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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

A LETTER FROM JOHN PUXTY Dear Friends, Christmas 2017 is already beginning to fade in our memories and joining all those other ‘Christmases past’. You are unlikely to have escaped the build up to Christmas without hearing that popular song from the seventies, ‘I wish it could be Christmas every day’. That song reminds me of a story I once read about a community of monks who lived on an austere diet of bread and water. However, if it was a saint’s day or a religious festival they were allowed to suitably mark it by eating the richest food and drinking the finest wine. Over the years they managed to find a saint’s day or festival for every day of the year! Of course, if every day was Christmas day it would soon lose its appeal. ‘When I was a lad’ (to coin a phrase!) we only had chicken, Christmas pudding and rich fruitcake at Christmas and it was a real treat, something to look forward to. Now it seems we can eat whatever we like (within reason) whenever we like with even seasonal fruit and vegetables being available throughout the year. Why am I writing about Christmas now? Well, at Christmas we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus, God coming to us in human flesh, that of a baby. Christians give a lot of attention to the death of Jesus and indeed the Christian symbol is that of a cross. This is good because it is in the death of Christ we see the love of God for the world so powerfully expressed. When we remember the events of Holy Week and Easter, and our direction will shortly be turning that way as we enter Lent, I feel that we should also keep in mind the event of Christmas. The birth of Jesus was not just a means to an end so that he could grow up and die on the cross; his whole life was a gift of love to the world. Some of you reading this will have already heard me say this but there is mystery about the death of Christ and there is mystery about his birth. As we get older I think there is a paradoxical sense in which those mysteries deepen for us, and yet at the same time take on new realities. Maybe this year with Lent coming so soon after Christmas it may help us remember each day what we like to call ‘the real meaning of Christmas’ as we journey once more through the season to Holy Week and Easter. Every blessing, John Puxty. Reader 3

Dates for your diary (in addition to the regular Sunday & Wednesday Services) 2nd - Candlemas The Presentation of Christ in the Temple - This is exactly 40 days after Christmas Day. A Deanery service will be held at Holy Trinity, Ilkeston at 7:30pm - Preacher Rev. Bernard Randall, Chaplain to Trent College.

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Blaise – the cure for sore throats In this season of coughs and colds St Blaise may be the saint for you if you have a sore throat. Born in the 3rd century in ancient Armenia (now Turkey) he was a physician who became Bishop of Sebastea and was killed in a persecution of Christians. On his way to prison he prayed for a choking child who was cured and this miracle led to him becoming the patron saint of illnesses of the throat.

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Sunday Lunch For those who would normally eat alone an opportunity to share a meal with the church family at the Sir John Warren after the 10am service.

10th - 10am - 3:30pm Thy Kingdom Come 2018 Plans for this year’s event plus resources on encouraging the Church to pray. Free but you must register with Jason Kennedy 01332 38869 or email

11th - Caedmon - the poetic shepherd - see page 5 13th - Shrove Tuesday The traditional feast day before the start of Lent when people use up ingredients to prepare pancakes prior to the fasting period.

14th - St Valentine’s Day - see pages 7 & 14 Ash Wednesday - see page 20 20th - Lent Course Week 1- see page 11 24th - Matthias the Apostle- the chosen one Shortly after the suicide of Judas the early church was missing an apostle, and so the remaining 11 apostles prayed for guidance on who to choose as a replacement for this key role. With two possibilities, Joseph Barsabas and Matthias, the remaining 11 apostles prayed for guidance and drew lots with Matthias becoming the chosen one.

27th - Lent Course Week 2- see page 11 27th - George Herbert, priest and poet 1633 A prolific writer and musician whose hymns are still sung today. 4


Jan 14th - Lily May Stevens (Service conducted by Revd. Carole Lloyd)

Funerals January 12th - Robert Howard Wharton (age 89) at Bramcote January 17th - Peter Milner (age 94) at St Mary's January 27th - Evan Evans (age 87 )at Bramcote (Services conducted by Revd. Carole Lloyd)

