Matlock Moor Methodist Church

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Next Sunday (August 25th) the service at 10.30am is led by Mrs Marjorie Thoday who has recently celebrated 60 years as a lay preacher. There are refreshments at about 11.30am. Everyone is very welcome.

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See ‘What’s On’ and ‘Community News’ for details of the many events planned for September.

On Tuesday mornings the church is open for coffee; there is an Al-Anon group on Wednesday evening and, in term time, a  yoga class on Thursday morning and a Children’s Games & Craft Club on Friday afternoon.

Everyone is made welcome.

Community News

Another group is to use the Chapel for meetings every Wednesday 7.30-9pm from August 7th:     Al-Anon Family Groups: Support for families and friends of problem drinkers. For more information call 020 7403 0888.

Lumsdale  – the Garden Party on 1st June raised  £2,207 – a record; the next working party is on Saturday 7th September 10am-1pm (see below).

The Friday Games and Crafts Club re-starts on September 6th.

 

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.

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

The annual Lumsdale Garden Party in 2018 raised almost £2,000 towards the cost of protecting the habitat and conserving the important industrial ruined buildings in the valley. This year it was on 1st June and raised even more!

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 next working party is on September 7th with (free) refreshments afterwards.

The working parties are usually every month from 10am to 1pm on a Saturday. 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.

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.