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From Duncan

Dear friends

Donald Trump has said.... This week's outrageous tweet was attacking NHS funding, but it is hard to pick a week when he hasn't been offensive to some-one or other: Muslims, American footballers, green activists, Africans... the list is endless.

And in return, this week, there was a volley of counter-punching on Twitter including from Jeremy Hunt, the Conservative Health Minister, extolling the virtues of the NHS.

I don't have a problem with Hunt doing this; in many ways, fair enough. My problem, I guess, is that, in our righteous indignation, we can deceive ourselves into believing anything good or genuinely constructive will come of this. For however loud we shout on Twitter, Trump will not change his mind.

I recently did some research into a largely forgotten religious controversy from England in 1860. Some clergy dared to publish a series of essays (catchily titled ‘Essays and Reviews’) which called into question hitherto sacrosanct beliefs, e.g. that the world was 6,000 years old; that Moses really led the Israelites through the Red Sea etc.

Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ was also causing quite a stir that year: but whereas ‘Origin of Species’ sold 15,000 copies, ’Essays and Reviews’ was even more of a cause celebre: it sold 24,000 copies. People drank it up, and it resulted in a frenzy of pamphlets, indignantly attacking the heresies being propounded.

Bishops attempted to excommunicate the writers under heresy charges: the public debate was full of it. For pamphlet begot pamphlet, article begot article, book begot book until the literature surrounding ’Essays and Reviews’, punching and counterpunching, extended far beyond the content of the original book.

But in the end, the curious thing is that nothing happened. By which I mean, nobody changed their mind. The conservatives who believed in the literal truth of Genesis continued to believe in the literal truth of Genesis; the liberals who believed that the world was actually millions, if not billions of years old, continued to believe it. They just kept quiet and carried on with their day jobs. And nobody got excommunicated in the end.

In fact, one of the writers, Frederick Temple, kept his head down, and thirty years later had become Archbishop of Canterbury, by which time it was broadly accepted that Genesis was indeed a symbolic rather than literally true account.

Twitter frenzies are parallel to this. They may fulfil a psychological desire to fulminate in public, but that’s all they are: they purport to be more, to be making an argument or contributing to a debate, when they really aren't. Rather, they play into the hands of people who just thrive on argument and insult and consider their job done if they have got other people's attention. Real changes of heart happen elsewhere.



Duncan Ballard

Ashbourne Group of parishes

Area Dean of Carsington, Diocese of Derby

01335 343825  duncan.ballard@me.com



High Days and Holidays in May

Rogation Sunday

The so-called major ‘rogation’ is held on 25 April, the minor rogations are held on Monday to Wednesday preceding Ascension Thursday – in 2018 May 7-9.


Rogation means an asking of God - for blessing on the seed and land for the year ahead. It is appropriate in any emergency, war, plague, drought or foul weather. The practice began with the Romans, who invoked the help of the gods Terminus and Ambarvalia. In those days a crowd moved in procession around the cornfields, singing and dancing, sacrificing animals, and driving away Winter with sticks. The people wanted to rid the cornfields of evil.

In about 465 Europe was suffering from earthquake, storm and epidemic. So Mamertius, Bishop of Vienne, aware of the popular pagan custom, ordered that prayers should be said in the ruined or neglected fields on the days leading up to Ascension. With his decision, ‘beating the bounds’ began to become a Christian ceremonial.


Rogation-tide arrived in England early in the eighth century and became a fixed and perennial asking for help of the Christian God. On Rogation-tide, a little party would set out to trace the boundaries of the parish. At the head marched the bishop or the priest, with a minor official bearing a Cross, and after them the people of the parish, with schoolboys and their master trailing along. Most of them held slender wands of willow. At certain points along the route - at well-known landmarks like a bridge or stile or ancient tree, the Cross halted, the party gathered about the priest, and a litany or rogation was said, imploring God to send seasonable wealth, keep the corn and roots and boughs in good health, and bring them to an ample harvest. At one point, beer and cheese would be waiting for the walkers. In the days when maps were neither common nor accurate, there was much to be said for ‘beating the bounds’ - still very common as late as the reign of Queen Victoria. Certainly, parish boundaries rarely came into dispute, for everyone knew them. (Do you know St. Oswald’s boundaries today?)

