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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

Dates for your diary (in addition to the regular Sunday & Wednesday Services) 1st -

St David’s Day - see page 20

2nd - Women’s World Day of Prayer 2:00 pm - At Green Spire, Ilkeston all welcome including the men.

4th -

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.

6th -

Lent Course Week 3 - see page 11

8th -

Woodbine Willie Here’s a ‘saint’ that the Church of England remembers from the 1st World War - the Revd. Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy MC (1883 - 1929). Known by the troops as ‘Woodbine Willie’, this popular, much-loved army chaplain on the Western Front gave out copious amounts of ‘Woodbines’, the most popular cheap cigarette of the time. He would probably be reprimanded today

11th - Mothering Sunday - see page 23 13th - Lent Course Week 4 - see page 11 17th - St Patrick’s Day - see page 21 20th - St Joseph – Patron Saint Of Fathers - see page 6 20th - Lent Course Week 5 - see page 11 20th - St Cuthbert - see Janet Reeve’s “I Went Into A Church” on page 12 25th - Palm Sunday - see Wordsearch on page 17 29th - Maundy Thursday Agape Meal in the Cantelupe Centre at 7:00 pm - Bring and Share

30th - Good Friday 10:00 am - Worship at the Green Spire followed by the Christian Walk of Witness through the town centre at 10:45 am 2:00 pm - Hour at the Cross in St Mary’s

1st - EASTER DAY Ilkeston Churches Easter Dawn Service 6:30am at Dale Abbey Arch (access via Abbey House drive)

8:00am & 10:00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s 3

THE VICAR’S LETTER Dear Friends, Lent is well under way but March begins with the celebration of one of this nation’s national saints - St David on March 1st. David grew up at the monastery of Hen Fynyw and was tutored by St Paulinus. He travelled widely throughout Wales, preaching the gospel and helping to establish churches within local communities, also establishing a monastery in Pembrokeshire. He lived simply and his last words to his friends and fellow monks are said to be; “Byddwch lawen a chadwch eich ffydd a’ch cred, a gwnewch y pethau bychain a welsoch fi yn wneud ac wedi clywed am” which translates as: “Be joyful and keep your faith and your creed. Do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about.” These are good words to heed for Lent as we travel through the desert with Jesus Christ and walk with him to the cross. It is often the little things that we do that become important. Yes, Jesus gave his life for us but the small encounters with others also really mattered in his life - the way he lived, the way he prayed, the way he met people at their point of need, these were all significant. As we move through Lent with Jesus and look towards Jerusalem and the cross we have the opportunity to reflect on the way we live, on our journey of faith, how our prayers, acts of generosity, neighbourliness and sharing help us to grow in our discipleship. And so I close by offering you this prayer from Christian Aid:

Loving God, take our hands, take our lives, ordinary as wheat or cornmeal, daily as bread – our stumbling generosity, our simple actions, and find them good enough to fill with your presence and make your Gospel alive in the world And may God bless you on your Lenten journey. Your friend and Vicar, Carole 4



February 11th - Archie Henry Bethnall (Service conducted by Revd. Carole Lloyd)

February 6th - Patricia Goacher (age 65) (Services conducted by Revd. Carole Lloyd) February 14th - Effie Louisa Richardson (age 98) (Services conducted by Revd. David Fergus) February 23rd - Brenda Baker (age 84) (Service conducted by Revd.Carol Lloyd)

Annual Subscriptions It’s fast coming to that time of year when we ask readers of “Contact” magaazine to renew their subscription, this time for the year April 2018 to March 2019. There will be 11 issues of the magazine with a double edition in July and August. Some brown envelopes will be left near the pigeon-holes at the church entrance for your donations. Please take one, place your contribution inside and give to one of the churchwardens or to Sandra Newton. Cheques should be made payable to St Mary’s PCC and don’t forget to put your name on the front of the envelope to be certain of your reserved copy each month. If you would like the magazines to be posted, please also add your address and include a donation towards postage and packaging in addition to your subscription. Whilst making this request for financial contributions towards the costs of printing and distributing the magazine, it’s also a good time to thank everyone who has helped or contributed articles, stories and poems etc. for inclusion during the previous year. We trust that these will continue and look forward to recieving more so pleae let us know if you have anything of interest. Thank you all. email to: 5

