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C o n t a c t The Parish Magazine

St Mary’s Church, Ilkeston The Church in the Market Place

October 2017


Who’s who at St. Mary’s……. Interim Priest In Charge: Revd. Carole Lloyd 1 Ascot Close West Hallam Ilkeston DE7 6LB

Tel: 930 8316


Andrea Swarbrick, Tel: 932 6523 7 Drummond Rd, Ilkeston email:

Reader & Churchwarden:

John Puxty Tel: 930 1601 32 Summerfield Way, Shipley View email:


Peter Hodson

Tel: 932 2974


Sue Attenborough

Tel: 930 4140

Cantelupe Centre:

James New Tel: 932 1329 email:


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Harvest Festival The Vicar at Harvest Festival had arranged all the vegetables in front of the Altar. He asked the children if they could name them. Replies were potatoes, carrots, cabbage, beans and turnips. So he asked if they could use one word to cover them all. A little boy held his hand up and replied "Gravy" 3

Dear Friends, October is a month for giving thanks! At the beginning of the month we celebrate the Harvest, something that humans have done since time immemorial. We will give thanks to God for his creation, and for the work of human hands. There is so much to praise God for in reflecting on the harvest; there’s the underlying wonder of creation - we give thanks for the power of sun and sea, wind and rain; for the beauty of hills and forests, rivers and valleys; for the glorious variety of life on earth. Then there’s the skill, energy and diligence of human hands and minds, of farmers and fishermen, gardeners and engineers, transport workers and shop workers – all those who grow and harvest our food, and who bring it to our urban world. Harvest reminds us of dependence and interdependence; our dependence on God’s care for us, and on the skills of other people. Our interdependence with people across the world, and with one another. However, the call to thankfulness isn’t a call for us to feel smug and self-satisfied. Harvest is also a time when we remember the needs of the world. In the past few weeks we have seen hurricanes in the Caribbean, earthquake in Mexico, refugees flooding out of Myanmar, floods in Bangladesh and, of course, war is still affecting the lives of millions around the world. There is a great deal of need in our world. The call to thanksgiving is central to our faith but so also is the call to compassion and action. As we celebrate God’s goodness in creation we need to respond with a generosity born out of our care for our fellow human beings. The tradition of giving at harvest time is biblical - Leviticus 27 describes the Jews giving a 10% tithe offering: ‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.’ At this season of thanksgiving may that thanksgiving overflow in generosity to our neighbour in need. Yours in Christ,

Carole 4

Dates for your diary (in addition to the regular Sunday & Wednesday Services)

2nd - Guardian Angels Jesus said, ‘See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.’ (Matthew 18:10). Pope Clement X made the feast day universal in 1607.

4th 6th 9th 13th -

St. Francis of Assisi (also World Animal Day) William Tyndale - see page 20 Intercessions Workshop - see page 23 Edward the Confessor Edward’s lasting contribution was the original Westminster Abbey - a huge Romanesque church, 300 feet long, with a nave of 12 bays. Westminster Abbey became the place of coronation and burial of kings and queens of England. Finished and consecrated just before his death. Edward was buried there where his relics remain to this day.

14th - Choir Concert Organised by Treetops Hospice this free concert by the Imari Ladies and the Erewash Phoenix Choir is part of the national Voices for Hospices event. 18th - St Luke the Evangelist - see page 24

26th - Alfred the Great, d AD 899 As a Christian, he became the defender of all Christian Anglo-Saxons against the pagan Vikings.

28th - Simon and Jude According to Western tradition, Jude and Simon went to preach the gospel in Persia, where both were martyred.

