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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

June 2017

Who’s who at St. Mary’s……. Interim Priest In Charge - Revd. Carole Lloyd 1 Ascot Close West Hallam Ilkeston DE7 6LB Tel: 930 8316

Revd. Carole with Archdeacon Christopher at her Licensing Service on May 14th 2017


Andrea Swarbrick, Tel: 932 6523 7 Drummond Rd, Ilkeston email:

Reader & Churchwarden:

John Puxty Tel: 930 1601 32 Summerfield Way, Shipley View email:


Peter Hodson

Tel: 932 2974


Sue Attenborough

Tel: 930 4140

Cantelupe Centre:

James New Tel: 932 1329 email:


Contact Magazine:

Editorial Team email:


Thank you for your warm welcome at my licensing service on Sunday May 14th. I have managed to pick up a few names already but you will need to be very patient with me as I try to get to know you in the coming months. You have probably already picked up that my accent is not local - I was born in Bradford and brought up near Leeds so am a Yorkshire lass through and through. I am married to Roger and have two children, James (36) and Catherine (32), one granddaughter, Isabelle (4) who started school last September and another granddaughter due any time now! My mum lives with me and Roger in West Hallam and my dad is in Bramble Lodge Care Home with Roger’s mum in Willowcroft Care Home in Spondon so we have caring responsibilities for them. In my spare time I enjoy gardening although I am certainly not an expert. I also like to knit and sew and play the guitar moderately poorly! I was ordained in 2003 in Bradford Diocese after training on the Northern Ordination Course and served my curacy in a parish near the centre of Bradford. From there I moved north to Chilton in Durham Diocese for my first incumbency in 2006 before moving down to Derbyshire to become Vicar of Swanwick and Pentrich in January 2011. I retired from there in October 2015 to give me more time to help care for my parents. I am looking forward to working with you all in the mission and ministry of St Mary’s, in encouraging and improving the links that already exist within the community and in helping to discern and develop the way forward for this church.

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Dates for your diary (in addition to the regular Sunday & Wednesday Services) 4th

Pentecost - Whit Sunday 2pm-4pm Ilkeston Brass Concert on new Victoria Park Bandstand


Ilkeston Carnival


Trinity Sunday

12th – 18th Carers Week Carers Week is an annual campaign of activities and events to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face, and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year the focus is on Building Carer Friendly Communities, which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own. 18th

Father’s Day ‘Great Get Together’ in Victoria Park from 3pm to 6pm Ilkeston Churches and the Erewash Borough Council are hosting a party as part of a campaign of the Jo Cox Foundation and partners. It is a free event with games and entertainment including music by Ilkeston Brass. Come along, bring a picnic and enjoy a social afternoon in the community.

19th – 25th Refugee Week Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and aims to encourage a better understanding between communities. Next year (2018) it celebrates its 20th anniversary. 21st

Summer Solstice – longest day of the year


John the Baptist – preparing the way for the Messiah


Feast of Saint Peter & Saint Paul - the two most famous apostles 5

June 4th - Pentecost A Day That Changed History People call it ‘Whitsun’ because once upon a time it was a day for wearing white and going on church processions. The church, however, calls it ‘Pentecost’ and it’s a crucial date in the Church calendar – in some ways the birthday of Christianity as we know it. 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. Within 30 years the gospel had spread to the very heart of the Roman Empire: Rome.


Midsummer’s Day I don’t want to alarm you but do you realise that we’re already about halfway through 2017 and that it will soon be Midsummer’s Day? As I sit writing this, I can look out of my window and see dull overcast skies, trees swaying in a chilling breeze, birds scavenging for tit-bits on the garden path and there seems to be little prospect of improvement in the weather. Midsummer’s Day and that means the days will soon begin to shorten. I take a sip of my coffee and look again. It’s still the same view but this time I see different things - bright blue Forget-Me-Nots peeping round the side of the greenhouse, purple and yellow flowers further down the garden; blossom on a neighbour's tree; raspberry canes sprouting heartily and pointing heavenwards and the rhubarb patch already cropping. I can also see a myriad of colours in the foliage of the trees and is that a finch on the garden fence? It’s still overcast and cool but there is so much to admire in God’s handiwork. I am reminded of an observation about a partially filled glass - to a pessimist it is half empty while the optimist sees it as half full. A young Australian Army Captain, William Morton, who was killed in action in 1917 had written in his diary: “He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men, and the love of little children; who has left the world better than he found it; who has never lacked appreciation of the earth’s beauty, or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given the best he had; whose life is an inspiration, whose memory a benediction.” William Morton would have seen that glass as half full. We could do far worse than to aim for success as described by Captain Morton, seeing with optimistic eyes. Midsummer’s Day (21st) is close to the festival day of John the Baptist (24th), often regarded as the patron saint of “the common man” - celebrate his birth and rejoice that we ordinary folk too can optimistically play our part in this wonderful world.

