Flower Festival

What a beautiful,  overpowering, scent greeted us as we arrived in church to see the North Midland (Derbyshire, Leicestersh20160703_181719ire, Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire) Federation of Flower Arranging Clubs’ Flower Festival at St Edmund’s and the Hall.



The displays were truly amazing – although 20160703_181710my photos do not really do them justice!










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JUNE NEWS from Churchwarden Brenda

Dear All

I have in the last couple of weeks started a temporary contract working for the University of Cambridge involving the English spoken as a Second Language (ESOL) exams and it is a privilege when waking up at 5.30am to hear the dawn chorus (although they are well and truly into it by then). My usual waking up time is a bit later than that so I usually miss it!

The new PCC held its’ first meeting on 17 May and from the elected PCC members, the officer’s were appointed Lay Vice Chairman: Ian Godson, Secretary: Cynthia Stacey ,Treasurer: Colin Wightman, Electoral Roll Officer: Margaret Hodgkinson. Colin Wightman, who does a sterling  job as our Treasurer has given us a year’s notice that he wishes to relinquish the role. If you feel that you would like to take on this function, or help Colin in any way and you are on the church’s Electoral Roll (if not, then please contact Herbert, Brenda, Margaret or Ian, who will gladly help you) then please contact Colin who will be more than willing to explain either what is involved or how you can help.

Other items covered included Repairs required to the church building (see report elsewhere), a review of our most successful Coffee Morning to date, and future events.

You may (or may not) have noticed that our Biological toilet was out of commission for a couple of weeks. This was due to a broken component. Ian Godson  ordered and fitted a replacement with the help of Danuta, so that it is now working. Thank you both. You may remember that it was originally donated to us by Plumtree church as they were very fortunate in receiving a legacy which enabled them to be connected to the main sewer. We estimate that it is about 10/11 years old and as this is the first major incident, we have been very lucky.

Dates for your diary


Harvest Festival Service and Lunch – Sunday 9 October – 11.00 am  and 12.15 pm Please note that there will be no evening service on this day.

PCC News

At the PCC meeting on 17 May, it was decided to ask our architect to obtain competitive quotations for repair work to:

  •                    South side of the tower – remove vegetation in gargoyle and re-point high level failed                            mortar
  •                    Re-point external south wall parapet adjacent to organ chamber

Once we  know the likely cost, we will be able to set about raising funds to complete the work



Churchwarden Brenda’s May Notes

Do you think Spring has finally arrived?   The daffodils have all but disappeared after their early flowering but it lovely to see all the blossom on the trees and to see all the others turning green.   Let us keep our fingers crossed.

We have recently had a working party and general clearing of the churchyard took place.   We are often praised at how lovely it all looks and it is due to the small bank of helpers who manage to keep it looking so good, thank you to you all.    Patrick and Cynthia with their flame gun have managed to burn back a lot of the ivy that is growing at the east end of the churchyard, they next hope to rotovate it in the hope that grass will grow.   The yew bushes have also had their spring trim.

Following our Compline service in the evening of 24th April, we held our AGM.   Herbert Wakefield and Brenda Stevenson were re-elected as Churchwardens, Colin Wightman and Elizabeth Brackenbury as Deputy Church Wardens Richard CumberIand, Ian Godson, Margaret Hodgkinson, Cynthia Stacey, Sylvia Wakefield and Jean Wightman as PCC members.   Dorothy Alexander and Audrey Newton will be co-opted on as members at our May PCC Meeting.   Reports were given by the various officers.   Our next PCC meeting will be held on the 17th May at 2.00pm.

We celebrated the first wedding of 11 taking place this year and we wish David and Georgina Staveley a very happy future together.

Dates for your Diary

28th May – St. Edmund’s is providing the venue for the Royal School of Church Music’s ‘Meet, Eat and Sing’ and is being run by the Director Emeritus of the R.S.C.M.  and I am sure that if you want to ‘pop in’ you will be more than welcome.   The event will run from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

31st May – Church Outing to Breezy Knees Gardens and York.   Coach cost – £20.00pp.  Entrance to the gardens £6.00 There are still a few places left so please put names in Red Book at rear of church or let Herbert know.

