News & Views - September 1983 - Issue 37


Dear Friends,

During the next four weeks both our churches will be holding Gift Days and Harvest Thanksgiving Services. Gift Day at Hartington will be on Saturday, 10th September and the church will be open for prayer and gifts between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The 7.30 p.m., service on the Sunday will be a Thanks— -giving Service, The Gift Service at Biggin will be on Sun- -day, 11th September at 6 p.m., when the Warslow Band will accompany the hymns,

A gift envelope is being sent with each copy of the newsletter and there are extra envelopes in church. These should be brought to church, passed on to a church member or handed to the person who delivers News and Views, the latter, which is celebrating its 5th anniversary, has continued to be distributed free of charge and we have been grateful for the occasional donation towards production costs. If others would like to show their appreciation for the help they receive from the newsletter, please put a little extra in the gift envelope.

Details of harvest services appear on the back page and once again gifts of produce and practical help in decorating the churches will be much appreciated. Harvest sales will be held in the respective schools at 7.33 p.m. on the Mondays following the harvest services. Last year Biggin Church, sent £35.33 and Hartington Church £20.00 to- -wards the Bishop of Derby’s Harvest for the Hungry appeal. Special envelopes for this purpose will again be available in church this year.

Yours sincerely,


Christians Respond, The Archdeacon of Chesterfield and two lay visitors will be coming to Biggin School on Friday, 23rd September at 7,30 p.m. to meet members of both congregations. Church wardens are invited to join him for Evensong in Biggin Church at 6,45 p.m.

The Vicar’s article in Derbyshire Life should have .stated that Hall Bank was referred to as Knockerstone Street in the 1871 census returns.



I cast my vote in favour of closing my church.


I vote to stop missionary activity in this hour of great world need.


I shall find no joy, nor receive the blessing of the Lord.


I shall give something even if, of necessity, mine must be small.


I make it possible for my church to plan in advance and make it easier for myself.


I shall testify to the high value I place upon Christ and the Church in ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of suffering humanity.

(With acknowledgement to the 1982 July issue of the Parish Magazine of St. Thomas with St. Maurice, York).

Hartington’s Devonshire Arms team won by 35 points to 28 against The Baker’s Arms, Buxton in the first leg of the 1st round of the Leek Citizen’s Advice Bureau Pub Quiz. Team members were Heather Bassett, Irene Berry and Alan Ollerenshaw. As runners-up in the competition last year, the Devonshire Arms: team has been awarded the Banks s Trophy. It is hoped that this brand-new trophy will be presented at the second leg of the tie against the taker’s Arms in Buxton on Thursday, 22nd September.

Granada T.V.will be transmitting the episode “Letting the Birds go Free”, made last year at Wolfs cote Grange, in their series “All for Love”, on Sunday, 9th October at 10 p.m.

At the time of the 1861 census, John Oliver, who became Premier of British Columbia, Canada, was living at Church View, Hartington, along with his family in the home of his grandmother, Alice Oliver, and presumably attending The Old Schoolhouse in Church Street.










Children’s Sports Day in Keith Till’s

September                      field, Dig Street, commencing at

approximately 4 p.m.

Winster and Manley Morris / Clog dancers will dance outside the Devonshire Arms at 12 noon, followed by another visit by Fairfield Band at 1 p.m.

J p.m. Fun Fair Service conducted by the Vicar, with Fairfield Band playing for hymn singing.

  • m. Tug of War in village square.
  • m. Family Dance in Village Hall. Hartington Sports at Newhaven.

Donations in memory of John James Brunt amounted to £253 for Hartington Church and £5 for Cancer Research.

Wedding Bells, sound for Ruth Gibson, the Vicar’s daughter, on October 1st,when she is to be married to Richard Crofts, and members of the Editorial Committee send best wishes to the happy couple. Brian Shirley, a member of the original committee in 1978,was married to Susan Sweetmore on the 6th August.

Anyone interested in a “Meet the People tour of New Zealand in early 1986 should contact the Vicar as soon as possible. The Holy Land visit planned for October has been cancelled.

BBC TV is to present a series of 34 worship programmes under the general heading ’Jesus — his life and teaching’ beginning on Sunday, 16th October at 9.15

The Vicar celebrated the 2pth anniversary of his conversion to Christ on July 27th.

liar tin Wibberley returned to Kuwait on September 1st. On his way to England for summer leave, he had visited Jordan and Turkey.

We offer congratulations to those who have been successful in recent examinations and sympathy to those who have had disappointments.

