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:


Revd Mark’s October Notes

Dear friends

As I write this to you, I am reflecting on the profound challenges facing our two churches of All Hallows’ and St Edmund’s. In some ways these are the same challenges we faced as I began my ministry here among you five years ago, but they are even sharper now than then. The challenges are sharper in one way because of the change in Diocesan leadership. Our new Bishop is calling on all the churches in the Diocese to develop strategies for growth. We are being called to grow: wider, younger and deeper.

I’m always tempted to remark that I’m doing pretty well on the first of those, but of course what we mean by growing wider is nothing to do with waistlines and everything to do with the breadth of our reach in our communities.

Hearing a call to grow younger can sometimes be heard as a sidelining of those who are older, but notice it’s younger not just young. Numerical growth can, of course, come through engaging even better with the population of older people around us, but the long term sustainability of the local church requires that it is engaging with people of all ages and refreshing itself with new, younger members. That’s not just some managerial strategy, it’s a theological necessity. The vision of God’s Kingdom is one where all of humanity is gathered together. The Kingdom is bigger than the church, but the church is called to be a foretaste or sign of the Kingdom, a place where all generations find a home.

Growing deeper reflects the call to deepening Christian discipleship; to spiritual growth; to doing what it takes to become more like Christ.

This call is challenging when we have declining, ageing congregations and rapidly diminishing financial resources. Just keeping our buildings and our services going and meeting our obligations to contribute to the cost of ministry is a profound enough challenge in itself. But without seeking to grow in each of these dimensions, we will not have the capacity to face those seemingly more immediate challenges. I wish I had the magic solution to offer, but I don’t. It will take all of us putting our hearts and minds together to address them, and will also take sacrifice. We may well need to be prepared to let go of long cherished ways of being church together in order that we can embrace those who don’t understand or appreciate what we do now.

That’s bigger than just changing our services. In fact doing that is unlikely to reach a constituency of people who are utterly disconnected from church. I doubt that there are lots of people out there thinking ‘if only that church was more trendy, I could go and worship there!’ Those that do want that are already getting it in other churches. Instead we need to start much further back. The first task is sharing our faith with people in generous friendship and seeing who among those with whom we share wants to go deeper. Even before that, we may need to evangelise ourselves: to re-engage with the roots of our faith and find again the God who loves us and longs for us to grow; to discover what God is doing around us, and to join in.

I pray we may find the courage, heart and love for the task.


With love from Mark.


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.


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.