Ascension Day

May continues the season of Eastertide, and 40 days after Easter comes Ascension Day. Ascension Day is one of the earliest Christian festivals dating back to the year 68 CE. According to the New Testament in the Bible, Jesus Christ met several times with his disciples during the 40 days after his resurrection to instruct them on how to carry out his teachings. It is believed that on the 40th day he took them to the Mount of Olives, where they watched as he ascended to heaven.


Ascension Day marks the end of the Easter season and occurs ten days before Pentecost. Depending upon the phases of the Moon in a particular year, Ascension Day is usually celebrated on a Thursday. However, some churches may choose to celebrate it on the following Sunday.



The Christian holiday of Pentecost, which is celebrated on the seventh Sunday (49 days) after Easter, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1–31).



Church Events in the Benefice of Ashbourne


4 March 2018               St Oswald’s         Lacey Ginnis

4 March 2018               St Oswald’s         Kaylee Robinson

4 March 2018               St Oswald’s         Samantha Robinson

17 March 2018             St Oswald’s         Alfie Stone

25 March 2018             Holy Trinity         Albie Ellis



1 March 2018                 St Oswald’s          George Genders, 97 years

6 March 2018                 St Oswald’s          Eleanor Yates, 98 years

7 March 2018                 St Oswald’s          Malcolm Chell, 41 years

8 March 2018                 St Oswald’s          Richard Marsh (Dickie), 70 years

14 March 2018               St Oswald’s          Gillian Lee (Judy), 75 years

16 March 2018               St Oswald’s          Margaret Hensley, 86 years



31 March 2018               St Oswald’s          Amy Sellers & Paul Gartside





St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne

May Sanctuary Flowers in St Oswald’s

May 6th                 Mrs R Chipchase

May 13th               Mrs C Frost

May 20th              Mrs Eyre

May 27th               Mrs J Hudson


Anyone who would like to donate flowers in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion, please contact Margaret Dawson on 01335 342339 or dawsonm17@googlemail.com


The Ashbourne Branch will hold an afternoon meeting on Tuesday, 2 May 2018 at 2.30 pm in the St Oswald’s Church Centre when Sue Damesin will give a talk about her time spent in the Cook Islands.  More information to come from Nancy on the evening meeting on the 17th May.

Picture shows Easter flowers in the Lady Chapel.

The Ashbourne Branch of the Mothers’ Union meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month in St Oswald’s Church Centre at 2:30 pm and on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm at different venues.

Nancy Bell
Branch Leader


Bible Study Group at 1 Hambleton Close

We completed our study of the Passion and Resurrection in St Matthew's Gospel, and decided that we'd like to study the book of the Acts of the Apostles. Bearing in mind Deirdre's pertinent comment that the peace and unity St Luke describes lasted only for a short while, we think the study will fit with the Church's year as we now approach Ascensiontide and Pentecost. 

The dates we propose are not neatly every fortnight to begin with, but will run as follows:  June 26, May 3, May 17, June 7 and then fortnightly to July 19.

We may or may not have finished our study of Acts by then, but in any event, we hope to resume our group meetings on September 20th.

Edmund Urquhart



Free Community Bus

Free Community Bus collecting in Ashbourne town from 09:30 for the 10:30 Family Service at St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne.

Bus normally runs on the 3rd Sunday of the month, although this might vary due to availability of bus driver.

Planned dates


Sunday 15th April 2018
Sunday 20th May 2018
Sunday 17th June 2018
Sunday 15th July 2018

Sunday 19th August 2018

Sunday 16th September 2018

Sunday 21st October 2018

Sunday 19th November 2018

Sunday 16th December 2018

Sunday 20th January 2019

Sunday 17th February 2019

Sunday 17th March 2019



For more information contact Gill and Paul Elliott. 

Email: paulgillelliott@outlook.com                            Telephone 01335 343059




Saturday 9 June 2018 @ 6:30 pm
St Oswald’s Church Centre

Please come along and bring your friends.

