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The Reverend J Pleming

The recent death of the Reverend J Pleming has removed one who was for very many years Vicar of Mapperley and whose incumbency can still be remembered by many parishioners with pleasure. In days which, in some respects, were more propitious for the church in Mapperley Mr. Pleming was an industrious priest, seeking the well-being of his people. It is well known how much he did for the restoration of the church school here.

It seems fitting that some recognition and memorial of him should be placed in the parish church he served so long. The Vicar, therefore would be glad to receive donations towards the purchase of two books: one an Altar Book containing the Holy Communion Service: the other a Book of Common Prayer for the Clergy Stall to be used in the conduct of the services. These books will be suitably inscribed and will be a useful and fitting reminder. The quality of the books will naturally depend upon the generosity of your response, but we need at least about £10 to provide anything at all worthy of what we desire to commemorate.


The Gates


This month's photograph, as promised, is the excellent one of the St Wilfrid's Church gates, recently taken by the Pioneer photographer. Both the photograph and the article are reproduced by kind permission of the Editor of the Ilkeston Pioneer. The Gates were presented to the Church by the late Mr. T. Williamson in the early part of the First World War and were originally hung at the old churchyard entrance where they remained until the churchyard was extended. Up to that time a pair of iron gates hung in the position they now occupy.

Mr. Williamson was agent for the West Hallam Colliery and lived at that time at the Firs Farm. He was, for a time, the Chairman of the Parish Council and, incidentally, had the Council Chamber table specially made and presented it to the parish.

The gates, of solid oak were designed and made by Mr. Walter Carrington of 136, High Lane East, who was at the time employed by the colliery. Not only did he design and make them, but actually hung them entirely on his own—no light task. They were originally designed of different sizes with only one opening, and when they were moved to the present site, extra pieces had to be inserted to equalise them. This was done so cleverly that it is impossible now to see where the alterations were made.

The wood was taken from stock of old and seasoned timber at the West Hallam colliery and at the same time and from the same design, Mr. Carrington made a pair of gates which were eventually used for the House, "Lewcote Bank" on High Lane Central, which was also owned by Mr. Williamson.

The gates in the photograph are closed. On Sunday 16th October, they will open wide to welcome the whole parish to the St Wilfrid's Dedication Festival—the day each year when West Hallam is re-dedicated to God's Service. Both the preachers are well-known to you—is the Church to be really full?


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