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Come to St. Mary’s (Priory Suite) on Saturday mornings for coffee and (home made) cake
10 am -12 am

Everyone welcome
just walk in

Snow at Christmas

Pictures of a snowy St. Mary's

Tutbury Day BBQ - Saturday 15th August

When - Saturday 15th August – 6:30 pm

Where – Green Bank, Green Lane

Kindly hosted by Eric Reynolds

Tickets £8.50 (incl. wine or soft drink) in advance from:

 Jan Harrison – 812 248

 Paul Nicholas – 813 990

Or any member of the Friends of St. Mary's Committee

Tutbury Day Service is on Sunday 16th at 6:00 pm

Vandalism - Weekend 8th/9th August

Three windows and a floodlight were damaged on the north side of the church - pictures and more information can be found here.

Please keep a lookout for any damage to the church or to the conservation work on the War Memorial!

A.R.T. In the Aisles Exhibition - On NOW!

Saturday 12th - Sunday 20th September at St. Mary’s, Tutbury


Come and see what local artists from Anslow, Rolleston, Tutbury and the neighbouring areas can do! Over 90 exhibits!

 The Exhibition can be viewed on:

Saturday September 12th 10am – 4pm

Sunday  September 13th 11am – 4pm

Wednesday September 16th 11am – 3pm

Thursday September 17th 10am – 3pm

Saturday September 19th 10am – 4pm

Sunday September 20th 11am – 4pm

Pat Harvey RIP

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Pat Harvey of Tutbury - a tribute to Pat, a long time member of the Church community (and many others) can be read here.

St. Mary’s Harvest Lunch

Sunday 4th October 12:00 for 12:30
at Tutbury Village Hall

Buffet with salads, etc & a selection of puddings

Price - £8.50

Lunch must be pre-booked
Contact Joycelyn on 01283 619 930

Pay in advance or on the day

Proceeds towards the Norman Arch conservation and other urgent fabric repairs at St. Mary’s, Tutbury

Pat Harvey - Funeral Arrangements

The funeral and thanksgiving will be on Thursday 1 October.

The committal will be at Bretby Crematorium for family and close friends at 9.45 am.  

A service of remembrance and thanksgiving will then be held at St Mary’s Prior Church in Tutbury at 11 am.  Parking will be available at Tutbury Castle for the church and for the buffet that will follow.  

Family flowers only and donations to St Mary’s can be made at the crematorium and the church in envelopes that will be available.

Note of thanks from Pat Harvey’s family

Following Pat’s very sudden and unexpected death on 5th September the family would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for all the prayers and the kindness and support that we have received from Pat’s friends in Tutbury and the surrounding area.

We have been overwhelmed by the tributes and kind words about Pat and the support that we received in arranging her funeral and the celebration of her life on 1 October.  The loss of Pat will leave a huge gap in all our lives but it is comforting to know that she will be so lovingly remembered by everyone in the local community.

Remembrance Sunday Service / The Great Charge

Early reminder that the Remembrance Sunday service will be on Sunday 8th November - parade leaving from the Village Hall - more details later.

Tuesday 13th October marks the centenary of the “Great Charge”, the attack by the 46th North Midland Division on the Hohenzollern Redoubt at the end of the Battle of Loos.  

The North & South Staffs Territorials were part of the attack and suffered greatly - three of the Fallen on our War Memorial died that day:

   Private William Henry Gent aged 31 - Monk Street - Plaster Mill

   Private Ernest Lewis Plumb aged 33 - Castle Street - Cement Works

   Private James Worrall aged 35 - Burton Street - Gypsum Mine

Another 4 men who would be known in Tutbury also died –

Privates William Redfern, Thomas Richardson, James William Smith and John Charles Wilson – 3 of whom were also in the North Staffords.  A devastating day for the village

The website Hellfire Corner has a detailed account of the Great Charge

We Will Remember Them.

Christmas Super Supper

On Saturday 5th December 2015 - at Tutbury Village Hall - 7 pm for 7:30.

Price - £10 including a mulled wide or soft drink on arrival.

Traditional Christmas Fare!
(With a vegetarian option, naturally).


Ring Joycelyn on 01283 619 930 for bookings and further details

Remembrance Sunday Service

The parade will assemble at the Village Hall at 09:45,

leaving at 10:00,

down Monk St, up the High St. then up Castle Hill to St. Mary’s.

Wreath laying  will commence on arrival at St. Mary’s at approx. 10:20, entry into church at 10:40 (all times approximate).

We Will Remember Them.

Remembrance Sunday Service

On Sunday 8th November 2015, the first Remembrance Service was held at St. Mary’s Priory Church, Tutbury, following the conservation work on the War Memorial.  The rain arrived and left again before the parade, organised by Pete Steadman, set out; the parade was led by two excellent pipers who always seemed to be in perfect step! 

Wreaths were laid at the Memorial, the Lament played by the pipers and then Rev Pip Short led a moving Remembrance Service in a very full St. Mary’s.  Photos of the day can be seen in a Picasa photo album here.   A big thank you to all who helped make this a special day.

