Group Magazine September 2019

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Dear friends,

Well, here we are again in September and we’re going back – Back to work, Back to school, Back to college, Back to the old routines. Even in Church, we are back to the Church year and we enter into the Autumn run of events: Harvest festival, Remembrance, Advent carols and so on. But none of us are really going back are we? Even though ‘going back’ is a term we use all the time, we are - of course - always going forward. We aren’t even ‘going back’ to the same as things were (quick quiz – who was it that said “No one ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and they’re not the same person”?) Inevitably things will be different, and I hope we will return to Church refreshed and ready for whatever the future brings.

Because although we say we are going back, in fact we are on an exciting path of going forward. I heartily commend to you the new Connect groups – small groups designed to help us explore and understand ourselves, the meaning of life and our faith as we move forward on our own paths. You’ll be receiving an invitation to join a group this Autumn, and I hope you’ll seriously and prayerfully consider taking part (to help yourself, and to help others).

What else has September in store for us? Well, the Churchwardens will begin creating a group of folk looking at the future of our glorious church building and what we offer the parish, beginning with consulting the congregation and the town this Autumn. Edward Bear returns this month, renewed and refreshed, for another season of fun, faith and friendship on Thursday mornings. The Parish lunches continue to serve the elderly and isolated, and Ossie’s kitchen will gather still more young and old together to eat. And finally (for now!), following the success of Breakfast Church (second Sunday of each month) we’re also considering if now is the time to begin a monthly church service based in the great outdoors, focussed on the environment and God’s creation.

Now, those of you with long memories will be wrinkling your noses and saying “well, that sounds pretty similar to what that vicar twenty years ago did ....” and I guess that’s inevitable. Because as a wiser person than I once wrote: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun”. (Ecclesiastes 1:9 New International Version (NIV))

So welcome back to Church, ever ancient, ever new ... and I pray that you’ll find something to excite and deepen your faith this September.

Your friend,


For well over a thousand years, people have lived and shared the Gospel in Ashbourne. However, today, the English parish, one of the oldest and best-loved institutions in England, is in a state of crisis.

In 1930, 30 per cent of the British population were members of a church – of any denomination. By 2010, the figure was 10.3 per cent and, according to the latest Church   Statistics survey, ‘membership’ is projected to fall to less than 8 percent per cent by 2025 – that’s all people who call themselves Christian.

Bringing it a little closer to home, the church of England in Derbyshire has declined by around 15% over the last ten years, and the decline is accelerating. As we speak, 50% of all our churches have fewer than 25 people in them – and the average age of those church members in the late sixties. Only 20% of the churches have any children in them at all.  You don’t need to be a mathematician to work out that most of our churches are teetering on the brink of survival.

Yet God hasn’t given up on Derbyshire, least of all Ashbourne. In St Oswald’s, we grew by 25% in 2017, and by another 25% in 2018. There is clearly a hunger for people to gather in community and live out the Gospel. But as the surrounding churches get smaller – and I pray that St Oswald’s continues to grow - this leaves us with a bit of a problem. We have more and more people coming, but it seems as though they are coming less frequently. Whereas once upon a time a ‘regular’ would be someone who came to church every week, regular is now once a month. And it’s great that so many more people see St Oswald’s as their church – but how do we create a sense of community, teach them the faith, and build them up as Christians if we only see them for an hour every other month? That’s a tall order in just six hours a year.

Well, I hope the Connect Groups will do what it says on the tin – they’ll connect people together, help them feel they belong, and encourage them in their faith by being safe places where questions can be asked.

But the Connect Groups are not just about other people – they’re also about you. It’s clear as we continue to grow, we need to decentralise the church, and give leadership and control back to the people God is building his church with. You.

There will still be people ordained to word and sacrament - vicars like Amanda and Nigel and Maggie and me – and preachers like Mike and Lynda - but the task of learning together, encouraging each other, caring for each other – will more and more become your role. And that’s how it should be – after all, who thought that one bloke with a dodgy memory would ever be able to keep tabs on all you lot!

So, the dream for Connect Groups is that they will learn together, support each other, care for each other, and – importantly – draw people from the outskirts into the centre of the life of our church.

Now to be honest I used to be sceptical of small groups. I thought it was a bit too faddish, touchy-feely, and created Christian social clubs instead of growing God’s Church. Maybe some small groups are guilty of these charges. However, I’ve come to see that small groups are essential if we are to become the Church God wants us to be.