29th - Bible Sunday 4pm - Service of Commemoration & Thanksgiving - see page 10

31st - All Hallows Eve 5

Merchant Navy Day Over the weekend commencing September 1st commemorations were held nationally to honour over 40,000 members of the Merchant Navy who perished during the Second World War. The Red Ensign which has been the official flag of the British Merchant Navy since 1854 was flown on many public buildings including Ilkeston’s Town Hall to raise awareness of our dependence as an island nation on our Merchant Navy seafarers. The commemorations in Erewash included a wreath laying ceremony in Long Eaton on Friday September 1st and a service of Holy Communion here in St Mary’s on the day that has been adopted since 2000 as Merchant Navy Day, September 3rd. That was the date in 1939 marking the start of war when the merchant ship SS Athenia was sunk with the loss of 128 lives. St Mary’s service concluded with an Act of Homage and wreath-laying at the Cenotaph.


The Bishop’s Badge The Bishop of Derby will honour more than 100 dedicated volunteers across Derbyshire at two special services for family and friends at Derby Cathedral. The Bishop’s Badge will be presented by the Right Revd Dr Alastair Redfern to award winners ranging in ages from ten to 100-years-old including a bell-ringing war veteran and the 100-year-old coffee morning baker. Bishop Alastair said: “These awards recognise outstanding service delivered by the many people who work tirelessly behind the scenes in parishes across Derbyshire. From the artist offering therapeutic community art workshops in Killamarsh to the remarkable 100-year-old volunteer baking for coffee mornings at a church in Allestree, these awards celebrate the unsung heroes in the midst of communities all over the county.” The Badge, a replica of a medal given to members being confirmed in 1927 when the Diocese of Derby was founded, was introduced by Bishop Alastair in 2008 as a way of marking his appreciation of the dedicated work of many across the Diocese. From our own Parish we are delighted that, in recognition of their long and valued service to St Mary's, Mary Hawkins and Peter Hodson will be presented with the Bishop's Badge at a service in Derby Cathedral on October 1st and Trevor Beighton will receive one at the Wednesday morning service in St Mary’s on the 4th.


Bishop Alastair's New Book Bishop Alastair’s new book offers a case study of how theology and parish life can go together to best support mission in the modern world. It traces the story of J.R. Illingworth, a theological teacher and priest of the same parish for thirty-two years! Food for thought, resources for prayer and practice: an invitation to look again at how we better listen to the promptings of the spirit so as to offer a more effective witness to a complex and challenging modern world. The book is sold in aid of the Bishop of Derby’s Harvest Appeal for the Diocese of Peshawar – it costs £5 and is available from the Cathedral Bookshop, Church House or the Bishop’s Office.

A Vicar’s Life In a new six-part religion series, BBC Two is following the lives of country vicars at the heart of their rural communities in Herefordshire. ‘A Vicar’s Life’ will show how, from opening fêtes to marrying local couples, vicars are knitted into the fabric of country life. They act as a pillar of support in times of crisis and personal sorrow. The series will span a six-month period, from Whitsun to Christmas, and explore how the vicar’s message of Christianity fits into an ever-changing 21st century. The series will also give a closer perspective on rural life, as seen through the eyes of the church. Village fetes, shooting drives, and local issues - all served up with a heavy dose of humour, charity, and inspiring local leadership. ‘A Vicar’s Life’ was made by BBC Studios’ Pacific Quay Productions for BBC Two. The Executive Producer is Jo Roe. 8