“You will not have my hatred”

Facebook post by Antoine Leiris, whose wife Helene Muyal-Leiris was among the 89 killed in the Bataclan concert hall attack in Paris:

“Friday night, you took an exceptional life - the love of my life, the mother of my son - but you will not have my hatred. I don't know who you are and I don't want to know, you are dead souls. If this God, for whom you kill blindly, made us in his image, every bullet in the body of my wife would have been one more wound in his heart.

So, no, I will not grant you the gift of my hatred. You're asking for it, but responding to hatred with anger is falling victim to the same ignorance that has made you what you are. You want me to be scared, to view my countrymen with mistrust, to sacrifice my liberty for my security. You lost.

I saw her this morning. Finally, after nights and days of waiting. She was just as beautiful as when she left on Friday night, just as beautiful as when I fell hopelessly in love over 12 years ago. Of course I am devastated by this pain, I give you this little victory, but the pain will be short-lived. I know that she will be with us every day and that we will find ourselves again in this paradise of free love to which you have no access.

We are just two, my son and me, but we are stronger than all the armies in the world. I don't have any more time to devote to you, I have to join Melvil who is waking up from his nap. He is barely 17-months-old. He will eat his meals as usual, and then we are going to play as usual, and for his whole life this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free. Because no, you will not have his hatred either.”

Remembrance Sunday Service Collection

We are pleased to be able to tell you that the collection at St. Mary’s Remembrance Service enabled £450 to be sent  to the POPPY APPEAL!

2016 Events

St. Mary’s events for 2016 can now be seen here.  

Easter Services

Good Friday - 2.00pm - Mediation in Church

Easter Sunday - 10.00am Holy Communion

Friends of St. Mary’s AGM
Wednesday 11th May

The evening will consist of a short service followed by a concert with Roger Sharp and the Church Choir being joined by two soloists, Maxine Swords from Hilton and Paul Spencer from Stretton.

We will be delighted to welcome friends from other churches to this part of the evening which will begin at 7pm.

After light refreshments, the AGM itself will follow for member of “The Friends”.

 Tutbury Remembers-  

Wreath Holder Faculty

The Lichfield Diocesan Advisory Committee have "Recommended" our Petition for a Faculty (Church of England planning permission) for the Wreath Holders. There is now a 28 day public consultation period before the Chancellor of the Consistory Court decides whether to grant the Faculty or not.  Details of the Faculty can be found here or the design itself here.

Enquiries & Who’s Who

 Tutbury Remembers-  

Whistle for the Somme and
War memorial Rededication

Friday, 1st July 2016 will be remembered as one of the special days in the history of The Priory Church of St. Mary, Tutbury.

Whistle for the Somme: The day began for some at 7.15 a.m., a bright warm summer’s morning.   The atmosphere was sombre as we gathered around the newly refurbished War Memorial to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and remember the lads from Tutbury who perished there.   

At 7.30 a.m. the three blasts on the whistle were blown as they did 100 years ago to signal the men to go “over the top” – a very poignant moment.   As we looked out over Tutbury beyond the War Memorial it was hard to imagine what they thought might be on their horizon.

War Memorial Rededication: Following a minutes silence the group dispersed, only to assemble again, this time at 11.00 a.m. in the Church, to continue the commemoration and to dedicate the War Memorial following the completion of the work.   

The service was one of remembrance and celebration of the lives of those lads who did not return to Tutbury and who are named on the war memorial.    Jane and Rick Nuth have spearheaded the restoration, together with a committee of dedicated people who have worked so hard to achieve the restoration and to gain a Grade II Listed Building status for the Memorial.    Jane and Rick have written books on the subject and have made contact with many of the families, some of whom joined us at the service.

We would like to thank them for all they have done in making the connections because until now, to us they were names from the war memorial which we hear read on Remembrance Sunday, now we know more about the men, where they lived, what they did before the Great War etc. etc. they have become more real to us.

We were pleased to welcome The Bishop of Stafford, the Right Reverend Geoff Annas, who with our Vicar Reverend Ian, Reverend Pip acting as Bishop’s Chaplain and various members of the congregation led us through a wonderful service.   Our Organist and Choir led the singing – a huge thank you to all involved.   During the service we were led out to the war memorial with military precision for the rededication and laying of wreaths and remembrance crosses.    A wreath of laurel was the first to be laid, as it would have been in days gone by.

After the service we were treated to a lovely buffet and time to for people to meet and talk.

A very successful day, you must agree and many, many congratulations to all involved.

Joycelyn Hickman

Churchyard Tidyup

The articles in the July edition of TVN on the actions to tidy up the churchyard and the idea of considering the possibility of a small car park at St. Mary’s have generated local comment on social media and it is apparent that not everyone has the full facts.  Therefore we have added some more information about the tidy-up, the car park idea and the state of the churchyard - also covered is what it means to ‘buy a plot’ in a churchyard or cemetery.  Read about it here.

 Tutbury Remembers-  

Whistle for the Somme and
War memorial Rededication

Photographs of the Whistle ceremony can be seen here and those of the Rededication Service here