11th February - Caedmon, the poetic shepherd Caedmon (d 680) should be the patron saint of all farmers who enjoy humming to themselves as they do the lambing this Spring. For Caedmon of Whitby was a bit like David in the Bible – he grew up as a simple herdsman out on the hills who enjoyed composing songs and poetry for himself while watching his flocks. Like David, Caedmon also had a keen awareness of God, and used his creative gift to express his devotion and love for his Creator. When his poems and songs became known to others, they liked them so much that soon Caedmon left his sheep in order to become a monk. This gave him time to compose many poems based on the stories in the Bible: from Creation and Genesis, to the Exodus and entry of the Jews into the promised land, to the birth, passion and resurrection of Christ, and finally to the future Last Judgement, Heaven, and Hell. Then one day Caedmon suddenly announced that he knew he was going to die soon. And so he did, in a state of charity and peace with everyone. There was great mourning. Sadly, only nine lines of his poetry have survived, and we have the great historian, Bede, to thank for even that much. But in his time, Caedmon’s gift of telling Christian stories in the vernacular must have been of great value in evangelising the common folk. 5

Appointment of New Bishop As you will be aware, Bishop Alastair will be retiring as Bishop of Derby on 31/8/18. When there is no bishop, the vacancy is known as a Vacancy-in-See. The process to appoint a new diocesan bishop will be led, on behalf of the Diocese, by the Vacancy-in-See Committee. The Archdeacon of Derby, the Venerable Dr Christopher Cunliffe, has been elected as Chair of the Committee by Bishop’s Council, and the Registrar, Mrs Nadine Waldron, has been elected Secretary. They will be the ones primarily involved in organising the process following guidance from the Archbishops’ Appointments’ Secretary, in this instance Mr Brad Cook, and from the Prime Minister’s Appointments’ Secretary, Mr Edward Chaplin. There will be a consultation process, including an open meeting which will be publicised and which people will be very welcome to attend to express their views. The dedicated e-mail address by which people will be able to write to the Vacancy-in-See Committee is No individual responses will be made but views and comments will be considered as part of the process of appointing a new bishop.


The Legend of the First Valentine Card The Roman Emperor Claudius II needed soldiers. He suspected that marriage made men want to stay at home with their wives, instead of fighting wars, so he outlawed marriage. A kind-hearted young priest named Valentine felt sorry for all the couples who wanted to marry, but couldn’t. So secretly he married as many couples as he could - until the Emperor found out and condemned him to death. While he was in prison awaiting execution, Valentine showed love and compassion to everyone around him, including his jailer. The jailer had a young daughter who was blind, but through Valentine’s prayers, she was healed. Just before his death in Rome on 14 February, he wrote her a farewell message signed ‘From your Valentine.’ So the very first Valentine card was not between lovers, but between a priest about to die, and a little girl, healed through his prayers. Jodi Picoult - You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not. Charles M. Schulz - All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


1918 was the final year of the Great War. This year, Canon David Winter will look back on highlights of those critical 12 months, when the very shape of modern world history was being hammered out on the battlefields.

Diary of a Momentous Year: February 1918: HOW LONG, O LORD, HOW LONG If there had been radio or television in 1918 the British public would have been more aware that events in northern Europe and the middle East were changing the history of the modern world. Of course, people knew – it was all over the newspapers – that Russia now had a Bolshevik Government, following the Revolution, and that British forces (including the eventually world-famous ‘Lawrence of Arabia’) were now deeply involved in a war to free the Arab peoples from Ottoman rule. But that all seemed far away, and there were more immediately pressing things to worry about at home. The first, and for most people the worst, of these was the very effective German blockade. ‘Britannia rules the waves’ didn’t seem very true when German submarines, the dreaded U-boats, could operate with impunity around our shores. During February, a British troopship carrying American soldiers was sunk off the Irish coast, and even more blatantly a hospital ship was sunk in the Bristol channel, both by German submarines. The city of Dover, in Kent, was shelled by the guns of a U-boat. The whole thing seemed to be getting out of hand – certainly the toll of freight ships sunk was drastically affecting food and other supplies in the shops. The result of this was that the civilian population, whose war-time fears had hitherto largely concerned their loved ones at the front line, now felt the effects of war at close hand. Over the previous two years they had gradually become aware, largely through the bombing raids by Zeppelins on British towns and cities, that in modern warfare everyone is vulnerable. 8

By the end of 1917, the Germans had largely abandoned Zeppelin raids, mainly because they had already lost the greater part of their fleet, but the threat of raids by aircraft was very much in people’s minds. The shelling of Dover was a reminder that modern war knows no borders. Not surprisingly, February 1918 saw many tentative attempts to gather support for a peacemaking programme, largely encouraged by US President Wilson. Politicians were talking peace at last, and there had been cease-fires agreed in several long-lasting disputes in eastern Europe, and the middle East. But for anxious British people, some resolution of the apparently endless conflict with Germany was the main topic of their prayers.

