Group magazine October 2019

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From Duncan

Dear friends,

I’ve no idea what the weather will be like when you read this magazine, but there’s no doubt that in the last month we have seen some truly shocking images of the devastation wrought by a changing climate. Not just extra wet summers or unexpected heat waves – many thousands of people have died as a direct result of climate change, nothing to the hundreds of thousands forced to migrate.

Who is responsible for looking after the earth? Climate change, the consequence of everyday activities by each of us, is having a measurable impact on this precious planet. The projected outcome of carrying on as we are is unthinkable; but that is just what we are doing. Someone else will sort it out… But who?

Governments, businesses, scientists and the media all have their own limitations and priorities rendering them unable, so far, to fix the problem. Where are we Christians in all this? Are we walking by, leaving the safe future of our world in dire need on the other side of the road – or does our faith prompt us to action?

In 1934 the Church took a stand with the Barmen Declaration which rejected Nazism. The lead author, Karl Barth, had guts. He mailed the declaration to Hitler personally. The authors believed that the church cooperating with the Nazi state was an issue which touched the very heart of faith, not something that they could politely disagree about.

I have come to believe that climate change is an issue of similar magnitude.

God wants a richly abundant earth. Now we know the dangers of climate change, repentance (the word repent literally means ‘turn around’) is the responsibility of every Church and every believer. The challenges facing us are not merely economic and scientific but are moral and spiritual as well, and we must hold our governments and corporations to account.

One of the signatories of the 1934 Barmen Declaration, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, said “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” When climate change threatens the wellbeing of our world and all future generations then surely it is time for the church to take a stand – both in word and deed.

Leaders representing all the main UK denominations have signed ‘Climate change and the purposes of God’ and a number of Christian organisations working on similar issues have endorsed it including Tearfund, Christian Aid, Progressio, Micah Challenge, Eco Congregations, A Rocha and the European Christian Environmental Network. I’ll leave some copies of the report in church – please take one and read it, and then come back with suggestions about what we can do.

We are not powerless. As individuals we can all make changes – large and small – to shrink our carbon footprints, and as a church working together, we can make a real difference. But will we? Will we just keep quiet and go along with the status quo or will we stand up and be counted? A decision is required of us.

Your friend,

Duncan Ballard

Ashbourne Group of Parishes

Area Dean of Carsington, Diocese of Derby

01335 343825



On 7 September 1920, in strictest secrecy, four unidentified British bodies were exhumed from temporary battlefield cemeteries at Ypres, Arras, the Aisne and the Somme. None of the soldiers who did the digging were told why. The bodies were taken by field ambulance to GHQ at St-Pol-sur-Ternoise. There the bodies were draped with the Union Flag. Sentries were posted and Brigadier-General Wyatt and Colonel Gell selected one body at random. A French honour guard was selected, who stood by the coffin overnight. In the morning of the 8 September a specially designed coffin made of oak from the grounds of Hampton Court was brought and the ‘Unknown Warrior’ placed inside. On top was placed a Crusader’s sword and a shield on which was inscribed ‘A British Warrior who fell in the Great War 1914-1918 for King and Country'.

On the 9 November the ‘Unknown Warrior’ was taken by horse drawn carriage through guards of honour and the sound of tolling bells and bugle calls to the quayside. There it was saluted by Maréchal Foche and loaded onto HMS Verdun bound for Dover. The coffin stood on the deck covered in wreaths and surrounded by a French Honour Guard. On arrival at Dover the ‘Unknown Warrior’ was greeted with a 19-gun salute, normally only reserved for field marshals. He then travelled by special train to Victoria station London. He stayed there overnight and on the morning of the 11 November he was taken to Westminster Abbey.

The idea of the ‘Unknown Soldier’ originated with a padre called David Railton who had served at the front during the Great War and it was the Union Flag he used as an altar cloth at the front that had been draped over the coffin. The intention was that all relatives of the 517,773 combatants whose bodies had not been identified could believe that the Unknown Warrior could very well be their lost Husband, Father, Brother or Son. On the morning of 11 November 1920 - the second anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One - the body of the ‘Unknown Warrior’ was drawn in a procession to the Cenotaph. This new war memorial on Whitehall, designed by Edwin Lutyens, was then unveiled by King George V. At 11 o'clock there was a two-minute silence, and the body was then taken to Westminster Abbey where it was buried at the west end of the nave.

To the surprise of the organisers, in the week after the burial over a million people visited the abbey, and the site is now one of the most visited war graves in the world. The text inscribed on the tomb is taken from the Bible (2 Chronicles 24:16): 'They buried him among the kings, because he had done good toward God and toward his house'.

