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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 -

EASTER DAY Easter is the most joyful day of the year for Christians. Christ has died for our sins. We are forgiven. Christ has risen! We are redeemed! We can look forward to an eternity in His joy! Hallelujah!

Ilkeston Churches Easter Dawn Service 6:30am at Dale Abbey Arch (access via Abbey House drive)

2nd - Hugh of Grenoble Born at Chateauneuf in 1052 Hugh was made Bishop of Grenoble by Pope Gregory VII and became the virtual co-founder of the Carthusian order. The common people soon came to love him, for as well as reforming their churches and restoring their cathedral, he built a bridge, a marketplace and three hospitals for them.

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Annual Meetings The Annual Church Meeting to elect Churchwardens and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting to carry out the annual business of the church will be held following the 10:00am service.

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 Annual Meetings.

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April Lady Day - the Annunciation - see page 17

21st - Anselm Anselm is a good saint to remember next time someone asks you to prove that there is a God. His brilliant and original Proslogion, written 1077-8, sets out the ‘ontological’ proof for God’s existence. Nearly ten centuries later, it is still studied by theological students as one of the great philosophical ‘proofs’ of God’s existence.

24th - St George - see page 7 28th - Peter Chanel Many of us can show great dedication in pursuit of a career that will bring us a good salary or position. Peter Chanel should be the patron saint of anyone who shows quiet determination in doing what they believe to be God’s call upon their life; regardless of the harsh personal consequences. Despite several setbacks Chanel eventually achieved his life’s goal: a mission that took Jesus Christ to people in a far-flung corner of the world in the South Pacific.

29th - St Mark - writer of the second gospel - see page 14 3

THE VICAR’S LETTER Dear Friends, This month starts with great joy as we pass from the darkness of Holy Week into the glorious light of the resurrection. It has to be good news - let’s read how St John describes the announcement of this miraculous and amazing event by the women: “....Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ [ John 20:1-2] Luke tells us that on that first Easter morning Jesus’ closest friends refused to believe the good news of the resurrection, they wrote off the women’s words as hysteria or gossip. But in John we find that Peter and John were curious enough to go to the tomb to go and see for themselves. Then when they discovered the truth they couldn’t stop telling everyone that Jesus, their friend, the Messiah, the King of Kings had risen from the dead. It possibly still seemed unbelievable to them and yet they believed because they had seen. And we can believe because they passed their experiences on, written down and handed down through the generations so we can know the truth of the resurrection. Remember that Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and ye have believed.” Yet many today find it hard to believe - like the first apostles they think it impossible that a man could rise from the dead. Maybe some find it hard to grasp the certainty of the promise of God’s love. Maybe their life experience has shown them that love is uncertain, that it can’t always be trusted, that love only leads to hurt. And yet we’re assured that God loved the world [that’s you] so much that He gave [that’s right, a gift that’s always free] His only Son [Jesus] that whoever [that includes you, too] believes in Him [Jesus] should not perish but have eternal life [John 3:16] It’s as simple as that - we don’t understand God’s love, we don’t deserve God’s love, but we can be sure that we have God’s love and that it’s constant. Know this Easter that God loves you and that his love leads us from darkness to light, a light that is eternal. This Easter, take hold of the good news and of God’s love for yourself. Believe the unbelievable because embracing the Good news of Jesus Christ can and will change your life. Know and celebrate that ‘Jesus Christ is risen,’ the best news ever. Wishing you a Holy and Blessed Eastertide, 4


February 25th - Rosa Lyn Belton


March 11th - Emine Clarke (Services conducted by Revd. Carole Lloyd)


March 8th - Audrey Hawley March 15th - Marie Hazel Lyons (Services conducted by Revd.Carol Lloyd)

As we enter a new financial year (April 2018 to March 2019) we’re including this reminder for subscribers to the “Contact” magazine. As per previous years we plan to publish 11 magazines during the year with a double edition covering July and August. Some brown envelopes have been left at the church entrance for donations. Please take one, place your contribution inside and pass to the churchwardens or to Sandra Newton. Cheques should be made payable to St Mary’s PCC. Please add your name to the front of the envelope and if you would like the magazines to be posted, include your address and a donation towards postage and packaging would be most welcome. Thank you.

