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Giving thanks for the life of Margaret Seymour 1927-2014

Margaret SeymourGiving thanks for the life of one of Tansley's much beloved residents

Margaret Seymour was such a popular and involved member of our local community, it seems she was a member of almost all the local clubs, groups and activities.
We give thanks for her life among us and pray for her family and close friends in their loss. 
Taken from her eulogy: 
Margaret came into this world on February 10th 1927. She was quite literally to the manor born, being born and brought up at Overton Manor, in a tiny hamlet just outside York. Part of a big farming family, her parents were strict Methodists, her Father a local JP. 
After leaving school, Margaret nursed at Harlow Wood hospital, where she met the first love of her life, Frank Chambers. They were married in Lincoln having eloped, as Grandfather Harrison didn’t approve. They went on to have two daughters, Val and Ronnie. Sadly, Frank died in 1970. With typical courage, Margaret picked up and moved on with life. 
With unparalleled hope and optimism, she decided to train to be a social worker. She went on to work for Social Services in York and Sussex, before early retirement on her move to Derbyshire. 
In 1978, Margaret decided to improve her painting skills by taking a painting holiday in the Lake District. This holiday proved eventful, because it was there she met Gilbert who, following a whirlwind romance, she married on a snowy day in December of that year. Gilbert went on to become the second love of her life and they had 25 years of very happy and blissful married life. As well as gaining a husband, she also gained two step-daughters in Helen and Christine. Sadly Gilbert passed away following a short illness in 2004.
They started their married life by moving to Sussex. But, missing family and with an ever increasing flock of grandchildren arriving, they decided to move back north to Derbyshire. They set up home in Winster originally, moving to Tansley in 1984. 
Methodism was a central facet of Margaret’s life. She was totally involved in the life of Tansley Methodist Chapel, Margaret played the organ, piano and was a Church / Communion Steward. She was secretary of the Women’s Fellowship – Margaret used her skills as a secretary for many groups and her role of Membership Secretary for the Derbyshire Dales Ramblers involved her in rambling about the area delivering newsletters to the group’s many members. 
She was the Missions Secretary at Church, emptying the Home Mission boxes along with her great friend Audrey Strange. She was on the rota to serve tea, coffee and scones on Friday mornings and for many years held the Lent meetings at home. 
Margaret and Gilbert worked tirelessly together and separately in their active involvement in all sorts of areas of Tansley and Matlock life. They volunteered in the Oxfam shop and Margaret was presented with a certificate for 20 years ‘behind the counter’ last year. Together, they were founder members of the Matlock Artists society. She continued with the Artists’ Society after his death, inaugurating the Seymour Trophy for watercolours in Gilbert’s memory. She also helped establish the Thursday Painters. 
She took enthusiastically to the University of the Third Age, becoming a founder member and member of the management committee of the Matlock Area U3A. She learned to play bridge (not as successfully as she hoped!). She became a stalwart of the U3A, joining the Poetry and Theatre group and coordinating the Play Reading groups. Margaret loved Shakespeare and looked forward to going each year to Stratford with Helen and Chris. Her lifelong love of poetry is evidenced by the shelves of poetry books to be found at Ashley Close. She was an enthusiast for poetry new and old, particularly enjoying poems written by Carol Ann Duffy, poet Laureate. 
In 2003 she was presented with the WRVS medal, partly in recognition of Margaret’s service to the Meals on Wheels service. 
Margaret was a founder member of Matlock Gilbert and Sullivan Society and was in most of the productions and concerts over the last 22 years.  She was highly valued as an excellent soprano and vivacious chorus member. 
Liz McKenzie from G and S, summed up so many people’s view of Margaret when she said, “In all the years I knew her, I never heard her say a bad word about anyone.  She was optimistic and cheerful and never moaned about her health problems; in fact she was always upbeat whenever I spoke to her, even at the hospital, two weeks ago. We will miss her.  She was an elegant and engaging lady.” 
An enthusiastic member of the Tansley Gardening and Countryside Club, Tansley Film Club, Tansley Book Club and the Tansley Ladies Group, Margaret loved to be an active member of her local community. With her friend Dorothy, she attended many films at the village hall and always had valid and often lengthy opinions thereon! 
Margaret’s enthusiasm for life and embracing all that it had to offer was evidenced in many ways. She took up the Gym last year, throwing herself into treadmills, weight machines and even the rowing machine. Actually, she only wanted to go to the gym so she could have an iPod. 
Her love of new technology, in fact her love of gadgets in general was legendary. If there was a job needing doing and she could get a gadget to do it, she did. From knitting machines, massaging mattresses, electric tinopeners to state of the art hoovers, bread slicers and onion choppers, Margaret had them all. But more impressive was her enthusiasm for IT. She used computers all the time, embraced internet shopping and banking. She loved her Kindle and would have bought an iPad if she could have decided which size to get. 
Margaret just wanted to learn things. Her thirst for learning and a need to go out and do new things, being up for any challenge, is a theme that runs right through her long and full life. 
One of Margaret’s great joys was her Grandchildren. Thomas, William, Ben, Hannah, Lizzie and Joe were a constant source of delight and amusement (and sometimes bemusement) to her. She was so proud of all their many achievements in life. She taught them about art, about the countryside, took them on Family Rambling Day and went with them on horrifying rides at Disneyland. They too were extremely proud of her and viewed her as some sort of ‘Super Gran’, always up for a laugh or a challenge. Much to her great delight last year along came Ben and Sonia’s Olive, making her a Great Grannie, or GG as she put on their card. And on the Sunday before she passed away, Thomas and Anna came to see her, with as yet to make an appearance, Great Grandson Monty. 
As Thomas More said, “What part soever you take upon you, play that as well as you can and make the best of it.” And that was Margaret to a tee. Don’t ever give in. a lesson for life for us all. 
Full eulogy available on request. Please email Sue Smith.
The Service of Thanksgiving for her full and active life was held at her local church, Tansley Methodist, on Thursday 3rd of April. It was extremely well attended.
God bless you Margaret Elizabeth Seymour. May you rest in eternal peace.

