Group magazine June 2019

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From Duncan

I just can’t help it! At this time of year, my mind turns to those young people who are having to take exams. Although it is now many years since I took any form of public examination, the horrors still live with me! I wish all those facing this ordeal stamina, perfect recall of facts, and a touch of luck that the questions match their revision!

Of course, another form of examination, on a national scale, is currently underway as we once again have to weigh up all the issues of election – in the European parliament, a possible ‘confirmatory’ poll of the BREXIT deal, and perhaps even another general election is on the cards.

I think we sometimes forget how gruelling elections can be for candidates and before I came to this parish, I knew an MP who had a small majority and who faced the prospect of not only losing the election but also his livelihood. His children faced the loss of their home, friends and the life they had enjoyed and I know this weighed heavily on the family. He was defeated and it was a very tough time for them all. No doubt there will be many people facing a similar outcome as we approach the various elections this year. We should try to remember that people who put themselves up for election are human beings. It isn’t just about the leaders of parties and their national tours, but rather it is individual men and women who are to be elected in each seat and I for one think we would all do well to remember that the majority are committed and well-intentioned individuals.

Politicians often get a bad press, and some of them richly deserve it, but let us not tar them all with the same brush. In my experience of knowing MPs and candidates, going back to the late 1980's, most are decent and honourable people who simply want to serve their local communities.

A few days after the European election, on 6 June, is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest sea-borne invasion in history when the allies finally began their push to rid Europe of the Nazis. The horrors of that day cannot be underestimated and I know we still have residents of the parish who took part. The sacrifices of all those men during that battle and all the other battles that have been waged in the cause of our freedom are something that we should remember as we are once again invited to choose who governs us. It is a privilege unknown to many in our world and it has come at great cost. We are so fortunate to be able to express our views and for them to be enacted. So please do take part and exercise that responsibility in the various elections this year. Thank God we live in a society where democracy and freedom are cherished and protected. Long may that continue.

Your friend


Dates for your diaries:


Thursday 30th May   Ascension Day

9 am                Communion service with new Bishop

4 pm                Choral Eucharist with RSCM choirs


Saturday 1st June     

2pm                 Wedding, Matthew & Anna at Snelston

4pm                 Wedding, Steve & Emmanuelle at St Oswald’s


Wednesday 5th June 

7 pm                Launch of Home/Connect Groups at St Oswald’s


Thursday 6th June    

11 am              Short D-Day Memorial Service at Ashbourne Park Gates


Friday 7th June         

6.30 pm           Bingo / Fish & Chip Evening at St Oswald’s


Sunday 9th June        

Pentecost Sunday and Naomi’s last day with our churches


Monday 10th June    

11 am              Monday Lunch Club at St Oswald’s Church Centre

7.30 pm           PCC Meeting at St Oswald’s Church Centre


Saturday 22nd June

10h – 12h        Teddy Bear Parachuting off the roof of St Oswald’s


Thursday 27th June  

1.30 pm           Lunchtime Music. Stanton Waits Recorder Group at St Oswald’s Church


Friday 28th June

6.30 pm           Ashbourne Arts Festival Service


Saturday 29th June   

4 pm                Amanda Marshall’s priesting in Derby Cathedral.


Thy Kingdom Come will be held between Ascension and Pentecost, which is Thursday 30th May to Sunday 9th June 2019. This is a prayer initiative led by the Church of England for evangelisation.

2019 is the fourth year in which it has been held and it continues to grow, especially in its ecumenical reach of different churches and denominations involved.  In particular both the Methodist and Roman Catholic churches have a more formal part to play with some of their own dedicated resources and videos being produced for their national networks.  Many other member churches of Churches Together in England have a national ‘Champion’ who has been appointed to facilitate communication, advice, resources and networking within their denomination along the lines of the advice from the Archbishop of Canterbury ‘pray in your own way’.


