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Group magazine November 2018

From Duncan

Dear Friends,

One day, last month, I arrived at church on my day off to find a man just getting out of his car. He was dressed in running gear and was obviously using the church car park just to visit the gym. I pointed this out to him, and his not-unexpected response was “and who the hell are you?” My profoundly inaccurate and unChristian reply? “Listen, mate. I’m the Vicar here. I own this church.” Fortunately, I didn’t say it … but I thought it! 

“I own this church”? Oh. My. Goodness. 

The exclusive attitude of Christian people towards the gifts that God has given us, including his church, is off-putting, to say the least. Grumpy vicars in car parks are joined by regiments of Christians, ordained and lay, who erect barriers and walls and fences around God’s extraordinary gifts of grace. We presume then to test and examine people who seek to enter, and indeed to examine those already there, to establish whether they are “worthy” to remain. Oh. My. Goodness. 

Well, the penalty fits the crime. If we want a small, pure church badly enough, we will certainly get what we want! But we should be careful what we ask for. It can be lonely, being right about everything. You’ll remember the Yorkshire story of the man who said to his friend, “The whole world’s crooked except for me and thee. And I’m none too sure about thee”. 

By contrast Jesus seems to have welcomed and sat beside, just about anyone. It’s true that he had a problem with hypocrites and professionally pious writers and legalistic types. But he went to eat, even with them, which is very reassuring for those of us who are ordained.  

This year we have seen a massive increase in the number of people coming to our church – for Christenings, for weddings, sometimes just to enjoy the architecture and atmosphere. But that does bring some tensions – sometimes we might be tempted to resent all these people using ‘our’ church. 

The late Bishop John V Taylor of Winchester used to speak of christening services in this way: “The family invites us, the Church, to its baptism service. They are the hosts and we attend as guests with our gifts. We are welcome there, and the family are glad when we unwrap our gifts – the gift of the promise of life eternal, the gift of inclusion in the church family, the gift of sharing in God’s word and God’s life. But we do not welcome them. They welcome us. Approach things in this way, and you will be welcome.” 

So, I try to approach things in this way. I try to share what I have been given. 

Isn’t that what mission, and ministry, is all about?





Duncan Ballard

Ashbourne Group of Parishes

Area Dean of Carsington, Diocese of Derby

01335 343825  duncan.ballard@me.com


And a note from Edward Bear for Duncan & Ellie

Edward Bear is very pleased to tell everyone that the ‘little knitted bears’ that came to St Oswald’s with Duncan and Ellie have now been sent on another long journey. They have gone to the Matlock charity ‘Aquabox’ and will be sent out together with other essential items in containers all over the world where there is a need. We hope that little children will gain much pleasure from these delightful teddy bears. Thank you Duncan and Ellie.





Thursday, November 1st

All Saints Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day, Hallowmas, Feast of All Saints or Solemnity of All Saints is a Christian festival celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown.  In Western Christianity, it is celebrated on 1st November by the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, the Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church, and other Protestant Churches.  The Eastern Orthodox Church and associate Eastern Catholic churches celebrate it on the first Sunday after Pentecost.





Friday, November 2nd

For Christians there have always been days to remember all the saints, both known and unknown: on All Saints Day, 1st November, and then on All Souls, 2nd November, we remember all those whom we love but see no longer.


In a simple but moving service, in a church lit by candles, we recall aloud the name of every person in the parish who has died in the past twelve months or so (together with the names of any others who you would like to be remembered). After the names are called, a member of the family or friends move up to the high altar with two candles: one is placed on the altar as a reminder of Christ’s love burning bright in this world and the next, and the second is taken home as a reminder and a comfort.


This year, the All Souls service is held at the Parish Church at 6.30pm on the evening of November 4rd.


The shielding of God be with us;

The love of God to enfold us;

The peace of God to still us;

The Spirit of God to fill us;

The saints of God to inspire us;

This hour, this night, forever.



Remembrance Sunday: November 11th

Remembrance Sunday is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. On this day people across the nation pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave Service men and women. As you might expect, all our Churches will be marking the Remembrance, St Oswald’s at a service beginning at 10.45am, followed by the two-minute silence at 11am and then the grand parade to the war memorial gates.

Everyone is warmly invited to the Remembrance service, particularly those who have served in the Armed Forces, families and friends who have lost loved ones through conflict, and all those who work for peace. Space will be tight, so you may want to turn up a little earlier than usual.

The First Two Minute Silence in London (11th November 1919) as reported in the Manchester Guardian, 12th November 1919.

‘The first stroke of eleven produced a magical effect.

