Thursday, 21 September 2017


We need your help....
It's going to be all change at our Stay and Play groups, at the end of this year, our play leader Donna is leaving for pastures new which will mean that we need volunteers to help keep the groups going. This is where you come in...
Can you spare an hour or two a week, or know someone who could? Please spread the work (and this email) so that we can get the word out.

For more details, contact:

Staveley Area Toy Library
Tel: 0770 7547950

We're looking for people to help out at our Stay and Play groups to their parents/carers a place to meet old and new friends. give children the opportunity to play, learn and have fun, and give same time, benefit you! 
You have skills and talents that can benefit others and at the the opportunity to: Whether you can spare 1, 2 or even 5 hours a week, we can offer you - Learn new skills - Share a particular skill or professional expertise - Access training - Meet new people and make new friends We know that volunteering means work and commitment, BUT, we also hope it will mean fun for you too!  

Tuesday, 19 September 2017


Christians Together for Chesterfield

Open Forum Meeting

Tuesday 26th September 7.30pm

Cornerstone at Central Methodist Church

Please make sure your church is represented


Wednesday 18th October 2017

7 – 8.30pm

St Thomas’s Centre
                                                    Chatsworth Road
   S40 3AW

What is modern slavery and human trafficking?
What is the scale of it abroad and here in the UK?
What is the response of the British Government and The Medaille Trust?
What can you do to help?

T Medaille Trust, is a charity which offers safe housing to women, men and children victims of modern slavery and human trafficking, will be delivering a presentation and fiilms about the modern slave trade and human trafficking.
 For further details, contact Sheena Field

Monday, 18 September 2017



Advance Notification of A Study Day
for Preachers and Leaders of Worship 

The study day will be led by The Rev Dr Kate Bruce Deputy Warden,
  Tutor in Homiletics and CODEC Research Fellow in Preaching, Cranmer College, Durham

On Saturday 27 January 2018 at Whittington Moor Methodist Church, Chesterfield 

Details of the day remain to be agreed with Dr Bruce, but the invitation was inspired a review of her recent book, Igniting the Heart: Preaching and Imagination:

“It has been said that the day of the sermon is over. Kate Bruce argues that the day of the poorly conceived, ill prepared, dull, disconnected, boring, irrelevant, authoritarian, yawn-inducing, patronizing, pontificating, pointless and badly delivered sermon, is indeed over. Imagination can help to engage the hearer in a sermon which seeks to evoke rather than to inform.”

Wednesday, 13 September 2017


 Feeling stressed?  

Need to relax and unwind?

 come along to our FREE

Time 4 U Café Event

Lots of people will be on hand to help you keep healthy in body and mind
 whoever you are, whatever your age!
Beauty treatments by qualified beauticians.
Cook and eat sessions
Lunch and Refreshments
Relaxation sessions
Shabby Chic crafting
Seated exercise sessions
Information and Advice about benefits, debt, healthy lifestyles and lots more! 
IT’S ALL FREE! Absolutely No Catch! 
All we ask is that you come and enjoy what’s on offer and chat with people on the stalls 
At Staveley Methodist Church,Chesterfield Rd, Staveley S43 3XD 
Thursday 28 September 2017 11.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. 

Please arrive early to book the beauty treatments 
This project is carried out in conjunction with DCC, CBC and other partner agencies 


I wanted to bring to your attention the fact that our Foodbank Project Manager, Ian Birchmore is retiring from working for the foodbank. Ian has worked tirelessly, and served us extremely well and there will be an opportunity to thank Ian for all his work at a future event. We are now however looking for someone to replace Ian as a paid foodbank Project Manager and we need your help.

If you, or someone you know, might be interested and wants to know more please contact myself (Tim Rourke) on 07853 167061 or email me

Foodbank Project Manager

Job Description
Responsible to: Foodbank Project Trustees Responsible for: Directing and managing the Chesterfield Foodbank

Salary: £1025 per month (Including annual cost of living increase each year) Based on three-day week, flexible to fit duties Permanent after 6 months probation period

Overall responsibility of the job:  To lead a team of volunteers to ensure that all areas of the foodbank centres for Chesterfield Foodbank are run efficiently and to a high standard, in accordance with The Trussell Trust franchise model and statutory requirements.