John Wesley in Ilkeston By Joyce Rich from archive material in Ilkeston Library It is no secret that John Wesley came to Ilkeston to preach to his Methodist flock, which had begun to grow very strong. The gathering often took place in the open air, and one could imagine the scene in Ilkeston Market place in 1796. What does, perhaps, come as a surprise is the fact that, on 6th July, 1786, John Wesley came to our own church, St. Mary's, at the invitation of the then Vicar, the Revd. George Allen, who was sympathetic to the cause. John Wesley's journal for Thursday, 6th July says:- “In going to Ilston (sic) we were again entangled in miserable roads. We got thither, however, about eleven. Though the Church is large, it was sufficiently crowded. The Vicar read prayers with great earnestness and propriety. I preached on 'Her ways are ways of pleasantness' and the people seemed all ear. Surely good will be done in this place though it is strongly opposed both by the *Calvinists and Socinians.” It certainly helped to stir up Methodism. All non-Conformist groups except Unitarians are a result, directly or indirectly, of the Methodist revival. Early Methodists (mainly Anglican) were branded “frenzied enthusiasts”. Wesley had earlier been much struck by the “earnestness” of the Revd. George Allen. After lunch, we do not know where or with whom, John Wesley left to continue preaching in Nottingham in the afternoon. Exactly 200 years later, on Sunday, 6th July, 1986, the Methodists gathered in St. Mary's for a special Anniversary Service to commemorate the visit and also the formation of the new Erewash Valley Methodist Circuit, 1986, at 3.30 p.m., followed by an Ecumenical Service at 6.30. *Calvinists – followers of John Calvin, Socinians – followers of Faustus Socinus 9

Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving Sunday 29th October 4pm The feast of All Saints is celebrated on 1st November. It is a time when we celebrate the strong spiritual bond between those who have gone before and are now with the Lord (the Church triumphant) and those of us who are still alive here on earth (the Church militant). And so at this part of the year it is traditional to celebrate the lives of those who have gone before and bring to mind our remembrance of them. We shall therefore be having a time of worship and reflection at St Mary’s for those who have lost loved ones and still feel their absence on 29th October at 4pm. Invitations will be sent to those recently bereaved whose loved ones have been laid to rest in this church but this is open to all. Please invite friends and family who might find this time of prayer, thanksgiving and reflection helpful.


Wedding September 16th - Brady Goacher & Katy Mellors (Service taken by Revd. Carole Lloyd)

Funeral August 31st - Christine Parkes (Service taken by Revd.Christine French)

A Thank You Prayer By Daphne Kitching Father, You are almighty and all powerful. You created the universe and yet you love and care for each one of us. Thank you. Thank you for loving us so much that you sent your precious Son Jesus to save us when we couldn’t save ourselves. Thank you for offering life forever with you to all who trust in Jesus and what He did on the cross. Thank you for today. Help us to use it to reflect your love to others.In Jesus name, Amen.


‌ I went into a church, or in my case, two churches, during a rail holiday to Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland in June 2017. This was an area of Switzerland I had long wished to visit and, finally, my wish came true on the 19th June, when I boarded the Eurostar at St. Pancras on the first leg of the journey down to the Swiss Border. Our overnight stop was at Strasbourg, a city I knew of only from my time at school learning French and German, and, as it was on the French/German Border, had at various times belonged to France and Germany. Because its name hasn't changed, I still thought it was German and had visions of it being an industrial city only. How wrong I was! Strasbourg was a revelation. It is now French, and the French love it, with a beautiful 'Old Quarter' called ' La Petite France,' at the heart of which is Strasbourg Cathedral. We took a walking tour of the Old Quarter during the evening and marvelled at the beautiful old timbered buildings overhanging the River, all illuminated. Eventually we came to the Cathedral, also illuminated, with a façade to rival Rouen. I longed to go in, but, it was closed, so I decided to visit first thing the next morning before the next stage of our journey to Basle. A few members of our Group decided to attend the 7.30 a.m. Mass. I joined them but sat in contemplation towards the back of the Cathedral. It is Gothic and partly inspired by Chartres. Several master builders were in charge of the building works until the façade was erected in 1439 and the whole building was completed in 1521 12

During the Reformation the Cathedral was stripped of its rich furnishings until, finally, in l681 it was given back to the Catholics. As I sat listening to the quiet chanting of the Clergy, I realised anew the incredible work and dedication shown by the builders over the centuries to produce such a building and how their faith must have sustained them to carry on. How can one ever doubt the presence of God and the Holy Spirit when in such surroundings. The Service, itself, lasted about 45 minutes and we were warmly welcomed by the Clergy on our way out, and wished well on our journey, (all in perfect English). We finally arrived in Wilderswil, the village where we were staying, one mile from Interlaken, the next day, and had a wonderful week's stay being surrounded by the Monch, Eiger and Jungfrau mountains, which we could see clearly from our Hotel/Chalet windows. They were snow-capped and gleamed in the constant sunshine. During this time we had various trips and visits, on the two Lakes Thun and Brienz which separate Interlaken, and also up the surrounding Peaks.