Duncan Ballard

Ashbourne Group of Parishes

Area Dean of Carsington, Diocese of Derby

01335 343825



Church Events in the Benefice of Ashbourne


28th April             St Oswald’s                        Liam Barker


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


St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne

Sanctuary Flowers in June


June 2nd                       Mrs S. Miller

June 9th                        Vacant – Pentecost Red

June 16th          CEFAA (Church of England Flower Arrangers’ Association)

                        Chain of Flowers

June 23rd          Mrs B. Williams

June 30th          Mrs R. Sinclair


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



Free Community Bus

Free Community Bus collecting in Ashbourne town from 09:30 for the 10:30 Family Service at St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne.

Bus normally runs on the 3rd Sunday of the month, although this might vary due to availability of bus driver. In June the bus will run on Sunday 16th June.

For more information contact Gill and Paul Elliott.  Telephone 01335 343059


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.

On Tuesday 4th June we will celebrate a wave of prayer – a short service where we pray specifically for other MU branches and diocese across the world linked to Derby Diocese.  On Wednesday 12th June at 7:30 pm we will celebrate the Deanery Songs of Praise at St Giles, Matlock.

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 Oswald’s is a member of the Parish Giving Scheme and the Treasurer reports that the scheme is going very well.  This uses Direct Debit payments to replace giving by Standing Order or through weekly envelopes.  The Parish Giving Scheme has benefits for our Church, simplified financial administration, improved cash flow and monthly Gift Aid reclaims.  Donations made through this scheme use a direct debit.  This can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. Each donation is restricted to a parish church.


If you currently use offering envelopes and would like to consider moving to the Parish Giving Scheme, or you wish to commence regular giving to St Oswald’s, please contact the church treasurer, Mr Michael Hyde on 01335 342851 or

For more information :


Don’t forget breakfast church at St Oswald’s Church Centre:  This month it will be held on SUNDAY 9th JUNE.  God, a bacon butty and a fresh mug of coffee – all welcome. 9h00 – 9h40


Tales of St Oswald’s

Charles Haycock sends us another story!

Around 1930 the tower and spire of St. Oswald’s church were in danger of collapse due to subsidence caused by water under the chancel. Previous restoration had not solved the problem. It was possible to see people in the street through cracks in the stonework!

My grandfather, Henry Haycock was Parish Clerk and verger at the church. In 1931 he was present when a diver went under the tower to investigate. My son Neil remembers seeing a picture of a man in a large metal diving helmet going down but he can’t remember where he saw it. A lead coffin was brought out and the decision was taken to open it.  It contained the body of a lady obviously of some substance as she was adorned in much jewellery. After a short time of exposure to the air the skeleton collapsed and turned to dust. The coffin was returned to where it had come from.

There is supposed to be some sort of access to a well under the choir stalls opposite the organ.

Do say:  Isn’t that amazing – how fascinating!

Don’t say:  I wonder what happened to the jewellery?



St Mary’s Church, Mappleton

Flower Rota

June 16th and 24th – Joan

June 30th – Mossie Jackson

July 7th and 14th - Evans family

August 4th and 11th - Eunice

August 18th and 25th - Grindey family



2nd June                9.15 am       Holy Communion

9th June                9.15 am       Matins

16th June              9.15 am       Holy Communion

23rd June              9.15 am       Matins

30th June              6.30 pm       Evensong Patronal Festival at Snelston


Monday 10th June - St. Oswald’s Church Luncheon



Coffee morning – Wednesday 5th June 2019.