Key dates for the Interview Process Job Descriptions and Application Forms available from 13th Sept 2017

Final Application Date : Sunday 1st October

Shortlisting : Week beginning Monday 2nd October Interviews : Thursday 12th October

Monday, 11 September 2017


Yes it is that time of year again when New Life Church put on their free BBQ in the grounds of the crooked spire 12 noon - 3pm.  This year is bigger and better than ever. Just a few highlights:

  • Free lunch - we'll be cooking around 1,000 burgers and sausages served in a bread cob with or without onions & cheese, your choice of sauce and a cold drink.
  • Tables and chairs set out for you to relax while you eat your lunch and listen to the live music.
  • Richard from Jugalubs will be there to teach you some circus skills.
  • Marvellous Martyn will do some illusions for the children.
  • Craft activities and colouring for the children
  • Glitter tattoos (you know you want one.)
  • Books and leaflets and an opportunity to sign up for Alpha
  • Everything is free - it won't cost you a penny for lunch and an afternoon's entertainment for all the family.
Please come along and bring your friends and neighbours and get in there before he does!


A brand new innovation to the UK, The Compassion Experience offers you the chance to visit another world without leaving your own. See with your own eyes how sponsorship transforms lives through this interactive, mobile experience; visiting churches, schools, and other venues across the country.
The Compassion Experience is housed in a Compassion-branded truck. When deployed the structure allows guests to take an immersive tour through replicas of the homes, environments and stories of two children who have been a part of Compassion’s programme. Though the use of an iPod and headphones guests have the opportunity to hear from Sameson or Shamin, who share first-hand what daily life was like growing up in extreme poverty.
As you enter the Experience, you’ll be instantly transported to Uganda and Ethiopia— visiting homes, markets and schools as you experience sights, sounds, and events from the lives of Sameson or Shamin. Witness with your own eyes the impact one caring sponsor can have.
Each tour takes approximately 20 minutes and guests are welcome to experience one or both stories.
Through the experience visitors will witness the help, new life and hope that transforms a child’s life when Compassion is able to help through the generosity of a personal sponsor. At the end of the tour, guests enter a room where they can view photos and information about children of all ages who are waiting for sponsors.
The Experience is a free, family friendly event which gives you a tangible way to share the realities of daily poverty with your own children, family, friends and community.
Hosted by Redeemer King Church at Outwood Academy, Highfield Road, Chesterfield
Sat Sept 30th 1 pm -  6 pm   &  Sun Oct 1st 12 pm - 4 pm
Hosted by Christian Life Church, Vanguard Trading Estate, Britannia Road, Chesterfield
Fri Nov 10th 5.30 pm - 7.15 pm
Sat Nov 11th 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm   &  3.45 pm - 6 pm
Sun 12th Nov 10.30 pm - 2.30 pm  &  4 pm - 6 pm

Wednesday, 6 September 2017


Hi Paul,
Could you circulate this to members of the Christian Together Community

A young couple moving into their own home urgently needs:
1- a wardrobe
2- at least 4 dining chairs
3-and a washing machine

If you have any of these, please email Alexis or ring on 07707158992

Thank you 
Alexis S Diouf

Tuesday, 5 September 2017


Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning 

Saturday 30th Sept

10am to 1pm 

Spire Funeral Services

95 Derby Road Chesterfield S40 2ER
Call 01246 221555 or email


Ragged School Chapel
Markham Road
Harvest Celebrations

Saturday 30th September 7.30pm

“An evening with
Moody & Sankey”

Staveley & District Churches united Choir
Collection in aid of ‘Romanian Rescue & Hope for Life Ministries Safe House’
Followed by refreshments

Sunday 1st October
6.30pm Harvest Service
Speaker – Jim Titterton

Thursday, 31 August 2017


Men's Breakfast - Saturday, 16 September Central  Methodist Church

All are warmly invited to come to the first breakfast of the new year on Saturday, 16 September to share food and fellowship. Our speaker will be Rev Paul King who will help us explore 'For and Against - Inter Faith'. Cooked breakfast will be available from 8.30 am and we aim to finish by 10.00 am. 
If you are hoping to come, it would be helpful, but not essential, if you could let Brian Offiler (01246 234707) know to assist with estimating catering quantities.

