Forthcoming Events

Two Pentrich events –  the annual St. Matthew’s church Quiz and Fish and Chip supper on 9th November, 7pm in Pentrich Village Hall. Tickets are £8.50 for adults, £6 for children.    Call 0177 745462 or 01773 745069.   Pye HIll Male Voice Choir are giving a concert in St. Matthew’s Church on the 7th December, 7.30 pm, tickets are £6 for adults, £3 for children.   Tickets from church members.

CROSSROADS – a twice monthly hour in church, 4-5pm, with families in mind.  Craft, story and song to include all ages.  The topics are –

27th October –  Celebrating a Christening

10th November – Remembrance – why do we remember ?

24th November – King of Kings – why was Jesus born in a stable if he is a kng ?

8th December – make your own Christingle – and what does it mean ?

22nd December – NO CROSSROADS.   All are welcome to our Carol Service on Christmas Eve.


22nd June 2019 Last Night of the Proms concert with the Championship Section Blidworth Welfare Band and celebrated organist Keith Hearnshaw.   A host of music to suit all tastes, with the famous “Last Night” finale – with audience participation.

Light buffet from 7pm, music starts at 7.30 pm.  Tickets are £8 including refreshments, available at the door or in advance by calling 01773 605291.

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St. Matthew’s Church Pentrich – Annual Snowdrop Tea at Pentrich Village Hall on Tuesday March 5th, 3pm to 5pm.  Tickets £6.00.  Raffle, Bring and Buy – and Entertainment!

The Annual World Day of Prayer (formerly Women’s World Day of Prayer) will be held on Friday 1st March in the Birchwood Methodist Church, Birchwood Lane, Somercotes at 11am, followed by “bring and share” lunch. 

This year we are praying for Slovenia. 

The lunchtime recital on 9th February was the best ever – we’ll leave the details of organist Martyn Noble and his programme below for the time being.  This will be held again in 2020 on 8th February

Martyn’s biography –

Martyn is currently Sub-Organist at H.M. Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace, Musician-in-Residence at Highgate School and Piano Accompanist to the Royal College of Music Junior Department. He has previously held posts in Liverpool and Southwark Cathedrals. In the UK, he has given recitals in places such as Buckingham, Hampton Court and St. James’s Palaces as well as Canterbury Cathedral, York Minster and Liverpool Cathedrals. He has also played in Paris, Leiden (Holland), Budapest, Brussels and Northern Ireland.

As well as being a professional organist, Martyn is also a piano accompanist. On top of his various accompanying roles, he has also accompanied for professors and students at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music’s Chorus and for the British Isles Music Festival which took place in Charterhouse School, Godalming. He has also played for the UK tour of ‘Miss Saigon’ at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford and the Theatre Royals in Plymouth and Norwich.

Martyn has completed the Licentiate for the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) and the Associate for the Royal College of Organists (ARCO) diplomas in organ performance. In 2015, Martyn graduated with a first class Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal College of Music, London and in recent years has appeared live on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and has recorded choral CD’s for Priory and Signum Records. H

He also plays, annually, for ClassicFM’s broadcast of Carols from Buckingham Palace which airs immediately after H.M. The Queen’s speech on Christmas Day.

His programme – (possibly subject to change)

PROGRAMME – first half

Fantasia and Fugue in G minor J.S. Bach (1685-1750) BWV 542

Music by former musicians of H.M. Chapel Royal

Fantasia in A minor William Byrd (1538-1623)

Choral Song S.S. Wesley (1810 – 1876)

Allegro G.F. Handel (1685-1759) from Organ Concerto in G minor Op. 4, No. 3

Intermezzo Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) from ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’

In memory of those who have died in the past 12 months

Tears Ken Dodd (1927 – 2018)

I’ll be there (The Jackson 5) Joe Jackson (1928 – 2018)

I say a little prayer for you Aretha Franklin (1942 – 2018)

Hornpipe Humoresque Noel Rawsthorne (1929 – 2019)

Reflection Daniel Bishop (b. 1981)

Two Jazz Pieces

Blue Moon Rodgers & Hart

Take 5 Dave Brubeck (1955 – 2012)

Toccata Sergei Slonimsky (b. 1932)


PROGRAMME – second half

“Maestoso” – an extract from “Organ” Symphony No. 3, Op.78. (Arr. Martin Setchell) C. Saint-Saens (1835-1921)

The Lone Ar-ranger Philip Buttall

Master Tallis’s Testament Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Three Songs from the Shows

All The Things You Are Jerome Kern (1885-1945) from ‘Very Warm for May’

The American Dream C-M Schönberg (b. 1944) from ‘Miss Saigon’

The Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948)

Aria Flor Peeters (1903 – 1986)

Nimrod Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934) from the Enigma Variations, Op. 36


“Final” from Symphony No. 1, Op. 14 6’ Louis Vierne (1870 – 1937




The World War I Centenary event in November brought about a lot of  interest, and  many items of memorabilia.  We have retained the Roll of Honour below out of the huge amount of love and respect that was evident on this occasion.

Swanwick’s Roll of Honour 

The following names are written on Swanwick’s War Memorial

World War I

George Bacon:   Richard Bacon:   Ernest Beighton:    John Booth:   John Buxton

Frederick Challoner:   Ainslie Elliott:   Leslie Elliott:   Albert Fryer:

Henry Goodhall:   George Graney:  Tom Green:  Arthur Hanbury:

Frank Hanbury:   Harry Hill:  Leonard Hill:   Albert Holmes:   Oliver Holt:

W. Jones:   Harold Leam:  Dennis O’Callaghan:   Charles Radford:

James Steeples:   Henry Stoppard:   Thomas Taylor:   Frederick Turner:

George Waller:   Horace Waller:   William Walters:   Albert Wager:   Harry Hill:

The names of five Swanwick men who lost their lives have not been recorded on the village War Memorial.  These have been verified and are now included in the Roll of Honour.  They are:

Harold Allen:   Alfred Burgin:   Edwin England:   Arthur Lakin:   Harry Lowery

World War II

Fred Cooper:   Walter Flint:   P. Lynam:   Ronald Mathews:    Sidney Smith:

Frank Tarlton:   Fred Tuft:   Fred Taylor:   James Webster