We would love to welcome you to one of our Connect Groups starting in homes very soon.  If you would like to explore your faith in a small group with other like-minded people, support each and develop your gifts, why not give Amanda a call (07557 567751) or send her an email (  Amanda will link you up with one of the Connect Groups.


Choral Music at

St Oswald’s


Sunday 6th October    Harvest Festival

10.30   Glory Love and Praise and Honour/Harris

6.30     Thou visitest the earth/Greene Psalm 100/Stanford

How lovely are thy dwellings fair/Brahms


Sunday 13th October 17th Sunday after Trinity

10.30   I give you a new commandment/Aston


    Canticles-Harwood in Ab                    Rose responses

    Achieved is the glorious work/Haydn (Ripon)

    Insannae et Curae Vanae/Haydn


    Sunday 20th October 18th   Sunday after Trinity

  2. Come Holy Ghost/Attwood

    6.30     To Thee O Lord/Rachmaninoff

    Rejoice in the Lord always/Purcell


    Sunday 27th October Last Sunday after Trinity / Bible Sunday

  3. Lord for thy tender mercies’ sake/Tye

    6.30     Make me a light/Wilby

                Ave Verum Corpus/Mozart


    Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th October

    The choir will be singing Evensong at 6.00p.m. in Ripon Cathedral. Please feel free to join us there for either or both of these services.


    If you, your child or your friends enjoy music and are aged seven or more, then please consider the many benefits that being a chorister at St. Oswald’s brings. If in doubt, ask for more information. Contact details can be found on the back page of the magazine.

    Thank you

    Michael Halls

    Director of Music




Piano Trio Recital

by the Witchell Trio

Saturday 19th October at 7.00p.m.


(Fraser Graham, piano; Jennifer Kelsey, violin;

Peter Coates, ‘cello)

Following their lunchtime concert at St Oswald’s in June and recent recitals in Rutland, Nottinghamshire and Manchester Cathedral, the Witchell Trio return to give an evening recital in St Oswald’s. The programme includes works by Rachmaninov and Brahms.  

No tickets are required and everyone is warmly invited. There will be a retiring collection with donations for the work of St Oswald’s church. Please support this.

Further details from Michael Halls or Jenny Kelly (01335 390080     07971 350056).
St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne


Sanctuary Flowers in October


October 6th     Harvest Flowers

October 13th   Harvest Flowers

October 20th   Mrs M Dawson

October 27th   Mrs A Marples


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



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 October we will meet on Tuesday 1st at 2.30 pm and on the 17th at 7 pm in the evening we have another murder mystery ‘Murder at the Manor’ when Lindsay Walker will be the host.

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



St Mary & St Barlok, Norbury and Roston

Quiz Night:  This will be held in the Village Hall on Friday 11th October 2019 at 7:30 pm.  Usual format, tables of four, sandwiches, cakes and a cup of tea/coffee all for £2 per person.


October Church Services:

Sunday 6th October -         11 am - Harvest

Sunday 13th October -       11 am – Morning Prayer

Sunday 20th October -       11 am – Holy Communion

Sunday 27th October -       11 am – Morning Prayer


St Mary’s Church, Mappleton


6 October             9.15 am       Holy Communion

13 October           9.15 am       Holy Communion

20 October           9.15 am       Morning Prayer

27 October           9.15 am       Holy Communion


Coffee Morning at the pavilion in Mappleton on 2nd October 2019.

St Mary’s Social Club next meeting is on the 11th October at 7.30 pm

PCC Meeting on October 9th at 4pm in the pavilion.


Christmas Carol Service – December 21st 2019.


St John’s Church, Ashbourne



When it’s my turn to get the Church ready for our weekly service I often take a peep at the Visitors’ book.  I’m innately curious about other people!


Last Sunday I was struck by the last entry: a man had visited from Poland and written just one word in the Reason for Visit column, PRAYER.  I don’t know

who he is, I don’t know what he wanted to pray about and I don’t imagine I’ll ever find out, though that didn’t stop me wondering?


I am glad that St John’s was open for him and I’m grateful to the people who quietly open and close our church doors each day.


When I’m walking along Mayfield Road, I often pop into St Oswald’s. Just a few moments of silence in a sacred space, linking to God and, if I have no words myself that day, resting on all the prayers of those who came before me and all those who will come after.


I don’t often walk up Buxton Road, but it looks like Open Doors at St John’s offers the same sanctuary to other people who pass by.  Good. 


