Friday, 29 March 2019


Loundsley Green Community Trust Job Opportunity: 
Community Centre Manager


Loundsley Green Community Trust (LGCT) is a non-profit community development trust, led by local volunteer residents. We operate a community centre & associated services. The shape of these are controlled by local people through a monthly open community meeting & quarterly trustees’ meeting. These ensure that the trust provides the services that residents need. Any profits made by the community trust are returned to the local area through provision of subsidised space or community services/facilities. 

LGCT was formed in 2010 to take on & convert a disused church for community use. Since then, use of the community centre has grown substantially. We are now in the process of finalising a lease for the adjoining house & garden, in order to extend the centre. This will provide additional meeting/training facilities and will also enable us to open 5 small office/treatment spaces for local people to start businesses. Our expansion means that we will need additional management effort to make the changes & run the expanded centre.

Job Description 

This job role is to take a lead in expanding & running the community centre’s operations and will include these specific tasks:
 • Oversee day to day operations of the centre
 • Lead on the effective marketing of our community facilities & business startup spaces; working with our volunteer team to ensure we have an good website & social media 
• Provide line management & leadership for our caretaking and cleaning staff, to support them in ensuring that people using the centre have a quality experience 
• Deal with complaints or praise about the centre, passing it on to trustees or others where required 
• Keep a record of our volunteers and log of volunteer training needs / provision
 • Work with our treasurer to ensure that the trust remains financially sustainable • Ensure that there is someone available to call if things go wrong (mobile phone supplied)
 • Work with our existing bookings volunteer to ensure that the centre is well used
 • Identify possible changes / improvements to the trust’s facilities/services; in order to deliver this, identify & cost potential suppliers - seeking appropriate trustee approvals 
• Conduct procurement & management of contractors when making changes to the centre 
• Manage delivery of change projects, ensuring completion on time / to required standard, while minimising disruption to users
• Work with trustees, who will set strategy based on the manager’s operational input Hours: 14 hours (2 days) per week - may be later extended depending on future growth Remuneration: £22,500 per annum pro rata (£9,000 actual) Payment of 10% of salary provided in lieu of pension scheme provision.

Person Specification

• Interested & knowledgeable about our local community 
• Some understanding of the needs of new businesses 
• Basic project management skills
 • Good literacy, numeracy & IT skills 
• Capable at marketing with physical, digital & social media 
• You’ll be working for and with volunteers, whose time may be limited and may not be consistently available. Flexibility, empathy & support for others are highly important.
• Friendly & welcoming to customers & potential volunteers 
• Good communication & facilitation skills 
• Good team worker 
• Organised & trustworthy administrator with good paperwork & filing skills 
• Flexible approach to work within the constraints of a community project 
• Financially astute when costing items for sale or discussing potential costs 
• Good at building community within a group of people
 • Line management skills 
• Basic procurement skills
 • Access to transport would be beneficial

To apply 

Please send your CV with a covering letter & two references by email to You will be asked before we contact your references. The closing date is 26th April 2019 at 5pm. We are expecting to interview on Tuesday 7th May. If you have any questions, please contact Simon Redding on the above email, or by phone/text on 0741 999 1484

Wednesday, 27 March 2019


Meeting of the Enabling Group of 
Christians Together for Chesterfield
Monday April 8th 7.30 pm
Central Methodists (use the side door for access)

Visitors Welcome

We will be discussing recent events, looking to events in the short term and bigger plans ahead.  We need your input and ideas so please join us if you can.


Carlton Brass Band Leading Whit Walk 2019
Monday 27th May

In an age when it is very difficult to hire Brass Bands we are delighted that the Nottingham based Carlton Brass will lead our Procession. Carlton Brass is a high-flying band, now in the 1st Section National Grading and it is with great anticipation that we look forward to welcoming them.

 We are always pleased to welcome back our old friends from Ashover Brass Band who have served us so well for ten years now. While they are no longer a marching band they will be playing on a certain section of the route (details later) and after The Procession they will entertain people going into Rose Hill URC for tea or coffee. 

