Group Magazine November 2019

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The Curate’s Letter from Amanda

Dear Friends

As I prepare to speak at the Young Farmers Harvest service and sit at my desk making last minute changes to a recent funeral sermon, I can see the rain has started again. 

I have always loved Autumn, not least because I was born in September, but also having spent 10 years living close to the equator, I find the changing seasons so varied and restful. 

And yet, I miss my bike rides and struggle with the days of rain.  However, this is the rain that so many of those Young Farmers will be reliant upon to grow the crops that we see in the nearby fields in Clifton.  ‘All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above, oh thank you lord, oh thank you lord for all his love.’


This month includes Remembrance Sunday, our first one without the formidable Trilby Shaw, who died in September.  It really has been a month of funerals including dear friends from within our own congregations like Stuart Miller, Ian Brown, Be Payne and I have just heard of Ray Sharratt’s passing.

As clergy we feel so privileged to take part in funerals; to hear the happy memories, to share in the grief, to help others as they engage in this necessary rite of passage and to witness the comfort this important ritual provides.  In one recent sermon I encouraged people to express their feelings, their grief, because grieving leads to healing.

Unsung heroes who care

I also wanted to share the wider role that so many of our congregation play in pastorally caring for those nearing the end of their lives; they are often the unsung heroes that ensure those who no longer can get to services are still remembered. 

While many of the clergy are regularly involved in visiting the elderly and ill, there are a host of others who quietly get on with giving support and showing the love of Jesus by word and action.  It says in 1 Corinthians 12 that the church is the body of Christ and that each of us are a part of that body and have equal value.  And in verse 28 Paul writes ‘If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; it one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.’ 

As our church grows, we realise that we need to develop ways to ensure we not only care for those who suffer, but more generally, for the pastoral needs of our congregations.  The launch of Connect groups has been one way for us to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to find a place of support and encouragement. 

Each group aims to connect with God, each other and the wider community and they meet every Wednesday or Thursday in term time during the evenings in the homes of the Hughes and the Wrights.  Edmund Urquhart’s Bible study group also continues to meet on Thursday mornings, and we hope to launch another group aimed at those exploring vocation soon.

If you are interested in being part of a Connect group, please let me know, there are a few places left:

Revd Amanda Marshall

“A Place for All in Ashbourne”



Many of you will know that on behalf of the PCC a small group has been looking at ways we can make St Oswald's meet more needs and be useful for more people in Ashbourne. We don't yet have a project to make changes, but we DO have funding thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, to research what those needs are and how we can make St Oswald's truly A Place for All in Ashbourne.

To find out what are the needs of the community and how we can help meet some of them we will be getting help from a company called Greenwood Projects. They will start with devising questionnaires and training a group of volunteers who will then find and meet people and use the questionnaires to discuss their needs. This will be one to one, in meetings, and in other ways of finding out opinions. We are particularly keen to find people who are marginalised in some way to see whether we can help include them better in the community. The results of the enquiries and surveys will be analysed for us and the outline of a potential project developed. Then we will be able to search for funding that might be needed to make any changes necessary.

Everyone will have the chance to "have their say" about change - for or against! There are plenty of ideas around for what people would like to do in the church and the church centre to make it better for people, but we must start with facts and needs if we are to secure funding. There's a lot of competition for grants from the National Lottery and other sources so if we can show that the proposed changes are to meet real needs, we have a much better chance of success.

If you would like to join in as a volunteer to help with the fact finding then we would love your help. This is basically just talking to people so needn't be scary or arduous. And if you have opinions on things to change for the better, or (of course) anything you think mustn't change, then do please take the opportunity (which will be coming soon) to express them.


Nick Taylor
Tel. 01335 324656 / 07769 238455



2019 Advent Calendar launch

The 2019 Real Advent Calendar has been officially launched with a new 24-page Christmas story-activity book, a children’s competition, with profits helping to transform the lives of children in Kenya.

David Marshall, from the Meaningful Chocolate Company said; "The new design 2019 Real Advent Calendar is unique. The calendar comes with a 24-page Christmas story-activity book with a page for every day of Advent and some fun Advent challenges. Behind each of the 25 windows is part of the Christmas story and a festive shaped Fairtrade milk chocolate. It's a great way for parents, grandparents and Godparents to share the Christmas story. No other calendar enables parents and children to experience the Christmas story for 24 days, and be challenged to do some good in the season."