Garth Newton 7

St. Mary’s first peal of 5 bells consisted of 2 cast by George Oldfield of Nottingham in 1660 and 3 cast by Abraham Ruddle of Gloucester in 1732 and 1794. In 1902 three more bells cast by Carr’s of Smethwick were added. It was reported that this ring of 8 was less than satisfactory and in 1910, when the church was enlarged, these 8 bells were recast and re-hung in a new frame by Taylor’s of Loughborough, about £600 being spent on the scheme. After 100 years of service the moving parts principally the bearings, had become very worn and the frame corroded. As you are aware in 2010 we started to raise funds to allow a complete overhaul of the bells, their fittings, re-dust and paint the frame and redecorate the ringing chamber. Including re-building the ringing chamber clock worked from the main clock. On Wednesday 14th July 2010 in 2 hours and 56 minutes a Peal of 5088 Bristol Surprise Major was rung to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the re-casting and re-hanging of the bells and to compliment Michael & Laura Stevenson on the birth of their son Harry Michael. By November 2015 the above work was successfully completed and the bells were re-dedicated by Bishop Alastair Redfern in December 2015. The final amount for this urgent work came to £24,300, to assist with payment we were given an interest free loan of £6,000 which is due for payment November this year. 8

As part of the contract, Taylor’s have recently carried out a check and service of the bell installation, only one minor adjustment was required. We now have a superb ring of 8 bells which should not require any further major expenditure for the foreseeable future. Since the overhaul we have entertained visiting bands of ringers who have commented on how good the bells are. We currently have 7 ringers who are Derby Diocesan Church Bell Ringers Association members and we are teaching 2 more to become proficient in the art of campanology. We are always looking for new recruits, especially youngsters. Please let me know if you can recommend anyone. On Saturday 11th June, 2016 in 3 hours a Peal of 5056 Cambridge Surprise Major was rung to celebrate the official 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll, the first peal on the bells since a major overhaul and re-hanging on ball bearings.

Richard Stevenson (There will be more about St Mary’s Bells in next month’s issue of “Contact”)


Nigel Beeton recently lost his father. ‘He died quite suddenly in early March and I was feeling terribly sad as I washed the car one Saturday morning. He always used to pull my leg if my car was dirty and as I wept gently while I worked, I heard the bells of St Edmundsbury Cathedral.They cannot possibly realise how much good they did that morning! They blessed far more people than just the wedding party. So this poem is dedicated to all those tremendous people throughout Britain who give up their time to keep church bells ringing in praise of God. Thank you!’

Church bells on the Wind It matters not how sad you feel If eyes, with tears, are dimmed; Your heart will lift to hear the peal Of church bells on the wind. Was e’er a sound that had the pow’r To touch one feeling grim – To bring relief in gloomy hour Like church bells on the wind? I love that sound upon the breeze With joy my soul is twinned! And I give thanks upon my knees For church bells on the wind. By Nigel Beeton



BOOK REVIEW by Franklin Bishop

At times, we may find the Bible difficult to read and understand. We yearn for clarity on some issues perhaps a simplification of the essential messages that it contains. It happens to us all especially when we believe it may make us appear to lack the intellectual prowess of those who attempt to answer our queries on certain important passages. This book published in 1935 by The Stanborough Press, Watford in Herts may offer some elucidation and clarity on the momentous events contained in the Holy Bible. Refreshingly written in a clear yet dramatic style it highlights the major events and has also some lovely illustrations to add life to the text. The author, Arthur S. Maxwell says, ‘It is my hope that all who read this book may see Jesus more clearly and catch fresh glimpses of the love of God in giving His Son to save the world. Some readers who may be struggling with sin will discover in these pages the way of escape; may burdened hearts find peace… and every mourner the sweet comfort of the Lord.’ He goes to say, ‘If every reader, when he closes this book, should say, “I never thought that there was so much in the Bible; it is truly the most wonderful Book in the world!” – then indeed, we would be well content. That God may guide all to this happy conclusion is the earnest prayer of the author. Illustrated throughout with beautiful illustrations executed in the 1930s high art style give it a period feel of integrity and are a joy to the eye. Although long out of print it is a book well worth searching for and is suitable reading for youngsters as well as adults. continued on page 12 11

