St Peter’s Church, Alstonefield, Nr Ashbourne, DE6 2FX
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Alstonefield Benefice Ministry
The Reverend Prebendary Lawrence Robert Price
Tel: 01335 350968
Mrs Marion Beloe (01335 310253)
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.
We extend a very warm welcome to Reverend Prebendary Lawrence Price who has joined us (from September 2016) for a period of 12 – 18 months.
April & early May services 2017
2nd April at 11am Holy Communion (Benefice service)
Easter Sunday (16th April) at 6pm Holy Communion
7th May at 11am Morning Worship – this is a special Christian Aid service with a late breakfast afterwards!!
Everyone is most welcome to attend and refreshments are available after most services.
Service details are also published in the Benefice newsletter every month.
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
Annual Report & Accounts
Full Peal of St Peter’s church bells
The church looked wonderful for the harvest service on Sunday 4th October. As ever, the ‘flower fairies’ had spun their magic and created stunning displays – here are a couple of pictures, but do go and look for yourselves!
Local children and families took an active part in the service, and this year the proceeds from the offertory collection were given to the Save the Children Fund.
This was the final service led by the vicar (at St Peter’s), and she announced that she would be taking up a new post in the Diocese of Hereford in the New Year. We wish her luck and success in her new post.
Around 50 people attended the annual harvest supper on Monday 5th October in the village hall. This was the first time we had tried a ‘bring and share’ harvest supper and it was well received by everyone. Pen did a great job selling raffle tickets to everyone as they came through the door.
There was a great variety of food on offer, hot and cold, and the quality of the dishes was excellent – testament to the cooking and baking skills within the village. Thank you to everyone who ‘brought and shared’ dishes, to the pudding providers and to Carrie and Jon who provided the potatoes, freshly dug from their garden!
Thanks also to Cathy who had created a stunning display of the donated harvest produce for the auction – her creative talents are much admired and appreciated.
We raised almost £420 for church funds from the raffle and produce auction.
Grateful thanks to all who helped to set up tables and chairs, help with food and all the washing up afterwards. Great teamwork!
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 in 2016 – installing a toilet in the south porch.
The Village ‘sweet pea’ Wedding 8th August
For two days last week, the church was a hive of industry as Ann and Notty (ably assisted by Ellie) set about creating their floral magic in preparation for a village wedding. Notty had been to the flower market early on Thursday morning, and lots of greenery had already been left in church in various buckets and containers.
However, as their combined creativity took flight, it soon became obvious that more flowers would be needed! So the call went out to the village and, in true village tradition, gardens were raided (with permission!), folk turned up with armfuls of flowers and a multitude of glorious blooms, hollyhocks, delphiniums and roses to name a few, were added to the buckets lining the nave. The bride’s sister was dispatched to collect sweet peas from anyone in the area who had some to offer! Thank you to everyone who gave so generously.
The nave resembled a chaotic floral obstacle course for a while, but gradually order was created from the apparent chaos, and the most beautiful and stunning floral displays appeared inside and outside the church.
Finally, the sweet peas were added, contributing a heavenly scent to the displays.
As a visitor, you might think you had walked into a church flower festival, but no, this was for Katie and Tom’s wedding. On the day itself, the sun shone, the bells pealed joyously, the music was uplifting, the floral displays stunning, the service moving, and many villagers turned out to join family and friends to celebrate the Village ‘sweet pea’ Wedding.
Congratulations Katie and Tom!
Leaden Boot Full Peal 17th May 2015
A group of ringers from the Derby area were taking part in the Leaden Boot Challenge and suggested that ringing the bells would be a great encouragement to their tired limbs! So it was then that a group of ringers from Derby and Staffordshire, including two very local ringers, combined their experience and the bells rang out for three hours to ‘ring them home’. The last time a full peal was rung at St Peters was in 1996. See the official record of the band and their achievement below:
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 2017, Alstonefield will celebrate Wakes on 24th & 25th 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)