St. Peter’s Church

St. Peter's Church

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

Please 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.  For general donations,click the ‘Donate’ button below

The Benefice of Alstonefield, Ilam & Wetton

We are pleased to welcome the Revd. John Austerberry as our new 0.2 House for Duty Vicar. John and his wife Nicola will be moving into the Vicarage in the next few weeks, and the Installation Service for John will take place at St. Peter’s church on Friday 3rd May at 7.30pm, followed by light refreshments in the village hall.



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.

Late April & May 2019 services in Alstonefield, Ilam & Wetton

  • 21st April at 11am – Easter Day Benefice Holy Communion, St Peter’s, Alstonefield
  • 28th April at 11am – Morning Worship St. Margaret’s, Wetton
  • 3rd May at 7.30pm – Installation service for the Revd. John Austerberry, St. Peter’s Alstonefield
  • 5th May at 11am – Morning Worship (Christian Aid) St. Peter’s Alstonefield
  • 12th May at 11am – Benefice Holy Communion St. Margaret’s, Wetton
  • 19th May at 8.30am – Leaden Boot ‘Blessing of the Soles’ at Alstonefield village hall
  • 26th May at 10.30am – All Age Worship Holy Cross, Ilam

Everyone is most welcome to attend and refreshments are available after most services.

Annual Report & Accounts

Alstonefield Parish Annual Report

Annual (audited) accounts 1 

Annual (audited) accounts 2

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.

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:

North Staffordshire Association
Alstonefield, Staffordshire
St Peter
Sunday, 17 May 2015 in 2h49 (10–3–10 in G)
5040 Doubles (6m)
1-2 Grandsire; 3-10 St Nicholas; 11-18 St Martin’s, 19-26 Winchendon Place; 27-34 St Simon’s; 35-42 Plain Bob
Simon Humphrey
Philip W Gay
S Geoffrey Pick
Andrew C Ogden
Anthony P Cotton (C)
Neil Beloe
First peal: 6.
First Doubles as conductor.
Rung to welcome home participants of the Leaden Boot Challenge, especially ringers from Derby, Melbourne and Ticknall.

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)

Friends of St. Peter

Parochial Church Council

Tower Restoration Project

Water Project