Community News - Kirkby

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1st Guides

Led by Claire Sharman assisted by Ann Sharman and Elaine Britnell had a Halloween themed evening and cooked rocky roads marshmallows at St Wilfrid’s Scout HQ on Monday week. The girls also held a fancy dress parade and played traditional Hallowe’en party games.

Our Lady RC Church

Sunday week’s mass was by Father F. Higgins. Delia McGibbon read the lesson. The children’s offertory procession was Joe Scott, Ralph Barratt, Megan McPherson, Ria Johnson, Caelin Riyadi and William Midgley. Communion was served by Molly Beardsley, Gloria Palmer, Kathleen Whittingham, Jim Turton and Jerry Herrington. John Fejfer and Rex Clarke took the collection. Music was by Maranatha. Sue and Jerry Herrington served coffee in aid of St Vincent de Paul charities.

Friends of SA

Attended a gospel brass concert at Mansfield Citadel on Saturday week. Mrs Gladys Newall led Monday week’s social event at the Ashwood Centre. Final arrangements were made for the Christmas dinner to be taken at the Castlewood Hotel. Discussions were held on the US general election and current concerns in the press regarding the Liverpool Care Pathway. Refreshments were served by Freda Mills.

Rotary Club

President Mike Lee chaired Tuesday week’s meeting. Rotn Bill Edge brought greetings from Kirkby Inner Wheel Club; Rotn Richard Woodhouse delivered greetings from the Mansfield Rotary Club. Rotn John McEwen was pleased to confirm that B. Taylor and Sons Ltd had donated £300 towards the refurbishment of the club’s Christmas Sleigh. Rotn Richard Woodhouse read a letter of thanks from Notts and Lincs air ambulance for the £500 donation. The meeting pledged £100 support for a local female student to help at an African orphanage in Malawi in 2013. Rotn John McEwen and Peter Battarbee won the monthly draw. Rotn Ron Walker outlined plans to introduce associate membership in the New Year. Rotn Neil Lancashire confirmed details of the Christmas programme including the Kirkby Concert at the /festival Hall on 6th Dec. Santa Grotto at the Kirkby Christmas Carnival on 7th Dec and for collections at the Reuben Shaw Garden Centre Moor Green and street collections in Kirkby and Annesley Woodhouse.

St Thomas’ Church

The Rev Neil Popham celebrated Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel on Wednesday week. The Fellowship group then met for a shared lunch in the church hall. The drop in session for carers and children was held in the afternoon. The vicar manned the parish office in the evening. Lucy Harper also led the Youth group at the vicarage. During Sunday’s service of Holy Baptism the vicar was pleased to baptise Amelia Victoria Lowe and Tyler Jon Matthews. The pianist was Stuart Bradshaw. Julie Carr led prayer time. Rick and Mary Colley were church stewards. Katherine Blasdale served refreshments. Holy Communion was taken in the evening.

50 Plus

Met at the Brownsea Centre on Monday week. President Hazel Forrest welcomed members, Irene Clarke and Dorothy Fox received birthday greetings. Janet Crane and Katherine Blasdale organised a music quiz. Gill Layton, Mavis Morton and Marilyn Soar served teas.

Trinity CentrePoint

Childminders group met on Monday week. Job advice was available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday week. General advice sessions were held Tuesday, Thursday and Friday week. To access all advice sessions, courses or clubs please contact the CentrePoint office on 01623 751269. Kirkby Churches Together held early prayers on Tuesday week. Jo Makins led the Tuesday Fellowship. Mrs Makins also led Thursday week’s ladies group. Computer classes were held on Tuesday and Wednesday week. Trinity Singers rehearsed on Friday week. The Messy Church session on Saturday week took Dark and Light as the theme. On Saturday week Rosie Meek and the Open Road group were in concert. Trinity joined with the Hill and Forest Road Annesley Methodist Churches for a joint service on Sunday week.