On our visit up to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe, part of the journey was by cable car. It was in this cable car that I had, in my opinion, one of life's most frightening experiences. Ten minutes into the journey, there was a loud bang, the cable car lurched to a stop, the man in front of me fell to the floor and the Cable Car hung there above the valley swinging........ A frightened silence descended on the fifty people in the Car. I closed my eyes and prayed and when I prayed I thought of the service at Strasbourg Cathedral and the overwhelming feeling of comfort I felt at that time. How pleased I was that I had walked into that Cathedral during the short time we were in the City. 13

After two telephone calls by the visibly shaken Attendant, and a wait in mid-air of around eight minutes, the car started moving and we ascended without further mishap, but in silence. No excited chatter this time. On our return, we were told there had been an electrical fault! On the last day on the holiday, Sunday, I walked the short distance from our beautiful Chalet, to the little Church at the heart of Wilderswil. It is situated on a hill on the opposite side of the mountain railway track in the village. It was lunchtime and the Church was still open. So I walked into the second Church of my holiday in Switzerland. This was a small Protestant Church, with beautiful wooden pews but minimal decoration. I stayed a few minutes and walked outside and sat on a seat in the small Churchyard. This was well maintained with beautifully inscribed urns and pictures of the deceased on the outside. I was reminded of our own Garden of Memory here at St. Mary's. So, as I walked back to our Chalet, I thought again that, no matter how large or small the place of worship, God is always with us and always will be.


Unfortunately At The Time Of Going To Print The October Issue Of “Our Diocese” Is Not Available. We have therefore substituted a number of other articles.

Reap a good harvest by Roy Crowne, executive Director of HOPE 2018.

If you’ve been out and about in the countryside in recent months, you’ll have noticed that there was a bumper crop of blackberries and other fruit this year. That was no accident. It was because, from Spring onwards, there has been just the right amount of heat and cold, rain and sun, to make the plants bring forth their best. It’s the same when we are making Jesus known. Only God knows if the people we meet are ready to respond to the Gospel. We might be simply planting a seed, and that person still has years to go, or it may be that the person is finally ready to become a follower of Jesus. This autumn, as we prepare for Christmas, let’s be intentional – praying for friends and family members who don’t yet know Jesus. Let’s ask God for opportunities to sensitively share the Good News of Jesus. And let’s be ready to serve and speak in Jesus name. 15


Here’s a little bit of humour - Happily, the Church of England still retains some singular parish clergy. Take the parish of St James-the-Least for example. Here the elderly Anglo-Catholic vicar, Eustace, writes from The Rectory to Darren, his nephew, a low-church curate recently ordained…