Miscellaneous Observations on Life Everyone else my age is old, whereas I am merely in disguise. In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips. Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop. Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake. A luxury on which you can make the first payment becomes a necessity.



Lent Course 2018 We will be holding our Lent Course in the Derwent Room in the Cantelupe Centre each Tuesday evening at 7.00 pm for five weeks starting on the 20th February. This year we're planning to look at five marks of being a Generous Church, Making and Nurturing Disciples. Week 1 - February 20th Christ-likeness - Becoming like Christ is the fundamental call of Christian discipleship. It is not always easy to assess, but we often recognise intuitively a life that is becoming more godly. How we pray and worship is a key element in this mark of growing. Week 2 - February 27th Influence - As disciples we are called to be salt and light to the whole world, and to reflect God’s light into dark corners. We look to influence attitudes and behaviours in our communities and wider society. Week 3 - March 6th Partnership - Partnership is about working with other churches locally and globally, schools, community groups, people, organisations working for the common good and the environment, peace and justice. It includes loving our neighbours as ourselves. Week 4 -March 13th Numbers - Jesus’ last recorded command was to make disciples. We must be bold in our aim to increase the number of people associated with our church as worshippers and disciples. Increasing numbers is often a sign of spiritual health and certainly increases the Church’s potential and capacity to do God’s work. Week 5 - March 20th Commitment - Commitment has several aspects, including: commitment to Christ, commitment to seeking God’s kingdom, commitment to the Body of Christ - the Church. The outward signs might be measured in terms of those engaged in nurture courses, baptisms and confirmations, vocations to lay and ordained ministries, and stewardship. 11

I WENT INTO A CHURCH …. Part 8 by Ian Massey I went into a church whilst on holiday in July 2017, it was in a small village called Coloyrac-St-Cirq near the town of Agen in the south west of France. It was a lovely white building that was open it seemed, all day and I promised myself this year, I wouldn’t pass up the chance to go into the church and look around to see what the French churches were like. Plus, to see what their Pipe organs were like, (i.e. how many pipes stops it had? Was there a swell pedal or even a pedal board?) and may be cheeky and have a little go as well. It had an Altar Table, at the front of the church under a beautiful arch, and colourful stained-glass windows which let the sunlight shine through, just like if God’s presence was shining upon us. It also had an organ about three quarters of the way down on the right-hand side of the church, which made my eyes light up and I quickly made my way over to compare with organs I have used and seen before. But I was in for a big surprise…. …. it was a empty shell and now I understood why the church was left unattended and open for so long. But no matter, there were plenty of wonderful monuments and statues to look at. It was surprising that the church was well maintained, and it also showed that the French people were more trusting. Can you imagine if St. Mary’s Church were to be left open to the public all day and unattended, I wonder what would happen? Does this show how untrusting we are or how unrespectful the youth of today can be? The church wasn’t big but was full of light with a mixture of old and modern. For example, the left picture shows speakers to a sound system and the right a confession box which meant it was Catholic church. I also found the strangest thing - there were no hymn books. 12

During the second week of our holiday I ventured to the nearby town Agen and looked around the town to find it had two churches. One church was about the size of Derby Cathedral which unfortunately I was unable to go into because of a concert being performed. The other was a size of a small chapel. Again, this chapel was open to the public all day and only had three rooms in total.

You walk through the front door into a small porch and then into this chapel, which only consisted of a small Altar, a stand to read from the Bible and three groups of four lines of chairs, with five chairs in each line. Either side of this chapel were two small rooms, one was an office, the other one was for confession. But there was no sign of an organ or piano, so if the people sang any hymns, it would have been unaccompanied.