The RRP is £3.99 and can be ordered online or from The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral and leading supermarkets.















Thursday, November 1st

The Christian celebration of All SaintsDay and All Souls' Day stems from a belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven (the "Church triumphant"), and the living (the "Church militant"). In Catholic theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven.



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.


This year, a Service for All Souls will be held at St Oswald’s on Sunday 3rd November at 6.30 pm.

St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne


Sanctuary Flowers in November


November 3rd                Mrs M Pittman

November 10th              Mrs S Young

November 17th              Mr B Bates

November 24th              Mrs L Barbour


If anyone would like to donate flowers in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion, please contact Margaret Dawson   Telephone 01335 342339 or



St Mary & St Barlok, Norbury and Roston

Tuesday 5th November – AGM
Start our Christmas Cracker – needed for December mystery prize!
Hostess: Gill.  Competition: Pretty re-cycled item.  Savouries & drinks
Mystery Prize: Fay.  Meet at Mary Clowes (Norbury) Village Hall DE6 2EG
at 7:30 pm.  Visitors always welcome £2 to include refreshments.  E-mail: or telephone Gill 01889 591346.

Services in November:
3 November         11.00 am     Morning Prayer

10 November       11.00 am     Remembrance Sunday

17 November       11.00 am     Morning Prayer

24 November       11.00 am     Holy Communion

St Mary’s Church, Mappleton

Services in November:

3 November         9.15 am       Holy Communion

10 November       9.15 am       Remembrance Day

17 November       9.15 am       Holy Communion

24 November       9.15 am       Holy Communion


Christmas Carol Service – December 21st 2019.



St John’s Church, Ashbourne

Services in November

3 November         9.15 am       Holy Communion

10 November       9.15 am       Remembrance Sunday

17 November       9.15 am       Holy Communion

24 November       9.15 am       Matins




Holy Trinity Church, Clifton

Services in November

3 November         10.45 am     Holy Communion

10 November       10.45 am     Remembrance Sunday

17 November       10.45 am     Holy Communion

24 November       9.15 am       Holy Communion


Church Events in the Benefice of Ashbourne


1st September       St Oswald’s               Esme Sophia Sellers
15th September     St Oswald’s               Isla Elizabeth Pearl Mayes
15th September     St Oswald’s               Ava Poppy Meadows
22nd September    St Oswald’s               Harper-Rae Amelia Rushton
29th September     St Oswald’s               Madison Grace Stainforth


7th September       St Oswald’s             Oliver Moverley & Jodie Ashcroft
28th September     St Mary &                Harry Hedges & Angelique Sayers

                            St Barlok, Norbury

13th September     St Oswald’s             Brian Startin, 82 years
25th September     St Oswald’s             Doris Woolley, 90 years
27th September     St Oswald’s             Trilby Shaw, 81 years
30th September     St Oswald’s             David Bates, 71 years


To arrange for Christenings, Weddings or Funerals please contact the Parish Office Tel. 01335 343052



Carsington Deanery News


For news of the other benefices within the Carsington Deanery please use the following link to read the Carsington Deanery Newsletter.

Sorry – no Breakfast Church in November.

We will next meet on Sunday 8th December

– all welcome. 9h00 – 9h40

Important notice re Suspicious Emails

We are aware of some suspicious emails that appear to be from clergy and even from Bishop Libby. Responding to the emails will result in requests for money or gift cards.

Please DO NOT reply to the emails.

We are not currently aware how many may be affected; however, it is important that we are all aware and be vigilant to protect our online safety and security.

We are not aware of any system security breach and are in the process of compiling some website best practice guidelines so that our churches can take action to greater protect themselves.

Full details, including steps to take if you receive or are the named sender of a suspicious email, are on the Diocese of Derby website.

