Good Friday family funtime

Daphne and team produced home-made cakes.


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Chase Choir

…at the Open day and Harvest celebrations.


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We’re on the map!

…though this might not be the most recent…

 


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Summer 2007 in St. Mary’s: Report by Church Wardens

At the Annual Church Meeting held in April we were elected to serve for another year as churchwardens for St. Mary’s. We count this as a privilege and pray that with the support of the PCC and the village community we will be able to carry out our duties to the best of our ability. The is not only about services on Sundays, there is much more that happens on a day to day basis, and as in all villages, you are our eyes and ears. for your church in Whaddon.

The building may stands on the hill, but the heart of the church is living within the community. There is a lot happening at your church within the next few months, the re-ordering of the back of the church started in May and work to the bells will begin in June, so if all goes according to plan you will be able to see the results of all the hard work in August. The organ has now been repaired. The toddler church continues to be well supported and the young people will be leading our village worship in July. There will be the usual Praise In The Playground in August followed by the Family Picnic, and in September it is hoped to have another Pet Service.

We would like to thank all who support St. Mary’s in any way and look forward to seeing you at some, if not all, of the events above. Sally and Maureen.


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News from an Evacuee: By Joan Otley

I was an evacuee in your village from 2nd September 1939 to September 1941 when the only six of us who were left in the village (from 50) were transferred to Winslow. I sang in the Church Choir during my time in Whaddon, the then Vicar was the Rev. Selby Lowndes a relation of the Squire, Colonel Selby Lowndes. We held our choir practices on a Thursday evening and watched Coventry burn from the vantage point of the Church, although we didn’t know until later.

Tom Gascoigne was our Choir Master and super organist. Whaddon Hall was commandered by the RAF (I believe) and the Village Hall housed a number of soldiers. I remember a time when tanks thundered through the village on manoeuvres and I took a short cut behind the public house from Stock Lane to the High Street to get out of their way. We used, firstly to have our schooling in the village school, then in the village hall and, when the army took it over, in the Chapel Hall. We joined everything, Chapel Band of Hope, Christian Endeavour, the Library in the School, had first aid lessons, donned our gas masks in a gas impregnated tent. collected waste paper and dug for victory.

I was first billetted with Mr. Tesch, the Estate Manager for Whaddon Hall, then at Home Farm, the Peverells and finally with Mrs. Lizzie Young in Stock Lane. We helped at a fete held at Mrs. Beauchamp de Chair’s home. I remember with fond thoughts my time in Whaddon, many years later I drove there with my parents and visited Mrs. Campbell, my former Teacher, still at Taylor’s Farm near the Church. I first encountered the Women’s Institute at Whaddon – we were allowed to join at the age of 14 – later, much later, I was elected County Chairman of the Bedfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes and served on the National Federation’s Public Affairs Committee.

I have given talks on my experiences as an Evacuee and, next month will do so, again, at the Combined ProBus Club to which my husband and I attend in the beautiful riverside town of Laurieton in NSW Australia, to which we emigrated four years ago to be with our daughter who married an Australian. We don’t regret moving there – it is a little bit of Paradise. I have become involved in the social life of the community, becoming President of the Camden Haven Community College and last month elected as the President of the Camden Haven Garden Club. Life is certainly not dull.

Sincerely, Joan A. Otley – ex. Pupil of the Paddington Central School for Girls London, evacuated to Whaddon in Buckinghamshire.


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Ordination of John King

We send our best wishes to John King, Pam, George & Anna, after John’s recent ordination to the priesthood. John’s first communion service at St. Mary’s on 2nd July was well attended with support from family and friends from Nash and Whaddon. Congratulations, John!


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Toddler Church

January saw the launch of the Toddler Church services. A totally new venture for all concerned but one which has been warmly received by Mums, Dads, Toddlers, grandparents and helpers too. No one is too old or young to join in the fun! The hour consists of arts & crafts, songs & story time plus, of course, refreshments. We meet at St Mary’s every Thursday from 1.45pm – 2.45pm (not half term week 16th Feb). A warm welcome awaits you so come along and join us all. We look forward to seeing you.


