A perfect setting, glorious weather, exquisitely matched teams and a very special occasion for a famous cricketing family, made this match with Duffield CC the embodiment of village cricket. And if that wasn’t enough for the scriptwriters, 307 runs after the first ball was bowled, the result depended on the very last ball. Cricket was the winner and lasting memories the result.

                             Three Popes in action for Duffield at Alstonefield

This match was a celebration for a particular Derbyshire cricketing dynasty. There were three generations of Popes in the Duffield side and they all bowled. Worth noting too that there were four other father and son combinations in the Duffield XI for good measure…….

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St Peter’s Church

For information regarding recent changes to the Benefice, and also June & July services, please click here

Village events – what’s coming up

  • Saturday 23 June – An evening with Natalie Duncan   8pm in the hall
    plus Box & Hounds wood-fired pizzas from 6.30pm
    Soul and  jazz influenced singer-songwriter and pianist who has been compared to the likes of Alicia Keys and Nina Simone. Pizzas from 6pm (all welcome), concert £11 admission – more details on our Events page here. Buy tickets here.
    “An incandescent star is born” Sunday Times
  • Saturday 30 June 11am-4pm – Tudor Fair in the grounds of Hall Farm
    Tudor dancing, singing, music, archery, sports, games, demonstrations of everyday life, food and ale, followed at 7.30pm by the leading early music ensemble Piva in Concert. Both events are part of the Ann Green Festival. More details of the festival here.
  • Sunday 1 July 4pm – Wakes Weekend
    Picnic on the village green and Wakes service at 6pm
  • Saturday 14 July – Vikki Clayton concert in the Hall  8pm
    Folk-rock singer often likened to Sandy Denny – “Crystal clear vocalsThe Guardian

More details of future concerts  can be found on our events page here.  Please do book early as our concerts often sell out early.

For other information about current activities including church services in Alstonefield and the surrounding parishes, you can find the ‘Village Newsletter‘ (a PDF file) on this link.

292 people compete in the 8th Leaden Boot Challenge on Sunday 20 May

Amazingly, over 250 of these people, not forgetting several dogs, completed the challenge of walking or running a marathon distance of 26.2 miles in under 12 hours.  It was a hot day for those taking part but the views were amazing with bluebells, garlic and mayblossom in full bloom.  The first person home, Kurt Fitch of Nottingham, was twenty minutes ahead of the rest of the field.

Over 50 local people helped to make the event possible by organising refreshments for the competitors, marking the route and manning the checkpoints.  Enough funds were raised to support St Peter’s Church, Alstonefield and Wetton Village Halls and Wetton and Alstonefield Community First Responders.

Results can be found on the Leaden Boot Challenge page.

Farmer wrecks Ashbourne

There is a keen rivalry these days between the big town club established in 1890 and the hill top village club 116 years younger. Alstonefield CC had the better of a tense affair at The Rec in May and expected a strong Ashbourne CC response for their first home match of the season. Everything looked set fair for batting, the sun was shining, the pitch hard and true. And so it was, that after 20 overs the Gargoyles had reached 100 without loss. Strange then that the match was won by a truly outstanding feat of bowling by Andy Farmer, who returned the club’s best ever bowling figures of 5 wickets for 5 runs in a spell that wiped out the best of the Ashbourne batsmen.

Outstanding bowling performance from Andy Farmer for Alstonefield …      Click here to read full match report …

 Staffordshire Farm Watch.

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We’re all aware of the rise in rural crime, particularly within the farming sector.

Staffordshire Police are working with local communities in the Moorlands area to tackle these issues and have set up a Facebook page to keep everyone up to date.

Please visit and ‘like’ their page at: https://www.facebook.com/StaffsFarmWatch/

If you see or hear anything suspicious, please call the police non-emergency number: 101.

You can also sign up to receive communications from the police by downloading this form:

Moorlands Farm Watch