2nd & 3rd July   The North Midland (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire) Federation of Flower Arranging Clubs are holding a Festival which is taking place in both the Hall and Church.   More details will follow in our June issue.

Churchwarden Brenda’s April Notes

Dear All

As there is no issue of the Pierrepont Heron this month, [technical problems], I thought I would write this to keep you up to date with the latest news.

We were very happy to help the Revd Howard celebrate his 80th birthday on 20th March (his birthday was 23rd) following our Holy Communion service and it was lovely that so many were able to come and join in the celebration.   Following the presentation of his birthday card and gifts, a bottle of brandy, a bottle of wine, a gift token for Carluccio’s  restaurant in West Bridgford and a book token, light refreshments were enjoyed and ended with Howard cutting his birthday cake.   Thanks must be given to everyone who helped and contributed to marking this special occasion and to Jean Wightman for making the birthday cake.

Our Easter services took place and it was lovely to see so many people on Easter Sunday.

The working party took place on Thursday 31st March and we managed to clean the path, ground gullies, trim the Yew ‘bushes’ and generally tidy up the churchyard.   Thank you to those who helped.

On Saturday 2nd April we held our major fund-raising event – Coffee Morning and Spring Gardens.   We woke up to pouring rain (though sunshine had been forecast!) and all hoped that the morning weather wouldn’t keep people away.   For the first time, we had guest stalls, selling gift pottery, books, cards, haberdashery and Indian savouries. Of course, we had our usual stalls – cakes, country produce, plants, bottle tombola and raffle.

All in all, it was a most successful morning. This was due to all those who put in a lot of effort organising their stalls, baking cakes, digging up plants, donating prizes and helping on the day and  beforehand – and, of course, those who paid to visit us on the day. As ever, our thanks go the Brackenbury   family for their generosity in allowing us to use the Hall and their beautiful gardens once again.

     Dates for your Diary

31st May – Church Outing to Breezy Knees Gardens   and York

Cost – £20.00 pp.   Please put names in Herbert ‘s Red  Book at rear of church.

Surprise party for the Revd Howard

After our Palm Sunday Communion service, members of the congregation, led by Churchwarden

Brenda,  surprised the Revd Howard with an impromptu party  with savoury snacks,Howard 80

hot cross buns, and a wonderful birthday cake. This was all to celebrate –

albeit a little in advance – his becoming an Octogenarian on 23rd March.

Happy birthday, Howard!




PS    Last, but certainly not least… thank you to all those who produced the lovely food.


Churchwarden’s March notes from Brenda

Walking up the path to the Lychgate it is a joy to see the mass of snowdrops and crocuses in bloom and the gentle reminder that spring is on its way.

By the time you read this we will have celebrated our February feast and spent a convivial evening with friends.   During March we hope to welcome cubs who in response to a request from the Parish Council are ‘Cleaning for the Queen’, a stretch of the lane in Holme Pierrepont on 5th March.   Cynthia has very kindly offered them refreshments in the church when they have finished their pick, which I am sure, will be very welcome.

Continuing that theme, there will be a Working Party at church on Thursday 31st March 9.30 am -1.00 pm.   If you can help in any way on the morning even if only for a short while, you are very welcome.   ‘Many hands make light work’.

Sadly Aileen and Derek (our church cleaners) have been unable to come as Derek has had a health scare and been ‘ordered’ to take it easy for a month.   We wish him well and hope to see their return in the near future.

Our Annual Coffee Morning (our major fund-raising event) is taking place on 2nd April in Holme Pierrepont Hall , (courtesy of the Brackenbury family), and in addition to the Spring Gardens there will be various stalls – Cakes, Books (light reading-fiction only) hopefully a few craft stalls, country and home produce, plants and a raffle.    So any donations of books, cakes, plants would be very welcome.