On the perils of letting the laity read the lessons My dear Nephew Darren It was good to see you last Sunday morning on your own home ground. The Service was interesting – although I have yet to recover from that period of frightful liturgical debauchery you call ‘passing the peace’. Why should I welcome total strangers grabbing my hand and smiling deep into my eyes? One lady would simply not let go – I had to shake her off. As for the reading of the lessons, I was astonished that you allow members of the congregation (in shirtsleeves, too) to bring their own Bible to the front. It lacks any degree of solemnity and decorum. There should be a lectern Bible, preferably about four feet square in dimensions. And where was a suitable lectern? I admit that having a substantial brass eagle in your church would be like placing Nelson’s Column in a Scout tent, but surely something suitable in wood could be found. We have quite gone with the fashion here at St James the Least of All, and now have members of the laity – even women! – taking our Bible readings. The decision may have been a mistake. Our lectern stands at 6 feet; Miss Peckham stands at five feet. When she is reading, as far as the congregation can see, we have God’s Word being proclaimed by a straw hat bearing imitation fruit. The Major’s reading at last Sunday’s Evensong was Numbers 22, and his adoption of different voices for the narrator, Balaam and Balak was acceptable, if a little theatrical. But his use of a fourth voice for the ass turned the occasion into pantomime – a point picked up by our choirboys. When the ass asked: ‘was I ever wont to do so unto thee’, the boys chorused ‘Oh yes you did’. (Surely it should have been “Oh yes thou didst’). Mrs Smeed’s rendition of the genealogy at the start of Saint Matthew’s gospel clearly takes her back to the schoolroom. She sounded as if she is holding a roll call – and if Shealtiel were by any chance missing, she would demand a good explanation. Your loving uncle, Eustace 17

All in the month of October It was: ★

175 years ago: on 20th Oct 1842 that Grace Darling, British heroine, died. She had famously rescued survivors of a shipwreck off Northumberland in 1838. She and her father used a rowing boat as the sea was too rough for the lifeboat. (She dies of tuberculosis, aged 26.) 125 years ago: on 6th Oct 1892 that Alfred, Lord Tennyson, died. This popular poet was Poet Laureate (1850-92) and is best known for ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’. 100 years ago: on 12th Oct 1917 that WW1’s Third Battle of Ypres took place, the First Battle of Passchendaele, in Belgium. It was a German defensive victory, but a costly battle on both sides. Anzac forces suffered heavy losses. 65 years ago: on 6th Oct 1952 that the world premiere of Agatha Christie’s play ‘The Mousetrap’ took place in Nottingham. It opened in London on 25th November 1952 and is still running, making it the world’s longest-running play. It has been performed more than 25,000 times. 50 years ago: on 25th Oct 1967 that an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease began on a farm in Oswestry, Shropshire. It spread rapidly, with 2,228 confirmed cases throughout the north-west Midlands and north Wales. By the time it had been brought under control in June 1968, 400,000 animals had been slaughtered. 30 years ago: on 15th Oct 1987 that the Great Storm hit southern England. Hurricane-force winds killed 18 people and caused £2billion worth of damage. 15 million trees were lost. Weather forecasters were criticised for failing to predict the severity of the storm. 25 years ago: on 13th Oct 1992 that the British Government announced that 31 of the country’s 50 remaining deep coal mines would close by March 1993, putting 31,000 miners out of work. Six mines were closed immediately. 18


October 6th - William Tyndale This month is the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, and so a good time to pay tribute to an outstanding English scholar, translator and martyr of the Reformation. William Tyndale (c. 1494 - 6th October 1536) was born near Gloucester, and studied at Oxford and Cambridge. He could speak seven languages, and was proficient in ancient Hebrew and Greek. As a priest, his abilities would have taken him a long way, but by 1523 Tyndale’s only desire was to translate the Bible, so that English men and women could read it for themselves. It became his life’s passion.

William Tyndale 1494-1536

For Tyndale had rediscovered a vital doctrine that the Church had been ignoring: that of justification by faith. He had found it when reading Erasmus's Greek edition of the New Testament. In fact, his life’s work was well summed up in some words of his mentor, Erasmus: "Christ desires His mysteries to be published abroad as widely as possible. I would that [the Gospels and the epistles of Paul] were translated into all languages, of all Christian people, and that they might be read and known." Tyndale’s translation was the first Bible to be published in English, the first to draw directly from Hebrew and Greek texts, and the first English translation to take advantage of the printing press. It was to cost him his life. For Tyndale’s work was seen as a direct challenge to the power of both the Roman Catholic Church and the laws of England in maintaining the Church’s position. When the authorities had tried to stop his translation, Tyndale fled to Hamburg, Wittenberg, Cologne, and finally to the Lutheran city of Worms. It was there, in 1525, his New Testament emerged. It was quickly smuggled into England, and King Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, and others, were furious.


