December 2018


2nd 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

[Preacher: Michael Tinker from the Matlock Area School’s Trust]

5th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

6th 10.00am Pre-School Nativity

2.00pm Longmeadow Service

7th 7.30pm Cromford Band Christmas Concert (Tansley)

Tansley Christmas Tree Festival 7th-11th, 11-4pm

9th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

4.00pm Bank Road Messy Church (MMURC)

10th 2.30pm Café Carols (Imperial Rooms)

12th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

16th 8.00am Holy Communion (1662)

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Service

4.00pm Town Christingle (Park)

18th 9.30am Infant Christingle

2.00pm Valley Lodge Service

19th 9.30am Yr.3&4 Carols

9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

11.00am Lilybank Service

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

2.30pm Yr.5&6 Carols

20th 7.30pm Carol Service

23rd 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

Christmas Eve

3.00pm Crib Service

11.30pm Midnight Mass

Christmas Day

10.45am Holy Communion

30th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.45am Family Communion



20.10.2018 Amber Fortey, Kieren Fortey, Jaxon Fortey & Ava Fortey

21.10.2018 Isabelle Revill

3.11.2018 Thomas Morris

4.11.2018 Obi Oldham





24.10.2018 Ken Franks (Crem.)

31.10.2018 Peter Annable



Dear Friends


A Merry Christmas to you all when it arrives (Though as I write this in November it seems the decorations & seasonal songs have already been going on for weeks!). As the winter nights draw in and it gets darker earlier, the imagery in the Christmas Carol Service takes on quite a powerful meaning –


The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined.” (Isaiah 9:2)


The light shines in the darkness & the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5)


As we proclaim frequently, Jesus is the light of the world. At a time when things seem dark and there is great uncertainty and a lack of trust in political authority, we have the assurance of God’s faithfulness – trust and obey, as the old hymn says.


The message of Christmas is one of hope and trust. In the baby in the manger, the Lord of the Universe takes on our humanity, becomes one with us; becomes one of us in order to demonstrate the extent of Divine Love for creation. Jesus Christ dignifies our humanity and through His ministry and faithfulness even to the Cross, He opens to us the promise of eternal life; of fellowship in the presence of the Divine Trinity.


If God had come amongst us as a glorious conquering hero, then people might have followed through a mixture of fear and compulsion. But the Lord calls us to follow through vulnerability and the risk of love. The Christmas story, with all its added on traditions, speaks to our hearts – a refugee family with no place to stay; a baby born in the place where animals were kept; strangers coming to pay homage drawn by a vision of angels and light. Jesus reveals to us the height and depth of God’s love for us and it is that we come to celebrate and to recommit ourselves in the service of the Faithful One; the One who loves us to the very depths of our being.


Come and join us this Festive Season and give thanks for that Divine Love and faithfulness


With every blessing





Many thanks to all who worked so hard to decorate our church for the exhibition leading up to Remembrance weekend & to everyone who organised the Patronal Pie & Pea supper. After 23 years faithful service as Verger, Ian Garritty has stepped down & handed over to Geoff Sterland – thank you to Ian & Kate for their sterling work over the years & enjoy your ‘retirement’!


PETER ANNABLE (1927-2018)


On 31st October we bid farewell to Peter Annable, a long-time faithful member of All Saints at both Evensong & 8.00am Communion. The service was a real celebration of a life well lived plus a memorable & humorous tribute from Ron Pugh.


Peter was originally from Kilburn & served in the war with the Sherwood Foresters, Paratroopers & then the Military Police in Austria. He married Joyce in Belper in 1950 and they went on to live in Wirksworth & then on Jackson Road, Matlock since 1959. Peter worked at various gentlemen’s outfitters before working behind the counter in Matlock Post Office till 1992.


Peter & Joyce have a daughter & son plus four grandchildren. He had a great love of classical music including opera and was renowned for his home-grown tomatoes. He was a real Christian gentleman with a keen sense of humour and a great interest in politics & wildlife. He was a loving and devoted husband plus a great friend to many.


May he rest in peace & rise in glory.




At a recent PCC meeting, the issue of the War Memorial in the Lady Chapel was raised. With the recent centenary of the Armistice, it seems the right time to look into having a permanent memorial erected in memory of all the fallen. At present there are two framed pieces of calligraphy and those from the Second World War and Northern Ireland are remembered on a separate certificate. It would be good to form a small committee to move this forward – I would be grateful if interested individuals would like to have a word with me (Richard). If anyone would like to make a donation towards a Memorial please could you label your gift so we can build up a fund and look into grants as well.