C o n t a c t The Parish Magazine
St Maryâ€™s Church, Ilkeston The Church in the Market Place
Dates for your diary (in addition to the regular Sunday & Wednesday Services) 1st - Sunday Lunch Share a meal with the church family at the Sir John Warren 8th -
Sea Sunday - see page 11
14th - Bishop Alastair’s Farewell Service 3:30pm at Derby Cathedral - a special service of celebration and thanks. 15th - St Swithun’s Day It is said that if it rains on 15th July, it will then rain for 40 days. 16th - PCC Meeting in Cantelupe Centre at 7:00pm 16th - St Helier Revered in Jersey for having taken Christianity to the island Helier was beheaded by pirates and became Jersey’s first saint and martyr. 22nd - St Mary Magdalene - see page 25 28th - Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard Working Party - 10am 5th - Sunday Lunch Share a meal with the church family at the Sir John Warren 6th -
The Transfiguration of our Lord The story is told in Matthew (17:1-9), Mark (9:1-9) and Luke (9:28-36).
12th - Carole’s Last Services at 8:00am & 10:00am …. …. as her time with us here at St Mary’s comes to an end. Also - Heritage & Classic Vehicle Show Ilkeston Town Centre 10am - 4pm 29th - Beheading of St John the Baptist In modern parlance John had the best PR job of all time as God’s press officer until his death brought about by the scheming of Herodias and Salome. 30th -
John Bunyan – see page 26
25th - Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard Working Party - 10am 31st - Aidan The man who brought Christianity to northern England. 3
THE VICAR’S LETTER Dear Friends, I recently came across this story which is worth sharing: A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter in law, and four year old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred and he was unsteady on his feet. The family ate together at the table. But the old man’s shaky hands and failing eye sight made eating difficult; peas rolled onto the floor, gravy and tea spilled on his clothes. The son and daughter in law became annoyed about the mess. "What can we do about Grandfather," said the son. "I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor." So they set a small table in the corner. Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner together. Also, since he’d broken a couple of dishes, they served his food in a wooden bowl. Sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone but the couple didn’t care, the only words they had for him were to tell him off when he dropped something or spilled food. The four year old watched in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with some wood. He asked the child, "What are you making?" The boy responded, "Oh, I’m making bowls and a little table for you and mummy for when I grow up." He smiled and went back to work. His parents were speechless, then the realisation came; though they said nothing, they knew what must be done. That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him to the family table. “I’m so sorry,” he said. Nothing more was said but after that Grandfather always ate with the family. And strangely, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when something was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled. Remember the words of Jesus in Mark 10:15, “Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” Jesus knew about life – he knew that if we want to build his kingdom here on earth we have to become like children, to perceive the world with eyes full of love, justice and mercy and to treat others the way we would want to be treated. Yours in Christ,
FROM THE REGISTERS (Services conducted by Revd. Carole Lloyd)
June 17th Elliott Ward
June 16th Ruth Bedford & James Stanton
June 1st Thomas Thermophile Moukodi
Prayer to our unchanging Father God By Daphne Kitching Gracious Father, You created us. You know us through and through and still you love us. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, you accept us and call us your children when we put our trust in Him. In this world of change and uncertainty you are our still point. You know our names, you provide for us and have good plans for us. We are completely safe and secure in you. How wonderful that is! Thank you loving Father. In Jesus name, Amen. We are very fortunate at St Mary’s and grateful that there are a number of people we can call on to play the organ and so enrich our worship. But that is not the case everywhere as a recent survey by the diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich’s music development director shows and which led to this article:
The Church of England is facing a serious shortage – of church organists Be very, very nice to your church organist, and don’t upset them, because they are becoming somewhat of an endangered species in the Church of England.In fact, so many churches now have organs, but no organists, that nearly one in three churches have introduced recorded organ music for their congregations to sing along to. A recent survey found something very ominous: that less than four per cent of churches have organists aged 30 years old or under. Almost half of all churches who do have organists report that they are older than 70. But recorded organ music is hardly ideal – it tends not to leave enough time between lines, and so rushes the singing along. Also, there is a weaker sense of togetherness and community, if you are singing along to a machine, rather than a person well known to you. 5
With summer marriages in mind.... One plus one equals one may not be an accurate mathematical concept, but it is an accurate description of Godâ€™s intention for the marriage relationship. Wayne Mack. How soon marriage counselling sessions would end if husbands and wives were competing in thoughtful self-denial! Walter J Chantry Love is grand: divorce is a hundred grand. Anon
Holidays and Holy-days Canon David Winter considers the stages of holidays…. ‘Going to go somewhere nice for your holidays?’ is the standard hairdresser’s opening gambit at this time of year. ‘Yes’, I reply, ‘I’m staying here’. They laugh politely, but clearly that’s not their idea of a holiday. In an average life holidays go through stages. Do you remember your late teens, and the thrill of independence - hitch-hiking with a friend across Germany, or scuba diving, or climbing mountains or camping (in the rain)? Then it’s couples, and memorable meals in little cafes in Italy or France. Next, perhaps, it’s children – warm sunshine, beaches, Spain or Cornwall. Then it’s retirement, and apart from grand-parent duties it’s cruises (‘cheaper than staying at home!’ they tell me, but I don’t believe it). The final stage is where I am now, the holiday season as a time when the fever of life cools, when there’s room on the buses and trains, and blissful idleness punctuated by the occasional theatre outing or visit to Lord’s to snooze and watch county cricket. Each phase has its appeal, and each can fulfil the fundamental principle of a holiday, which is hidden in the very word. It is, of course, a holy-day, because God commanded us to rest as well as work, and space and time to think, reflect and pray are precious holiday gifts. At the different stages of life our holiday needs are different. What it should offer is a change from the normal, a new environment (even if it’s only the local park) and new experiences to treasure during the months of winter. God invented the Sabbath because we needed it. Enjoy your holy-days, wherever or whatever they are.
