Bishop’s Christmas Message

A message from the Diocese’s Communications Director……

I wanted to share with you the Christmas message we recorded with Bishop Paul. The video is well made and the message comes over very strongly.

To watch it, click the link below. If you enjoy it, please share the link with other people – we want as many people as possible to hear the message.

Director of Communications
Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham



St Edmund’s and the Church History Project

The Church History Project has myriad details about St Edmund’s, its history, the building, contents, and people. I found it fascinating reading You may, too. It can be accessed by clicking on to:


Easy Fundraising – now activated!

Dear Supporter

You will now be delighted to know that Colin, our Treasurer, has now set up an account with 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 – 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:

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

  1. Join.

Head to, and sign up at no cost.

  1. Shop.

Every time you shop online, go to 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

New local history book

Our friends at Radcliffe on Trent Local History Society, (who did the recent churchyard survey for us), have published a new local history book by author Beryl Cobbing.  Archaelogical evidence indicates signs of early human activity in the Holme Pierrepont area; a permanent Anglo-Saxon settlement was well established before the Norman conquest. At the end of the 13th century the Pierrepont family became lords of the manor.
This book follows the lives of the men and women who lived and worked in the parish and manor of Holme Pierrepont from medieval times to the first national census. Having 288 pages, it is a fascinating read with many colour photographs and illustrations which bring to life the lives of ordinary men and women. Their lives were affected by being tenants of a great family, and the unpredictable natural forces of the River Trent which formed the estate’s northern boundary.
To buy a copy of this book, please send a cheque for £22 (£14 plus £8 postage and packing within the United Kingdom) made out to Radcliffe on Trent Local History Society. Send the cheque to Beryl Cobbing 25, Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent, NG12 2BE and enclose your full name and address,telephone number and / or email address. Alternatively the book can be collected by arrangement by telephoning Beryl on 0115 9336231.

Weddings at St Edmund’s


 As a beautiful church in a beautiful situation, next door to two of Nottingham’s leading reception venues, St. Edmund’s is one of the most popular churches for weddings in the County.   It is only 50 yards from the door of Holme Pierrepont Hall, and about 300 yards from Blott’s, making for a very relaxed wedding for those having their reception there.   Seating about 100 people (130 with extra chairs), it is an ideal size for weddings.   It has an excellent organ, peal of six bells and a special wedding choir.

Who may be married at St. Edmund’s?

A bride or groom, who lives in Holme Pierrepont or Lady Bay ecclesiastical parishes, or

  • Who used to live there for at least 6 months, or
  • Has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months, or
  • Was prepared for confirmation in the parish, or
  • Was baptised in the parish, or
  • Whose parents or grandparents were married there.

That one of your parents, at any time after you was born:

Has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months, or

  • Has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months,

Has an automatic legal right to marry at St. Edmund’s, whether or not he or she attends

If you move house into the parish – Holme Pierrepont or Lady Bay, you’re immediately connected to the church and so you can marry in St. Edmund’s.

Where neither the bride nor groom lives in one of these parishes, at least one must acquire the legal right by attending regularly (at least once a month) for  six months prior to the reading of the Banns (which are to be read within 3 months before the marriage date).

Once he or she has done so, it is our duty as well as our pleasure to take their wedding.   We can offer a blessing following a civil wedding to couples who wish to be married before the six month qualifying period.

If either bride or groom has been divorced, they need to speak to the minister to see if their circumstances meet the Bishop’s national guidelines for remarriage in the church.

Though we love to take weddings, and try to keep in touch with our wedding couples, we do ask them to remember that they have the legal right to a wedding in the parish where they actually live or where one of them used to live, and to consider whether getting married there will enable more old friends and neighbours to attend.


 Our basic wedding fees are decided by the Church of England nationally, and are the same as in every Anglican church i.e. (in 2014) £21 for the calling of banns and £392 for the service.   We currently charge extra £25 for heating 1st October – 31st March), £20 for the services of a verger, £80 for the organ/organist, £80 for the choir and £90/£160 for the bells to be rung before or after / before and after the service and £50 for video.

Once you meet all the criteria and have agreed a date with us, we ask that you pay a deposit of £100.   The balance must be paid one month before the wedding date.