Thursday, 24 August 2017


 Yep….we gottta van, through the genorosity of Chesterfield people. We also find ourselves being filmed, on air and being seen in the community.

Well, whether its raining or sunny, the school holidays are here and families are struggling to feed their children when there are no school meals or breakfast clubs. Although we couldn’t do a Summer Supermarket Collection this year we still have plenty for people in crisis to eat and toletries to keep clean. We, are blessed, but we see the poverty people have to live in here and around the world. Our social benefits and health system may be creaking but it’s still there.

If you’ve been involved in any way in helping the Chesterfield Foodbank give yourselves a pat on the back, you have made a difference. Enjoy this holiday season.
Read on and enjoy…
God bless
Ian Birchmore – Project Manager
For more Trussell Trust information and latest News see

That VAN ! As you probably know Chesterfield Foodbank has been saving up for a small van to carry all our food and toiletries from donor to client. It was worked out, that between three volunteers’ cars we shifted 47 tons in the last year alone. Having been going now for four years, our dropping off points, and distribution centres, have been a nightmare to service. With our new vehicle we can take larger loads in one go, saving us time and money.

Back in June we had £4,000 in the van fund raised by individuals and churches. After an article in S40 magazine we had a phone call from a gentleman called Dermot who introduced us to ASJ Drummond Car Sales Ltd off Chatsworth Road. We saw on the Friday, a Ford Transit Connect 1.8 4dr Diesel, which was £5,995 + vat, 2013 reg with just less than 33,000 on the clock in good condition. Although £200 was offered off the price we couldn’t afford to purchase it and we said we would leave it a week to pray and wait for the rest of the money.

The next Tuesday Dermot ran and said he would make up the difference including the VAT, plus Staveley Rotary (thanks to our friend and volunteer Keith), Chesterfield General Charitable Fund and Loundsley Green Church donated enough to cover the Insurance, Road Tax and fuel for the next few months! As you can see it’s amazing what one foodbank delivery can be, for one week. Next we will be signing the outside of the van so that you will see us around Chesterfield with a more noticeable profile ( give us a wave).

Thanks to everyone who prayed and donated towards the cost. God is good! Further help We continue to receive gifts to help our running costs of £20,000 a year through various individuals and organisations. If we haven’t mentioned you here we do so appreciate your gifts. Sometimes we receive offers of fresh or frozen food, which if in small quantities we can use within days. As we don’t have the storage facilities or license, large quantities have to be passed on to those who can cook it or store it.

 Trussell Trust Real Story “Without the foodbank, I don’t think I would be here today.” Having worked in the police force for six years, followed by 12-years in the Royal Military Police, Richard, 49, from New Milton, had always considered himself fit and healthy. However, this all changed when a chest infection quickly developed into a heart condition and he suffered two major strokes, followed by 19 mini strokes, leaving him unable to work. Richard’s situation deteriorated further when he separated from his wife and moved out of their family home, where, unfortunately due to this change of address his Employment Support Allowance (ESA) was delayed. As a result of his serious heart condition Richard needs 35 tablets a day, but the cost of travelling to collect his prescriptions left him without enough money for food, and his local Citizens Advice Bureau referred him to the foodbank.

Although Richard admits he never expected to be in this situation, on arrival he was put at ease straight away. “The volunteers were fantastic, offering a chat and a shoulder to cry on. I suffer from depression as well and without the foodbank I don’t think I would be here today,” he said. Richard looks forward to seeing his 10-year-old daughter every weekend but admits he has skipped meals on a few occasions so she can eat.