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: July 1918: ‘WHEN FRIENDS COME TO HELP' It is called ‘World War 1’ and certainly no previous conflict had spread its ugly fingers so widely. Of course, we tend to think of the Western Front. Our default image of the War is of men in trenches, of mud and blood and soldiers with drawn bayonets going ‘over the top’. In fact, the War was being fought on many Fronts: the Eastern Front (Germany/Russia, about to end with the new Russian regime); the Ottoman Front, in the Middle East; the Italian Front (Italy and France against the ‘Central Powers’). Then there was the Ocean Front (U-boats against Allied shipping), the only one where the Germans were winning. Not surprisingly, in view of all that, the War became one of resources, human, military and economic; and by 1918 the Allies had a great advantage. Hard-pressed armies were being continuously refreshed by the arrival of well-trained and committed troops from many quarters, notably Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and decisively the United States. These soldiers, and many from other countries in the British Empire, were now being equipped with newly designed, modern equipment. At last the Allies outnumbered the Germans in tanks and aircraft – and the new planes were faster, better equipped and armed. All of this was, of course, evident to the German High Command, and persuaded them to launch in July 1918 what one historian, Gary Sheffield, has described as perhaps the defining battle of the War, the second Battle of the Marne. It was a desperate attempt to inflict a heavy defeat on the Allies – not in the vain hope of winning the War, but of getting a better bargaining position in the peace negotiations that everyone expected. Launched on July 15th, it succeeded in driving the Allies back across the Marne. But they had been prepared for it, and three days later launched a massive counter-attack. Two French divisions captured 15,000 men and 500 tanks in a single morning, and then went on to drive the Germans back across the Marne. From now on the Allies knew they could win the War, and the Germans finally accepted that they could not. 8
RINGING OUT FOR PEACE An appeal has gone out to church bell ringers around Britain to join in a major event this year to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1. The organisers of Battle’s Over, a national and international event marking the Armistice, wants to see more than 1,000 churches and cathedrals participate by ringing their bells simultaneously at 7.05pm on the night of November 11th 2018. Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR said “We want this to be the most widespread ringing of church bells since the first world war. It would be a fitting and moving tribute to the 1400 or so bell ringers that we understand lost their lives during World War One.” Ringing Out for Peace is part of Battle’s Over, a unique day-long commemoration of the end of the first world war taking place throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Somaliland, the United States and Germany. It begins at 6am on November 11th 2018 with lone pipers playing Battle’s O'er, a traditional tune played after a battle, outside every cathedral in the country. At the same time, pipers everywhere will be playing the same tune in their local communities around the world. At 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations, where at 7pm WW1 Beacons of Light will be lit, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of war. Then at 7.05pm church and cathedral bells will be Ringing Out for Peace, organised with the assistance of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.that was founded in 1891 and represents 65 affiliated societies of local ringers from around the world. Mr Peek said: “The stirring sound of church and cathedral bells will provide a fitting conclusion to a day of contemplation, commemoration and, ultimately, celebration as the United Kingdom and other nations reflect on events a century ago. I hope as many people as possible will join us in the Battle’s Over events to mark the conclusion of the first world war and pay tribute to the loved ones who played their part.” The event has four charities linked to it – The Royal Naval Association, Army Benevolent Fund – the Soldiers Charity, RAF Benevolent Fund and the Merchant Navy Association. 9
July 8th—Sea Sunday Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm hath bound the restless wave, Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep Its own appointed limits keep; Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in peril on the sea!
