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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 -

May Day There has never been a Christian content to May Day, but nevertheless there is the well-known 6am service on the top of Magdalen Tower at Oxford where a choir sings in the dawn of May Day. Philip Philip came from Bethsaida, was a disciple of Jesus from early on and brought Nathanael (or Bartholomew) to Him.

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Athanasius Athanasius (296-373) was born into a prosperous family in Alexandria in Egypt, studied in the Christian school there and entered the ministry. He worked with his bishop in framing what became known as the Nicene Creed.

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Rogation Sunday (Sunday before Ascension) Rogation means an asking of God - for blessing on the seed and land for the year ahead. Sunday Lunch - share a meal with the church family at the Sir John Warren

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Bank Holiday

10th - Ascension Day - see page 11 13th to 19th - Christian Aid Week - see page 9 20th - Pentecost in Jerusalem - see page 17 26th - Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard Working Party - 10am 27th - Trinity Sunday The first Sunday after Pentecost to honour the Holy Trinity - the Father as our Creator, the Son as our Savior and the Holy Spirit as our Comforter. 28th - Spring Bank Holiday 3

Dear Friends, Here are a few extracts from my address at the Annual Meeting which I hope you will find helpful. This will be an important year as, hopefully, you’ll be welcoming your new incumbent. There are huge challenges ahead for the parish and for all the local churches. The Archdeacon said a short while ago that, the inherited model of church will maybe be viable for 10 years but that may be as little as 5 years. I’m aware we have a very faithful congregation, many have given generously of their time and money and I’m thankful for them. You’ve been the backbone of this place. But we know we’re all getting older, the numbers worshipping each Sunday has dropped and we’re only holding our own financially. Society has changed over all our lifetimes, and the pace of change has increased. Many people embrace this change but others struggle to come to terms with it. But the good news is the same, it’s just the way we communicate it that has to move with the times. You’ll need to reach out with the good news in a relevant way - it may not be the way it’s always been done and may make us feel uncomfortable, change is often hard to cope with - we all need some stability. Going into the future we need to consider our worship and mission in terms of being part of a wider worshipping community along with St John’s and All Saints and, to some extent, Holy Trinity and Christchurch. We’re stronger in partnership and we need to build those partnerships as we look to the future. So I would like to throw out four questions: ★ Does what we’re offering now help people connect with God’s love? ★ Do we meet at a time and day which fits in with modern day life? ★ Are we communicating our message to our local community? ★ What can we offer at St Mary’s that will be distinct and of high quality? It isn’t a case of dismantling everything we have because much of it is good and we don’t want to alienate those who’ve been faithful over many years but you will need to develop, adapt and change to bring the gospel to a new generation so that St Mary’s is in a strong position to serve God’s people for many more centuries to come. Remember that, in times when the news often seems to be downbeat, when people face many difficulties in life, we have good news which can help them to face those problems, in fact we have the best news ever, that Jesus Christ is risen and alive, and we need to share that good news with friends, family and our wider community as God’s witnesses in this place. Yours in Christ, Carole 4

Licence Extended As you know Carole was licensed for a year from May 14th 2017. You'll be pleased to hear that the Bishop has agreed to extend her licence for another 3 months to August 13th. However, there will be no further extensions and we hope that the process of finding a new Vicar will be well on its way by then.

April 4th - John Francis Fathers


April 17th - Robert Hunter April 18th - Mavis Dilley (Services conducted by Revd. Carole Lloyd)

Pentecost Prayer by Daphne Kitching Father, Thank you for sending Jesus to be one of us and to show us how you want us to live. Thank you that He chose to live for us and to die for us. Thank you that when He returned to you, He didn’t leave us to flounder but sent us His Spirit to live in us and to equip us to continue the work He had begun. Thank you for that Day of Pentecost when the Spirit became freely available to everyone who believes in Jesus and is willing to receive Him. May we be willing Lord, willing and confident that whatever challenges life throws at us, we can face them and overcome them because you are with us and in us.Please fill us afresh daily with your Spirit, that we may overflow with your love and peace and joy.In Jesus’ name, Amen.