1. Personal Discovery. First, personal discovery happens in small groups better than large groups for a number of reasons. You can learn, ask questions, involve yourself in the lives of others, and generally make yourself vulnerable among other people who are doing the same in small groups.

You just can’t do that in sermons. There is no conversation, no feedback, and no questions. There’s no room to challenge the preacher or even question any part of what’s being taught. Spiritual growth happens better with others, in community, with open lines of communication and freedom to speak into one another’s lives.

2. Smaller Communities Are More Effective. Second and closely related to the first, smaller communities act more like, well, communities. That may seem like a given, but the bigger the group is, the less like community it feels. You simply cannot know everyone beyond a certain point, and you certainly will not open up about your struggles in a large group of people you don’t know.

3. Deeper Friendships. With that in mind, the third factor is that small groups deliver deeper friendships that double as accountability. Others learn to read you and will understand what’s going on for you, creating opportunities to deal with real life difficulties as they surface. This is part of what we should expect from good friends.

4. Maximum Participation. Small groups deliver maximum participation. There are opportunities to discuss the issues with others in the church. Church life issues can be discussed openly among trusted friends. Mission can be planned out and participated in together. Lives are sharpened and leaders developed. Small groups are an absolute necessity for involving as many people as possible in the life and ministry of your church.

These, amongst many other reasons, are why I’m asking you to seriously, and prayerfully, consider being part of a Connect Group. As September progresses, you’ll hear a lot more about how to join.


Harvest Festivals around the Parishes

Why not support one of the neighbouring village churches for harvest this year?


Thursday 26th September   2pm Holy Trinity Clifton church school harvest
Saturday 28th September    6pm St Mary’s Church, Mappleton
Sunday 29th September      6pm Holy Trinity Clifton followed by auction
Monday 30th September     9am St Oswald’s school harvest
Sunday 6th October            10.30am St Oswald’s harvest festival and lunch
Sunday 6th October            9.30am St Peter’s Church, Snelston
Sunday 6th October            11am St Mary & St Barlok, Norbury and Roston
Sunday 20th October          9.15am St John’s, Ashbourne


Duncan Ballard

Ashbourne Group of Parishes

Area Dean of Carsington, Diocese of Derby

01335 343825

Choral Music at

St Oswald’s



Sunday 1st September             11th Sunday after Trinity

10.30   Parish Communion      I lift mine eyes

6.30     Evensong                     Blessed are the pure in heart/Walford Davies

Irish Blessing/Chilcott


Sunday 8th September            12th Sunday after Trinity 

9.00     Breakfast Church

10.30   Parish Communion      Brother James Air/Jacob

  1.      CHORAL EVENSONG with the combined choirs of St Oswald,

    St Matthew Darley Abbey, St John Derby and St Edmund Allestree.


    Canticles-Noble in B minor: Rose responses

    Ave Verum Corpus/Byrd

    The heavens are telling/Haydn


    Sunday 15th September           13th Sunday after Trinity/ Backpack Sunday

  2. Parish Communion      The heavens declare the

    Creator’s glory/Beethoven

    6.30     Evensong                     I give you a new commandment/Aston

                                                    We praise thee O God/Ireland


    Sunday 22nd September          14th Sunday after Trinity  

  3. Parish Communion      Lord give me faith/Robson

    6.30     Evensong                     O strength and stay/Thiman    

    Grant us thy peace/Mendelssohn


    Sunday 29th September           St Michael and All Angels     

    10.30   Parish Communion      Hymn to the Cherubim/Lvovsky

    3.00     Civic Service               As water to the thirsty/Barnard


                                                    Thou visitest the earth/Greene

    Choral Evensong on Sunday 8th September will be a feast of wonderful music with choristers from four choirs. Please do ensure we have a full congregation for this act of worship. It will be memorable for all concerned.


    Choir practices on Fridays at 7.00 resume on September 6th after the summer break. You are very welcome to join us then to see who we are and what we do. Our cathedral visit this year will be to Ripon where we sing Evensong on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th October.