ABOUT ARTHUR S. MAXWELL Arthur Stanley Maxwell was born on January 14th, 1896, in London, England, and passed to his rest on November 13th, 1970, in Mountain View, California, at the age of seventy-four years and ten months. On May 3rd, 1917, he was married to Rachel Elizabeth Joyce, and during their years together four sons and two daughters entered their home. Two years after their golden wedding anniversary Rachel preceded him in death on July 23, 1969. He sold his first religious books as a student canvasser at the age of sixteen. Caught by the incoming tide while walking between two islands, he attributed his escape to a direct act of providence and thereafter lived convinced that God held a special destiny for him. He lived life to the full. He considered his career a partnership with God and often quoted as a favourite text, "Not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke of." He believed that God had made his life "a pageant of triumph" and gladly gave Him the credit for it.


Three Favourite Hymns Several people have commented on how difficult it is to select three favourite hymns from the thousands that are available. Following my article last month you will remember how I too found that the choice was not easy but the process certainly does focus the mind. Our Reader, John Puxty gave it a go and came up with these three: 1. O thou who camest from above Definitely my number one and the first choice for my funeral! A great hymn to inspire the 'mean altar of my heart'. 2. The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended There has to be an evening hymn in my top three; so many to choose from but I guess this one just about tops the list. 3. There's a wideness in God's mercy This is another old hymn which is enjoying something of a revival, in no mean measure because of the 20th century tune, 'Corvedale', it has been set to. Beautiful words which sum up so well my understanding of God whose 'love we make too narrow by false limits of our own and we magnify his strictness with a zeal he would not own.' John added "If I were to be asked on another occasion I might come up with a different evening hymn (and this is at number two because Evensong has been such an important part of my spiritual life) but the other two are definitely 'keepers'!" There’s still time to select your three favourites by filling in the form below and leaving it in the box in church or sending your selection by email to Garth Newton






‌ I went into a church one Easter because I had not been for some time and was looking for a suitable one to attend regularly. This one was near my new address so it seemed a good place to start. It was a brick Victorian building on a main road. The car park was at the side but was already full. The service was just about to start as I arrived so I slipped into the end of the pew halfway down. The only other person in the seat seemed disturbed by my being there and explained that she needed to get out to make the tea before the end of the service. I suggested we changed places and she was a lot happier. The other people in the congregation were of mixed ages. Mostly middle aged to elderly but there were a few families too. The choir was made up of older ladies but the vicar was younger. He had a traditional rather than evangelical manner. The hymns were the old favourites sung gustily by the congregation. Lessons and intercessions were read by older men. The sermon was interesting, relevant and entertaining. The church was almost full. - It was Easter. The building was rather bare, nothing like the atmosphere we have at St Mary`s, but there was one stained glass window. Everywhere was warm and clean giving off a “well lovedâ€? image.


The notices indicated that not much was happening in the next few weeks. (The vicar was off on holiday for a fortnight). He was giving out Easter eggs as we left and I was asked if I wanted to go for a drink. I declined because nobody had been at all friendly towards me so far. Drinking coffee in an alien environment did not appeal. These are my thoughts about another church and I could not help thinking what a stranger would think of us here at St Mary’s. Would they feel they had a warm welcome, that the building was well cared for and that the services were right for them? I would like to think that they would but shall we all make sure?

A Prayer for Pentecost from the Book of Common Prayer

Box-opening time is in June If you have a box could you please bring it to church or if you would like me to collect it, ring me on 9306502 Thank you Janet Reeve

O God, who on this day didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. 21

St George’s Day Parade The annual St George's Day Parade with groups representing the Scouting movement took place on Sunday April 23rd 2017. These photographs courtesy of Kerry Louise Wheatley show the Guard of Honour (right) outside St Mary's with the local MP Maggie Throup and Erewash Borough Council's Mayor, Councillor Abey Stevenson and the Mayoress and (below) Ilkeston Brass seen here on the Market Place.led the parade.


