Haughton Village News

Haughton Village News

Bell Ringing at St Giles - Wednesday 21st October 2020

We have still been social distancing and following government guidelines, but have been progressing as quickly as possible under the circumstances.  After learning Plain Hunt using the handbells we have begun replicating it on the tower bells and are making good progress.

Our next Sunday service at Haughton is at 8.30am and we feel it's probably a little early for the nearby residents of Haughton if we start ringing at this time, and so as a group we have decided not to ring.  Our next practice will be on Wednesday 28th October at 7.30pm, unless the government decides on another Lockdown.

Our next be service ringing will be November 1st at 10am for a 10.30 service.  (again subject to Government advice or restrictions.)

Letter from Rev'd Cath Brumfitt

Hello from the Rector!

Since our move to the rectory and my licensing as your new rector, we have received lots of messages from across the benefice welcoming myself and Mark to the area. We both feel truly blessed to be here and thank you all for the welcome we have received. We look forward to meeting many more of you in the near future once we are able to. 

Over the past few weeks the Church Wardens and the PCCs have been working hard to ensure that our buildings are safe to open and as a result, it has been wonderful to be able to restart worship in each of our churches. We have put together a new pattern of Sunday services that will begin in October. Each Sunday across the benefice there will be two services of Holy Communion at 8.30am and 10.30am,  a lay-led worship service at 10.30, an evening service at 6.30pm, and a service over the telephone for anyone who is unable to get to church at 5pm.  Each Sunday morning one of our churches will be open for individual prayer and quiet reflection. There is a copy of the service pattern on the back of this letter.

In order for our churches to be ‘Covid Safe’ anyone attending church must wear a face covering (unless medically exempt), use hand sanitiser when entering the building, and provide contact details for test and trace purposes. In order to comply with social distancing rules, we have limited the number of people in each building at one time. To make the best use of the space available we are introducing a booking system for services that are outside of the normal Sunday service pattern. Details of how to book will be displayed with the service it applies to.

Our services will be displayed on the church notice boards and on our new weekly Benefice news sheet which will be available in church or vial email. (Please email Rev’d Cath  or ralph708(at)btinternet.com (at =@) for an email copy)  We also now have a Facebook page for each church so please follow and share our posts. In the New Year, it is hoped that we will be able to introduce a new Benefice Magazine that will cover all four villages.

As we approach Christmas we are looking at how we can worship and celebrate whilst staying safe and so or celebrations may look very different this year with the possibility of some things being online or via telephone conferencing. 

If you have any concerns or questions please get in touch.

God Bless

Revd Cath

Our 8.30 service will be in traditional language and along with the 10.30 service will be clergy led.

Our morning worship service will be led by members of our worship group.

Weddings, baptisms and funerals can still take place in church but numbers are limited to 30 people for funerals and 15 for weddings and 6 for a baptism outside of the normal Sunday service.

Please note that all our services will be subject to change in line with government advice and regulations.

Harvest Festival at St. Giles.

As always the church was well decorated for the Harvest Festival service on Sunday.  The bell ringers called the parishioners to the service with some, Rounds (123456), Queens (135246), and Titums (142536).  The service was well attended while adhering to the social distancing rules.

A BIG THANK YOU to Marion Aranyos, Kath Haynes, Diane Rowley, Sandra Robinson, Sue Edwards Jocelyne Lock, Patsy Wallbrick, Jean Holt, Margaret Guymer, and Ricki Garbett. for decorating the church.

Katherine House Hospice



Katharine House Hospice faces uncertain future due to


Katharine House Hospice is facing an uncertain future due to the financial impact of COVID 19. The pandemic has had a major impact on Katharine House Hospice’s ability to generate funds. The charity has had to cancel all of its events including a large scale music festival, Strictly Stafford and a Sunrise Walk and was forced to close its 22 shops in March. For the first four months of the pandemic Government support meant the charity was in financial balance.  The shops began to reopen in June but restrictions to ensure COVID secure practices are implemented for the safety of the public and staff, have caused operational difficulties in receiving and processing donations and shoppers have not returned in the numbers needed to generate revenues sufficient to sustain the hospice’s operation in its current form. 

Whilst in April we expected and planned for significant reductions in fundraising and

retail revenues, at present the losses are much greater than expected and swift action

is needed to respond to this.  

The charity’s 200+ staff were asked this week to take part in a formal consultation process to reduce operating costs across the organisation.  This will involve some job losses.  Four of the hospice’s charity shops are closing as they are unlikely to return to profit, whilst most others will see reductions in staff hours.  The charity is launching an emergency appeal to save its care services.  

Chief Executive Doctor Richard Soulsby said:

“Katharine House like other hospices received additional funding through the spring and

early summer via the NHS, local authorities, and through the HMRC furlough scheme.  With this

aid we continued throughout the pandemic to support local patients and their families, whilst

retaining a balanced financial position.   After October no further funding will be received.

“Our primary concerns are to maintain services for local people and to support our staff and volunteers.  Working together we hope to prevent as many redundancies as possible, but some are inevitable.”

Care began in 1989 thanks to a small group of volunteers who provided support at home and campaigned for Stafford’s hospice. Since then, thanks to our caring community services have grown at the hospice and in the community and each year we provide vital free care for 1300 local people.  Katharine House Hospice could adapt its care operations to manage during the pandemic, but Covid 19 has reduced our income to such an extent that it now threatens these services.  

Katharine House is calling on local people to help save their hospice – a major emergency appeal will be launching this week to help sustain the hospice’s care services.  Local people can help by making a donation at www.khhospice.org.uk or by shopping at one of the hospice’s shops.

Katharine House Hospice provides free care and support for adults and their families who are coping with progressive illness across mid-Staffordshire. It relies upon the kindness of the local community to help generate over 75% of the funds needed to run its range of vital services.


Shropshire Inn - New Opening Times

Just to clarify we are open in the bar until 10pm Tuesday - Saturday, with last orders for drinks being 9.45pm.

Sunday last orders in the bar at 7.45pm, as we close at 8pm.

Monday bar and restaurant will be closed.

Many Thanks


Bell Ringing and Church Times

We got the handbells out this week and had a lesson of Plain Hunt, it was much enjoyed and our first lot of 'method' ringing since lockdown.

Plain Hunt Doubles

We learned the rules are:
1. Each bell can only move one place at a time.
2. The two front pairs move first then the back two pairs move.
3. Even Numbers 'Run In' - Odd Number 'Run Out'
4. We need to count our places.

Hopefully, this will help us to ring Plain Hunt on the tower bells.

Our next performance will be on Sunday 11th October (2nd Sunday) at 10 am for a 10.30 am Holy Communion service.

Shropshire Inn - New Opening Times

Monday - Bar & Restaurant Closed
Tuesday - 12 - 2.30pm / 5 - 9pm
Wednesday - 12 - 2.30pm / 5 - 9pm
Thursday - 12 - 2.30pm / 5 - 9pm
Friday - 12 - 2.30pm / 5 - 9pm
Saturday - 12 - 9pm
Sunday 12 - 8pm

Tuesday - Saturday due to the new restrictions we need to be closed by 10pm, on Sunday's we close at 8pm.

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