Sarah Denny


Holy Trinity Church, Clifton


Date of next meeting - 9th October 2019

Venue - Clifton-Smith Hall.  Time - 7.15 pm

Speaker - Danny Wells  Subject - Arts of Derbyshire

Everyone is welcome to come along and join us



The October lunch will be held on Wednesday 30th October 2019 at The Lilacs.  Please contact Mrs Harbinson by 28th if you would like to attend.   Tel. 01335 343749



There will be another Parish Lunch this year held on Sunday 20th October 2019 at 1.00 pm. in Clifton-Smith Hall.  Tickets and details will be available from Jackie Nicholson and Tina Harbinson



Sunday 6th October -         10.45 am - Morning Prayer

Sunday 13th October -       10.45 am Holy Communion

Sunday 20th October -       10.45 am Morning Prayer

Sunday 27th October -       10.45 am Holy Communion


Church Events in the Benefice of Ashbourne


11th August          St Oswald’s               Emily Rose Brown

11th August          St Oswald’s               Mia June Bentley


3rd August            St Oswald’s             Andrew Harding & Victoria Jonas


14th August          St Oswald’s             Charmaine Bacon & Jason Kehler


20th August          St Mary & St Barlok, Norbury         Gladys Lear


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


Don’t forget breakfast church at St Oswald’s Church Centre

Sunday 13th October 2019. God, a bacon butty and a fresh mug of coffee – all welcome. 9h00 – 9h40





Welcome to St. Oswald's Church, Summer 2019

In St. Ossie's church, there's a Visitors' Book
Which is really worth a second look.
For in there you will doubtless find
People's comments of the kindest kind.

From far and wide they come to see
Our treasures. Or some just want to be
In a quiet place for a while.
So it's the welcomers' job to smile,
Offer them some information,
And when they're done, a nice collation.

It is such a thankFUL task
And sometimes, when we dare to ask,
"Are you on holiday? And where is home?
Just as likely to be Derby, or even Rome.

Find the proof in the Visitors' Book
If you can spare the time to look.
The Welcomers' job is a happy one -
So next year, join the team, and have some fun.


Di Deighton for an on behalf of Maureen Pittman’s Welcoming Team 2019





Saturday August 31, 2019.


Our walk this month started from Ashford in the Water with a gentle mile or so through Great Shacklow Wood on the west bank of the River Wye. The pleasant path undulated through deciduous native woodland, past the ruined Shacklow Mill, reaching the A6 at White Lodge car park. From there we continued along the Wye, passing the impressive weir, to the Monsal Trail viaduct. This used to carry the old London to Manchester railway line before its closure in 1968. There was talk of reinstating the line but it would be an enormous undertaking, although some of the tunnels have been opened up, making the trail a magnet for cyclists.

Ascending to the railway track we went north as far as the tunnel entrance, where we branched off right down to Cressbrook Mill, preferring to stay with the river and leave the trail to the said cyclists, of which there were rather a lot! The riverside path, often submerged after heavy rain, was fringed by huge overhanging limestone cliffs on either side. After passing through the tastefully converted buildings of Litton Mill there was a steep ascent out of the dale to cross the trail and climb up the fields westwards towards Brushfield. Pausing (frequently!) to look back and catch our breath, the views were superb, and gave us advance warning of the approaching squally showers. These didn’t amount to much however and the rest of our walk was in breezy sunshine.

The path to Brushfield above High Dale was very easy going and afforded views of the Wye Valley again, and of Fin Cop on the far side. A short and steep descent took us back to the Monsal viaduct, which we crossed before our final ascent of the day to a very crowded Monsal Head. Deciding not to linger here we headed back to Ashford via Pennyunk Lane – more great views, over towards the Chatsworth Estate and Hunting Tower.

Quite a strenuous walk overall, but thoroughly enjoyed by the six of us who came along.

Total distance: 10 miles; total ascent: 1600 feet.

Jackie Burns


St Oswald’s Serving Team


This is an appeal for anyone who feels they could give some of their time to help the church by being a server at the 10:30 service on Sunday mornings.


Becoming involved with this important activity (which includes assisting the clergy and ensuring the smooth running of the Sunday morning service), is very rewarding. There are various roles, for which full explanations and training will be given, so that no-one will feel anxious and a booklet will be provided for reference.


The team is looking for anyone of any age who would like to come and help. It goes without saying that the more volunteers we have the less of a commitment it will be on any one individual. Please think and pray to see if this is something you could help with.


There will be “taster” session at 6:30pm on Thursday 3rd October and Wednesday 30th October. Please come along if you are interested.


