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raised of £600 target by 19 supporters

Weʼre raising £600 to say thank you and give a leaving gift to Rev David Babbington from St John's Church, Walsall Wood.

Walsall Wood, Brownhills and Aldridge

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Rev. David Babbington's leaving

Since David came to St John's Church in February 2019 he has continuously served the local community. He has worked with the local schools, visited the sick, the dying, the bereaved, conducting around 140 funerals since the beginning of the pandemic and providing support to families.

He worked with the Horse and Jockey pub to collect for the local foodbank; arranging for Santa to visit St John's when other venues couldn't open and commissioned a professional artist to design the Walsall Wood Paper Nativity which was given to nearly 500 children in the local schools. He didn't stop there as he provided online services throughout lockdown and continued to do so alongside in-church services.

David arranged an outdoor Carol Service/Concert at the Baron's Court Hotel together with the Staffordshire Band, and now the Staffordshire Brass Band have St John's as their permanent home.

All of these things have happened alongside the 'normal' priestly duties of running a church!

Sadly, David will be leaving us this August to take up a new post in West Yorkshire. After he has done so much for all of the community, it would be wonderful to give him a gift that reflects our appreciation for all he has done so he can always remember us.

Please dig deep into your pockets to show your appreciation.

Many thanks.

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  • Penny Wheble3 days ago
    Penny Wheble

    Penny Wheble

    3 days ago

    Thank you all for your kind messages of support and donations towards David's leaving gift. We have met our target, but it doesn't mean that we have to stop here. Let's keep it rolling for another week. Please spread the word around.

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  • Penny Wheble1 month ago
    Penny Wheble

    Penny Wheble

    1 month ago

    We're doing really well with our donations to treat David to a lovely gift in appreciation for all he's done for us here in Walsall Wood. Let's see if in the next two weeks we can go the extra mile........

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Page last updated on: 7/25/2021 21.59



  • Rosalind and Allan (St Mark's)

    Rosalind and Allan (St Mark's)

    Jul 23, 2021

    Wishing you all the best David. Thank you for all your hard work.


  • Anonymous


    Jul 22, 2021


  • Anonymous


    Jul 21, 2021

  • Megan Sims

    Megan Sims

    Jul 20, 2021

    Good luck in your new post

  • The Staffordshire Band

    The Staffordshire Band

    Jul 18, 2021

    With thanks from the whole band for welcoming us into St John’s and being able to call it out home. We shall miss you but we shall see you again.


  • Sarah and Daniel Challis

    Sarah and Daniel Challis

    Jul 17, 2021

    Thank you so much for helping Daniel and myself be still part of the church community in such scary time in our lives with much uncertainty you were there. You will missed greatly. Thank you x


  • Anonymous


    Jul 6, 2021

    Be happy in your new role 🙂

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Penny Wheble

Penny Wheble

Walsall Wood, Brownhills and Aldridge

I am a Licensed Lay Reader at St John's Church, Walsall wood, a member of the local community and a close friend of David's.

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