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Our Lady RC Church

Our Lady RC Church

Fr F. Higgins took mass on Sunday week. Herve Poveda read the lesson. Communion servers were Molly Beardsley, Mary Clare-Endy, Alison Fawley, Jim Turton and Dennis O’Neil. John Fejfer and Rex Clarke took the collection. Maranatha played the music. Members of the offertory procession were Megan Mcpherson, Caelin Riyadi, Jim Turton, Sue Tucker and Caitlin Tully. Karen Farrar and Jennifer Poveda served coffee for parish funds.


Glenys Williams and Joyce Shepherd served lunches on Monday week. Len Fox entertained with a medley of well-known tunes. Tuesday week’s carpet bowls was closely fought. Walter Jones and Joan Peel provided the music for Thursday and Friday week’s dance sessions. New dancers are welcome. The group holds a line and sequence dance every Thursday. During Friday week’s dance Wendy Murray and John Cousins provided the buffet to mark their birthdays. An annual collection for the local Air Ambulance raised £200.

St Thomas’ Church

The Rev Neil Popham led a Holy Communion on Wednesday week. The fellowship then met and shared lunch. A toddlers and carers drop-in session was then held. John Walker manned the parish office in the evening. Sophia Popham led Thursday week’s Mothers’ Union meeting. Churches Together held a prayer breakfast in the church hall on Saturday week. Sunday week’s family communion was taken by the vicar who also gave the address. Reader Chris Manning assisted and led prayers. Katherine Blasdale read from scripture. Sarah Clarke, Pauline Howlett and Sophia Popham led the children’s activities. Doreen dickens played the piano. Joe, Alfie and Jack Clarke presented the elements. The chalice was administered by John Walker. Joan Murray served refreshments. A Quiet and Gentle evening session was led by the vicar.

1st Guides

Claire and Anne Sharman, assisted by Elaine Britnell, led the Guides in a continuation of their Go for It badge work projects ‘Lights, Camera, Action.’ and ‘Space’. Initial letters regarding a planned spring camp were distributed.

St Wilfrid’s Church

The Rev Wendy Patchell celebrated Holy Communion on Sunday week. Marilyn and David Ball were servers. Christina Vardy read prayers. Lessons were given by Lesley Chapple and Marilyn Ball. Barbara Andrews and Gill Buxton were the sidesmen. Anne Allcock and Sally Needham served morning coffee.

50 Plus

President Amy Butler welcomed 50 members back from their recent winter break. The planned programme was discussed. Tea hostesses were Barbara Roberts, Viv Savage and Anita Simpson. Anne Tarven and Phyllis Newby received birthday greetings. Hazel Forrest organised the bingo.

Forest Street Baptists

Art and Keep Fit classes met on Tuesday week. A Messy Church planning meeting was held on Tuesday week. Messy Church sessions will now be held on the fourth Sunday in every month starting at 4pm. Church Deacons met on Thursday week. Church social began with a New Year party on Saturday week. The congregation was pleased to welcome back the Rev Ros Wilkes following her recent eye surgery. The Rev Wilkes led Sunday week’s morning service supported by the Deacons. Audrey Peake and Jane Brierley served communion. Brenda Hundley was reader. Sue Sayer and Cynthia Butler served morning coffee. The evening service was taken by Ceri Taverner-Arnold of Calverton. Musicians for the day were Margaret and Doreen Homer. Last Monday’s Ladies Fellowship was opened by Kathleen Gregory who led devotions. Guest speaker was Mr John Whitehead of Sutton in Ashfield. The pianist was Doris Hickton. Jean Cook served refreshments.

7Cs Christian F’ship

David Holloway, Mark Roxburgh and David Thorpe led Sunday week’s worship. Glenys Holloway led the Faith Builder session. Pauline Campton and Debbie Thorpe served communion. Pastor Maurice England gave the address. Church members supported the ‘Healing in the Street’ on Friday week.

3rd Brownies

Leader Wendy Osborne was pleased to enroll sisters Holly and Katie Gleave on Monday week. Brownies continued with their ‘Brownies birthday Project’ played games and Sang. Assistant leader Abbi Grundy showed pictures and spoke about her trip to Switzerland.

Hill Methodist Church

The Genesis youth group met at the Hill on Monday week. Wednesday week’s Mother and Toddler group was followed by the Wednesday Fellowship led by Margaret Hensby. The speaker was Rev Barry Shipley. Betty Grice played the organ. The DIY group worked on church premises in the evening. The dance class rehearsed on Thursday week. A prayer meeting was held on Saturday week. Gill Lunn of Swanwick led Sunday week’s morning worship assisted by the Worship group. Katie and Karen Grice both read. The evening meeting was led by Jill Phillips of Riddings. The organist was Stuart Bradshaw.

Trinity Methodist

The coffee bar was open from Monday to Friday week inclusive. The DVD Keep Fit session and Brownie pack both met on Monday week. The church hosted Kirkby Churches Together on Tuesday week before SureStart Messy Play met. Margaret Thorpe led the Tuesday Fellowship. The Crochet class then met. Framework held an advice session on Wednesday week. Thursday week’s Mother and Toddler group was followed by the Luncheon club and Open Hands friendship club who were treated to a movies and munchies afternoon. Barbara Smith hosted a home group in the evening. Trinity Singers rehearsed on Friday week followed by a meeting of the Stroke Association. The church hosted early prayers before ‘Healing in the Street’ on Saturday week. The Rev Dermott Thornbury led Sunday week’s service. The church steward was Jo Makins. Margaret Hensby was door steward. Nancy Shipley led Family Time. The reader was Enid Oliver. Stuart Spyby and Gladys Bennett took the collection. Sarah Copeland-Davies read prayers. The media desk was by Mike Oliver. The organist was Fay Shackleton. Barbara Smith served coffee in aid of the Rainbow Childrens’ Hospice. Church flowers were provided by Mrs W. Stocks. Nancy Shipley manned Traid craft stall.

Friends of Salvation Army

The group met at the Ashwood Centre on Monday week led by Gladys Newall. Members continued their reading of Genesis. Eileen Brown organised a craft session. Freda Mills served refreshments. The spring programme was discussed.

Spiritualist Church

Lynda Sills led Sunday week’s divine service. Tina Thompson and Sue Hardy both spoke. Monday week’s event was chaired by church president Janet Julian and vice president Diane Martin. Sue Hardy also took part. After the meeting, Gary Price and Janet Julian led healing. Tuesday week’s awareness class was taken by committee members.

Church of Christ

David Wilson led Sunday week’s morning meeting. Rex Foster read from the Old Testament. The New Testament reader was Eric Faulks. Dennis Faulks served communion and also spoke. Geoff Sheldon led the evening service and gave the address.


The second team drew 2 ½ boards each against West Bridgford, for Ashfield Geoff Gibson and Jerry Herrington both won. Alan Robinson earned a draw.


Joint President John McEwen welcomed honorary member Jim Moulton. The club agreed to sponsor two local young people to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Award Aventure Weekend in May. Rotn Tony rose that Jessica James won the Young Chef local heat held at the Charnwood Training Suite at Ashfield School. The meeting reviewed the results of pre Christmas fund raising programmes. All events had been successful raising substantial amounts for local charities and all helped develop the clubs involvement in the community.