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Maureen's Musings...
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: "Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown." And he replied: "Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way." So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East."
Spoken by George VI in his Christmas 1939 broadcast to the Empire these words struck a chord with a country facing the uncertainly of war. They were the preamble to an obscure poem, God Knows, written in 1908, but nobody was able to identify the poet. Finally at midnight on Boxing Day the BBC announced that the author was Minnie Louise Haskins, a retired academic from the London School of Economics - LSE. The poem was just a small part of a career which had encompassed working in India and the East End, industrial welfare and academia.
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Relocation of Sunday Services...
Because of the problems with the Church heating system and the cold weather, we are now holding our main SUNDAY SERVICES in other village locations from 29th January.
10.00am Service - School Hall, Westbeech Road
6.30pm Service - Upstairs room of the Pigot

The 8.00am Service and the 10.00am Communion Service on Wednesdays will continue to be held in the Church Loft. This arrangement will continue for at least 6 weeks and then be reviewed.

PCC SNIPPETS for the Parish News... more >>  Heating Faculty Documents >>

Bishop Michael's Presidential Address more >>

Director of Music / Organist at St Chads...
Could you be our next Director of Music?
We need someone who can communicate a love of music in worship to all ages. Two-manual Walker Pipe-Organ in excellent condition; enthusiastic 4-part choir (children and adults); strong choral tradition, open to a variety of musical styles. This is a church at the heart of a thriving village community in glorious countryside, yet close to Wolverhampton
Two sung services every Sunday - Weekly choir practice. Comparable RSCM rates plus fees
For more information contact the Revd. Preb.Maureen Hobbs - 20 Dartmouth Avenue, Pattingham, South Staffs WV6 7DP. Tel: 01902 700257 or email:

Mrs Wilhelm Rose opens Fete...
The Pattingham Church Fete was opened this year by Mrs Wilhelm Rose MBE, who birthday this year matched that of the Queen... her 90th. Congratulations !
The attendance was approximately 430 people, giving a profit of £4200. Well done, Kate and all those that helped in anyway.
Most of the new stalls did really well. The Pimms and Prosecco was very successful, helped by the sunshine arriving just in time! The larger Farmers Market was popular with Produce stall was just as successful as ever (over £700), with the Free Range Eggs and Preserves stalls both also selling out through the afternoon. Vintage Vinyl did really well also, making over £100 – which is a great achievement for a first time stall. The bags went well, being sold not only on their own stand but also on the Produce and Cakes stall – so we look forward to seeing many more ‘old bags from Pattingham’ walking around the village! In terms of attractions, the cars (of course) were a huge success with many people commenting on them; Toby, our new guitarist, entertained us through the afternoon; and it was lovely to see the school choir enthusiastically singing for us later on. The date for next year's Fete will be Saturday 1st July 2017.

