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Alstonefield Benefice Ministry
We are currently in an Interregnum. Please contact our Church Warden if you require information. Thank you.
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.
July & August 2018 services in the Alstonefield Benefice:
- 29th July at 11am – Morning Worship at St Peter’s Church, Alstonefield
- 5th August at 10.30am – All Age Worship at Holy Cross Church, Ilam
- 12th August at 11am – Morning Worship at St. Margaret’s Church, Wetton
- 19th August at 11am – Benefice Holy Communion at St Peter’s Church, Alstonefield
- 26th August at 11am – Morning Worship at St. Margaret’s Church, Wetton
Information regarding changes to the Alstonefield Benefice
As many of you will know, draft proposals for a new Pastoral Scheme have been discussed over many months. The reasons for the proposed changes were influenced by the fact that many rural parishes, like us, struggle to pay the parish share, and therefore cannot afford to sustain a full time Vicar in post.
The idea to link Alstonefield, Wetton & Ilam together as a smaller benefice was proposed (still to be known as Alstonefield benefice) whereby we would manage with a part time Vicar, plus lay led services. This would mean that a new parish share would need to be set that is both realistic and affordable.
Warslow with Elkstones, and also Butterton, wanted to retain a full time vicar with no lay led services, therefore it was proposed that these parishes would become part of the Longnor and Ipstones benefices (respectively), where there are full time incumbents in post.
After many months of discussion, the Church Commissioners have now ratified the new Pastoral Scheme and the changes came into effect on 1st June.
On a practical note, there are still a few things to sort out e.g. the future of the ‘old’ Benefice newsletter, but discussions are already taking place regarding this, including how it might evolve into a ‘Community Newsletter’ instead.
Alstonefield, Wetton & Ilam are also now in a position to prepare a Parish Profile in readiness to advertise for a new Vicar. Further updates will be put on this web page as things evolve, so please check for any updates.
Services will continue as normal.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Church Warden.
Everyone is most welcome to attend and refreshments are available after most services.
Annual Report & Accounts
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
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 (ongoing) – 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 2018, Alstonefield will celebrate Wakes on 30th June (Tudor Fair and during the day Piva in concert in the evening) and 1st July Annual Wakes Service (on the Village green, weather permitting)
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)