Dentist’s Hymn                            Crown Him with Many Crowns

Weatherman’s Hymn                   There Shall Be Showers of Blessings

Builder’s Hymn                           The Church’s One Foundation  

The Tailor’s Hymn                      Holy, Holy, Holy  

The Golfer’s Hymn                     There is a Green Hill Far Away

The Politician’s Hymn                 Standing on the Promises  

Optician’s Hymn                         Open My Eyes That I Might See

The Inland Revenue’s Hymn       I Surrender All  

The Gossip’s Hymn                     Pass It On  

The Electrician’s Hymn               Send the Light

The Shopper’s Hymn                   Sweet Bye and Bye  




Choral Music at St Oswald’s


Sunday 2nd June                     Sunday after Ascension

10.30   Parish Communion      Rejoice the Lord is King/Archer

6.30     Evensong                     God is gone up/Croft

                                                Lift up your heads/Mathias


Sunday 9th June                      Whitsunday     Pentecost

10.30   Parish Communion      Litany to the Holy Spirit/Hurford

6.30     Choral Evensong         Brewer in D     Ayleward responses

                                                Come Holy Ghost/Attwood

                                                Come down O Love Divine/Harris


Sunday 16th June                    Trinity

10.30   Parish Communion      Christ be with me/Rawsthorne

6.30     Evensong                    Sanctus/Schubert

Hymn to the Cherubim/Lvovsky


Sunday 23rd June                   The first Sunday after Trinity

10.30   Parish Communion      Panis Angelicus/Franck

6.30     Evensong                     Cantate Domino/Pitoni

                                                Hymn to the Trinity/Tchaikovsky


Sunday 30th June                    The second Sunday after Trinity

                                                St Peter and St Paul   

10.30   Parish Communion      I gotta robe

6.30     Evensong                     O come ye servants of the Lord/Tye

at SNELSTON                         Locus Iste/Bruckner


Thank you

Michael Halls

Director of Music


at St Oswald’s Church

THURSDAYS at 1.30 pm

Following on from the success of last year’s lunchtime recitals, we have some very special treats for you this year.

Each event is free and will last less than 45 minutes.


6th June                        Roger Harrison, Judy Harrison and Sheralyn Rennert, will present an eclectic mix of music

13th June                      The Witchell Trio    

Fraser Graham, Jennifer Kelsey and Peter Coates will play the Rachmaninov’s Trio Elégiaque No. 1 and Dvorak’s Dumky trio No. 4.

20th June                      Michael Halls and Rob Morton

will be playing piano duets for you.

27th June                      Stanton Waits Consort  

This is a locally based recorder ensemble. They will also use the piano in the music.

4th July                         QEGS sixth form musicians

This has become an annual treat for us to see young musicians demonstrate such skill.

11th July                       Cathy Lamb organ recital

Our final recital in this series features the organ.  Cathy is effervescent and makes the organ sing for you.


.…Any donations will be for the work of St Oswald’s Church…..

Thank you.

Michael Halls

Director of Music

Ashbourne Churches Together
News June 2019

ACT is for all of us in all our churches




30 May 4 pm

Royal School of Church Music Choral Music Service for Ascension Day at St Oswald’s Church

Claire Critchlow 343052

Sunday 2 June

3 pm

Thanksgiving Service for all volunteers and supporters of Tissington Well Dressing event, by the green in front of St Mary’s Church Tissington

Carollyn McDonald 664132

4 June 9 am – 3pm

Major Incident Emergency Planning Exercise.  Is anyone interested in becoming an emergency chaplain?

Duncan Ballard 343825

Tuesday 4 June 7pm – 9 pm

Introduction to Churchwarden Role & Responsibilities: Training Workshop at St Oswald’s Church.  Free.  Booking essential:


Wed 5 June midday  

ACT Monthly Prayer Meeting.  Prayer walk from St Oswald’s Church

Di Lambert 661238

Sat 8 June

4-6:30 pm

Baptism Workshop: to learn together with other families what it means to have a baptism in an Anglican church.

Claire Critchlow 343052

Sat 8 June 7pm £8/£1

Rhythm of Life – A Concert for a Summer’s Evening Chameleon Choir, organist Greg Barker and a saxophone quartet.  Methodist Church

AMC 360308

Thursday 13 June 1-2:30pm

The Empathy Hub: A social support group for parents & children with Special Educational Needs +/or disabilities.  Elim Church, Waterside

Di Lambert 661238

Mon 17 June 7-9pm

Treasurer Training: Workshop at St Oswald’s Church.  Free. Booking essential


Tuesday 18 June 10 am – 1pm

Health & Safety for Churches:  Workshop at St Oswald’s Church.  Free. Booking essential


Tuesday 18 June7:30 pm

Dementia and Strategies for Coping’.  Talk and refreshments.  Methodist Church.