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Mike Bishop, office manager at J, M. Nuttall’s, Hartington, won the Midland Counties Fell Championship at The Wrekin, Shropshire Earlier in the month he had a stimulating experience in Switzerland,


After having a good run in the Snowden Mountain Race, I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to a mountain race in Switzerland,

On August 11th I finished work at lunchtime and drove to Guildford to meet the other members of the team with whom I was to travel. We arrived in Sierre, Switzerland at 12 o’clock the next day, after driving non-stop during the night. Our route had taken us across the English Channel from Dover to Calais, through the Ardennes in Belgium to Luxemburg, crossing the Rhine into Germany and entering Switzerland via Basle, A steady 50-minute run, followed by a swim in an ice-cold lake, brought relief to muscles cramped during the car journey,

Sierre is situated in the main valley known as Valaise, through which the River Rhone flows, surrounded by high mountains on both sides. The course for the race was to climb the 10,000 feet valley side, ascend the main ridge towards the summit of The Weisshorn (15,000 feet), before descending very steeply to the ski resort of Zinal, a total of 18 miles,

Saturday was spent acclimatising to the altitude with a drive and walk up on to the Moray Glacier. The weather was fine and sunny and even amongst the giant ice blocks it was comfortable to walk in just shorts and vest,

Sunday, race day, the weather was cool. The bulk of the 6073 runners start at 5.30 a, m, followed at 8, 30 a.m., by the 1200 elite runners. The initial steep climb was very hard work but I managed to keep in the first 50 runners. Once on to the less steep gradients I started to enjoy the race with glorious views across the snowy Alps, Spectators on the accessible parts of the course were a big boost to tired limbs and refreshments of sweet tea and fruit juice were readily accepted. With just over 2 miles to go I was told that I was in 20th position. A reckless descent to the finish and a spurt against a Swiss competitor and I was pleased with my final position of 17th in a time of 2 hours 51 minutes.

The after-race hospitality was second to none, with all the food and drink I could manage.

On Monday we used a ski lift to go high into the mountains for a relaxing day walking, seeing many postcard views of the Alps and a small herd of chamois performing acrobatics over the rocks.

Tuesday morning and the return journey came far too quickly. I left hoping I’d be able to return again next year to once more run La Course des Cinq 4000, wondering if Hide Lane, Hall Bank and Sheen Hill would ever look steep again!!


You will have heard of the London Marathon and our own Vicar’s long walks on the Limey Way. On Sunday, 31st July I took, part in a sponsored walk. Although it was only a gentle stroll in the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, to some taking part it was as much of a challenge as the more well-known walks. We were all “hippies” – not the hippies you read about in the press, but those who had undergone hip replacement surgery.

In gratitude for the freedom from severe pain and the new lease of life these operations have given us, we were all determined to do our best and raise as much money as possible for research into the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism. I would like to say a big “Thank you” to everyone who sponsored me, my total being £67.00. I believe the amount raised by the 32 walkers was £1100.31.                  Reg Prince(Biggin)

Biggin Organ Fund now stands at £63.11. The first donation of £6.13 came from a “roping” at a wedding by Carol Coates and Sandra Currington. The Open Day at the Woodscroft Museum of Rural Life realised £45.67, there has been an anonymous donation of £1.00, and £10.31 has so far been placed in the collecting box at the Newhaven Hotels

Proceeds for Biggin Church general funds from the Sponsored Walk have now reached £320,74 from the Country and Western £203.23.



  1. You shall enjoy this lovely world which God has made; sun, moon, stars, fields, flowers, wind, warmth and rain; earth, sea and sky.
  2. You shall enjoy the gift of love from parents, sweet- —heart, wife; the love which goes on loving when you are most unlovely.
  3. You shall enjoy home; where you do not visit, but belong; where your absence means a gap which no one else can fill,
  4. You shall enjoy the trustfulness of little children, and their adoring belief that there is nothing you do not know and nothing you cannot do.
  5. You shall enjoy friends; their loyalty and fellowsh­ip; their constancy in sorrow, and their unprotesting acceptance of your timely help.
  6. You shall enjoy wholesome laughter, the ludicrous incident, and the side-splitting joke.
  7. You shall enjoy art, music, the cinema; literature, eloquence, animals; singing rhythm and games.
  8. You shall enjoy the privilege of helping others; the poor, the sick, the aged, the maimed.
  9. You shall enjoy peace; this peace shall rot attach only to your circumstances; it shall abide in your heart.
  10. You shall enjoy God; the knowledge that He is there; and that He is love; that He cares for all.

The Hartington Church Family Service and Picnic was held on one of the hottest days of a very hot summer. John Lowe played his guitar and taught us a new song, ably assisted by Hannah and Mark, whilst the Leslie family gave a dramatised reading of Jonah and the Lord. At the picnic in Beresford Dale, the energetic ones indulged in skittles and cricket and the children who stayed until the end had the bonus of donkey rides on Smokey. The next Family Service will be on September 11th at 13 a.m.


Storytime resumes in Biggin School on Tuesday, 6th September at 2 p.m., whilst Wednesday Break recommences in Hartington School Hall on Wednesday, 7th September from 2 to 3 p.m. New Mums and little ones will be made welcome.

During Gift Day at Hartington Church, the Oddfellows Club will hold their annual service at 2 p.m. The Warslow Band will play at this service and at the Blessing of the Well- -dressing at approximately 2.45 p.m. The Band will also play on the following day, Sunday, September 11th at 6 p.m. in Biggin Church for the Gift Service.

The Fairfield Band will play at the Fun Fair Service in Grindey’s Field, Mill Lane on Sunday, 11th September at 3 p.m. Dressmaking Classes commence on Tuesday evenings from September 23th at 7.30 p.m. in Biggin School.

The Fellowship Group meets at the Vicarage on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Details on the noticeboard by the church gate.