Churchwarden Brenda’s February Notes

Although a bit late, may I wish everyone a very happy New Year and hope that your Christmas was a happy one and  you managed to avoid the ‘Aussie Flu’?

Our Christmas season started with the Christingle service led by Revd Mark.   The church was full,  and we once again welcomed the choir, families and children from Pierrepont Gamston school,   It was also lovely to welcome back some of the couples who have married at St. Ed’s, and have since had a baby, together with families who have had their children baptised.   The church was buzzing and it was good to see everyone enjoying the service.   On the 17 December we held our Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, again with a full church. We all enjoyed the mulled wine and mince pies after the service!  New Year’s Day was celebrated with our traditional Bell-ringers’ service.

On 22nd January a PCC meeting was held and a number of events have been arranged. Please see “Diary Dates” for details.


Art at the Minster

Southwell Minster hosts major international art exhibition
A major two-part art exhibition by 36 contemporary artists, Crossings: Art and Christianity Now, is taking place at Southwell Minster, in Nottinghamshire, between February 9th and 10th May 2018. The historic Minster will be filled with over 100 artworks made especially for this unique exhibition, twice!

The artists come from a mixture of belief backgrounds but all are interested in exploring the themes of crucifixion and resurrection, and refreshing them visually for today. Each artist has made two artworks, with one replacing the other halfway through the run, showing how these two themes interact. Click here for more.


Churchwarden Brenda’s December Notes


The clocks have been turned back, the leaves are falling off the trees, the temperature has dropped and Christmas preparations are well advanced.

Our Remembrance Day service took place on 12 November in the evening and was well attended with dignitaries from the parish council, borough council and  county council, with special reference to those who lived in the parish and paid the ultimate price in WWI.

So now we look forward to the coming season.   The church will have been decorated in time for our Christingle service, where once again the choir and the families from Pierrepont Gamston school will be joining us – again we look forward to seeing Mark as the Christingle!   Please see details of all our services over the Christmas period below and the change of times for some of them.

Is with sadness that I have to tell you that Richard Cumberland died on 30 October after a long battle with cancer.   There was a private ceremony before a memorial service on 15th November at St. Mary’s Church, Nottingham.   Our thoughts and prayers are with him but especially for Rae and all the family.

I also ask you to remember in your thoughts and prayers Robin and Elizabeth Brackenbury and Colin and Jean Wightman.

There will be no magazine next month so I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year.





Diocesan News

  • Safeguarding training dates
    New dates have been added for Safeguarding training for next term. Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance.  Click here for more information.


  • Data protection changes
    The National Church has published online resources to help you to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
    GDPR will take effect in the UK in May 2018. It replaces the existing law on data protection (the Data Protection Act 1998) and gives individuals more rights and protection in how their personal data is used. Parishes must comply with its requirements, like any other charity or organisation.
    There are a number of actions that the PCC should take before the new regulations take effect –  click here to find out more.


Churchwarden Brenda’s November Notes

On 8th October we celebrated our service of Harvest followed by our traditional feast.   38 members of the congregation and friends sat down to a 3 course meal –Tomato Soup  home made by Sylvia Wakefield, Steak Pie with mashed potatoes and vegetables followed by a wonderful range of puddings made by various church members and all washed down with either a glass of wine or Elderflower cordial,  home made by Jean Wightman.   A big thank you must be given to Danuta and Jean who were our chefs for the day and worked extremely hard, and to everyone else who either contributed, helped or came to make the day both enjoyable and as always, a great success.

The Diocese held a day’s seminar on ‘Managing your Historic Place of Worship’ at Jubilee House on 19th October to which Ian Godson and I attended.   It was organised by the both the Diocese and Historic England (formerly English Heritage).   The content of day was full and very interesting, although Ian and I were familiar with some of the items.   We also made ourselves known to various people who we can approach for advice and help in the future.   We were also treated to a wonderful lunch!!

