You may have noticed that the tower clock isn’t going. This isn’t because of laziness on the part of those who wind it, but is because the pendulum has dropped off. In the picture you can see that the piece of spring metal which supports the pendulum and allows it to swing has sheared off where it connects to the clock’s frame. This is normal wear and tear: the spring is reckoned to last 50 years or so.
The good news is that the remains are now in the hands of Smith of Derby who maintain the clock. They will produce a replacement and return to fit it. At the same time they will also replace a worn brass cam follower that controls the chimes every quarter or an hour: these have been rather erratic recently.
Today there were LOTS of WILD visitors at the TAB Toddler Group!
Later, things were not quite so organised!
St Peter’s Bells will rung before the following services during Christmas:
18th December Carol Service (ringing from 5.30 to 6.00pm)
24th December Crib Service (ringing from 5.40 to 6.00pm)
25th December Christmas Day Service (ringing from 9.40 to 10.00am)
In addition there is a practice on the 8th December between 7.15 and 8.30pm.
Three meetings at St Peter’s church at 7-30 pm on the 21st and 28th November and the 5th December opening up discussion about the nature of church in the 21st century. Everyone welcome!
Drop in any time between 2.00pm – 4.30pm Free
The local area was always known as “The Common”. We’ve gathered stories and photos from people round about to piece together its story. In the past there was coal mining, poaching, hunting and a copper works. Come and find out more – or maybe you’ll have something to add!
In 1947 St Peter’s bells were brought to the church by lorry in a procession from the station. They were paid for by public subscription: did one of your relatives contribute? We’ll have the subscribers’ book on display. Come along, meet the ringers and find out more about the bells and how they are rung. The bells will be rung at regular intervals during the afternoon.
Gardens for Everyone
We are working on opening up the land around the church to the community. We already have crops growing on the old school playground behind the church. Now we have plans to turn the open land next to Barber Street into a community garden. Come along, look at the plans and add your comments and ideas.
As part of the Heritage Open Days in 2016, St Peter’s will be opening its bell tower on Thursday 8th September from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
The bells at St Peter’s were cast as a war memorial in 1947 following a public subscription. Thursday evening is an opportunity to meet with the new band of ringers who will show you around and explain what happens and future plans. We hope to have a live camera link to the bells.
Note that access to the tower is via a narrow staircase.
The last four of the new ropes were hung on 7th August, completing the set of eight.
The Hanging Party
Thanks to all who helped!
We do sometimes have film nights at our church, which are very popular when they happen, but in this case we’ve taken the title ‘Back to the Future’ and used it for a series of discussions we’ve had to think about our own future.
You can see from the website that there’s quite a lot going on, and last year we asked ourselves where we will focus our life as a community, following Jesus Christ, as we move forward. Most of our congregation have been involved and over the summer we’re drawing together a lot of ideas and discussions to decide on our priorities for the next few years. It’s not too late to get involved so if you have any ideas and comments do get in touch:
The St Peter’s garden project is growing well, and now includes a beehive! There are plans to develop the gardens further with the support of a Tesco ‘bags of help’ grant, which we hope will enable us to open up more of the garden space for local people.
You can read about the project and our plans at St Peter’s Community Garden Project and you can find out more and see pictures and videos of the development of the project at the St Peters Gardens Facebook page