    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




    Congratulations go to Alastair Barbour and Dan Evans on great results at A level enabling them to go to Nottingham (Chemistry with a year in industry) and York (Music) universities respectively. It has been a pleasure to watch them grow in confidence and maturity as the years have gone by. A special thank you must go to Dan for being such a great asset to the choir and our team of organists. We shall all look forward to hearing news of their progress and await their return at Christmas.


    Congratulations must also go to Josh Short, an active member of our choir for many years, as he goes to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and Rachel Sales, who has been with us most Sunday evenings this last year, who is going to the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow to do a PhD in Digital Health in September. What a talented team! 




I am now your representative for the Children's Society (formerly The Church of England Children’s Society) in our parishes. If you have a box that needs to be emptied, please leave it in the choir vestry or give to Michael Halls if I am not in church.

We have plenty of boxes available if you would like to become a boxholder. All that loose change and more adds up and makes a difference to the lives of vulnerable children that the Children's Society seeks to support. Please do what you can.

Children's Society.


Emily Vause                              




at St Oswald’s Church

Thursday 5 September 2019


Edward Bear meets Thursday mornings between 9.30am – 11.30am in St Oswald’s Church Centre. Families with pre-school children and babies are very welcome to join us.  Edward Bear offers a warm welcome to all parents and carers - tea, coffee, bacon rolls and toast and a healthy snack for the children later in the morning.  A chance to meet other parents and carers, and for children to play in a safe environment.

If you are interested in volunteering at Edward Bear, perhaps have a young child that you would like to come along and meet us. Please contact Chris Haycock 01335 347771 or call the Church Centre on 01335 343052

Phosphoros Theatre, in association with ACT One World Group presents

Pizza Shop Heroes


We’re going to tell you our stories how WE want to.
You’re not here to judge if we’re credible or not.
I am not here to make your conscience feel better
I don’t need you to feel sorry for me.


Shortlisted for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award 2016, this unique company stars four refugee young men who made the arduous journey to the UK on their own as children from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Albania. They have told their ‘stories’ repeatedly to the Home Office as part of seeking asylum and it is the desire to reclaim them that grounds Phosphoros Theatre’s innovative work.

From the precinct of a pizza shop we embark on a journey across time and continents to explore how they got here, where they’re going and what they’ve learnt along the way.  Powerful, celebratory, affirming, authentic; this is theatre that puts refugees centre stage.


Join us on Saturday 19 October for this free, community performance, including a Q&A with the actors after the show.

All tickets are free, but 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.




Church Events in the Benefice of Ashbourne


2nd June                St Oswald’s               Susan Harrison-Ellwood

9th June                St Oswald’s               Isabella Gee

23rd June              St Oswald’s               Alfie Machell & Kian Oliver

30th June              St Oswald’s               Billie Robinson


7th July                 St Oswald’s               Sydney Beresford

28th July               St Oswald’s               Mya-Ann Smith & Leo Robinson



1st June                St Peter’s                   Anna Grenville & Matthew Stylianou

1st June                St Oswald’s               Emmanuelle Sayers & Steven Botham

29th June              St Peter’s                   Alexandra Pollard & Timothy Brecht


26th July               St Mary & St Barlok  Lucy Mycock & Thomas Worsey

27th July               St Oswald’s               Laura Woolley & Christopher Lane



11th July               St Oswald’s                    Ian Charles Burton

15th July               St Oswald’s                    Joan Green, 97 years

22nd July              St Oswald’s                    James Handley, 77 years


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




St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne


Sanctuary Flowers in September


September 1st           Mrs R Chipchase

September 8th           Mrs M Heyes

September 15th         Mrs S Damesin

September 22nd        Mrs M L Wigley

September 29th         Mrs V Kirtley


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


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

Sunday 8th September 2019. God, a bacon butty and a fresh mug of coffee – all welcome. 9h00 – 9h40



St Mary & St Barlok, Norbury and Roston

Norbury & Roston WI.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 3rd September 2019 when the speakers will be Jean & Christine C and the title of their presentation will be “Compare Two Continents”.

Competition: Worst holiday experience – maximum 200 words.

Meet at Mary Clowes (Norbury) Village Hall, DE6 2EG at 7:30 pm.  Visitors always welcome £2 to include refreshments.  Email: or telephone Gill 01889 591346.


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.