March 20th - St Joseph Patron Saint of Fathers Why should St Joseph’s day be in March? Surely he belongs to Advent and Christmas, at Mary’s side in millions of nativity scenes around the world. In any case, as foster-father of Christ and husband of Mary, Joseph played a major part in the story of the coming of Jesus Christ. All that we know about him for sure is in the gospels. Read especially Matthew 1 – 2. He was of Davidic descent, but his trade as a carpenter shows that he was not at all wealthy. Joseph’s gentleness and decency towards Mary, and his willingness to do God’s will when it was revealed to him, portray him as a kind and godly person. Joseph is the patron saint of fathers of families, and he makes an excellent example. He comes across as a protecting, loyal, thoughtful, self-controlled person, full of integrity, and willing to work hard. Who wouldn’t want a father like that?


ASHES-TO-GO A small, brave group of us gathered on the Market Place on a very cold, windy and, finally, wet Ash Wednesday morning to offer prayer and ashing to passers-by. Despite the weather there were a few pedestrians passing through, some of whom were receptive to marking the start of Lent in this symbolic act. There were also one or two who came into church for prayer, having seen the door open. It was a very interesting experience which demonstrated a spiritual need amongst those who aren’t normally counted within our church family and that there are many who are seeking to connect with God in less traditional ways. As we move forward as God’s people we will have to be imaginative in the ways in which we connect with our community to share the good news and enable them to build a relationship with the living God.


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: March 1918: GETTING NOWHERE March 1918 brought more confusion than comfort to the British public. If they read the papers closely, they would learn of many peace treaties signed – between the new Bolshevik Russian government and some of its neighbours, including Bulgaria and Turkey and even with Germany – but with many hitches and hesitations. The Allies refused to recognise the Russian-German treaty, for instance, and fighting continued in some places. Yet while there was talk of peace on every hand, the War simply went on and on. The Germans launched a major offensive in France, code-named ‘Michael’, which pushed the Allied forces back from their lines on the western front. This German success so worried the generals that they called a crisis meeting at which General Foch was appointed ‘generalissimo’ to co-ordinate the tactics of the Allied armies. Four years into the war, that would seem somewhat overdue. It was followed, as it happened, by the defeat of a similar German attack in the Arras area. So, no wonder the ordinary citizen was baffled. It was up and down, but going nowhere – and the casualties continued, of course. In fact most people didn’t follow the news that closely, and much of the reporting they did read was unjustifiably optimistic. The face to face interviews of today’s radio and television news programmes make it harder for those in power to avoid unpleasant truths. But at this stage of a brutal war such an approach would have been regarded by many people, including my parents, as disloyalty bordering on treachery. 8

Nevertheless, people could see for themselves the shortages of food, and they knew that even on a recent moonless night, when navigation was difficult, the Germans were able to launch a bombing raid by aircraft, not Zeppelins, over England. For all the talk of victory, or peace, the mood at home was resigned but realistic. For 15 months a new prime minister had been in office, David Lloyd-George, who had spoken of his hopes for bringing the war to an end. But to carry that right through, he probably needed the mandate of an election win, and that was not to happen while the conflict still took place. At home or abroad, something unexpected was needed to release the log-jam.

Miscellaneous Observations on Life Your influence on other people is negative or positive – never neutral. Anon A preacher should never say ‘Finally’ – and certainly not more than once! A recession is a period when people do without the things their parents never had. If he dodges cars, he is a pedestrian; if he dodges taxes, he is a financier; if he dodges responsibility, he is a statesman! It has taken three generations to go from farm to garden to tin opener. Common sense is a flower that, sadly, doesn't grow in everyone's garden. The way to be nothing is to do nothing. Nathaniel Howe



Lent Course 2018 Our Lent Course continues in the Cantelupe Centre’s Derwent Room Tuesday evenings at 7.00 pm during March. This year we're looking at five marks of being a Generous Church, Making and Nurturing Disciples. 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.