A recession is a period in which you tighten up your belt. A depression is a time in which you have no belt to tighten. When you have no trousers to hold up, it's a panic. 5

A Change In The Weather


April 24th - St George and Hiccup Have you seen the film “How to Train your Dragon�? It's set in a Viking village under attack from dragons, who steal livestock and burn down houses. Hiccup, the village Chief's son, invents a machine to capture dragons. However, when he catches one of the most dangerous dragons, he cannot kill it, when he sees that the dragon is just as frightened as he is. Through this friendship, the people and dragons eventually live in harmony. This month we celebrate St. George, England’s patron saint. He is famous for slaying a dragon but whether he killed an actual dragon is open to question! However, we do know that the original George was a Roman soldier at the time of Emperor Diocletian. He refused to renounce his faith resulting in his death on 23 April 303 AD. The contrast is clear: St. George slayed the evil dragon, while Hiccup refused to kill one. However, they also have something important in common. Both acted according to their conscience, defying the popular understanding of those around them and not worrying about the personal cost to themselves. St. George was martyred for standing up for his faith while Hiccup risked rejection because of his compassion. Today, we are still called to stand for Christ against wrongs and injustice in daily life, whatever the personal cost. However, we also need to be ready to look our enemies in the eye and meet their hostility with love and compassion. This is why we remember that Jesus died and rose again, so that we might have God's power to do this in our lives.


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: April 1918: 'STAND FIRM AND FIGHT IT OUT' April 1918 was possibly the last really low point in the War for the Allies. Casualties remained high - indeed, so high that it was felt necessary to extend conscription (compulsory military service) to all men up to the age of 50. There were setbacks on the Western Front, too. Another German operation, bizarrely named 'Georgette', was initially successful, pushing the front line back across the river Lys and capturing the towns of Armentieres and Merville. Mind you, those names are evidence of how static this War had become, because they had been part of the battle zone almost throughout the war. By the end of the month, and at great cost, some of this territory was recaptured. Field Marshall Haig issued a rather desperate call in a 'Backs to the Wall'' speech, calling on the troops to 'stand firm and fight it out'. There was at a high level a certain element of panic. Could the whole thing be lost after all those years of sacrifice? Outwardly, Germany seemed surprisingly buoyant. They invaded Finland and had military gains in Russia, taking the city of Kharkov. Their Operation Michael in France had also had some success. No wonder the Secretary of State for War, Lord Derby, resigned, to be replaced by Lord Milner. British generals and politicians were apparently unaware that the morale of the German people was falling, as international trade collapsed and the cost of the war began to bite. In fact the 'Michael' campaign ended in defeat at the battle of Ancre. The pattern of the War hadn't really changed: gains and losses were simply part of the stalemate, and both sides were approaching exhaustion. 8

There was, however, one historic first for Britain in this month, the birth of the Royal Air Force. I had an uncle who was in the Royal Flying Corps, which, with the Royal Naval Air Service, was now amalgamated in one fighting force. As if to mark the birth of the RAF, the most outstanding German pilot of the war, Manfred von Richthausen - known as the 'Red Baron' - was shot down and killed over the Somme. In the aerial dog-fights which were now a feature of the war, he had shot down no less than eighty British planes. On 18th April 1918, the first of the 50-year-old men were recruited. How long would they serve, people wondered? In fact, by the time they finished their training, the war would be over.

Prayer for faith and freedom by Daphne Kitching Almighty God, Lord of life, we thank you for the life and death of Jesus. Most of all we thank you for His resurrection which changed the world and made it possible for us to know you as our loving, gracious Father. Lord, when we feel locked in, imprisoned by fears and circumstances, help us to remember that locked doors mean nothing to you. You can set us free. You can help us. You give strength for today and tomorrow. You give us new life as your children, through faith in Jesus. May we open our hearts to your help today; to receive from you the peace and power that we need - and then to share it. In Jesus' name, Amen.