All in all, a lovely chapel to visit, quiet and peaceful and an ideal place to talk to our Lord, and you would have never have guessed that right outside just through the main doors, there was a very busy road and you are right opposite the busy local train station. It goes to show iit is still always possible to have a quiet place for us to be with our Lord. 13

February 14th - Saint Valentine’s Day Saint Valentine’s Day, many believe, was named after one or more Christian martyrs and was established by Pope Gelasius 1 in 496 AD. Valentine of Rome was martyred about 269, and this day usually ‘belongs’ to him. The first recorded association of Valentine Day with romantic love (1382) is from Geoffrey Chaucer. He wrote, ‘For this was Saint Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.’ This poem was in honour of the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia. Valentine Day is referred to by Ophelia in Hamlet (1600-1601). To-morrow is St Valentine’s day All in the morning betime And I a maid at your window To be your Valentine. The modern mention of Valentine’s Day can be found in a collection of English nursery rhymes (1784): The rose is red, the violet’s blue The honey’s sweet, and so are you. Thou are my love and I am thine I drew thee to my Valentine.


All in the month of February It was: ★

90 years ago, on 4th Feb 1928, that German Chancellor Adolf Hitler fired foreign minister Konstantin von Neurat, and made himself the supreme commander of the armed forces.

Also 80 years ago, on 24th Feb 1938, that the first toothbrushes with nylon bristles were introduced, by Du Pont. Until then toothbrushes had been made from the hair of boars or hogs.

70 years ago, on 28th Feb 1948, that the last British Army regiment left India.

65 years ago, on 5th Feb 1953, that sweet rationing ended in Britain.

Also 65 years ago, on 28th Feb 1953, that British scientists Francis Clark and James D. Watson announced that they had discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.

60 years ago, on 6th Feb 1958, that the Munich air disaster took place. A plane carrying the Manchester United Football team, plus support staff and journalists, crashed while attempting to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport. 23 people were killed, including 8 players.

50 years ago, on 19th Feb 1968, that the Thalidomide scandal’s first compensation payments were awarded in Britain to 62 children born with deformities because their mothers had taken the drug during pregnancy.(Around 400 British children in all were affected.)

15 years ago, on 17th Feb 2003, that London’s Congestion Charge scheme began.

See page 16 for “Joyce’s Jottings” as Joyce Rich delves into Ilkeston Library’s archives for the month of February 15

Joyce’s Jottings from the Ilkeston Library archives for …. …. FEBRUARY 1970 Murder at St. Mary's - This startling headline in the Ilkeston Advertiser during February 1970 was in a cutting posted to the Hallcroft School Facebook Group recently and shows the ripple caused in the town that week: “A spine-chilling murder? A desperate suicide perhaps? Or was it rival gangs of youths in fierce combat? As the body hurtled to the ground from the top of St. Mary's Church tower, passers-by who were not too stunned by the terrible happening rushed to the nearest phone to inform Hallcroft School that one of their boys had met with an untimely end, and was lying, beyond human aid, at the base of the tower. So alarmed was one witness, sitting backwards with head dripping wet over the shampoo bowl in a market place hairdressing salon, that she hastily assumed the perpendicular and almost passed out with shock! Just as Mr A. D. Nash, headmaster of Hallcroft School, was responding to a host of telephone callers, somebody spotted the movie camera and the secret was out. The 'body' was an exceedingly life-like model of one of the sixth-formers, and the hero of a fantasy in colour, one episode of which was being filmed on a sunny Wednesday morning. The film, in several episodes, concerns a dream of nightmarish proportions. It is being shot as part of the environmental studies of a group of senior students. Although Mr. Nash and his staff were aware of the project, they did not know the tower shot was taking place that day. For the next episode in this macabre drama, a coffin has already been made. When the shooting, editing and all that goes into the making of an epic film are completed, the students hope to give the first screening at a not-too-distant date! On behalf of all those who witnessed the frightening spectacle, thank goodness it was only a dream – and 'George' just a realistic effigy!” 16

Joyce’s Jottings from the Ilkeston Library archives for …. …. FEBRUARY 1905 In February, 1905, there was a large congregation in St. Mary's to welcome the Bishop of Southwell, one Dr. Hoskyns, on his first visit to Ilkeston. Southwell was a new Diocese into which Ilkeston now fell, having formerly been part of the huge Diocese of Lichfield.The great and the good were there, including the Mayor, H. Fitzherbert Wright, JP, who spoke words of welcome on behalf of the laity of the Rural Deanery of Ilkeston, “including those who were not so fortunate as to live within the precincts of the Queen of the Erewash Valley” (i.e. those who lived outside the immediate centre of Ilkeston). “Queen of the Valley” was how our town was formerly widely known.

