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 The Priory 

Come to the Priory Suite at  St. Mary’s on any Saturday morning for coffee, cake  (home made) and convivial conversation
10 am -12 am

Everybody welcome
just walk in

All proceeds to the Alabaster Arch conservation fund

2016 Events

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


Priory Crafters

Sunday 25th September sees the Priory Crafters selling the results of their labours for the first time at the Tutbury Institute as part of the Farmer’s Market day.  

Come and see (and buy) the results of the Crafters’  work.

All the money will go to the fund for the conservation of the important Norman Alabaster Arch (circa 1160 - the earliest know example in England) in St. Mary’s West Door

The Priory Crafters  meet every Thursday morning in the Priory Suite at St. Mary’s - everyone welcome for craft, chat and tea & coffee.

For further information contact Jane Nuth on 01283 810 166 or jane@nuth.me.uk

Priory Crafters- Success!

Thank you to all who visited the Priory Crafters stall in the Institute at the Farmers market - we had a most successful launch and raised over £80 towards the fund for the conservation of the alabaster arch at St. Mary’s.

The Priory Crafters meet every Thursday morning in the Priory Suite at St. Mary’s - everyone welcome for craft, chat and tea & coffee.

For further information contact Jane Nuth on 01283 810 166 or jane@nuth.me.uk

Hot House Band

Saturday 8th October 2016 7.30pm at St. Mary’s

Young Musicians with an International Reputation
Play Big Band Music with Jazz, Latin and Swing

More information about the concert and tickets here and background about Hot House here

New - Tuesday Opening

From Tuesday 11th October St. Mary’s Priory Church will be open on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm

Everyone welcome – please come in for reflection, contemplation, conversation or just to look around - guide books are free

Church opening times and services are here

Surprise Autumn Lunch

Sunday 6th November - in the Village Hall - 12:00 for 12:15 - £8.50
contact 01283 619 930 or click here for more information