms 

Your Parish Rooms is now equipped with WiFi Broadband.  So bring along your tablets, smart phones and laptops and you can go on-line. Community Council & PCC can access relevant websites to get planning applications on line and definitive accurate information about topics they are discussing.  The art class can watch YouTube tutorial videos, learning techniques and ideas from the masters.  Anybody can Skype a friend or a colleague for a group discussion or just send and receive emails.    It's FREE and it's there for your benefit. It's up to you how you use it. We have arrived in the 21st Century.


PILATES CLASS - Whitewell Parish Rooms. Monday mornings.  9  - 10. This has proved to be a popular class and will continue in the New Year. Claire Williams of Rebalance Physiotherapy is an enthusiastic and very professional instructor. Those who have attended have all said they are feeling the benefit of attending these sessions. The next session will start on Monday 6th January. We will hopefully be starting a second class 10 - 11 so contact Deborah Paul on 01948 780642 if you are interested.All are welcome - though we are limited in numbers so apply quickly. £65 for 10 sessions.





100 People Now Receive Their Parish News Through this Web Site

In just over 12 months from the launch of this website, it has already scored  almost 12,000 hits. 100 people have already opted to receive their news about the three Parishes through this website, and they receive notification of new updates by email. Why not join them?  Just send the web manager a message and be sure to tell me your email address. We won't pass it on to anyone else. 

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Jubilee Luncheon Club - January 29th 2015 12:00

Horse & Jockey Grindley Brook



Jazz Night at the Swan

Friday 30th January 7:30 pm



Come along to the Whitchurch Current Affairs Discussion Group

7th Jan - Sovereignty; Andy Allen - UKIP Candidate

15th Jan - an evening with Owen Patterson MP. 

28th Jan - an evening with Graeme Currie - Labour Candidate


7pm at The White Bear


Pilates Classes

 Whitewell Parish Rooms.  Wednesday mornings Levels 1 and 2 at 9.00 a.m.  Level 3 at 10.15.  The 9.00 a.m. sessions are currently full but the Level 3 has vacancies.  If you are interested in joining either class, please contact Deborah Paul on 01948 780642.



Art Club: Tuesday mornings at 9.30 a.m.  Please come along and meet us.




Iscoyd WI: meets on the second Thursday every month at 7.30 p.m.  Contact Peggie Beddows on 01948 780402 for more information.




Coffee and Cake: third Thursday of every month 11.00 a.m. – 12.30.  An opportunity to chat, meet new people and catch up on local news.  Our PCSO attends when she is available.  Everyone welcome – all ages.