Eternal Father Strong to Save With Sea Sunday in mind, and also people’s holidays on water, this seems a good time to look at the story behind the hymn:
The author of these words, William Whiting, was an Anglican clergyman in Winchester, which is hardly a seaside town. Yet Whiting had not only grown up by the sea, but had nearly died in it. As a young man he had been on a ship that got caught in a violent storm, and afterwards he felt certain it was only God who had saved the ship from sinking that night. Some years later, as headmaster of the Winchester College Choristers’ School, Whiting was approached by a student in distress. The student was due to sail to the USA, and was terrified at the thought of 3000 miles of ocean. To try and reassure the student, Whiting decided to share his experience. So he wrote this poem, basing the description of the power and fury of the sea on Psalm 107. It is not known if it helped the nervous student or not, but within a year the poem had become a hymn, and sailed into the influential first edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern of 1861. Another Anglican clergyman, John B Dykes, wrote the music for it. He was already a successful composer, with 300 hymns to his name. Dykes named this tune ‘Melita’, after an old name for Malta, where St Paul was once shipwrecked. Whiting released two more versions of the lyrics, in 1869 and in 1874. During the rest of the 19th century the hymn became a favourite with the Royal Navy and the United States Navy. Other Services adapted it, including the Royal Marines, the Royal Air Force, the British Army, and the United States Coast Guard. Above all, it became known as the Royal Navy Hymn. Well into the 20th century, it was the favourite hymn of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who had served as Secretary of the Navy during the Second World War. In 1963 Eternal Father was played by the Navy Band, as President John F. Kennedy's body was carried up the steps of the U.S. Capitol to lie in state. (Kennedy had been a PT boat commander in World War II.) More recently, Eternal Father made a ‘guest appearance’ in the Hollywood blockbuster Titanic, and is also often chosen by ship’s chaplains for use in civilian services at sea.
I WENT INTO A CHURCH …. Part 13 by Joyce Rich I went into a church which I thought I would never get inside – St. Mary's (Roman Catholic), Derby. I am particularly fond of high Victorian architecture and decoration, and St. Mary's is known to be a fine example of the work of Augustus Pugin (he is responsible for the interior of the Houses of Parliament, currently under restoration). It stands on Bridge Gate, overlooking St. Alkmund's Way. Walk up Irongate, pass our own fine Cathedral on the right, continue past the lo, solid tower of the former St. Michael's, also on the right (now a solicitor's office) and ahead you will see the tall, slim elegance of the tower of St. Mary's. A footbridge has been built across the deep, modern ring road, which takes you to the huge West door. I have walked up many times, but found every door shut and no indication of opening times, nor anyone about to ask. A Roman Catholic friend in Ilkeston told me the secret of the little door behind the South buttress which is always open, so at last I got in. St. Mary's is a feast for the eyes. Light, airy and apparently newly decorated in white and gold. In fact it is some years since this was done but it is beautifully preserved and cared for. The Stations of the Cross,circular, early Victorian paintings, and the huge figure of Christ on the Cross tell you of its persuasion. The Church was completed in 1839, and cost £1,400, replacing a much smaller building nearby. This was all that could be afforded, and several things were omitted. Pugin himself presented the fine wood sedilia in the Sanctuary. A large Lady Chapel was added in 1850; there is currently an appeal to refurbish this. The new church of St. Mary dominated the skyline, dwarfing the Anglican Church of All Saints (now the Cathedral), which seemed to make the Church of England unhappy. 12
Between All Saints and St. Mary's there had once been a very ancient Church of St. Alkmund, rebuilt several times over many centuries but by 1839 remembered only by its name – St. Alkmund's Churchyard was a fine square of Georgian shops and dwellings. It was decided to build a new St. Alkmund's, and this was quickly done, it was completed by 1844. It was huge, with a large tower and soaring spire. It caused much controversy amongst the Roman Catholic community in Derby, however, as it appeared to have been built directly in the sight line of St. Mary's Church, making the latter completely invisible from King Street. For the whole of its life St. Alkmund's was known in certain circles as “The Church of the Holy Spite”. However, the speed in which St. Alkmund's was erected meant that there were certain defects in the timbers and stonework, and by the middle of the twentieth century urgent repairs were being planned. By then, city traffic had become an even more urgent problem and, amid much futile protest, St. Alkmund's and its Churchyard, the whole Georgian development, was demolished to make way for the ring-road. All that remains is the name – St.Alkmund's Way. The insistent roar of heavy traffic on the road many feet below, as you come out into the present day, and the vision of the perfectly hideous concrete block of the Jury's Inn Hotel next door, remind us how far we have progressed since 1839. Photo left © John Sutton (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Puzzle Pages For this July & August issue of ‘Contact’ we offer you two puzzles. Answers for both are on page 33
