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Stir-up Sunday

I made a Christmas Cake in the sermon. Some folks have asked for the recipe. Here it is:-


 8 oz plain flour                

1 level tsp baking powder                

Pinch salt                

6 oz soft brown sugar                

5oz luxury margarine

3 eggs               

1tbs milk

1tbs black treacle

¼ lb mixed dried fruit

¼ lb glace cherries               

2tbs rum/brandy (optional)

Grease and line a loose bottom cake tin. Sieve the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar into a bowl. Add margarine, unbeaten eggs, milk and treacle. Stir until smooth. Add fruit and cherries halved and washed. Stir the fruit in and place in the tin. Wrap the outside of the tin in newspaper to protect it. Bake at 300°F, 150°C or gas mark 2 on a low shelf for 3 hours. Either pour spirit on after baking or soak the base just before adding marzipan. As you will see my cookery teacher didn’t just throw everything in like I did but it’s worked as you will taste nearer Christmas.

Bits & Pieces

The following piece was taken from the Newsletter of the Whittington Moor Methodist Church.

God’s Wife

An eye witness account from New York City. On a cold day in December, some years ago, a little boy, about 10-years-old, was standing before a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering with cold.

A lady approached the young boy and said,

 'My, but you're in such deep thought staring in that window!'

'I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes ‘ was the boy's reply.

The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her.

She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with the towel.

By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing a pair upon the boy's feet, she purchased him a pair of shoes.

She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, 'No doubt, you will be more comfortable now.'

As she turned to go, the astonished kid caught her by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her.

'Are you God's wife?'


This is a prayer which appeared in the magazine of the United Benefice of Calow and Sutton-cum-Duckmanton.


God grant me the senility to forget the people I never really liked, and the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to know the difference.

Now I have discovered that:­

I started with nothing and still have most of it left.

My wild oats have turned to shredded wheat.

I finally got my head together and now my body is falling apart.

Funny, I don't remember being absent minded.

If all is not lost where is it ?

Kids in the back seats cause accidents.

Accidents in the back seats cause kids.

It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.

If God had wanted me to touch my toes he would have put them on my knees.

Church Life

New Whittington Commemorates 100 years since the Somme.

On Saturday July 9th at 11:00 we held a service at Saint Barnabas church to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, and to lay up a British Legion standard. This was followed by an exhibition about the Battle of the Somme and the price paid by New Whittington's soldiers during 1916. The church was attractively decorated with flowers reflecting the theme of corn flowers and poppies. The service was beautiful and moving, starting with a very evocative piece written by a soldier who took part in the battle, and who died the following year, aged 23. A poem, written and read, by a local person followed this, describing the bird song, and the quiet, still beauty of the battlefield today; belying the horrors that took place there 100 years ago. The Last post Post was played, a two minutes silence held, then the Reveille played before a Standard of the British Legion was laid up with in the church with due reverence.

Over 40 people attended the service, and afterwards enjoyed the light refreshments laid on by the church while they chatted and browsed round the exhibition. The exhibition was open till 4:00 pm and during this period a further 15 people came to look around. All appeared to find it interesting and moving. One woman who dropped in, was on her way to the shops to collect a newspaper for her husband, and only intended to have a brief look round, but ended up staying for around 30 minutes.

The event raised over £130 all of which was donated to the Royal British Legion.

We would like to thank all those who helped make this event such a success - both those who helped out at the event, and all those who attended.

More photos of the event can be seen by clicking on this link.

The church losses another stalwart

On Tuesday 13th February 2018, at Saint Barnabas church, we held a funeral service for Barbara Green and commemorated her life.

Barbara, was a New Whittington girl., she lived down South Street, opposite Lockers waggon works., and from a very young age, she felt responsible for her brother Arthur.

She never married and lived at home with Arthur, until they both needed more care at which point they moved, together, to the Brookholme Care Home on Somersall lane.

Barbara trained as a nurse, and later as a midwife, before becoming a ward sister at St Georges Hospital in London.

She moved abroad, was a nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, the General Hospital in Calgary., and later the Stanford University Hospital in San Francisco. Eventually Barbara returned to the UK where she spent many years as the out patients Sister at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Barbara was a realist, she had a strong character, thought deeply about things and in fact gave the impression that there was a lot going on in her mind.

