Tredustan Bonfire Evening

The weather behaved itself and the evening was exactly what you want for a bonfire.


The fire was soon blazing away and that, together with the hot mugs of soup, meant everyone was warmed through to prevent the evening chill doing any damage.


With the fire still burning brightly we were called indoors to partake of what can only be described as a "feast".


With a selection of fayre to choose from and then a choice of puddings there was plenty of praise for the cooks and then to top it all was a fistful of fireworks with candles, fountains and rockets lighting up and accentuating the autumnal colours of the garden.


We have been there many times and it would be easy to take the event for granted. A lot of time and effort goes in to preparing for the 'Bonfire Evening' and with that in mind we say "Thank you" to Ann and Tony who invite us into their home each year. "Thank you" too to the ladies who prepare and serve the food and thank you to those who lit the fuses and later on cleared the debris when we had all gone home. Thank you.

Happy Birthday Les

Conratulations to Les Cherrington who celebrated his 98th birthday.

Les got an early birthday present when he attended Staffordshire Yeomanry QORR OCA group Annual Lunch. 


Chairman, Col David Leigh, presented WW2 Staffordshire Yeoman, Mr Leslie Cherrington with a photograph of Capt Tom Gardner and a group of Yeomen in the Western Desert in late 1942 for his 98th Birthday which is on the 20th October.


 At the time the presentation picture was taken Les Cherrington was serving as a Tank gunner with A Sqn Staffs Yeo.

Happy Birthday Margaret













Trinity Coffee Morning is often awash with slices of cake but last Wednesday there was a special reason to slice a big cake.


Margaret Cooper one of the regular supporters of our coffee mornings was celebrating her 80th birthday. 


So the ladies baked a special cake and everyone joined in to sing "Happy Birthday to You".


Many happy returns Margaret and may we enjoy many more celebrations of your birthday.





Congratulations to Suzanne and Andy Wall on the birth of  Henry George, born by caesarean section at 12:39pm on 23rd August 2016 weighing 7lbs and 14oz.


Everyone at Trinity send their good wishes to baby Henry George, parents Suzanne and Andy and the proud grandparents.

Marcelle Goes Walkabout


Marcelle Kite has completed The

Stonehenge Trek, a 26 mile walk,

in support of the Alzheimer’s Society.

It is a pity that weather ‘dampened’

the enjoyment of the wonderful


The important thing is that she did it

and now it is time for us to show  our

support and donate. 


Visit her Just Giving page by

clicking this link here or by typing https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MarcelleKite into the address bar on your computer. To learn more about the Alzheimer's society click here. Well done Marcelle.



In October 2015 Marcelle Kite took a trip to France. A lot of people do. Not that many, however, go to join in an arduous walk to raise funds for charity. Marcelle did. She joined in The Frontline Walk to raise money for ABF, The Soldiers' Charity (formerly The Army Benevolent Fund). Her reward was a whopping   £1,608 for ABF – The Soldiers Charity


She is not stopping there.


This year she is striding out on The Stonehenge Trek, a 26 mile walk, in support of the Alzheimer’s Society. It is a beautiful, diverse and demanding trek which takes in the stunning chalk downs and woodlands of southern Wiltshire. Dotted with ancient earthworks and burial mounds, this is an historic landscape dominated by the world-famous stone circle of Stonehenge.


The marathon walkers start to the north of Salisbury and walk past the magnificent 13th-century cathedral, home of the tallest spire in the UK. They continue over water meadows, high ridges and quiet woodland, their paths following medieval trading routes much of the time.


They will enjoy the fabulous views of Stonehenge, before circling south and tackling the undulating chalk ridges and quiet valleys back to Old Sarum.


It will, no doubt, be a great experience for all the trekkers and a huge sense of achievement!


That sense of achievement will be even greater if we support Marcelle in her efforts to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. You can, of course, give your money to Marcelle but it is much more convenient if you visit her Just Giving page by clicking this link here or typing


into the address bar on your computer.


Good luck with the walk Michelle and good luck with your fund raising.To learn more about the Alzheimer's society click here.

Plymouth To Dakar Rally

Paul Clayton and friends have reached Dakar!

They have visited the wonderful individuals at SOS International Children's Villages to gift them their "noble steed", their Suzuki Vitara, along with medical supplies and tools to support their work.

Cathy Clayton has recently received an update, incuding some of the photos above, from her son Paul on his journey to Dakar. Mom and Dad were very relieved to see them as Paul had not been able to contact them for about 5 days (no signal in the desert!)


As you can see from the photos, they have passed the Tropic of Cancer and were going to be crossing the border into Mauritania on Monday, 17th. October. Apparently, when they went through the Western Sahara last week, they had bumped in to the British Army on desert training! 


Looks like Paul hasn't shaved since he left home - Mom says she was told that this is his "travelling beard"!


Click here to find out how Cathy Clayton's son Paul is crossing a desert to Dakar to raise money for type 1 diabetes research.

Latest News:  Fundraising has reached £2,937.09!!

To donate visithttps://justgiving.com/fundraising/Plymouth-to-Dakar

Shifnal Carnival 2016

Click on the picture below to see video of the carnival.

