Community News - Kirkby

Conservation Society

Will meet at St Wilfrid’s Church Hall on Thursday 27th Oct at 7.30pm David Amos will present an update o the Annesley Old Church project. The society is eager to recruit new members. If you have an interest in local or family history why not pop along or contact secretary Mrs C Kidger on 01623 722806.

Our Lady RC Church

Father F. Higgins led mass on Sunday week. Colin Kibbler was reader. The offertory procession members were Ralph Barratt, Molly and Sue Tucker, Megan Mcpherson, Caelin Riyadi and Delia McGibbon. Maranatha played the music. Communion was served by Alison Fawley, Mary Clare Endy, David Shipley and Colin Malatratt. Rex Clarke and John Fejfer took the collection. Karen Ferrar and Sheila Thompson served coffee for parish funds.

Ashfield Evergreens

Glenys Williams and Joyce Shepherd served Monday week’s lunches. Len Fox entertained on the organ before afternoon bingo was played. Members played carpet bowls on Tuesday week. Walter Jones and Joan Peel provided the music for Thursday week’s line and sequence dance. On Friday week Betty Young provided a buffet to mark her birthday during the sequence dance, music by Charles Ball.

St Thomas Church

Held their annual Traidcraft coffee evening in the church hall on Tuesday week. The event was organised by Pat Cook and Julie Carr assisted by Barbara and Alan Dykes, Rachael Comery and Andy Carr. Rev Neil Popham celebrated Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel on Wednesday week. The fellowship group then met followed by a shared lunch before the toddlers and carers drop in session in the afternoon. The vicar manned the parish office in the evening. Lucy Harper led the youth group at the vicarage. The Mothers Union branch met for prayer on Thursday week led my Sophie Popham. During the week Brackenhill and Morven Park schools celebrated their Harvest Festivals and presented gifts to support the Framework Charity for the homeless. The services were led by Rev Popham, Reader Chris Manning and Ashwood Centre Church members. Sunday week’s family communion was by Rev George Knowles assisted by Reader Eric Russ. John Walker gave a reading and read prayers. Stuart Bradshaw played the piano. Sarah Clarke led children’s church. Eric Russ administered the chalice. John Tuttle served refreshments in the church hall. Pat Cook manned a Traidcraft stall. The evening ‘Breathing Space with God’ event was by John and Yvette Tuttle.

Friends of the SA

met at the Ashwood Centre on Monday week for chat and games led by Gladys Newall. Members planned their Christmas lunch. Arrangements were made for the next parcel of knitted woollens to be dispatched to the Amaus Orphanage near Alicante in Spain.

1st Guides

had craft activities at St Wilfrid’s Scout HQ on Monday week. The girls discussed their programme up until Christmas and made marshmallow crunchies. Leaders were Elaine Britnell and Anne Sharman.

Hill Methodist Church

Monday week’s Bible Study group was hosted by Joy and Don Franks. The Genesis youth group met in the evening. A communal lunch was taken on Tuesday week. Wednesday week’s Mother and Toddler group was followed by the Fellowship group led by Rosemary Radford. Barrie Smith was speaker. Betty Grice played the organ. The DIY group worked on church premises in the evening. A prayer group met on Saturday week. In the evening Rev Mike Redshaw introduced the film ‘Cross and Switchblade’ after which refreshments were served. Arnie Kells led Sunday week’s morning service. Music was by the Worship group. Kelly Cater read the lesson. Mr Harry Smith of South Normanton led the evening meeting. The readers were Helene Smith and Stuart Bradshaw who also played the organ.

50 Plus: Hazel Forrest welcomed members to Monday week’s meeting held at the Brownsea Centre. A pie and pea lunch was served organised by Alice Brown, Barbara Holland, Anita Simpson, Anne Tarven and David Woolnough. Teas were served by Valerie Woolnough, Eileen Clarke and Doreen Slavin. The raffle was won by David Woolnough, Katherine Blasdale, Margaret Campbell, Doreen Slavin and Kathleen Moakes. Margaret Hensby organised a quiz.

Forest Street Baptists

The art and keep fit classes met on Tuesday week. Rev Ros Wilkes chaired a deacons meeting on Wednesday week. Pastor Derek Smith led Sunday week’s morning communion service. The servers were Mrs Terri Cole- Bowen and Mr John Hardy. Mr Ray Forest was reader. Mrs Audrey Peake and Mrs Irene Wass served morning coffee. The evening meeting was led by Miss Victoria Harrold of Mansfield. The reader was Mr Neil Painter. The organist was Miss Doreen Homer. Miss Margaret Homer played the piano. Last Monday Mr Denis Gregory organised a ramble at Burton Joyce. Mrs Maureen Osborne led the Ladies fellowship introducing speaker Rev Vanessa Hollingworth of Hucknall. Mrs Cynthia Butler provided refreshments. The pianist was Miss Margaret Homer.

Trinity CentrePoint

Coffee Bar was open from Monday to Friday week inclusive. Job advice was available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday week. General advice sessions were on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday week. A Food Hygiene course was held on Monday week. The Centre hosted the Forget Me Not Dementia group in the afternoon. All advice sessions can be accessed by contacting the CentrePoint office on 01623 751269. Kirkby Churches Together held early prayers on Tuesday week. Margaret Thorpe led the Tuesday Fellowship. Rev Mick Dilley chaired a steward’s meeting in the morning and a Church Council meeting in the evening. Surestart Messy Play met on Tuesday week. Computer classes for beginners and intermediate students were held on Tuesday and Wednesday week. The Flower Arrangers met on Wednesday week. Thursday week’s Mother and Toddler session was followed by the Luncheon Club and Open Hands group who raised funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Thursday week’s Ladies group heard a talk by Caroline Rossin about the work of the Rainbow Hospice. Trinity Singers rehearsed on Friday week. The Stroke Association then met. Sunday week’s service was led by Mrs Marjorie Henshaw. John Hickling was church steward. The door steward was Jenny Wilcock. Margaret Hensby led family Time and prayers. Readings were given by Sharon Lee, Charlotte Nelson and Jean Wykes. Enid and Mike Oliver took the collection. The organist was Fay Shackleton. Carmel Edwards manned the media suite. Joyce Plowright donated church flowers. Sharon Lee and Jean Wykes served coffee in aid of the Junior Methodist Association.

Church of Christ

David Wilson led the morning meeting on Sunday week. Rex Foster read from the Old Testament. The New Testament reader was Denis Faulks. Mr Faulks also served communion. Speaker for the day was Geoff Sheldon.


President Mike Lee brought fraternal greetings from the Hucknall Club. Rotn John Peacock previewed the following week’s meeting when two Kirkby Youngsters would be giving a presentation about their at a Rotary Youth Leadership event. He also confirmed the club would help students prepare for the world of work by holding mock interviews at the Charnwood Training Centre sometime in November. Guest speaker Richard Calder gave a presentation on the work of the RNLI, lifeboats rescue on average 22 people everyday saving 438 lives during 2011 alone. The organisation relies heavily on its 35000 volunteers to raise funds. The vote of thanks was given by Rotn Bill Edge.

Spiritualist Church

Sue Hardy chaired Sunday week’s divine service given by Myra Hibbert. Paul Hayes gave Monday week’s demonstration of clairvoyance chaired by Janet Julian. Gary Price and Mrs Julian then delivered healing. Tuesday week’s awareness class was led by church committee members.