Church Services:

Sunday 1st September             11am Morning Prayer

Sunday 8th September             11am Holy Communion

Sunday 15th September                       11am Morning Prayer

Sunday 22nd September                      11am Holy Communion

Saturday 28th September 2019            1.30pm Wedding



St Mary’s Church, Mappleton


1st September       9.15 am       Holy Communion (M. Rode)

8th September       9.15 am       Matins (M. Warner)

15th September     9.15 am       Holy Communion (D. Ballard)

22nd September    9.15 am       Matins (M. Warner)


28th September     6.00pm        Harvest Service


Coffee Morning at the pavilion in Mappleton on 4th September at 10.30 a.m.


Holy Trinity Church, Clifton


Date of next meeting - Wednesday 25th September 2019

Time - 7.15 pm Speaker - Jane Gregory

Subject - making jewellery

Venue - Clifton-Smith Hall

All visitors and new members are very welcome to come along.



The September lunch will be held at The Lilacs on Wednesday 25th September 2019 at 12.30 pm.  Please let Mrs Harbinson know by 23rd if you would like to attend. 01335 343749


Harvest Celebration

Clifton church will be holding a harvest celebration on 29th September at 6.00pm.  After the service there will be an auction to sell off all the produce provided by the school and light refreshments will be offered.  Please come along and support this service as all the money made goes to the church and any surplus dry ingredients will be donated to the "food bank".


Church Services:

Sunday 1st September             10.45am Holy Communion

Sunday 8th September             10.45am Morning Prayer

Sunday 15th September                       10.45am Holy Communion

Sunday 22nd September                      10.45am Morning Pray

Sunday 29th September                       6.00pm Evensong Harvest Festival


Community Café in Ashbourne

St Oswald’s Church Centre, School Lane, DE6 1AN
Tuesday, 24 September 2019

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.


Saturday June 29, 2019.


On what was probably one of the hottest days of the summer a select group of 7 plus Zac, Fly and Rustie set off shortly after 9am from Norbury Church on our “Rogation Walk”. The aim of this walk was to include all six churches in our group of parishes and this was the third time it had taken place, with a slightly varied route each time. It is our variation on the ancient tradition of “beating the bounds”, that is regularly walking the entire length of a parish boundary usually at Ascensiontide or Rogationtide to reaffirm its limits.

We started in a clockwise direction, firstly passing the elegant front and pretty gardens of Norbury Manor, owned by the National Trust and now a holiday let. Our first goal was Mappleton, which involved an initially delightful route along the River Dove to Mayfield. Part way along this path we encountered a much larger group of walkers taking part in the Snelston Village Walk, led by James Hollingsworth, who later joined us at Clifton for our concluding leg.

After Mayfield (coffee in the welcome shade of the churchyard) and Hanging Bridge, our way, still along the Dove, became less attractive – waist high nettles, long grass and cereal crops all hindered our passage, slowed our progress and delayed our arrival at Mappleton. However, we soon made up time on a straightforward climb up to Callow Top, down to cross the Tissington Trail near Seven Arches, and up the fields to the Buxton Road and St. John’s. Back on schedule we were ready for lunch at St. Oswald’s, where we retreated into the cool of the church hall.

Having lost (not literally!) two of our number and Rusty before lunch we were joined by Nancy for the afternoon return leg following part of the Shrovetide Walk, now sadly neglected, via Clifton, past the “Hug” statue and the down’ards goal. James then took us back along quiet lanes and field paths past Snelston Church, to the finish, somewhat hot and weary, at Norbury at 4pm. Here we were welcomed by Christine and David, who very kindly laid on tea and delicious homemade cakes as our well-earned reward!!

Total distance: 12.5 miles; total ascent: 700 feet.

Jackie Burns


20 Years On


20 years ago, the Rev’d Mike Smith started two organisations:  Edward Bear for the young and the residential lunch for our older generation, and over the years they have both gone from strength to strength. 


The residential lunch was for the elderly residents in the many care homes in Ashbourne at that time. We still have The Leys and Dove House residents. As we also welcome people who live in sheltered accommodation and those that live independently, we thought a change of name would be appropriate so these days it is called MONDAY LUNCH. We meet once a month on the second Monday of the month, with the exception of the month of August.  The next lunch is on 9 September 2019.