The tram cars glided into stillness, motors ceased to cough and fume, and stopped dead, and the mighty-limbed dray horses hunched back upon their loads and stopped also, seeming to do it of their own volition.

Someone took off his hat, and with a nervous hesitancy the rest of the men bowed their heads also. Here and there an old soldier could be detected slipping unconsciously into the posture of 'attention'. An elderly woman, not far away, wiped her eyes, and the man beside her looked white and stern. Everyone stood very still ... The hush deepened. It had spread over the whole city and become so pronounced as to impress one with a sense of audibility. It was a silence which was almost pain ... And the spirit of memory brooded over it all.’



Church Events in the Benefice of Ashbourne


2nd September         St Oswald’s                      Sophia Torr

2nd September         St Oswald’s                      Freddie Waring

9th September          St Oswald’s                      Harlie Upton

9th September          Holy Trinity                     Elsie Lowe

9th September          St Oswald’s                      Zara Jones

23rd September        St Mary’s                         Harrison & Anthony Wadley

29th September        St Oswald’s                      Noah Wood

30th September        St Oswald’s                      Hattie Minor



1st September        St Oswald’s                 Lisa Corney & Kevin Gee
1st September        St Oswald’s                 Claire Purcell & Mark Dexter
22nd September     St Mary & St Barlok     Ellen Hamblin & Ben Stinson
29th September      St Oswald’s                 Kayleigh Stubbings & David Guy


14th September          St Oswald’s         Tony Millward, 73 years
21st September           St Oswald’s         Joan Tomlinson, 80 years
24th September          St Oswald’s         Patricia Fisher

For Christenings, Weddings or Funerals please contact the Parish Office
Tel. 01335 343052 ashbournechurch@gmail.com


Please check the inside cover of your magazine for amended times for the services of the churches in the Benefice of Ashbourne for the month of November.



St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne


Sanctuary Flowers in November at St Oswald’s

November 4th           Mrs M Pittman

November 11th          Mrs S Young

November 18th          Mr B Bates

November 25th          Mrs L Barbour


The St Oswald’s Flower Arrangers would like to thank the members of the congregations of all the churches in our Benefice who have contributed to the Poppy Cascade.  It has been a mammoth effort and nearly 1,500 poppies have been knitted and attached!  See the centre pages for pictures of the Harvest Flowers and the amazing Poppy Collection ready for Remembrance Day.


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





10 November 2018           Remembrance Concert in St Oswald’s Church

7.30 pm

11 November 2018           Remembrance Parade at the Market Place

10.00 am

24 November 2018           Christmas Lights switch on in Market Place

4.00 pm




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.

In November there will be an afternoon meeting on the 6th November and the annual Planning Meeting on 15th November at the home of Janet Hall, 10 North Avenue, Ashbourne.

Nancy Bell
Branch Leader

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 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


Don’t forget breakfast church at St Oswald’s:  November date for Breakfast Church is Sunday, 25th November!  God, a bacon butty and a fresh mug of coffee – all welcome!   From 9:00 to 9:40 in Church Centre.



We, at St Oswald’s have many things to be thankful for but this month I wanted to say thank you for the kindness and willingness of people who contribute to our activities and to share the results:

The Harvest Festival Lunch was shared by 75 of us and proved to be a happy and successful occasion. To those who helped in the preparation, the serving on the day, to those who contributed to the raffle and the entertainment our grateful thanks.  The sum of £260 was raised which will be sent to the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal supporting Sarenga, a hospital and community health project in Durgapur, West Bengal.

A thank you to the St Oswald’s Flower Arrangers for the beautiful display for Harvest Festival and to all the people from all the churches in our Benefice who contributed the knitted poppies for Remembrance Day.

Thanks to Michael Halls, Director of Music, for arranging the Lunchtime Recitals in St Oswald’s Church.  The first one on 11 October when music was performed by Roger Harrison, Judy Harrison and Sheralyn Rennert was a great success and very well attended.  A second concert was held on 25 October.  The Recital in November will be held on Thursday 15 November.  Piano duets and more….The event is free and lasts around 40 minutes.  Any donations will be for St Oswald’s Church funds.

A thank you to the ladies of the local branch of the Mothers’ Union who assist at the baptisms which take place in St Oswald’s, the number of which has increased greatly over the past months.

And finally, a special thanks to a visitor to our church.  Mrs Tessa Fineman visited us on 16 October with a group of school friends from Kent.  This group have been friends since their school days – a good few years ago!  It was the morning when the knitted poppies were being sorted and attached for Remembrance Day service, so the church was a hive of activity.  To our delight, Tessa, who was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the arts in Ashford, Kent, sat down at our newly acquired grand piano and played a selection of hymns and wartime music.  What an incredible gift to those present, the atmosphere was wonderful as the Flower Arrangers busied themselves with the work of putting together the poppy cascade. 