He explains: “It’s a really bad situation that people have to decide whether they can feed themselves, feed their children or put the heating on. At the moment things are still tough for Richard. He’s on the waiting list for a heart transplant and will be on medication for the rest of his life, but he’s grateful that the foodbank is available if he ever needs some extra help. See more stories at


Having been asked to justify our existence to a local authority, we discovered that over the last four years up till 31st July 2017 Chesterfield Foodbank have fed 8,785 individuals, out of this 2,614 children. 72,863.2 kgs of food/toiletries have been distributed…WOW!


We are so grateful to all the people of Chesterfield who have continued to be generous in donating food and toiletries and helped financially keep us afloat. We are also supplying ladies sanitary products as well as nappies for babies when we have them in stock. Longlife Juice and Milk are always the shortest items in stock, and need replenishing on a regular basis.   Our friend Keith Higginbotham, Chris Bally and the churches of Staveley regularly keep our stocks from going down to nothing.

Tesco National Summer Food collection 

Unfortunately Tesco are no longer able to offer a Summer collection for us because of financial pressures. BUT! We requested a two day spot to raise funds at the end of June beginning of July. Volunteers armed with collecting buckets stood for eight hours at the Tesco Metro in The Pavements on Friday 30th May, Saturday 1st June and Saturday 29th June in the Tesco Extra at Lockoford Lane. We raised just over £700 between the three days contributing towards our running costs. It looks like there will be a National Food Collection in December.

Hogroast at The Manor

Our thanks go to Craig and his team at The Manor Brampton for allowing us to collect donations from his customers at their annual Hogroast. Whilst people drank, ate and watched the various bands from 2:00 till 11:00pm two volunteers went around the crowd with buckets and raised so far £168. I say so far, one of the buckets with a small amount of money seems to have gone walk about. Cutthorpe Carnival It was great to be asked with other charities to be at this wonderful fun day at Cutthorpe with car and dog show and other activities. We met people who wanted to know a bit more about what we did in the Foodbanks plus accepted contributions.

Shop Pay and Give

Chesterfield Foodbank was accepted by the Coop Local Community Fund. The Coop gives 1% of everything their members spend on Co-op branded products and services to a local cause they choose – and you’ll be able to choose your cause from 9 April to 7 October 2017. Oh and you get 5% to spend back in store. The more Coop members that choose our cause the more money we’ll get, please register and go on line to help us.


 As you may know we have a member of this valuable organisation in our Tuesday Foodbank at The Compass and Friday at Loundsley Green Foodbank. Bridget, a long serving and knowledgeable member of CAB has been a welcome and valued member of our volunteer teams and has been surprised herself at the response from clients and their various needs. In fact she has managed to get many people on benefits that they didn’t realize they were entitled to, helping them back on their feet again. Using the CAB Service's unique information system they can give our clients, free, confidential, impartial and independent advice and information on a wide range of subjects. Benefits Consumer Debt and Money Advice Employment Energy Efficiency Health & Disability Housing Immigration Further info can be found at Trussell Trust

Chesterfield Foodbank was started with the working principles of Trussell Trust. This charity has now been going for twenty years and achieved the status of the largest group of foodbanks in the UK. Eggs As well as Charlie's Chooks, part of Peak Pure Ltd we have received donations of surplus eggs from a lady in Holymoorside who drops them (not literally) into one of our distribution sites. A big thankyou from all our clients for these healthy products. New Number, same Charity Up till now we have been operating under the umbrella charity status of ‘Order Of The Black Sheep’, who decided to start the Chesterfield Foodbank five years ago. It was decided after four years working that we should have our own charity, still called Chesterfield Foodbank, but with its own number.

We await The Charities Commission to award us the new number sometime at the end of August. Oh, and there are new Trustees, Nicolla Fletcher, Rev Daniel Cook, Simon Redding, Jan Watson, Yvonne Birchmore under the Chair of Cpt. Tim Rourke.


