Wednesday, 30 September 2015


I am a member of Rose Choir that meets on a Thursday evening 7.30pm at Chesterfield Studios, Rose Hill. We are a very friendly choir singing all different genres of music and no audition is required.
We are always looking for new members (especially men). Having sung in a church choir myself, I know that a lot of people love singing in church.
I wondered if you could advertise the choir for us, and encourage people to join.  Singing is so good for the soul!

Many thanks   Sarah Menzies

Thursday, 24 September 2015


Just a few tickets left for the ecumenical Pea and Pie Harvest Supper (cafĂ©-worship style) with a short talk on women’s ministry in the Church of North India as a taster for the CNI visit next year – Thursday October 1st at Central Methodist Church, Saltergate, Chesterfield.
Snap up one or two from me at £5 each by email or phone on 01246 270936. Fast! Or you’ll be too late.
Paul King

Wednesday, 23 September 2015


Captive is based on this inspiring true story...

In March 2005, Ashley Smith made headlines around the globe when she talked her way out of the

hands of Brian Nichols, after he took her hostage for seven hours in her home.

Like her captor, Ashley experienced self-destructive darkness and distress – in her case, after she

watched her first husband being murdered. In her despair she turned to drugs. ‘Instead of… facing my feelings,’ she says, ‘I took drugs so I didn’t have to feel.’ As a result, she lost custody of her

then three-year-old daughter and was jailed several times for drink-driving, shoplifting and drugs.

‘I had been there at the bottom with no hope. Feeling dead in my heart, dead in my spirit, just dead.’

Ashley Smith

Yet even during her most desolate times, she yearned for something better, seeking a new life.

Then Brian Nichols took her hostage. He was facing trial for rape at the Fulton County courthouse

in Atlanta, Georgia, but he had overcome his guard and grabbed her gun. He then killed the judge

and other court officials before escaping on foot.

Through the long dark hours of the night, while Brian held Ashley hostage, she read to him excerpts

from The Purpose Driven Life and The Bible, which provided a message of hope for two broken


‘The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose’.
The Purpose Driven Life

When Brian pointed his gun to her head, Ashley cried out, ‘My name is Ashley Smith, I’m a mother.’

Despite her weaknesses and failings, she knew that her life had purpose and meaning because she
was a mum. As they talked together, Brian revealed that he also had a child, whom he had not yet
seen. ‘I’m never going to be able to raise him’, he said. ‘I’m going to prison for the rest of my life.’
As the night wore on, Brian told his story to Ashley. He spoke of his seven-year relationship with a
girlfriend. He told of his sense of betrayal when she started a relationship with another man, and
how she then accused him of rape – the charge he was facing in court that day. 
As an unusual bond developed between these two parents, both separated from their child, Brian
asked her to read to him from the book on her table. ‘If you want to know why you were placed on
this planet you must begin with God,’ she read from The Purpose Driven Life. ‘He shaped you for a
purpose, and he expects you to make the most of what you have been given.’........

The Purpose Driven Life contains quotations from The Bible, which Ashley also read to Brian
through her night of captivity. She encouraged him to see that it was possible for his life to be
turned around. She said to him, ‘One thing that helps me sometimes is this verse, “I can do all
things through Christ who strengthens me”.’.........

Reflecting back on the events of that night, Ashley says, ‘God had something for me to do, and
I was doing it. I was telling Brian what he needed to hear, trying to help him quit hurting people
and turn himself in.’

If God only used perfect people, nothing would get done because
none of us are perfect.’    (Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life)

Tuesday, 22 September 2015


Comings & Goings

Thank you to all those who joined us on Sunday 6 September to wish Ben Martin all the best in his new job and a very BIG thank you for helping to start up Chesterfield Foodbank from nothing to where we are today. Ben was presented with leaving presents and cards plus Tim, our chair, made him a special 57varieties cake so he doesn’t forget the pallets of beans that we have.
 Both Ben and the management team have seen a growth in Chesterfield feeding over 4,000 people in the last two years making it the largest in the county. A new move into our new warehouse and moving tons of food from the Tesco collection, read on…

For more Trussell Trust information and latest News see:

.Introducing our new Project Manager
The Management Team made the decision at the last meeting in August to appoint Ian Birchmore
as our new Project Manager to take us forward into the new year. Ian has been on the management team since its inception in 2012 when it was first discussed to start a foodbank. Ian became the team secretary producing the meeting minutes, writing and publishing the newsletter, promoting the foodbank as well as physically moving food about.

