November’s meeting at Portland College was attended by 17 members. Guest speaker Julia Blant gave a talk about pig farming and women’s role in it. Afterwards items discussed at a business meeting included visits to other local Inner Wheel clubs and arrangements to have a tombola stall at Sutton’s Christmas Market on Saturday, 1st December.
Family members attended Wednesday week’s meeting for a presentation done by members for Brownie traditions badgework. Jessica Madeley and Chloe Bower made their Promise. Badges presented were: Cook, Ebony Patrick; swimmer, Chloe Bower; Brownie traditions -- Lauren and Ellie Smith, Lauren Stafford, Ebony Patrick, Lucy Turner, Jessica Madeley and Chloe Bower. The evening finished with campfire songs. Leaders were Liz Guy, Gemma Trueman and Angj Brooks.
St Luke’s Church
The Rev Adrian Butt presided and preached assisted by Maureen Peat at November’s Eucharist at Willetts Court.
St Mary’s Church
The Vicar, the Rev David James, presided and Tim Guy preached at Sunday week’s early said Eucharist. Tim Guy led and preached at matins and Eileen Naylor led intercessions. Worship4All was led by the all- age team. At a later service the vicar baptised Olly Slack.
St Modwen’s Ladies
At Wednesday week’s meeting at Magdalene Centre the Vicar, the Rev David James, gave a talk called My Life As An Army Padre. Raffle winner was Maureen Gillen. Beryl Offler and Ilene Payne served refreshments.
Community of Christ
Barbara Woodhouse arranged a treasure hunt at Peacemakers’ Youth Group’s meeting last Tuesday week. Helpers were Helen Kemp, Celia Roddis and Marianne Rowe. At the women’s meeting members gave readings and hymns during worship. Celia Roddis provided refreshments. Nearly new goods were on sale at Wednesday week‘s coffee morning and Performing Art Workshop was in the evening. Brian and Celia Roddis hosted November’s fellowship meeting at their home and provided refreshments. Celia Roddis led worship before a game of ‘Countdown’. On Sunday week members of Clay Cross Community of Christ attended the Sutton congregation’s worship. Guest minister was Apostle Richard James, of Cardiff. Ralph Holmes was organist and Hazel Holmes welcomed the congregation and with Michael Clarke received the offering. Members had a pot luck lunch afterwards.
The Minister, the Rev Colin Bones, conducted Sunday week’s service. Vestry steward was Miss Eileen Jackson and reader was Mr Ivan Smith. Door steward Mrs Elspeth Clunie also provided and arranged flowers. Pianist was Mrs Janet Fairfield and communion stewards were Mr Bill Gibson and Mrs Clunie. Rosie Stone and Jessica Ross took the collection. Mrs Rachel Stone led family church. The communion collection was for John Eastwood Hospice. Tracey Cranfield led 1st Brownies’ meeting. At meetings of Ashfield Dragons Kick Boxing Club instructors were David Parnell, Mally Wainwright and Alan Batterham.
Major Peter Disney, Sylvia Linnell and Janet Sawyer served meals at Wednesday week’s lunch club meeting. Janet Sawyer led the over 60s meeting. Sunday week’s morning service was led by Maj Joan Bavis and the evening one, by Maj Gareth Dickens. Jean Spooner organised Monday week’s parents’ and toddlers’ group meeting.
Liz Belshaw, Trish Baines and Nikki Walton led Monday week’s games evening.
Zion Baptist Church: Sunday week’s worship was led by Helen Tomlinson and the worship team. Blair Hutchison was in charge of sound and lighting mixing systems. Sue Gardner read Psalm 18, Verse One. Xtreme Sunday school was led by Kerry Ellis. Speaker was Les Barnard. At Eastside Centre last Monday week there was a SureStart session and a WNC (West Nottinghamshire College) course. Early Start had a meeting last Tuesday week. On Wednesday week there was a WNC course and an Activity Club meeting. There were meetings of Kerry’s Can Can Club and junior and senior youth clubs on Thursday week. On Friday week SureStart ran a session.
At yesterday week’s meeting card bingo winners were Ruth Smalley, May Godber, Dorothy Papworth, Joyce Gregory, Pat Swanwick, Beryl Nichol and Dorothy Jones. Members played bingo after lunch. Game winners were Dorothy Papworth, Mary Armstrong, Joan Ellis, Doreen Lewis, Beryl Nichol and Joanna Crump. Member Dorothy Papworth and driver Harry Sharpe were given birthday cards and gifts.
Bingo callers were Mr M. Wood and Mrs J. Connah. Members had two minutes’ silence for chairman and long-standing committee member Mrs M. Pitchford who died recently. Game winners were Mesdames J. Gregory, Connah, V. Morrison, M. Johnson, M. Brain, D. Mitchell, J. Wood, J. Mansfield, P. Dykes, B. Rudhall, E. Pickering, J. Swain, W. Harris, C. Stevenson and A. Ball and Messrs H. Mitchell, Wood and A. Morrison. Raffle winners were Mr Wood and Mesdames Johnson, Gregory and Swain.
St John’s Methodists
Olive Branch Coffee Bar was open on Friday week and Saturday week. There was a Boys’ Brigade meeting on the Friday. Mr John Whitehead led Sunday week’s Love-In-A-Box service and shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child were blessed. Members of Tibshelf Methodist Church attended the service. Mrs Marjorie Henshaw read a lesson and Mrs Elaine Guy played the clavinova. Stewards were Miss Jill Moakes and Miss Lesley Moakes. The Minister, the Rev Alan Boyd, conducted the evening service and celebrated Holy Communion. Stewards Irene and Gordon Bestwick assisted with communion and Mrs Doreen Young played the clavinova. Mrs Julie Berry and Mrs Bestwick read lessons. On Monday week Mr Anton Beighton was speaker at Monday Christian Group’s meeting. There were meetings of Ashfield Childminders’ Group, Girls’ Brigade and Sutton Choral Society. There was a carers’ and toddlers’ meeting and a zumba class yesterday week. At the community room then there was a Scrabble Group meeting and, last Wednesday, an art class. A prayer breakfast was followed by a ramble.
New Cross Church
Holy Communion was celebrated on Wednesday week. Hilary Bostock led a Pins and Needles Group meeting. June Bagley led Friday week’s MINGLE Group meeting. Jane Selby led the children’s glee dance club. The Rev Allsop conducted Sunday week’s Holy Communion. David Purseglove led morning worship and youth team members arranged 11 Alive service. Greeters were Jayne and Adrian Self and steward was Bernard Brown. Joyce Handford and Pat Webb gave readings. Derek Smith took the offertory, with Anne Acton, and served refreshments, with Eunice Wright. On Monday week Norma Mitchell and Julie Cotterill organised a toddlers’ group meeting. Jane Selby led a drama group meeting, An executive group meeting was at Community Meeting Point. There was a community choir practice yesterday week.
At Under Fives’ Playgroup activities were based on the book Owl Babies, by Martin Waddell. The story was told using puppets, a story box was made and children cooked chocolate birds’ nests and made bird feeders. Their handprints were used to make an owl picture. Ladybird certificates for good behaviour went to Evie Lakin and Amelia Adams. Ffion Halfpenny’s birthday was celebrated.