If you would like to know more, contact Michael Smith either after the 10:30 service any Sunday or by phone on 07768807981 or by email <>.


Many thanks

Michael Smith



Harvest Festival Lunch




Concert by the Daleian Singers in aid of ‘Careline’

St. Oswald’s Church, Saturday 26th October 7pm – 9.30pm

‘Careline’ offers a free telephone befriending service to people living in the Derbyshire Dales and East Staffordshire with over 80 volunteers providing friendship and social interaction to those who are feeling isolated or lonely.

Nigel Rode and his fellow ‘Daleians’ are looking forward to singing in St Oswald’s when, no doubt, the entertaining programme will include pieces they sang at the recent prestigious Cornwall International Male Choral Festival where they were awarded ‘Best UK Choir’.

The programme will also feature Ashbourne’s Ellie-May as guest solo soprano.  Glyn Edwards, the choir’s Director of Music, said “We always look to support and encourage young musical talent and are delighted that Ellie-May will be making a guest appearance with us.”

It all makes for a concert not to be missed!

Admission £8 including refreshments.

Tickets available from Rev Nigel Rode 01335 664159 or Careline 01335 210353 or pay on the door.




Bishop’s Badge 2019


If you had to sit down and write a thank you letter to all the folk who make our Church so special, where would you start? How many people or groups would you want to honour? Would you send out hundreds of letters, or just one?


That was the challenge the new Bishop set us when she asked for nominations for people to receive her ‘Bishop’s Badge’. As you can imagine, the initial list included well over four dozen people - obviously too many to nominate for one year (otherwise it would be the ‘Ashbourne show’!). So, we whittled the list down to just six, and intend to send in a further six every year until the Bishop gets fed up with us! 




Irene Wilson. Nominated on behalf of Monday Lunch and Edward Bear Team, Linda and Ron Torr for their years of contribution to St Oswald’s and book shop, Kay Wright representing St Oswald’s School awarded for their Collective Worship Team and Mike Warner who collected the award for an innovative project on behalf of Ossie’s Kitchen

The following people received awards this year - receiving a badge both personally for their contribution to church life, and on behalf of all their teams and supporters who work so hard in the background:


*     The children of St Oswald’s school, for planning and delivering collective worship;

*     Irene Wilson, for her long and dedicated service to the Parish lunches, Edward Bear and Breakfast Church;

*     Mike Warner, for forty years’ service as a Reader;

*     Ron and Linda Torr, for running the church bookstall and Ron’s long service as a server.

*     In addition, Mike Warner and Christine Coxon received an award in the new project category on behalf of Ossie’s kitchen, representing the team of hard-working volunteers.


You can’t apply for a Bishop’s badge, you have to be nominated by your church, so this is a real pat on the back for people who aren’t looking for recognition. If you meet any of the recipients (you’ll be able to spot them - they’ll be wearing a Bishop’s badge and looking rather embarrassed!) then please congratulate them and embarrass them even more! 


We’ll be asked for nominations again in June next year - please keep your eyes open for who you think should receive a badge next time


Diocesan website here -




Praise and Play

at St Oswald’s Church


Edward Bear has had its first meeting on 5th September after the summer break.  We were pleased to see so many familiar faces after the break (55 in total), which included new starters and visitors from Nottingham.

We had ended the summer term with a trip to the National Forest Farms in Burton and then a leavers party, to say goodbye and give presents to all those children leaving us for school and nursery. How exciting it all was!


A big welcome from Edward Bear’s kitchen offering coffee, tea, bacon rolls and toast. Children played, the craft table buzzed with activity and families generally caught up with each other’s news whilst admiring a new baby here and there. Stories were exchanged about the first day back at school for older siblings and much more……

Almost everyone made their way to the children’s area in church as the 10.30 bell rang out, lots of excitement as we listened to Chris tell a story about an old rabbit making soup with a solitary carrot!  Other rabbits joined in with more vegetables. Children each held a different vegetable that was placed in the pot and stirred- sharing all the rabbit’s vegetables could make a bigger tastier soup for everyone to share – Duncan reflected that Jesus created a church by gathering 12 disciples, coming together makes us stronger and we can share more of God’s message to others.

We listened to Anna as she said prayers and sang our ‘Tommy Thumb’ prayer song. More singing and musical instruments. Back to the Church Centre for nursery rhymes and a healthy snack. More play and then time for home.

