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Happy New Year!
Crystal Ball gazing is always a dangerous game. How about these examples of predictions that appear to be slightly wide of the mark?
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
“The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.” Sir William Preece, Chief Engineer, British Post Office, 1878
“A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.” New York Times, 1936
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." Decca Recording Company on declining to sign the Beatles, 1962
So you will understand if I do not predict what will happen in 2018. What I am fairly sure about is that there will be some ups and some downs and undoubtedly some surprises. There will be things both in our national life but also in our personal lives that will be totally unexpected. The question is that, given the only certainty is uncertainty, how do we prepare?
I believe in a God who is the only certainty in this unpredictable world. His character is unchanging and purposes are constant. It seems to make sense to make Him the anchor of our lives. The Bible tells us:
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Don’t be anxious but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you”.
Have a wonderful and surprising 2018,
Mike Gilbert, Rector
You are very welcome to join us at St Anne's Church.
Following a short service in church, the Christmas tree and window lights were switched on at 7pm on 1 December.
Burgers, mulled wine and mince pies were enjoyed by all, with entertainment provided by the splended Cressbrook Brass Band.
A Building Update
Maintaining a building such as St Anne’s can easily become a full time occupation. We hope that, by reading this article, you will get a better understanding of what is taking place and what is planned.
The main focus over the last few months has been to get the Roofing Specialists firstly to identify what needs to be done to the roof and then to propose a programme which, when finished, will make the building watertight once again.
Work commenced in November and this tackled the water ingress problem in the south aisle. A major and frightening problem for us was that we could only establish what needed to be undertaken once the roof covering (aluminium sheeting) had been removed and the timber exposed.
The south aisle, of course, faces the prevailing weather and thus is likely to be in the worst condition. Lifting the sheeting exposed a copy of the Derbyshire Times, dated November 1964, obviously dating the last occasion work was undertaken on this part of the roof. An area of 4.5 square metres was exposed showing that some of the timbers had rotted and thus needed to be replaced. This section of the roof was rebuilt and covered with new stainless steel sheeting, whilst at the same time a new stainless steel gutter was installed. Completing this section - which is one of four that needs to be tackled - has cost £6,691 plus VAT.
At some stage we have to undertake the same procedure on the remaining three sections of the south aisle at a cost of some £20,000. Whilst undertaking this work the roof of the Knave and the Chancel were inspected and it was identified that a complete new ridge was needed on d the Chancel at a further cost of £2,000 plus VAT. We agreed that this work should be carried out immediately, which has been done. By going down this path we hope to avoid the roofing timbers being damaged any further. The good news is that, as a Grade II listed building which is actively being used for religious purposes, we can claim back the VAT. We will now work with the contractors to develop a programme which will enable the south aisle to be completed as well as replacing the ridge over the Knave.
The next area of work that we are undertaking has been forced upon us by changing insurance and health and safety requirements.
We have a significant number of high level lights which, when one failed, we used to be able to call upon a local electrician to bring his ladders and undertake the work. This we can no longer do as the cost of insurance to work at these heights has forced the electrician to withdraw from this type of work. To change a light now requires scaffolding which costs between £80 to £100 per day.
As a result of this we have decided to replace all our lights with new LED lighting, which carries a five-year guarantee. If a light fails the supplier has to replace it at no cost to ourselves. The cost of this programme is c£2,000 but these new lights only use some 10% of the power of the current lights, thus savings will be made on an on-going basis. This change will take place in January.
In the last month we have also had the lightning conductor serviced as well as all the fire extinguishers. The two central heating boilers have also been serviced.
Part Two of this update will follow next month. None of this work would be possible without your support and for this we are extremely grateful.
The Building Maintenance Team
If you would like to join our Prayer Chain, praying for a variety of situations, please contact one of our Churchwardens for further information.
St Anne's Church Choir Welcomes New Members
We welcome new members who might like to join the church choir. We rehearse once a week at Tuesday teatime from 6.00pm to 6.45pm, and sing for one choral communion each month, as well as the Palm Sunday, Harvest and Christmas Carol Services.
As you will be aware one of the local charities that we support is the “Church on the Bus” project in Chesterfield and Matlock. The future of this project had been in doubt with the Church Army’s support of a full-time evangelist coming to an end but it was re-launched in January on a new, volunteer-led basis. The new team is now working with other Christian organisations in Chesterfield who already work with the homeless and needy to determine how the various projects can work together and how the “Church on the Bus” project can complement the work of these other groups.
At the heart of these changes remains the wish to reach out to the homeless and needy in Chesterfield, Matlock and surrounding areas. It is recognised that change can be challenging for those directly affected but with the continued support of the dedicated volunteer force 2017 will be an exciting year.
St. Anne’s will continue to give support to this project and coffee, tea warm clothes are constantly needed. Please remember those less fortunate than ourselves.
If you wish to make a cash donation please contact Richard or June Powell (01246 583375)