With Pentecost in mind… Only Jesus Christ by His Holy Spirit can open blind eyes, give life to the dead and rescue souls from Satanic bondage. John Stott He who has the Holy Spirit in his heart and the Scriptures in his hands has all he needs. A MacLaren The Spirit-filled life is not a special, deluxe edition of Christianity. It is part and parcel of the total plan of God for His people. A W Tozer 5

EASTER The annual Good Friday Walk of Witness began with Opening Worship at the URC on Wharncliffe Road followed by the assembly of walkers in front of the Town Hall (top left). The walk proceeded down Bath St (middle left) with several stops for dramatic readings and hymn singing (bottom left) before concluding with refreshments at St Andrew’s Methodist Church. Easter Sunday worship was celebrated in St Marys where the church was decorated with an Easter Garden (top right) and some beautiful flower arrangements (bottom right).


Annual Meetings The annual Meeting of Parishioners was held on Sunday April 8th in the Cantelupe Centre and followed the morning services. After an opening prayer by the Revd. Carole Lloyd the minutes of the meeting held on April 2nd 2017 were approved and Mary Hawkins and Peter Hodson were elected as churchwardens. Thanks were extended to John Puxty who was relinquishing the role and for his work during the previous year when he had stepped in to fill the position. The annual Parochial Church Meeting then followed where again the minutes of the 2017 were approved. Lindy Greenhalgh, Carol Gregson, Pauline Hyde and Margaret Turner were elected to the PCC for a term of three years and retiring members Sue Baker and Sylvia Puxty were thanked for their service. Various reports were presented and accepted by the meeting including the Churchwardens’ Report, the Electoral Roll and the Financial Report. It was agreed to appoint Mark Newy ACMA again as the Independent Assessor for 2018. Further reports on church life were also received including the Safeguarding Report, JC Club, Bellringers and Coffee Bars. The election of Sidespersons resulted in Pauline Hyde and Ceril Little being added to the rota for 10am service and in Any Other Business, Revd. Carole Lloyd proposed the reintroduction from 2018 of the six year limit for service as a Churchwardens which had been suspended since 2014. This was carried by the meeting and Carole then gave her Vicar’s Report. After the meeting closed several of those attending adjourned to the Sir John Warren for the regular monthly Sunday lunch together.


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: May 1918: 'NOT JUST CANNON-FODDER' If, like me, you wonder how on earth people coped with the sheer horror of the carnage on the battlefields of the First World War, two pieces of writing suggest an answer. One, the poem ‘For the Fallen’, I wrote about last month. In this article I would like to consider the poem, subsequently an enormously popular hymn, ‘O Valiant Hearts’. It was written by John Stanhope Arkwright and published in a collection of his work in 1919. It seems to me to reflect tellingly the emotional response of a nation in deepest mourning for half a generation of young men. Its best known tune is by Charles Harris. It was my father’s favourite hymn, sung every Remembrance Sunday. But I can remember our new young vicar, fresh from service as an army chaplain in the nineteen-forties, explaining that we would not be singing it again. It confused, he explained, two entirely different things, the sacrifice of so many soldiers’ lives in war with the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. The heart of the problem was verse 4, which directly compared the two acts of sacrifice. On the cross ‘in the frailty of our human clay/ Christ our Redeemer passed the self-same way’. It is seldom sung now, but I noticed the tune was played by the military band at last Autumn’s Festival of Remembrance. I have rediscovered it while researching these articles. It is a beautiful hymn, full of passion, grief and hope. Whatever its theological naivety, it offered enormous comfort to a generation reeling from the ghastly slaughter of a war which brought bereavement to virtually every family in Britain. The hymn told them what they needed to hear, that their loved ones were not victims of a senseless conflict; their lives and deaths had meaning and a spiritual dignity. Perhaps once a year we should get it out and read it through their eyes. 8