Tyndale moved on to Antwerp, where for nine more years he continued his work. Then in May 1535 he was betrayed, arrested, and jailed in a castle near Brussels. Tied to the stake for strangulation and burning, his dying prayer was that the King of England’s eyes would be opened. Sure enough, two years later King Henry authorised the Great Bible for the Church of England, which relied largely on Tyndale’s work. Not only that, but in 1611, the 54 scholars who produced the King James Bible drew very heavily from Tyndale. Even today we honour him: in 2002, Tyndale was placed at number 26 in the BBC’s poll of 100 Greatest Britons.

William Tyndale Wordsearch Anniversary Reformation Bible Sunday Tribute William Tyndale First Common Person Word God King Furious Betrayed Arrested Imprisoned Strangled Burned Prayer Solution on page 29. Bible Sunday this year will be celebrated on October 29th 21


INTERCESSIONS WORKSHOP If you already lead intercessions or would like to consider joining in this ministry you are welcome to come along to the workshop in the CANTELUPE CENTRE On Monday October 9th at 7:00 pm

With World Animal Day (October 4th) In Mind I really don’t think I could consent to go to Heaven if I thought there were to be no animals there. George Bernard Shaw As far as the Bible is concerned, God only threw the humans out of Paradise. Bruce Foyle


Thank you, Dr Luke! By David Winter Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, bless the bed that I lie on’ - my grandma taught me that one. At least it meant I never forgot the names of the writers of the four Gospels. This month Luke, the writer of the third of them, has his feast day – 18th October. He was, we learn from the letters of St Paul, a ‘physician’ - an educated man and probably the only one of the writers of the New Testament who was not a Jew. In modern terms, he was Turkish. Paul took him as one of his missionary team on a long journey around the Middle East, and they clearly became close friends. Under house arrest later in his life Paul could write, ‘only Luke is with me’. However, it is his Gospel which has established him as a major figure in the history of the Christian Church. Mark’s Gospel may have more drama, Matthew’s more prophetic background and John’s a more profound sense of the mystery of the divine, but Luke offers us a Jesus who is utterly and believably real. This man turned no one away, reserved his harshest words for hypocrites and religious grandees, cared for the marginalised, the poor, the persecuted, the handicapped and the sinful. His Gospel is full of people we can recognise indeed, in whom we can often recognise ourselves. He was also a masterly story-teller. Try, for instance, the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). Read it (this time) not as a sacred text but as a brilliant piece of story-telling: subtle repetitions (‘your son, this brother of yours’), believable characters, drama and profound emotion. There is the older brother, so cynical about his sibling’s alleged reformation, the ‘prodigal’ himself, so hesitant about throwing himself on his father’s mercy after the folly of his earlier behaviour, and there is the father, of course, abandoning the dignity of his role in the family and actually running to welcome his wretched son’s return. There are more women in Luke’s Gospel than in any of the others, but also more poor people, more lepers, more ‘sinners’ and tax-collectors, more ‘outsiders’ who are shown to be ‘inside’ the love of Christ. This, for many of us, is the great Gospel of inclusion and compassion. Here is a Jesus for the whole world and for every one of us. Thank you, Dr Luke! 24