Tickets: £8 adults & £6 under 12 years
Tea / Coffee / Juice included.  Bring your own Wine

Sign up at St Oswald’s Church or call Irene Wilson 01335 343676 or Sue Damesin 01335 346730

Julian Meeting in St Oswald’s Chapel Thursday 3rd May 7pm - 7.30pm

A Julian Meeting is re-starting on Thursday 3rd May 7 - 7.30pm in St Oswald’s Chapel, please come along and share in 15-20 minutes of being with God in silence.


This way of listening to God goes back to the Desert Mothers and Fathers of the third and fourth centuries, when we come to God in silence and stillness we are open and receptive to God and simply with God at that moment. We cannot make our minds blank or stop thoughts however hard we try so most of us need a visual, verbal or tactile focus to anchor us which we can very gently return to when we find ourselves distracted by thoughts or feelings. For some folk that focus will be a single word such as God, Jesus Love or Maranatha (Come Lord Jesus).  Other folk will find a visual focus easier, a cross, flowers, candle etc and some people will prefer to hold a cross, stone leaf etc.  Stay with the focus you find most helpful.

Each meeting will start with a prayer and short introduction followed by 15-20 minutes of silence.  We will come out of the silence gently saying a prayer together such as the Grace: ‘The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen’.

Or the Doxology: ‘Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and shall be forever.  Amen.’

Margaret Taylor


St Oswald’s is now a member of the Parish Giving Scheme.  This uses Direct Debit payments to replace giving by Standing Order or through weekly envelopes.  The Parish Giving Scheme has benefits for our Church, simplified financial administration, improved cash flow and months Gift Aid reclaims.

If you currently use offering envelopes and would like to consider moving to the Parish Giving Scheme, or you wish to commence regular giving to St Oswald’s, please contact the church treasurer, Mr Michael Hyde on 01335 342851 or michael90hyde@btinternet.com

For more information : www.parishgivingscheme.org.uk

St Mary’s Church, Mappleton


Flower Rota

May 6th and 13th - Mossie Jackson

Wedding May 6th

May 20th and 27th - Jenny Taylor


June 3rd Becky and 10th - Becky?

June 17th and 24th - Joan Duckmanton - (29th June Golden Wedding Anniversary)


Church Services for May

6th – Holy Communion; Duncan Ballard

13th – Holy Communion; Maggie Rode

20th – Morning Prayer; Mike Warner

27th – Holy Communion; Nigel Rode


APCM Meeting -

PCC members - 10

Electoral Roll members - 15


Mappleton Village Coffee Mornings - held in the Pavilion on the first Wednesday each month. 10.30 - 12 noon.  You are welcome to join us on Wednesday 2nd May.


Mappleton Village Social Club - Sunday 1st July 2018 - Family Fun/ Sports Day.  Details to follow.



Holy Trinity Church, Clifton


Our April meeting began with a warm welcome from the President.  The relevant group news was given out.

The speaker for the evening was Patsy Raynor and the subject was "Japan". Patsy's daughter lives in Japan and her son followed his sister out there, married a Japanese girl and now has three children.  We were given a very interesting insight into life in Japan and learnt that Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world and there are currently 55,000 centenarians. They all have a very low level of cholesterol, eat very little red meat, no dairy, and no refined sugar. More raw food is eaten than anywhere else in the world.  Vegetables are eaten raw or lightly steamed and there is very little fried food.


There are 126.7 million people in Japan.  All animals are always kept indoors and when Patsy's grandchildren came to Britain they had never seen a cow or sheep. We were shown very clear photographs of the way meals were prepared and presented to the table, with rice, tofu, mushrooms, seaweed and pickles and ginger together with soy sauce and vegetables including lots of salad.

Our evening concluded with tea and biscuits. The May meeting will be our AGM with games to fill the time if we finish early. The committee will provide refreshments. 


We meet every 2nd Wednesday in the month at 7.15 pm in Clifton-Smith Hall.  We always like to see visitors and new members and hope they enjoy their evening with us.


Flower Festival

Holy Trinity Church Clifton are holding a "flower festival" on 5th, 6th and 7th May.  There will be a "Songs of Praise" on Sunday 6th at 6.30 pm to celebrate all the hard work and effort put into making our festival a big success.


Monthly Lunch

The date for the May lunch is still to be arranged.  All those interested will be informed later.


