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Hodnet Parish is located in North Shropshire, in the West Midlands and is part of Lichfield Diocese.
We are two churches who together are looking to love God and serve Him in our rural area and further afield.
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We are an Anglican
church with two lovely historic buildings in different parts
of the parish:
We share the following
Core Purposes -
Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals
Baptism and Thanksgiving
* One of them was baptised or
prepared for confirmation in the parish;
The funeral would be a service of
thanksgiving with a personal tribute to the person's life.
Because of time pressures at the Crematorium, I encourage
you to use the church for a short service. Obviously I hope
we never need to meet under sad circumstances but if we did
I want you to know that your church cares very much and
wants to support and comfort you.
THE RECTOR'S MARCH 2019 MESSAGE
Lent gives us an opportunity to do just that, to bring prayer and worship back into our lives, to value what is important.
A little laughter, a little song,
Services for March 2019
of Services within the Parish
The Parish News (the new magazine)
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This year, our Rector, Edith, is hoping to appeal to a wider audience who may be interested in observing Lent and developing their faith. She would welcome all-comers at St Luke's every Wednesday evening between 7pm - 9pm starting on the 20th March to watch a film relating to the Bible. Tea and coffee will be served and conversation will be welcomed.
Wednesday 20th March - Joseph of Nazareth
Wednesday 27th March - Thomas the Apostle
Wednesday 3rd April - Judas Iscariot
Wednesday 10th April - Mary Magdalene
A big thank you to all the members of the junior choir for faithfully attending rehearsals every Friday evening. We had a lovely party in church with Carols and lots of goodies. Cody and Poppy were super members of our choir at the Carol Service in Church, and once again this was only possible with the support of all the parents, thank you.
I look forward to the New Year with our junior choir, and perhaps we can encourage lots more boys and girls to join, and have the experience of being taught by a wonderful organist, with the opportunity to sing. Junior choir will resume on Friday 11th January from 6-7pm in St Luke’s Church, Hodnet. Your Rector Edith
Our Meetings continue on Friday 8th and 22nd March from 10.00 to 11.30 am.
We aim to give mums a chance to have a quiet cup of coffee while the little ones
Either phone the Rector or just come!
ARTS AND CRAFTS GROUP
The Rector loves to paint, others love to knit and crochet. This little group meets in church every Wednesday morning from 10.00 to 12.00 (or until you’ve had enough!)
Spiritual and musical enriching activities at Hodnet School take place on a Friday afternoon at the Hodnet Hub from 3.15pm-4.45pm. Edith leads the children in a Biblical story with a colouring-in activity too while Margaret delivers some singing and musical activities. Children of all primary school ages can attend at no cost.
Retirement of Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire
End of an era.
In 1996, Sir Algernon Heber-Percy was appointed as Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire as the Queen’s representative in the county.
Born in Shropshire, Sir Algernon served for a time in the Grenadier Guards before returning to run the family interests in Shropshire. He farms and runs an estate with his wife the Honourable Lady Jane Heber-Percy. They also look after their large and beautiful garden at Hodnet Hall, which is open to the public. Sir Algernon has had many and varied outside interests throughout his life in the county. These have included being a member of the executive committee of the National Trust and chairman of the Mercia region. He has been a trustee of the National Garden Scheme and the Honorary Colonel of the 5th Battalion The Light Infantry, the West Midland Regiment, and also Shropshire Army Cadet Force and is currently President of the Severn Hospice. He has been Lord Lieutenant for 22 years and was knighted in the 2014 New Year’s Honours list, two days before his 70th birthday. Among his many duties as Lord Lieutenant, he is responsible for arranging royal visits to the county and most notable of these must be the wonderful Queen’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Cosford which he organised in 2012. Sadly, it is traditional that the Lord Lieutenant retires at the age of 75 and we offer him our thanks for his unstinting service to the county and local community.
THE NEW LORD-LIEUTENANT OF SHROPSHIRE
new Lord-Lieutenant for the county recently appointed by The Queen –
indeed the first woman Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire – is Anna Turner.
“I am really looking forward to meeting people from all over the county, especially those involved in voluntary work and charitable causes and promoting Shropshire within the UK,” Anna adds. “After all, it is people who matter and make things happen, and we all need to celebrate that.”
WHO WAS BISHOP HEBER?
For his sermon at the Morning Prayer service on 6th January – the Feast of the Epiphany – Bishop Michael of Lichfield said he was taking the words of the hymn ‘Brightest and best of the sons of the morning’ as his subject. This hymn was written by Reginald Heber, who was the great-great-grandfather of Sir Algernon Heber-Percy of Hodnet Hall.
Bishop Michael went on to say that on the same day four years earlier, he had celebrated the Epiphany in St Paul’s Cathedral, Kolkata (originally Calcutta). He was preaching beside a marble statue of Bishop Heber, who was the Second Bishop of Calcutta, which was why he was so delighted to be in Hodnet in the church where Reginald Heber began his ministry.
