Well met at Porthmadog!

On a recent holiday to North Wales, Danuta, Ian & Nick (who took the photo), met Angela and Rob on a wet and windy day, on the Ffestiniog Railway dsc06665platform!

Churchwarden Brenda’s Notes for October

Dear All

Welcome back to ‘The Heron’ and to its new editor – Sylvia Wilkins of All Hallows.

Again September has been a quiet month in the life of St. Edmund’s.   Many of the congregation taking advantage of children returning or starting school to take their annual holidays.   Brian and I were among those, taking ourselves off to Cornwall for a week.   We had a lovely time and had the weather to take full advantage of the beautiful walks and scenery.

Today (25th Sept) is the Robin Hood Marathon and both Ruth and I experienced problems this morning in making it down to St. Edmund’s as Trent Boulevard was closed to all traffic.   It was even worse getting home as there were actual runners on the road and only one crossing point getting from the south side of Lady Bay to the north side.   While waiting for a suitable ‘gap’  I watched many pass by having reached the 19 mile point with another 7 to go and wondered to myself if they really enjoy it?   Going by the pained looks on their faces and movement of their bodies, I have my doubts.   But I suppose, like the Olympic athletes, their dedication and training gives them the sense of achievement and makes it all worthwhile when they cross the finish line.

A wedding blessing took place on 17 September of Kristoffer Field and Samantha Powell and we wish them every happiness in the future together.


SEPTEMBER NEWS from Churchwarden Brenda

Dear All
Well it looks as though you will have to put up with my ramblings a little longer as there seems to be no news as yet on the Pierrepont Heron newsletter.

For St. Edmund’s, August has been a quiet month which has given us the opportunity to enjoy the lovely weather and of course the Olympics. I must confess that I am not an avid sports fan and the thought of 2 weeks continual sport on the television – ughhh! I was of course delighted when all the training, effort and dedication of the athletes and their support teams paid off and they won a medal – whatever colour. The look of joy on their faces was inspiring. But whether they were successful in winning or not they are all winners.

By the way, I have been converted, as I am now a fan of the Velodrome cycling events and the Triathlon. There is hope for me yet.

With thanks again to the Parish Council, our Lychgate has been treated and is now protected against whatever the weather brings.


August News from Churchwarden Brenda

Dear All

I must apologise for not producing a newsletter last month, but my work contract and preparing for the arrival of my daughter and her family from Sweden for 12 days’ holiday seemed to take over my life.   Fortunately things have returned somewhat back to normal (whatever that is!!!!). There is good news on the horizon in that the Pierrepont Heron will hopefully resume for September.

Well what can I say, July started off in the best possible way with the Flower Festival organised by the North Midland (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire & South Yorkshire) Federation of Flower Arranging Clubs .   I was in awe, as I am sure you were if you took a tour round the Hall, gardens and church, of the truly wonderful floral arrangements and the imagination of the designers. The weather was also kind which is a bonus in itself.  Ian Godson has very kindly posted photos of the ones in church on our website (if you were uanable to make it).

The Holme Pierrepont and Gamston Parish Council held their meeting in church.   It is always good to welcome them as their continued support to the Church is invaluable. They are continuing to fund the churchyard grass cutting and this year as well, are paying for the Lych Gate timber to be treated.  Our continued thanks go to them.

On Friday, 22nd July, we held our Annual Barbecue in the west churchyard. For a change, after the last two years, the weather was kind to us, although we did worry about the heavy black clouds gathering as we were lighting the barbecues. Fortunately, the few spots of rain came to nothing.

Around thirty people, congregation and friends joined us. It was good to see the Revd Robert and Kate again, now living in retirement in Robert’s childhood home in Wollaton.  Although the barbecues have never been fund-raising events, there is generally a profit made, after the generous donations of salads, puddings, etc. This year’s was around £170. Thank you everyone who contributed to the event, especially our chef Ian.  With him and you all, it could not be a success.

A date for your Diary:

Sunday 9th October – 11.00 am Harvest Festival, followed by a lunch in church

Please note, there will be no evening service on that day!

Summer Barbecue

On Friday,  22nd July, we held our Annual Barbecue in the west churchyard. For a change, after the last two years, the weather was kind to us, although we did worry about the heavy black clouds gathering  as we were lighting the barbecues. Fortunately, the few spots of rain came to nothing.

Around thirty people, congregation and friends joined us. It was good to see the Revd Robert  and Kate again, now living in retirement in Robert’s childhood home in Wollaton.

Although the barbecues have never been  fund-raising events, there is generally a profit made, after the generous donations of salads, puddings, etc. This year’s was around £170. Thank you everyone one who contributed to the event. Without you all it could not be a success.






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.