Services in May
Sunday 6: 6.30 pm “Songs of Praise”, Sunday 13: 10.30 am Holy Communion,

Sunday 20: 10.30 am Morning Prayer, Sunday 27: 6.30 pm Patronal Service

St Mary and St Barlok, Norbury and Roston

Jubilee Group

Princes & Princesses Footy This will be held on Friday 18th May at 6.30pm. Please let Joy 01335 324288 know if you would like to play (it helps in making up the teams if we know who is coming) Let’s hope it is as much fun as last year.


June Walk & Barbeque All the walkers will be leaving the village hall at 5.45pm on Friday 8th June for their summer stroll. Everyone in the village is welcome to either walk or just sit and chat. The barbeque will start at 6.30pm, so with the weather hopefully as nice as usual we should have a good evening.

Norbury Church (St Mary & St Barlok) Church Services May 2018
Sunday 6 – 11 am Holy Communion.  Sunday 13 May – 11 am Holy Communion, Sunday 20 May – 11 am Holy Communion, Sunday 27 May – 11 am Morning Prayer

Norbury & Roston W.I – Tuesday 1st May
Mary Clowes (Norbury) Village Hall.  Speaker: Jenny West, cookery demonstration.  Competition – your most useful cooking item and why.

Mary Clowes (Norbury) Village Hall for Hire!
A reminder to local residents that we now offer a flat £6phr rate for all users of the Village Hall.  Got an upcoming family, club or school event? Birthday Parties, Christenings etc.   Planning on starting up a group in the local area? Would you like Alcohol at your event, we can arrange a licence or even a Mobile Bar. If you would like to book the Village Hall then contact Heather Jones on:  07866654689

Little Herons Toddler Group / Coffee Club –  Wednesdays (during Term time) 9:15 – 11:15am Mary Clowes (Norbury) Village Hall

Now with Forrest Schools sessions! (For 3years +)

Come and enjoy a cup of tea and chat in a warm and friendly environment.  Parents, Carers, Grandparents and Toddlers All Welcome £1 Adults, Children free.  Forrest School Sessions £2 per child

To keep up to date with regular Little Herons information please “like” our Facebook Group: “Little Herons Parent and Toddler Group/Coffee Club”.



Ashbourne Animal Welfare

“May Open Day and Fun Dog Show”

Sunday 13th May 2018 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Ark, Wyaston Rd, Ashbourne DE6 1NB

Dog Show starts at 12:30 – Classes include Waggiest Tail, Top Dog, Most Handsome Dog, Prettiest Bitch, Best Expression, Best Puppy, etc. Visit the cattery and kennels
Homemade lunches & teas - Gifts, Books, Bric a Brac - Free Admission
Tel 01335 300494 for more info www.ashbourneanimalwelfare.org


The Award Winning Male Voice Choir

The Daleian Singers in Concert
St Oswald’s Church at 7.30pm on 19 May 2018

Having previously sung with Male Voice Choirs in High Wycombe and Linlithgow I felt very honoured when, last year, The Daleains invited me to join them.  The Daleians currently boast a membership of around 65 and are especially proud to have 2 teenagers within their ranks, one of whom has a father in the choir. In 2015 and 2016 we won the annual North Wales Music Festivals and in 2014 won the male and overall competition at Biddulph. However, most of all, we enjoy entertaining, especially if we can raise money for charity and good causes.

The choir has a broad repertoire ranging from old English melodies, music from the shows such as ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Man of La Mancha’, songs like ‘Walk Away’ and ‘What a Wonderful World’ first made famous by Matt Monro and Louis Armstrong to ‘Let the River Run’ by Carly Simon, not to mention some rousing Welsh hymns. It is just possible that some of these might be included in the concert programme.

The proceeds of the evening will be shared between the ACE Youth Trust and the St Oswald’s Church Centre Restoration Fund.

I am delighted that The Daleians are coming to St Oswald’s and I hope that you will join us for a wonderful evening.  Nigel Rode


Our Beautiful Easter Floral Cross



Two members of St Oswald’s flower arrangers Judith Sadler and Irene Wilson putting the finishing touches to the floral cross. 




Bellringers left to right Debbie Rogers, Celia Dickinson, Peter Dickinson, Kath Brown, Ian Brown, Reina Hammond and Jackie Burns

Easter Flowers & Bellringers






at St Oswald’s Church
May 2018

Edward Bear continues to thrive as we welcome families to share our Praise and Play mornings every Thursday in St Oswald’s Church Centre 9.30 am – 11.30 am.

