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Giving thanks for the life of Olwen Grey 1917 – 2015


Within our church and village we give thanks for the life of Olwen Gray, the oldest member of our church, who died on 28 December 2015 aged 98. A Service of Celebration was held at the Church on Monday 11 January 2016, led by Rev. Colin Mark, at which Colin gave this tribute to Olwen:

Olwen was born in Liverpool on 27th December 1917 and attended Arnott Street School.  After leaving school she worked at Jacobs Bakery as a wedding cake decorator.  She met Fred at Southport and moved to Middlesex shortly before they were married at Hendon in 1939.  Olwen remained a lifelong supporter of the Toffees – Everton Football Club, and even lived at one time on Everton Drive in Queensbury, Middlesex.

Fred worked for the De Haviland aero engine division in Middlesex for over 25 years, and Olwen was office manager for Rotoprint in Queensbury.  During this time Olwen and Fred spent many happy holidays with Olwen’s only brother Ken and his wife Norma, on the Adriatic coast.  Val was born in 1940 and Ken five years later.

In 1977 Olwen and Fred, with Ken, moved to Derbyshire and Olwen continued to put her cake decorating skills to good use at Homebake in Firs Parade, specialising in wedding and celebration cakes.  During her life Olwen made many wedding cakes for friends and family, and the one that gave her most pleasure was for her granddaughter’s wedding in 2009.  Sadly Fred died five years after the move in 1982.

Olwen was a founder member of Tansley Tuesday Club and had a wide circle of friends with who she spent many happy holidays.  She enjoyed attending ‘Cuppa Call-in’ at Holy Trinity Church on a Wednesday, was a regular passenger on the Community Bus’ into Matlock on a Thursday, and was often to be found on the ‘ladies table’ at ‘Soup & Sweet’ at this church on a Friday.

Olwen celebrated her 90th birthday with a large party for family and friends in the village hall, and was in reasonable health and good spirits for sometime thereafter.  However she became increasingly frail over last year and eventually went to stay in Ivanbrook  Nursing Home at Darley Bridge.  In June last year Olwen had a visit from her grandson Andrew, who lives in Australia, and from her great grandson Jamie while in Ivanbrook.  She celebrated her 98th birthday on the 27th of December, but was taken ill the following evening and after paramedics were called she was taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital, where she died the same evening. 

Apart from the last few months Olwen led an active life involved in many things.  When I retired and began attending Tansley Chapel there was a row of four ladies in their later years, and Olwen was the last of them.  She was a lovely lady with a ready smile, but she didn’t suffer fools gladly, and if she disapproved of something you had said or done, she would tell you in no uncertain times.  Ken said that when she called him Kenneth he knew he was in trouble!  But for all of that not only will she be missed by the family, but by all who knew her.

We continue to pray for the family at this time.


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!


Another Strange Wedding

Tansley Trainee Local Preacher Gets Married

Local Tansley resident, church member and trainee local preacher, Paul Strange married Charlotte Allen (nee Price) on a sunny Saturday in May
Paul is the son of lifelong Tansley resident Ian Strange and his local preacher wife, Margaret. Currently studying to be a local preacher, Paul should receive his accreditation from the Methodist Church in the summer of 2014
The members of Tansley Methodist would like to wish Paul and Charlotte every blessing in their marriage. With love to you both. God bless!



A Moments Silence

Lest We Forget

This year Remembrance Day fell on a Sunday. Churches all over the country will have taken time to pray for peace and remember those who lost their lives in war, as we did.

Disturbingly, there have been 150 major conflicts in the World since the 2nd World War ended in 1945. It was equally upsetting to hear that the World has only actually been at peace for 26 days during that entire time.

I am reminded of the words of Mahatma Gandhi – Be the change you want to see in the World


Harvest is Here, Thank You God

This weekend will see us celebrate the harvest with a supper on Saturday night, followed by two worship services and our circuit lunch on Sunday. But why do we celebrate the harvest?