Communion With The Methodist Church The General Synod has recently welcomed a report containing proposals which could bring the Church of England and the Methodist Church in Great Britain into communion with each other. Members backed a motion welcoming a joint report published last year, which sets out proposals on how clergy from each church could become eligible to serve in the other. The report, 'Mission and Ministry in Covenant', which was co-written by the two churches' faith and order bodies, also sets out how the Methodist Church could come to have bishops in the historic episcopate. The motion acknowledges that there is further work to do to clarify a number of areas, including how the proposals would be worked out in practice. It also calls on the Church of England's Faith and Order Commission to update Synod at its next group of sessions in July of this year on this work. But an amendment to the motion speaks of "confident hope" that outstanding issues can be resolved quickly. Speaking during the debate the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby said: 'I want to support this motion very strongly indeed. 'It seems to me that in voting for it we respond to the word of God in the scriptures where there is a clear command to unity in diversity and in responding to this paper positively we respond to the Spirit who is already working in both of our Churches bringing us together.' The Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth, Chair of the Church of England's Faith and Order Commission, said the proposals would be a step towards 'healing a tragic division in the Church of England' when the two churches separated almost 200 years ago. The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, told Synod: 'A mute button must be switched off for the sake of the Kingdom of God and the urgent need to re-connect our two Church traditions with England. All has to do with God's Mission.' The report builds on the theological convergence established by 'An Anglican-Methodist Covenant', signed in 2003, and the subsequent work of the Covenant's Joint Implementation Commission. In 2014 the General Synod of the Church of England and the Methodist Conference mandated the faith and order bodies to bring forward proposals that would enable the interchangeability of ordained ministries in the two churches. 11

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… I watched a film some time ago. It was based on a short story by Stephen King, the well known author of horror stories. It was called “Graveyard Shift” and was set in a textile mill in the good old U. S. of A. To cut a short story even shorter, the theme of the film centred round a group of workers cleaning out the rat infested basement of the mill. It built to a climax when they fell through the floor of the basement to become entombed in the sewers, caves and passages below which linked to the graveyard next door. This underground world was inhabited by a giant indescribable creature that was obviously based on the features of a bat. Systematically this creature picked off the working party one by one engulfing them in slimy wing-like arms. The hero of the film of course was the only one to escape a grisly end eventually finding his way back to the mill where he lured the monster into the machinery of the mill. Here, lying in an exhausted heap on the floor, he managed to switch the machinery on with an empty soft drinks can launched from a catapult which fortuitously was lying within easy reach of where he happened to collapse. The creature was crushed in the machinery and our hero lived happily aver after. I did not really enjoy the film – I kept watching thinking, “This has just got to get better.” But it didn’t. It was not really frightening although it was quite gory. There were elements of pantomime in it. It would have been quite easy to sit and shout “It’s behind you!” when the monster was creeping up on its victims. There were also elements of comedy, evidenced by the catapult scenes. But as entertainment it fell sadly short. When I mentioned this to my son who had seen the film previously with some comment to the effect “What a load of rubbish that was.” he responded in agreement but added “You should read the book – it’s a whole lot better.” 12

I started to think about other films I had seen that had been based on books and stories that I had read. In my youth, I had read a number of the James Bond books by Ian Fleming and most of the Saint books by Leslie Charteris. These too had been made into films or episodes for television and whilst I had enjoyed them in both formats, you could hardly call them “horror” stories. I do remember thinking though whilst watching these films “Oh they’ve changed that from the book” or “If it’s good enough to read, why do they have to change it for the screen?” But horror stories. What horror stories had I seen that had first been published as the written word. There was one where a land had been overrun by plagues of locusts and frogs among others and where hundreds of soldiers had been drowned when the watery walls of a passage they were traversing came crashing down on them. That was pretty horrible. Then there was one where a woman fleeing from a stricken town had been transformed into a pillar of salt because she looked back. That’s pretty horrible too. There was another even more horrible event in a film where an innocent man who had done nothing wrong throughout his entire life on earth was nailed by `his hands and feet to a cross and left to die an agonising death. Perhaps you like me, remember Cecil B. DeMille’s epic story of “The Ten Commandments” and other productions such as “Sodom And Gomorrah”, “King Of Kings”, “The Greatest Story Ever Told” and “Jesus Of Nazareth”. Spectacular special effects in all of them although the passing through the Red Sea looks dated when compared with today’s computer generated graphics in films by the likes of Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas. All of these screen versions pale into insignificance if you want the real story of good triumphing over evil. Like the Bond and Saint movies, changes have been made to the scripts to satisfy TV and cinema audiences but if you want the real story, “You should read the book – it’s a whole lot better.”