Bacon rolls and toast are always welcome as families come through the door, parents settling down for a chat whilst their children can play in a safe environment. Edward Bear has continued to meet throughout the Easter holidays giving us a chance to catch up with older siblings on holiday from school and visiting grandparents and friends. We have been exploring new ways of storytelling, encouraging interaction from the children.

The Thursday before Palm Sunday we brought palm leaves into church and the children and parents processed up into the chancel singing ‘We know a King who rides a donkey, and his name is Jesus’. We actually had three toy donkeys as well as scooters but this added to the fun and excitement that must have been witnessed as Jesus entered Jerusalem. We laid the palm leaves on the floor for the children to walk across.

On Maundy Thursday we demonstrated ‘the washing of feet’. Families sat round on the Edward Bear carpet as Peter washed Luke’s feet in church [lots of squeals]; all as part of the story of Jesus and the disciples at The Last Supper.

We are also encouraging children to bring a special toy/book to Edward Bear and to come forward during our story time and ‘tell us’ about it.

The Edward Bear Team met over a working lunch in the church centre on Thursday 12th April to discuss the next programme. We are always looking at fresh and innovative ways to bring the love of God into the lives of the families that come to Edward Bear on a Thursday... with the hope they might come to our Sunday services as well. We already have some dates in the diary for future events:

Thursday 24th May – Toddle through the tunnel – Edward Bear @ 10.00ish takes a stroll from the church centre through the Leisure Centre carpark, through the tunnel to the bridge to play ‘Pooh Sticks’ and then back to the Cycle Centre at the beginning of the Tissington Trail for a cup of tea and an ice cream.

Saturday 23rd June – Teddy Parachuting 10.00am – 12.00 midday. NOW PART OF THE ASHBOURNE ARTS STREET FEST. Bring your favourite teddy/soft toy/or buy an Ozzy Bear from Edward Bear to have parachuted off from the church roof.  Stretcher bearers/Bearamedic/Bacon rolls/coffee and refreshments/treasure hunt etc.

Thursday 12th July Edward Bear goes to The National Forest Adventure Farm @ Burton. (Date to be finalised) Coach leaves lorry park (near church centre car park) at approx. 9.15am and then back into the carpark for 3.00pm. Edward Bear to fund cost of coach, you just have to provide lunch. Sheep racing/tractor and trailer rides/sand pits/a chance to ‘pet young’ animals in the barn/restaurant. Signing up sheet at EB nearer the time.

If you know of a family that might like to come along to Edward Bear or if you have some time and would like to come along and be part of the Edward Bear Team please call Chris Haycock 01335 247771/haycock378@btinternet.com

From all at the Edward Bear team




Saturday March 24th 2018

For a variety of reasons numbers were low for this month’s walk – just 6 of us and no canine friends! It was a fine day and we set off at a good pace from the Stone Centre on the High Peak Trail towards Black Rocks. Here we climbed up to the trig. point (322 metres high) and were rewarded by views over Wirksworth and the distant Carsington Water. We descended across Cromford Moor to High Peak Junction on the Cromford Canal, just the spot for a leisurely coffee break. On next along the canal past Lea Pump House and across the River Derwent and the railway line to Lea Bridge. There then followed a long gradual ascent through Bow Wood, past Castletop Farm, once the home of children’s author Alison Uttley, and along Hearthstone Lane to Riber. There was no shortage of mud round here, and it was to get much worse on our descent!

We found a splendid spot in warm sunshine for lunch, overlooking Matlock Bath and the Heights of Abraham. Going downhill to Cromford was very slow, with extra care taken not to come to grief in the mud, but we made it without mishap. After taking a look at the delightfully old fashioned Cromford Railway Station we made our way over and along the Derwent, passing a number of places of historical interest:

  • The 15th Century Cromford Bridge Chapel, one of very few such examples remaining in England. By coincidence, photographs of this are included in the “Canon Derek Buckley Collection”. (Many readers will remember the late Canon Buckley).
  • Willersley Castle, built for Richard Arkwright, and now a Christian Guild Hotel.
  • St. Mary’s Church, originally built as a chapel for the Arkwright family.
  • Arkwright’s Mill, part of the UNESCO Derwent Valley World Heritage Site, and terraces of former millworkers’ cottages.

