HASLAND: St Paul’s flock participates in range of activities

Hasland

Coffee

The Social Committee of St Paul’s Church, Hasland, organised a ‘posh coffee morning’ in the church last Saturday, when several blends of coffee and tea were on offer, as well as a good selection of home made cakes. The event was very well attended, and raised over £150 for church funds.

Service

Fr Malcolm Ainscough, Rector of Hasland and Vicar of Temple Normanton, and members of the congregations of St Paul’s, Hasland and St James’, Temple Normanton, attended the Institution of the Reverend Stephen Jones as Rector of Staveley and Barrow Hill Team Ministry at Staveley Parish Church last Saturday. The Institution was conducted by the Right Revnd Lindsey Urwin, and the Induction by the Archdeacon of Chesterfield, the Venerable Christine Wilson. Readers from Hasland and Temple Normanton, Stephen Wright and Kay Duckett, robed and took part in the procession. The Staveley church choir led the singing and also sang the Introit, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place’ and the Anthem ‘Jubilate Deo’. The lesson was read by the Lay Chairman of Staveley and Bolsover Deanery Synod, Mr Peter Norman, and the local congregation was joined by members of Fr Stephen Jones’ former parish of Longford. Fr Malcolm Ainscough was one of several people who officially welcomed Fr Stephen during the service.

A buffet tea was enjoyed by all after the service.

Meeting

Last Tuesday evening, following the Parish Mass, the AVM and AGM of St Paul’s Church, Hasland, were held in the church, under the chairmanship of the Rector of Hasland, Fr Malcolm Ainscough. At the AVM, Muriel Haslam and Stuart Bailey were elected as churchwardens to serve for the coming year. At the AGM, those Parochial Church Council members whose three year term of office had come to an end were re-elected for a further three years: Ruth Bailey, Terry Etherington, Janet Harvey and George Russell. The sidesmen were re-elected ‘en-bloc’, with the exception of Patricia Bell, Kayleigh Basford and Catherine Uttley who all stood down, and were replaced by Alan Cooke and Kenneth and Kerri Webb. The electoral roll officer, Barbara Tustain reported that a new electoral roll had been prepared, and the number on the electoral roll had dropped to 61.

John Grubb, P.C.C. secretary, reported on the five meetings of the Council during the year, and church treasurer, Ken Clarke, presented the annual accounts, and in the absence of the gift aid secretary, Verna Webb, also presented the gift aid report. The meeting then received the Churchwardens’ report on the ‘fabric, goods and ornaments’ of the church; and a report on the progress of the various aspects of the Mission Action Plan which the church is currently undertaking. Stephen Wright reported on the proceedings of the Deanery Synod and the Diocesan Synod, and also presented the children and young peoples group report on behalf of the Sunday school teachers and other members of the church involved in work with young people.

Details of the numerous events organised by the social committee were reported, and Peggy Grubb reported on the work of Operation Christmas Child and the church’s support for the Shoebox Appeal. Reports were also received from the gardening team, the walking group, and from Stephen Wright on the Bishop of Ebbsfleet’s Lay Congress, and the Forward in Faith National Assembly and Derby Diocesan Report.

The Rector of Hasland, Fr Malcolm Ainscough, then gave his report on the church throughout the year, highlighting some of the major events which had taken place, and also looking to the future. Finally churchwarden Muriel Haslam thanked the Rector and his family for everything they had done for the church throughout the year.

Singers

A group of singers from St Paul’s Church, Hasland, was one of the choirs which took part in the Chesterfield Choir Festival recently, singing at Chesterfield Library.

Musiuc Hall

St Paul’s Church, Hasland, held an Old Time Music Hall Evening recently. Joining in the real spirit of the event are Verna Webb, churchwarden Muriel Haslam, and Janet Harvey.