Bishop leads 125 service

Packwood’s 125th anniversary year began with a Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration at the parish church of St John the Baptist, Ruyton XI Towns on Sunday.

There was a splendid turn out of pupils and parents, Old Packwoodians and former members of staff. We were very pleased to welcome the High Sheriff of Shropshire, a former parent, and the Bishop of Shrewsbury, himself an OP.

The service began with words of welcome from the vicar and a summary of the school’s foundation in 1892, read by the Headmaster. We were treated to a sensitive piece on the cello by Daniel G, followed by a reading by Head Boy, George S. Heads then turned to the gallery, from where Eve L sang a beautiful solo. Head Girl, Genevieve B read the Parable of the Mustard Seed before the choir performed the anthem ‘On Eagle’s Wings’.

The Bishop then gave the address. He recalled several memories of his schooldays at Packwood and described how the compassionate and caring approach of the Headmaster and staff had contributed towards his personal development. He remembered a talk by a visitor from the Scripture Union, which he described as an important moment in the path that led him to a life in the Church. He went on to compare the Parable of the Mustard Seed with the development of Packwood, from small beginnings with just five boys and one assistant master to the thriving school of today.

After further prayers and hymns, the service concluded and the congregation left to magnificent organ music. Many then gathered for coffee back at school, where stories were exchanged and memories enjoyed. The service was the perfect way to launch Packwood 125, with lots more exciting events to follow.