Group magazine April 2019

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From Duncan

 Tenebrae: St. Oswald's Church, Sunday 14th April, 6.30pm

Dear friends,

This month - rather later than usual - we remember the events of Good Friday and celebrate the glory of Easter. The injustice and cruelty of the former and the hope and assurance of the latter may help us to make sense of the conflicting and often disturbing events taking place in our world.

On Good Friday the most honest, generous and open person who ever lived was cruelly executed. Around the cross stood His mother, and a few close friends and family. Beyond them, a crowd jeered. The soldiers went about their grim task. Even the sky was dark.

Yet in the gloom there was hope. Jesus forgave those who were killing him: ‘they don’t know what they’re doing’. He asked His best friend to look after his mother. A criminal who was being executed alongside Jesus had a change of heart and asked Him to ‘remember me when you come into your kingdom’ - and received the most wonderful promise of paradise today. Even the Roman centurion, who had stood watching the condemned man die, testified that ‘surely this man was a son of God’.

In other words, at the darkest time there was light, a Light which blazed out on Easter morning. This paradox – the truth that even in the worst moment there are signs of hope – is the deep message of Easter. We are made in God’s image. We are precious to God. But we are fallen, flawed, lost. Those two truths are right there in the story of Good Friday and Easter. And which one wins? No prizes for guessing.


Easter is almost upon us, and at St. Oswald's this year there will be the traditional cycle of services: Palm Sunday procession, Tenebrae, the Maundy Thursday meal, the Good Friday meditation at the foot of the cross, and then the great Easter day celebration. Palm Sunday, Easter:  these you may be familiar with – but what about Tenebrae?

The word ‘tenebrae’ is Latin for shadows. The purpose of the Tenebrae service is to recreate the emotional aspects of the passion story, so this is not supposed to be a happy service, because the occasion is not happy. If your expectation of Christian worship is that it should always be joyful and exhilarating, you won’t appreciate this service until the second time you attend it!

The dramatic retelling of the events leading up to Jesus' death is by candlelight, and as each step in the story unfolds, so a candle is snuffed out. As the story darkens, the shadows lengthen – until only one candle remains, and a solo voice slowly sings a lament.

Then Jesus' death is announced.

The final candle is extinguished; the book is slammed shut. There is silence – unbroken by blessing or final prayer. In Luke we're told that once the crowd saw Jesus die, they went away in “deep sorrow”. But Jesus' friends stood at a distance, watching. For some reason they stay in front of the cross, with all that they had hoped for hanging in front of them – destroyed.

Tenebrae is a very uncomfortable kind of service. It resolves without hope. It leaves us, like Jesus' friends, standing at the cross. 

Tenebrae: St. Oswald's Church, Sunday 14th April, 6.30pm


In the parish magazine this month you’ll find quite a bit about safety:  feeling safe yourself and ensuring children and adults in our care are kept safe. Some may feel saddened at the need for a child protection policy - after all, we never used to have them. However, people look to St. Oswald’s as a place they can trust.

Millions of people all over the world belong to the Church. They seek to serve others in the imitation of Christ. They are spiritually enriched, rewarded and comforted by the teachings enshrined in the Gospels and seek to live happy and trustworthy lives.

A very few break this trust, but those who do bring untold damage and can wreck the lives of those whom they abuse.

Our vulnerable people protection policy has now been in place for several years and we feel confident that it is being followed. It was written due to a growing realization that it is not only children who are abused, but also 'vulnerable adults'; in other words, those with physical, learning or sensory disabilities, dementia or mental health problems.

The Bible is very clear that people of faith should act justly and mercifully towards everyone; the alien (i.e. refugees and asylum seekers- Leviticus 19 v 33), and orphans and widows (James 1 v 27). Jesus displayed copious amounts of care and compassion towards those who were ill or disabled (e.g. John 5 v 1-9). If these principles are being worked out in the life of a church, it should be a safe place for all, including vulnerable adults.

The policy is summarized as:

  • We are committed to respectful pastoral ministry to all adults within our church community.
  • We are committed, within our church community, to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable people.
  • We will carefully select and train all those with any pastoral responsibility within the Church, including the use of Criminal Records Bureau disclosures where legal or appropriate.
  • We will respond without delay to any complaint made that an adult for whom we were responsible has been harmed, cooperating with police and the local authority in any investigation.
  • We will seek to offer informed pastoral care to anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate healing ministry.
  • We will challenge any abuse of power by anyone in a position of trust.
  •  We will care for and supervise any member of our church community known to have offended against a vulnerable person.