WORDSEARCH It is easy to understand the popularity of Mary Magdalene over the centuries: she is the patron saint of repentant sinners, and so represents all of us. We honour her on the 22nd of July. Jesus drove seven demons from Mary, who came from near Tiberius in Galilee. Mary is thought to have been the woman who anointed Christ’s feet in the house of Simon (Luke 7:37. She certainly followed Jesus to the bitter end – from Galilee to Jerusalem. Mary was present during the crucifixion, standing heart-broken at the foot of the cross. Her love for Jesus did not end there, for she went to the tomb to anoint his body on the Sunday morning. Such faithful, humble devotion was richly repaid: she was the first person to whom the Risen Lord appeared on Easter Sunday morning. She thought He was the gardener at first. Mary Magdalene’s feast has been kept in the West since the 8th century. England has 187 ancient churches dedicated to her, as well as a College in both Oxford and Cambridge. Mary Magdalene Patron Saint Repentant Sinners Seven Demons Galilee Tiberius Anointed Feet Simon Crucifixion Jerusalem Tomb Anoint Body Easter Appeared Gardener Feast 14
CROSSWORD ACROSS 1 Proverbs describes her as being ‘of noble character’ (Proverbs 31:10) (4) 3 ‘Shall we go up again — — against the Benjamites, our brothers?’ (Judges 20:23) (2,6) 8 A descendant of Shem (Genesis 10:28) (4) 9 ‘Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my — ’ (Luke 14:27) (8) 11 Resentmen t(Ephesians 4:31)(10) 14 In Cain (anag.)(6) 15 ‘Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to—’ (Psalm 139:6) (6) 17 Intense (1 Thessalonians 4:5)(10) 20 Third Order of the Roman Catholic Church(8) 21 ‘At midnight the cry rang out, “Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to — him”’ (Matthew 25:6) (4) 22 ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in — ’ (2 Corinthians 12:9) (8) 23 ‘As the — pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God’ (Psalm 42:1) (4) DOWN1 Nickname of popular First World War chaplain, the Revd G.A. Studdert Kennedy, — Willie (8) 2 Occasion of religious joy (Lamentations 2:22) (5,3) 4 ‘We three kings of — are’ (6) 5 Allegation or charge (Jude 9) (10) 6 Kind (1 Chronicles 12:33) (4) 7 ‘Open your — and look at the fields!’ (John 4:35) (4) 10 Also known as the Feast of Lights (John10:22)(10) 12 Area that saw the healing of two demon - possessed men and a herd of pigs stampeding to their deaths (Matthew 8:28) (8) 13 Forebear(James2:21)(8) 16 Name given to the first two books of the Apocrypha(6) 18 Esau sold his birthright for this (Genesis25:34)(4) 19 Rear (anag.)(4) 15
All in the month of JuLY It was: ★
200 years ago, on 30th July, that Emily Bronte, the British writer, was born. She was best known for her novel, Wuthering Heights. 175 years ago, on 19th July that the British steamship SS Great Britain, was launched. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it was the longest passenger ship in the world at the time. It is now a museum ship and visitor attraction in Bristol Harbour. 100 years ago, from 15th July to 6th August that the WW1 Second Battle of the Marne took place. It was the last major German offensive on the Western Front. Allied victory. 90 years ago, on 2nd July 1928 that all women aged 21 and over were granted the right to vote in the UK, when the Representation of the People Act (Equal Franchise) came into effect. This Act made men and women’s voting rights equal. 70 years ago, on 5th July 1948 that Britain’s National Health Service began operating. 65 years ago, on 27th July 1953 that the Korean War ended. A peace treaty was signed and the 38th parallel became the official boundary between communist North Korea and anti-communist South Korea. (Tensions continued unabated.) 15 years ago, on 27th July 2003 that a team from the BBC reported that the Loch Ness Monster did not exist. They had combed every inch of the loch using 600 sonar beams guided by satellite navigation and found nothing. The search operation was covered in their documentary The Search for the Loch Ness Monster.
See page 20 for “Joyce’s Jottings” as Joyce Rich delves into Ilkeston Library’s archives for the month of June. 17
Rotas for July & August Please swap with someone if you are unable to make any of these dates. Thank you. Sunday Service at 10am Date Reader July 1st Janet Reeve July 8th Ceril Little July 15th David Bamford July 22nd Sylvia Puxty July 29th Sue Bell Aug 5th S Attenborough Aug 12th Franklin Bishop Aug 19th Roger Lloyd Aug 26th Janet Reeve Sunday Sides Persons Rota Date 8am July 1st Peter Brown July 8th Brian Spibey July 15th Frank Pinder July 22nd Grace Henshaw July 29th Peter Brown Aug 5th Brian Spibey Aug 12th Frank Pinder Aug 19th Grace Henshaw Aug 26th Peter Brown
Intercessor Sylvia Puxty Andrea Swarbrick Mary Hawkins Janet Reeve Mary Hawkins Ceril Little John Puxty Sylvia Puxty Andrea Swarbrick
Coffee Janet Reeve & M Turner S Topping & Sue Attenborough Mary Hawkins & Mary Morton Sue Bell Pauline Hyde & Sandra Neep Janet Reeve & M Turner S Topping & Sue Attenborough Mary Hawkins & Mary Morton Sue Bell
10am Sue Baker Sandra Neep Pauline Hyde Sylvia Puxty Sue Attenborough Ceril Little Garth & Sandra Newton Sue Bell Sandra Neep
Tuesday - Mother and Toddler Drinks & Snacks July 3rd - Joyce Rich July 10th - Sharon Topping July 17th - END OF YEAR PARTY - ALL HANDS ON DECK! July 24th to Aug 29th - SUMMER HOLIDAYS The Mother and Toddler Group will resume in September.
