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His Grace, The Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley – Parish Visitation

Over the weekend of Saturday 1 February and Sunday 2 February 2020 His Grace came on a Parish Visitation. 

Following His arrival on Saturday afternoon Fr Teddy O’Brien MSC, Parish Priest, took His Grace for a drive around the seventeen villages which constitute the parish of St Anne’s. The weather held fair which made for a very pleasant couple of hours for
Fr Teddy to show His Grace the breadth of the parish.

Saturday evening gave His Grace the opportunity to talk, in the convivial surroundings of the presbytery at St Anne’s, to members of the parish who hold supportive and important roles in the life of the parish.

Following the celebration of Mass at St Anne’s and Our Lady of the Angels, Princethorpe College, all the parish came together for Sunday brunch in the Sixth Form Centre at the College. The Catering Staff of the College came up trumps as always. A full English breakfast was ready and waiting for all to come and enjoy to round off the Parish Visitation.

The parish would like to thank His Grace for the time and energy he gave during his visit. Thanks also to Princethorpe College for supporting the brunch on Sunday.

We look forward to the next visitation with eagerness and excitement.

Generous Princethorpe College pupils and staff support
Teams4U again!

Princethorpe’s pupils have generously supported the St Anne’s, Wappenbury, Parish Christmas Shoe Box Appeal, filling boxes full of gifts for children overseas.

A grand total of 91 boxes have been collected and assembled. All packed full of little gifts and educational and hygiene essentials such as toothbrushes, hairbrushes, paper and pens. Every day, ordinary items to us but of great value to those who would not otherwise receive a Christmas gift.

The boxes will be distributed by Teams4U in Romania and will be given to a vulnerable child, or family, through schools, nurseries, hospitals and orphanages. Teams4U share the shoe boxes in the local communities they work in as part of an ongoing programme of support.

Thanks to all the pupils and parents who supported the initiative with donations but especially to Year 8 pupils, Daisy Burke, Jemima Teeton and Isaac Kirby who have worked tirelessly in lunchtimes sorting and packing all the boxes. Also to Mary Benham, Chaplaincy Co-ordinator, and Parish member Loretta Curtis for their support with the project.

The image shows pupils (left to right) Daisy Burke, Jemima Teeton and Isaac Kirby with the completed boxes all ready for transport.

College maintenance members Paul Higgins and John Vasquez helped to deliver the boxes to Pam and John Hopwood ready for checking and onward transportation.

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The parish are very pleased to support the Teams4U shoebox appeal once again this year.

Please see the Teams4U website for more information click here

The link will also give you information on the type of items to donate – see the Shoebox Appeal tab.

Led by Pam Hopwood, the Stretton Christmas Shoe Box Appeal, receives donations of items, which are packed into Christmas wrapped shoe boxes and forwarded to the Teams4U charity for distribution to children in schools, nurseries, hospitals and orphanages.

Thank you for your support

The Parish receives grant of £3,750 from the War Memorials Trust towards the cost of restoring the memorial.

See ‘Our Cemeteries’ tab

Saturday 6 July 2019

A merry band of helpers got together on the Friday afternoon to erect the huge gazebo in preparation for the evening.

Yet another fabulous evening with family, friends and the wider community for the parish summer BBQ.

Loretta Curtis, Peter Lamb together with Will Phayer flicked and cooked beefburgers and sausages on the giant BBQ – apparently a popular brand of beer cools the coals with the alcohol being burnt off and just the flavour left – genius.

Everyone brought salads and puddings, fresh bread rolls had been bought from a local baker, picnic chairs and blankets to sit on the grassy banks around the Terrace, children played on the lower lawn and grown-ups settled themselves down  to chat and catch up.

There was no charge for the BBQ but a raffle was held to raise funds for Myton Hospice, a charity in the local area. Prizes came out of nowhere – many bottles of wine, boxes of toiletries and other goodies, so many that the raffle took several minutes to draw.

The evening closed with the last few parishioners enjoying well earned mugs of tea no less – enough food and drink having been consumed – funny how a mug of tea always hits the spot at the end of a long evening!

Fundraising Dinner For The Refurbishment Of

The First World War Memorial

Princethorpe Cemetery – Thursday 3 May 2018

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Some of the many parishioners who supported the event as everyone arrived for the evening.
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Fr Teddy O’Brien MSC with Sebastien Buhour


On Thursday 3 May 2018 the parish gathered together for a fundraising dinner for the refurbishment of the First World War Memorial in Princethorpe Cemetery.

Drinks and convivial chatter took over the restaurant at the start of the evening. Friends and family soon settled down to a scrumptious two course meal followed by coffee, tea and mints.

Paul Waddoups, a parishioner and historian, gave a talk on the four servicemen honoured on the memorial plaque. Paul spoke most eloquently and movingly on the lives of the soldiers and how they died at such a young age.

The mood of the evening was lifted with some light hearted singing by all. Songs of the era gave everyone a chance to air their lungs before the raffle.

The donations for the raffle were outstanding. Of special note were four prints of the ‘Poppies’ from the Tower of London exhibition kindly donated by Paul and Pat Gandy. These were auctioned and further increased the fundraising target.

An on-line giving opportunity will be available shortly – watch the website for more information or contact Fr Teddy O’Brien at

Tables decorated – ready to go

A special thank you to Harrington’s Restaurant in Kenilworth and the Meat Room, Leamington Spa who supported the cost of the meal.