Newsletter 31st May 2024

Dear friends,

Over the last few weeks, four respective PCCs have agreed to establish a new Benefice Council, consisting of churchwardens (or other substitute reps) from each of the four parishes and the four clergy. The hope is that this Council will ensure better communication and more strategic thinking about mission and ministry. We didn’t get off to the best of starts when three members went to the wrong venue for our first meeting (including the Vicar and the Curate!) I am not convinced that it is within the remit of the Council to ensure clergy read their agendas properly, but what it is hoped it will achieve is a structure that will underpin the spiritual reality that we are (under God) one family.

Good families communicate well with each other, plan together, celebrate together and commiserate with each other. The Day of Pentecost was a reminder that the Holy Spirit was poured out when they were together. Easter Day is a reminder that Jesus appeared in their midst when the disciples came together. We trust that as we come together, the same Jesus and the same Holy Spirit will be amongst us.

Romans Course

A course on the Book of Romans, St Paul’s great masterpiece, started last Monday and continues on June 3rd at 7 p.m. at 3 Earls Court. Please speak to Richard or Allen if you would like to know more. Missing the introductory session is no bar to attendance.

Treasurer for Pontesbury Festival

The planning committee for next year’s Pontesbury Festival are looking to recruit a

Treasurer to oversee income and expenditure. The Parish Council has kindly agreed to act

as banker, but the committee need someone to monitor incomings and outgoings at our end.

For further information, please contact Greg or email

Songs of Praise

Pontesbury Baptist Church is hosting a Songs of Praise service this Sunday at 6.30 p.m. All welcome. If you want to nominate a hymn, please contact Greg asap.

Archdeacon’s Visitation

Our churchwardens will be sworn in by the Archdeacon at a Visitation Service at St George’s on Monday June 17th at 7 p.m. Do come along to this to hear the Archdeacon’s vision for the Deanery and support our wonderful churchwardens.

Group Service

St Mary’s Habberley will be hosting our Group Service on Sunday June 30th at the usual time of 10.30 a.m. All welcome, especially those who have never enjoyed a service at Habberley before.

Fiona Gibson

Archdeacon Fiona will be preaching at Holy Trinity Minsterley on June 9th . We look forward to welcoming her.

Helen Dickson

The funeral of Helen Dickson, a much loved member of the Minsterley Congregational Church will take place on Monday June 3rd at 11 a.m. at the Congregational Church followed by a reception at Minsterley Parish Hall

Catering Team

St George’s is looking to recruit a catering team who will occasionally be called into action to supply food for one-off events such as Harvest Supper or a Marriage Preparation Day. If you are potentially interested in joining the team, please contact a churchwarden or one of the clergy.

Table-Top Sale

June 1st. Tabletop sale. Tables £10. Book with Mary Worrall.

Duck race. Ducks £1, Starts at 12:00noon.

Hope and Shelve Fete

The Hope and Shelve Summer Fete will take place on Saturday June 1st from 2-4pm at Leigh Manor, Minsterley SY5 0EG.

We are looking for help on the day, as well as contributions of books, plants, cakes, raffle and tombola prizes. We also need someone to do face painting. Please contact Fran on 07982 324760 if you can help.

Minsterley Jumble Trail

Declutter your home and make some money for you and Holy Trinity!  Minsterley  Jumble Trail is taking place on 15th June from 10am – 2pm. Book a seller’s spot for £10 and your address will be added to the FREE Jumble Trail map which will be circulated to the wider community. For more information and to book your table contact Sarah on 07971 984925

Minsterley Show

The Minsterley Show is back again on the 17th of August, and we need people to start making delicious cakes! If you think you can bake some cakes and pop them in the freezer then please do start as your support is very much appreciated! This is a big fundraiser for Holy Trinity and our stall is very much appreciated by the show attendees due to our reasonable prices – we can keep our prices down due to the fact that cakes and sandwiches are donated.  Keep the date in your diary and on your marks, get, set, bake!

The show ground is situated 5 miles Southwest of Shrewsbury on the B4386, Shrewsbury to Westbury Road.

SatNav users should input SY5 8PW as the postcode.

Callow Run

The Callow Run will be happening again this year on June 1st, organised by Anna Bayliss. Do contact Anna (07816 679216)  if you would like to take part or for more info. The Run immediately precedes the Hope and Shelve Parish Fete at Leigh Manor, so why not make a day of it and enjoy both events?

‘The Callow 5k Run & Walk, Leigh Manor, registration 12.30pm, run start 1pm.

Music Required

Does anyone have any old music books which have songs which would have been sung in the second world war?   Would you be able to lend them to David Young for use at an event in June?  Please contact David on 537081. Thank you.


Please note that Greg and Fran are on holiday from June 3rd -9th inclusive, while Richard

continues his holiday until the 8th. Please contact one of the churchwardens in their absence.

Emails will be replied to on their return.


Any entries for next week’s newsletter should be sent to Emma at

by 5pm on Wednesday.

Calendar for the Week

Fri 31st May

Coffee Stop at St George’s from 10-11

Sat June 1st

Tabletop sale and duck race at St George’s 10-12

Minsterley Away Day at Snailbeach Village Hall 10-2.30pm

Hope Fete at Leigh Manor from 2-4pm

Sun 2nd

Holy Communion at Shelve at 9am

Holy Communion at Minsterley at 10.30am

Evensong at Habberley at 5pm

Songs of Praise at Pontesbury Baptist Church at 6.30pm

Mon 3rd

The Romans Course at 7pm at 3 Earls Court

Youth Café at HTM at 3.30pm

Tues 4th

Foodbank at Minsterley 10-12

Ichthus at 2.30pm at Waterwheel

Weds 5th

Coffee Hub at HTM 10-12

Youth Café at Pontesbury Baptist Church at 3.20pm

Thurs 6th

Pontesbury Foodbank 10-12 noon

Sun 9th

Holy Communion at Hope at 9am

Holy Communion at Minsterley at 10.30am

Morning Prayer at Pontesbury at 10.30am   


The Parish Safeguarding Officer is June Cribb 07947 482066. The Diocesan Officer is Carl Steventon 07598817717

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