…. FEBRUARY 1898 The Vicars of Ilkeston and Cotmanhay and the Churchwardens of both parishes received a notification from the Home Secretary of the closing of their churchyards for future burials.


Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 ‘If you love those who love you, what — is that to you?’ (Luke 6:32) (6) 4 ‘They threw the ship’s — overboard’ (Acts 27:19) (6) 7 The first murderer (Genesis 4:8) (4) 8 He was the head Levite in charge of the singing when the ark of God was brought back to Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 15:22) (8) 9 Samson was noted for this (Judges 16:6) (8) 13 Solicit money or food from passers by (Acts 3:2) (3) 16 What William Booth’s Christian Mission became in 1878 (9,4) 17 Alliance of Religions and Conservation (1,1,1) 19 ‘I will praise your name for ever and ever. — — I will praise you’ (Psalm 145:1–2) (5,3) 24 Simon had (anag.) (8) 25 Desperate (Deuteronomy 28:48) (4) 26 Elisha witnessed the boy he was seeking to resuscitate do this seven times before opening his eyes (2 Kings 4:35) (6) 27 The belly and thighs of the statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream were made of this (Daniel 2:32) (6) DOWN 1 ‘Before the — crows, you will disown me three times’ (Matthew 26:75) (4) 2 Relating to the books of the Bible between Acts and Revelation (9) 3 ‘They have — the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!’ (John 20:2) (5) 4 Belief (5) 5 ‘Take the following fine spices: ... 250 shekels of fragrant — ’ (Exodus 30:23) (4) 6 ‘Do not — Jerusalem, but wait for the gift’ (Acts 1:4) (5) 10 A seer (anag.) (5) 11 ‘Even there your hand will — me’ (Psalm 139:10) (5) 12 The wild variety was part of John the Baptist’s diet (Mark 1:6) (5) 13 A non-Greek speaker who was looked down on by civilized people (Colossians 3:11) (9) 18

DOWN continued 15 The province from which Paul wrote to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 16:19) (4) 14 Famous 1950s musical whose characters included members of 16 Across, — and Dolls (4) 18 ‘He was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and a measuring — — his hand’ (Ezekiel 40:3) (3,2) 20 ‘Today, if you hear his — , do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion’ (Hebrews 3:15) (5) 21 The Jericho prostitute who hid two Israelite spies on the roof of her house (Hebrews 11:31) (5) 22 ‘And now these three remain: faith, — and love. But the greatest of these is love’ (1 Corinthians 13:13) (4) 23 ‘God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end’ (Daniel 5:26) (4)

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February 14th - Ash Wednesday A Good Time To Admit You Are Sorry Have you done something which haunts you? Which makes you feel restless and defensive, every time you think of it? Why not deal with it this month, and put it behind you? Whatever your mistake has been, consider what the Bible has to say to you: ‘I have not come to call the virtuous but sinners to repentance’ (said Jesus). (Luke 5.32) ‘Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55.7) ‘Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.’ (Joel 2:12-13) God is inviting you to come to him this Ash Wednesday. What a wonderful offer! Make the most of it, and remember how the prodigal son was welcomed back by his compassionate father.