April 29th - St Mark Mark, whose home in Jerusalem became a place of rest for Jesus and His 12 apostles, is considered the traditional author of the second gospel. He is also usually identified as the young man, described in Mark 14:51, who followed Christ after his arrest and then escaped capture by leaving his clothes behind. Papias, in 130, said that in later years Mark became Peter's interpreter. If so, then this close friendship would have been how Mark gathered so much information about Jesus' life. Peter referred to him affectionately as his 'son'. Mark was also a companion to Paul on his journeys. When Paul was held captive at Rome, Mark was with him, helping him. Mark's Gospel, most likely written in Italy, perhaps in Rome, is the earliest account we have of the life of Jesus. Mark died about 74 AD. Early in the 9th century Mark's body was brought to Venice, whose patron he became, and there it has remained to this day. The symbol of Mark as an evangelist, the lion, is much in evidence at Venice. Photo left: St Mark’s Square, Venice with the Basilica, by Canaletto, 1730



All in the month of April It was: ★

175 years ago, on 5th April 1843 that Hong Kong was proclaimed a British crown colony.

100 years ago, on 1st April 1918 that Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) was founded when the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged.

Also 100 years ago, on 16th April 1918 that Indian-born Irish comedian and member of The Goons Spike Milligan was born.

Also 100 years ago, on 21st April 1918 that Manfred von Richthofen ('The Red Baron'), German WW1 fighter ace, was shot down in France, aged 25.

70 years ago, on 7th April 1948 that The World Health Organisation (WHO) was founded.

50 years ago, on 3rd April 1968 that American Baptist minister and Afro-American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous 'I've Been to the Mountaintop' speech at a rally in Memphis, Tennessee. It was his last ever speech, as he was assassinated next day, aged 39.

30 years ago, on 23rd April 1988 that Michael Ramsey, Baron Ramsey of Canterbury, the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury (1961-74), died.

25 years ago, on 29th April 1993 that Queen Elizabeth 2 announced that Buckingham Palace would open to the public for the first time, to raise funds to repair fire damage at Windsor Castle.

20 years ago, on 10th April 1998 that The Good Friday Agreement was signed in Northern Ireland.

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

April 9th - Mary and Me But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son and you are to give Him the name Jesus…’ (read the story in Luke 1) This month brings us the Annunciation, when we recall the moving encounter of the angel with Mary, as told in the gospel of Luke. Mary’s reaction can encourage us in our own walk with God. First of all, her trust and knowledge. Our trust in someone is built up only over time and depends on our knowledge of that other person. Mary trusted the angel immediately, so she must have known the Jewish Scriptures, and the prophecies concerning the coming Messiah. This enabled her to recognise God’s will in the voice of the angel. For us today, the better we know the Bible, the more we will be able to recognise God’s calling on our own lives. Secondly, her obedient willingness. Mary never asked ‘why’, she only asked ‘how.’ ‘How will this be,’ she said, ‘since I am a virgin?’ As soon as the angel told her, her response was ‘let it be to me according to your word.’ How could she react so quickly in this way? Because ‘I am the Lord’s servant.’ Mary was only a young teenager, but she had already determined in her heart that she would follow God. She was his servant before this call came to her. For us today, we need to be already in a relationship with God before we can hear His specific call on our lives. Thirdly, her testimony. After the angel left Mary, she ‘got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.’ And Elizabeth rejoiced with her! ‘Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.’ Today, we each of us need Christian friends with whom we can share our faith, and be encouraged. Finally, Mary worshipped. Her magnificent song of love shows her genuine love for God: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour...’ As for us, may our relationship with God be so real that we delight to praise and worship him. And may we allow God to carry out His plans for our life to full term as well. . 17