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Christmas 2005 at St Mary’s: Report by Church Warden Maureen Hobbs

The lead up to Christmas began in earnest when the school came to St. Mary’s for their Christingle service on the 4th December. As usual the church was packed with standing room only for some of those who wanted to be part of the service. Thank you to the children and their teachers for all the hard work & for the songs and nativity story. On Sunday 18th December the candle-lit service of 9 Lessons & Carols was held. As in previous years the readers were drawn from various organisations within the village. This service is always well supported and this year was no exception. Christmas Eve was again a candle-lit service. The bells rang out to call people to church and very soon St. Mary’s was full for this very special service. On Christmas morning the church celebrated with a birthday party for Jesus. This short gathering is always an unknown – all the arrangements had been made, invitations had been sent to every house, the birthday cake made, party bags filled and ‘pass the parcel’ ready to play – but who would come? At ten minutes to ten there were only a few gathered but suddenly families started arriving and by the time the service began at 10.00 a.m. the church was full with over 100 people who had come to join in the Christmas morning celebration! Thank you to those who helped in any way to make Christmas special for all came to worship at St. Mary’s.


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Christmas Fayre 2005

Thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas Fayre this afternoon. In spite of the cold weather we still raised a total of £765. The photo-sheet of “Santa’s Little Helpers” caused much mirth, with no-one guessing all the beard-hidden faces correctly. (The highest mark went to the wardens, which goes to prove just how well they know the congregation here at Whaddon!). The quiz sheet and photo-sheet answers will be displayed in church. A special thank-you to all who helped or ran stalls on our behalf – we couldn’t do it without you.


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Gift Day 2005: report by Rowland Osterberg

St. Mary’s Church’s Annual Gift Day was held on Saturday 15th October and this year the event took the form of an Open Day in aid of the “Church Bells Appeal”.The structure of Whaddon’s church bells (i.e. the ringing gear; wheels, staves, etc.) is in need of substantial repair and refurbishment, work which has to be undertaken within the next 12 months if the danger of the bells falling silent is o be avoided. To this end, we have to raise the sum of £10,000, hence the Gift Day launch of the “Bell Appeal”.

Happily, October 15th was a day graced by fine, dry weather, especially in the afternoon when the sun broke through, and a steady stream of visitors throughout the day – both from the village and the surrounding area- clearly enjoyed the various events, activities and entertainments arranged for the occasion. These included guided tours of the bell tower; watching our expert team of bell ringers “ring the changes”; tuition for those who wished to try their hand at bell ringing (not as easy as it looks!); brass rubbing (also under instruction); climbing the spiral steps to the top of the tower to admire the wonderful views of the village and the delightful rural panorama of Aylesbury Vale; browsing through the archive of ancient church records (some dating back to the middle of the 16th century). Musical highlights of the day were provided by Fred Green and Alex Aitken on the church organ, Fred responding readily with his usual consummate skill and adaptability to visitors’ requests for favourite hymns.

In the afternoon, the beautiful soprano voice and winning personality of Whaddon’s own eminently talented young songstress, Emily Haig, captivated a wholly attentive and highly appreciative audience with an eclectic recital of songs and arias from musical shows and opera. Thus, St. Mary’s Gift Day 2005 proved, in all respects, a thoroughly enjoyable and eminently successful occasion, both socially and financially. Warmest thanks are due to those who helped and supported the event and to all who contributed so generously to the “Bell Appeal”. As a result, the princely sum of £3080 (including a potential £580 tax recovery under the Gift Aid scheme) was raised on the day – a highly gratifying outcome and one which, from the outset, carries us well along the way towards our £10,000 target.

We are indeed fortunate to live in such a supportive and responsive village.


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