How to cope with feeling unsafe

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we don’t feel safe or comfortable. Sometimes feeling uncomfortable stops us from doing things we want to, things that we might enjoy or that would be good for us, and feeling unsafe can make us miserable, angry or depressed. I recently went on a course to learn about an approach which enables all people and especially the young, to develop ways of coping with these feelings and to learn safety strategies. This approach helps people to grow in confidence and self-esteem as they take control of situations instead of feeling victims.

There is no way that I can do justice to a two-day course in just a few words, but I pass on some ideas that might be helpful.

Sometimes people can feel trapped or even excluded by ‘unwritten rules’- ‘boys don’t cry’, ‘children should always do as adults tell them,’ ‘it’s good to be independent,’ ‘that’s no job for a woman,’ and by others telling us how we ought to feel, think and do.

Feelings are feelings. There is no right or wrong way to feel in any given situation. But sometimes we hide our feelings with other feelings or behaviour. Fear can hide behind anger or insecurity behind brashness.

We can’t always choose what happens to us but we can choose how we respond and we often have more choice than we first think.

How we think can influence how we feel and what we do. Some people say that they cannot control their feelings and so cannot control their behaviour. This is not true. We can use our thinking to decide which choice is best for us.

We often take risks on purpose because what we want to achieve in the end is more important to us and it’s sometimes ‘fun’ to be scared, and that’s OK because we have made the choice and we are in control.

If we feel unsafe, we can ask for help. ‘There is nothing so awful that we can’t talk about it with someone.’ It’s good to be able to identify people that we can talk to about how we are feeling. We can become aware of ‘early warning signs’ in our bodies, heart beating faster, feeling sick or hot for example, and learn to recognise that we have choices, asking for help if need be.

We all have a right to feel safe and we all have responsibility to enable others to feel safe.



The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) will take place in the Church at 11.15 am on Sunday 28th April.

On that occasion there will be various reports giving an overview of church life in the past year.  A number of elections will also take place: that of two Churchwardens and six places on the PCC which have come up for re-election.  Many of our church members have served on the PCC and so will be very familiar with the duties and responsibilities of a PCC member only too well.  However, for the sake of those who do not, here is some information in the form of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’!

The PCC – What is it and What does it do?

It has a duty to consult together with the Minister on matters of general concern and importance to the parish. It cooperates with the minister in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church.  The church is called to be:

Worshipping – to worship the Lord our God;

Pastoral - to look after individual people;

Evangelistic - to communicate to people the Good News of the gospel of Christ;

Social - to help poorer members of society as well as those suffering from racial, economic and other forms of injustice; and

Ecumenical - to encourage good relations with other Christian denominations.

 The PCC is involved in much more than controlling the spending of money and looking after the church fabric – almost everything to do with the church’s work in the parish, its relationships with deanery and the diocese are matters which the PCC and priest should be able to discuss together.

Are PCC Members liable for Church debts?

The PCC is called in law ‘a body corporate.’  This means that the PCC is a separate body from the people who serve on it.  So, no one on the PCC can be made liable for its debts.

How often does it meet?

During the course of the year we expect to meet six times – or every 6-8 weeks.

Do you need any special qualifications to be on the PCC?

No, but you must be on the electoral roll;

  • Be over 16;
  • Consent to being appointed;
  • Hold generally to the official teaching and beliefs of the Church of England.


    However, everyone has gifts, experience and special interests that can make a lively and helpful contribution to the PCC and parish.  There are opportunities to serve on sub-committees – fabric, finance, worship, Christian formation, or be involved in children’s work, social events or represent the church ecumenically or at a deanery level.

    How long do I serve for?

    Currently a term is 3 years.  This may sound a long time but it takes a while to learn your way round and begin to make a contribution.  After 3 years, you may stand for re-election for a further 3 years but will then have to stand down for a year after that.

    In order to ensure that we have a turnover that’s not too disruptive, one third of the PCC are normally re-elected each year.  However, since we are currently making adjustments to the system, one or two places are currently for a shorter period.