If you would like to make further enquiries, please speak to Revd Canon Howard Bateson on 0115 923 5256, who would be pleased to help.

Heritage Lottery Project

The project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore five churchyard memorials, restore our 180 year-old organ, build storage for tables & chairs, build a new website, and install new notice boards, clean five interior memorials (late addition), survey  the churchyard wildlife , and  the churchyard gravestones/memorials has now been completed, and the final report submitted for payment. A celebration of the project was held alongside our Coffee Morning on 10 March 2012, when the church was open, allowing all to see the work that has been done.


Memorial bench – Irene and George Watts

In bright sunshine, the bench to commemorate our late friends Irene and George Watts, both hard workers for and benefactors of St Edmund’s, which has been sited adjacent the the path in the South churchyardwas  dedicated by Revd Robert Breckles following the morning service on 26 February. Irene and George’s family and friends were led by their children,  Jeanne, Sarah and Andrew.   IG

Newly cleaned memorials

Thanks to grants from The Thoresby Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have had nineof the church’s internal memorials cleaned. That the job has been well done can be seen from the following photos …. showing before and after views. However, the best way is to see them is “in the flesh”, so to speak.


Henry Sydney Pierrepont

North wall of the nave.

Henry Sydney Pierrepont - before cleaning

Sydney Henry Pierrepont - after cleaning

Revd William Saltren

North chancel wall

Revd William Saltren - before

Revd William Saltren – after

Evelyn Henry Frederick Pierrepont

North wall of Sanctuary –  by John Flaxman




Evelyn Pierrepont, 2nd Duke of Kingston

South wall of Sanctuary – by Michael Taylor of York.

Inaugural Organ Recital – 2nd April 2011

The INAUGURAL RECITAL on the restored  historic Lloyd & Dudgeon Organ (1865) was given by  David Butterworth on Saturday, 2nd April, to around 50 people. The recital was preceded by prayers of re-dedication by Revd Robert Breckles, our Rector.

The choice of pieces was varied to illustrate the versatility of the organ. at 7.30 p.m. It was really enjoyed by those lucky enough to be present. As ever, the ladies had prepared wonderful refreshments for us, washed down with a glass of wine or fruit juice. The fact that so many stayed on afterwards was a testament to a most enjoyable evening!

The  restoration was undertaken by Henry Groves & Son, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the £50,000 grant awarded last year.


From Domesday to Dukedom – a history of the Pierrepont family


The Radcliffe Local History Society has asked me if I would put a note in the Heron about Pam Priestland’s new book, ‘From Domesday to Dukedom and Beyond – The history of the Pierrepont Family’. Having read it avidly since receiving it as a Christmas present and reached page 315 of the 464 pages, I am delighted to do more, and to commend it to all readers who have any interest in their locality or history generally. With remarkable scholarship – the references cover 6 A4 pages – Pam unfolds the story of the remarkable family which has owned Holme Pierrepont Hall from the early 1100s to the present time, and probably had a bigger impact on our County than any other, changing the landscapes of a score of its parishes and influencing its public life. The Pierreponts also impacted national life, especially in the 1600s, when its menfolk were leaders of both Royalist and Parliamentarian armies, and close advisers to Cromwell and both King Charleses! Two were Dukes of Kingston-on-Hull. Others contributed to the arts and sciences. The family also produced remarkable women, such as Lady Mary who introduced inoculation against smallpox into England in the 1720s. There is plenty of ‘human interest’, some gory, some scandalous. But Pam’s book, being so comprehensive, is not always a light read, and there are passages most will want to skip through (while looking at the copious illustrations). Nor, at £25/30 paperback/hardback, is it cheap; but it is excellent value, and will provide your bed-time reading for months. Available from the author on 9332430, or email; .

Robert Breckles.

Holme Pierrepont Hall

464 A4 pages; paperback
More than 370 illustrations, many in colour
Available from
14 Cropwell Road, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottingham, NG12 2FS
0115 933 2430

ISBN 978-1-872356-12-9

Price: £25.00
Plus £6.00 postage and packing in the United Kingdom;
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