Introduction to St Chad's Church in Pattingham...
The dedication of the
Pattingham Parish Church to Chad, a seventh century Celtic bishop,
suggests that there has been a church on this site since Saxon
times. It is interesting to look around and discover what can
be seen of that long history in the architecture and artefàcts
in the building.
Although part of the foundation of the chancel is believed to
be Saxon nothing can be seen of that original building. However,
the shaft of the churchyard cross may
date from that time.
The Domesday Book states that Pattingham had its own priest.
It is practically certain that a wholly Norman church was built,
of which only the two round arches on the north side of the nave
remain. The octagonal font dates, in part, from that time.
Much of the building work dates from the early thirteenth century.
The chancel dates from 1220-1240. Note the sedilia. seats for the priest, and piscinae, the basins for
washing hands and vessels during Mass. There is also an aumbry
or cupboard for the church vessels. The nave has been largely rebuilt but still
retains the characteristics of the Early English period. There
is a well moulded hood ending in heads, particularly a fine head
of Our Lord.
The tower, dating from 1330
- 1380, is peculiar in that it is wholly within the church. The
south wall also dates from the decorated period, about 1350.
On the outside are two Mass clocks, or scratch dials, used to tell people the time of services.
The stone book-rest near the font, used
for public readings of the Bible probably
dates from this time. The boards showing the Lords Prayer, the Creed and the
commandments which now hang under the tower would have started
life where they
could be easily seen by everyone, who could, in this way, be
taught the rudiments
of reading. There is a Bible box, of unknown date but probably
fifteenth century and
two oak chests with the customary three keyholes-one each for
the vicar and church wardens. The paten has on it the word PATYNGHAM and it
is recorded that the church at this time took possession of a
silver chalice. The bells were recast in 1601.
There are no records of Pattingham suffering depredation during
the Commonwealth; indeed the same incumbent remained in situ
from 1647 to 1676. The present chalice
was donated in 1664. After the Great Fire of Pattingham in 1665,
which devastated almost all of the village except the church,
the king himself donated money to the rebuilding fund. The loyalty
to the Stuart dynasty is demonstrated by the arms of Queen Anne
on the west wall of the nave. An interesting benefaction board
is dated 1710.
The most comprehensive rebuilding and reflirbishment of the building
was carried out
in the nineteenth century thanks to two remarkable men: Reverend
W G Greenstreet
who was vicar from 1844-1900 and the patron, the 5th Earl of
Dartmouth. Work on
the church began in 1856.
The chancel, the nave and the
south aisle were restored. The north aisle and the
vestry were built, paid for
by the vicar. The Earl donated the spire, built in 1871. The bells were re-hung in 1864
and two smaller bells added bringing the full peal to 8 bells
weighing 57 cwt.
The Bells of
St Chad's Church
Five bells were known to have existed in 1553. In 1724, records
show that there were six bells cast by Joseph Smith. In 1864
they where retuned and augmented to eight by George Mears. They
were rehung in 1897 (to commemorate the reign of Queen Victoria),
1928 (by Gillett & Johnston) and 1958 (again by Whitechapel
who quarter-turned the bells and rehung them on new headstocks).
This frequency was due, in part, to the movement of the tower
In 1992, after £60,000 was spent on strengthening the tower,
they were rehung in a new metal frame and retuned by Whitechapel.
Sunday Service Ringers - January 2008
more information on the Bells of St Chad's Church and the Bell
visit their website at www.pattingham-ringers.org.uk
The organ was first used at
the Festival of St Bartholomew in 1873. The reredos of alabaster with glass mosaic behind
the altar was erected in 1890.
Most of the stained
is Victorian. Starting with the Adam and Eve window on the west
wall of the north aisle, the glass in that aisle shows the heroes
and heroines of the Old Testament.. The windows in the chance!
tell the story of the life of Jesus. The Lady chapel shows the
disciples and other leaders of the early church.. The south wall
windows relate the parables and sayings of Jesus while that in
the west wall by the font is dedicated to the Holy Family. The
tower window in the west wall showing the resurrection was installed
in 1893 the gift of 181 subscribers, in memory of William Walter,
the 5th Earl of Dartmouth. To commemorate Queen Victoria's diamond
Jubilee the bells were re-hung and the clock and chimes restored.
furnished in 1918 in memory of Brigadier General T A Wight
Boycott DSO. The crucifix in the churchyard
facing the shops was erected in memory of two grandsons of Rev.
W G Greenstreet, killed in the 1914-18 war. The oak triptych in the north aisle,
in memory of those who died in the Great War, was erected in
1920. In 1933 the first electric blower for the organ was installed.
The present pulpit was built in 1956.
made and engraved in a West Midlands glass factory was given
1972 by members of the congregation to mark the 13O0th anniversary
of the death of St Chad.
Villagers have continued to contribute generously to the upkeep
of the building with substantial donations for major repairs
(1960s) , the tower
(1980s) and the spire (1990s). The sundial in the churchyard was restored in
1977. The baptistry
furnished in 1981 in memory of Dennis Selby, a lay reader of
this parish. The area inside the South Door was panelled in memory
of Colonel Eric Butler in 1985.