Despite Storm Brian threatening to hit on Saturday 21st we held a working party.   As you may or may not know our dilapidated asbestos garage at the rear north east corner of the church in the churchyard was taken down by a professional company.   The company removed the ivy which had covered it but it was  left behind.   Jean and I ‘attempted’ to clear some of it and to clear the brambles that were overtaking the yew bush nearby.   Though we didn’t make much headway a start was made.

Ian G. tackled the inside of the church as well as clearing debris from the roof over the south aisle.   Danuta ‘spring-cleaned’ the kitchen and Charles Benson attacked some of the undergrowth in the church yard.   As Ian was working in the church, he noticed that we have a possible damp problem coming in from the roof on the north nave side of the Chancel arch. This will be investigated and our new contacts will come in very handy.   Thank you to all of you who helped.

This Saturday we will be celebrating our last wedding for 2017.   We are holding our informal wedding information morning on 4th November for the 9 couples who have chosen to be married at St. Edmund’s in 2018.

Please remember in your thoughts and prayers Richard and Rae Cumberland, Robin and Elizabeth Brackenbury and Colin and Jean Wightman.   Colin has had a few hiccups since undergoing major surgery in August and despite this, still manages to smile.   Let us pray for his speedy recovery.


Churchwarden Brenda’s October Notes

Early mornings and evenings are feeling a bit chilly and as I looked at my calendar this week, noticed that Friday 22 September was officially the first day of autumn.   The leaves on the beech trees in the churchyard are just starting to change colour, maybe in another couple of weeks they will show their true glory before they fall to the ground.   The yew trees either side of the path have been taken even lower and given shape and although looking rather woody, new shoots have started to appear which we hope to shape into bushes and will be far more manageable.

The PCC met on Tuesday 19 September and the following dates have been confirmed

8 October – Harvest Festival Service @ 11.00am and Lunch @ 12.30pm.   Should you wish to join us please put your name(s) in the red book or let one of the PCC members know.

21 October – Working Party  10.00am – 1.00pm (or as long as you can spare)

11 November – Remembrance Service @ 6.30pm

19 November – Patronal Service @ 11.00am

3 December – Christingle @ 3.30pm

17 December – 9 Lessons and Carols @ 6.30pm

24 December – Festal Communion @ 6.00pm

25 December – Festal Communion @ 10.00am

1 January 2018 – Bell ringers’ service

Please remember in your thoughts and prayers – Richard & Rae Cumberland, Elizabeth and Robin Brackenbury, Colin and Jean Wightman – I am pleased to report that Colin is recovering well after his major surgery.


A Prayer Book Glossary

A partial list of some potentially confusing words from regularly-used services in the Book of Common Prayer

Brethren– an inclusive term to denote all those present in a service. e.g. “Dearly beloved brethren…”

Comfort; Comfortable– from the late Latin confortare, to strengthen, to make strong; to be strengthened. e.g. “Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith.”

Concord– agreement between people.

Convenient– appropriate. e.g. “It is convenient that the new married persons should receive Holy Communion.”

Conversation– public conduct or behaviour. e.g. “examine your lives and conversations by the rule of God’s commandments.”

Curate– any priest who has ‘cure’ of souls in a particular place, normally a parish. e.g. “as the Curate by his discretion shall appoint.”

Eschew– abstain from.

Froward– perverse, contrary. e.g. Ps 18.26, Ps 101.5

Ghost; Ghostly– from Old English g?st (German, Geist) Spirit; spiritual. e.g. “…together with ghostly counsel and advice.”

Graven– carved, hand-made. e.g. “Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image.”

Holpen– past tense of ‘to help’. e.g. “He remembering his mercy hath holpen His servant Israel.”

Indifferently– impartially.

Intolerable– from Latin intolerabilis, cannot be borne.

Lively– living. e.g. “a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto thee.”

Magnify– to glorify, to praise greatly. e.g. “My soul doth magnify the Lord.”

Man/Men– an inclusive term for all human beings. e.g. “Who for us men, and for our salvation came down from heaven…”

Meet– appropriate, fitting. e.g. “It is meet and right so to do.”