President of the Methodist Conference at Dawley

A good crowd turned out at Dawley to greet and listen to Steve Wild, President of the Methodist Conference. Not everyone could get to Dawley on Thursday so some chose to travel Kidderminster to listen to Steve on the following Saturday and were given a tremendous welcome it would seem!

Open Door Christmas Party

The traditional 'Open Door' Christmas party at Trinity had the added extra of  a performance of  "Joseph’s Story" presented by the "Open The Book" team.

OTB is a joint venture between the churches to take Bible Stories into schools and is a wonderful outreach for the benefit of hundreds of local children. The OTB team in Shifnal has been going for three years since 2013.     


Originally, OTB started in Bedford in 1999 and was later incorporated into The Bible Society as it became a  national resource.


OTB offers a programme of themed and dramatized Bible Stories around 10 mins long that fits comfortably into   Assembly time in schools. The Bible Stories come from the Lion Storytellers Bible by Bob Hartman.  Each story is individually scripted and comes with direction notes,    advice and tips on how to present it, all within the Open the Book Handbook. Once Storytellers are registered they can access and download resources and information and other products.


 All our storytellers are volunteers – and you can never be too old to take part!  Volunteers need to be available for an hour’s rehearsal on the first Monday of the month and for the whole morning on the second Monday when we go into three schools – St. Andrew’s, Shifnal Primary, and Sherrifhales School.  Volunteers also need to be DBS checked.


 So, if you are interested in volunteering, see Ann Lane.

Shifnal Christmas Lights

After the atrocious weather on the night of the 2015 "switch on" everyone had their fingers crossed for this years event - and it worked! The crowds were out early to visit the market stalls and the children were enjoying the rides and telling Santa what presents they hoped for long before the lights were switched on. 


Shifnal Male Voice Choir set the scene early on with Christmas carols and other seasonal favourites and by the time the lights were switched on there was a wonderful atmosphere. 

Our Harvest Festival  Service was different this year . We had the traditional bringing of harvest goods for sharing and as we shared a lunch as part of the service we heard about how Water Aid are helping to improve the lives and save lives by enabling people across the world to acess clean water and maintain the supply by their own efforts.


A collection at the service raised £211.53 to send to Water Aid.


To learn more about Water Aid  click here.

Happy Birthday Sheila












Shelia Pendrey enjoys her birthday with friends at Coffee Morning


There was a large crowd at Coffee Morning on Wednesday 19th October making a special effort to support the StarCross Theatre Group.


Members were busy preparing stalls and selling things but had not forgotten that the day was also the birthday of one of our senior members Sheila Pendrey.


So when Sheila arrived to join her friends for coffee there was a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday" to welcome her.


Congratulations Sheila and may there be many more birthdays to celebrate.

Happy Birirthday Malcolm


Members and friends at Coffee Morning on Wednesday took the opportunity to wish Malcolm Brown  "Happy 80th Birthday" . Malcolm's birthday was the following day and he took home many cards and good wishes from us all. Having had Happy Birthday sung to him he was very generous and shared out the cup cakes. 

Well done Malcolm. Congratulations!

Suzanne Carsberg and Andy Wall Wedding















At 4.00pm on Friday 6th May the Trinity Methodist Church Shifnal was filled with the family and friends of Suzanne Carsberg and Andy Wall for their wedding service.


The happy couple would like to thank everyone who helped in the preparation for the wedding and Helen Tunnicliffe for     singing the solo during the service.

Everyone at Trinity sends Suzanne and Andy their congratulations and best wishes for the future.

Trinity Members Sing 'Happy Birthday' To Revd. Hendry Ponniah










Hendry joined the congrgation for coffee following his earlier service at Admaston and was treated to the traditional 'Happy Birthday To You'.

Christenings at Trinity


Christenings are always a welcome addition to any service and here we see two christenings from 2016 at Trinity.


Above we see baby Tyler Jake Miles, parents Daniel and Jessica and Godparents and below is the Christening party for  baby Aileen Ann Jones

Cream Teas at Tredustan















Following Bread Church in the afternoon there was more seasonal refreshment on offer at Tredustan, home of Ann and Tony Lane. A good crowd turned up and not only were they treated to a cream tea but some enjoyed the croquet and the younger ones made good use of the trampoline. Donations at amounted to £95.00 and will be given to the fund for Youth Work at Trinity.

Celebrating Hadley's 150 Years

You may already have seen the latest edition of Wrekin News and read the article 'Celebrating 150 years of faith and worship at Hadley Methodist Church'.   If not, get hold of a copy. They are distributed freely through many local retailers.

The article includes a couple of photographs that are in stark contrast with today's expectations.

There was opportunity to view similar photographs on Saturday 8th October, 2.00pm - 5.00pm when the exhibition, 'A History of Hadley Methodist Church in Photographs' was on display at the church.


Well, did you go?


What a fascinating exhibition of photographs and scrumptious cream tea!!

Plenty of people turned up at Hadley Methodist Church on Saturday to see a display of photographs reflecting the history of both Hadley and the Hadley Methodist Church. Conversation over cream teas inevitably recalled past times with people exchanging and comparing their memories of events gone by.