Leisure Time This may not come as a complete surprise: women have less leisure time than men, as they are more occupied with chores and childcare. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says: ‘when not in leisure, women were more likely to be performing unpaid work.’ What is that? The ONS calls it anything that members of a household do for free, but which could be contracted out to a market service provider, such as childcare, adult care, volunteering or housework. Last year, ONS figures reveal that women carry out an average of 26 hours a week of unpaid work, as compared with 16 hours by men. 11

I WENT INTO A CHURCH …. Part 9 by Janet Reeve I went into a church; in fact two churches, Durham Cathedral and St. Mary's on Lindisfarne in search of information about St Cuthbert. I first visited Lindisfarne in 1997 on a pilgrimage with the Church Army. Last year I had a few days in Northumbria and visited again. My friend and I were interested in finding the shrine of St. Cuthbert; so on the way up north we visited Durham Cathedral which was St. Cuthbert's ultimate resting place. He died on Inner Farne on March 20th 687 and his body was buried on Lindisfarne. In 793 the monastery was attacked by the Vikings, and in 875 the monks abandoned the island taking Cuthbert's body with them. After many years travelling around Cuthbert's relics were installed in their present position in Durham Cathedral in 1104.

Durham Cathedral Photo © Andrew Tryon (cc-by-sa/2.0)

We found the shrine behind the High Altar, reached by steps from the quire aisles. It was much simpler than I'd expected. He is buried under a simple stone slab bearing his name in Latin CVTHBERTVS. It is made more spectacular by a colourful 20th century canopy above it depicting Christ in Glory. There is also a 7th century coffin which held St. Cuthbert for 1200 years. The following day we visited Lindisfarne going across the causeway by coach. Last time we walked across as pilgrims. Looking at the marked route across the sand it seemed much further than I remembered; but I was a lot younger then! 12

The Altar Photo © Paul Robson (cc-by-sa/2.0)

St. Mary's Church Photo © N Chadwick (cc-by-sa/2.0)

St. Mary's Church lies near the Priory ruins. It is small and intimate with a feeling of peace as you enter. We sat for a while before the Altar admiring the reredos showing the saints Aiden and Columba associated with the story of Lindisfarne. In front of the Altar is a carpet with designs taken from the Lindisfarne Gospels. St. Cuthbert is also depicted in one of the beautiful stained glass windows. It was a sunny day and really brought out their vibrant colours. Photo © Chris Downer (cc-by-sa/2.0)

One other object in the church celebrating St. Cuthbert is a modern sculpture entitled "The Journey" sculpted in elm by Fenwick Lawson.

It is full-sized and very rough-hewn, crafted mostly with a chainsaw. It shows six monks carrying Cuthbert's coffin from St. Mary’s church at the start of its long journey beginning in 875 and reaching its final destination in Durham by 995. We were really moved by this sculpture.

“The Journey” Photo © Derek Voller (cc-by-sa/2.0)

We had found all the information very revealing, and now know much more about the life and death of St. Cuthbert. 13

What now? Today, I was in the bathroom at a popular coffee chain. Someone had written "What Would Jesus Do?" on the wall. Another person had added, directly underneath: "Wash His hands." Then a third person wrote, "And your feet."

Dear God… A little boy's prayer: "Dear God, please take care of my daddy and my mummy and my sister and my brother and my doggy and me. Oh, and please take care of yourself, God. If anything happens to You, we're gonna be in a big mess."

Fishy The minister greeted a young lad at the church door one Sunday morning, and was impressed when the lad explained that though his father was going fishing, his father had insisted that his son come to church that morning. “And why is that, my boy?” The lad replied, ‘Dad said he didn't have enough bait for both of us.’


Want to be Creative? Have a Cup of Tea Tea-drinkers have always known that almost anything is possible, with a cup of tea in your hand, and now it seems that the scientists are catching up with them. For there seems to be proof that a simple cup of tea can spark an instant burst of your brainpower and creativity, enhancing your mood and cognitive ability. Yet, although tea contains both caffeine and theanine, both of which increase attentiveness and alertness, these do not usually take effect as quickly as the simple act of drinking tea seems to do. Thus, researchers suspect that simply drinking the tea works to enhance your mood. Tests found that drinking tea helped people in both divergent thinking (the process of coming up with a number of new ideas around a central theme), and also with creativity. This must make tea the go-to drink for writers, artists and musicians, and indeed anyone looking for inspiration. So - go put the kettle on! The study appeared in the journal Food Quality and Preference.


All in the month of March It was: ★

200 years ago, on 11th March 1818 that Mary Shelley’s novel ‘Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus’, was published.

