Matlock Moor Methodist Church

Latest News.

The service on November 28th (1st Sunday of Advent) will be led by Mrs Margaret Strange.

See Family Focus for details of the book we are selling in aid of the Chapel & Community Centre.

The next Coffee Chat in the Chapel is on November 23rd.

 There are now Sunday services at Matlock Moor each week  at 10.30am (unless there is a joint  service elsewhere). 

You are very welcome to any event.

We are happy to respond to any query or concern you may have: please use ‘Contact Us’.

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Community News

 

See below for information about community activities taking place or planning to re-open as well as information on hiring the rooms in the Chapel & Community Centre,  updates on the Lumsdale Valley (and a book you can buy), and the story of the building work to change the the Methodist Chapel into a Chapel & Community Centre.

 

 The Coffee CHAT mornings on Tuesdays  now alternate CHATs in the main hall at the Chapel & Community Centre with CHATS by zoom. Here are the dates for November:

Zoom CHATS: 2nd,  16th,  30th.

‘Real’ CHATS: 9th, 23rd.

 

YOGA GROUP (Thursday mornings):  contact Rachael for further information (r-claxton@sky.com)

 

Most of the COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES have not yet re-opened. The Thornberries mothers and toddlers, the Al-Anon group on Wednesdays,  and the children’s Games and Crafts Club are still in abeyance as are the Quiz and Games Suppers.

However there are plans for these to re-start so watch this space. 

 

The Chapel & Community Centre

The Centre is now finished and new activities have taken place although COVID-19 has obviously led to  cancelled or altered activities.  The church is, nevertheless, 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.

Our risk assessment now allows all three rooms to be available for independent use and hire albeit with COVID related terms for hirers. The rooms can be hired for weekly activities or for a one-off event such as a children’s party. There is access to the new kitchen and the accessible toilets (although the kitchen can be used only for drinks unless allowed by the Trustees).  

Special occasions: the church is also registered for marriages and welcomes enquiries about weddings as well as baptisms and funerals.

 

LUMSDALE: the upper part of the LUMSDALE VALLEY  below the dam wall is still closed but the lower part of the fenced off area is now open from Monday to Friday. It is possible to enter at the midde or bottom gate. Unobtrusive fencing has now been erected around the most vulnerable area.

It is owned by the Arkwright Society and looked after by volunteers. Matlock Town Council, the DDDC and Derbyshire County Council all felt closure was necessary in May 2020 because of  COVID-19 safety concerns, notably the impossibility of social distancing with very large numbers of people visiting. However, although now partially reopened, the damage and erosion has still to be addressed and will necessitate grant applications.

None of the public footpaths are affected.

Most of the scheduled working parties had to be cancelled but will be restarted briefly soon, subject to  any COVID-19 and other safety restrictions.

The new book about the valley is available locally.

For both the above items see below under ‘The Lumsdale Project’.

New housing estates

The Thornberries estate: for three years the diggers have been moving earth and the 86 homes have either been completed or are nearly finished. The estate is on land immediately to the south-east of the chapel. 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 also almost finished on the Fairway View estate of 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.

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

Until COVID-19 disrupted our lives members of the Methodist Church delivered cakes and welcome packs to all new residents – over 140 houses were visited before the lock-down.

The Lumsdale Project

There is now a  book about Lumsdale (Lumsdale: The Industrial Revolution in a Derbyshire Valley) which can be purchased in the shop at Cromford Mills, from Bannister Publications or via the authors (contact alan@piper.nu) and all profits go towards the upkeep of the valley.

In ‘normal’ times 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 we were able to hold was well attended.

The working parties have usually been once a month from 10am to 1pm on a Saturday. More volunteers are always wanted: if you are interested in joining a working party contact the volunteer coordinator at Cromford on 01629 823256 or email volunteering.  Church members and volunteers from the Thornberries estate and other local homes are involved in the working parties.

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.

When the fenced area is re-opened the Lumsdale Project tour leaders will be happy to take groups on a 2 hour guided walk down the valley. They are currently able to give talks about the history of the valley in person or by zoom. If you wish to request a talk now or a tour in the future contact the Arkwright Society on 01629 823256.

The Lumsdale team also raise money for the valley – many issues need specialist advice and help. The annual Lumsdale Garden Party scheduled for a Saturday in May last year had to be cancelled. In 2019 the Garden Party raised more than £2,000 towards the cost of protecting the habitat and conserving the important industrial ruined buildings in the valley.  However plant, cake and bric-a-brac stalls were held  in 2021 and raised £700. Donations to the Arkwright Society for use in their Lumsdale estate are always welcome.

Changes to the Methodist Church

The extension and modernisation work to create the Chapel & Community Centre started on June 11th 2018.  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. 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.