St. Peter’s Church

St Peter’s Church, Alstonefield, Nr Ashbourne, DE6 2FX

Our church costs £43 every day to maintain. If you would like to make a donation towards this, please use the following link:

You can also help to share the cost of maintaining the church by becoming a Friend of St. Peter’s for a minimum annual donation of £10. Click here for details.

Thank you for your support.

If you are interested in family history and have roots in Alstonefield, you may also be interested in purchasing the full database containing all headstone & memorial inscriptions for £7.50.

The Benefice of Alstonefield, Ilam & Wetton

Vicar: The Revd. John Austerberry

Tel: 01335 310002               Email:



Coronavirus update

St Peter’s, Alstonefield and St. Margaret’s, Wetton are open for Sunday services

Please note face coverings must be worn and there are clear signs in each church for your information and safety. Hand sanitiser is available and must be used on entry and when exiting our churches. Thank you for your co-operation.

Holy Cross, Ilam is currently closed but hopes to re-open on 4th October* with a special service at 10.30am (*this date may change, updates to follow)

Benefice Services – September, October & November 2020


20th – Holy Communion, Alstonefield at 11am

27th – You Tube Songs of Praise lay led service


4th* – Re-opening service, Holy Cross, Ilam at 10.30am (To be confirmed)

11th – Lay led Morning Worship, Wetton at 11am

Also on 11th – Benefice Harvest  online YouTube Service at 6pm

18th – Holy Communion, Alstonefield at 11am

25th – All Age Worship, Dovedale House Chapel at 11am


1st – All Saints day Holy Communion, Alstonefield at 11am

1st – All Souls eve Benefice remembering service, Wetton at 6.30pm

8th – Remembrance Sunday, Alstonefield (joint service with Wetton) at 10.45am

8th – Lay led Remembrance Service, Ilam at 10.45am

15th – Holy Communion, Wetton at 11am

22nd – Lay led Morning Worship, Alstonefield at 11am

29th – Advent Holy Communion, Dovedale House Chapel at 11am

*Rev John will also continue to create additional Songs of Praise services online to complement the services held in church

Please click the following links for previous online YouTube services:

Songs of Praise Service for Sunday 12 July 2020

Songs of Praise Service for Sunday 5 July 2020

Songs of Praise service for 14 June 2020

Pentecost Sunday

Seventh Sunday of Easter 

Sixth Sunday of Easter – Nurses Day Service

Fifth Sunday of Easter Service

Fourth Sunday of Easter Service

Second Sunday of Easter 

Easter Sunday Service

Good Friday Service

Maundy Thursday Service

Palm Sunday Service

Mothering Sunday Service 2020

Our beautiful 12th century church is normally open between 10am and 6.00 pm every day from April to September, and 10am to 4pm October to March. Self service refreshments are available. We are grateful for donations, which can be put into the wall safe near the exit.

Safeguarding Policy*

Safeguarding Policy

*Please note we are currently reviewing our Safeguarding Policy to ensure it remains fit for purpose.

Peak Pilgrimage

St Peter’s Church is on the Peak Pilgrimage route between Ilam and Eyam. The Pilgrimage is described as ‘ A soul restoring walk through the Peak Park’. For more details click here

Full Peal of St Peter’s church bells

Lichfield & Walsall Archdeaconries Society
Alstonefield, Staffordshire
St Peter
Sunday, 22 May 2016 in 2h47 (10–3–10 in G)
5040 Surprise Minor (7m)
Cunecastre, Carlisle, Netherseale, Bourne, Norwich, Ipswich, Cambridge.
1David L Towell
2Matthew Lawrence
3Gail K Lawrence
4Stuart C W Hutchieson (C)
5Timothy M Davis
6Andrew C Ogden

Boiler House & Oil Tank project – Autumn 2015

The boiler house (asbestos) roof was removed in September, as were the old, rotten, wooden doors. Whilst the roof was off, the old oil tank was removed and a smaller, double bunded tank lifted into place. Thanks to Mike Griffin for his invaluable help. Alliance Technical then replaced the roof with fire retardant cement sheets and installed two new metal fire doors. The church is grateful for funding from the Leaden Boot Committee, which has contributed significantly to these improvements. As the new oil tank takes up a fraction of the space of the old one, we now have a large storage space to use as well!

Next project (ongoing) – installing a toilet in the south porch.

Alstonefield Memory Days

Would you like to remember a dearly loved family member or friend in a rather unique way? Alstonefield Memory Days offers a way to do just that. Please contact Carrie Osborne (01335 310453) or Marion Beloe (01335 310253) for further details, or pick up a leaflet in church.

In 2020, Alstonefield will celebrate Wakes on 28th June

Major Repairs to the Church Tower

The essential conservation work on the church tower has been completed. For more information click here


Our Church costs £43 every day to maintain. If you would like to make a donation towards this, please use the paypal ‘donate’ button above. 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, and / or contact the Vicar or Church Warden.

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 also have 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)

Friends of St. Peter

Parochial Church Council

Tower Restoration Project

Water Project