Choral Music at St Oswald’s


Michael Halls
Director of Music


Sunday 4th November              All Saints and All Souls

10.30   Parish Communion       Hymn to the Cherubim/Lvovsky

6.30     All Souls                      Comfort O Lord/Crotch


Sunday 11th November            Remembrance Day

10.45   Remembrance Service  Lord give me faith/Robson

6.30     Choral Evensong          Sumsion in G   Rose responses

                                                Lead me Lord/Wesley

                                                Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace/Wesley


Sunday 18th November            2nd Sunday before Advent

  1. Parish Communion       As water to the thirsty/Coleman arr Barnard

6.30     Evensong                     Jubilate Deo/Taize

                                                If ye love me/Monk


Sunday 25th November           Christ the King          

10.30   Parish Communion       Glorious is thy name/Mozart

6.30     Choral Evensong          Stanford in G                Rose responses

King of glory King of peace/Bach

Lift up your heads/Mathias


Sunday 2nd December              Advent Sunday

10.30   Parish Communion       People look east/Stainer

6.30     From Darkness           THE ADVENT CAROL SERVICE

into Light                    A tender shoot/Goldschmidt 

In Darkness held/Shepherd

O Thou the central orb/Wood

Matin Responsory/Palestrina    

Sleepers wake/Mendelssohn

How lovely are the messengers/Mendelssohn


Thursday 15th November        

1.30  LUNCHTIME RECITAL in church

            Piano duets and more…..30 minutes of music for you.

                                                Retiring collection for church funds.

St Mary’s Church, Mappleton

Flower rota

November 4th and 11th and 18th - Betty Sherratt. Sue Ratcliffe

November 11th Remembrance Sunday

November 25th – Mossie Jackson


The harvest Festival took place on Sunday 30th September.

The funds raised at the festival were divided between the church collection and donation to Elim Food Bank together with the clothes.   St Oswald’s Choir was present and gave a lovely performance and we all enjoyed the refreshments served afterwards.


Christmas parties for children on - date to be confirmed

A pantomime (Dick Whittington) is planned for 16th December at Buxton Opera House.

15th December Carol or Crib Service – TBA



St Mary and St Barlok, Norbury and Roston

Norbury & Roston W.I
Tuesday 4 November Mary Clowes (Norbury) Village Hall
Rainbow Children’s Hospice
Competition Decorated Vegetable – Trading Stall Books.

Autumn Fayre
Norbury Village Hall
Saturday November 3rd @ 2pm
Grand draw; side stalls; afternoon teas;

Norbury Church
Special Remembrance Sunday November 11th at 10.50pm
To commemorate the end of First World War
*Handmade Poppies By Gladys Lear can be bought £1.50 each in aid of the Poppy Appeal

Holy Trinity Church, Clifton


Date of next meeting - 14th November 2018

Subject - The Eve Appeal - "ovacome cancer charity"

Venue- Clifton-Smith Hall

Time - 7.15 pm

Visitors and new members always very welcome



There is to be a parish LUNCH for the village to be held on Sunday 4th November 2018 at 1.00 pm


There is to be a service of thanksgiving at 12.00 noon before the meal.



There will be a monthly Lunch at the beginning of December, but the date is still to be confirmed



4th Nov    6.30 pm. Evening Prayer

11th Nov.  10.55. Remembrance Sunday

18th Nov.  10.30 am Morning Prayer

25th Nov.  10.30 am. Holy Communion






Making Connections St John’s Church, Ashbourne

Four of my favourite people: Monica and Gordon from St John’s and Abdallah and Amru from Syria.  They’ve not yet met, so what connects them?  Lego!


The boys love Lego (particularly Abdallah who is on the left of the picture) and in September Sainsbury’s ran a promotion giving out free packs of Lego stickers for every £10 of shopping.  I asked people at St John’s to pass any packs on to me and Monica came up with a bumper load!  The picture shows them all laid out on the table. We showed the picture of Monica and Gordon to the boys, so they would see that the cards weren’t from us.  Iman (the boys’ Mum) sent me this picture to say thanks.  And so, a connection is made, and the family feels welcome and cared for by people they don’t even know.


We have two Syrian families in Ashbourne and they are slowly making connections with the wider community.  They are very friendly and keen to make friends with English people and practice their swiftly developing language skills.  If you’d like to make some connections of your own, let me know - or just say hi to the families in the street if you see them.


