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COVID-19: the Methodist Church updated its guidance on July 28th (https://www.methodist.org.uk/for-churches/property/coronavirus-guidance-for-property/) but the Methodist Circuit has advised us not to open our  Chapel & Community Centre for services of worship or mid-week activities yet. In the meantime the Property Steward has been issued with guidance on risk assessments and the necessary cleaning before re-opening.

The nearby Lumsdale Valley is also closed: see ‘Community News’ for more details.

May you stay well during these challenging times.

Community News

Regrettably all the following COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES  still cannot be re-opened: the drop-in Coffee Morning on Tuesdays, the Thornberries mothers and toddlers  and the Al-Anon group on Wednesdays,  the Yoga class on Thursdays and the children’s Games and Crafts Club on Fridays.

The lower area of the LUMSDALE VALLEY  is also now CLOSED. 

It is owned by the Arkwright Society and looked after by volunteers. Matlock Town Council, the DDDC and Derbyshire County Council all felt this to be necessary. The closure was necessitated by  COVID-19 safety concerns, notably the impossibility of social distancing with very large numbers of people visiting. However, the extent of damage and erosion now also has to be addressed before re-opening. However, none of the public footpaths are affected.

The scheduled working parties had to be cancelled March- July but there will be one on August 8th. Because of COVID-19 safety restrictions the numbers are limited and the morning and afternoon groups are currently fully booked.

The new book about the valley is available locally (see below under ‘The Lumsdale Project’).

 

The Chapel & Community Centre

The Centre is now finished and new activities have taken place (see What’s On).

When the government guidance allows all three rooms will again be 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 three years the diggers have been moving earth and the 86 homes have either been completed or are in being completed. The estate is on and 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 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.

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 140 houses and cakes so far 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 at Cromford Mills (when re-opened), from Bannister Publications or via the authors (contact [email protected]) 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 – on Feb 29th – was well attended. The first one under a new safety and socially distanced regime is on August 1st.

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.

Once restrictions are lifted the Lumsdale Project tour leaders will be happy to take groups on a 2 hour guided walk down the valley and give talks about the history of the valley. If you wish to request a tour or talk 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 Saturday May 30th had to be cancelled but a plant stall held that day (with social distancing) raised over £150. Last year it raised more than £2,000 towards the cost of protecting the habitat and conserving the important industrial ruined buildings in 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.