The church continues to respond to the changing needs of the
parish. An ambitious project, very successfully funded by generous
donations and fund raising events,
provided much needed toilet and kitchen facilities together with
a new upper meeting room, the Loft. We pray that, with God's
grace, this ancient church will continue to serve the community
of Pattingham with Patshull during the third millennium.
The parish registers of St Chad, Pattingham commence in 1559.
The original registers for the period 1559-1918 (Bapts), 1559-1936
(Mar) & 1559-1889 (Bur) are deposited at Staffordshire Record
Office. Bishops Transcripts, 1660-1874 (with gaps 1854-55 &
1858-59) are deposited at Lichfield Record Office.
of the registers of St Chad for the period 1559-1812 was published
in 1934 by the Staffordshire Parish Registers Society and has
been reprinted by the Birmingham & Midland SGH. A transcript
of the registers of St Chad for the period 1813-1874 (baptisms
only) has been published by the Birmingham & Midland SGH.
| St Chad's Century Club...
was formed 4 years ago with a view to raising funds to support
the work of the Church in Pattingham. As the name implies we
have 100 members each paying £5 per month over a twelve
Each member has their own unique membership number. On the last
Monday of every month a draw takes place; the person with the
winning number receives £150, second prize is £100
& third prize is £50.
Club generates income of £6,000 per annum and after paying
out £3,600 in prize money retains £2,400 per annum
for church funds.
is currently full, if you would like to register your interest
in joining the Century Club when there is a vacancy, please email
Steve Jones at the following address email@example.com
SATURDAY in JULY - 1.30pm
Village Hall and Playing Fields will stage the numerous activities
in the Fete.
On the fields will be many attractions for young children including
a Bouncy Castle, Patchwork Drama, Races, Face Painting and various
rides. Others enjoyed the many stalls, sideshows and entertainment
such as the Tombola, a Bottle Stall, Books, Farm Produce, Plants
and lots, lots more.
Fun for all the family, young and old.
||The Memorial Book is a record of deaths of those who
lived within the Parish and the names are read out in a special
All Souls Service which normally takes place at Evensong in early
The Book is kept in a glass display positioned at the front of
the Lady Chapel. It is looked after by Margaret Lingford. Please
contact her on 01902 700636 if you have any queries.
Fellowship, previously known as the Outreach Group,
meets on Tuesday at 7:30pm in The Loft with a summer break in
August and brief breaks at Christmas and Easter.
The purpose of the Group is to deepen our understanding of the
Christian Faith and to enhance our sense of mission particularly
to the village.
Guest speakers have addressed us on such diverse matters as The
History of the Gospels,The Birmingham City Mission and The Rags
to Riches charity set up in Kenya to take children off the township
rubbish dumps and give them a home and education.
All are welcome and for more information contact...
Gordon Bramall on 01902-700075
conjunction with the St Chad's Fellowship, there will be a Lent
Course, as usual, in St. Chad's this year.
There will be five sessions:
Beginning on Tuesday February 16th and 23rd, followed by March
1st, 8th and 15th.
the Lent Course 2016 follow below...
This is advance notice so that you can consider coming along
even if you have never been to a Lent Course before.
It is not difficult and we aim to make it an enjoyable experience
for everyone. More details next month or from Maureen, Paul or
View the email and photos from the 'Rags
| Lent at St Chad's Church...
into the Wilderness with Jesus
Lent is a forty-day period (excluding Sundays) before Easter,
beginning on Ash Wednesday. In most churches, the decorations
are purple, the royal colour, to prepare for the King.
Lent Course 2016
'Learning to dream
We will be running a Lent Course in the Church in 2016 and this
year we have decided to hold it on Tuesday evenings. This will
give an opportunity to those who perhaps could not attend in
previous years, because of the night, to come along.
There will be five sessions beginning on February 16 and 23rd
followed by March 1st , 8th and 15th. We will be using the course
suggested by the Lichfield Diocese for next year entitled 'Learning
to Dream Again' by Samuel Wells, Vicar of St Martin in the Fields,
More information will be available in the New Year, but meantime
try and keep the dates free if you can.
The Lent Lunches- 2016
return for a wholesome meal of soup, bread and cheese, we ask
that donations are made towards the Bishop of Lichfield's Lent
The 2016 Bishops Lent Appeal stands up for children: in this diocese,
for orphans and children in care who need reliable friends and
advocates volunteers who provide an outlet and anchor
for chaotic lives, and professionals who speak for a childs
needs and desires among the professionals who co-ordinate aspects
of their care; and in the Holy Land, where government policy
is forcing church schools to raise the family contribution to
the cost of education, the Appeal will support a number of the
most needy students (and their families) to receive a good quality
education at Episcopal Christ School in Nazareth, run by the
Diocese of Jerusalem.
Further information will be available soon, and leaflets and
posters distributed to parishes.
Lent begins this year on Ash Wednesday and will be marked by
as usual by the possibility to receive the mark of the cross
in ash at both the 10.00am and 7.30pm services.