    If you think you’d like to serve the church and parish on the PCC, please speak to Duncan the Vicar, Linda Barbour or Nick Taylor, the Churchwardens, or any current member of the PCC. If you know of someone who might make an excellent new PCC member - excellent (but do speak to them first before nominating them!)


    Duncan Ballard

    Ashbourne Group of Parishes

    Area Dean of Carsington, Diocese of Derby

    01335 343825

    Once in every six years the preparation of new church electoral rolls takes place, which means that everyone must come off the roll and re-apply.  This year a completely new electoral roll is to be prepared.

The Electoral Roll is the list of all those who want to be considered part of St Oswald’s, and allows you to attend, speak and vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) or stand for election to the Parochial Church Council.


Everyone who would like their name to be on the Roll needs to complete a form (whether you are on the present roll or not).

At St Oswald’s, the completed forms should be given to a Churchwarden or handed in at the Parish Office before 9th April 2019.

This renewal also applies to St John’s, Clifton, Norbury, Mappleton, and Snelston churches.  Please ask the Electoral Roll Officer or Churchwarden about their arrangements.


Julian Meetings are a non-denominational gathering where, after a short introduction, the meeting turns to silence and waiting on God for around 20 minutes. There is no Agenda and no "line" is promoted. They take inspiration from Mother Julian of Norwich whose mediations on the visions she received when dangerously ill and close to death were written up as 'Revelations of Divine Love'; one of the very earliest books written in English. Julian lived in the 14th Century, around the time the Nave, tower and spire were added to St Oswald's.

The Ashbourne Julian Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month from 7pm to 7.30 pm and in Summer Time are usually held in St Oswald's Chapel. While the weather has been cold, we have been lucky to meet in Jan Morton's home. The next few meetings will be 4th April, 2nd May and 6th June.  Please check with Nick and Margaret to see where the meeting of 4th April will be held.


Nick & Margaret Taylor  Tel. 01335 324656 and 07769 238455

Church Events in the Benefice of Ashbourne


6th February     Markeaton Crematorium    Marjorie Burtonshaw

12th February   Markeaton Crematorium    Rosemary Barks, 85 years

22nd February  St Oswald’s                        Donald Froggatt, 81 years.

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



St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne


Flowers for Easter


During Lent there are no flowers in church but on Saturday 20 April the church will be decorated for Easter. Many like to commemorate loved ones by making a donation towards the cost of the flowers and your donations can be handed to Judith Sadler, Celia Yates or any of the regular flower arrangers. Decorating will start at 9.30 am and as we are always on the lookout for new flower arrangers or those who would like to learn about the flowers, then the 20th April will be a wonderful opportunity to come along and meet the flower arrangers and have a go.

On Easter Sunday we will be decorating the Easter cross, in the past this has usually been with daffodils but it is highly likely that they will be well past their best by the time Easter comes so this year the cross will be decorated with bunches of small flowers, please bring a few with you as early as possible on Easter Sunday so they can be added to the cross and a wonderful symbol of resurrection will be created.


Sanctuary Flowers

Sunday 21st April         Easter flowers

Sunday 28th April        Easter flowers


If anyone would like to donate towards the Easter Flowers in memory of loved ones please see any of the regular flower arrangers or 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. Future dates are:  21st April, 19th May and 16 June 2019.

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. 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



Don’t forget breakfast church at St Oswald’s Church Centre:  This month it will be held on Palm Sunday – April 14th.  God, a bacon butty and a fresh mug of coffee – all welcome. 9h00 – 9h40


Lent Lunches in April

Tuesdays at 12h30

2nd April – Methodist Church

9th April – Dovedale House, Ilam

Contact: Sue Schulz 01335 350365

ACT One World Group Cake Stall at Tissington Well Dressings – May/June 2019.

We will be holding our usual cake stall in aid of Christian Aid from 30 May - 2 June. More details in next month’s Parish Magazine but advance warning that we shall be looking for people to staff the stall and to bake cakes for us to sell.

We do need your help.

