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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 MAY 2019 MESSAGE
As I write this letter
I have just finished conducting three services for Palm Sunday. “Palm Sunday” a
day of cheers, but soon, a day of tears.
Your Rector Edith
MIRACLES DO HAPPEN AT EASTER
The Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at 6am was attended by 17 people who watched a beautiful sunrise over the Churchyard. Towards the end of the service, we were treated to the calling of a cuckoo and while leaving the Church grounds, a woodpecker could be heard too.
The 11am service saw 70 people attend Holy Communion including several families with children. It was wonderful to welcome all ages to St Luke’s on this, the most important day of the Church calendar. We hope to welcome you again soon.
We took the delivery of the new piano on Wednesday 10th April and have been overwhelmed by the generosity of so many parishioners in raising the funds to meet the full cost of this beautiful instrument which enhances our Sunday worship and will be used to enable youngsters to learn to play.
Your Rector Edith.
Services for May 2019
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Our Meetings continue on Friday 10th and 24th May 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
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!)
THE CHILDREN'S MUSIC FUND
The first fundraising recital was held on Easter Sunday afternoon at St Luke’s Church. There was a fantastic turnout of more than 50 people and a total of £125 was raised. Paul
Nevin and Margaret Simpson treated the assembled to a mixed programme
including Jeremiah Clarke’s The Prince of Denmark’s March, Henry
Purcell’s The Trumpet Voluntary, Pachelbel’s Canon in D and finishing
with a more recent composition by the Armenian/American composer Alan
Hovhaness, The Prayer of St. Gregory. The
afternoon was rounded off in grand style with the most amazing array of
sweet treats by Camper Cakes who kindly laid on this spread to support
this event. Our thanks to them, Margaret,
Paul and Nikko (chief page turner and organ stop operator) for a
beautiful performance in a wonderful setting. See the back page for
details of this month’s musical fundraiser for The Children’s Music
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.
Chapel of Epiphany in the chapel are starting up again for the Summer,
Friday 24th May 2019 from 10:30am for the Community Group
Sunday 12th May 2019, Attingham Park.
Tuesday 21st May 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. May’s meeting on the 9th will discuss ‘Miss Garnet’s Angel’ by Salley Vickers - a delightful and beautifully written story weaving together two tales of a retired teacher’s experiences of living in Venice with the ancient tale of Tobias and the Archangel Raphael. Come along and join us for the book discussion, general chat or just a drink. Everyone welcome!
A date for your diary: Friday 6th September at 7.00pm to be held in St Luke’s Church –
LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS
Fauls Choir with musical accompaniment will be entertaining us with a medley of songs culminating in the usual ‘last night of the proms’ numbers. Lots of audience singing so come along and have fun. Your ticket will include free Pimms and refreshments in the interval. Information on tickets to follow in next month’s Parish News. Any profits raised are for Marchamley Club continued refurbishment
Our next event is an ‘Open Gardens’ in Marchamley on Sunday 16th June, 2pm-5pm. Eight gardens around the village will be open for you to wander round. £4 per adult, children free, with afternoon teas for sale. Starting point at the bus shelter; parking available
For information about
all activities within the Parish, services, weddings,
baptisms, funerals etc. please contact the Rector: Rev.
Edith Quirey at;
Here is another site - www.hodnet.org.uk - our village website - which may be of interest.