Christian Aid Week Vilia’s story - Vilia lost her mum and her home when the earthquake struck Port-au-Prince in 2010. Bereaved and homeless, she went back to her home town with her husband and children. But life was a struggle, and they had nowhere safe to live. Christian Aid partner KORAL built her a new home that was strong enough to stand up to natural disasters. On the night in 2016 when Hurricane Matthew hit, Vilia’s neighbours fled to shelter with her and she shared her home with more than 50 of her neighbours for several days. Despite the hurricane, her house was barely damaged. Jocelyne's story - Jocelyne lost everything when hurricane struck. She now lives under a tarpaulin sheet and is scared she won’t survive the next hurricane. Marcelin’s story - Marcelin lost his home, livestock and possessions when Hurricane Matthew struck. Now his family live in a disused shower block. Of the 700 houses we built after the 2010 earthquake, just one needed to be repaired after Hurricane Matthew. But we’re relying on the kindness of people like you to be able to do more, and reach more of our global neighbours in their hour of need. Vilia is incredibly grateful for the help she’s received but worries about those without a secure home. Will you help build disaster-proof homes for vulnerable people like Jocelyne and Marcelin in Haiti and give a donation to help build hope in Haiti? You can read more about Vilia, Jocelyne and Marcelin on the Christian Aid website where you can also donate at any time. Visit for more information.



May 10th - Ascension Day 40 days after Easter comes Ascension Day. These are the 40 days during which the Risen Christ appeared again and again to His disciples, following His death and resurrection. (Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; and John 20.)


… I went into a church - St Mary’s, Ilkeston. I was newly arrived in the town as a young married woman and had met Nancy Hangar who suggested I might like Young Wives. She took me to my first meeting which, in 1950s and 1960s, was a very friendly and informal group We met up each week in the old St. Mary's Schoolrooms – long since demolished. Even in the 1950s the rooms were extremely run down, but there were facilities for making drinks and preparing food for parties. We used to have talks and discussions, and the opportunity of just chatting to each other and making friends. They were happy times. The Vicar at the time was the Revd. Ashworth, and the Curate the Revd. Max Paterson. This photograph shows the group in about 1960.

Back Row: So many faces are familiar but I cannot remember their names, apart from Margaret Moulds (née Lacey) and one of her twin sisters, Mary, who are 3rd and 4th from the right. Front Row l to r: ?, Me, Eileen Morley, Peggy Tether, Joan Hunt, ?, Mrs. Lacey with one of her grandchildren,?. Sadly, a few of these people are no longer with us, but perhaps someone can put names to them. 12

Below is a photo of children of the group at their Christmas party in about 1960. The Revd. Paterson is at the back, on the far left, and Beryl Wharton (was Bailey) is on the front right with one of her children.

I'd lost touch with most of the ladies, then met up with Beryl Wharton at a bus stop and realised we knew each other from Young Wives. We met several times afterwards and are now good friends and attend Church regularly together, after a lapse of too many years! Some miscellaneous one-liners The best vitamin for a Christian is B1. Birds of a feather flock together and mess on your car. Lead me not into temptation. I can find it myself.

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Well dressed! Where do you go to hear the terms pettling, flowering, barking or puddling? Why, right here in Derbyshire of course, where the tradition of ‘well dressing’ goes back to 1394, when two annual displays in Tissington and Buxton began. Nowadays, well dressing festivals are held across Derbyshire each summer with Tissington’s starting on Ascension Day. So - how does one dress a well? First, you take a hard board, and soak it for a few days. Then clay is puddled to the right consistency and mounted on the board. A picture is then ‘barked’ onto the clay (dot to dot) using bark, alder cones or wool. Next, the picture is coloured in using flower petals berries, leaves etc. in the pettling process before the board is displayed next to the well. Well dressing can be a reminder to thank God for the blessing of water, as well as a fun activity for the whole community, and it certainly keeps an old tradition alive. It also raises money for charity. In many communities the churches join in by offering to organise hymns and prayers at the well dressing, as well as some tea and cake. One lady who had gone through a difficult time was so warmly welcomed by the church when she visited her local well dressing that she went on to join the church. Locally West Hallam’s Festival will be held July 14th - 20th, 2018.