John Hurfurt





Choral Music at St Oswald’s


Sunday 7th April                     Passion Sunday          

10.30   Parish Communion      My song is love unknown/Archer

3.00     Civic Service               My song is love unknown/Archer

6.30     Evensong                     Jesu joy of man’s desiring/Bach

                                                O Saviour of the world/Goss


Sunday 14th April                   Palm Sunday  

  1. Parish Communion      Palm Sunday antiphon/Morgan

    6.30     Tenebrae


    Thursday 18th April                Maundy Thursday

    7.00     Holy Communion        Tantum Ergo/Durufle


    Friday 19th April                    Good Friday

    2.00                                         The Last Hour

    7.00                                         The Crucifixion/Stainer

    Music, readings and prayers for Good Friday


    Sunday 21st April                    Easter

    10.30   Easter Communion     Jesus is risen /Tanzanian melody arr Bell

    Ye choirs of new Jerusalem/Stanford



    Canticles-Dyson in D    Responses- Sanders

    This joyful Eastertide

    Blessed be God the Father/Wesley


    Sunday 28th April                   Second Sunday of Easter   

    10.30   Parish Communion for all churches in the group; no choir.


    Thank you.

    Michael Halls

    Director of Music

    Good Friday in Church

    19th April

    Two musical treats and plenty to reflect upon in church this Good Friday:

    12.15               Ashbourne Churches Together

    Walk of witness (meet at Sainsburys)


    2pm                 St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne:  The Last Hour - an hour at the foot of the Cross (Easter reflections)

    2pm                St John’s Church, Ashbourne:

    Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ” is a moving work in short sections inspired by Jesus’ words on the cross and is one of the composer’s most profound works.  It will be performed by local musicians.  The work comprises an introduction, seven slow movements corresponding to the seven words, and a musical depiction of the earthquake following the crucifixion.  The movements will be interspersed with appropriate readings telling the story of the crucifixion.

    7.00pm                        St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne:

    John Stainer's The Crucifixion is England's best-known example of the musical Passion -- inspired equally by the Passion            settings of J.S. Bach, the oratorios of Felix Mendelssohn, and traditional Anglican service music. Stainer’s Crucifixion is typical of the expressive church music of the late 19th century, with its unshakably ardent belief in the Gospel. It is this that makes the piece so remarkable in its range from aching tenderness, through painful despondency, to majestic triumph.

    Easter Day Services

    Sunday 21st April

    Come and celebrate the greatest day of the year in Church.


    6am                 St Oswald’s Easter sunrise service (followed by bacon butties)

    8am                 St Oswald’s traditional Holy Communion

    9.15am             Mappleton St Mary’s Easter Communion

    St John’s Easter Communion

    9.30am             St Peter’s Snelston Easter Communion

    10.30am          St Oswald’s Easter Communion

    (please bring flowers to decorate the cross)

    Holy Trinity Clifton Easter Communion

    11am               St Mary & St Barlok Norbury Easter Communion

    Afternoon        Easter Christenings

    6.30 pm           St Oswald’s Festival Choral Evensong








God has not promised skies ever blue,

Flower strewn pathways all our lives through.

God has not promised sun without rain

Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

But He has promised strength for each day

Rest after labour, light for our way.

Grace for all trials, help from above,

Unfailing sympathy, undying love.



Words to keep by us I think when we need His help.


Carol (Frost)






at St Oswald’s Church

April 2019

Edward Bear continues to thrive despite the drastic weather with mothers and their pushchairs being blown through the churchyard towards the warmth and welcome of a coffee and bacon roll -not forgetting the toys for the children!

Numbers on the register total 168 with new parents finding their way to us as new houses get occupied with families in the town. We see a trickle of families from the surrounding villages as well as Derby.  An average week may see 20 children with parents/grandparents.

Edward Bear is a church service and numbers are included in the Church Register. We are pivotal in some parents thinking when they may be considering Baptism or marriage, a Christian pathway.

Edward Bear has a team of volunteers numbering 17 in total. The success of Edward Bear continuing into the future very much rests on new people joining the team, supporting the work we do and we are delighted to have welcomed 5 new and willing helpers over the past year.

We are delighted with two new additions to the children’s area in church, a wooden cross made by John Rowan and a candle holder made from part of a church pew by Gordon Taylor. These items enable us to draw a focus, often difficult with very small children, during our time of prayer.