Joyce Odell 419319

Wednesday 19 June

11:30 am

Old Airfield Group:  meet at St Oswald’s Church carpark to drive to the Old Airfield and prayer walk, praying for the new housing development.

Amanda Marshall


Monday 17 June 11am – 2pm

Ashbourne Community Brunch: an informal networking opportunity for professional to come together, share initiatives and updates on new developments in the community.  St Oswald’s Church Centre

Duncan Ballard 343825

21June – 7 July

Craft and Chat: celebrating and sharing.  Yarn bombing, art installation and displays.

Clare Sales 342321

Saturday 22 June10am – noon

Teddy Bear Parachuting from the roof of St Oswald’s Church.  For all brave Teddies

Claire Critchlow 343052

Tuesday 25 June 7:30 pm

Music and Silence:  Four-part harmony singing in the Taizé style.  St Oswald’s Church.

Felicity Morgan 301147




Holy Trinity Church, Clifton



All the members were welcomed to our AGM and Resolution meeting.  Nancy Hawksworth came along to help with any queries and all the usual items of the agenda were discussed.  We brought Ashbourne Show to everyone’s attention and a number of outings were read out.  The interesting items in the County Link were pointed out and finally the litter pick around the village was confirmed.


During the AGM section all the past committee were re-elected with no additions and Tina Harbinson agreed to continue as President.  Nancy covered all the future events mentioned in the Link informing us about venues and activities over the next few months.  This year’s resolutions were "Don't fear the smear" and "A call against the decline in local buses".  These two items were discussed in full with no disagreement at all and final vote came out as unanimous for both resolutions.  The outcome of these will be taken to the NFWI annual meeting in Bournemouth on 5th June 2019.

The Secretary read out a report from the Committee. The treasurer reported that our financial situation is OK for this year but as our numbers have declined during the last year, a number of fundraising ideas will have to be discussed.  The Social Report was read out and the President covered everything during the past year and thanked all the members of the committee.  Finally, the President was thanked for all her work during 2018/19.

The evening concluded with refreshments provided by the Committee and everyone enjoyed a lot of chatting for the remainder of the evening.


The next meeting will be on 12th June, 2019 when the speaker will be Pat Hall and her subject will be "comedy". 


We always like to see new faces and try to make everyone as welcome as possible.  If you would like to contact Clifton WI, please call Tina Harbinson (President) on 01335 343749 or Phyl Kirkman (secretary) 01335 343498



The June lunch will be held at Hope Cottage on Wednesday 26th June, 2019 at 12.30 pm.  Please let Mrs. Williams know if you would like to attend. 01335 345459 by 24th June 2019.




2nd June                10.30 am     Holy Communion

9th June                10.30 am     Morning Prayer

16th June              6.30 pm       Songs of Praise

23rd June              10.30 am     Morning Prayer

30th June              6.30 pm       Evensong Patronal Festival at Snelston


Tina Harbinson




2nd Ashbourne Scout Group will be holding an open event on Saturday 15th June at St Oswald’s Church Centre from 10am for parents and children interested in joining Beavers, Cubs or Scouts in Ashbourne.


The event is open to youngsters aged 6 to 12 years and will include some typical Scouting activities as a Taster Session.


If you are interested in participating please contact Paul Elliott email: 







WEDNESDAY 5, 12, 19 & 26 JUNE

7:30 – 9:30 PM






Friday, 7 June 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Adults £8 – Children £6

Bring your Own Drinks - Tea & Coffee provided

Sign up at St Oswald’s Church or call

Proceeds towards Church Centre Restoration Fund


At the end of April, we held a very successful Induction Day when all preparation and routines were run through by a large group of volunteers.  The cooking team produced an excellent three course meal of chunky mushroom soup or a mushroom pate on bruschetta followed by cottage pie with swede and carrot mash, the vegetarian option of cheese and tomato pasta Napolitana all topped off with pineapple cake with custard.   Thirty invited ‘food tasters’ thoroughly enjoyed the meal and certainly did not go home hungry!

