Matlock Moor Methodist Church

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There will be no service at Matlock Moor next Sunday (23rd February) as we will be joining other churches for a united service at Matlock Methodist and United Reformed Church. The service starts at 10.30am and will be led by the Rev’d Ashley Cooper, Principal of Cliff College.

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Lumsdale  –  the next working party is on Saturday 29th February 2020 and there is now a book about the valley (see below).

The drop-in Coffee Morning is on Tuesdays, the Thornberries mothers and toddlers  and also the Al-Anon group meet on Wednesdays,  the Yoga class takes place on Thursdays and the children’s Games and Crafts Club on Fridays (not during holidays – see ‘What’s On’ for dates).


The Chapel & Community Centre

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

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 rooms can be hired for several weeks or for a one-off event such as a children’s party.

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

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.

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 almost finished 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 – over 120 houses and cakes so far!

The Lumsdale Project

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 working party on Feb 1st was very well attended. The next working party is on February 29th with sandwiches and cake at a nearby home afterwards. At December one we had a great BBQ in the Smithy afterwards.

The working parties are usually every 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.

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.

The Lumsdale team also raise money for the valley – many issues need specialist advice and help. For example, the annual Lumsdale Garden Party in June 2019 raised more than £2,000 towards the cost of protecting the habitat and conserving the important industrial ruined buildings in the valley.

There is also a  book about Lumsdale (Lumsdale: The Industrial Revoltion in a Derbyshire Valley) which can be purchased at Cromford Mills or via the authors (contact [email protected]) and all profits go towards the upkeep of the valley.


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.