We are welcoming very young children 0 – 4/5 to Edward Bear, often children leave us when they reach 3 to take up free nursery places. It is essential in our planning, when we bring the teachings of Jesus - Christianity into our Thursday mornings, that we can draw on all of our skills and resources to reach the very young as well as help gain insight/something for our parents to think about when they have a moment to reflect.

We have been focusing on the Baptism of Jesus by John in the River Jordan – wash me in the river, I need a new start!, leading on to the time Jesus spent in the Wilderness/desert – listening to God, repelling the devil and discovering himself the son of God, living as mortal man here on earth and becoming clear about what God wanted him to do. We asked our children and parents what they were good at, what did they want to achieve! (examples of their answers are to be seen on the notice boards, worth a look!). Spring is just around the corner and our new programme will be including a ‘Toddle through the Tunnel’, along the Tissington Trail to throw pooh sticks. Teddy Parachuting from the church roof during Ashbourne Arts week and a visit to The Farm at Burton.

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/ or Parish Office 01335 343052/


Time out for parents operates over 6 weekly sessions commencing Tuesday 26th March 7.30.p.m - 9.00pm in the Church Centre. These sessions offer parents of very young children the opportunity to share feelings and experiences, help them come up with their own solutions to their problems on the basis of what works for them - not what's meant to work for everyone. Topics include - expectations and realities of parenting, children's needs, play and listening, parenting styles, discipline and safety and the wider family.

If you are interested, please contact Lindsay Walker 07971802671/ 

Holy Trinity Church, Clifton


Our March meeting was well supported with only one member missing due to a wonderful holiday in New Zealand.  The President welcomed everyone, including Linda Singleton, who had recently helped one of our members to take on our Facebook page, and she had come along to enjoy our speaker. Final arrangements were made for the Group Meeting on 4th April 2019 and our Ashbourne Show display was brought to the attention of everyone.  A number of outings were mentioned to take place over the next few months and a request went out for fund raising ideas.


Our Speaker for the evening was Ruth Downing and her subject was "Photography the Digital Way".  We were shown many photographs some quirky and some amusing, all of which were amazing.  She is asked to attend many types of places   Chatsworth House, large sporting events,  the Princess Royal visiting a Children’s' Holiday Centre in Skegness, our own Chicks in Fenny Bentley, Brailsford Ploughing Match, veterinary services (behind the scenes), lots of brochure work, weddings, portraits, dog shows, many different horsey events, and a number of beautiful landscape scenes all over the country -  locally there was one of the lakes at Osmaston and Haddon Hall. They have recently acquired three different birds of prey, which was quite an achievement for Ruth as she has had a real aversion to feathers since she was a child, but she has gradually managed to change this and is now happy to work with them. The quirkiest photograph was one taken at an agricultural college where a live cow had been sprayed with paint and all the intestines shown for the benefit of the students.


If this report has wetted your appetite to come along and join our group of very friendly ladies, our next meeting will be Wednesday 10th April 2019 when the speaker will be Linda Torr and her subject will be "Flower Arranging".  We meet every second Wednesday of the month (except August) in Clifton-Smith Hall at 7.15 pm and our subscription is £42 a year and worth every penny when divided over the months.  Our contacts are Tina Harbinson - 01335 343749 and Phyl Kirkman - 01335 343498 so please do contact us if you would like to come along and have an enjoyable evening.



3rd April - Mrs Nicholson

11th April - Mrs Bradley

Please contact if you would like to attend.


7th April           10.30am Holy Communion

14th April         10.30am Morning Prayer

21st April         Easter Sunday - 10.30am Holy Communion

28th April         2nd Sunday of Easter 10.30am - group service at St. Oswald’s

Clifton Church is looking for either an organist or pianist to play at as many services as possible (no pressure to play every week).  If you are a pianist, the necessary instruction can be given to adapt to the organ.  Please ring Tina Harbinson on 01335 343749 for more information.


St Mary’s Church, Mappleton


7th April – 9.15am Holy Communion

14th April – Palm Sunday 9.15 am Holy Communion

21st April – Easter Day 9.15 Holy Communion


St. Mary's APCM meeting will be at 6 p.m. at St. Mary's Church on April 10th April.  The Electoral Roll will be available to view.



St John’s Church, Ashbourne

St John’s Annual Meeting is on Sunday 7 April.  You are welcome to join us in the church hall after the 9.15 service. We’ll talk about what’s happened over the last year and what we’d like to happen in the year to come.