All in the month of May It was: ★ 400 years ago, on 23rd May 1618, that the Thirty Years’ War (Central Europe, mainly present-day Germany) began. One of the longest and most destructive conflicts in European history. Millions of people were killed. The war finally ended on 15th May 1648. ★ 200 years ago, on 4th May 1818 that Britain and the Netherlands signed a treaty on the prevention of the slave trade. ★ Also 200 years ago, on 5th May 1818 that Karl Marx, influential German revolutionary socialist, sociologies, economist, philosopher and journalist, was born. Best known for his pamphlet The Communist Manifesto and his book The Capital. ★ 150 years ago, on 26th May 1868 that the last public execution in England took place. Irish nationalist Michael Barrett was hanged at Newgate for his role in the Clerkenwell explosion in London in December 1867, in which 12 people were killed. ★ 75 years ago, on 16th & 17th May 1943 that the Dambusters Raid took place. Britain’s RAF launched Operation Chastise, deploying bouncing bombs to bypass anti-torpedo nets and breach dams, causing catastrophic flooding in Germany’s Ruhr Valley. ★ 70 years ago, on 14th May 1948 that Israel was declared an independent state as the British mandate in Palestine came to an end. (Several Arab states invaded Israel the following day.) ★ 50 years ago, on 8th May 1968 that British gangsters the Kray twins were arrested for murder. They were convicted in 1969 and sentenced to life imprisonment. ★ 20 years ago, on 23rd May 1998, that in a referendum, the people of Northern Ireland voted to accept the Good Friday Agreement. 75% were in favour of a Northern Ireland Assembly. ★ 10 years ago, on 25th May 2008 that NASA’s Phoenix robotic lander spacecraft landed on Mars. It searched for environments suitable for microbial life and studied the history of water on Mars.

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

May 20th - Pentecost in Jerusalem On that long ago first morning of Pentecost, Jerusalem was crowded with thousands of visitors, for it was one of the most popular feast-days in the Jewish calendar – the Feast of Firstfruits, looking forward to the wheat harvest. In one small room of that great city, a small group of people who had followed Jesus were praying. There was nothing else for them to do: Jesus had died, He had risen, and He had ascended, promising to send them ‘a Comforter’. They were left alone, to wait at Jerusalem. And so they waited – on Him, and for Him. They were not disappointed: for that morning the Holy Spirit fell upon that small room, and transformed those believers into the Church, Christ’s body here on earth. Pentecost was not the first time that the Holy Spirit came to the world – throughout the Old Testament there are stories telling of how God had guided people and given them strength. But now His Spirit would use a new instrument: not just isolated prophets, but the Church, His body on earth. Acts opens with the preaching of the gospel in Jerusalem, the centre of the Jewish nation. Within 30 years the Gospel had spread throughout the northern Mediterranean: Syria, Turkey, Greece, Malta to the very heart of the Roman Empire: Rome. The Church was on the move – God was on the move! He was calling people from every nation to repent, turn to Jesus for forgiveness of their sins, and to follow Him.

History Exhibition The Ilkeston and District Local History Society will be hosting a free event, in conjunction with St. Mary’s Church, on 5th, 6th & 7th May. Opening times are 10am to 3pm Saturday and Monday, and 12.30pm to 3pm on the Sunday. The exhibition will be held inside St. Mary’s Church and will contain all aspects of Ilkeston’s history, displayed to give you a glimpse of many opportunities to find something you may want to research for yourself. Guided walks of the church will be available, old Ilkeston voices on audio, and films of Ilkeston. Dependent on weather, Market Place history walks will also be on offer and refreshments will be available in the Cantelupe Centre. Why not come and share in Ilkestons History, and see if there is anything you would like to get involved in with the History Society. Looking forward to seeing you there. Paul Miller 17