The statue in St Paul’s Cathedral was sculpted by Francis Leggatt Chantrey and there is also a marble monument of Bishop Heber by the same sculptor in St George’s Cathedral, Madras (now Chennai). In Hodnet church in the Heber-Percy chapel is a monument to Bishop Heber, sculpted by Chantrey. There are also some beautiful coloured tiles laid in memory of Bishop Heber in the floor by the organ. If you look on the front row of tiles, you will see these tiles in pairs which each have a bishop’s mitre and the initial R H in them.
So who was Bishop Heber? Reginald Heber was born in the rectory at Malpas on 21st April 1783. Whilst at University in Oxford he became known as a poet. After graduation he travelled widely in Scandinavia, Russia and Central Europe before being ordained in 1807. He then took over his father's old parish of Hodnet where he began writing hymns and general literature. In all he wrote 57 hymns, mainly between 1811 and 1821. The most famous and well-used of these are ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty’, ‘From Greenland’s icy mountains’ and ‘God, that madest earth and heaven’.
Reginald Heber was Rector of Hodnet from 1807-1822 before taking his young family out to India to become Bishop of Calcutta. This title meant that he not only served the whole of the Anglican church in India but also Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and parts of Australia and southern Africa. He served as Bishop of Calcutta for three years from 1823 until his untimely death at the age of 42 on 3rd April 1826 at Trichinopoly from a cerebral haemorrhage. He is buried on the north side of the altar within St John’s church in Trichinopoly, where he preached his last sermon.
The eight bells of St. Luke’s were quiet for a while in September. The clappers, which strike the bell when rung, were in need of some repair.They swing on a pivot in the head of the bell, and the bushes, or the lining of the bearing, were badly worn. Work was last done on the bells in 1997, organised by the then tower captain, the late Gerald Mothershaw. Four clappers were replaced, and the other four were refurbished with new bushes and stainless steel pins. The bells’ supporting frames were also cleaned and repainted.
The replacement of clapper bushes is a job for a professional, so after removal by Geoff Smith and John Powell, they were taken to bellhangers, Whites of Appleton, near Oxford, to have the work done. Re-fitting in the bells was done on their return.
The octagonal bell tower at St Luke's is the only one of its kind in Shropshire. The belfry originally housed six bells which were then rung from the ground floor. They were cast by Thomas Rudhall of Gloucester in 1769. Two smaller bells were added in 1947 by Taylors of Loughborough, in memory of the fallen of the 1939-45 war.
Above the ringing chamber is the clock chamber housing a clock dated 1848 made by Joyces of Whitchurch. The clock was wound by hand every Friday until the summer of 2014, when the winding was automated.
There are eight bells in the tower weighing from 4 cwt (hundredweight) for the treble bell to 12 cwt for the tenor bell.
The bells are regarded as one of the best “eights” in Shropshire so are very popular with visiting ringers from all over the country. Learners or experienced ringers are most welcome at Hodnet, and as is common in most parishes, we are always looking for people to learn to ring.
Bellringing is considered good exercise and is thought to ward off dementia! If you would like to come and see what it’s all about, phone John Powell on 01630 685325.
Friday 8th March 2019, Approximately 1½ hour walk. 10.15 for 10.30 am start.
Friday 22nd March 2019 from 10:30am Sally's, Orchard Croft.
Tuesday 26th March 2019 - 8.00pm venue to be confirmed.
Peplow Sewing Group
The next meetings of 2019 will be on Wednesdays at 2pm at Rita’s House, Tunstall Farm.
MARCHAMLEY BOOK CLUB
Meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in Marchamley Club. March’s meeting on the 14th will discuss ‘Lion: a long way home’ by Saroo Brierley. This is the true story (which inspired the film) of a little boy lost in India who is adopted by an Australian couple, and how at age 30 with some dogged determination and a heap of good luck, he finds his way back home. Come along and join us for the book discussion, general chat or just a drink.
MARCHAMLEY CLUB NEWS
It’s one for the ladies, two for the show, three to get ready……….
Beauty, Health & Wellbeing Evening on Saturday 23rd March. Doors open 7pm with talks starting at 7.15pm. Come and find out what is available in the local area – beauty treatments, massages, mindfulness, skincare, make-up and much more. Raffle with amazing prizes. Admission is £7 per person to include a glass of prosecco and cupcake on arrival, plus cheese & biscuits. For tickets contact Sarah on 07747 136390 or email@example.com.
Elvis Tribute Night on Friday 19th April, 8pm til late. £10 per person for members and non-members alike – tickets available from the Club or contact Angie on 07762 739967. See the Club’s Facebook page for further details.
SOIRĖE FRANÇAISE ('French Evening’ to you and me) on Friday 12th April 2019 at 7pm in the Lyon Hall, Hodnet
Tickets £15 to include Apéro, Buffet et Amusements Français
Tickets must be pre-booked by 8th April. BACS or cash payments can be made – for details contact Helen on 07506 108809 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively write your cheque payable to Marchamley Events, add a note of your name(s) and contact details and drop it in the letterbox of no. 11 School Lane, Marchamley. Profits to be donated to Severn Hospice. Join us and have a great evening – striped tee-shirts, berets and strings of onions optional!
For information about
all activities within the Parish, services, weddings,
baptisms, funerals etc. please contact the Rector: Rev.
Edith Quirey at;