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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 JANUARY 2019 MESSAGE
New Year, a new beginning, I wonder what the coming year will have in
store for you, or for me? Most of us start off a New Year with very
good intentions, like a New Year resolution. A bit of fun with family
and friends as we try to keep those resolutions, but we seldom do.
We are very pleased to have Bishop Michael of Lichfield coming to St Luke’s Parish Church
Services for January 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 will resume our weekly gatherings in St Luke’s Church every other Friday morning from 10.00 to 11.30.
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. Hence the new name!
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 13th January 2019, A walk along the Shropshire Union Canal and adjacent woodlands, near Cheswardine. Meeting just North West of Knighton—location details to be confirmed at 1:15pm for 1:30pm.
Friday 25th January 2019 from 10:30am Richard’s & Elizabeth’s - The Wythes
Tuesday 22nd January 2019 - 8.00pm at Mary Hardy’s, Highway Cottages, Peplow.
Peplow Sewing Group
Our first meeting of 2019 will be on Wednesday 16th January 2pm at Rita’s House, Tunstall Farm.
MARCHAMLEY BOOK CLUB
Meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in Marchamley Club. The first meeting of the New Year will be 10th January when we will discuss two light-hearted Christmas-themed books: ‘The Mistletoe Murder’ by P D James and ‘Christmas Pudding’ by Nancy Mitford. Come along and join us for the book discussion, general chat or just a drink.
MARCHAMLEY CLUB NEWS
Various regular events are held including monthly bingo plus occasional members-only evenings or fundraising efforts. Events planned for 2019 include a summer barbecue, ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert and Elvis Presley tribute night. New members are welcome. The Club is also available for booking to non-members for children’s or family parties at a nominal charge. Why not call in one evening and have a look round?
The Club is continuing its 100 Club lottery through 2019 to raise further funds for the ongoing refurbishment. If you already hold a number, you will need to pay your quarterly subscription before the first draw on 25th January. If you would like a number, contact the Club treasurer Karen Powell on 07811 457723. Monthly prizes are £50, £25 and £10 with a double-up for December.
A Cheese and Wine Tasting is to be held at Marchamley Club on Friday 15th February – put the date in your diary and keep a look out for further details in next month’s Parish News.
Future events include a French Night (Friday 12th April) and an Open Gardens with treasure hunt (Sunday 16th June).
For information about
all activities within the Parish, services, weddings,
baptisms, funerals etc. please contact the Rector: Rev.
Edith Quirey at;