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Confirmation course

For everyone who has been baptised but feels like making (or considering) a deeper commitment to to the Church. Leaflets in the churches, or contact the Rev’d Duncan Ballard, 01335 343825, duncan.ballard@me.com

Safeguarding Courses

Book by calling Claire Critchlow on 01335 343052 or online at Eventbrite.  Please see the descriptions to see if you need to do just the C1 or both, or if in doubt  call Claire for more information.

16th October 6.15pm-9.15pm C1 at Holy Trinity, Matlock Bath

18th October 6.15pm-9.15pm C2 at St Oswald's Church Centre, Ashbourne

25th October  6.15pm-9.15pm C2 at St Margaret's, Carsington.

C1 Description

A basic safeguarding course for all volunteers, paid staff and clergy which must be completed once every 3 years. The course is for everyone who works with children or adults or has responsibility for those undertaking these roles. You can do the C1 online but only if you are following up with a C2 training session.

C2 Description

The course is for anyone who carries safeguarding leadership responsibilities, including: Clergy PTO, Readers, Curates, Parish Safeguarding Links, Church Wardens, Key holders and anyone responsible for volunteers.

Safeguarding training can raise sensitive issues. If you want to talk to a trainer prior to attending a course please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.

St.Oswald’s Harvest Lunch

7th October 12.00noon in the Church Hall. Signing-in sheet in church. 

Raffle prizes gladly received and can be handed to Lindsay Walker, Chris Haycock and Irene Wilson.

Thomas Williams Charity.

GRANTS AVAILABLE – APPLY NOW.  For young people attending college or university, this charity offers small grants to assist with the purchase of books or equipment. This assistance with their education is available, to applicants living in the parishes of, NORBURY, ROSTON & SNELSTON only, and who have been educated at a county school. 

To apply please contact: Ms. Anne Weaver Trustee (01335 324309) 

or e-mail  anneweaver7@gmail.com

St. Mary’s Mappleton

The Harvest Festival is on 30th September at St. Mary's at 6 p.m NOT  as announced in the Parish Magazine. We plan to have the congregation bringing goods and items for the food bank as usual.  St. Oswald's choir is going to perform. Light refreshments will be supplied for us all.

Reminder for PCC members: the next meeting is on Thursday 4th October at 3 p.m, Mill House, Mappleton by  kind permission of Mossie Jackson.

MacMillan Coffee Mornings

Saturday 29th September 10-12 noon, in the Reading Room, Snelston.

Friday 28th September 10am-2pm in St.Oswald’s Church Centre. With extras! Cakes made by the Edward Bear team; Ploughman’s lunches fro 12 noon; Christmas cards on sale. Do drop in and have a relaxing and enjoyable time.

Ashbourne Stroke Club

Open Day on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2-30 until 4-30, at the Bowls Club (next to the Golf Club on Wyaston Road). There will be an exhibition of WW1 memorabilia, displays, stalls, tombola, raffle, treasure map, refreshments etc. The Stroke Club is self-funding and aims to enhance the lives of Stroke survivors and their families by offering support, social activities, trips out etc. on alternate Tuesdays. Please come along to support our Open Day. Transport can be arranged by phoning 07527 688619. Thank you.                     Val Humphries


Workshop: Understanding Autism Strategies for Living Well

 Friday 19 October 7pm – St John’s Hall Ashbourne. ACE and Autism East Midlands are offering a workshop led by Debbie Austin designed for practitioners, parents and young people aged 14 or above on practical strategies for living well.  Places for this workshop should be booked directly with Autism East Midlands. Please feel free to spread the word.


St.Oswald’s Church needs your help to keep it looking beautiful. If you feel that you could spare some time to help with cleaning and brass polishing then please get in touch with Joan Hudson or Midge Dobbs ASAP.

Ministry of Welcome

I must squeeze in a heart-felt ‘thank you’ to all my faithful volunteers who have joined me in welcoming visitors throughout the summer. Please see the magazine for a fuller message.             Maureen Pittman


Carers Count

Next meeting: 10am-12 noon, Wednesday 3rd October in St.Oswald's Church Centre. All Carers are welcome to drop in for coffee, chat, fellowship and mutual support. For further info call Nigel on 01335 664159 or see www.ashbournechurch.org.uk 'Caring for carers'.

Edward Bear is supporting the Moses Charity this autumn

The Moses Charity supports vulnerable expectant mothers/new born babies living in refugee camps in the UK and abroad.  It tries to fill Moses Baskets with second-hand and new items of clothing, disposable nappies and much more for new born babies, as well as sanitary wear, nighties, breast pads for new mothers, duvet covers etc. Derby Refugee Solidarity are hoping that individuals and groups will donate Moses Baskets and items to be delivered to vulnerable women in refugee camps as well as in the UK.More information to follow or at the ‘EB signing in desk’.

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