In the month of August Peakfm will be running a campaign for the Foodbanks. Peak FM and their nextdoor neighbours, Field and Civil Engineering, want their listeners to donate food items/toiletries that will be made up into parcels by the Chesterfield Foodbank volunteers. From Monday 7th August 2017 listeners can take food and toiletry items down to Field and Civil Engineering (who are next door to Peak FM) and they will be delivered to the Chesterfield Foodbank by Peak FM presenters to help support families in our area who need a hand up, not a hand out.


Of course you know it takes £20,000 a year to run the foodbanks here in Chesterfield? To help with the ongoing running costs of the foodbanks we are always ready to accept financial donations, however large or small and by Gift Aiding we can recoup the tax to add to it. Forms are available and can be posted or emailed out. Anyone willing to be sponsored to raise funds for the foodbank, whether it’s running a marathon or pushing a supermarket trolley or even knitting scarves, we would back them with publicity and promotional material. Our on line giving is being overhauled at present on the website, but when up and running it will be an extra location through which to give. We thank those of you who donate on a monthly basis through standing order as this helps us know we have a regular donation. If you are able to help then please contact Ian on 07984 589456 or and he will arrange for direct debit information to be forwarded. If you wish to leave a legacy in your will please consult a solicitor. Thank you!

Going the extra… We thank all our amazing Chesterfield Foodbank Volunteers who have put extra time in at weekends to raise money for us. Whether it’s at the carnival, hogroast or money collections, we re so blessed by your extra effort and time given up towards the cause. End Hunger UK Chesterfield Foodbank supports this national initiative to make more awareness of poverty in the UK, for more see: Promoting us Local media including the Derbyshire Times have websites and email addresses to allow the public to express their thanks/opinions which usually get published. All it takes is a few seconds! Please avoid criticism or remarks that may damage our reputation.

Remember: permission must be given by the Project Manager before publishing anything in the name of the Chesterfield Foodbank.

Why not join us on Facebook 

Why not leave a comment on the Facebook page to get others thinking? If you would like a speaker in your church, school or other organisation please contact us in plenty of time to fit it into our diary. Contact: Ian Birchmore – Project Manager 07984 589456 Website:

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


There's a great opportunity to hear music students from The University of Sheffield perform at Chesterfield Parish Church next week.
Two pianists and a harpist will be bringing a programme which includes works by Mozart, Beethoven and John Adams.
The recital takes place on Thursday 3rd August, starting at 7.30pm. Entry is free with a retiring collection taking place. All are welcome.

Thursday, 20 July 2017


The Derbyshire Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Service are in need of some bedroom furniture for a 10 yr old boy.  Please contact Leslie Smith on 01246 540464 if you can offer anything that might be helpful.
Many thanks

Monday, 17 July 2017


You may know of someone who would be interested in attending our dementia friendly films at the Pomegranate Theatre.  These film screenings are for people with dementia or memory challenges and their carers/friends/family.  Please pass on to anyone who may be interested.
We had our first film screening in June and nearly 100 people attended.  Which was brilliant.
Best wishes

 Wendy Blunt
Health and Wellbeing Officer

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Calamity Jane Wed 13th September 2017 

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                                                                  It’s A Wonderful Life Thurs 9th November 2017 

Doors open 1pm. Films start at 1.30pm. Finish 4pm. 
Make friends over tea & cake. Fun activities, chat & reminiscence. 
Where: Pomegranate Theatre, Corporation St, Chesterfield S41 7TX 
Cost: £3 (includes tea and cake). 
Customers with dementia may bring one carer, family member or friend for free. 
Box Office: 01246 345 222 

This event is wheelchair accessible. Spaces are limited, please book in advance. 

If you have transport needs, please call us in advance. Some financial support is available for use with local community transport schemes. 

For further information, visit

Tuesday, 11 July 2017


On the weekend 15th and 16th July we are celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of our church. Yes, it's 2 years since our re-launch back in 2015. How time flies!