Rotas for July & August continued Wednesday Service at 9.30am Date Reader July 4th John Puxty July 11th Anne Smith July 15th Janet Reeve July 25th Margaret Turner Aug 1st John Bell Aug 8th Patricia McHale Aug 15th John Puxty Aug 22nd Anne Smith Aug 29th Janet Reeve
Coffee Janet Reeve Sue Attenborough & Margaret Turner Sue Bell Pauline Hyde Janet Reeve Sue Attenborough & Margaret Turner Sue Bell Pauline Hyde Janet Reeve
Saturday Coffee Bar Date July 7th Mary Hawkins. Sandra Newton, Garth Newton July 14th Susan Bell, John Bell, Margaret Turner July 21st Sue Attenborough, James New July 28th Helen Crisp, Mary Morton, Ceril Little Aug 4th Mary Hawkins. Sandra Newton, Garth Newton Aug 11th Susan Bell, John Bell, Margaret Turner Aug 18th Sue Attenborough, James New Aug 25th Helen Crisp, Mary Morton, Ceril Little
You know you are living in 2018 when.... 1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave. 2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years. 3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of five. 4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you. 5. You e-mail your children upstairs to tell them dinner is ready. 6. Your reason for not staying in touch with various friends and family is that they are not on Facebook. 7. You pull up in your own driveway and use your mobile to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the shopping. 8. Every TV advert has a Facebook link at the bottom of the screen. 9. Leaving the house without your mobile, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for total panic and you have to go back and get it. 10. You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee. 19
Joyce’s Jottings from the Ilkeston Library archives for …. .... JULY & AUGUST The trouble with the Church Clock (mentioned last month) must have begun three years earlier. In July, 1953, the Advertiser reported that “The chiming of St. Mary's Church clock is on trial for its life.” For some time it had been chiming the wrong notes on the quarter, half hour and three-quarters, much to the confusion of the townspeople. Experts found the mechanism to be badly worn; repair would cost £70. The unnamed firm suggested, as an economy, adjusting the mechanism so that only the hour was struck. The Town Council, responsible for the upkeep of the Clock, said: “Mend it this time, but if it goes wrong again we will do that.” We are thus fortunate to have our fully chiming clock. In July, 1957, Canon Foskett, the hardworking “builder-up” of St. Mary's, and his equally energetic wife, left Ilkeston to live in Edinburgh. A Civic lunch was held in their honour and also a presentation made at St. Mary's, with over 500 people present. The Mayor, Town Clerk, Sunday School Superintendent Mr. W. Severn, all praised him, together with Youth Worker Miss Averil Coleman, Mrs. W. Lamil(?) for Young Wives, the Choirmaster Mr. Ernest Brown and many more. A cheque for over £100 was presented to Mrs. Foskett. At the lunch a local Licensee, Mr. J. Shaw, said there should be more links between pubs and churches, often next door to each other in a community. “Miss Ilkeston”, Miss Pat Hooley, also made a presentation. The Summer Flower Festival of July, 1972, was a very grand affair. A large, red and yellow A4 card outlines details of previous flower festivals, plus the history of St. Mary's Church and describes the newly built Cantelupe Centre. Dates: 30th June - 3rd July. Admission 5p, including printed layout and explanation of each arrangement. An extra day had been added to the festivities to accommodate a concert by the Fenton High School Choir of Illinois. Tickets 30p. All floral arrangements were the work of Nottingham Round Table Floral Group and associated ladies, on the theme: “The Life of St. Paul”. A total of 44,000 had visited previous festivals. In July, 1975, an invitation went out to 80 couples who had been married in St. Mary's during August over the last 13 years. It was sent by the Revd. Arthur Robertson, who chose the month as it was the Silver Wedding anniversary of himself and his wife, Frances. A social evening 20
would take place afterwards in the Vicarage garden. Taking part would be the Revd. Enoch Bostock, Lay Reader and former Mayor, who had recently celebrated a 55th wedding anniversary. The Robertsons were married at Shelf, near Bradford by the current Provost of Derby, the Very Revd. R.A. Beddoes. At the time the then Revd. Beddoes was Vicar of Easington Colliery, Durham, where Arthur Robertson was Curate. August seems a very bare month for St. Mary's, as little has been reported. In passing, however, one unnamed, mid-nineteenth century commentator noted that: “On 16th August, 1861, the execution of George Smith, of Ilkeston, was carried out. He had shot his father on 1st May, 1861. This was the last public hanging.” And in the wider world there are one or two anniversaries including these ….