As our current funding only reaches till next March Ian is on a 6 month contract with a remit to help raise more funds as required.  Ian is married to Yvonne who is the Foodbank Coordinator for the
Loundsley Green distribution centre.  Please support Ian in any way you can, especially in promoting us and helping us raise the funds required to keep going and meet people’s needs.

'Summer Signposting

Ben ran a 'Summer Signposting' course back in July for the distribution managers to bring a much more specific, knowledgeable and confident signposting service into our centres.  As our agency base gets bigger so we need to be able to direct our clients to the correct ones so it continues to be more ‘A Hand Up – Not A Hand Out’ so that people who come will be more self supporting and less
dependent on others.

Thank you guys!

We surpassed our planned three days 3rd, 4th & 5th September in getting over 9 tons of food and
materials from the old warehouse in the centre of town to our new warehouse on the Sheepbridge Trading Estate. We managed with your help to transport all the food over in the first day (aches where never known before) and the next day we finished categorizing everything into the sell by dates from oldest to latest to make selection much easier. Without the people at both ends lifting/carrying, plus the many drivers transporting the goods, we would still be doing it today, a fantastic joint (still aching) team effort.

Special thanks go to John & Tracey who generously let us stay in the old premises for the last two years without a charge, God bless you both!  The new premises provide us with ground floor drive in facilities with the food laid out in rows of the various categories. There is room to expand,  there are built in offices that include a kitchen, separate toilets and further space to meet for training.
More thanks go to those who have given up their time to clean and decorate the premises making it inviting to those who will benefit from them. The kitchen would benefit from a microwave and under worktop fridge if you know of any going spare. Our dedicated warehouse team of Lisa, Terry led by Peter are already benefitting from the move.

Tesco National Food collection

On Thursday 2nd Friday 3rd Saturday 4th July, the Tesco collection went smoothly bringing in 3 more tons of food from very generous shoppers here in Chesterfield.  The December collection, 3
rd, 4th and 5th will again be organized nationally. That means here in Chesterfield volunteers will
again be required each day. We are asking for a minimum of an hour between 9:00am– 5:00pm to hand out leaflets and/or collect the donated food in from donors. If you know of friends and family who would like to help (no training required) please let us know which days and what time you can spare. Also help with the movement of food to the warehouse if you are fit!

The Gates
An increase in clients attending the foodbank due to further benefits cuts announced by the government.

The volunteers are continuing to bring food relief to people in the area with agencies responding to having a local place for their clients to visit.

Loundsley Green Community Centre
Our hard working volunteers continue to move the food boxes, tables, chairs around every week to serve our increasing number of clients.
Join the club!
Will you give a minimum of £5 a month to enable Chesterfield Foodbank?  We have been overwhelmed by your generosity. The continual stream of food coming into our warehouse is a humbling sight to behold. Unfortunately for a project like this to continue to support the most
vulnerable in our community financial support is now a pressing concern. Just £5 a month will support this greatly needed work and with many people around Chesterfield still geographically restricted, your donations may enable us to reach out into the unreached places.
Due to local authority cuts we now face raising a further £14,000 to continue our operations in 2016 alone, if you or others can come up with fundraising ideas please tell s so that we can publicise it.
A group of people have just raised money by running in the
Chesterfield Marathon. More news in our next issue, hopefully with pictures please?
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. Thank you!



Monday, 14 September 2015


Saturday October 3rd
at North East Derbyshire Christian Fellowship, 85-87 Market Street, Clay Cross S45 9LS
Guest Speaker Marj Rossol
"Marj's heart is to see all women fully and powerfully released into the incredible freedom which is theirs through Jesus."
9.00 -10.00am arrival, teas and coffee
10.00 - 12.30 Session 
12.30 - 14.00 Lite bite lunch
14.00 - 16.00 Session 2
Price £12.50 including lunch
Payment can be made on the door but please book yourself in for catering purposes.
Gail Slater 07859 050659

Thursday, 10 September 2015


Those who know her will tell you that Jane Bentley makes exceedingly good cakes!  So you will be interested to hear that Jane and her friend Liz are hosting a coffee (and cake – lots of it!) morning at Liz's house in aid of MacMillan Cancer, hoping particularly that the money will go towards the new wing at the Royal.
 The coffee morning will be on Friday, 25th September from 10-12. It will take place at 48, Houfton Road, Bolsover, S44 6SG.  There’s lots of parking opposite and the bus number 82 stops right outside her house!
They are doing a raffle with a variety of prizes ranging from bottles of wine, body lotions etc, to vouchers from a range of local businesses including restaurants and hairdressers. People can get raffle tickets from Jane  in advance if they wish. We’re also taking orders for cakes, and if anyone wants to order any cakes and make a donation, then we are more than happy to bake some to order!