Tansley Three Circuits Prayer

Tansley Prayer

In September 2014 the three circuits of Amber Valley, Derbyshire Dales and Erewash Valley will merge. Please join us in this prayer:
woman praying

Gracious God

We remember how those who followed Jesus Christ, your Son, left behind the security of what they had known to go with Him. 
As members of the Amber Valley, Derbyshire Dales and Erewash Valley Circuits, we pray for your guidance as we support each other to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in our local communities.
We pray especially for all those who have the responsibility of discerning your will for the mission and life of the future Circuit.
Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us, bless us and equip us.
We pray as we undertake this journey of faith, in Jesus name.





Tansley’s Macmillan Coffee Morning Raised £321.30

This morning Tansley Methodist hosted the Tansley Macmillan Coffee Morning

We were absolutely thrilled to see so many people this morning for coffee and to receive so many cakes. 
Serving in excess of fifty coffees to friends old and new, we raised the grand sum of £321.30 for Macmillan.
Tansley Methodist Church would like to thank everyone who made this morning possible. The bakers. The servers. And of course, YOU!
We Raised £301.30
God Bless!

Tansley Joins The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Join us on Friday 27 September from 10am



What's it all for?

One in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest fight most of us will ever face. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you’ll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way.

Macmillan’s ambition is to reach and improve the lives of everyone affected by cancer in the UK, by providing them with medical, emotional, practical and financial support.

That’s why we need your help.

By making time to get together at a Coffee Morning and raising money for Macmillan, you’ll be making time for Macmillan to help families affected by cancer.

If you can’t come along to our event, you can still help. To donate, just go to, call  0845 602 1246  or text CAKE to 70555 (one text costs £5. Text more than once to donate more).

*Texts cost £5 plus network charge. Macmillan will receive 95p of every £1 donated in this way. Obtain bill payers permission first.  

God Bless!                      




Messy Church in Tansley

Today saw our first ever Messy Church. What FUN!

Not sure what, or who, to expect for our first ever Messy Church, we were absolutely delighted to welcome 24 children and their parents and carers this afternoon.
With a focus on Harvest and Creation, we were making miniature gardens, vegetable animals and people, vegetable and fruit prints, noise and outdoor art.
After an hour – which flew by in what seemed like ten minutes – the children went into church for a short (bible) story and some singing…. while the helpers did a quick room makeover and created a harvest laden dining room ready for our meal. Tonight we had wraps with all kinds of delicious fillings, followed by fresh fruit and yoghurts.
I could tell you loads more about what we did and the fun we had…. but they say a picture speaks a thousand words…. so here they are. The photos
Messy Church Harvest
A massive thank you to all of the children, their parents and carers for making Messy Church such a great success.
An equally massive thank you to all the organisers and helpers, for the same reason.
Finally a reminder that we are so looking forward to doing it all again with you on Wednesday 4th December, when the theme will be nativity based.
God Bless!

Tansley Raises Money for Toilet Twinning

Harvest Festival 2013 Raises Money for Toilet Twinning


Harvest Festival 2013

2.5 billion people – that's 40% of the world's population – don’t have somewhere safe, clean and hygienic to go to the loo. The human impact of this scandalous stat is enormous: nearly one in five child deaths each year is due to diarrhea.  The good news is you can help change this by twinning your toilet!

For people in poor communities, a hole in the ground is quite literally a life saver – protecting women from the risk of attack as they find somewhere private to squat, and shielding children from preventable diarrhoeal diseases. By twinning a toilet you'll be helping those who most need it access safe sanitation, clean water and hygiene education.

Thank you to Sylvia Norman for the toilet, flowers and church decoration. Superb as ever!



Harvest Festival in Tansley

This year we are celebrating Harvest during our two Sunday services

AT 10.30am and 6pm…. and with the launch of our first ever Messy Church
ToiletHarvest is a time to celebrate God's goodness… and to remember that not everyone has the same reasons to be grateful as us. Our charity this year is Toilet Twinning. Run by Tearfund and CORD Toilet Twinning aim to provide safe and hygenic toilet facilities to communities at risk of disease through lack of sanitation. A serious problem for about 2.5 billion people (around 40% of the world's population). Just £60 will help a village or community!
We are also looking forward to enjoying a joined-up Harvest Supper with our good friends and fellow Methodists at Matlook Moor. Pea and Pie Supper will be 6.30 for 7pm, Saturday 5th October. Booking is essential via Eileen Tutssel before 27 September. Please email us or comment on this article if you need Eileen's contact details.

A Bit of Background into Harvest Festival

The modern British tradition of celebrating Harvest Festival in churches began in 1843, when the Reverend Robert Hawker invited parishioners to a special thanksgiving service at his church at Morwenstow in Cornwall. Victorian hymns such as "We plough the fields and scatter", "Come ye thankful people, come" and "All things bright and beautiful" but also Dutch and German harvest hymns in translation helped popularise his idea of harvest festival and spread the annual custom of decorating churches with home-grown produce for the Harvest Festival service.
(source Wikipedia)
Let us take this time to remember we are all brothers and sisters in the eyes of God. He Reigns!