On Saturday 15th July at 7pm I am doing a free concert. Don't miss this. It may be your last chance to see me perform my music live! 

Please join us and help us celebrate keeping Hasland Baptist alive and running!

John Pickering


Please note there will be no monthly Food Market at St Thomas' in August.



Chesterfield Parish Church
A commemorative stone marking the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Chesterfield was dedicated outside Chesterfield Parish Church this morning.
The Battle of Chesterfield was fought during the Second Barons' War- a three-year civil war between the forces of a number of barons, led by Simon de Montfort, against Royalist forces led by Prince Edward (later Edward I of England), in the name of Henry III.
The memorial was organised by Chesterfield 750.
Along with the dedication of the stone, a refurbished gas light was blessed. The lamp was manufactured in 1824 and originally stood in the market square. It was relocated to the churchyard in the 1970s and has been recently converted to house LEDs.

Monday, 10 July 2017


...and very nice cake it is too!

Chesterfield Parish Church
Tomorrow marks one year since The Spire by Stephensons opened in the Saints Parish Centre at Chesterfield Parish Church.
Run by the church's official hospitality partner, Stephensons Tea & Coffee House, this award-winning coffee shop has gone from strength to strength over the last year.
To celebrate, the coffee shop team are giving away free cake with every drink bought this week. The coffee shop is open from 8.30am until 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017


Dear friends,
Central Methodist Church has been rambling on first Saturdays in the month for ages.     Next month I offer an ecumenical invitation.

I am leading the walk on Saturday August 5th, which is on Froggatt, Curbar and White Edges and, if desired, with a loop into Longshaw.  There are 3 options – 3, 6 or 9 miles, all beginning at Hay Wood NT carpark (not far from the Grouse Inn on the A625), with the short walk finishing at Curbar Gap, the 6-miler coming back to Hay Wood and the 9 miler also.

We meet in the carpark of Central Methodists at 9.15, or at 9.45 in Hay Wood carpark, where there is a charge for non-NT members.  Anyone walking only to Curbar Gap will need transport home from there.   BYO coffee pause at Curbar Gap.  BYO lunch near the Grouse.  Ice cream at Longshaw.

Want to come?  Want more details?   Ring 270936 or email  

Paul King


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Chesterfield Parish Church is looking forward to hosting Sounds of Splendour
which features theHoney Belles choir, on Saturday 8th July.

Tickets are on sale at Chesterfield Parish Church's gift shop.


Thursday, 29 June 2017


Urgent! - If you would like a code for your church to get 10% discount on tickets ordered by 1st July contact me at


Heaven on Earth: a unique, live arena spectacular not to be missed! 
The musical journeys back to the very beginning of time. It is a classic re-telling of the well-known story of Adam and Eve, and their tragic fall from Paradise.  Heaven on Earth is an exhilarating story of love, loss, and redemption, and an exploration of the universal search for the meaning of life. This brand new musical, and its original emotive songs, will resonate with people of all ages and backgrounds, and stay with the audience long after they view this thrilling and visual treat of a production. 
Brought to you by Eden International Productions with writer Sara Jeffs; Director & Choreographer: Racky Plews - American Idiot (West End and Tour), Footloose (West End and Tour), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tour); Set Designer: Jacqueline Pyle - Robbie Williams (Take The Crown Tour), Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremony (UK), Take That (Progress Live Tour); and Arranger: Geoff Alexander - Harry PotterNotting Hill, Conductor for Gravity
The cast are Kerry Ellis Broadway & West End in Wicked), Hugh Maynard (JC Superstar, Miss Saigon, and featuring Russell Watson as the voice of God.

(I went to see a preview of some of the songs last week and believe me this is going to be amazing.  I would book your tickets early and plan to take a non Christian friend.  The truth of the gospel is powerfully portrayed in this performance.  Jacky Kendrew)

Details of venues and dates and ticket booking:

And a sneaky preview here:

Not recommended for children under 8 years (unless with parental discretion)