She was a Christian who loved this church., was a stalwart of St Barnabas, worked hard for the church, served on the PCC, and made the tapestry kneelers in church, and the fantastic crochet on the altar linen point out. She was very knowledgeable about church, about what happens and how things should be done, and has been known to correct vicars and put them in their places.

Barbara was one of those people who said it as it was, liked things to be done right, was quite a private person who wasn’t very forthcoming about herself or what had happened in her life.

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Official opening of the improved Church Hall facilities a great success

Our Church Hall is an essential resource for the local community; providing a venue for local community groups and somewhere where regular events can be held, bringing members of the local community together in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Around 12 months ago we realised the hall needed updating - the outside play area was no longer useable, the old plastic chairs needed replacing, as did the kitchen units. We decided to put together a project of refurbishment and raised the funds via local events and funding from Viridor Credits. The work was carried out by CDM Landscapes Ltd of Belper who replaced the degraded outdoor play area with artificial turf, Hunts Office Furniture & Interiors Ltd of High Wycombe who supplied the attractive and comfortable new chairs, and Richard's Joinery Ltd of Chesterfield who supplied and fitted the upgraded kitchen and tiling.

With the work completed, an official opening was held on September 17th, coinciding with one of our regular Coffee Mornings. Mr Norman Buck, a representative of Viridor Credits Enviromental Company, unveiled a plaque in the Church Hall, marking the event, and expressed his delight that Viridor Credits were able to support the major cost of the work through the Landfill Communities Fund, backing up the original fund-raising by the local community. He further commented on the large and lively attendance for the event.

The new outside artificial turf area will be an invaluable resource for the youth groups in particular and in the summer months will provide additional possibilities for other hall users.  

We wish to thank all those who helped make this event, and the project such a success, by their hard work, and support for the fund raising events.

Top: Members of the local community enjoying the event.

Top Left: Norman Buck unveiling the plaque.

Top Right:T he New chairs.

Centre Right: The new play area.

Bottom Right: The new kitchen units, worktops and tiles.

They travelled from far and wide for her Baptism

On Sunday October 30th Sheila and Christian Read brought their baby daugter, Bryony Atida Read, to be baptised at Saint Barnabas Church - her middle name, Atida, means God has favoured us in the Zimbabwean language. The ceremony was attended by members of the church, friends, relatives, and her godparents, many of whom had travelled a long distance to join in this happy occasion. Her grandparents had travelled from Cornwall, a great grandmother, great uncle and aunt from Eastbourne, while other family members travelled from Leicester.

To enquire about having your children baptised at Saint Barnabas Church please phone 450651.

Above: Mother and father, Sheila and Christian Read with Bryony Atida Read in front of the alter.

Above Left: The parents with Bryony and his godparents Robert and Julie Spencer.

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On 11th December the Reverend Janet Quick took part in her last service at Saint Barnabas church. From 1st January she will be Associate Priest with Permission to Officiate at Old Brampton, Barlow and Loundsley Green. To mark this special occasion, the Reverend Jo Morris, obtained Saint Bartholowmew's chalice and patten which is kept in the Diocesan Treasury and form part of an exhibition in the Sir Richard Morris room in the Cathedral Centre.

The majority of ecclesiastical silver in England was destroyed in the 1530's as part of the dissolution of the monastries, under order of King Henry VIII. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the Protestant church became firmly established and from 1560 each parish church was furnished with a new simple communion cup for taking the wine by the whole congregation. St Bartholomew's old chalice and patten date from about this time. The patten is date stamped as 1620 but the chalice is acknowledged as being earlier.

Janet was  presented with several gifts by a thankful congregation from Saint Barnabas church, and Saint Barthlowmews church; a painting by Caroline Appleyard, a member of the church, and a priest’s red stole featuring a cross of nails.

When Coventry Cathedral was bombed during WWII, some of the medieval nails found in the rubble were bound together to make a cross. This is the cross of nails. It has become a symbol of peace and reconciliation..

 Janet, who worked in the adult education service in literacy support and English as a foreign language, started attending St Bartholomew's church Old Whittington in 2000, was licensed as a Reader in 2007, and began ordination training in 2011.

