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The Living

Revd Brodie Mais One of the best well-remembered and loved ministers was the Revd Brodie Mais. He died in office after 51 years as Rector. Many of the older residents of the village remember him with affection and many fondly remembered tales about Brodie Mais are told. After the death of Brodie Mais in 1941, the living remained vacant for some 15 months during which time the military used the Rectory before the Revd George Caldwell was appointed in 1942.
The living at Tansley was a poor one. Some indication of life in the Rectory in the early 1900s is gained from books published by the broadcaster and writer, S.P.B. Mais, son of the Revd. Brodie Mais. In his book “These I have loved”, S.P.B.Mais describes his life as a youngster in Tansley and a description of the family not having enough money to pay for a hen waiting to be collected by them at Matlock station having been there three days, shows how poor they were. In order to obtain money, the Rector is sent off to collect a tithe from a local man who refused to pay him and said “he wasn’t going to pay an idle good-for-nothing parson any of his hard-earned money”.

Additional evidence that it was such a poor living comes from the PCC minutes of November 1942 shortly after the Revd George Caldwell was appointed. At the PCC meeting the Revd Caldwell complained about the poor living and suggested that the PCC should make some effort to improve the endowments. He said there was a charge on the Benefice for work done on the Rectory during his predecessor’s time and he felt sure he could confidently ask the PCC to help with the matter.

He also suggested that as a long term measure a committee should be set up to manage a fund for the augmentation of the Benefice Endowments and he felt sure that people of the Parish, when they realised the necessity, would help by legacies etc.

Much discussion ensued and eventually a plan was accepted but not without concern being expressed. “Miss Dickins said that she felt that people could not afford to support the fund and Mr Smith agreed with this view, pointing out that there were many appeals at the present time resulting from the war”.