So now all is set for the official ‘Opening’ and welcoming of first guests on Tuesday 26th June from 4pm to 6pm in the St Oswald’s Church Centre.

If you are aware of anyone, of any and all ages, who is socially isolated or suffering food poverty please let them know that they will be most welcome to join us for what we know as an intergenerational social eating experience!  It will be appreciated if folk would phone Maggie or Nigel on 01335 664159 to reserve a place.

We will be grateful for all help in promoting this new venture and your prayers for its success.




The Daleains Triumph in Cornwall 


Nigel and Maggie spent the first May Bank Holiday weekend at the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival where Nigel sang with his fellow choristers, ‘The Daleian Singers’.

The Festival is regarded as the largest Festival of its type with fifty UK choirs participating and a further twenty from various countries around the world including Australia, Canada and South Africa.

Over the weekend, The Daleians participated in concerts in Camborne, Bude and at the Eden Project, but the focus and highlight of the weekend was the competition in Truro Cathedral where they sang three pieces, ‘Nirvana’ a Victorian love song, ‘Ave Maris Stella’ a Latin Canticle and ‘Glory, Glory’ a traditional African-American Spiritual written in 2005 following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

To The Daleians great delight they were awarded not only the best UK Choir in their competition class but also the prestigious award of best UK Choir over all the Festival. A very special weekend!

The Daleains are due to return to St Oswald’s for a concert on 26th October 2019, so note the date in your diaries now, a concert not to be missed!

Nigel Rode




at St Oswald’s Church


Edward Bear starts at 9.30am (although parents are welcome earlier after dropping their older children off at school). Families start to arrive and the Church Centre is soon bustling with up to 25 babies and children and their parents and carers – not to mention the volunteers.

No Duncan that’s not right!!

Our staff have been a bit thin on the ground this month due to holidays and we are grateful that the clergy have stepped in to lead some of the stories at Worship time. This month we have covered the Resurrection stories. We have learned about the walk to Emmaus, the picnic on the beach and the big catch of fish. The last one was very amusing. Duncan was the story teller and started off by teaching the children new words to ‘Row, row, row your boat’. The children know a version that finishes with ‘if you should see a crocodile don’t forget to scream’.  Duncan’s version didn’t have a crocodile in it and was appropriate to the story. One three-year-old kept telling Duncan he had forgotten the crocodile and was very adamant about it! When it came to Duncan asking the children what was in the heavy net said three-year-old shouts out ‘a crocodile’!!

We have invested in some new toys and have bought a table and two chairs, a replacement trampette, and fabric food for the toy kitchen to replace plastic items.

Edward Bear meets every Thursday morning 9.30am – 11.30am in St Oswald’s Church Centre. For more information please contact Chris Haycock 01335 347771  email or the Parish Office 01335 343052 email




St John’s Church, Ashbourne

The Most Impressive Person I Have Ever Met

Paul from St John's remembers meeting Simone Veil


Several books have been written about Simone Veil, but she is not well known in the UK.


