News & Events
Congratulations to Ian Davenport QHC
Our rural Dean, The Rev'd Canon Ian Davenport, has been appointed as an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen. An Honorary Chaplain to the Queen (QHC ) is a member of the clergy , who, through long and distinguished service, is appointed to minister to the monarch of the United Kingdom. Honorary Chaplains wear a red cassock and a special bronze badge consisting of the royal cypher and crown within an oval wreath. Honorary Chaplains preach once a year in the Chapel Royal. There are no other formal duties. We congratulate Ian on having this great honour bestowed upon him.
Ian is working very closely with us, playing a vital role in helping us to manage our three churches during the period between Steve leaving and our new Priest-in-Charge being appointed.
Our 50 year-old gate posts have come to the end of their time and on Saturday 21st March a working party set about removing them and replacing them with new posts. The work was done in readiness for a new tarmac path which will be laid in April. The working party was made up of Andy Watts, Phil Wort, Giles Osmond and Chris Smith. Refreshments were provided by Jane Osmond and Lyndsey Jones.
County Councillor Hugh Jones, lead member for Communities unveiled a plaque in the Parish Rooms to acknowledge and thank the various benefactors who have contributed towards the £23,500 raised to restore the original 19th Century leaded light windows. Recclesia Ltd, restoration glaziers based in Chester, carried out the restoration work between 2013 and 2014. Ms. Lorna Goring Preservation Officer WCBC, monitored and advised on the project. The Parish Rooms are a grade II listed building thought to be designed by Architect John Douglas.
The plaque acknowledges funds raised from; The Iscoyd Fun Day at Iscoyd Park; Bronington Community Council (Participatory Budgeting); Wrexham County Borough Council (Village Hall Fund); Northern Marches Cymru (Heritage and Culture Grant); Hartsheath Charitable Foundation. The unveiling took place during the regular monthly Coffee, Cake and Chat held on the third Thursday of every month. Pictured in front of one of the windows are, left to right, Jamie Moore (CEO of Recclesia), Giles Osmond, Lorna Goring (Preservation Officer WMBC), Simon Birch (Chair, Bronington Community Council), Philip Godsal, County Councillor Hugh Jones and Tim Paul. Full story
St. David's Day
Around 170 supporters of Whitewell Church, with their friends and guests enjoyed a celebration of St. David's Day at Iscoyd Park, by kind permission of Phil & Susie Godsal. The rural dean, Canon Ian Davenport also attended. Lunch took the form of a Hog Roast and it was a fundraising event for the church at which around £1900 was raised.
March and April are very busy months for our Church with additional Lent services and services during Holy Week. We do hope that you will join us for the Compline Services at Whitewell at 7:30 on Wednesday evenings during Lent. This beautiful service lasts for about half an hour and is in the traditional language of the BCP.
Saturday 14th March at 12:30- 2pm there will be a frugal lunch at Prospect House, Horseman’s Green and Wednesday 1st April Jane and Giles Osmond will be hosting another lunch also at 12:30- 2pm. Please support these events.
Our next PCC meeting is on the 18th March at 7:30pm in the Church, immediately following the Compline Service. There will be a Joint PCC meeting on Wednesday 15th April with the Archdeacon at 7:30pm in the Parish Rooms. The APCM will be the following Wednesday, 22nd April at 7:30pm in the Church.
We are delighted to welcome the Rev Paul Barrow, Rev Richard Diggle and Rev Mike Rogers to take our services over the next few months. They will join our much appreciated lay readers; Jeremy Hunns, Bill Holt .
Churchwardens: Carolyn Wort 01948 830364 Andy Watts 01948 780348
Steve to Leave
Steve, 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 (www.christchurchanglican.de). 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.
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WHITEWELL PARISH ROOMS
IT IS HOPED TO START A YOGA CLASS IN WHITEWELL PARISH ROOMS ON TUESDAYS
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.