Received Memories of St Helen's

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Memories submitted

Date: 03.12.2003

Time: 15:50:38


Hi I like the website. I know from experience that they are hard but rewarding beasts. I wanted you to know that someone is looking. I find it useful to know dates and times for things because I've got a brain like a sieve. So keep up all the hard work. As a fellow webmaster I wondered if you would be kind enough to have a link from yourselves to Selston Bagthorpes website. Our web address is and of course we will reciprocate. Thank you. from Nicola Crook (Celia knows me from Wednesday evenings at Elizabeths)

Date: 16.01.2004

Time: 04:17:13


Hello to everyone Congratulations on the wonderful site. St Helens has special meaning to me as several of my ancestors are buried there including William and Charlotte GENT (my great-grandparents). As I live in Australia, I don't get to visit often but St Helens certainly holds a special place in my heart. Best wishes, Amy Gent from Sydney, Australia

Date: 28.03.2004

Time: 22:48:21


As a evacuee from Birmingham in 1941 I was placed with Mrs Skevington who lived in Inkerman Street and on her instructions attended St Helen's for Sunday School and was awarded a bible which I still have my main memory is making paper boats and floating them on the stream. First stream I had ever seen Best regards A.T.Warrington

Date: 29.04.2004

Time: 18:35:07


Hello. I was just checking the website after Ray told us about it last night. I found it very well done and informative. Eileen Birkitt

Date: 07.06.2004

Time: 00:21:45


great web site. Keep giving out the word. God bless

Date: 15.06.2004

Time: 00:21:15


I have been trying to find a contact address for you since visiting in 1999, as my ancestors were very active in St Helens before coming to New Zealand in 1922. Imagine my excitement when finding this fantastic website. We are coming to UK again next month and will certainly visit St Helens again to bring my children to see the gravesite of their Great Great Grandmother. Brenda Buxton (nee Walker) Te Kauwhata, New Zealand

Date: 13.07.2004

Time: 20:52:58


My father, John Edge, was Headmaster of Matthew Holland School until 1966 and was a curate in the parish up to that time as well. I attended both Selston and Westwood churches with him in the late 50's and early 60's. Anybody who remembers my father is welcome to contact me at David Edge, Mississauga Ontario Canada

Date: 10.08.2004

Time: 09:38:31


Hi I would just like to say that I visited your church this Sunday and really enjoyed the service. I particularly enjoyed the absence of pomp and ceremony and the importance of the message given. It was refreshing and i felt a real presence of the holy spirit. I will definitely be coming back.




Excellent Site. Don't know if they worshipped at St Helen's but I am looking for information and descendants of Charles & Ann Bacon(nee Codling)and Robert and Mary Ann Harper (nee Bacon)who lived at Alma and Inkerman in 1881.



Nice to seeyour web site we lived at Lea lane and left for australia in1970 We remember The Rev Symonds with fond memoriies Coral and Gordon Duffield

Date: 07 Apr 2007

Time: 22:11:10


Would anyone have any information about George & Jane Bradbury (nee Oscroft), married at Selston on 17 Feb 1789? I'd particularly be interested to learn if they had a child called Richard, born at Selston about 1791. Also, whether or not George & Jane had any other offspring? I've enjoyed looking through this website and believe that Richard must have been Christened at this Church.

Date: 21 Apr 2007

Time: 14:38:30


Hi, My grandmother Cissie Dovey together with sister in law Clara Dawes worked at the vicarage about 1916/17/18.. is there anyway of confirming this. Many of my Dawes relatives are buried at St.Helens. Ann - Cape Town.

(Please let us know a contact address for this!)

Date: 16 Sep 2007

Time: 01:02:26

My name was Sandra Castledine, my dad was Cyril the newsagent, he lived at Poplar Terrace.  I know he was married to Florence Sherwood in 1930 and I believe they had a baby who died, she also died in 1938.  Does anyone know if Florence had any brothers or sisters, any information would be very much appreciated as I am researching my family tree. Regards, Sandra.


Date: 7 Jan 2013 -  Bell Ringing Memories

"Hi, I have just found the website and found it very interesting and intriguing. For the past 6 months or so, I have been learning to bell ring at St. Luke's in Derby, a passion that my grandfather had for most of his life. His name was Arthur Elliott, and was ringing master at St. Helen's, Selston, at some stage until 1928 when he moved to Heanor. He rang the bells with a Mr. Clouse, Richard Calladine (my grandfather's nephew), 2 others by the surnames Jacques and Rawson. My grandfather was also in the church choir from around 1890 until again 1928, along my father, Kenneth Elliott, now currently 97 years of age, my grandfather's brother, Thomas Elliott, his father, Joseph Elliott, George and Thomas Hand, Jack Stokes, Billy Dovey, and Fred Brinsley. The vicars during his time in the choir were Mr. Charles Harrison, and Dr. Richard Dudley Weller. My grandfather's brother, Jack, apparently married Mr. Harrison's daughter Grace. I hope you enjoy reading this tiny bit of St. Helen's history."

Jim Elliott