Across 8 Laban complained he had not been allowed to kiss them when Jacob fled with his family (Genesis 31:28) (13) 9 In favour of (3) 10 ‘The child’s father and mother — at what was said about him’ (Luke 2:33) (9) 11 Swagger (Psalm 12:8) (5) 13 ‘Terrors — him on every side and dog his every step’ (Job 18:11) (7) 16 Bay bits (anag.) (7) 19 Preach, address an audience, speak in public (5) 22 Holy Communion (9) 24 ‘On their way to — out the land, Joshua instructed them, “Go and make a survey of the land”’ (Joshua 18:8) (3) 25 Joseph advised Pharaoh to appoint these to administer his grain storage plan (Genesis 41:34) (13) Down 1 ‘Assyria’s pride will be brought down and — sceptre will pass away’ (Zechariah 10:11) (6) 2 ‘And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in — with God and men’ (Luke 2:52) (6) 3 The descendants of Esau (Genesis 36:9) (8) 4 The components of the crown that Jesus was made to wear before his crucifixion (John 19:2) (6) 5 Colour of cloth which was to cover holy objects in the tabernacle when moving camp (Numbers 4:6–12) (4) 6 One of the gold articles plundered from the Midianites offered to the Lord by the Israelite army ‘to make atonement’ (Numbers 31:50) (6) 7 ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set — — ’ (Jeremiah 31:29) (2,4) 12 Ate (anag.) (3) 14 ‘We ourselves... groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our — as sons’ (Romans 8:23) (8) 15 Abram’s nephew (Genesis 14:12) (3) 16 Rupture (Job 30:14) (6) 17 ‘Yet to all who received him... he gave the right to — children of God’ (John 1:12) (6) 18 ‘I... asked him the true meaning of all — . — he told me and gave me the interpretation of these things’ (Daniel 7:16) (4,2) 20 Military units (Exodus 14:20) (6) 21 ‘Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to — her to public disgrace’ (Matthew 1:19) (6) 23 Diva (anag.) (4) 24

CROSSWORD PUZZLE Solution on page 29

A Great Night Out’? Adult jigsaws have made a comeback, with sales soaring as a growing number of over-50s discover ‘Jomo’ – the ‘joy of missing out’. It seems that more and more people are actively choosing to stay at home and relax, and even do jigsaws. Traditional watercolours and old-fashioned scenes are the most popular. Adult jigsaws are just one of a number of recent retail trends reflected in the latest Consumer Price Index. Other items include gin (after a 13-year absence) and soya milk (for the first time). 25


CROSSWORD SOLUTION ACROSS: 8, Grandchildren. 9, Pro. 10, Marvelled. 11, Strut. 13, Startle. 16, Babysit. 19, Orate. 22, Eucharist. 24, Map. 25, Commissioners. DOWN: 1, Egypt’s. 2, Favour. 3, Edomites. 4, Thorns. 5, Blue. 6, Armlet. 7, On edge. 12, Tea. 14, Adoption. 15, Lot. 16, Breach. 17, Become. 18, This So. 20, Armies. 21, Expose. 23, Avid. 29

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

Sunday Service at 10am Date June 4th June 11th June 18th June 25th

Reader Intercessor Ceril Little Sylvia Puxty D. Bamford A Swarbrick Sue Bell Janet Reeve S Attenborough Mary Hawkins

Coffee Sharon Topping & Sue Attenborough Sue Bell and Mary Morton Graham and Sandra Neep Janet Reeve and Margaret Turner

Sunday Sides Persons Rota Date June 4th June 11th June 18th June 25th

8am Frank Pinder B Spibey Margaret Turner Grace Henshaw

10am Mary Hawkins Garth & Sandra Newton Val Rennie Sue Bell

Wednesday Service at 9.30am Date June 7th June 14th June 21st June 28th

Reader John Bell Patricia McHale John Puxty Sandra Neep

Coffee Janet Reeve & _ Sue Attenborough & Margaret Turner Sue & John Bell Janet Reeve & _

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

Sue Bell Andrea Swarbrick Betty Murphy Janet Reeve

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

Janet Reeve, Mary Morton, Ceril Little Mary Hawkins, Sandra Newton, Garth Newton Susan Bell, John Bell, Margaret Turner Sue Attenborough, Patricia McHale, James New


Sunday 8.00am 10.00am

Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) Main Service - followed by Coffee and Fellowship First Sunday of the Month - J.C. Club and Creche

Wednesday 9.30am

Holy Communion (Common Worship) Followed by Coffee and Fellowship

Thursday 7.30pm -9.00pm

Bell Ringing Practice Contact: Colin Shaw – 0115 932 7072

Last Saturday of each month at 10am Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard - Working Party (Mar-Oct)

Uniformed Groups Rainbows Brownies

Contact: Candy – 0115 932 8244 Contact: Brown Owl - Lynne Cresswell – 0115 877 1592

It’s that time of year again, when we ask you to contribute to the cost of your parish magazine. The year runs from April 2017 until March 2018 and there are 11 editions (July and August are joint). There are some brown envelopes near the pigeon-holes at the church door – please pick one up to put your contribution in (cheques, to St Mary’s PCC, please). These can be handed to one of the churchwardens or to Sandra Newton. Don’t forget to put your name on the front of the envelope.


Contact - June 2017 edition  
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