Joyce’s Jottings from the Ilkeston Library archives for …. …. MAY1856, 1889 & 1903 The publication “The Builder” recorded on 17th May, 1856, that since the recent complete restoration of St. Mary's Parish Church the Ilkeston Churchwardens had obtained subscriptions for transforming the Italianate tower to an Early English one. This had been accomplished without taking down any of it, simply removing unsightly pinnacles (erected with the Tower some seventy years previously). These had been replaced by new ones designed by T. L. Walker, late of Leicester, under the superintendence of Lindley and Finn (or possibly Firn), builders, in the absence of Mr. Walker who had left to live in China. No scaffolding was used, and no accident occurred. In May, 1889, during alterations to the Chancel, two tombstones, in a good state of preservation, were found under the floor. One, of slate, 6ft. by 3ft., bore the Flamsteed coat of arms and the inscription: “Here lyeth the body of John Flamsteed of Little Hallam Hall, gentleman, who dyed Dec. ye 15th, 1742, aged 72 years.” The grandfather of this John Flamsteed was uncle to the Astronomer Royal of that name, while his father (also John Flamsteed) by his Will, dated 1684, gave 13 shillings yearly for ever for distribution among the poor of the said Parish. This charity, however, had been lost for many years. The second tombstone consisted of a small shield of brass, fastened in the centre to a slate slab, about 3ft. by 2ft. On the brass is the inscription: “Here lyeth the body of Templer Flamsteed, son of John and Ann Flamsteed, who was born on Oct. 22nd, 1712, and departed this life April 6th, 1713.” Pieces of coffins studded with brass nails were also discovered under the Chancel floor. The “Pioneer” reported on 22nd May, 1903, that Ascension Day had been chosen for the unveiling of two tablets in the Church, by the Mayor, Ald. F. Sudbury, JP, and the Vicar, the Revd. E.M. Evans. The first commemorated subscribers in the town and parish who had given towards improving the bells (increased from 5 to 8 bells). The second recorded that Church Institute members had presented the chimes to the church clock in memory of their beloved Queen. (Victoria had died in 1901). 18

…. MAY 1995 In May, 1895, an urgent meeting was called to discuss the state of the churchyard. The ancient burial ground had been closed by law, but the lower one appeared to have closed itself, to all intents and purposes. There was no law to compel the Vicar and Churchwardens to keep either of them in order, but the Vicar was tired of being questioned from every quarter about the state of them. He asked the meeting for a remedy, and suggested discussion with relatives of those buried. The Churchwardens were only responsible for the fabric of the Church, and were already out of pocket over that. It was suggested that proper pathways should be marked out and the whole place put in good order, after which an annual subscription would be charged to relatives. The “Ilkeston Churchyard Improvement Committee” was there and then elected, and donations promised to set the ball rolling, from the Vicar at £2. 2s. down to Mr. Andrew at 5s. Also in l895, on 31st May, the “Pioneer” reported on a Sale of Work, when it had been hoped to raise at least £50. for the “curate fund”. Although it was declared a good day's entertainment, the result was only £35.


WORDSEARCH - After the Ascension The disciples had spent forty days with Jesus and now they were called to share that experience with others. Jesus told them to wait for the gift of the Spirit to empower them as witnesses. ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.’ The Spirit also equips us to display Jesus’ character (fruit) and enables us to witness (gifts). How does our life demonstrate the difference Jesus makes? The early Christians were called to witness for Jesus in ever-increasing circles of influence. For us, this will mean family and friends, workplace and community, and the wider world. Where is God calling us to serve Him?

Ascension Disciples Forty Jesus Share Experience Wait Gift Spirit Empower Equip Witnesses Jerusalem Father Early Christians Demonstrate Difference Family Friends Workplace Community World Calling Serve

Solution on page 28 Q. - Why did Moses wander in the desert for 40 years? A. - Because even back then men wouldn't ask for directions. 20

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A Day Out at Elvaston By Sheila Spencer I had a nostalgic visit to Elvaston in April. It was a favourite place for Sunday afternoons when my children were small. I like to go anticlockwise round the lake to admire the wonderful views of the house. Also the tuffa rock formations on the right are interesting and good for climbing on if you are a child. The rocks are one part of a once magnificent garden designed by William Barron for the fourth Earl, Charles Stanhope, 200 years ago. Following the path brings you to the side of the house and to the cafĂŠ. You are now in the stable yard and you need to go to the right to see the front of the building. To the right of the porch is the original house which dates back to 1633. Then there is the stone extension which was redesigned for the third Earl of Harrington in the early 1800. Walking away from the castle you enter the wonderful parterre garden and it is worth walking along the tree lined avenue to the golden gates, recycled from a royal palace in Madrid. From here you can see the extent of the estate. Retracing your steps you can return to the car park on the right side of the lake. Don`t miss the enormous Cedar of Lebanon and the Giant Redwoods. It is worth a diversion to the church. The chancel arch, the nave arcade, the porch and the beautiful font are 14th century. There are several monuments to the Stanhope family and a carved medieval chancel screen. The estate was opened in 1970 as one of the first country parks in England and is managed by Derbyshire County Council. It is obvious that a few million pounds of investment would not go amiss. However, the entrance is free and when I was there it was being enjoyed by numerous children on the Easter Break from School. On a sunny day you could spend a day here. The cafĂŠ is not to be missed and there are lots of lawns on which to sunbath or play cricket. 22