Salam!  Sarah Denny


at St Oswald’s Church

Edward Bear Praise and Play for under 5’s and their parents/carers meets in term time on a Thursday morning in the Church Centre 9.30am – 11.30am. After saying goodbye in July to 10 of our children who have started school we are pleased to welcome 5 new families to join us.

Edward Bear’s team of volunteers continues to deliver a programme of ‘praise and play’ which is made up of storytelling, prayer, craft, singing and instruments. Over the last few weeks we have explored stories and themes from ‘Diddy Disciples’ our worship and storytelling resource about The Good Samaritan, The Lost Coin, The Lost Sheep and The Prodigal Son.  We have just celebrated Harvest Festival by singing songs about planting and the harvesting of wheat; celebrating and saying ‘thank you’ to ‘God the Maker’ for all the wonderful food that he supplies to us. We shared bread together and sang the ‘Harvest Samba’! (words for this are in the Edward Bear area and are great fun to sing).

We are very fortunate to have had two mothers come forward to become more active members of the Edward Bear Team, Anna (with baby Charlotte) are leading ‘Tommy Thumb’ prayers and Reina (with Luke) takes more of a lead with our singing and instruments. How wonderful this is!

Edward Bear continues to support the Moses Charity. Week by week families are bringing and filling Moses Baskets with essential items to be sent to expectant and nursing mothers and their new born babies in war torn areas of Syria and in the ‘holding camps’ in France.



The High Altar at Harvest Festival showing the gifts given by the children of St Oswald's Primary School at their Harvest Service.


St Oswald’s Gifts & Flowers for Harvest Festival








The St Oswald’s Flower Arrangers would like to thank the members of the congregations of all the churches in the Benefice of Ashbourne who contributed to the Poppy Cascade appeal.  We have had an astonishing response and the poppy cascade will be made up of nearly 1,500 hand-knitted poppies.  They have now been attached and will be on display in St Oswald’s on Remembrance Day.

As you will see from the photos it was ‘all hands on deck’ – including Duncan – for the poppy working bee!




Wine & Cheese

SATURDay 17th
November 2018 at 7:30 pm

St Oswald’s Church Centre

During the evening we will be showing videos of Old Ashbourne

A fundraising event in aid of St Oswald’s Church Centre

A fundraising event in aid of St Oswald’s Church Centre.






St Oswald’s church social gathering



We hope you will join us for the evening



£8.00 per person



Come along and see the videos and meet your fellow parishioners



Raffle prizes


Sign-up sheets available in South Transept or

Book Tickets at the Parish Office

Claire Critchlow
01335 343052




Saturday September 29th, 2018

Audrey and Mike were in charge of this month’s walk, which was a repeat of part of the May 2015 route, and part of the Brailsford Group of Parishes boundary walk. Starting from Brailsford Church and ending at Youlgreave, a rather depleted number of walkers followed attractive field paths and quiet lanes to Shirley (church number one). From there it was through Osmaston Park to Osmaston (church number two), and more fields to Edlaston (church number three). The last church of the day was Youlgreave. The total distance of 8.5 miles was completed in record time.

The Walking Group has occasionally in the past used the idea of plotting a route which visits a few churches on the way – seems a fitting thing for a “church” group to undertake! The St. Oswald’s group of parishes has been linked on two occasions as a “Rogation Walk”. We have also linked together Tissington, Bradbourne, Ballidon and Parwich. And of course, we completed the 39-mile Peak Pilgrimage Walk from Ilam to Eyam in 2017, visiting 13 churches altogether.

Our next walks will be on Saturday November 24th. Details are usually available nearer the time, and anyone interested in joining us should contact Jackie
(01335 370782) or Gill (01335 343059).

Jackie Burns.




Ashbourne Animal Welfare

Christmas Shopping Open Day - Free Admission

Sunday, 4th November 2018, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Ark, Wyaston Rd, Ashbourne DE6 1NB




Do your Christmas Shopping at The Ark and help the cats and dogs in care.  Lots of lovely things to buy as presents. Visit the cattery and the kennels.

Homemade lunches & teas - Gifts, Books, Bric a Brac
Tel 01335 300494 for more information.  Ashbourne Animal Welfare Christmas cards and The Ark 2019 Calendar on sale.


Christmas at The Ark Open Weekend

Saturday 24th & Sunday, 25th November 2018, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.



Collection for cats & dogs Christmas Dinner.  Visit the cattery & the kennels all decorated for Christmas.