150 years ago, on 27th March 1868 that Patty Hill, American kindergarten teacher and nursery education reformer, was born. She co-wrote the melody of ‘Happy Birthday’ with her sister Mildred.

125 year ago, on 18th March 1893 that Wilfred Owen, British poet and soldier, was born. One of the leading poets of WW1. Noted for his shocking, realistic poetry about the horrors of trench warfare. (Killed in action one week before the war ended, aged 25.)

90 years ago, on 4th March 1928 that Alan Stillitoe was born. One of the so-called ‘angry young men’ of the 1950s, and best known for his novel ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ and his short story ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’. Died 2010

65 years ago, on 24th March 1953 that Queen Mary died. She was mother of King Edward Vlll and also of King George Vl. She was grandmother of Queen Elizabeth 2nd.

40 years ago, on 8th March 1978 that the first episode of Douglas Adam’s science fiction comedy series ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ was broadcast on BB Radio 4.

Also 40 years ago, on 16th March 1978 that the Amoco Cadiz oil spill off Brittany occurred. The Liberian-registered super-tanker ran aground on rocks during a storm, split into three, and sank.

15 years ago, on 31st March 2003 that the world’s first commercial nuclear power station at Calder Hall, Cumbria, closed down after nearly 47 years of service.

See page 18 for “Joyce’s Jottings” as Joyce Rich delves into Ilkeston Library’s archives for the month of February 16

WORDSEARCH Jesus at the gates of Jerusalem Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, when the Church remembers how Jesus arrived at the gates of Jerusalem just a few days before the Passover was due to be held. He was the Messiah come to His own people in their capital city, and yet He came in humility, riding on a young donkey, not in triumph, riding on a war-horse. As Jesus entered the city, the crowds gave Him a rapturous welcome, throwing palm fronds into His path. They knew His reputation as a healer, and welcomed Him. But sadly, the welcome was short-lived and shallow, for Jerusalem would soon reject her Messiah, and put Him to death.

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Joyce’s Jottings from the Ilkeston Library archives for …. …. MARCH 1970 In March, 1970, a notice in the newspaper informed the town that an application had been made to the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Derby for a Faculty to remove a number of kerbs, gravestones and memorials from their positions in St. Mary's Parish Churchyard and to level the relevant grave mounds. The stones would be re-sited on the Southern side of the Churchyard. Plans of those stones affected were to be exhibited for one month: objections to be made in writing.

…. MARCH 1975 In 1975, a New Donors' Book, to record gifts to the Church, was presented. The first item listed – given by former Mayor Mr. Fred Kirby – was a new sound system “to help clergy conduct services”, in memory of his late wife, Alice. The gift included amplifying equipment, microphones and two speakers.The book, bound in red calf leather with specially engraved gold lettering, would list every future gift to St. Mary's, with the name of the donor. A photograph of the occasion includes the Vicar, the Revd. Arthur Robertson, and two ladies who helped raise money for the book – Mrs. Alice White and Mrs. Mabel Britton. Also in 1975, the women of the congregation expressed dismay at the price of praying in St. Mary's. The problem – knobbly kneelers. So many nylon stockings had been ruined because of the rough covering of the hassocks that St. Mary's ladies had taken matters into their own hands. They appealed for gifts of strong material, any colour so long as it was not too bright, to finish the task of re-covering. In six months they had managed to complete a quarter of the 200 or so. They also asked for more helpers to enable the task to be finished as quickly as possible. (Since then, of course, a vast amount of effort must have been expended to make the huge variety of hand-sewn tapestry kneelers we now have.)


The BBC Makes More Room For God The recent publication of the BBC Religion and Ethics Review has been welcomed by church leaders as ‘positive’ and ‘encouraging’. The Director General of the BBC, Tony Hall, writes in his foreword: ‘We know – our research tells us – that today’s audiences are interested in learning more in this area. People of all ages, and of all faiths and none, think it is important to learn about religion in general. They recognise that, if we truly want to make sense of the world, we need to understand the systems of belief that underpin it. For the BBC, this is a fundamental part of our responsibility. It has also, perhaps, never been more important for us to get it right.’ And so, the review has promised a commitment to: ‘accurately portray the diversity of beliefs in our society, to helping people understand their values and decisions, and to increasing specialist knowledge of religion in the news.’ A new post of Religion Editor will be put in place, along with a global team containing new reporters, with specific religious experience. The Bishop of Repton, the Rt Revd Jan McFarlane, has welcomed the BBC’s new plans. She points out: ‘Religion is a force to be reckoned with across the world. It is not in decline: it needs to be taken seriously and understood properly if we are to make sense of the world around us, understand our history and culture, and live in peace with our neighbour.’