Glenys Williams and Joyce Shepherd served lunches on Monday week. Bingo was played in the afternoon. Members played carpet bowls on Tuesday week. Thursday week’s and Friday week’s sequence dances were by Joan Peel and Walter Jones. The committee wish to remind everyone that the Christmas coffee morning will be held at the centre on Saturday 24th November, 10-12 noon – bargains galore.

Spiritualist Church

Lynda Sills chaired Sunday week’s informal meeting. Tina Thompson, Antony Lynch, Sue Hursthouse and Sue Hardy all contributed. Ann Burgess of Eastwood gave Monday week’s demonstration of clairvoyance chaired by Janet Julian. Gary Price then delivered healing. Church ladies led Tuesday week’s awareness group.

Forest Street Baptist

Art and Keep Fit groups met on Tuesday week. There was a prayer meeting on Wednesday week. Rev John Hale of Sutton in Ashfield led the morning service on Sunday week. Mrs Lynne Ramsden read the lesson. Mr and Mrs Denis Gregory served morning coffee. Rev Ros Wilkes celebrated Holy Communion in the evening. The servers were Mr Ray Forrest and Mr John Hardy. Mrs Lyn Hardy read the lesson. Musicians were Miss Doreen and Miss Margaret Homer. Last Monday the Ladies Fellowship followed the programme for the Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer in which all members took part. The pianist was Miss Margaret Homer. Refreshments were served by Mrs Irene Wass.

Chess Club

West Notts beat the 5th team 3-2, for Ashfield Rick Dawson won whilst Sally McIntosh and Nigel Wright earned draws. The poor run continued when the 5th tram were also beaten by Nomads with only Nathan Cragg gaining a draw. The 2nd team fared better at Gambit with wins for Jerry Herrington and Phil Morgan. Geoff Gibson and Alan Robinson earned draws. The 1st team however returned to losing was going down 3-2 at Long Eaton. All 4 players, Richard Webster, Glen Halfpenny, Steve Burke and Derek Jarvis made draws.

Hill Methodist Church

Helene and Barrie Smith hosted Monday week’s Bible Study group. The Genesis Youth group met in the evening. Wednesday week’s Mother and Toddler group was followed the Wednesday Fellowship who were entertained by Trevor Lee who also spoke. Margaret Hensby chaired the session. The DIY group worked on the church in the evening. The dance class rehearsed on Thursday week. The Prayer group met on Saturday week. Sunday week’s service was a joint event with both Trinity and Forest Road Annesley Methodist Churches. Rev Mick Dilley led Holy Communion. In the afternoon Mr Dilley led a service at the Hill in support of the ‘Persecuted Church’ throughout the world. Readers were Derek Cahill and John Grice. Betty Grice played the piano.

Church of Christ

Dennis Faulks led the morning meeting on Sunday week. The Old Testament was read by David Wilson the New Testament reader was Roger Longden. Rex Foster served communion. Tom King led the evening service. David Sharp from the Loughborough church was guest speaker for the day.

St Wilfrid’s Church

The Rev Wendy Patchell led Sunday week’s Holy Communion. David Ball and Sandra smith administered the chalice Maureen Sharman and Jenny Loxston both read. Prayers were by Thea Avison. Joan and Alan Truman with Oliver Dodd were sidesmen. An all age messy church session was held in the afternoon. The vicar led the annual All Souls service in the evening. On Friday 28th Dec the church will host what may be the final Sutton Organ Society recital in memory of Mr Stanley Buxton. Tickets £5 7pm start.

7Cs Fellowship

John Wilson Karen Hemmingray and Mark Roxburgh led worship on Sunday week. Mr Roxburgh also led the faith builder session. Peter Buxton and Betty England served communion. John Wilson spoke. Karen Hemmingray hosted the ladies prayer meeting on Monday week. Midweek fellowship met at the home of Pastor and Mrs England. Peter and Tracy Buxton led Thursday week’s bible study.