Forthcoming Services at St.Matthew's

Service Time
Sunday 7th August
All-Age Communion

Sunday 14th August
Common Worship Communion

Sunday 21st August
Common Worship Communion

Sunday 28th August
Common Worship Communion

Sunday 4th September
All-Age Communion


Events coming soon


Saturday 27th August 2016

"Tea 2 Remember"

Saturday 3rd September 2016


This is the Statement from the Bishop of Derby read by the Very Revd Geoffrey Marshall in both churches on 10th July:

As you are aware, the Revd Lisa Shemilt, Rector of Morley and Smalley and Diocesan Director of Studies, has been on sick leave for a while; she has been suffering from work-related stress.

During this time a procedure under the Clergy Discipline Measure was undertaken following a complaint that was made about Lisa by a member of Smalley's congregation. This has been stressful for all parties concerned. This process is now complete, including an appeal, which has found that no action is to be taken against Lisa.

During this period a job possibility occurred for Lisa, which due to the CDM procedure she was unable to pursue. Now the CDM process is finished, she has decided to accept the new post and I therefore announce that Lisa has been appointed Assistant Curate of the benefices of Heanor, Langley Mill, Aldercar and Marlpool and will take up her new role in September.

Lisa will live in the Rectory of Morley and Smalley for the time being while the diocese makes arrangements for suitable housing in Heanor.


Our churches in Smalley and Morley have not yet taken part in the national commemorations of the Battle of the Somme. Here is your chance. Will you please sponsor me to cycle 200 miles to the Somme at the beginning of September? This ride is to commemorate particularly the cycling soldiers who fought and fell during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

All sponsorship money will go to SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, which is the UK's oldest national tri-service charity; at the outbreak of war in 1914 the Government called on it to take care of the families of the Armed Forces going to the Front. Today SSAFA helps servicemen and women, veterans and their families, in need following present day conflicts.

Both Hazel and I had grandfathers and great-uncles who fought on the Somme (one of Hazel's was killed) and two family friends from Milford who were killed there.

Day 1: Wednesday 31st August

Sponsored cyclists meet at the Imperial War Museum in London. After viewing exhibits to learn the role of the cyclist on the Somme, transfer to Portsmouth to cross the Channel.

Day 2: Thursday 1st September

Early in the saddle for the first riding day. Head South East towards Rouen, travelling through forests close to the banks of the Seine. 80 miles.

Day 3: Friday 2nd September

Turn North East towards Amiens. After leaving the banks of the river we head towards the Battlefields of World War 1. 80 miles.

Day 4: Saturday 3rd September

A circular route starting and finishing in Amiens taking in as many sites relevant to the riders as possible. We will visit the Memorial in Pozieres on which nine men are listed from the Army Cycling Corps and a further three of the London Cycling Company and visit the graves of three members of the Army Cycling Corp. The culmination of the Ride will be a visit to the Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval, which remembers the 72,195 British and African soldiers with no known grave; there I shall have the honour of conducting our memorial service. 40 miles.

Day 5: Sunday 4th September

Return by ferry and coach to the Imperial War Museum. I hope you might sponsor me either directly or through Virgin Money Giving, who will quickly claim Gift Aid and pass donations to SSAFA.

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Thank you. The Very Revd Geoffrey Marshall, Associate Priest