Matlock Moor Methodist Church

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The service next Sunday (May 26th) will be led by Mrs Marjorie Thoday.

The Neighbourhood Natter on Tuesday 21st May is at Pinecroft, Upper Lumsdale because work is being done in the Chapel. There is no Carers and Toddlers Club that  afternoon.  

The Matlock Moor BIG LUNCH is on June 2nd  – see What’s On

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In term time there a Children’s Games & Craft Club on Fridays; there are also yoga classes on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning: see ‘What’s On’.

Click on the ‘Photos’ tab for pictures of recent events and see ‘What’s On’ for further details of community activities and worship services.

Everyone is made welcome.

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The Lumsdale Garden Party is on Saturday June 1st at Ivy Cottage, Upper Lumsdale, 1pm-5pm: see below andArkwright Society


The Chapel & Community Centre

The Centre is now open and new activities are already taking place (see What’s On).

The church is working to create the Chapel Community Centre because it believes that every person is of value to God and we are called to help create a community that is life-enriching for all.

All three rooms are now available for independent use and hire with access to a new kitchen and three toilets, one of them accessible. The church is also registered for marriages and welcomes enquiries about weddings as as well as baptisms and funerals.

On 12th March Christine Piper (steward) was awarded, on behalf of Matlock Moor Methodist Church, a Community Award  by the Chair of Derbyshire District Council (see the DDDC page). It celebrated the chapel’s work in community building and for making the church building suitable for community use. (For more details see below.)

New housing estates

The Thornberries estate: for two years the diggers have been moving earth and new houses have been going up on this new estate of 86 homes on land immediately to the south-east of the chapel. The majoirty of the houses are built or in progress and residents have been moving in since February 2018. Some of the houses on the estate are managed by the Nottingham Community Housing Association.

Opposite the chapel  – below Matlock Golf Club – work has progressed well on the Fairway View estate for another 58 houses, the majority of which are being sold as shared ownership (part rent, part buy) or are available to local people at an affordable rent.  Over forty houses or bungalows are now occupied or ready for new families to move in.

Along the Chesterfield Road the Moorcroft estate has been extended up the hillside and all the new homes have been completed and are occupied.

Members of the Methodist Church have delivered cakes and welcome packs to all new residents – 99 houses and cakes so far!

The Lumsdale Project

The annual Lumsdale Garden Party last year raised almost £2,000 towards the cost of protecting the habitat and conserving the important industrial ruined buildings in the valley. This year it will be held on Saturday 1st June. Please start collecting books, bric a brac and plants for the stalls!

There are regular working parties in the valley.  The members of the working party generally  – amongst other jobs – clear the steps, pick litter, remove unwanted growth, maintain hedges  and do planting. The last working party in April was well attended, including new volunteers from Thornberries Estate and elsewhere.

The next working party will be on Saturday May 4th and will be part of a weekend with other volunteers in order to build some pathway. There will also be a range of other jobs to suit all abilities.   It is 10am- 1pm and usually followed by refreshments in a local house. If you are interested in joining a working party contact the volunteer coordinator at Cromford on 01629 823256. Church members are involved in the working parties and the Lumsdale Project Steering Group.

The Arkwright Society’s  Lumsdale Woodland Management Team has been awarded several wildwood tree packs from the Woodland Trust to use in the ongoing habitat improvements in Lumsdale.

Lumsdale Project tour leaders are happy to take groups on a 2 hour guided walk down the valley and talks about the history of the valley can also be arranged. To request a tour or talk contact the Arkwright Society on 01629 823256.

For a week in July 2017 there was a party of volunteers in the valley supervised by experts from SPAB (the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings). Excellent and important consolidation work was done.

Changes to the Methodist Church

The extension and modernisation work to create the Chapel & Community Centre started last June.  Planning consent had been given at the end of August 2017 and in September the Methodist Circuit Meeting gave its consent to take the project forward. In October the Methodist District gave a £20,000 grant and just before Christmas the Methodist Connextional Grants Committe promised £50,000 towards the £210,000 project. The Norwood and Newton Settlement made us a grant of £15,000 and another grant  – this time for £21,000 from the Methodist Insurance Company – was awarded in April 2018. The Mid-Derbyshire Circuit has also made us two very generous grants and in October 2018  the All Churches Trust awarded us £3000. Small grant applications will be made to  finance new initiatives as necessary, including the new accessible entrance at the front (there is already one at the back).

It was anticipated that the work would take 16-18 weeks but that was before wet rot was found in the floor joists. However the Methodist Circuit Meeting generously voted a grant to cover the work and the celebration re-opening service was held on November 18th.

The plans have enabled the creation of  a multi-purpose space in the larger hall and a larger and more welcoming porch facing the main road. That will be made into an accessible entrance as soon as possible; meanwhile the back doors are accessible.  The old smaller Sunday School room has been modernised as a warm, comfortable meeting room – or food area for quiz evenings and special services.    In an extension at the rear of the current premises a new entrance has  been created, with a lobby or small meeting room linked by folding doors into the main hall.