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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 FEBRUARY 2019 MESSAGE
It seems that as soon as Christmas is over, the
shops immediately prepare for Easter. If it were for the right reason, it would
be wonderful. The Bible reminds us that
there is a season for everything, and now we are in what the church calls
‘Epiphany’. Epiphany comes from the
Greek, and means ‘manifestation’. It reveals
Jesus to the world. Life is a journey
not a race, and yet many people plan so far ahead, instead of just taking one
day at a time. Remember, when God revealed His Son, He gave us everything we
need to live a beautiful life.
Services for February 2019
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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.
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
Having met since July we are taking a break over Christmas and New Year. When
it warms up in February
We aim to give mums a chance to have a quiet cup of coffee while the little ones entertain themselves in their own special play area.
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 other Wednesday morning from 10.00 to 12.00 (or until you’ve had enough!) Our get togethers this month are on Wednesday 6th and 20th February 2019 but with some help the Rector is hoping to run this class every week.
The Rector loves to paint, others love to knit and crochet. Hence the new name!
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.
Sunday 10th February 2019, A circular walk around Hodnet (Footpaths Group Walk no. 2).
Friday 15th February 2019 from 10:30am Mike and Judy's - The Avenue
Tuesday 26th February 2019 - 8.00pm at Louise Morris's - Bowing Green House,
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.
Come along and join us for the book discussion, general chat or just a drink. Everyone welcome!
MARCHAMLEY CLUB NEWS
Various regular events are held including monthly bingo plus occasional members-only evenings or fundraising efforts. New members are very welcome. The premises are also available for booking to non-members for children’s or family parties at a nominal charge. The Club is normally open every evening from 8pm, so why not call in one evening and have a look around.
The next fundraising event is an Elvis Tribute Night on Friday 19th April, 8pm til late. £10 per person for members and non-members alike – look out for details nearer the time on posters around the villages.
A Wine and Cheese Tasting on Friday 15th February at 7.30pm at Marchamley Club. Pruno Wines and The Weird & Wonderful Cheese Company will tickle your taste buds and entertain you!
Tickets are £15 per person and must be pre-booked by 12th February. BACS or cash payments can be made – for details contact Alice on 07585 807759 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 them in the letterbox on the wall of Marchamley Club.
Join us and have a great evening - last year’s similar event was a sell-out!
For information about
all activities within the Parish, services, weddings,
baptisms, funerals etc. please contact the Rector: Rev.
Edith Quirey at;