Alison and Val cook wonderful meals and we cater for between 50-55 people each month.  Our dedicated team of volunteers help keep things running smoothly, and we have always been grateful for the support given to us by Ashbourne Lions. When everyone arrives, we welcome them with tea/coffee, biscuits and a quiz.  After lunch we provide a variety of activities and entertainment.  A huge thank you to all those who help with the entertainment and especially to St Oswald’s and Osmaston Schools – very popular and always a delight to have them.


The Monday lunch is a very valued and important part of the Church’s outreach into the community.  Contact is kept with our vulnerable people who are no longer able to get to church and it gives our visitors a chance to get out of their homes, have a lovely lunch and meet other people in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.  Our volunteers spend time meeting, chatting and listening to their stories and it is an opportunity for them to offload any worries and concerns.


To all those who have helped in the past and those helping now, thank you for your memories and company over the past 20 years and to the Rev’d Mike Smith for his vision in starting this outreach project.


We will celebrate our 20 years at a later date.


Monday Lunch Team


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.









Ride London 100


August 4th 2019 was A Very Good Day despite my alarm going off at 4:45! I needed the early start to allow time for breakfast before setting out on my bike for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Five miles later, after a couple of wrong turns and a few closed roads I entered the Park at around 6:45 and joined the queue to start. Gradually we moved closer to the actual Start and I finally got away at 08:40, eager to cover the 100 miles out to Surrey and back to London, finishing on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. Around 25,000 people started which is why we were let go every 90 seconds in "waves" of a couple of hundred riders.


94 miles later I crossed the Finish Line! What happened to the 6 miles? Well an accident on Box Hill meant that an Ambulance was needed so the road was closed and riders were diverted. It's a shame to have missed out the one bit that practically everyone knows about, but it was clearly done for a good reason. I found out that Leith Hill - which is the hardest part of the whole route - was also closed for a while but after I'd gone up it.


The early part of the ride was quiet, riding steadily through Docklands, The City, Westminster, Knightsbridge and West London and out through Richmond Park. As the roads were closed to other traffic it felt very strange to be able to ride on the wrong side of the road and straight through red traffic lights! There were more folk around by the time I got to Kingston upon Thames (the first time) where many were waving and cheering. Lots of the charities who had sponsored riders had groups of supporters at the roadside with banners and flags, and bells and hooters which was very encouraging.

Later on, out in the Surrey countryside, where the roads narrowed there were times where the sheer volume of cyclists at one or two pinch points meant that we came to a complete halt and had to walk, pushing our bikes. This added perhaps 20-30 minutes to the time I took to finish.


The return back to London was much busier with lots of spectators and supporters beside the roads. Kingston was really busy the 2nd time through. The last real hill was at Wimbledon and then the roads were pretty flat (and fast!) all the way back to Westminster and The Mall where I finished, along with over 24,300 others, exactly 7 hours after I'd started. It was a wonderful experience and a great way to raise money for Christian Aid. 


Thank you to everyone who supported me by donations and encouragement. My total raised is currently £689 which is much more than I ever expected. You are the real stars!


Nick Taylor

You don’t have to read many copies of our parish magazine to discover the importance of food and sharing food in our benefice.  This ranges from Edward Bear’s bacon butties and cakes, Breakfast Church in the morning, through community lunches for the elderly and Lent and Harvest festival lunches in the middle of the day, to afternoon strawberry teas, and fish and chips suppers in the evening, not forgetting ‘Hymns and Pimm’s!  To this we can also add the food bank and Ossie’s kitchen.  Most important (though not for gastronomic reasons) are our regular Eucharists, or Holy Communions.


All this is firmly rooted in the Bible. The early storytellers include tales of how God invited Adam and Eve to eat the fruit of the trees in the garden (Gen.2:16-17- not forgetting the one exception); of how God provided food and drink for the Hebrews in the wilderness (Ex.16:13-16,17:2,5-6); of how Moses, Aaron and the seventy elders ate and drank in God’s presence on Mount Sinai (Ex. 24:11). They were even bold enough to tell of how God was one of Abraham’s three guests and ate the meal Abraham prepared (Gen.18:1-3), though Abraham did not recognise him at the time.  Later in Israel’s story, the prophets described how God invited his people to share a rich feast, free of charge (Isa.55:1).


