St. Peter’s Church
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- St. Peter’s Church, Alstonefield, Nr. Ashbourne, DE6 2FX
Alstonefield Benefice Ministry
Revd. Anne Ballard (310216), The Vicarage, Alstonefield, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2FX
Lay Reader: Mary Jephcott (310445)
John Reavy ( 310125)
Our beautiful 12th century church is normally open between 9.00 am. and 5.00 pm. every day. Tea, coffee & biscuits are available for a donation (self-service). For car parking information please click here and for directions please click here.
1st Sunday of the Month
3.30 pm. (Jan/Feb/March) – Evening Worship (new Common Worship format) ~ led by Reader Mary Jephcott
6.30 pm. (April to October) – Alternating Evening song and Evening Worship
9.30 am. Holy Communion from ‘Common Worship’ published in 2000. Tea/coffee and cold drinks are served after the service.
9.30 am. All Age Worship. This informal service, in modern language, is very popular with families. Tea/coffee and cold drinks are served after the service.
9.00 am Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer, without hymns. Tea/coffee and cold drinks are served after the service.
Benefice Service at alternate churches within the Benefice.
Alstonefield Wakes 2013
Sat 29th June – 2.00 – 4.00 pm – Family games and races on the playing field
5.00 pm Village street party for parishioners – bring food and drink to share, Children’s fancy dress competition, theme 1920′s/30′s gangsters.
Sun 30th June – 1.00 pm Ladies v. Gents Village cricket match on the playing field
5.30 pm. Cream tea in the Old School Garden (Village Hall if wet)
6.30 pm march from the Village Hall to the Wakes Service on the George Green (in the Church if wet)
Address by the Archdeacon of Stoke
Major Repairs to the Church Tower
Following the architect’s routine survey, it has been found that the tower parapets are loose and have to be taken down and each stone refixed with a stainless steel pin to the stone below. The lead tower roof is over 200 years old and has to be completely replaced. In addition, some structural changes to the tower drainage system need to be made to improve rain water drainage.
This is a two-year programme, which in total is estimated to cost £72,000. English Heritage are giving us a grant of £48,000, and together with other grants, we now have sufficient funds to complete the work.
Our Church costs £43 every day to maintain. If you would like to make a donation towards this, please use the paypal ‘donate’ button below. Thank you. Also, if you are interested in family history and have roots in Alstonefield, you may be interested in purchasing the full database containing all headstone & memorial inscriptions for £6. Please go to our Family History and Headstones pages for more information. In addition the PCC has launched the Friends of St Peter’s Alstonefield group to foster links outside the Parish, which you can join for £10 per annum.
Burials and Funerals
St Peter’s Church is your Parish Church. If you have any questions about burials or funerals, please check our Burial and Funeral Policy. If this doesn’t answer your questions, then please speak to one of our church wardens, John or Carrie.
We regularly run concerts in the Church and for more information, please go to Alstonefield Events or telephone John or Cathy Reavy on 310125
Other Groups within St Peter’s
St. Peters is fortunate to have an active team of Bellringers, who meet on Wednesday evenings. Volunteers from the community form the Clockwinders Team, who not only take turns to wind the clock, but keep us entertained at Christmas.
We have also started a Flower Rota. There are still spaces available. Please sign up by phoning the co-ordinator, Ann Colclough on 310477
St. Peter’s Quiz Answers (click to view)
Lead &Water Appeals – postponed until we have met our obligation to the Tower repairs
Due to thefts of lead from the south aisle of the church roof in 2010, the PCC launched an appeal to find the necessary money to repair the roof . As the roof was leaking, the work was completed by the end of August 2010. Villagers’ engraved lead pieces were put in place and a service to print and supply photographs of personal memorial plaque(s) is now available (please contact Brian Ross on 310009). With some generous personal giving and fantastic fund raising projects, the total amount raised was exceeded. The focus has now turned to laying mains water to the church.
The ‘Water Project’ is well under way, and the installation of our kitchen facility in time for Christmas 2011 completed the first stage of the project. We have had a great response from volunteers to help with the Project, which will contribute towards keeping the costs down, and we hope prove a valuable community activity. Details of the project and the project plan can be viewed on the Water Project page by clicking here. If anyone wishes to input, comment, or contribute in any way, please contact John Reavy on 310125.
The Water project was put on hold in 2012 because of the work required to repair the tower. However, the preliminary preparation and planning for the next stage, has begun (May 2013).
This page is maintained by Cathy Reavy
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