John Flamsteed by Sheila Spencer

The name Flamstead crops up a lot in Ilkeston and I wonder if all of you know where the name comes from. Stephen Flamsteed was born at Little Hallam Hall in Ilkeston but it was his son John who became famous. Born in Denby in 1646 he went on to become the “The Kings Astronomical Observer”, the first Astronomer Royal, with an allowance of £100 per year. John was a sickly child of a relatively wealthy family. He was educated at Derby Free School until he was 14 and then studied Latin and mathematics himself. Both proved useful in his later career. In 1674 he obtained his degree from Cambridge and took holy orders in Derbyshire. He became the rector of Burstow, a small village in Surrey, until his death in 1719. The Royal Observatory at Greenwich was built by Charles 11 to discover how to accurately record longitude. This was essential to navigate at sea and was important for world trade. Accurate time was essential and Flamsteed used the most accurate pendulum clock ever made. Designed by Thomas Tompin each clock had a 13 foot pendulum and did not need winding for a year. His calculations were not improved on until the 1930’s. John Flamsteed is regarded as the father of modern science. His application of maths made him a great scientist although received little acclaim in his lifetime. He died aged 44 and is buried at Burstow in the church chancel.


William Tyndale Wordsearch Solution


Please swap with someone if you are unable to make any of these dates. Thank you.

Sunday Service at 10am Date Reader

Intercessor Coffee

Oct 1st Oct 8th Oct 15th Oct 22nd Oct 29th

Mary Hawkins Ceril Little John Puxty Anne Evans Sylvia Puxty

David Bamford Sylvia Puxty Sue Bell S Attenborough Franklin Bishop

Sandra Neep Janet Reeve & Margaret Turner Sharon Topping and S Attenborough Mary Hawkins & Mary Morton Pauline Hyde & Sue Bell

Sunday Sides Persons Rota Date 8am


Oct 1st Oct 8th Oct 15th Oct 22nd Oct 29th

Sue Baker Sandra Neep Mary Hawkins Sylvia Puxty Sue Attenborough

Frank Pinder B Spibey Margaret Turner Grace Henshaw Peter Brown

Tuesday - Mother and Toddler Drinks & Snacks Date Oct 3rd Oct 10th Oct 17th Oct 24th Oct 31st

Joyce Rich & Sharon Topping Janet Reeve Sue Bell HALF TERM Mary Hawkins

Wednesday Service at 9.30am Date Reader Oct 4th Oct 11th Oct 18th Oct 25th

Margaret Turner John Bell Patricia McHale Mary Hawkins

Coffee Sue & John Bell Janet Reeve & Pauline Hyde Sue Attenborough & Margaret Turner Sue & John Bell

Saturday Coffee Bar Date Oct 7th Oct 14th Oct 21st Oct 28th

Sue Attenborough, James New Sheila Spencer, Helen Crisp ILKESTON’S ANNUAL CHARTER FAIR Janet Reeve, Mary Morton, Ceril Little


Sunday 8.00am 10.00am

Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) Main Service - followed by Coffee and Fellowship First Sunday of the Month - J.C. Club and Creche

Wednesday 9.30am

Holy Communion (Common Worship) Followed by Coffee and Fellowship

Thursday 7.30pm -9.00pm

Bell Ringing Practice Contact: Colin Shaw – 0115 932 7072

Last Saturday of each month at 10am Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard - Working Party (Mar-Oct)

Uniformed Groups Rainbows Brownies

Contact: Candy – 0115 932 8244 Contact: Brown Owl - Lynne Cresswell – 0115 877 1592

And finally - Ilkeston’s Charter Fair is held each October but here are a few thoughts by Derek Wheatley about Nottingham’s ….

Goose Fair There's joy in the air when you go to Goose Fair, it's the finest in the land. You can get lost in the crowd. If you do, shout out loud, so keep hold of Mum or Dad's hand. Enjoy all the rides, go on the big slides, eat candy floss, hot dogs, ice cream. Have your fortune told, if you dare be so bold, go on the Ghost Train and scream. There's the Coconut Shy, or fly up in the sky on the Rockets and the Big Wheel. You'll get such a fright on the Meteorite and the Haunted House will make you squeal. When you come down to earth you'll be filled full of mirth, in the mirrors you'll look such a sight. You hope it won't rain when you come back again for you can't do it all in one night.

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