13th February 2016
Lent Lunch with Covenating Churches of Wolverhampton West, when
we are joining forces with Perton to host a lunch at the Church
needed to make soup... Please contact Maureen)
17th February 2016
Mere Oak, Hollies Lane, Pattingham
24th February 2016
10 Westbeech Road, Pattingham
2nd March 2016
Small Place, Wolverhampton Road, Pattingham
9th March 2016
& Stuart Jones
Chad Cottage, High Street, Pattingham
16th March 2016
16 High Street, Pattingham
Approx times - 12.00 noon to 2.00pm
sure to sign up for the Lent Lunch you wish to attend.
Forms are at the back of Church on the table.
This year's Bishop's
Standing up for children at home and abroad
In this diocese, for children in care who need reliable friends,
The Childrens Society provides volunteers who provide an outlet
and anchor for chaotic lives, and professional advocates who
speak for a child's needs and desires among the services who
coordinate aspects of their care.
And in the Holy Land, where unjust government policy is obliging
church schools to raise the family contribution to the cost of
education, the Appeal will support a number of the most needy
students (and their families) to receive a good quality education
at Episcopal Christ School in Nazareth which is run by the Diocese
is available at www.lichfield.anglican.org/lentappeal
| Gift Aid Envelopes and Giving Direct
||GIFT AID ENVELOPES
The Gift Aid envelope is available for you to use if you are
a UK taxpayer who has paid an amount of income tax or capital
gains tax in each tax year at least equal to the amount we may
reclaim on your donation.
In 2014 this is 25p in every £1.
Please use the green Gift Aid envelope found on the pew ledges
in church, as this will significantly increase the amount of
gift aid received by St Chad's Church.
As well as the green
envelopes, we also distribute the yellow envelopes which are
dated and come in a convenient box, as a supply for a whole year.
These can be obtained by completing a Gift Aid Form available
from the Gift Aid Secretary.
Tax efficient giving
to your local church...
If you already give regularly towards the upkeep and work of
St Chad's church, here in Pattingham - or indeed would consider
doing so in the future, then a new scheme has just been launched
by the Diocese of Lichfield (to which we belong) which will make
it all easier and more tax efficient.
The scheme is called GIVING DIRECT.
You can choose to make donations either monthly, quarterly or
annually. And although your donation goes in the first instance
to the Diocese, it is completely restricted to the named parish
or church you choose - in our case St Chad's here in Pattingham.
The advantage of doing it this way is that the Diocese will guarantee
to send us your donation within 14 days and to include with it
the Gift Aid refund that, at present, we may have to wait several
months to reclaim. So you will soon see that it could make a
big difference to our cash flow as a parish. And it will not
cost the church here in Pattingham anything, or indeed you anything
extra to your donation.
This is a direct debit scheme - and it only works if you agree
to sign up for it, and it has to replace any existing standing
order or direct debit that you may have in favour of the church.
There is also an option for every donor to commit to increasing
their donation each year in line with inflation - but you do
have the option to decide. And - if your circumstances should
change in the future, you can 'get out' of this scheme quite
easily - although you will have to notify the Finance Dept in
I think this could be a really important and exciting development
for us here in Pattingham. Not only of benefit to the church
locally, but also important for the way that, as Christians,
we live out our commitment to faith in our daily lives and make
wise use of our financial resources.
If you want to know more, please feel free to speak to any of
the clergy or leadership team - Maureen, Paul, Ken, Dave Sampson
or Mike Richards, and have a look at the back of church, where
you will find more information and a supply of forms to sign
Thanking you in anticipation!......
| The Church Electoral Roll...
||What is it? A register of lay members of the Church of England
in a parish, entitling them to elect lay representatives to the
deanery synod and the parochial church council and attend and
speak at the annual parochial church meeting. It is revised annually
and completely renewed every 6 years.
For more information please contact our Electoral Roll Officer,
Liz Gosling on 01902 700003.
|Monthly Prayer Group
A monthly Prayer Group meets every month on the 1st Sunday
from 5.30 to 6.00pm.
You can come and take part !
You can request prayers for any one !
You can request prayers for any cause !
Please place your requests in the wooden box on the table at
the back of church.
| Flowers in the Churchyard...
anyone who has a friend or relative buried in St. Chad's Churchyard,
would like a plant or flowers placed on their grave or plaque
for an anniversary or on a regular basis, please contact Elizabeth
Gosling (Electoral Roll Officer) on 01902 700003 and she
will be pleased to do this for you.
| Churchyard Plans -
Graves and Memorials
|Pattingham is a small attractive village in South
Staffs, near the Shropshire Border, approximately 7 miles to
the west of Wolverhampton. Leave Wolverhampton on the A454 towards
Bridgnorth and look out for the 'Pattingham' signs, with several
right turns leading to the village. more >>
|St Chad's Church is easily found on the right
hand side of the High Street, immediately opposite the Pigot
For those needing to find St Chad's Church by Satellite Navigation,
the POST CODE is WV6 7BQ.
The above maps
are from the 'Get-a-Map' service of O S Mapping.
To see the Parish Map for St Chad's Church, Pattingham, click