Easy Fundraising – now activated!

Dear Supporter

You will now be delighted to know that Colin, our Treasurer, has now set up an account with Easyfundraising.com. This means that every time you buy something online , you can make a donation to St Edmund’s at no cost to yourself. The easy way to do this is to use www.easysearch.org.com – and then show St Edmunds Church, Holme Pierrepont , as your good cause. (Please note, there is no apostrophe).

Anything you then buy will result in a donation to St Edmund’s. The amount depends on the percentage given by that particular retailer – but in any event – the cost to you will be £0.00! Can’t be bad! Go for it!

You can use this system  whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – and could be raising a free donation for St Edmund’s.

There are nearly 3,000 retailers on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!

Have a look at their Website:   www.easyfundraising.org.uk/how-it-works

It’s really simple, all you have to do is:

  1. Join.

Head to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/, and sign up at no cost.

  1. Shop.

Every time you shop online, go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ first, pick the retailer you want and start shopping.

  1. Raise.

After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever! It’s that simple!

There are no catches or hidden charges and St Edmund’s, Holme Pierrepont, will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.



30 January 2016

Brenda’s February Notes

Well, it was a long time coming – shops offering Christmas goodies and displays from September onwards, and then it was gone.   At St. Edmund’s we celebrated the month of Advent in our traditional way.   The church was beautifully decorated with assorted holly and ivy, window decorations kindly donated by Julia & Giles Bailey (married on 24th December), and the flowers kindly left by James & Jacqui Measures after their marriage on 4th December. Once again from Rae & Richard Cumberland donated a beautiful flower decoration on the anniversary of their marriage. Together with our Christmas tree, lit candles on the window sills, advent crown on the font and swag over the porch door, the church looked very festive and inviting.

Our first main service was Christingle and was well attended with a ‘packed house’ including children and their families joining us from Pierrepont Gamston Primary School.   Mark had us all totally enthralled and full of admiration for his ‘costume’.   Thanks go to Rita Pratt for once again making the Christingles.   Our Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was also well attended and mulled wine and mince pies were enjoyed by all after the service.   On the 1st January we welcomed the New Year with our bells being rung followed by our now-traditional short service.

Sadly we had to say farewell to Jackie Barker from The Old Nursery.   Jackie has moved to Stamford and we wish her every happiness in her new home

The collapsed section of boundary wall of the churchyard is being repaired and we are in the process of writing to various grant giving bodies for help in the funding for this project.

Forthcoming events:

 Saturday 27th February – our February Feast, in the evening, (time & cost to be confirmed). If you wish to come, please put your name in ‘Herbert’s Red Book” at the rear of the church.   Donations of puddings will be greatly appreciated. Please let us know what you intend to bring!

Sunday 24th April – A.G.M., at 7.15 pm (after evensong service)

Annual Coffee Morning – 2nd April   Details to follow.

May 31st Coach Trip – Herbert is trying to organise our annual outing – this year to Highgrove House, Prince Charles’s home – but is still awaiting a reply. Keep the day free. If Highgrove cannot accommodate us, I’m sure we’ll find somewhere else to go on 31st!

July 2nd & 3rd Flower Festival – It is being organised by the North Midland Flower Arranging Society and will be both in church and Holme Pierrepont Hall.   There are cards advertising this in church, but more details will follow nearer the time.

I wish you all a belated Happy New Year.



St Edmund’s Coach Trip 2016

Our  visit, on 31st May, to Breezy Knees Gardens, near York, was disappointing, in that the weather was cold and quite miserable. Despite the weather the gardens were very interesting, although most of the exhibits were some what behind, due to the poor weather so far this year. Despite that everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

We spent the afternoon in York, where we found food and drink to fortify the inner man & woman! Lunch was followed by a browse around this fascinating city, before we re-joined the coach for our trip home.

Our thanks go to Herbert for once again organising it for us!



The Conifer & Grass Garden - not a flower in sight