Choral Music at St Oswald’s

Sunday 3rd November                         All Saints and All Souls

10.30 Parish Communion                    Lord I trust thee and adore thee/Handel

6.30   A Service for All Souls              Thou wilt keep him/Wesley


Sunday 10th November                                   Remembrance Day

10.45   Remembrance Service Greater Love/Ireland

6.30     Choral Evensong                     Sumsion in G; Rose responses

                                                View me Lord/Lloyd

                                                Like as the hart/Howells


Sunday 17th November                                   2nd Sunday before Advent

  1. Parish Communion                  Jesu joy of man’s desiring/Bach

    6.30     Evensong                                 Thou knowest Lord/Purcell

                                                                As water to the thirsty/Barnard                       

    Sunday 24th November                       Christ the King          

    10.30   Holy Communion                    Rejoice the Lord is King/Archer

    6.30     Evensong                                 King of Glory/Bach

                                                                Lift up your heads/Mathias


    Sunday 1st December                          Advent Sunday

    10.30   Parish Communion                  People look east/Stainer


                “From Darkness into Light”

    I look from afar/Palestrina                               In darkness held/Shepherd

    How beautiful upon the mountains/Stainer      Sleepers Wake/Mendelssohn

    O thou the central orb/Wood    Come my way my truth my life/Cooper

    A tender shoot/Goldschmidt   


    Thank you

    Michael Halls

    Director of Music


Recent Church Events



The Macmillan Coffee Morning was held in St Oswald’s Church Centre on Friday 27th September. St Oswald’s Primary School, Edward Bear and St Oswald’s Church came together in planning and managing the event.

Edward Bear had a ‘Bake Off’ competition donating all their cakes for the event. St Oswald’s Primary School parents also excelled themselves by making and providing more cakes bringing them in on their way to school. Members of our Church also made cakes and provided excellent prizes for the raffle. Barbara Thompson and ‘Flamingo Cards’ had a stand selling cards and wrapping paper.

A steady stream of people called into the coffee morning including two visits from St Oswald’s Primary with teachers and children. The children were a credit to their school and involved themselves buying cakes, drinks and raffle tickets. Parents called in after dropping their children at school, visitors called in who were visiting the Church. We were also visited by the Friday’ Walking for Heath Group’ from Ashbourne Leisure Centre. Cheery faces after their bracing walk.

At the end of the morning Edward Bear donated £50.00 to the appeal, St Oswald’s Church gave their coffee money (after Church) and Flamingo Cards gave a donation of £30.00 and making good use of Gift Aid, the event raised a total of £840.00.   CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL





St Oswald’s Harvest Lunch took place on 6th October @ 12.00 noon, following on from morning worship.

We served 90 lunches to a very happy group of people.

We had an amazing raffle, so many people contributing prizes (not forgetting the table decorations by Anna and the flowers from M & S).

We must thank a few people for making the lunch so successful. The tasty pies from the butcher in Shaw Croft Car Park, the gorgeous desserts courtesy of Michaels Halls, Claire in the office and of course Aldi. For the team that drive the Community Bus enabling more of our congregation to join us. For the preparation team and the tireless volunteers that waited on and cleared up afterwards.

Love and commitment enabled us all to raise £500.00 that has been sent to the Bishops Harvest Appeal.




Saturday September 28, 2019.


As we already knew for various reasons that several of our regular walkers were indisposed, and others had commitments later in the day, we opted for a slightly shorter walk, nearer to home than usual. As it turned out, due to slightly dodgy weather, illness, and a hurt leg, we had even fewer walkers than we were expecting, and only four of us met at Narlows Lane car park in Thorpe.


Anticipating the 'slightly dodgy weather', the chosen walk had a lot of 'cut off' options, and a warm and welcoming pub at the end, however, the weather was kind to us, with only intermittent showers, and we completed the longest circuit available, enjoying the company, good conversation, and stunning views.


We set off on the steady climb up Gag Lane, over Thorpe Pastures, watching the views opening up on our right, over towards Carsington and Minninglow. We branched off west on the path towards Moor Barn, then continued north, towards Bostern Grange Farm, over the watershed where we had stunning and far reaching views both behind and in front of us. As it was dry(ish), we spurned the cut off options down Nabs Dale, and the tricky path to Milldale, and followed the skyline path above the Dove in Milldale to Shining Tor with glorious views down to the Dove and over the hills to Alstonefield and Wetton. The descent to Green Lane wasn't as steep as it would have been if we had descended to Milldale.


