Sunday, 10 May 2009

Nottingham and Derby - tea and castles

Pumping the organ at Cromford (above)

Willersley Castle (above)
Trinity Long Eaton (below)

Judith makes the tea!

It was good to be in the Nottingham and Derby District and experience a local preacher's conference at Life at the Centre in the midst of a busy Nottingham Saturday and, by contrast,the peace of the Derbyshire Dales on the Sunday morning. I was at Cromford for their morning service swelled by a group of 70 or so Wesley Guilders who were staying at Willersley Castle just up the road.
We were taken there for a traditional Sunday lunch afterwards and warmly welcomed by the manager Tim Rodgers and his wife. They have a rich variety of short breaks on offer during the year - from bird watching to Gilbert and Sullivan! is the contact email.
I ended the visit at Trinity Church in Long Eaton - my brother's church which has been rebuilt in the last few years and is a lively place, with a good outreach and a well-used coffee shop. There I was given a light grilling by Gail my sister-in-law and was able to engage in discussion both with church members and the President who joined in the debate halfway through.

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