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Ashbourne Stroke Support Club

has been running a ‘pop up ‘ charity shop for the last 3 months in an empty shop on Church Street. The landlord has now found a new tenant and so the charity shop has closed. I would like to thank the many members of the congregation who supported the shop and helped to make this new venture a success. It made the amazing amount of £3,750 which will go towards the cost of transport and trips out and also made us many new friends. 

Thank you. Val Humphries.

Stamps for USPG

Thank you to all who took the trouble to bring in used stamps over Christmas. There were several foreign ones which are of particular interest to dealers. A few reminders: the box for them is outside St. Oswald’s chapel, no regular 1st/2nd class, no unfranked, and a border of about 5mm if possible. I collect them regularly and send them on.  Deirdre Wilmore

Materials etc.

I have a good number of shoe boxes and other boxes containing squares of material to make up quilted cushions etc.  I also have a lot of bags of wool.  I would like to find homes for these with people who will use them.  I would prefer people working for fun or charity rather than gain.  If you can help please contact John Titterton  john@titterton.org.uk.

Survey Update

Here's a big "Thank You" to everyone at St Oswald's who completed our little survey over Christmas. We have had 69 responses so far (it's not too late...) and we would like to invite you all to an informal gathering to share what we have found and to talk about what to do next.

There will be a "Coffee Evening" (other drinks will be available) on 27th Feb. between 7:30 and 9pm. Please come along to find out more and help us move forward. 

This is part of our 'A Place for All' project. Helped by a Big Lottery Fund grant, we are exploring how we might develop our facilities to equip us better for the future, to help with social exclusion, and to make St Oswald's the first choice for all sorts of activities in the town. In this way we hope to be able to expand our mission here by giving a welcome to everyone, and to ensure the long-term sustainability of our heritage.     Nick Taylor

Pew News deadline

Items for the issues on 23rd Feb. and 1st Mar. to me by 6pm on 18th Feb. please.                                Tony


The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. [John 1.5]

 Over the next few months, the Church of England will be conducting a review of all past safeguarding cases since 2007. In our parish we will be fully cooperating with this review, and will be sending records of all incidents to the diocese to check that they have been dealt with correctly. Therefore, you may be asked if you recall any concerns, or indeed you may remember something that was never reported: if you have any concerns, then please report them to me, Duncan. I promise that you will be treated sensitively and with respect, and help and support will be provided if necessary.

Through the Past Cases Review, we are asking you to help shine a revealing light on any instances of abuse that have occurred in our parish and to help ensure that everything that ought to be brought into the light has been. Shining a light on what has hurt or frightened someone is a matter of justice for those who have been victims; sometimes it may also prevent further harm and sometimes it may be the first step towards healing. With that in mind, thank you for your cooperation in working towards a safer Church.                    Duncan

Bits of St.Oswald’s

Hi folks, I have been hunting pieces of wood from around St.Oswald’s church to start repairing the woodwork. I am particularly looking for pieces of the tracery above the screen which defines the Lady Chapel. I have found three pieces, but if you know of more please let me know. When I first came across them there were many more bits so they have gone somewhere. Please help. 

There are also other bits and pieces of woodwork around the church that need a bit of care. I am thinking about items such as the chest by the South Door, which I believe the florists use. I will wax it soon. Repairing the rush seating in the Lady Chapel is on my list!

Regards, Mark Bell .

Dear Contributors,

The deadline for submissions for the March magazine will be THURSDAY 20th FEBRUARY. As the March magazine will cover the period of Lent please can someone give me the dates for Lent Lunches and other events taking place in March?        Many thanks, Sue Damesin, Editor