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July-Dec 2014

Dates for your diary

As well as the dates in the News in the Pews, here are a few more distant dates for you to note:



15 August

Tutbury Day service - 7pm

16 August

Pimms at 6pm followed by a concert at 7pm - details here

17 August

Songs of Praise at 6pm

04 October

Concert by "Friday voice" and "Chorus Amici"

19 December

Christmas concert by "Friday Voices"

Churchyard Maintenance - An Appeal to ALL Parishioners

We are urgently appealing for people to help in the churchyard - see HELP for details

Flower Festival/Open Gardens

Tues 8 July: provisional figures show that Open Gardens has raised £2,778 and the Flower Festival £1,285 - some £4064 in total.  

More details on the Open Gardens page.  Photos of the children’s contribution to the Flower Festival are here.

MONDAY 4TH AUGUST 2014 - ‘Lights Out’ Was Held

The Commemoration of the Centenary of World War One began in Tutbury at St. Mary’s Priory Church at 10pm on Monday August 4th with a “Lights Out” service marking 100 years since the start of the war.

Over 150 people from Tutbury, Anslow, Rolleston, Hanbury and other nearby villages were joined by friends from as far as  Swadlincote and even Leicestershire for the service, summoned by the sound of half-muffled bells.

The Service, led by the Rev Ian Whitehead with Roger Sharp at the organ, began with the Last Post.  Hymns were led by the choir with John Sneyd providing scripture readings throughout the service.  War poems by Wilfred Owen (1914), Isaac Rosenberg (On Receiving the News of War), Rose Macaulay (Many Sisters to Many Brothers) and W W Gibbon (The Messages) were read by Shirley Newton (from the choir), Jane Nuth, Janice Atterbury and Rosemary Tunstall (the Verger).

At four points during the service the lights were gradually extinguished, accompanied by periods of silent reflection, until at 11pm the only light remaining in the church was the candle in the Lady Chapel where the war dead are commemorated.

The congregation then left in silence.

"Tutbury Day" Weekend

8 August: on Friday August 15th we celebrate

Tutbury Day

the anniversary of the consecration of the church.  As this is the 925th anniversary, we are celebrating on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  

During all three days the church will be open from 10am with a number of exhibitions on display and videos (see the poster).

In addition on

Roger - 730 820

Joycelyn - 619 930

Flower Festival DVD

17 August: There is now a DVD available of the Flower Festival lasting approximately 10 minutes, excellently narrated by Rev Ian Whitehead and produced by Pollywood Productions.

It is available at price £5, all proceeds to St. Mary's Church.

Contact Jane Nuth on 810 166 or jane@nuth.me.uk


13 September: read about Tutbury in Bloom been awarded GOLD at the Heart of England In Bloom 2014 awards ceremony in Shrewsbury on 11th September!

We also won the Quadron Heart of England in Bloom Grounds Maintenance Award for volunteers who look after the closed churchyard, specifically the the War Memorial Garden.

All details now on the Tutbury in Bloom website - www.tutburyinbloom.org.uk  

Closed Churchyard/War Memorial Garden Award

14 September: There are now some photos of the presentation of the Heart of England in Bloom Quardon Grounds Maintenance Award to Roger Sharp and some of the volunteers on the Tutbury in Bloom website.

There is also information and a photo of Paul Steed (ESBC) who received a special award - Paul has been a great help to Tutbury in Bloom - read about the award here.  

Thought for the Week (or until the next one)

2 October:

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody

This is a little story about four people named
Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and
Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.

Everybody thought that Anybody could do it,
but Nobody realized that
Everybody wouldn't do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody
when Nobody did what Anybody could have done

Remembrance Day Service and Parade 2014

In this the Centenary Year of the start of WWI, the Remembrance Day Service in Tutbury will take place on Sunday 9th November.

The parade will gather at the village hall at 9:45, leaving at 10:00.  The parade will go down Monk Street, up High Street, Duke Street, into Castle Street and on to the church. 

The parade will then assemble at the War Memorial for prayers and laying of wreaths before entering the Church for the service, which will start at 10:45.  There will be a two minute silence at 11:00.

Pictures of the 2013 parade can be found here.

Remembrance Day Web Page

Following the beautiful Remembrance Day Service and Parade on Sunday,a web page has been added about the day including photographs - it can be found here.

Fauld Remembrance

70th Anniversary of the Fauld Explosion

A Service to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Fauld Explosion

will be held at

St. Werburgh's Church, Hanbury

at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 27th November

Christmas Services

Details of this year's Christmas Service can be found here and pictures of St. Mary's Christmas decorations can be found here

Wreath Holder

An experimental holder for Remembrance Wreaths has been created at St. Mary's - read about it at www.twmpc.org.uk