News & Events
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.
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.
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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.