Joyce’s Jottings from the Ilkeston Library archives for …. …. APRIL 1844 The recent story of the apparent fall of a Hallcroft schoolboy from the top of the tower raised a few smiles (see February 2018 Contact) but sadly, it appears there was once a real tragedy at St.Mary's. According to the 'Derby Mercury', on April 11th, 1844. an inquest was held in the Old Harrow Inn, Ilkeston, upon the body of Master Frederic Buchanan Longstaff, the jury having viewed the body. A Mr. J. Hawley deposed that on April 10th he was assisting the Revd. Mr. Ebsworth and the Clerk remove the register chest from the chancel to the nave, to protect it from damage during repairs to the chancel which were being overseen by a Mr. Barber. He went to the chancel door to go on an errand to the vicarage, shouting out to the labourers above to stop while he was passing. Mr. Barber then appeared, greatly agitated, exclaiming “Enough has been done already, a poor boy has been killed”, followed by a Mr. Burrows carrying Mr. Longstaff's little boy. It was understood he was running into the Church to call his father's servants, who were removing items from the Longstaff pew for safe keeping. Mr. W. Burrows, labourer, said that he was employed by Mr. Barber, and had several times been cautioned by him to use every care to prevent accident; that the churchyard had been cleared of boys ten minutes before the accident. He looked down before he threw each stone; he looked down before he threw the stone that caused the death of Master Longstaff. He first saw the little boy come from behind a buttress when the stone had gone down two yards; the boy was running and the stone met him and struck him down about three yards from the end of the chancel. Mr. Burrows then called out to Mr. Barber that a boy had been killed, and ran down the ladder. He picked up the poor child and carried him into the chancel. He thought he was dead when he picked him up as he never spoke or moved. The stone weighed over half a hundredweight, and fell from about 25 feet. The Coroner, Mr. Whiston. observed that ordinary caution appeared to have been used. The Jury declared they did not wish any further witnesses to be called, and returned a verdict of “Accidental Death”. 18

…. APRIL 1855, 1877 and 1906 On the 9th April, l855, completion of the vast restoration programme was near, and the Foundation Stone was laid in the presence of a large concourse of spectators. A service was held in the Girls' National School, licensed for public worship during the rebuilding of St. Mary's. A long procession then formed the architect T.L. Walker, Esq., the contractors, Lindley and Finn of Leicester, R.W.M. Nesfield, Esq., (on behalf of His Grace the Duke of Rutland, who was seriously ill), Mr. W. Riley, Churchwarden and the church building committee. Next came 300 children from the Sunday and National Schools, then parishioners and visitors, two by two. All made their way to the North-east corner of the chantry where the stone was sited. It was remarked what a wonderful difference had been made in twelve years, and even more wonderful that so many parts of the old, ruined building had been kept and incorporated in the new, A plate glass box had been inserted in the stone by Mrs. Ebsworth, wife of the Vicar, containing coins of the year. A full account of the work done and the subscription list of donors who paid for it, written on parchment, had been sealed in a bottle and also placed in the stone, preserved for all time. By 4p.m. on April 28th, 1877, a day of intense rain, with thunder and lightning, appeared to be clearing. As residents heaved a sigh of relief there was a further, almighty flash and a short, loud crack, terrifying the inhabitants near the Market Place. They looked out to see wood and glass pieces crashing down from St. Mary's tower. A 30 foot flagstaff on top was surmounted by a blue glass ball, about a foot in diameter. The flash had struck the ball, shivering it into thousands of shards, some of which landed a hundred yards away. The pole was also shattered, but fortunately, apart from a little damage to the stonework, no harm was done to the tower. There was no lightning conductor on the Church, and it is generally believed that, but for the glass ball on the flagpole, the tower would have been completely destroyed. In April, 1906, the congregation and visitors enjoyed selections from Haydn's “Creation”, performed by Ilkeston Harmonic Society, in aid of the Ilkeston Nursing Association. 19