All that was left for us to do was wind our way up through the village, up to the High Peak Trail near the Engine house and walk a final level half a mile back to the cars.

Total distance: 10 miles; total ascent: 1570 feet.

Jackie Burns


The General Synod of the Church of England welcomes move towards communion with The Methodist Church


At their February meeting, Members backed a motion welcoming a joint report published last year, which sets out proposals on how clergy from each church could become eligible to serve in the other.  The report, 'Mission and Ministry in Covenant', which was co-written by the two churches' faith and order bodies, also sets out how the Methodist Church could come to have bishops in the historic episcopate.


The motion acknowledges that there is further work to do to clarify a number of areas, including how the proposals would be worked out in practice. It also calls on the Church of England's Faith and Order Commission to update Synod at its next group of sessions in July of this year on this work.


Speakers in the debate included the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and by invitation, the General Secretary of the Methodist Conference Rev Gareth Powell and a former President of the Methodist Conference, Ruth Gee.


Locally the Rev Duncan Ballard, Vicar of Ashbourne and Rev Tim Morris, Superintendent Minister of Ashbourne Methodist Circuit give their reactions -

Rev Duncan Ballard - “You probably saw in February that the Church of England’s General Synod voted in favour of the next step in the Anglican-Methodist Covenant, specifically the interchange ability of ministries between our two churches (that is, Tim being able to function fully as a minister in St Oswald’s, for example, and I in Ashbourne Methodist Church).


Other wings of the church may argue the terms of the agreement and the theology of the covenant (focused upon, in my view, an unhelpfully literal understanding of theology based upon an inaccurate reading of history) but there is no doubt in my mind that full communion is now on the horizon. What does this mean for us in Ashbourne?

Well, for me it comes not a moment too soon. Already our churches work closely together in various projects, and we will need to work even closer in the future if we are to keep the flame of the Gospel alive in our generation. The challenge is simply too great for us to waste our resources on stubbornly remaining separate. Yes, there will be issues we need to face as we work together – the greatest being, I believe, lethargy – but future generations will not forgive our failure to find a greater vision than two churches, a bare fifty yards from each other, minding their own business!  I am not calling for everyone to become Anglican, or everyone becoming Methodist – I believe God loves diversity (that’s why we are all created weirdly and wonderfully different) – but we must urgently find ways to grow together in Christ, respecting our differences but celebrating our family likeness. St Oswald’s has so much to learn from the Methodist church – the Methodist theology of class meetings, the experience of liberating lay folk to play their full part in church – and the time to learn from each other is now.


This desire for our two churches moving closer together needs to be seen as more than just words. How we do this – fully and visibly – I’m not entirely sure. But I do know we need to start praying and talking now: for our part, St Oswald’s is ready.”


Rev Tim Morris - “Starting out on a journey, the end of which is unsure, is a risk-taking thing to do. But there’s good Biblical precedent. The report co-written by both churches faith and order bodies, which has been received and agreed by the Church of England’s General Synod will come before the Methodist Conference this coming July. Being “methodical” it will get sent to Districts and Circuits to discuss, debate, pray over and decide, before coming back to the Conference of 2019. We look forward to being a part of that conversation.


But for me, it’s grass roots stuff that make our working together, our unity, happen. And I have been privileged to serve in a number of churches where good local ecumenical relations over many years have led to a healthy united Christian community, where people outside the church are more surprised that we know how to work together!


We’re pretty good at that here in Ashbourne, though there is always room for more collaborative ministry. Around the Carsington Deanery and Ashbourne Circuit we are facing very big challenges about buildings, staffing and ministry. “Better together” is a term we could probably use, as going it alone will be harder work. I certainly look forward to encouraging the two denominations to work closer together nationally, but at the same time doing all we can locally to show a united witness and ministry to the people we serve, which is where people will really see if we mean what we say.”