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New Audio Visual System for St Chad's Church
After some three years in planning, work began on Monday 25th April 2016 installing the new Audio Visual System in St Chad's Church.
The reasons for installing it…
The new AV system will overcome the problem of limited sight lines within the church allowing all the congregation, no matter where they are seated, to see all the activity of the service or event and to feel a closer involvement.
It is envisaged that the system could be used in many ways to enhance services of worship, baptisms, weddings, funerals, youth services, together with events such as Holiday Club, Fellowship Meetings, Concerts, Illustrated Talks and TV screening of important broadcast events.
The screen and monitors in the system could be used to display many things such as:
* The images from the installed camera(s) showing scenes around the church.
* Photographs, DVD and internet video, Powerpoint presentations, Hymn texts, etc., all through the laptop computer situated in the control console.
It is felt that the system, although not being used all the time, will enhance the content of many activities in St Chad's and open the way to encourage more people, both young and old, to become part of the church. It will be of particular benefit when the school are visiting the church, enabling parents/grandparents and carers better to view the activities of young worship leaders and participants.
The System - Screen and Monitors…
The central main screen of 2.2 metres wide x 1.65 metres high will be in the chancel, positioned behind one of the wooden beams and lowered into viewing position by motor control when required. A concealed high power projector positioned in the roof area, will operate with this screen. This is positioned in such a way that the view of the altar and reredos is not obscured when in use.
Also in the Chancel, and for viewing by the Church Choir, there will be two 27" LED monitors, one positioned in the corner by the organ and the second on the opposite wall, above the Priest's chair.
A further two larger 40" LED monitors will be mounted to cover both the North and South aisles. These will both be wall mounted a). above the arch opposite the vestry door and b). by the back of the organ in the Lady Chapel. They will be mounted on hinged brackets and be pushed back against the wall when not in use and covered with a concealing decorative cloth.
Video Cameras…
A remotely controllable camera, mounted on a bracket will be positioned to monitor the font and South aisle, particularly for use during Baptism Services.
To monitor other views around the church, particularly down the church aisle towards the altar, a second fully controllable camera could be moved to a second wall mounting bracket.
Operations Console…
A new wooden cased control console will be built into the area of one of the rear pews and this will include the controls of the existing sound system at present situated in the Choir Vestry.
If you need more details of this exciting new system, or would like to join the team of operators, please contact Mike Coope on 01902 700426.
(Photograph : Engineers from Cornerstone Systems Ltd. installing the large motorised screen on one of the beams above the chancel.)

New Bishop of Lichfield...
Following the announcement of Bishop Michael Ipgrave's appointment on the 10 Downing Street website yesterday morning, Bishop Michael made a whistle-stop tour of the diocese, beginning by meeting staff and clients of the YMCA Black Country with Bishop Clive in Wolverhampton. And his first media interviews as Bishop-designate of Lichfield, with Rob Golledge of the Express and Star and Joanna Writtle of BBC Midlands Today. Then a drive through the sleet to Stoke, to meet clergy and clients of the Sanctus refugee project at St Mark's church Shelton.
And he pinned a yellow ribbon to the Sentinel Cross, ahead of the annual walk of witness by combined churches across Newcastle-Under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent. Before heading to Shropshire to meet the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, volunteers at the Market Drayton Food Bank and CAP, clergy of Hodnet Deanery chapter and the team behind the 'TGI Monday Show' led by the Diocese of Lichfield's Online Pastor.
Finally, it being St Chad's Day he went to the Cathedral Church of St Mary & St Chad, in Lichfield and was prayed for by the Dean, the Very Revd Adrian Dorber. He was welcomed by, and addressed, the Greater Cathedral Chapter before attending a special service of Evensong which included the St Chad's Day commemoration of Benefactors and the installation of three new Prebendaries.
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A Confirmation Service took place at St Nicholas Church, Codsall on Sunday 6th December 2015

to absolutely everyone who helped give Pattingham the most successful Scarecrow Festival ever at the end of September. Your scarecrows were fabulous - your help serving refreshments or by selling trail guides or stewarding in church invaluable - your many home baked cakes delicious - your support of the weekend events by getting friends and relatives to come along - ALL QUITE FANTASTIC - we cannot thank you enough.

We are now able to give you the RECORD BREAKING RESULT: £12,758.00 profit!! The Steering Committee have donated £5000.00 to St.Chad's School for the purchase of new IT equipment for the children - and the remainder will go to St.Chad's Church for the restoration of the stone cross over the porch (which will complete the porch project started with the 2011 Scarecrow Festival) with the balance going towards another Church project as yet undefined.
Chrissie, Dave & Liz, Mike & Kath, Christine & Dave C - the 2015 Festival Steering Committee

John Daimond

It is with deep regret that we announce that the Revd. John Daimond passed away on Monday 7th September 2015.

The funeral was held at Holy Trinity Church, Uffington, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 15th September 2015 at 1.00pm.

The family would like to sincerely thank all those who have expressed their kindness and symphathy.

All donations received will be given to Holy Trinity Church, Uffington.

