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For those who might not be aware, Ahmed Merabet was the French police officer who was shot and killed by a terrorist when lying on the ground wounded. He was Muslim.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me

—and there was no one left to speak for me

Poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

War Memorial Wreath Holder

Visitors to St. Mary's Priory Church, Tutbury, will have noticed a new structure to the left of the War Memorial - a Wreath Holder.

This is an experiment (funded by a private donation, erected by volunteers) to see what works and what does not.  From the lessons we learn, we will improve what we are doing.

You can read about it here or if you have a comment or query email us at wreath-holder@twmpc.org.uk.


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

WWI Commemoration

First Tutbury Soldier Killed - Christmas Day 1914

William Edgar Priestley, aged 22, of Cornmill Lane, was the first Tutbury soldier to be killed in WWI - shot by a sniper in heavy fighting on Christmas Day.  

The fabled "Christmas Truce" did not apply to most soldiers.

Read about it on the Tutbury Book of Remembrance website.

Mothers Union 2015

The Mothers’ Union Programme is now on the website here

Website “restructuring”

25 Jan - because the website has been getting larger, it has become impractical to show all the pages in one long list.  

All the pages have been grouped under the menu headings at the top of the page.  

If you cannot find the page you want, go to “Can’t Find It?”.  If you are still having trouble or have a comment to make, please email me by clicking here.

The House of Bishops' Letter

On the 17th February 2015, the House of Bishops of the Church of England expressed the hope for political parties to discern "a fresh moral vision of the kind of country we want to be" ahead of the General Election in May of this year.

The letter also encourages church members to engage in the political process ahead of the General Election and to put aside self-interest and vote for 'the common good':

"The privileges of living in a democracy mean that we should use our votes thoughtfully, prayerfully and with the good of others in mind, not just our own interests."

A summary can be read here and the letter can be read here; the summary includes links to introductory statements from the Bishop of Norwich and the Bishop of Leicester.

There has been much adverse comment to the Bishop’s Letter in the press and by politicians - an excellent rebuttal to this comment can be found by the columnist Will Hutton writing in the Observer.

Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. - Philippians 4:8

Palm Sunday Walk!

On Sunday 29th March the annual Palm Sunday Walk will take place again in Tutbury, led again by Harry the Donkey!  Details can be found here and pictures from last year’s very enjoyable walk can be seen here.

Information about all Easter services can be read here.


The volunteers from Sudbury should be starting work in the churchyard shortly, until then the volunteers will continue as they have done during the winter.   

A particular area to be dealt with as a matter of urgency this year is the rubbish dump which has built up at the East End of the Churchyard.   New notices have been put up to try deter people from continuing to use this area and a working party is to be organised to remove dump (see Churchyard page).   

Another Spring Clean inside is also planned.   

Help will be needed for both events and we will let you know the details.

As ever we are grateful to all for your help and support.

Fun Quiz

Fun Quiz on April 17th - read about it here

Elections at St. Mary’s

Elections have been for church posts - the results can be read here

Open Gardens Service - Time Change

31 May: The Open Gardens Service on Sunday 28 June will now take place at 6:30pm, not as originally planned at 6:00pm.  

The doors will be open and there will be someone here if anyone arrives early

Interesting pictures

31 May: A couple of interesting pictures have been added to the website here.

Long (and short) Grass in the Churchyard

30 May: Contrary to what you may have heard, the Sudbury volunteer(s) have NOT started!  Hence the long grass in the north and east sides of the churchyard - we await their arrival.

However, on the south side of the church and around the War Memorial the grass is short and the flower beds weeded thanks to the churchyard volunteers led by Roger Sharp and Shirley & Brian Newton (picture here).

Can you help?  We welcome any help - weeding, edge trimming, litter picking, strimming, mowing - no amount of help is too little - just contact Roger Sharp for more information - you really are needed!

War Memorial Conservation Start Date

11 July: Midland Stonemasonry  (MSM) have advised us that they plan to start the conservation work on the War Memorial at St. Mary's Priory Church, Tutbury, on Monday 3rd August.  It is thought that the work will take 4 weeks, ending on Friday 28th August.

In the last two weeks of July, prior to the conservation work starting, we will be moving the plants from the War Memorial Garden to other parts of the churchyard - a new, smaller, low maintenance War Memorial Garden will be created after the conservation has completed.

If you have any queries or concerns about the work or while the work is taking place please contact Rick or Jane Nuth at info@twmpc.org.uk or 01283 810 166 or the Wardens or Verger at St. Mary's

Vivaldi Concert

25 July: an excellent evening was had by all - pictures to come soon but to start:

Burton and Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths who introduced the evening, pictured with his wife Kate (left), the Rev Ian Whitehead (right) and Church Warden Judith Collison (left but one) details about the concert here (click on this picture for a larger image).