Update on our ‘Alternative Donations’ Starting with the ‘Easyfundraising’ initiative, some progress has been made. We have 11 supporters who have opened accounts, so heartfelt thanks for your initiative. We raised £3.52 in donations through December, slightly disappointing in the lead up to Christmas! The total raised so far is £12.26. It works and provides a small but useful contribution to our finances, the more it is used the larger will be the benefit. Now for the Ecclesiastical Insurance company initiative to offer a £130 donation to St Mary’s for each household insurance policy taken out before December 31st 2018, we have received clarification with respect to eligibility. This can be used by anyone who is a member of the church and also everyone known to them; so all family and friends as well as acquaintances to whom the offer is recommended. The requirements are that the church must be nominated and TRUST 130 must be quoted at the time of making the enquiry with Ecclesiastical (phone or on-line). Full details on the church noticeboard. John Bell


A Day Out in York By Sheila Spencer IIt is some time since I visited York, a long weekend at New Year, but the wonders of the city remain with me. The Minster is of course the highlight. It is the largest gothic cathedral in Europe begun in 1220 to replace the previous wooden buildings. In the 1980s it was discovered that the central tower was in danger of collapsing. No sooner had this been repaired than a fire damaged the transept. However, all was mended and the rose window shines anew. I remember we took a guided tour but had difficulty hearing the guide so explored on our own. There is also a good chance of attending a service. Matins, communion and evensong happen most days but check first in case there is a concert or something in progress.

Photo Š Phil Champion (cc-by-sa/2.0)

On a nice day you can spend your time wandering around and experiencing the history all about the city. A walk down the Shambles illustrates the arrangement in medieval times; the overhanging timber framed upper stories, signs, tiny shops, cobbled streets and narrow side alleys.

Photo Š John M Wheatley (cc-by-sa/2.0)


The walls were present in Roman times although the present ones date from the 13th century. A walk along them gives a good view of the twin castle mounds built at the time of the Norman Conquest. One has the Clifford tower on top and the other and the other is the site of cannons used in the English Civil War during the siege of York.

Photo © Russel Wills (cc-by-sa/2.0)

The Vikings came after the Romans and at the Jorvik Museum you experience a truly imaginative and exciting journey back through 1000 years. There always seems a large queue here but you can book in advance. I also enjoyed the Castle Museum and the Railway Museum (the latter is free) but this will be too ambitious if you only have a day. Suggestion: go for a week!!

Know your spouse While attending a Marriage Seminar dealing with communication, Tom and his wife Grace were told by the instructor that it was essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other. He addressed Tom and asked. ‘For instance, can you name your wife's favourite flower?’ Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, ‘It's self-raising, isn't it?’ The rest of the story gets rather ugly, so I'll stop right here. 23


Writing to his nephew Darren, a recently ordained low church curate this letter “On the perils of parish cook books” is from Eustace, the elderly Anglo-Catholic parish vicar of parish of St James-the-Least-of-All.

My dear Nephew Darren Thank you for your contribution to our proposed parish cook book, “My favourite weekday dinner at home” – although I have to say that baked beans on a baked potato was a little unadventurous, even if I suspect, sadly, true. It is remarkable how many of my parishioners, when they know they will appear in print, apparently dine sumptuously every evening in their own homes. I could not help but feel that Miss Carruthers’ “weekday” recipe for “Gratinee de Coquilles Saint Jacques” was taking imagination rather too far, when everyone knows she lives on scrambled eggs on toast on a tray in front of the television. Asking the bishop to write the preface for our cook book has not turned out entirely successfully, since the greater part of it extolled the virtues of fasting. I suspect this may have something to do with his attraction to lean, muscular Christianity and his disapproval of my ample waistline. And when attending a social occasion at the bishop’s palace, “lean” would definitely be my description of the size of the sherry he pours. When you buy a copy of the book – which I am sure you will do as an act of solidarity – do not attempt to follow Colonel Humphrey’s recipe for a Madras curry. His father acquired a taste for it when he was serving in India and, regrettably, he brought the recipe back to England. It is guaranteed to reduce the bravest of men to tears; the Colonel’s four pink gins before dinner seem to give him a certain anaesthetic protection. The editor returned my own recipe, mentioning that the “two large glasses of red wine” specified in the list of ingredients was not mentioned in the recipe. I had thought it was perfectly obvious that they were there to be drunk while making the meal. The project is to raise funds to repair our medieval tower, which our architect tells us is largely held in place by its own weight. It is rather comforting to think that we shall preserve it for another generation by selflessly eating our way through roast pork, beef Wellington and chicken cooked in a wide variety of unpronounceable French sauces. Your loving uncle, Eustace 25



Christ the Hiding Place A prayer of Soren Kierkegaard (1813 – 1855) The birds have their nests and the foxes their holes. But you were homeless, Lord Jesus, with nowhere to rest your head. And yet you were a hiding-place where the sinner could flee. Today you are still such a hiding-place, and I flee to you. I hide myself under your wings, and your wings cover the multitude of my sins. Amen.