Choral Music at St Oswald’s


Sunday 6th May                       The Fifth Sunday of Easter    

10.30   Parish Communion       I will sing with the Spirit/Rutter

6.30     Evening Prayer             Jubilate Deo/Taize

                                                View me Lord a work of thine/Lloyd


Thursday 10th May                 Ascension Day

7.00     Holy Communion        


Sunday 13th May                     The Sunday after Ascension   

10.30   Parish Communion       Rejoice in the Lord always/Purcell

6.30     Choral Evensong          Noble in B min Sanders responses

From the rising of the sun/Ouseley

Rejoice the Lord is King/Archer


Sunday 20th May                     Whitsun/Pentecost     

10.30   Parish Communion       Come down O Love Divine/Harris

6.30     Choral Evensong          Brewer in D                  Sanders responses                                             Litany to the Holy Spirit/Hurford

                                                Come Holy Ghost /Attwood


Sunday 27th May                     Trinity

10.30   Parish Communion       Sanctus/Schubert

6.30     Evensong                     Sanctus/Schubert

Hymn to the Trinity/Tchaikovsky

Thank you.


Michael Halls
Director of Music

Bell Ringers’ Day Out


After a week or so of near arctic weather we were blessed with a warm dry sunny spring day. Peter our tower captain had chosen five towers all with lighter pulls than ours in St. Oswald’s.


The first was St. John’s in Mayfield, these were the heaviest bells of the day, the tenor weighing in at 11 1/2 cwt. Twelve of us climbed the very narrow spiral stone steps of uneven height to the small ringing chamber. I was gasping for breath when I reached the top and was very disappointed not to find a squad of St. John’s ambulance personnel on hand to administer gas and air, or at least offer a cup of sweet tea and a chocolate digestive! Enough frivolity back to business, the bells although very loud rang easily and didn’t prove too big a challenge even to our newest member Reina this being her first foreign tower. We crossed into Staffordshire for our second ring at St. Leonard’s in Ipstones, these were the lightest of the day with the tenor only 5 cwt. The bells have recently been refurbished and rang well although not very loud and a little tinny. In the church a stall selling second-hand books and marmalade did a brisk trade!  Back to Derbyshire and a visit to St. Giles in Hartington for tower number three. This was the only eight bell ring of the day, again not proving too difficult. Hartington was awash as usual with visitors. Hopefully our dinging and donging-although not always in the correct order (much to Peter’s dismay) didn’t spoil their day.


Lunch was the next priority we were booked in at the Devonshire Arms, only a short walk from the church. I can thoroughly recommend the food here. Fully recharged we headed a few miles north to St. Luke’s in Sheen. The ringing chamber is accessed by an outside set of stone steps which I haven’t encountered before, the six bells were easy going and sounded well- not much elbow room with twelve of us shoehorned into a small room. It was over to Elton All Saints for the last ring of the day, a straight staircase with a low beam near the top led to a nice ringing area, I think these bells handled and sounded possibly the best of the day.


The day had flown by and it was almost 4.30 pm when we emerged into the welcome sunshine as all the towers had felt very chilly. We thanked Peter for his organisation and wended our way home, all a little weary but all a lot wiser.


Andrew Collier



Tissington Well Dressings
10 - 13 May 2018



Each year the ACT One World Group organises a stall at the Tissington Well Dressings. We sell slices of cake to the visitors and some Traidcraft goods. The proceeds go to Christian Aid.

This year we are there from Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 May. We hope you will help again and we would also welcome new people. We need at least 2 people at a time in 2-hour stints from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. That makes 6 or more people per day and so a minimum of 24 people over the 4 days!

PLEASE CAN YOU HELP? No previous experience necessary.

Please consider carefully and prayerfully whether you could spare a couple of hours (or more!!) to help. It is not onerous work and it is a good opportunity to meet both visitors to the Well Dressings and your fellow helpers from other churches or none.

We also need people to bake tray bakes and cakes for the stall that we can sell by the slice, not as whole cakes.  We sell between 200 and 300 slices per day!  It would be helpful if cakes and tray bakes were not cut up in advance, then we can ensure consistency in size of portions. Cakes can be left in our garage at 81 Derby Road from Wednesday 6 May

Lists are up in the various churches for staffing the stall and for providing cakes. Please try and help this very worthwhile event.

John Hurfurt  tel 01335 342859  email jandehurfurt@supanet.com