Alstonefield Ann Green Festival


The Ann Green Festival is series of events open to all ages and interests to learn about, share and celebrate the history and heritage of St Peter’s Church and Churchyard.

Alstonefield churchyard contains the grave of Ann Green who died in 1518 – reputedly the oldest legible gravestone in the country. The PCC is using the 500th anniversary of her death as the nominal occasion to hold a Festival comprising a wide range of heritage learning, conservation, arts and education and fun events.

Everyone is welcome to join us for these events, at St Peter’s Church Alstonefield, DE6 2FX.

The Festival has three aims:

  1. To research and preserve the history and heritage of St Peter’s Church and churchyard
  2. To enable more people to visit the church to appreciate its history and heritage and place in the community
  3. To raise funds for the upkeep of the church and churchyard

We will produce a history book, a new leaflet about the church and information boards about key features of the church. If you have any ideas or information you would like us to consider please contact us.


Saturday & Sunday 28/29th April 10-4pm, St Peter’s Church
Community Art Event
Local artist Sue Prince will help us paint a map of the church and one of the churchyard illustrating their history and heritage. If you or your relatives and ancestors have had anything to do with the church in the past or present please come along. Please contact us before if you have photographs, documents etc. of weddings, photos of ancestors who may be in the churchyard, pictures of events that have taken place in the church so we can incorporate them. Everyone welcome to help, to see what we are doing, and to support the event. Adults and children welcome. Admission free. Light refreshments for sale. #thevillagethatpainted

Saturday 21st, Thursday 26 April, Thursday 14th and Saturday 16th June, Alstonefield Village Hall
Tudor Blackwork Honey Bees
Threads Workshop (Fully Booked).

Bank Holiday weekend 5-7th May 10am-4pm, St Peter’s Church
Refreshments and Cream Teas for sale
Light refreshments and cream teas will be available in the churchyard if sunny or inside the church if it rains.

Saturday 16th June 7 for 7.30pm, St Peter’s Church 
Churchyard Lichens, a story of Sanctuary, Resurrection and Hope

An entertaining illustrated talk by lichenologist Ivan Pedley, Member of the British Lichen Society. At 7pm there will be a short walk around the churchyard to see the variety of lichens, followed by the talk at 7.30. Admission £5 for adults, free for children, with light refreshments. This talk coincides with ‘Cherishing Churchyards Week’ 9-17th June.

WAKES WEEKEND Saturday 30th June 11am – 4pm
Tudor Fair in the grounds of Hall Farm
A lovely Tudor house opposite St Peter’s Church, Alstonefield. A great family day out! With Tudor dancing, singing, music, archery, sports, games, demonstrations of everyday life, food and ale. Car parking on the Village Playing Field DE6 2FR.

Sunday 1st July 4pm
Picnic on the village green and Wakes service 6pm.

 Saturday 30th June 7.30pm, St Peter’s Church
Piva in Concert
Piva is a leading early music ensemble. Playing throughout the UK and across Europe, the group has a reputation for its lively performances and entertaining shows. Taking 16th century dance and ballad tunes, Piva makes them ring out in the 21st century. Tickets on sale £10 from or £12 on the door.

Saturday 28th July 7.30, St Peter’s Church
Monarchy, Marriages, Monks and Martyrs: the Messy Birth of the Anglican Church
An illustrated talk by Ken Sharples, formerly a teacher and a Learning Officer for The National Trust. Admission £5 for adults, free for children, including light refreshments.

Friday 10th August 7.30, St Peter’s Church
Rural life in Ann Green’s time: living in an upland landscape around 1518
An illustrated talk by Professor Christopher Dyer, Emeritus Prof. University of Leicester. Chris is a well-known authority on the social, economic and landscape history of the period 1200-1540. His books include “Everyday Life in Medieval England’ and ‘Making a Living in the Middle Ages’ as well as recent works on Staffordshire towns and pastoral farming. Admission £5 for adults, children free, including light refreshments.

Bank Holiday Weekend 25-27th August 10am-4pm, St Peter’s Church
Refreshments and Cream Teas for sale
Light refreshments and cream teas will be available in the churchyard if sunny or inside the church if it rains.

Saturday & Sunday 8/9th September 10-4pm, St Peter’s Church
All Our Work Festival Exhibition
To display all we have learned and made. This will include art works, photographs, creative writing, etc. Admission free. Light refreshments for sale.

We would be very grateful for any offers of help with the events at the Festival.


Tour, Talk and Tea

We are very happy to arrange for schools or groups to visit us. Please contact us as below if you would like to arrange that.

For further information please look on our Facebook page: Alstonefield Ann Green Festival

or email

or phone Carrie Osborne on 01335 310453

Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Alstonefield PCC registered charity XR696