The Ten Commandments This rhyming version of the Ten Commandments, published, it is thought, by Isaac Watts in 1709, was still going strong some years ago.

Thou shalt have no gods but Me. Before no idol bow thy knee. Take not the name of God in vain, Nor dare the Sabbath Day profane. Give both thy parents honour due, Take heed that thou no murder do. Abstain from words and deeds unclean, Nor steal, though thou art poor and mean. Nor make a wilful lie, nor love it, What is thy neighbour’s, do not covet. 28

Crossword Puzzle Solution From page 18 ACROSS: 1, Credit. 4, Tackle. 7, Cain. 8, Kenaniah. 9, Strength. 13, Beg. 16, Salvation Army. 17, ARC. 19, Every day. 24, Admonish. 25, Dire. 26, Sneeze. 27, Bronze. DOWN: 1, Cock. 2, Epistolic. 3, Taken. 4, Tenet. 5, Cane. 6, Leave. 10, Erase. 11, Guide. 12, Honey. 13, Barbarian. 14, Guys. 15, Asia. 18, Rod in. 20, Voice. 21, Rahab. 22, Hope. 23, Mene.

Revd. Carole, Bishop Jan and Reader Andrea pictured after our service of Holy Communion on January 21st


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

Sunday Service at 10am Date Reader



Feb 4th Feb 11th Feb 18th Feb 285h

Janet Reeve Mary Hawkins Ceril Little John Puxty

Mary Hawkins & Mary Morton Pauline Hyde & Sue Bell Sandra Neep & Val Rennie Janet Reeve & Margaret Turner

Sylvia Puxty Sue Bell S Attenborough Franklin Bishop

Sunday Sides Persons Rota Date 8am


Feb 4th Feb 11th Feb 18th Feb 25th

Mary Hawkins Sylvia Puxty David Bamford Sue Attenborough

B Spibey Grace Henshaw Peter Brown Frank Pinder

Tuesday - Mother and Toddler Drinks & Snacks Date Feb 6th Feb 13th Feb 20th Feb 27th

BettyMurphy Joyce Rich HALF TERM Janet Reeve

Wednesday Service at 9.30am Date Reader


Feb 7th Feb 14th Feb 21st Feb 28th

Val Rennie Sue & John Bell Janet Reeve & Pauline Hyde Sue Attenborough & Margaret Turner

John Bell Patricia McHale Mary Hawkins John Puxty

Saturday Coffee Bar Date Feb 3rd Feb 10th Feb 17th Feb 24th

Helen Crisp, Val Rennie Janet Reeve, Mary Morton, Ceril Little Mary Hawkins, Sandra Newton, Garth Newton Sue Bell, John Bell, Margaret Turner


St Mary’s Church, Ilkeston Who’s Who


Interim Priest In Charge: Revd. Carole Lloyd - Tel: 930 8316 1 Ascot Close West Hallam Ilkeston DE7 6LB

Sunday 8.00am -Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

Reader: Andrea Swarbrick - Tel: 932 6523 7 Drummond Rd, Ilkeston email: Reader & Churchwarden: John Puxty - Tel: 930 1601 32 Summerfield Way, Shipley View email: Churchwarden: Peter Hodson - Tel: 932 2974 Verger: Sue Attenborough - Tel: 930 4140 Cantelupe Centre: James New - Tel: 932 1329 Website: Contact Magazine: Editorial Team

10.00am - 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

Other Regular Events Thursday 7.30pm - 9.00pm Bell Ringing Practice Contact: Colin Shaw – 0115 932 7072

Last Saturday of Each Month Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard 10am - Working Party (Mar-Oct)

Uniformed Groups Rainbows Contact: Candy – 0115 932 8244

Brownies Contact: Brown Owl Lynne Cresswell – 0115 877 1592

Contact - February 2018  

The Parish magazine of St Mary's Church, Ilkeston, Derbyshire

Contact - February 2018  

The Parish magazine of St Mary's Church, Ilkeston, Derbyshire