The vicar of the two parishes, Reverend Jo Morris, said of Janet:- “Rev Janet Quick was ordained deacon and a year later as priest. She was ordained as an LOM (Locally Ordained Minister) to work in the parishes of St Bartholomew, Whittington and St Barnabas, New Whittington. She has served her curacy in these two parishes and was expecting to remain here. However the Bishop saw the need for priestly help in a group of neighbouring parishes. The 11th of December therefore saw Reverend Janet take her last service in Whittington. Janet and I have worked together to maintain and

 build up the church here in this area. She has always been very supportive of me and her moving on will leave some spaces in our work. Having said that, I believe that this move will give Janet the opportunity to become the priest God called her to be. I pray God will bless her ministry in the parishes of Old Brampton, Great Barlow and the Local Ecumenical Partnership at Loundsley Green.”

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A fond farwell to Janet marked with a special chalice

Top: The reverend Jo Morris presents the reverend Janet Quick with a painting of Saint Bartholomews church.

Middle: The framed painting Janet was presented with.

Bottom: The Saint Bartholomew’s chalice and patten from circa 1620.

Coffee Morning once again a huge success.

The Coffee Morning & Light Lunch on March 15th was once again a huge success, and was well attended. Those attending enjoyed a selection of sandwiches, soups and cakes, and in a warm, friendly atmosphere. There was a real buzz about the church hall during the event, which raised around £290. Our thanks go to all those who attended and all those whose hard work helped make this event such a success.

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Soldiers Stories

As part of the church’s attempt to mark the centenary of the First World War we want to try to bring the names of those on the Memorial alive by creating a document, which will be available in the church, and will contain information, stories and photos of them. To this end we need your help - if you have any photos, details and stories about these soldiers please email them to:- revjomorris@gmail.com, or post them to:-

Jo Morris,  

The Rectory,

84 Church Street North,

Old Whittington, Chesterfield S41 9QP.

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Sharon Taylor’s death a sad loss for the church.

It was with regret and a sense of shock that we learned about the untimely death of a member of our congregation, Sharon Taylor. Sharon was not only Secretary to the PCC, and a church server, but was also a much loved friend of the whole congregation of Saint Barnabas church; she will be sadly missed by all of us. Her cheerful smile, and happy outgoing personality helped brighten up many a gathering after a church service, or PCC meeting, while ensuring that things were done properly.

Sharon died on the morning of the 4th February, and her funeral will take place on 23rd February at Saint Barnabas church, before her cremation at Chesterfield Crematorium.

Sharon's husband, John Taylor, is in all our thoughts at this sad time.

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New Whittington Commemorates 100 years since Passchendaele.

On Saturday August 12th between 11am and 1pm we held a coffee morning in the church hall along with a display commemorating 100 years since the battle of Passchendaele. On Sunday the 13th we held a service in the church to commemorate the part played by soldiers from New Whittington in that battle..  The coffee morning and display between then raised around £120 for the local branch of the British Legion.

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Pauline’s death another sad blow for the church.

Sunday 26th March, Mothering Sunday, generally a time for happiness and celebration, but this year on Mothering Sunday, sadly we learned of the death of a member of our congregation, Pauline Yates.

The news that Pauline had died after a short illness was received with a sense of regret and shock. Pauline was a stalwart of the church, she had been a Church Warden, helped organise events, and church maintenance, provided the roast pork for the coffee mornings, arranged the flowers in the church and much, much more. Her cheerful smile, and happy outgoing personality helped brighten up many a gathering after a church service, and she was a much loved friend of the whole congregation of Saint Barnabas church; she will be sadly missed by all of us.

Her funeral will take place at 11:00 on 11th April at Saint Barnabas church, before her cremation at Chesterfield Crematorium.

Pauline's husband, Paul Yates, is in all our thoughts at this sad time.

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Organists Graduation

We were delighted to learn, that in September 2016, one of our organists, Adam Parrish, graduated from York St. John's University with a 2.1 Bachelor of Arts degree ( honours) in music.

From a very early age Adam was interested in music, and from the age of 8 till he went to University Geoff Gratton was his music teacher. At just 11 years old Adam played the keyboard at a Christmas Crib service., he then started to play the organ for the Sunday Service at church on an occasional basis, until eventually at 14 he was playing on a regular basis.

In September 2013 he went to York St. John's University and on November 17th 2016 his graduation ceremony took place in York Minster, where he was presented with a certificate by Bishop John Sentamu.  Adam has since taken up several posts  - musical director for the Selebion Singers and organist at Tadcaster St Mary's church, but despite this he still continues to support both Saint Barnabas church, New Whittington and

Saint Bartholomews church at Old Whittington, when he can.

Our congratulations go to Adam on his achievements, and we thank him for his continued support of the two churches.

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