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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 NOVEMBER 2018 MESSAGE
Thank you to everyone who organised and supported our harvest celebrations; they were a great success. I felt a bit like the Vicar of Dibley, running from one meal to another but it was all worthwhile.
We are coming to the end of another year, and the month of November brings us to the time when the world remembers all who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war. From the Great War to our present day, and every conflict in between, we have watched the bravery of all our armed services, and we could never repay their courage.
Even in the midst of war, God is with us, and because of our Lord Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, we can have hope in a hopeless world, and light in the darkest of places.
I would like to share this poem with you all.
England To Her Sons
Your Rector Edith
Services for November 2018
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To hold a Family Service you need families and unfortunately our experiment has not
worked out as we hoped, for the simple reason that no families attended! We are not
abandoning the idea by any means and we hope that they will be back soon.
The Rector and our new organist, Margaret Simpson are working again with the
children’s choir. We hope that they will be in evidence at Christmas and we very
much hope that parents and grandparents will want to come
and see and support them.
A new group for mums and little ones was launched very
successfully at St. Luke’s in July - Happy Tots.
We meet in church every other Friday morning from 10.00
to 11.30, giving mums a chance to have a quiet cup of coffee
while the little ones entertain themselves in their own special play area.
Meetings will be on 12th & 26th October
Either phone the Rector or just come!
PAINT OR DRAW
The Rector loves to paint so she has started a little art group
that meets in church every other Wednesday morning
from 10.00 to 12.00 (or until you’ve had enough!)
Can’t paint? Can’t draw?
Neither can any of us! But we enjoy it!
See you on 3rd & 17th October!
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.
Lyon Hall Saturday 24th November
10.00am - 3.00pm
Large selection of Christmas gifts
Jams, jellies & chutneys Cakes & cake decorations
Peplow ‘Snow Kids’ knitted animals
Candles, cards, tree decorations
‘Peplow Blizzard’ winter hats Etc., etc., etc.
Bacon baps & refreshments
In support of Peplow and Hodnet Churches
SEWING GROUP The
group meets every two weeksat someone's home for a cup of tea and some
sewing for the Peplow crafts sales table - and of course,
If you would like to come and meet us and help, please phone Elizabeth Downes on 01952 840215
QUIZ NIGHT with fish & chip supper
Friday 16th November Marchamley Club
Marchamley Events is organising a Quiz Night to be held on Friday 16th November
at Marchamley Club. £10 per person to include hot supper.
Doors and bar open 7pm for prompt 7.30 start.
Maximum of six per team – but you don’t have to come with a full team,
we will match up singles or couples on the night.
Pre-booking essential by Wednesday 14th November
with your choice of fish & chips, pie & chips, sausage & chips
– vegetarian option too.
To book your place, call 01630 684048; text to 07585 807759;
email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call in at the Club
MARCHAMLEY CLUB is a social club for members but anyone in the locality is welcome to join - membership currently £1 per annum - club is open 8pm each evening, with 'early doors' from 7pm on Fridays to
meet up for a drink and a chat.
For full information on our social events, see our Facebook page @marchamleyclubevents
The refurbishment of Marchamley Club continues now that the summer holidays are over with the help of generous grants from the National Lottery, Hodnet Parish Council and the Millichope Fund. Following a very comprehensive survey of the building in June which indicated the presence of asbestos dust in various locations, the dust was removed by a specialist licensed company who issued a certificate in mid-September.
A new heating system is set to be installed at the end of October just after the family Halloween party to be held on Sunday 28th October. The bar area is also currently being improved and refurbished and a further programme of modernisation will continue into the New Year.
The Club’s 100 Club lottery which is drawn monthly continues to help raise funds for building improvements. Winners of the £50, £25 and £10 monthly prizes in August were all from School Lane in Marchamley.
MARCHAMLEY BOOK CLUB
Held on the second Thursday of each month, 7.30-9.00pm, in Marchamley Club. (No meetings in July and August).
Come along and join in the chat and have a drink even if you haven’t read the books.
If you would like more information, call Karen 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;