March 1st - St David’s Day March 1st is St David’s Day, and it’s time for the Welsh to wear daffodils or leeks. Shakespeare called this custom ‘an honourable tradition begun upon an honourable request’ - but nobody knows the reason. Why should anyone have ever ‘requested’ that the Welsh wear leeks or daffodils to honour their patron saint? It’s a mystery! We do know that David - or Dafydd - of Pembrokeshire was a monk and bishop of the 6th century. In the 12th century he was made patron of Wales, and he has the honour of being the only Welsh saint to be canonised and culted in the Western Church. Tradition has it that he was austere with himself, and generous with others - living on water and vegetables (leeks, perhaps?!) and devoting himself to works of mercy. He was much loved. The final resting place of the patron saint is in the Cathedral he founded in the sixth century at St David’s (also known as St Davids without the apostrophe) in the United Kingdom’s smallest city which is located in South West Wales.

St David’s Cathedral

The original cathedral that was built on the site was plundered by the Vikings being burned to the ground and destroyed in 1087. The Normans built the present cathedral Normans which contains many relics, including the remains of St David. In art, St David is usually depicted in Episcopal vestments, standing on a mound with a dove at his shoulder, in memory of his share at an important Synod for the Welsh Church, the Synod of Brevi. 20

March 17th - St Patrick’s Day A prayer by St Patrick against the temptations of the world

The Breastplate of St Patrick I rise today with the power of God to guide me, The might of God to uphold me, The wisdom of God to teach me, The eye of God to watch over me, The ear of God to hear me, The word of God to give me speech, The hand of God to protect me, The path of God to lie before me, The shield of God to shelter me, The host of God to defend me. Against the snares of the devil and the temptationsof the world, Against every man who meditates injury to me, Whether far or near.


A Day Out in Tissington By Sheila Spencer

Tissington is of course famous for its well dressings. It is well worth a visit then but rather crowded. I went on a sunny day in January - the only one they had I think. I found a pretty, unspoilt and peaceful village which I rather preferred. The entrance from the Buxton Ashbourne road leads up an avenue of lime trees. The present ones replace the 200 year old ones which were dying. It was also a good chance to plant them further away from the road.

Tissington Hall

On the left there is parking in front of the Hall. This is a Jacobean manor behind a walled garden with a 17th century gateway. You can make a booking to view the Hall but I am saving that for another day. The FitzHerberts have owned the village and farms since Elizabethan times but most of the houses you see now were built 1830-1880. There does not seem to be an overall plan which gives the area an attractive look.

I walked pass the duck pond and onto the Tissington Trail. The railway closed in 1963 but now there is a good surface for walkers and cyclists to Ashbourne or to Parsley Hay and onto Buxton, (not that I was going that far). I walked for about 10 minutes and noticed a sign post to take me back to the village. The sun shone and I felt glad to be alive!

The Pond

There is a lovely cafĂŠ adapted from the old coach house. A bowl of soup rounded off a perfect day! 22

March 11th - Mothering Sunday There is an old Jewish saying: “God could not be everywhere, and therefore He made mothers.” Mother Church, Mother Earth, Mother of the Gods - our human mothers - all of them have been part of the celebration of ‘Mothering Sunday’ - as the fourth Sunday in Lent is affectionately known. It has been celebrated in the UK since at least the 16th century. In Roman times, great festivals were held every Spring to honour Cybele, Mother of all the Gods. Other pagan festivals in honour of Mother Earth were also celebrated. With the arrival of Christianity, the festival became one honouring Mother Church. During the Middle Ages, young people apprenticed to craftsmen or working as ‘live-in’ servants were allowed only one holiday a year on which to visit their families - which is how ‘Mothering Sunday’ got its name. This special day became a day of family rejoicing, and the Lenten fast was broken. In some places the day was called Simnel Day, because of the sweet cakes called simnel cakes traditionally eaten on that day. In recent years the holiday has changed and in many ways now resembles the American Mothers’ Day, with families going out to Sunday lunch and generally making a fuss of their mother on the day. 23