All in the month of August It was: ● 151 years ago: on 14th Aug 1867 that John Galsworthy, novelist and playwright was born. Best known for The Forsyte Saga. Winner of the 1932 Nobel Prize for Literature. ● 91 years ago: on 13th Aug 1927 that the BBC took over the running of The Proms in London, following the death of their founder, the impresario Robert Newman, who had run them since 1895. The Proms were also broadcast on the radio for the first time. ● 81 years ago: on 30th Aug 1937 that Bruce McLaren, the New Zealand racing driver, car designer and manufacturer was born. Founder of the McLaren Formula One team. ● 66 years ago: on 15th Aug 1952 that the Lynmouth flood in Devon occurred. 34 people were killed and buildings and bridges devastated as a flood swept through the village. ● 61 years ago: on 2nd Aug 1957 that the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire began operating. It was the world’s largest steerable radio telescope at that time. It became fully operational on 11th Oct, just in time to track the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1 satellite. ● 51 years ago: on 18th Aug 1967 that the city of Long Beach California purchased the RMS Queen Mary after it was retired from service. It is now a tourist attraction featuring restaurants, a museum and a hotel. ● 41 years ago: on 16th Aug 1977 that Elvis Presley, ‘The King’, iconic American rock and roll singer, guitarist and actor, died. 21
A Day Out at Llandudno By Sheila Spencer This may seem a long way to go for a day but coach companies do it. (Train travel involves five changes so is not recommended). The town was developed in Victorian times by Lord Mostyn and the architecture has stood the test of time and is still attractive today. The pier is 19th century and steamers once brought passengers from Liverpool and beyond. Now there are the usual amusement arcades and shops. My favourite bit is the Great Orme and I have walked round it and up it in my time. The hill is home to many sea birds and the Kashmiri goats which often have to be shooed out of the school playground before lessons can commence.
The Great Orme The farmland is owned by the National Trust and is let at a rent of ÂŁ1 a year with many conservation conditions!! Recently I travelled to the top via the tramway which was built in 1902. There is a cable between the rails which takes you half way and then you have to change trains for the second half of the journey. Near the halfway stage is the bronze age copper mine. There is a self guided tour which includes a cave that was mined 3,500 years ago. The rest of the town has such delights as Punch and Judy and Alice Liddle (of Alice in Wonderland Fame) holidayed here from 1862-1871. Just walking along the promenade is a delight. There are a whole range of places for lunch but I like the George Hotel on the sea front. There is a conservatory overlooking the sea which is good if it is raining .(It often is). It will not break the bank. 22
July 22nd - Mary Magdalene It is easy to understand the popularity of Mary Magdalene over the centuries: she is the patron saint both of repentant sinners and of the contemplative life. Jesus drove seven demons from Mary, who came from near Tiberius in Galilee. She became His follower to the bitter end. She followed Him to Jerusalem and was present during the crucifixion, standing heart-broken at the foot of the cross. Her love for Jesus did not end there, for she went to the tomb to anoint His body on the Sunday morning. Such faithful, humble devotion was richly repaid: it gave her a unique privilege among all mankind: she was the first person to whom the Risen Lord appeared on Easter Sunday morning. Mary Magdalene has sometimes been identified with the woman who anointed Christ’s feet in the house of Simon (Luke 7:37). Over the centuries many artists have painted this scene. Mary Magdalene’s feast has been kept in the West since the 8th century. England has 187 ancient churches dedicated to her, as well as a College in both Oxford and Cambridge. Nigel Beeton writes: St Mary Magdalene is one of the more inspiring and encouraging characters in the New Testament. She is mentioned more times in the Gospels than any other disciple or follower of Jesus! She was a true friend of Jesus in a way which we would all want to be – including staying faithful and true when the going gets seriously tough!