The Procession’s own Worship Band will again provide the music for the singing at The Town Hall and thanks are due to Phil Cornell and Helen Schofield for their organisation. There are five hymns/songs altogether two of which were chosen by those present at the Launch Night, completing a great mix of the new and the tried and tested. You can look forward to a good sing before we set off and when we arrive back at The Town Hall . 

This year’s hymns/songs are: ‘To God be the glory’, ‘The Servant King’, ’10,000 Reasons’ , ‘The Splendour of the King’ and a new song to a familiar tune - ‘ O Father you created us’ - written especially for The Procession by our current President: James Dickinson. Get practising ! 

Two final pieces of this musical jigsaw are still needed. First piece: we are trying to get a Salvation Army Band to join us on The Procession. Second piece: to complete the musical side of our act of witness, it would be good to have a live band who can play modern worship songs en route round the town and a flat back truck to place them in. If anyone out there can help, please get in touch at


Saturday 30th March

Coffee Morning Fundraiser for                              Whit Walk 2019

Hasland Methodist Church
10.00 - 12 noon

Wednesday, 6 March 2019


Procession of Witness 2019 
Jesus the Servant King

Look above and there are no prizes for guessing the colours for this year’s ‘Whit Walks’ or to be more correct Procession of Witness: yellow, white, orange and perhaps a dash of red thrown in for good measure. So search those wardrobes and drawers and get your outfit ready for Procession 2019 on Spring Bank Holiday : May 27th

It will be great to see the Whitsuntide colours in the crowds filling the space in front of Chesterfield Town Hall ready for the short opening service which begins at 9.45am.

 Once again we have to thank the Mayor and Chesterfield Borough Council for allowing us to have the freedom of the streets as we bear witness to our belief in Jesus Christ. Let us all, whatever our usual style of worship, come together to seize this opportunity to reach out to the people of Chesterfield and to visitors with a message of hope grounded in the love of Christ.

 ! Additional help is needed for the marshalls who have many jobs to do before the churches arrive in town, during the Procession around the route and afterwards clearing the front of the Town Hall . Please ask for volunteers from your church and contact John Tranter, Chief Marshall and a member of Whittington Moor Methodist Church as soon as possible by e-mailing:

Wednesday March 20th – 7.30pm Rose Hill URC. Please send representatives from your church – as many as you like - so that you get all the up to date information you need and also so that your church has a say in the planning stages. Above: Crowds gather in front of the Town Hall in readiness for The Procession to be led by The Mayor and The President of Christian Education: Chesterfield.

We all respond to visual images and the crowds on Bank Holiday Monday are no exception. Please have a go at producing a tableau . You don’t have to be a brilliant artist or to have a degree in product design as you will find out at the Launch Night (March 20th ) when experiences will be shared. It is good to have the tableau on a lorry or van but if your church can’t get one why not try a walking tableau as several churches have done in recent years. Again there will be people at the Launch Night who have done both and will offer advice.

This year’s theme gives maximum scope in terms of what you choose to portray. It could be a biblical scene showing Jesus as a teacher or healer or a modern day version showing the work that is done through the Holy Spirit in His name. The hope is that those watching will be made to stop, think and ponder about the ways in which Jesus, the ‘servant king’, shows us how to live.

Questions, suggestions, ideas etc. please e-mail: We should love to hear from you. There will be an update on preparations and a report from the Launch Night ( March 20th ) in the next newsletter in April. Please let us know what you are planning so that we can include your church in the programme.

Friday, 1 March 2019


Men's Breakfast - Saturday, 16 March - 'From Derry to Derbyshire'
Our speaker at the next Men's Breakfast 
at Central Methodist Church, Saltergate 
on Saturday 16 March at 8.30 am 
will be Rev Sean Adair, 
Superintendent Minister of the Bolsover and Staveley Methodist Circuit.
Please come along to enjoy cooked breakfast and a friendly welcome. 

It would be helpful, but not essential, for catering purposes to notify Brian Offiler (01246 234707; if you are planning to come. We look forward to seeing you.
Many thanks for your help. 

Best wishes.

Brian Offiler
01246 234707