CROSSWORD PUZZLE Across 1 ‘The baby in my — leaped for joy’ (Luke 1:44) (4) 3 A ‘don’t know’ in matters of faith (8) 9 In the distant past (Jeremiah 2:20) (4,3) 10 Armada (1 Kings 10:22) (5) 11 Where Moses was confronted with the burning bush (Exodus 3:1) (5) 12 Hair colour indicative of skin infection (Leviticus 13:30) (6) 14 ‘The worries of this life and the — of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful’ (Matthew 13:22) (13) 17 Expel (2 Kings 13:23) (6) 19 What Jesus wrapped round his waist when he washed his disciples’ feet (John 13:4) (5) 22 The sixth plague to afflict the Egyptians (Exodus 9:9) (5) 23 For nine (anag.) (7) 24 Where there is no time (Psalm 93:2) (8) 25 Goliath’s challenge to the Israelite army in the Valley of Elah: ‘This day I — the ranks of Israel!’ (1 Samuel 17:10) (4)

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Down 1 ‘I will become angry with them and forsake them; I — — my face from them’ (Deuteronomy 31:17) (4,4) 2 Usual description of prophets such as Amos, Hosea, Micah, and so on (5) 4 ‘They cannot see the light of the gospel of the — — — , who is the image of God’ (2 Corinthians 4:4) (5,2,6) 5 An animal’s internal edible parts (Leviticus 4:11) (5) 6 Popular 20th-century religious novel by Lloyd C. Douglas, which became a 1953 film starring Richard Burton (3,4) 7 ‘A — on a hill cannot be hidden’ (Matthew 5:14) (4) 8 One of the exiles, a descendant of Bebai, who married a foreign woman (Ezra 10:28) (6) 13 Old Testament hymn-singing (8) 15 ‘And O what transport of delight from thy pure — floweth’ (7) 16 Of felt (anag.) (3,3) 18 ‘So — the — sets you free, you will be free indeed’ (John 8:36) (2,3) 20 Comes between ‘bad’ and ‘worst’ (John 5:14) (5) 21 ‘Neither height nor depth... will be — to separate us from the love of God’ (Romans 8:39) (4)


A Day Out in Buxton By Sheila Spencer

My favourite place in Buxton is the Museum. It has been renovated recently so it is better than ever. There is a unique display of furniture made from black marble. The material, which is neither black or marble but is polished limestone, is beautifully inlaid. A collection put together by the philosopher Sir William Boyd-Dawkins is displayed in a mock up of his study. Also, on the first floor, the history of the area is illustrated. There are art works in the gallery. When we were there recently there was an exhibition of A level art from the local school. The building itself is outstanding. I especially like the leaded windows. You can book a lunch in the old Devonshire Hospital which is now part of Derby University. I worked here for a week as part of my physio studies in the 60`s. Returning really brought back memories. The building was originally a riding school and the wards were in the radiating stables while the exercises were done under the central dome. The latter is still the largest unsupported dome with a span of 154ft. The development of modern Buxton began with the fashion of “taking the waters� in the 18th century. The fifth Duke of Devonshire copied Bath by building a splendid Crescent. The building fell into disrepair but is now being renovated. If the weather is good, (it never is when I go there), the riverside gardens are worth a visit. I have always intended to go to a show at the Opera House but have not made it yet. I think Buxton is a good place to go in winter but it is enjoyable at any time of year. 22

Star-gazing I can see how astronomers figure out the distance to the stars, and their individual size and composition and temperatures and all that. What really gets me is how they find out what their names are!

Surprise Behind every successful man is a surprised mother-in-law.



Writing to his nephew Darren, a recently ordained low church curate this letter from Eustace, the elderly Anglo-Catholic parish vicar of St James-the-Least-of-All concerns “When guitars meet Matins�.

