magdalene church magazine

Copies of the Church Magazine are available at the back of the church or in the Village Hall. 

Please feel free to take one. 

If you would like a copy delivered please contact one of the Church wardens.

july/august edition

Some snippets from the latest magazine.

On the 17th March, 2020, the Christian Church, as we know it, changed quite dramatically – because of the pandemic.  All Church Services were cancelled, with immediate effect.  To say that this was a shock, was an understatement; and Alan and I discussed (suitable socially distanced) the way forward.

I decided, during that night (sleep did not come easily) that I would post a hymn on the ‘Friends of Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalene Church’ page, to try to keep those of us who had internet access, in touch with each other; and the first one I chose to ‘post’ was ‘Father I place into Your hands the things I cannot do’ which seemed quite appropriate for the situation. 

To my utter amazement, what has become affectionately called ‘The Hymn for Today’ by those watching (not me) is very popular; people from all over the country, who are ‘friends’ of our church, and those in our own Church Family, are requesting different hymns for varying reasons, and I am happy to oblige.

Possibly  by Peter Gagen

We all hope some good might come from the pandemic. Giving time to consider where modern society was heading. We have already seen a change in our attitude towards those who look after our welfare -  e.g. Gratitude not criticism. First and foremost is the N.H.S. the wonderful people who put themselves and their families in danger to comfort and care for the sick and dying.  The whole Nation from Government to small children giving and raising money in gratitude, look at what Major Tom aged 100 did.  Think of what has changed.

When I heard the Garden Centres were closing, I ordered large plug plants direct on the internet.

When half of them arrived I thought if these are large I don’t know what small ones would be like !

We watered over night and potted them up in in larger pots. Since then the others arrived and we did the same keeping them in the conservatory, which was like a greenhouse, the only thing was we had to keep stepping over and moving them to get to other things. I was amazed how they grew overnight.

Some have now been planted out. 

We also planted Runner Beans, Tomatoes plants and Sunflowers the same way.

Dear Chris and Alan,


Thank you for delivering the latest copy of the church magazine some time ago. It was so nice of you to think of us; this issue feels more special as I admit taking for granted those we had before lockdown. I really enjoyed reading what everybody has been up to during those restricting months...


First thing each morning was opening Facebook and discovering what hymn Chris had found, always a pleasure, and as for the “Sunday Special” Wow! What a treat!


I enjoyed the lovely words from Peter, his beautiful poem and moving story about Shay.


I couldn’t agree more with Linda about the size of plants; we also bought plants online, ridiculously small! but the lovely weather sorted them out!


Reflections by Jo with Thomas Roberts’s Poem was brilliant and so true. Suddenly we appreciate what we have.


Bravo to Thomas Dumbleton – clever boy!


Reading Alan’s account of the birds in the garden is so endearing; you can just picture the scene, can’t you! and there is nothing more relaxing than bird watching. I am glad Alan did get his carpet laid eventually...

2020  Rota of Services COVID STYLE

First Sunday -   Morning Service – taken by Mr Alan Sherfield

Second Sunday  - Family Service – taken by Mrs Chris Hale.

Third Sunday -  Morning Service - taken by Mr Alan Sherfield

Forth Sunday  - Family Service – taken by Mrs Chris Hale.

Fifth Sunday - Morning Prayer – taken by Alan or Chris.

In Magdalen Church

Tea, Coffee and a Mardle

all ages welcome


Every first and third Wednesday:

the next ones being:


5th & 19th August

3rd & 17th September

Wanted  -  Please Can YOU Help !

Are you bored and time on your hands. Perhaps you could help do something at Wiggenhall St Magdalene Church !


The wrought Iron gates on the path to the Church need a coat of paint !

There are four doors onto the roof of the Church which need a coat of wood stain !

If you think you could help us with either of these jobs, we would be very grateful.

We will supply the brushes and paint etc.

For more information please contact either of the Churchwardens Alan Sherfield 01553 810796

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or Mrs Chris Hale  01553 810385

email  -

The ‘tail’ of two pigeons!

…as dictated to ‘Mummy’ (Chris) by ‘Hugo Hale -Pom!’

on the 22Mummy said something ‘rude’ about the bats having a rave or disco (!!), ‘plonked’ me in the pew (and shut me in – I ask you!), she then got the noisy snake-thingy out to clean up.  When she’d finished, she came back into the pew and we said Morning Prayer – at least Mummy did – I fell asleep as usual.nd July

I don’t like pigeons – I always bark (very loudly) at them when they are in MY garden, stealing MY bird food (Editor’s comment – you will notice Hugo said ‘HIS’ bird food, not THE ‘bird’s food’!)!  So when Mummy told me there were two pigeons ‘stuck’ in the church, I was not a happy ‘Hugo-bunny!’

When Mummy and I went over to the church on Saturday 18th July, to unlock and say Morning Prayer, the nave carpet was filthy – which as Mummy said to me was strange as Jo Cadman had been in and cleaned thoroughly, as usual on Thursday. 

A footnote.3rd August   -  They have been in again and one has left but the other which Chris has named Percy is finding it difficult to find a way out.   When I asked why it had a male name   -  it was because it had not enough sense to find its way out !!!!

Wanted or not legal tender !     

         £5.00 and £10.00  and £1.00


If you have any old five or ten-pound notes or £1.00 coins and have forgotten to spend them, then there is a way of spending them.


We will be very pleased to take your old £10.00 and £5.00 notes or £1.00 coins at any Church events. Or they can also be used for your Sunday collection.


We recently received 3 old £10.00 notes and they were taken to the bank to be paid in, and it turns out that they were £10.00 notes previous to the ones recently discontinued.

  The more we receive the better !!

At long last we are able to return to share in a Church Service on a Sunday and it is July. The last time we were all at Church for a Service was on the 15th March !

Our ‘Homework’ was ‘Something we grow ! We had, courgettes, Runner Beans, Potts in plants, some lovely Sweet Peas giving off a lovely scent. Pictures of plants and pictures on people’s mobile phones of plants and a banana. Rene brought something and she will tell you what she brought !!

This was followed by Sam and Daisy in the Pulpit  helping Jo Chilvers tell the story of the Sower and being interrupted by a Parrot who kept saying it liked seed to eat, especially seed pie

One advantage of not being able to sing together, (apart from my lazy bones not having to stand!) is being able to listen to the professionals singing our well-loved hymns, which in my

case helps me to listen and hear how they should be sung! We started then with ‘Come let us join our cheerful songs’ and were asked to try and see what all our hymns had in common (answer at the end!).