Following the delightful service of Sung Evensong in May, at which the singing was provided by the wonderful Vox Vocavit, the choir has kindly agreed to sing Matins at Whitewell on 22nd October at the revised time of 11:30. Later that day they are then going over to Marbury where they will be singing evensong, again at a revised time of 4:30pm. The sung Matins at Whitewell will be followed by lunch in The Parish Rooms. The menu will be Coronation Chicken or Salmon, a pud, a glass of wine and a coffee, all for the price of £12. Lunch will be by TICKET ONLY which will be available from Carolyn Wort.
To the community on behalf of St. Michael’s Church.
It seems that thieves have stolen lead recently from St.Oswald’s, Malpas and St. Chad’s, Farndon – so we need to be vigilant! especially as we have now provided them with scaffolding to get up to the roof!!!!!
We need to be aware of any strangers we see around the village or vehicles etc.
Revd Veronica. xx
The Whitewell Parish Rooms’ bid for a £1500 grant to solve the damp problem in the toilets was well supported by no less than ten of us at the Bronington Participatory Budgeting meeting on 21st June. The decision to award funding is made on the night by public vote, and our strong support ensured we swamped the vote and gained 100% of our required funding. Other funding claims were from The Tybroughton Trust, Bumblebees Pre-School, and Bronington Primary School. The total amount of funds requested was around £4300 vs a budget of £3000 set by Bronington Community Council. My grateful thanks to all those who came along to support our successful bid.
Sunday 22nd May saw the observance of Rogation Sunday at Whitewell, at which the entire congregation went outside while Veronica blessed the crops in the fields adjoining the churchyard.
Rogation is traditionally observed in the days just before Ascension day and of course is very important in a rural community like ours. The Christian major rogation replaced a pagan Roman procession known as Robigalia, at which a dog was sacrificed to propitiate Robigus, the deity of agricultural disease. The practitioners observing Robigalia asked Robigus for protection of their crops from wheat rust.
A common feature of Rogation days in former times was the ceremony of beating the bounds, in which a procession of parishioners, led by the minister and churchwardens, would proceed around the boundary of their parish and pray for its protection in the forthcoming year. Now there’s a thought for another year ….
The recent Whitewell Quiz and Curry night raised £453.00. Subject to final approval by the Parish Rooms Committee, £100 of this total amount will be donated to the Whitchurch Food Bank.
Good to see Iscoyd Park second on an impressive top ten, but better still to see St Mary’s Whitewell get a plug!
Contributed by Philip Godsal 17/5/17
Congratulations to all the worthy winners in the Whitewell 100 Club draw which finished on 12th May
Here are the full results
Results St Mary’s Whitewell – Parish Rooms 100 Club Members Draw
Draw date Ticket Winner Amount
43 James Osmond £15.00
58 James Huxley £10.00
94 Charlotte Robinson £5.00
17 Marcus Walker £15.00
30 Sue Mottershead £10.00
20 The Millington Family £5.00
40 Colin Walker £15.00
93 Jayne Mullock £10.00
15 Mark Holt £5.00
1 Peggy Beddows £15.00
54 Diana Yearsley £10.00
82 Josie Millington £5.00
21 Julie Wright £50.00
12th May 15 Mark Holt £25.00
10 Michelle Jones £10.00