We followed the lane back to Milldale hamlet where we found a bench for coffee/ early lunch stop, which we shared with some friendly ducks, then made our way down the beautiful Dove valley. This was the first time we had really met any other walkers at all. We enjoyed our second lunch/coffee stop near the famous Dovedale stepping stones before making our way up Lin Dale, then across the bottom of the shooting range, and back through the fields to Gag Lane. It was only a short stroll from there to The Old Dog, for a very welcome pint/ glass of wine/ rhubarb cider. We were joined by 'hurt leg!'.


It was a really great walk, and we all felt how blessed we are to live in such a beautiful area with such a perfect walk right on our doorstep.


9 miles, 1000 feet of ascent   4 walkers (5 drinkers) no dogs!

Judy Harrison


You are invited to come along and join us as we sing Carols in our local community.  It is a very happy occasion and we are given a very warm welcome getting everyone into the spirit of Christmas.


If you would like to join us, please add your name to the ‘signing up sheet’ which you will find by the south door in church in November.

Tuesday 10/12 @ 2.30pm - Chatsworth Court

Friday 13/12 @ 2.30pm - Ashbourne Lodge

Tuesday 17/12 @ 6.00pm - Dove House

Wednesday 18/12 @ 2.00pm - The Leys

Waiting for dates and times for - St Oswald's Hospital and Eliot Lodge (near Sainsburys)


St Oswald's Church Choir is also singing Carols at Haddon Hall - lunchtime - Thursday 19/12


For more information contact Lindsay Walker 07971802671/01335 343194/ 


Mothers’ Union held a murder mystery evening recently. Which of these guests could possibly have murdered his Lordship? All the usual suspects were there – the vicar, the cook, the professor, plus a few unusual ones.


Blanche Batters (Nancy Bell), Cinders, (Anne Ford), Dee Minor (Ros Taylor), Doctor Fumbles (Judy Harrison), EM Fatale (Alex Hudson), Ford Escort (Joan Hudson), General Custard (Rhona Oakes), Inspector Denaux (Judith Sadler), Misty Visions (Carole Frost), Mrs Withering (Linda Cohen), Professor Peacock (Chris Haycock), Rev. Will Beedone (Nancy Mackman), Sierra Tango (Liz Bridges), the Butler (Sue Damesin) – all in the photo above with Lindsay.

In November we will meet on Tuesday 5th at 2.30pm when the speaker will be Maggie Rode. Janet Hall will host the planning meeting on 21st November at 7.30 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.

A warm welcome to anyone wishing to join us either in the afternoon or evening. Please contact Branch Leader Nancy Bell on 01335 347915 or 


Magnificent Harvest Floral Arrangements.  The flower arrangers depicted the six verses and refrain of the hymn “We Plough the Fields and Scatter”.


Praise and Play

at St Oswald’s Church


Edward Bear is now back into its stride with children back at school and parents/carers taking a breath before they step onto the next part of life’s journey. (Christmas is coming!!!).

With older siblings now at school the younger child comes into their own at Edward Bear and quickly gains confidence joining in the singing, sitting on mum’s knee at the playdoh table, helping Janet put the toys away in the cupboard.

New babies welcomed in grow before our eyes and it’s not long before they are in the circle for nursery rhymes and then queuing for their healthy snack. Edward Bear is Church service and also acts as a great ‘stepping off’ place to explore Baptism and Marriage for some of those families that join us.

At Edward Bear we focus on Christian values such as trust, truthfulness, forgiveness, generosity, attempting to include these values in our Worship. We try to bring ‘alive’ the stories Jesus told us to an audience of very small children and their parents which is both challenging and full of fun and laughter

Over the past few weeks we have explored the some of the Bible stories Jesus taught us - ‘The Lost Son’, ‘Calming of the Sea’ and ‘God the Maker’. (If you get the chance to look in the Edward Bear area you will see the colourful pictures and stories which act as a focal point for the morning worship).

Edward Bear (for pre-school children and their carers) meets Thursday mornings 9.30 – 11.30 in the Church Centre. Please call in to see us.  For more information contact Chris Haycock 01335 347771, Lindsay Walker 01335 343194 or the Church Centre Office 01335 343052


Community Café in Ashbourne

St Oswald’s Church Centre,

School Lane, DE6 1AN

Tuesday, 26 November, 2019
4 pm – 6 pm

Suggested donations of £3 adult and £1 child

The low-cost, sociable eating space is open once a month to help tackle loneliness and isolation by providing opportunities for local communities to forge new friendships.