Mary Magdalene by Nigel Beeton The Gospel writers tell us of those who, ev’ry day Were close to Christ our Saviour upon His earthly way. Twelve men, He called ‘disciples’ and several women too – Would pray as He had taught them and do what He would do. But yet, of all these followers none was more often seen Than one who owed Him everything named ‘Mary Magdalene’. Of seven demons healed by Him so Jesus touched her soul Her life transformed by knowing Him He made that woman whole! And she was with Him everywhere she never left His side And she was with Him at the time that He was crucified. When others, fearful, hid themselves and quickly ran away She remained His loyal friend upon that awful day. And she it was who found the tomb so shortly after dawn The first to meet the Risen Christ upon that Easter morn. Oh, would that we, His foll’wers now could serve Him half so keen Or follow Him as faithfully as Mary Magdalene. 25
August 30th - John Bunyan After the Bible, John Bunyan’s wonderful Christian allegory, the Pilgrim’s Progress, is one of the most celebrated and widely-read books in the English language. It has been translated into more than one hundred languages around the world and keeps its place as a Christian classic. Names of people and places from its pages have been commonplace wherever English is spoken. We need only recall Mr Great-Heart, Mr Valiant-for-Truth, Giant Despair, Madame Bubble, the Slough of Despond, Vanity Fair, the Delectable Mountains, the Hill Difficulty and the Celestial City. Bunyan was born on 28 November 1628, at Elstow, near Bedford, England, of a poor family. He had little formal education and his father taught him to be a metal worker. His first wife died young. His second wife, Elizabeth, helped him considerably with his blossoming literary career. His conversion was the result of reading the Bible, and the witness of local Christians. From that time the Bible became the great inspiration of his life. He wrote more than fifty books on Christianity. A Baptist by conviction, he had little time for the Established Church. Bunyan became a popular preacher, but because of his opposition to the Established Church and because he did not have a Church of England preaching licence, he was imprisoned in 1661. It was in prison that he wrote Pilgrim’s Progress. It was not only Bunyan’s greatest book but was destined to become one of the most popular Christian books in the world. Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory, using the names of people and places from the Bible to teach spiritual lessons. The vivid and unforgettable imagery in the Pilgrim’s Progress covers the whole Christian gospel from sin and condemnation all the way through faith, repentance, grace, justification, sanctification, and perseverance to heaven itself. Bunyan died on 31 August 1688. His portrayal of the death of Mr Valiant For Truth is Bunyan at his allegorical best. This brave old soldier of Jesus Christ had received his summons to ‘go home.’ Calling his friends together he says, ‘My sword I give to him who shall succeed me in my pilgrimage … My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me, that I have fought His battles, Who will now be my rewarder.’ … So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side… Public Domain image of John Bunyan from https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20399 26
Writing to his nephew Darren, a recently ordained low church curate here is another letter from Eustace, the elderly Anglo-Catholic parish vicar of St James-the-Least-of-All and concerns “The hazards of the annual choir outing”. My dear Nephew Darren, A local phenomenon invariably occurs at St. James the Least of All each June: large numbers of boys discover a vocation to join the church choir. The fact that their annual outing happens in July is, I am sure, entirely coincidental. This year, I suggested a cultural tour of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford. Unaccountably, they wanted a visit to the local Amusement Park. Life is nowadays so degenerate that democracy even exists within the Church, and I was outvoted: 28 to 1. Time was when you could drop them all off in the car park, give them half a crown each and tell them to be back by 6pm, while I could enjoy a leisurely lunch, a light doze on a deckchair in the park and cup of tea before returning to the coach. Today, each boy has to be accompanied by an armed guard, travelling a pre-planned route and reporting back to central control by mobile phone at half-hour intervals. You are even expected to bring back the same number you took out. The year when we returned home to find that we had unaccountably lost five of them, would no longer be considered acceptable. Our choirboys’ ability to consume candyfloss, toffee apples, ice-cream and pop, generally doing so simultaneously, is awesome. Were it to become an Olympic event, St. James’ would be guaranteed gold. But, the consequences are unvaryingly predictable. The sight of Hutton minor projectile vomiting while travelling at 50 mph 30 feet above the ground on the Big Dipper is an image that, sadly, will never fade. It did, however, hugely increase his standing within the choir. That one disaster may well ensure his election to Head Chorister in future years. Since we now hold separate events for boys and men, the juniors are at least spared the unedifying spectacle of seeing their Rector unsuccessfully attempting to keep the gentlemen out of the first public house they come to – and then prising them back out when it is going-home time. It also means that the sing-song on the coach on the return journey delays the juniors learning some unsavoury songs for a little longer – until they are elevated to the men’s choir stalls and realise what they’ve been missing on choir outings for all those years. And so once again, we return home, happy and tired, the boys longing for yet more food and their Rector for a large gin. Your loving uncle, Eustace 27
29 June - 2 July ‘Women in the Bible’ All Saints, Dale Abbey
14 - 18 July ‘Save Our Planet’ St Michaels, Pleasley
30 June - 1 July ‘Celebration’ St Lukes, Heage
21 - 28 July Flower Festival All Saints, Heath
4 July Well Blessings & BBQ Charles, King & Martyr, Peak Forest
15 - 20 August Well Dressing & Flower Festival St Lawrence, Great Barlow
7 - 9 July Well Dressing Weekend Christ Church, Wessington
18 - 24 August ‘Traditional Fairy Tales’ St Michael & All Angels, Taddington
11 - 14 July ‘Colours of the Rainbow’ St Annes, Buxton
31 August - 2 September ‘People of the Old Testament’ St Paul’s, Hasland
12 - 15 July ‘Peace & Unity’ St Lawrence, Whitwell
8 - 9 September Patronal Weekend & Flower Festival St Mary the Virgin, Denby
14 July Village Fete St Margarets, Carsington
2 - 4 November ‘War & Peace’ St Werburghs, Spondon
14 July Garden Party St Clements, Horsley
14 - 16 December Flower Festival St Michael, Breaston
More information about each festival including opening hours can be found on our website, www.derby.anglican.org 28
Things you do on holiday …. but never at any other time Get up at 2am to go to an airport. Say “are we nearly there yet?” after a drive of 20 minutes. Climb on a bus without knowing quite where you are going, or where to get off. Wear a swimming costume while shopping. Buy postcards. Lend your key to a neighbour and spend half an hour explaining the knack of locking the front door which entails pulling, turning and pushing at the same time. Worry about your hanging baskets and runner beans. Miss your cat/workmates/a decent cup of tea. Spend an hour looking for window lock keys which you have not seen since last year and why aren’t they in THEIR SPECIAL PLACE? Have a pocketful of foreign coins which you try to spend on your last day. Go to a quarry museum and try to convince yourself it is interesting as you never knew there was so much to know about slate and that it comes in so many colours (grey mainly).