Militant– the Church on earth, those still ‘fighting the good fight of faith’ (from the Latin militans) as opposed to the Church Triumphant in Heaven. e.g. “Let us pray for the whole state of Christ’s Church militant here in earth.”

Miserable– pitiable, in needing of mercy. e.g. “But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders.”

Oblation– from the late Latin oblatio, (from offerre, oblatum, to offer), offering. e.g. “alms and oblations”, “his one oblation of himself once offered.”

Only– often means ‘alone’. e.g. “Almighty God…of whose only gift it cometh…” (Collect for Trinity XIII.)

Prevent– go before. e.g. “Prevent us O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favour.”

Profession– a declaration of belief in something. e.g. “Baptism representeth unto us our profession; which is, to follow the example of our Saviour Christ.”

PropitiatePropitiation– to win or gain the favour of; a sacrifice which turns aside God’s wrath e.g.“he is the propitiation for our sins.”

Quick; Quicken– living; to make alive. e.g. “the quick and the dead.”

Regenerate– born again spiritually. e.g. “Grant that we being regenerate…”

Remission– forgiveness and absolution. e.g. “Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we…may obtain of thee the God of all mercy, perfect remission…”

Sabaoth– in Hebrew, “hosts” or “armies.” e.g. “To thee Cherubim and Seraphim : continually do cry, Holy, Holy, Holy : Lord God of Sabaoth.”

Satisfaction– fulfilling an obligation incurred. e.g. “ye shall reconcile yourselves unto them; being ready to make restitution and satisfaction”, “a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world.”

Suffer– (1) to endure pain. (2) to tolerate or allow. e.g. “Suffer the little children to come unto me.”

Suffrages– intercessory petitions made by the priest, followed by the responses of the congregation e.g. “The Suffrages next after the Creed.”

Supplication– humble and earnest petition. e.g. “Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee…”

TemptTemptation– test; testing. e.g. “when your fathers tempted me”, “lead us not into temptation.”

Travail– painful or laborious effort; to endure such. e.g. “Come unto me all ye that travail…”

Very– true. e.g. “Very God of very God.”

Vouchsafe– to grant readily, to show gracious willingness. e.g. “Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin.”

Vulgar– easily understandable. e.g. “in the vulgar tongue.”

Worthily– with due devotion or reverence, deservedly or appropriately. e.g. “we, worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness…”

This Glossary is also available in the form of a card, which is designed to be used as a bookmark and can be downloaded here: Prayer Book Glossary card

For a single printed copy of the card, please send a stamped addressed standard-sized DL (220 mm x 110 mm) envelope, clearly marked ‘GLOSSARY’, to the Prayer Book Society office. For larger quantities for distribution to church congregations, confirmation classes, study groups etc., please contact the Prayer Book Society. See ‘Contact us‘ for contact details.

Churchwarden Brenda’s Note for August

We are now into the second half of the year and would you believe. only 21 weeks to go to Christmas!!!!  I heard this week that apparently there was an advert on television for Christmas trees, this before the schools have broken up and the majority have enjoyed their summer break, but it seems to be the trend now – Valentine Day cards in November, Easter Eggs on sale immediately after Christmas (if not before), etc; etc:

Forgetting Christmas, we unfortunately had to cancel the Bar-B-Que scheduled for the 14th July, but the PCC is hoping to re-arrange another date soon and we will let you know as soon as plans have been made.

On the 19 July, 37 church members and friends enjoyed a day out to Whaley Bridge (NW Derbyshire).   We were expertly driven by Malcolm from EmJay Tours in a very new and comfortable coach.  He took us the scenic route and often pointed out places and things of interest with the odd joke thrown in.   Marjorie Rippon and Jean Wightman took on the role as stewardesses and served tea/coffee/hot chocolate and soft drinks – thank you both.   Our mid-morning comfort stop was at Bakewell, where a few of the group stocked up on Bakewell Puddings.   We managed to have a whistle-stop wander round the town.   Then it was on to Whaley Bridge where we boarded the Judith Mary narrow boat for a 2½ hour round trip on the canal.   Lunch was served, consisting of Lancashire Hot Pot followed by Apple Pie and cream and was delicious and with the added bonus of liquid (alcohol) refreshment. It was most enjoyable.   On our journey home, Malcolm took us via Buxton, where we stopped for approximately 1 hour.   We were very lucky with the weather, being sandwiched between the very hot Tuesday and pouring rain on Thursday.   Thank you to Herbert and Sylvia, Ian G, Ian H and Colin for organising the day.