It’s not surprising therefore, that food and feasting were an important part of Jesus’s ministry, both as provider and as guest.  He gave food to the crowds.  Like a Jewish father he took and blessed bread and fish, then like a mother he broke and gave them to the people (Mk.6:41-42).  He often had meals with disreputable characters (Mk.2:15-17), even inviting himself to the house of the unpopular Zacchaeus (Lk.19:5).  Many of his parables are about feasts, and how to behave at them and who to invite (Lk.14:8-14).  He shared supper with his friends the night before he died (Matt.26:17-19,26-28).  And after the resurrection, John’s gospel records the breakfast that Jesus prepared for them on the shores of Lake Galilee (Jn.21:9,12).


No wonder then that we want to join in by providing, serving and being served, sharing food and drink in communion with others. As Brian Wren writes in his hymn (number 305)      As Christ breaks bread, and bids us share,

                                    each proud division ends.

                                    The love that made us, makes us one,

                                    and strangers now are friends.

Who knows, we might be entertaining angels unawares (Hebs.13:1).

Deirdre Wilmore

Ashbourne Animal Welfare
Sponsored Walk at Ilam Country Park, Ilam


Sunday 29th September 2019 – 10:30am – 4pm

Choice of walks to suit all abilities – Walk with or without your dog.

Support us by:

  • Getting your friends to sponsor you, or
  • Join in on the day for a donation of £5, or
  • Sponsoring an Ark dog to walk for you.

For sponsorship forms ring 01335 300949 or download from the website





Ashbourne Churches Together ACT



This is the confidence we have in approaching God:  that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (1 John 5:14).

  • Thursday 5th September @ Tissington Chapel
  • Wednesday 2nd October 12:00 @ The Empire Club

    Followed by a soup and roll lunch.

  • Thursday 7th November @ 7:00 pm – Ashbourne Elim Church

    Communion and prayer.


    We look forward to joining together in prayer for 2019, seeking God’s will for Ashbourne and the surrounding villages.


Concert by the Daleian Singers in aid of ‘Careline’

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

Admission £8 including refreshments.

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



Evening Recital by the Witchell Trio

Fraser Graham, Jennifer Kelsey and Peter Coates

St Oswald’s Church, Saturday 19th October @ 7:30 pm


Those of you who heard them in our summer lunchtime recital series in June will already be aware how fortunate we will be to have such talent in our church.




Ashbourne Animal Welfare

September Open Day


Sunday 8th September 2019 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Ark, Wyaston Rd, Ashbourne DE6 1NB


The cats and dogs at The Ark invite you along to make their dreams of a loving new home come true!  Visit the cattery and kennels
Homemade lunches and teas - Gifts, Books, Bric a Brac

Free Admission

Tel 01335 300494 for more info


Saturday July 27, 2019.


You probably think by now that St. Oswald’s walkers are obsessed with the weather! If we are, it is not really surprising – after walking on one of the hottest days of the year in June we endured probably the wettest day of the summer in July.

It all started very promisingly so, ignoring the dire forecast, we set off as planned from Hay Wood car park north of Froggatt. We enjoyed lovely views over the Derwent Valley, Higger Tor and Stanage Edge as we descended through bracken and woodland to Grindleford Station. Then came a pleasant couple of miles through fields along the banks of the River Derwent. We were nearly at Hathersage when we felt the first drops of rain, but managed to have our coffee and don full waterproofs under the partial shelter of some trees.

From then on, the weather went downhill as we went uphill, gradually heading north towards Stanage Edge. We passed the late 16th century North Lees Hall, formerly home of the Eyre family. Charlotte Bronte stayed there and it is said that Thornfield Hall in her book “Jane Eyre” was modelled on North Lees Hall. Our ascent through Stanage plantation and up the old paved road known locally as Jacob’s Ladder became steeper as we neared the gritstone edge. We weren’t the only hardy types up there – there were even some rock climbers! Lunch was hastily consumed in the sort of shelter of some boulders. Fortunately, gritstone, unlike limestone, does not become slippery when wet, so we all managed to remain upright and made it to the trig point (1500 feet) and down to the road at Upper Burbage Bridge. There we decided on the slightly longer but easier route of descent along the well-defined path beneath Burbage Rocks, saving the planned visit to Higger Tor and Carl Wark for another day.

Pots of tea at the National Trust Longshaw Lodge were very welcome, after which the rest of our walk was south through the Longshaw Estate to our cars, the rain having eased off for this last stretch.

Total distance: 11.8 miles; total ascent: 1200 feet.

Jackie Burns