European involvement in the Second World War ended in May 1945, we had yet to settle down to the cold war, and the papers, from Picture Post to the London Illustrated News were still full of the horrors of the concentration camps.  Simone Veil had been born into a non-practicing Jewish family in Nice on 13 July 1927.  She took her baccalaureate (A levels) in March 1944.  Being in the south of France, they thought that they were safe from the Nazis until 1945, when Hitler, aided by the ‘Vichy’ French President Pétain, decided to take over those parts of France which they did not already control, and remove all Jews.  Simone, together with the rest of her family were arrested and shipped off to Auschwitz, in Poland, in cattle trucks.  It is estimated that 1,100,000 people were killed in Auschwitz.  Perhaps a reason why Simone, her mother and one sister, survived at this stage, was that the Russians were advancing westward through Poland and it was decided to move prisoners to Bergen Belsen; where Simone’s mother, some other members of her family, and thousands of other people died of starvation and of typhus – which was rife.  Bergen Belsen was ‘liberated’ on 13 April 1945 – by which time many of the inmates were dead or dying.  There is no record as to how or where Simone’s brother and father died.  After the war Simone had a brilliant academic and political career in France (amongst many duties she was Minister of Health for some years).  She was honoured throughout the world, with a multitude of honorary university degrees (including Cambridge and Edinburgh), very unusually, for a person who was not ‘British’, she was made a ‘Dame Commander of the British Empire’ (D.B.E.)


As a member of a delegation, I met Simone Veil three times, when she was the French health minister (on problems relating to the mutual recognition of diplomas).  She is the most impressive person I have ever met.  When she entered a room, all conversation stopped!  Her concentration camp number (78651) was tattooed on her left wrist – she never tried to have it removed.  One of the aims of the E.U. was to prevent a further war between France and Germany.  Yet for years this French minister would not speak to a German.  She had to give way on this when she became president of the European parliament, a post she was elected to in 1976 and held for three years.


Simone married Antoine on 26 October 1946 – their marriage lasted 67 years, she died on 20 June 2017.  Her three sons survived her.



St Mary and St Barlok, Norbury and Roston

Next meeting is on Tuesday 4th June 2019.  Meet at Mary Clowes (Norbury) Village Hall at 7.30 pm.  The speaker for the evening will be Steve Cooke from Eggheads. Visitors (including gentlemen) are welcome to this meeting, but please phone Gill on 01889 591346 to aid us with the catering.  £2 for WI members /£3 for non-members. Visitors always welcome. Please contact  - telephone 01335 324980


Norbury & Roston Parish Council:  we currently have two vacancies on the Norbury & Roston Parish Council.  The Council would welcome anyone who lives or works within the Parish.  We meet 6 times a year – usually on a Monday evening in Mary Clowes Hall at 7pm.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact the Clerk on 01335 324692 or email


Jubilee Group: 

This year’s June walk will be on Friday 7th June.  Walkers will be settling off with David Coxon at 5:45 pm and those wanting a run will be accompanying Duncan Sadler at the same time.  Barbeque and drinks available about 6:30 pm.


Family Footy – this will be kicking off at 6.30 pm on Friday 21st June.  Please let Joy (01335 324288) know if you would like to play.




2nd June                11.00 am     Morning Prayer

9th June                11.00 am     Holy Communion

16th June              11.00 am     Morning Prayer

23rd June              11.00 am     Holy Communion

30th June              6.30 pm       Evensong Patronal Festival at Snelston



Ashbourne Animal Welfare


Dancing Dogs Open Day at the Ark

Sunday 9th June 2019 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Ark, Wyaston Rd, Ashbourne DE6 1NB

Dog show starts 12:30 pm
Displays of heelwork and dancing to music by The Academy for Canine Education.

Visit the cattery and kennels
Homemade lunches and teas - Gifts, Books, Bric a Brac - Free Admission

Tel 01335 300494 for more info





Where have all the proverbs gone?

I asked myself one day.

The colour in our language

Has faded quite away.

Where is that stitch

That once saved nine

While making do and mend?

And what about the pride that came

Before a sticky end?

And where’s the slip, twixt cup and lip

That kept expectations low?

The same place as the chickens,

If you counted them.  Just so.

My mother’s talk was full of them

These injunctions to be wise

A list of clever sayings

By which to lead your life.

This fund of home spun philosophy

Has stood me in good stead

Brought variety to my utterance,

So are proverbs really dead?

Let’s revive the art of proverb use

To lend colour to our speech,

To make our listeners sit up,

And to practise what we preach.


Di Deighton