Festive Food, Gifts, Christmas Cards and Calendars – Telephone 01335 300494 for more information.

www. ashbourneanimalwelfare.org

The Parish Magazine


STILL Looking For Someone To Take Over The Editing Of The Parish Magazine

Magazine Editor

The magazine editor is responsible for producing a print ready file to be printed.  It is currently a Microsoft Word document, but this is not a requirement as any package which can produce a pdf file will be fine.  We produce 10 copies a year, combining July/August and December/January.  The deadline for items for inclusion in each edition is the nineteenth of the preceding month and the printers require five clear days to produce the magazine which should be available in the church for the last Friday of each month.  The Editor also uses various national Church resources for other copy. The magazine is very popular – we distribute nearly 300 copies and it helps bring in money for the church.


Full training will be given, but there will also be the opportunity to shape the work to suit your skills and time.


If you know of someone who might be interested, please get in touch.

Please contact Susan Damesin if you are interested or e-mail susan.damesin@gmail.com


Fairtrade Quiz with Cheese & Wine and Chocolate Tasting

Join us for a fun evening, featuring a Fairtrade Quiz, Cheese & Wine and a Chocolate Tasting on Wednesday 14th November.

The event is being organised by Ashbourne Fairtrade Town with support from Central England Co-op, to celebrate the opening of the new Co-op Store on Blenheim Road which will sell a range of Fairtrade products.

During the evening, we will enjoy a fun quiz with prizes provided by the Co-op, cheese & wine and also a tasting of Fairtrade chocolate. There’ll also be a raffle with the chance to win a hamper of products from the Co-op.

Tickets cost just £2 per person, and all proceeds will go to Dementia UK, Central England Co-op’s charity partner. Tickets are available at both of Ashbourne’s Co-op stores, Natural Choice Health Foods on St John Street or by calling Stuart Green on 01335 300338. Bring a team of 4 people or come on your own and make a team with other people on the night.

The event will be held from 7pm to 9pm in the function room at Ashbourne Lodge Care Home on Derby Road, just across the road from the new Co-op store on Blenheim Road.

All food & drink is being provided by the Co-op, so all proceeds from ticket sales will go to Dementia UK. Dementia UK is Central England Co-op’s charity partner, and the partnership raised £780,000 in its first year. Over £280,000 was handed over in the form of donations, with a further £500,000 from money raised by Central England Co-op via the 5p carrier bag levy. The money has been used to help pay for the creation of nine specialist Admiral Nurses, additional vital training and the ongoing staffing of the free Dementia Helpline. Following the success of the past year, the Society has recently announced that it has agreed to continue its fundraising partnership with Dementia UK for another 12 months.






Back in 1979, six Durham University graduates who wanted to do something practical to address poverty, famine and injustice launched a new venture to work in a fair way with overseas producers. Theirs was a revolutionary response to a need, not working merely as importers but guaranteeing a fair price for crops grown and goods produced, and good working conditions for farmers and workers. Thus, Traidcraft was born, as a Christian response to poverty.

In 1992, Traidcraft co-founded the Fairtrade Foundation and helped to establish the recognisable Fairtrade logo which we see on goods in shops and supermarkets today. Sales of products carrying the Fairtrade logo are booming. However, the Fairtrade story does not have a happy ending for Traidcraft.  Recently Traidcraft plc announced that (dependent on the results of a consultation with staff ending in October), they will cease trading at the end of 2018, leading to redundancy for their 68 employees. Difficult trading conditions meant that Traidcraft made a loss of £500,000 in 2017. The final nail in the coffin was Brexit: the day after the UK voted to leave the EU was a transformational moment for the company. The value of sterling fell 17% against the dollar on that day. Traidcraft buys everything in dollars and to honour the agreements it has with its producers the company lost a third of a million pounds in one go.  Ashbourne has been part of the Traidcraft story since 1985 when Jean and Gerald Humphries retired to the town and became involved in running Traidcraft stalls at events throughout the town.

Alongside a sadness that particular Traidcraft favourites will no longer be available, there is a real concern for producers who have only got access to markets through Traidcraft. Some 700 women in India, for example, are employed making hand-stitched cards for Traidcraft. This means the loss of livelihoods for 700 women (and by implication their families) which will have a huge impact on them and their communities. Theirs is only one of many such stories.

What can we do? Please continue to buy food and other products with the Fairtrade mark, your purchases really do make a difference to people’s lives.

Please support Traidcraft by buying from them, either from their final catalogue or from our Traidcraft stalls in the next few months. Christmas cards are available as usual in St Oswald’s Church. There will be a special Traidcraft Stall after the 10.30am service on Sunday 18th November. There will be a big Christmas stall in The Cornerstone on Thursday 6, Friday 7 and Saturday 8 December during Coffee Shop opening hours.

Please pray for everyone involved in Traidcraft, particularly those whose lives are most affected by its closure.                               Clare Sales and Janet Wright