The Edward Bear Team stayed behind for a working lunch where the programme was planned up until half term. We are using Diddy Disciples, a worshipping and storytelling resource designed for babies, toddlers and very young children. The materials aim to create a space for children to encounter God for themselves, inviting them to discover, explore and take an active part not only in telling Bible stories but in all forms of Christian Worship. Diddy Disciples uses movement, imagination, our bodies and faces, symbols, music and song to encourage and enable young children to participate fully. Next week we will be re-visiting the story of the ‘Lost Sheep’.

So much to look forward to this term especially our Edward Bear Bake Off, we have a small competition for the best cake in category and then donate all our cakes to The Macmillan Coffee Morning.  We will also be making a beautiful display for the children’s area in church to celebrate Harvest.

If you would like to know more about Edward Bear or have a small child who you would like to bring to meet us, please come along Thursday mornings 9.30 – 11.30 in St Oswald’s Church Centre.


Church Centre Office 01335 343052    email

Chris Haycock 01335 34771/07798561312/ email

Lindsay Walker 01335 343194/07971802671/ email 





Ashbourne Churches Together ACT

ACT is for all of us in all our churches


  • Wednesday 2 October 12:00 @ The Empire Club

    Followed by a soup and roll lunch. Contact Felicity 07561326908

  • Wednesday 9 October 10.30 am Elim Church.  CAP Money Course: a free short course that makes managing your money simple (3-week course). Contact Elim 344338.
  • Thursday 17 October 7-9 pm.  Seminar: Working with Secondary Schools.  St Oswald’s Church Free contact Parish Office 343052
  • Friday 18 October 7pm at Ashbourne Golf Club.  Fundraising Dinner with guest speaker Lydia Slack.  Tickets £35 contact 300462.
  • Saturday 19 October “Pizza Shop Heroes” Theatre performance organised by ACT One World Group at Ashbourne Methodist Church.  Free tickets, but book early.  Contact 300338
  • Saturday 19 October 7.30 pm Evening recital by The Witchell Trio at St Oswald’s Church.
  • Monday 21 October 2-4pm.  Angel Knitting Workshop at The Cornerstone.  Free.  Refreshments, patterns, wool and needles available.  Contact Clare Sales 342321
  • Saturday 26 October 7-9.30 pm Daleian Singers in concert   Proceeds to Careline £8 including refreshments. St Oswald’s Church.
  • Tuesday 29 October 4-6 pm Ossie’s Kitchen Community Café at St Oswald’s Church Centre.  Contact Nigel Rode 664159



The Ellastone Art Group are holding an Exhibition of Member’s and friends work on November 9, 2019 at Ellastone Parish Rooms between 11 o’clock and 4 o’clock.


The Family of Anne Greenwood have allowed us to dedicate the exhibition to Anne who died just over 12 months ago of Cancer. Anne and her husband were well known by people throughout Ashbourne and the area through her walking and singing plus many other activities with her children and grandchildren.


There will be a collection of Anne’s art work being shown by the family. The Art Group greatly miss her as she always smiled and had a laugh for us when we needed one. The advice she gave us was impeccable.

There will be a wide range of work on show and much of it will be for sale.

Simple refreshments will also be for sale and all money taken for teas, scones and other refreshments will be sent in total to Cancer Research.

Transport may be available.


For more information, please contact Mark Bell 01335 347915






Community Café in Ashbourne

St Oswald’s Church Centre, School Lane, DE6 1AN
Tuesday, 29 October 2019
4 pm – 6 pm

Suggested donations of £3 adult and £1 child

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

Phosphoros Theatre,
in association with ACT One World Group presents





After a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe and selling out theatres around the country, Phosphoros are coming to Ashbourne on Saturday 19 October for this free, community performance, including a Q&A with the actors after the show.

All tickets are free, but book early as we expect a sell-out! There will be the opportunity to make a donation on the night. Proceeds will be split equally between Upbeat Communities and Phosphoros Theatre. Tickets can be booked online at  
or call 01335 300338

We hope you can join us for this special performance – and please encourage friends and neighbours to come too.

Save the Date:  On Saturday 16 November 2019 there will be a poetry writing workshop in the St Oswald’s Church Centre from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm with Angela Topping facilitating the workshop.  From 6.15 pm to 8.30 pm there will be poetry recitals and traditional music/songs in the church, this will include an open mic section for anyone who will like to read a poem of their own.

Further details and booking forms will be available from 15 September or you are welcome to ask Duncan, Sharon or Colin Fishwick.

Ashbourne Animal Welfare

Animal Behaviour Open Day at The Ark


Sunday 6th October 2019 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Ark, Wyaston Rd, Ashbourne DE6 1NB


Animal Behaviourist giving advice and demonstrations.

Cat Chat Corner for advice on cat care and behaviour

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