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These pages were last updated on January 2nd 2020
On that date this page was updated with the January 2020 News &Services.
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.
Have a look at our Statement of Purpose on the "About Us" section for more information.
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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 JANUARY 2020 MESSAGE
you believe that a new year is just beginning? I hope everyone had a
lovely Christmas, spending time with family and friends.
of Services within the Parish
The Parish News (the magazine)
If you do not receive a copy each month but
would like to have one by email
Arts & Crafts Session. Weekly on Wednesdays 10.00am - 12.00pm
Happy Tots. Fortnightly on Fridays 10am
Children’s Choir: Friday evening 6-7pm Adults’ Choir: Friday evening 7-8pm
Sunday 12th January
24th January from 10.30 am at Randalll and Mary's, Highway Cottages, Peplow.
Peplow Sewing Group
At Rita's house, Tunstall Farm on Wednesday's 15th and 29th January
MARCHAMLEY BOOK CLUB
Our meetings are always the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, held in Marchamley Club. Everyone welcome – you don’t have to live in Marchamley! We spend a bit of time discussing the subject book followed by a general chat and a drink, finishing around 9pm.
Our meeting on Thursday 9th January will discuss ‘The House between Tides’ by Sarah Maine.
A captivating story of a crumbling estate in the wilds of Scotland, its century-old secret and an enduring mystery... Following the death of her last living relative, Hetty Deveraux leaves London and her strained relationship behind for Muirlan, her ancestral home in Scotland - now in ruins. As Hetty dives headfirst into the repairs, she discovers a shocking secret protected by the house for a hundred years. With only whispered rumours circulating among the local villagers and a handful of leads to guide her, Hetty finds the power of the past is still affecting her present in startling ways.
MARCHAMLEY CLUB NEWS
Continues to open on Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm to 11pm throughout January. New members most welcome.
Marchamley Events are pleased to report that the events of 2019 were well supported. The Wine & Cheese in February, the French Evening in April and the Open Gardens in June plus a generous donation to the group resulted in profits of £1468. Donations were made to Severn Hospice of £600, St Luke’s children’s music fund of £255, to Hodnet Parish News of £200, to Hodnet Seniors Lunch Club of £200, and a new vacuum cleaner was purchased for Marchamley Club. Thanks to everyone who came to the events and made them great fun.
First event for 2020 will be a St George’s Day celebration evening in the Lyon Hall on Saturday 25th April – put the date in your diary!
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.
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.