On 22nd, we opened the church as part of the Diocesan open church week-end and took the opportunity to have a working party.   We had a few visitors who took advantage of the opportunity to look around the church and learn some of its’ history.   We were also serving tea/coffee and cake.   In the churchyard, we were able to cut back a lot of elderberry and weeds that were growing under the beech tree, tidying round a few other trees and edging the front path.   Thanks must go to Cynthia and Patrick, Jean and Colin, Charles Benson, Dorothy, Elizabeth and my husband Brian for your help on the day.

Please remember in your thoughts and prayers Richard and Rae Cumberland, Colin and Jean – Colin undergoes a major operation in August, Ian and Danuta, Elizabeth and Robin


Churchwarden Brenda’s July Notes

I cannot believe that we are half way through the year already; and Brian and I haven’t decided yet where we would like to go for our summer holiday, although we are managing a few days away with our daughter and her family who will be visiting us from Sweden.

The PCC held its first meeting following the A.G.M. with many items on the Agenda.   I understand it was a profitable one with many items decided on.   One being when outside events affect access to the Church on a Sunday especially in the morning.   It is therefore with regret that the morning service only will be cancelled on

Sunday 23rd July –   The Outlaw Triathlon

The date for our summer B-B-Q was also decided.   This will be held on Friday 14th July 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm.   Cost to be £9.00  We shall be asking for contributions of puddings please.   If you would like to come, please put your name in the red book at the rear of the church.

We will be opening up the church on Saturday 22nd July for the Diocesan Open Churches Weekend.   We are combining this with a working party (for tidying up in the church and churchyard).   If you can spare any time at all to ‘man’ the church please let Cynthia know or if you can help at the working party then please do come along.

Please remember in your prayers Rae and Richard Cumberland and Elizabeth and Robin Brackenbury.   It is with sadness that I have to tell you of the death of Richard Nunn who has played the organ for services on numerous occasions in the absence of Ian.   Our thoughts and prayers are with Ann his wife and family.



Churchwarden Brenda’s Notes for June.

Summer must be here as the heating in church has been turned off!

Very little has happened in church this month.   Herbert and I as Church Wardens have attended the 2017 Visitation and Admission of Churchwardens which took place at Southwell Minster.   We have to attend this to continue in our roles for caring for the congregation and the church’s building, fixtures and fittings.   We do this of course with the much relied on and appreciated help from all the PCC members and congregation.

As summer arrives, so does the increased activity at the National Water Sports Centre which can have adverse effect on our access to church, especially for the morning service, both from the direction of Radcliffe-on-Trent and Regatta Way/Lady Bay area.   On 21st May it was the turn of the Outlaw Triathlon and on 28th May the Nottingham 10k run. Although we cannot change the chosen routes, if we are aware of these activities then we can warn you of possible delays.   So future dates that I am aware of so far are

23 June – Outlaw Triathlon

25 July – Nottingham Bike Ride

June also sees the first of the young couples who have been attending church to gain their ‘qualifying connection’, celebrating their wedding.   We hope that the day is perfect for them in every way.

Please note the earlier time of our Morning Prayer Service with Baptism on 11th June.   This is so that we can open the church for possible wedding couples who are visiting the Wedding Fayre at Holme Pierrepont Hall.

Please remember in your prayers Richard and Rae Cumberland, Robin and Elizabeth Brackenbury, Enid Thraves and also Jean Wightman who will hopefully have had a successful operation and be making a good recovery.