Ossie’s Kitchen offers meals created from surplus food from food retailers, including supermarkets, supplied by the food charity Fareshare.

It will be helpful if you let us know you are coming by calling Maggie or Nigel on 01335 664159.


The Teddies of St Oswald’s

          A poem by Di Deighton

Isn't it nice to see a row of Teddies sitting there?   
Their behaviour is exemplary - at least while we are here.
But I wonder sometimes, are they as innocent as they look?
I notice, as I pass by,
Teds with a twinkle in the eye,
And rather a naughty look.

The Church would make a lovely place to have a bit of fun,
And when the doors are locked at night,
I expect that is what is done.

Plenty of nooks and crannies to play Teddy hide and seek.
Oh yes, and there's the organ, let's give that a Teddy tweak.
The cheekiest Bears might have a paddle in the FONT!
The bell ropes are just asking to be climbed whenever Teddies want.

So next time, when you cuddle a Teddy Bear, check for bumps and bruises.
He is only being good, you know, because that is what he chooses.

But we don't care, dear Teddies, what it is you do,
Because we love you all to bits, and hope you love us too.

Ashbourne Churches Together ACT



  • Thursday 7 November 7pm.  Prayer United (ACT Monthly Prayer Meeting) at Elim Church, with communion.  Contact Di Lambert 01335 661238
  • Saturday 9 November 11 am – 4pm Ellastone Art and Craft Group Exhibition.  Parish Rooms, Ellastone.
  • Friday 15 November 7.30 pm.  Evening Talk by John Bell (Iona Community) at Wellspring Church, Wirksworth “Singing our Way Into or Out of Belief”.  Free but booking essential.
  • Saturday 16 November – Poetry Writing Workshop in St Oswald’s Church Centre from 2.30 to 4.30 with Angela Topping facilitating the workshop.  From 6.15 until 8.30 there will be poetry recitals and traditional music/songs in the Church including an open mic section for anyone who would like to read a poem of their own.
  • Tuesday 26 November. 4-6 pm Ossie’s Kitchen Community Café at St Oswald’s Church Centre.  Three courses for £3/£1. Contact Nigel Rode 664159
  • Thursday 28 November, 2pm – 4pm six of the Cairngorm Reindeer will be at St Mark’s Square in the City of Lincoln followed at 6pm by a procession through the city to The Cornmarket.  Those who donated socks for them earlier this year and those just wanting to see them as well are welcome.


The Ellastone Art and Craft Group

Special Exhibition

Parish Rooms, Ellastone

Saturday November 9th 2019 11am – 4 pm


A special display of the works of Anne Greenwood.  The family of Anne Greenwood have allowed us to dedicate the exhibition to Anne who died just over 12 months ago of Cancer.


There will be a wide range of work on show and much of it will be for sale. Teas, scones and other refreshments available. Proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Care.


For more information, please contact 07969 465421


News from the Diocese of Derby

The Revd Canon Geraldine Pond, Diocesan Director of Vocations with additional responsibility for clergy well-being and Warden of Readers, retired in October 2019. Canon Pond’s last day in post was 6 October, with her retirement taking effect from 7 October. Canon Pond will be appointed Canon Emeritus of Derby Cathedral in retirement and will move away from Diocese.



Ashbourne Animal Welfare

Christmas Shopping Open Day at The Ark


Sunday 3rd November 2019, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Ark, Wyaston Rd, Ashbourne DE6 1NB


Do your shopping at The Ark and help the cats and dogs in care.  Lots of lovely things to buy as presents.

Ashbourne Animal Welfare Christmas Cards and The Ark Calendar for 2020 on sale. Visit the cattery and kennels
Homemade lunches and teas - Gifts, Books, Bric a Brac

Free Admission

Tel 01335 300494 for more info


Christmas at The Ark Open Weekend

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November 2019 11 am – 4 pm

Collection for cats’ and dogs’ Christmas Dinner.  Visit the cattery and kennels decorated for Christmas.

Festive food, Gifts, Christmas Cards and Calendars.