We are pleased to welcome Mo Walton to the URC for the Art & Architecture Trail (8/9 September2018) – “Having been brought up in Derbyshire I have known its peaks and dales since childhood. My semi-abstract paintings are inspired by the changing atmosphere and colours of the moorland, fields and local quarries. Drystone walls and ancient tracks cross and divide this land, telling of its past. These are the influences and feelings which I try to evoke in my work. My paintings of British breeds of sheep are more naturalistic. I am intrigued by the variations in these animals which are usually thought of as simply white and fluffy.”
In the Glenorchy Centre (which is just opposite the Church) members/friends of the church will be serving served coffee, lunches, tea and cakes on the Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th September. As you walk around the Art & Architecture Trail we will be very pleased to welcome you if you call in at the Glenorchy Centre for tea/coffee/cakes or a meal. Also in the United Reformed Church Mo Walton will be displaying her work – do please call in. (Please see the event Mo Walton on our website.)
Over 150 artists/craftsmen exhibited their work in private homes, historic buildings, gardens and courtyards, shop windows, churches and unconventional gallery spaces all over Wirksworth.
On Sunday afternoon 19th August at 4pm we are delighted that the Soar Valley Music Centre will be giving a concert at West Derbyshire URC. The young people are staying in our Glenorchy Centre and it is wonderful that they are performing a concert in Wirksworth. Please come along and enjoy their music. Free admission – donation if you wish for the URC.
On Thursday 2nd August (from 7.30 to 9pm) Jenny and David invite you to a Poetry and Coffee Evening in the Glenorchy Centre, Chapel Lane, Wirksworth in aid of URC church funds. You are invited to bring a favourite piece of poetry. There will also be a “Bring and Buy Stall” and a Raffle. We look forward to welcoming you.
We had a wonderful summer outing to Llandudno. Thanks Ian for organising it. Look out for further details of the next outing.
There wll be a “Sponsored Table Tennis Event” to be held in the Glenorchty Centre on Saturday 16th June from dawn to dusk. The event is open to everyone, either by booking a time slot and playing, sponsoring a player4, or popping in for Toast & Tea / Coffee in the morning, then at lunchtime Hot Dogs and Burgers will be served, and in the afternoon there will be Tea and Cakes on offer. As in the previous two years it will be a day fullof fun and fellowship with opportunities to make new friends. We will also be welcoming Athletes from Special Olympics City of Birmingham to Wirksworth.
A super super concert was held of baroque music with the following artists:
Carmel Edwards – Soprano: Frances Haynes – Treble Recorder: Roy Phillips – Viola de gamba:
Alison Richards – Baroque flute: David Winder – Harpsichord
This was held on Sunday 1st July at 7.30pm In the URC Church, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth
The money raised is for the Wirksworth and District Music Lessons Fund and the Derby Refugee Centre.
The URC was open for the Saturday of the Wirksworth Well Dressing Weekend when we served coffee/tea and scones. It was lovely to welcome people into the church either to share fellowship with us or just come into church for a time of quiet reflection.
Ian arranged a lovely outing to Skipton. Thanks Ian. We look forward to the next trip to Llandudno in July – look out for more details.
A presentation by Pam Orchard at West Derbyshire URC on Sunday 20th May at 3pm – Official figures show a rise in rough sleeping in the UK every year for the past 7 years. In fact across the UK, all types of homelessness is increasing including numbers of people in temporary accommodation such as B and Bs and hostels. Pam has worked in homelessness for 15 years and is the CEO at The Connection at St Martins in central London. She will outline what are the main causes of homelessness, different types of homelessness, why homelessness is rising and some of the responses required which would tackle the problem. The session will include a combination of presentation and discussion.