St Mary and St Barlok, Norbury and Roston

7th April           11.00 am Morning Prayer

14th April         11.00 am Holy Communion

21st April         Easter Sunday – 11 am Holy Communion

28th April         2nd Sunday of Easter 10.30am - group service at St. Oswald’s






Do you enjoy reading The Parish Magazine each month?

Have you thought of subscribing?

The cost of each issue is 60p but you can have the 10 annual copies for £5 and have them delivered to your door or pick them up at St Oswald’s.

We strive to make the magazine as interesting and informative as possible – church events, local events and monthly information for the parishes.

Please contact Susan Damesin for more information – address and phone number on back cover of this magazine.



Have you been thinking about baptism? Have you just had a baby (if so, congratulations), or been meaning to get your child or children baptised?

The arrival of a new baby is a wonderful event that needs to be gloriously celebrated, and the ritual of baptism (sometimes called Christening) provides the occasion for doing this. The preciousness and fragility of life is especially evident in the case of babies, and many parents want to thank God for the amazing gift of a child. There may be a sense that you, as parents, want 'something of God' to touch your baby.

This, at St Oswald’s, is what baptism is all about. It's a celebration – of new life, of families and friends, of God's goodness. It's also a holy moment - a time when we ask God to bless our children, to make them holy and special. To request Christian baptism is to make a solemn promise to be a disciple of Jesus, to learn the way of life which he taught, and with God’s help to follow him as best you can. It also means taking responsibility for working out a faith to live by and treating the faith and feelings of others with respect, tolerance and compassion.

In June this year we are trialling a workshop for parents and godparents who are interested in getting their child baptised.  Children are very welcome, and we will have toys available; but there will be no creche.

The workshop will include an opportunity to visit the church and time to talk about what baptism means.  This will be a relaxed and informal event where parents can ask questions over an afternoon high tea.

The workshop will run for 2.5 hours and include a high tea on Sunday June 9th from 4 to 6.30pm in the St Oswald’s Church Centre.

To book a place please email the curate for a link to Eventbrite.  (Event management and ticketing website.)



Saturday February 23rd, 2019.


Nine regulars (and the two dogs!) were joined by five extras for this month’s walk in Lathkill Dale.  After thick early morning fog, we enjoyed warm spring sunshine all day, a bit hazy in the distance but still great views.

Our route started from Monyash, south along the Limestone Way, soon branching off at the top of Fern Dale to reach Cales Dale.  A steep but short descent took us into the narrow steep sided dry valley, rather wild and overgrown and in parts involving clambering round or over fallen trees.  Clearly the path had not been walked for a while!  About two thirds of the way down the dale we rejoined the Limestone Way, first climbing a flight of steps, then ascending the fields to Calling Low Farm and Moor Lane car park.  Continuing on the Limestone Way we descended to Bradford Dale for our lunch.  From then on, we met several walkers, including a very large group of ramblers from Bedfordshire going our way up the Lathkill from Alport.  This slowed our progress somewhat but did not detract from our enjoyment of the dale, now a National Nature Reserve.  On the way we passed fishing weirs, mill ponds, tall limestone cliffs and much evidence of former lead mining.  It was good to see so much water in the often-dry river.

When we reached the footbridge at the bottom of Cales Dale, in order to avoid the unpleasantly stony and potentially slippery top end of Lathkill Dale, we crossed the bridge and headed once more for the Limestone Way.  We went through the buildings of One Ash Grange, an old monastic settlement and sheep farm, with its medieval ice house and old run of pigsties.  From there it was a straightforward return to Monyash after a delightful day’s walk.

Total distance: 12.2 miles; total ascent: 1,100 feet.

Jackie Burns.


Ashbourne Animal Welfare


“Healthy Hound & Fit Feline Open Day”

Sunday 14th April 2019 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Ark, Wyaston Rd, Ashbourne DE6 1NB

Veterinary advice on diet, dental, exercise. age-related illness, etc.

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

Tel 01335 300494 for more info

Celebrate the Real Meaning of Easter with the only chocolate egg to tell the Easter Story!

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Available while stocks last – sold by Ashbourne Churches Together Traidcraft Group.