Wedding - Bethany Dunham & Gordon Wright - 31st July 2015
On Friday 31st July 2015 at 3.00pm, Bethany Dunham and Gordon Wright were married in St Chad's Church.
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Graveyard Plans...
Plans are now available on this web for the Churchyard Graves and Memorials
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Rev Ness Tobin is ordained at Lichfield Cathedral
At the morning service on Sunday 28th June 2015, Ness Tobin was ordained as a Deacon at Lichfield Cathedral by the Bishop Of Lichfield, along with several other candidates. Around 40 friends and relatives joined the large congregation to witness the ordination, followed by a celebratory lunch at a local restaurant. Congratulations, Rev Ness !!!

Our Patron, Lady Barbara dies, aged 97 more >>

Maureen is installed as a Prebendary at Lichfield Cathedral
A special Choral Evensong Service conducted by the Bishop of Lichfield was held at Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday 22nd September 2012 which included the Installation of Prebendaries, The Revd Maureen Hobbs (Prebend of Bishopshull), Revd Dr Jeff Leonardi (Prebend of Longdon) and Revd David Vestergaard (Prebend of Dernford). Our congratulations to Maureen in achieving this acknowledgment of her dedication.
(Images: Lichfield Cathedral at the start of the Service, The 'Bishopshull' stall, Revd Maureen Hobbs installed in the stall.) Download Order of Service >>

Dangerous Churchyard Tree is removed...
Following the collapse of several large branches from a tree in the Churchyard, it was decided, after consultation with tree surgeons, that the whole tree should be removed. A new tree will be planted in replacement. A quick count of the rings of the final stump, gave the tree's age at approximately 250 years.

An unforgettable rendition of "The Lord's Prayer." Watch Video >>

Looking back...
Revd Maureen Hobbs' 60th Birthday - 2014
Fish & Chips Jumpers & Hats - 2013
Revd Maureen Hobbs installed as prebendary - 2012
Tribute to Revd Canon Stuart Ansell - 2011
Dorothy Newill - Memorial Service - 25th June 2011
Sheila & Walter Foggin's farewell - 2010
The Pattingham Bells Run - October 2010
The Church Fete - July 2010
New Kneelers blessed in Church - Easter 2009
See who's new on the PCC
'The name's Hobbs.. Revd Hobbs' (Express & Star article) - 2009
The Pattingham Bell ringers - 2009
Visit to Turkey - May 2011

Visit Caroline's page...
In late 2006, Caroline Ringrose left England to go to live in Thailand and work as a missionary spreading the Christian faith amongst young people. She emails a monthly letter telling us of the latest news from Thailand, which we publish on this website.
Caroline's Page >>
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Wedding >>

St Chad's...
We are an expanding congregation and a lively bunch of people. You will find in our new website activities for children and various regular services. There is a welcome here for you along with our regular congregation.

Most of our services are well attended and we use a mixture from both Common Worship and The Book of Common Prayer. In some ways, we are a Traditional village Church and cater for our local population. This means we are used regularly for Marriages and Funerals.

The church is open for visitors and for Private Prayer.
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News from Kenya...
We have received a new photograph, more information and another reply from Austine, our sponsored child in Kenya.
In 2005, St Chads P.C.C. agreed to embark upon on a ten year project to sponsor a six year old child called Ostine.
The sponsorship money is being used to provide basic essentials such as clean water, adequate food, healthcare, farming tools as well as educating Ostine through his school years.
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St Chad's - a Church ready to move on...
An article written by Stuart Jones.
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The history of St Chad's Church...
Find out more about St Chad's and St Mary's Churches.
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Visit the Photo Gallerys...
View hundreds of pictures showing glimpses of what goes on at St Chad's Church in Pattingham
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100 Club
Winners of this month's draw:
1st Prize - £150
Ian Pugh
2nd Prize - £100
Gordon Bramall
3rd Prize - £50
David Horton
The 100 Club draw takes place on the last Monday of the month.

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