A First Cruise by Janet Reeve (with collaboration of Patricia McHale on the last verse!) Cruising out of Dover on a Monday afternoon, Beginning to feel like Royalty - right soon! Spitfires flying an aerial display Just for us on this momentous day. A Welcome Buffet of such sumptuous fare To help us realise we're really there! There on the deck of the Saga Pearl 2, An exclusive cruise for passengers new. A small sleek ship, more like an ocean yacht, There's no end to the pomp and style she's got. Elegant lounges and dining rooms two, Libraries to relax in and take in the view. Top chef George every day cooked up a dream, Afternoon teas, cakes, scones with lashings of cream, A special tea to celebrate Elizabeth our Queen With the most spectacular cake that you've ever seen. Hats and flags in red, white and blue, Bass baritone Anthony singing for you Rule Britannia in tones rich and true, Joined by passengers, waiters and crew. Two formal nights dressed in all our finery, With extra tasty courses to add to our dinery, Posh photos taken on Captain Wesley Dunlop's arm Who quite definitely oozed his alluring charm! Exotic dancers, pianists, magicians and singers All of them Saga Pearl 2 entertainment bringers, Entertaining the passengers night after night With their exceptional talents shown under the lights. Cruising back to Dover well-fed and replete, Full of sights and sounds of our holiday retreat, Chauffeur waiting as we docked at the quay To ferry us home from our holiday at sea! 23


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 “Church towers, rock cakes, scaffolding and the merits of confirming bats”. My dear Nephew Darren We are finally about to start repairing our medieval church tower. Would that we still paid medieval prices for having it done; there would be a degree of satisfaction in giving the builders a hogshead of ale and 10 sheep once the work was completed. I would even be prepared to throw in an Indulgence, sparing them 100 days in purgatory (the architect probably claiming 15% of them for himself). After several endless jumble sales, coffee mornings – where we were obliged to eat Mrs Jarvis’s rock cakes (many of us would have been happier to make a substantial donation to the fund provided we didn’t have to eat them) – sponsored events (Mr Peat has yet to return, five years late, from his sponsored cycle ride across the Sahara – but fortunately, we had his sponsor money collected before he departed) and a substantial loan from the bank that makes the National Debt seem trivial (and has the same probability of being repaid), we are now able to begin. The only sponsored event I regretted not having was paying to have Lady Trotter remain silent for a month. Even sponsoring her to keep quiet for half an hour would have been pleasant. We received a substantial donation from a local manufacturer. It was suggested that as a sign of appreciation we advertise their products from the top of the tower – until it was gently pointed out that they produce nuclear warheads. I would have had no objection; knowing that council members possessed tactical nuclear weapons would make discussion at meetings rather brisker. Scaffolding has now been erected around the tower, with the first 20 feet covered in sheet metal in order to stop the Young Farmers, after refreshing themselves at their Tuesday meetings in the pub, from trying to see who could be the first to reach the top. Personally, I suspect it is to stop the more athletic members of the Ladies’ Guild from attempting the same feat. 80-year-olds these days can have fearsome energy and determination. Fulfilling current safety regulations, there is now a security cordon around the tower of approximately 10 square miles. “Lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone”? These days, a dashed foot would involve court proceedings and damages of several million pounds. Inside the church, the organ has had to be covered in polythene sheeting in order to protect it. Parish relations were somewhat strained last week when our deputy organist, Mrs Ffrench, while playing for Evensong, overheard me refer to the large bag on the organ and got quite the wrong impression. The greatest inconvenience will be caused to our population of bats, but if it dissuades them from flying into church so much the better. The only other possibility is to get them all confirmed; we will then never see them inside church again. Your loving uncle, Eustace 25



Applied Law A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six-year olds. After explaining the commandment to "honour thy father and thy mother," she asked ‘Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?’ Without missing a beat, one little boy answered, ‘Thou shall not kill.’



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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

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Contact - May 2018  

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

Contact - May 2018  

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