My dear Nephew Darren It was kind of you to send your music group to us last Sunday morning while our choir had a Sunday off for its celebratory lunch. Miss Timmins' ninety-fourth birthday brought the combined choir's age to 1,000; which is quite a distinction for twelve people. Clearly, a Sunday commitment to 'Hymns Ancient & Modern', consumption of industrial quantities of peppermints and pleasant naps during sermons has a positive effect on longevity. I had rather looked forward to hearing some Bach motets from your group, but now have learned that guitars, drums and choral Matins is not a marriage made in heaven. All your group lacked was a drum majorette leading the procession up the aisle. It was quite obvious the music was going to be a little different when I arrived to see that the lectern, Lady Tadcaster's flower arrangement and the verger had all disappeared behind an amplifier. The only person not disconcerted by this was the verger, who realised it presented an excellent opportunity to do the crossword unobserved during Divine Worship. Your display of the hymns on a screen was well intended, but did the screen have to be in front of the pulpit? I had to balance on several kneelers to be seen over it, and throughout the sermon could only think of how to look dignified should the whole pile collapse mid-sentence. The lack of hymn books also terrified the congregation - they had nothing to hold, and so resorted to clutching Kleenex or the pew in front of them. But the worst moment was when the group gave its 'solo number'. (Couldn't it have been called an 'anthem'?) Half way through, dear Mrs Ffitch, who has always been somewhat excitable, felt called to do a spontaneous religious dance down the aisle. The congregation froze in horror. We all avoided catching her eye after the Service, but what do we say when we see her in the village tomorrow morning? Best to simply stay indoors for a few days. Perhaps your music group could visit us again for our choir's 2000th anniversary - which I suspect it will consist of the same people, as they are all tenacious of note, opinion and age. Your loving uncle, Eustace 25



Flowers by Derek Wheatley The timid little snowdrops they brave the winter's chill. It warms me when i see them, they give me quite a thrill. For when i see them blooming as in the wind they sway, I know that winter's soon behind me and spring is on the way. They dance like precious pearls within a garden plot, It's joyful to behold them in their sheltered little spot. I marvel at their beauty however long they last Hiding in the hedgerows from the north wind's icy blast. I love the tiny crocus, it grows not very high. I often stop to wonder when I am passing by, How it makes itself a carpet, amongst the lush green grass With all its varied colours, how does this come to pass? It's a gorgeous little flowerof multi-coloured hues. I hate to see them trmapled by stupid fools in shoes. With all the colours from the rainbow Oh! what joy they bring It's a sure sign when you see them it's very nearly spring. They stand like little soldiers heralding the dawn, Pointing golden yellow trumpets at the sunrise in the morn. They grow in tiny clusters around the base of trees Or stand in isolation, blowing gently in the breeeze. Now if you see an army that looks upon the move Which holds its ranks so rigidly a Gerneral would approve, With waving yellow helmets they climb the side of hills This advancing yellow army are golden daffodils. 28

Crossword Solution From page 20/21 ACROSS: 1, Womb. 3, Agnostic. 9, Long ago. 10, Fleet. 11, Horeb. 12, Yellow. 14, Deceitfulness. 17, Banish. 19, Towel. 22, Boils. 23, Inferno. 24, Eternity. 25, Defy. DOWN: 1, Will hide. 2, Minor. 4, Glory of Christ. 5, Offal. 6, The Robe. 7, City. 8, Zabbai. 13, Psalmody. 15, Chalice. 16, Let off. 18, If son. 20, Worse. 21, Able.


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Tuesday - Mother and Toddler Drinks & Snacks Date Apr 3rd Apr 10th Apr 17th Apr 24th

EASTER BREAK Andrea Swarbrick Sylvia Puxty Betty Murphy

Wednesday Service at 9.30am Date Reader


Apr 4th Apr 11th Apr 18th Apr 25th

Janet Reeve Sue Attenborough & Margaret Turner Pauline Hyde Janet Reeve

Patricia McHale John Puxty Anne Smith Janet Reeve

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

Sue Attenborough, James New Helen Crisp, ? Janet Reeve, Mary Morton, Ceril Little Mary Hawkins, Sandra Newton, Garth Newton


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 - April 2018  

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

Contact - April 2018  

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