Motoring holiday Lost Husband: Where are we now? Wife: Halfway between Paris and Marseilles, dear. Husband: Don’t bother me with details. What country are we in?
We are given gifts for a good reason If we are not practical, it’s good to know we can call on plumbers and electricians to sort out our house problems. Some people are gifted with practical knowledge and skills, and we could not do without them. Other people are more creative and artistic. Such folk may not be able to build a house, but they can fill it with beauty and meaning through their music, painting, sculpture and books. The Bible mentions Bezalel and Oholiab, who lived in Moses’ time. Bezalel’s specialty was working with metals; cutting and setting jewels and carving wood. Oholiab was an engraver, a designer and a weaver. Together, these two men had great skill, understanding and creativity, and made the Tabernacle the beautiful dwelling that it was. Many years later, King Solomon commissioned Huram, a native of Tyre, to make objects for the Temple out of gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone and wood. He also made coloured cloths and linen. Without Huram’s expertise, the magnificence of the Temple in Jerusalem would not have been realised or remembered. Such people should encourage us as we seek to discover God’s plan for our lives. We, too, are called to be faithful in serving God through using whatever particular gifts He has given us. Faithful obedience is what matters, not whether or not we end up in a position of responsibility, or in a quiet backwater. ‘Success’ for a Christian is not fame, but a deeper walk, and more fruitful walk, with God. In fact, the majority of Christians are called to serve God without fame or recognition. Our aim should be to simply love God and to express this in the service of others, with whatever skill or gift we have been given. If we give ourselves to God, He will prepare us and use us in the way that best suits our gifts and personalities. We might not have the special skills of Bezalel, Oholiab and Huram, but there is always something we can do for God. Let’s seek out God’s gifts and use them for His glory. The images on this page are by Sweet Publishing/FreeBibleimages.org and are reproduced under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)
Miscellaneous Observations On Life Keeping up appearances is the most expensive thing in the world. No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo The only thing worse than an alarm clock that goes off is one that doesn’t. Naive: anyone who thinks you are very interested when you ask how they are. Luxury: something you don’t really need and can’t do without. Civil service: the kind you get when your tip is big enough. Car sickness: the feeling some people get when each month’s instalment comes due. Creditors have better memories than debtors. Grandparents are similar to a piece of string - handy to have around and easily wrapped around the fingers of their grandchildren. If at first you DO succeed, try not to look astonished!
Puzzle Answers From pages 14 & 15
CROSSWORD ACROSS: 1, Wife. 3, To battle. 8, Obal. 9, Disciple. 11, Bitterness. 14, Niacin. 15, Attain. 17, Passionate. 20, Tertiary. 21, Meet. 22, Weakness. 23, Deer. DOWN: 1, Woodbine. 2, Feast day. 4, Orient. 5, Accusation. 6, Type. 7, Eyes. 10, Dedication. 12, Gadarene. 13, Ancestor. 16, Esdras. 18, Stew. 19, Area.
Rotas for July & August As this edition of â€˜Contactâ€™ is a double issue covering both July and August, the Rotas are in the centre of the magazine on pages18 and 19.
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)
Readers: Andrea Swarbrick - Tel: 932 6523 7 Drummond Rd, Ilkeston email: email@example.com John Puxty - Tel: 930 1601 32 Summerfield Way, Shipley View email: firstname.lastname@example.org Churchwardens: Peter Hodson - Tel: 932 2974 Mary Hawkins - Tel 854 2634 Verger: Sue Attenborough - Tel: 930 4140 Cantelupe Centre: James New - Tel: 932 1329 email@example.com Website: www.stmarysilkeston.co.uk Contact Magazine: Editorial Team firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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