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

My dear Nephew Darren I must begin with a confession. I know it is wrong of me, but last Wednesday I coveted your modern, purpose-built, user-friendly worship centre. Your concrete cube may have all the aesthetic charm of a suburban bus shelter, but it is clean, bright and does not have the propensity for sheltering dead animals in dark corners. March at St. James the Least brings an annual event I dread: the Boon Day. There is a certain irony in the ladies of the parish – who without exception employ dailies to do all their domestic cleaning and dusting – getting together to wash, polish and scrape 12 months-worth of accumulated dirt from the church interior. Having very obviously put in hours of thought about correct dress – not looking as if they’re set for drinks at the golf club, but equally not giving the impression that wielding a mop and bucket comes naturally to them – they arrive equipped with the Cartier equivalents of bleach and dusters. I am slightly surprised Admiral Wetherspoon’s wife knows which end of a brush should be held. Miss Pemberton’s over-enthusiastic use of bleach for cleaning the sanctuary floor in the Lady Chapel makes one feel one is entering a public lavatory rather than a house of God. Books, service sheets and collection plates have all been so efficiently tidied away that it will take months before anyone can find anything. Lost coins are placed in the collection box, long-forgotten gloves and scarves put out for the next jumble sale, and dead pigeons and mice placed on the compost heap. Just as archaeologists date various layers of a dig from the artefacts they recover, the ladies cleaning the choir stalls have determined precisely when the tenors changed from spearmint to peppermint chews during the sermon, as they shovelled through 52 Sundays-worth of lost mints. Our great moment of crisis came when Lady Dawes decided to clean the statue of St. James the Least, standing in his niche above the high altar. An eight foot, 50 year-old step ladder and an 18 stone seventy year-old dowager are not an ideal combination. St. James had stood on his plinth, unmolested, for the best part of 500 years, two fingers held in a sign of blessing. Until last Wednesday. continued over.


For Lady D’s last flourish, removing the cobwebs from St. James’ head, caused her to lose her balance. She grasped for something for support, failed, and hit the floor still holding one of our saint’s two fingers. He now stands – admittedly very clean – but with only one finger raised to the congregation in a far from saintly gesture. A little judicious application of glue will be necessary before he makes his true intentions clear. And so we now live in a state of uninhabitable order and hygiene. Within a month, the skills of mice and men should hopefully return us to our preferred ambience for Christian worship. Your loving uncle, Eustace

That Daffodil Time Of Year

O how I love, as poets do That time when skies turn deeper blue, And all can know the vernal thrills Of landscapes filled with daffodils. I love to spend a pleasing hour Admiring nature’s golden flower; That trumpet shape, enhanced by dew That vibrant, cheering yellow hue!

By Nigel Beeton

No better herald of the spring No flower can more pleasure bring; And spirits crushed by winter’s ills Are lifted by the daffodils!


Wordsearch Solution


From page 17

The English test had only one question: ‘Write an essay on “The Most Beautiful Thing I Ever Saw.”’ One of the students finished his essay in less than a minute. It read in its entirety: "The most beautiful thing I ever saw was just too beautiful for words." He got the only A in the class.




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

Sunday Service at 10am Date Reader



Mar 4th Mar 11th Mar 18th Mar 25th

Sylvia Puxty A. Swarbrick Janet Reeve Ceril little

Sharon Topping & Sue Attenborough Mary Hawkins & Mary Morton Pauline Hyde & Sue Bell Sandra Neep & Val Rennie

Roger Lloyd Janet Reeve Ceril Little David Bamford

Sunday Sides Persons Rota Date 8am


Mar 4th Mar 11th Mar 18th Mar 25th

Garth & Sandra Newton Sylvia Puxty Due Bell Sue Baker

B Spibey Margaret Turner Grace Henshaw Frank Pinder

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

Sharon Topping Sue Bell Mary Hawkins EASTER BREAK

Wednesday Service at 9.30am Date Reader


Mar 7th Mar 14th Mar 21st Mar 28th

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

Anne Smith Janet Reeve Margaret Turner John Bell

Saturday Coffee Bar Date Mar 3rd Mar 10th Mar 17th Mar 24th Mar 31st

Sue Attenborough, James New 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 Children's activity in church 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 - March 2018  

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

Contact - March 2018  

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