Fertile Valley

“It’s amazing how fertile the Wych Valley is”


That’s what keen gardener Dennis Woodfine said when he proudly posed with his giant marrow.  Of course, what he modestly overlooked were his own considerable skills as a gardener.  The monster marrow is 30″ long, 24 ” round the girth and weighs in at 18 lbs.  Can anyone beat this?

Imperial War Museum

Open Evening

An open meeting has been arranged on 11th July in the Parish Rooms at 7:30pm, when Rev Clive Hughes will explain the workings and some of the fascinating stories and exhibits of the Imperial War Museum.  Before joining the clergy, Clive was a curator at the London based Imperial War Museum and is a most knowledgeable War Historian. Admission £4 to non members.

Although this event is organised by Iscoyd WI, it is truly an open evening with men & women welcome.

For more details contact Angela Smith 01948 780114, or Peggie Beddows 01948 780402 

Rev’d Joseph Jacob

Many of you won’t have heard of Revd  Joseph Jacob. He served as Rector of Whitewell from 1885 until 1926, just over 40 years, making him probably the longest serving member of the clergy at Whitewell.

Well you may not have heard of him, but you will certainly have admired the results of his labours, as he was responsible for the cultivation of the many daffodils that come up in our churchyard every Spring.

A neighbour came across this 1926 issue of the Malpas Deanery magazine while having a sort-through the other day. It contains an obituary and an account of his funeral. The hand bier referred to is still in use in the church today.  It has been repurposed as a coffee table.  The book “Tulips” can still be bought on Amazon,  “Daffodils” is also listed, but is currently unavailable.

Malpas Deanery Magazine March 1926 lo res

Marbury Bingo & Fish & Chip Supper

Marbury Village Hall

                                                     Friday, 22nd March, at 7.00 p.m.

                                                                                      Bingo £2 for 8 games

                                                                                       Fish & Chips supper


                                                                                            £6 per person

                                                                                  Bring your own drinks!!




Contact Jill, 01948 666221, or committee members for tickets

Whitewell Frugal Lunches

The Frugal lunches this year are on the following dates:
12th March  at the home of Philip and Selina Godsal
26th March at the home of Liz and Robin Nunley
6th April at the home of Julia and Stephen Neale
18th April at the home of Jane and Giles Osmond
Please support as many of these as possible
Thank you to all our hosts.
Best Wishes

Iscoyd WI Feb 2019 report

scoyd W.I. have taken part in two quizzes recently  In the county quiz, a team comprising Peggie Beddows, Audrey Stevenson, Sylvia Faulkner and Dot Betteley finished midway. At Broxton and Bickerton a team comprising Audrey Stevenson, Peggie Beddows, Celia Johnson and Margaret Nicholas  finished third earning themselves a bottle of wine

The guest speaker at the February meeting was John Buckley-Howarth who gave a presentation on the “History of Policing in Cheshire”  Mr Buckley-Howarth has been involved in setting up a museum on policing at Warrington. An item in the museum is a knitting pattern which has a picture of Ruth Ellis,( the murderer and the last person to be hanged) as its front cover. Ruth was a model

The next meeting will be on Thursday 14th March 2019 at Whitewell Parish Rooms at 7.30pm. The presentation by Dog Assistant Beau and Owner will feature the work of “Dog Aid”. Everyone is welcome.  Any queries please contact Peggie on 01948 780402 or 07521758045

Iscoyd Park Viewing Days

Iscoyd Park is going to be made available for public viewing under the Historic Houses viewing scheme.  Dates for Iscoyd tours in 2019 are Tuesdays 30th April, 16th and 30th July, all at 2.30, 2-2.5 hour tour, tea/coffe/soft drinks/cakes provided at the end, all bookings through www.historichouses.org/tours. Other local Invitation to View houses are Combermere Abbey, Hardwick Hall, Brynkinalt, and Harstheath, and many others throughout Shropshire and N Wales, brochure available 01284 827087.

HH ItV poster 2019_colour.pdf

Electoral Roll

A Gentle Reminder!!!

 If  you have not yet completed your Electoral Roll application form, please note that this is due in to the Electoral Roll Officer by 17th March.

 For Marbury, this is  Mrs Janet Wheeler, The Old Smithy, Marbury, SY13 4LS.

For Whitewell, this is Roy Kerry.

 Many thanks!