St Peter’s Church, Ellastone
Revd Brian Leathers – 01538 702469
Church Warden Barbara Butler – 01335 324859
Services in February
4th – Holy Communion 9.15
11th – Family Service 10.45
18th – Holy Communion 9.15
25th – Morning Prayer 9.15
Read or watch Archbishop Justin Welby’s New Year Message: The message, which was recorded during a visit to the London Ambulance Service and Borough Market, is available to view in the UK on BBC iPlayer.
St Peter’s Church, Ellastone
St Peter’s in Ellastone is a beautiful grade 2* listed building with an interesting history and stands proudly in the centre of the village. In the spring the churchyard is a riot of colour from spring bulbs – snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils.
April – Sept the church is open to all on Sundays 10.00 – 16.00 and is well worth a visit. There is a heritage exhibition and also the Calwich Chapel which has exhibits showing the links of the Church with the ancient Augustinian Priory of Calwich. Do pop in!
Barbara Butler, our Church Warden
Barbara has lived in the village for two and a half years. She has been married for 54 years and they have two sons, one who is a pilot and the other who is a chartered surveyor. They also have two grandsons and two granddaughters, all of whom are either at secondary school or university. She has been volunteering for the RSPB at Carsington every Wednesday for 7 years now. She is also a member of the Ellastone Bowls’ Club.
If you would like to help in any way – cleaning the church, helping with the upkeep of the churchyard, flower arranging, general help with special occasions then please contact Barbara on 324859
Ellastone Church Heritage Fund
This fund is specially designated and any donations or legacies received can only be spent on Ellastone Church & Churchyard and cannot be used for any other purpose. It is ideal for those who support the church without perhaps attending services regularly to make their contribution. It enables restoration work that should be done (rather than has to be done) to be carried out (for example: work on two ancient trees, restoration of the Lych Gate and the installation of a modern electric winder for the clock in the church tower).
Ellastone Church Clock
The “new” clock in Ellastone Church Tower was installed in 1841. It was made by one of
the Ashbourne Clock-makers, Elleby’s in Dig Street, in a very old building now known as
The Cheddar Gorge. While no-one in the Church can see it, people outside can and it is a lovely feature of the village.
The clock is a fine piece of engineering, but has always had to be wound by someone climbing up the Tower once a week. At last, a modern electric winder has been installed. After a few teething troubles the clock is now keeping good time. We are ever so grateful for all the efforts of Michael Bailey and others who have taken the trouble to keep the time correct by operating the winder over the years. We also thank Councillor Ed Barker for a grant from the Community Fund to help with the cost. Most of the money has come from the Ellastone Church Heritage Fund
A funny thing about the bells:- Did you know that two of them are older than the Church Tower in which they reside? The Tower is dated 1586 but two of the bells are remarkably old – they are dated 1502 and 1525. They could have been from an earlier tower, but it is believed they were moved from the Priory of Calwich by John Fleetwood, the new owner. He bought the closed Priory in 1543 and made it a home. Old documents record that “he made a parlour of the chancel, a hall of the church and a kitchen of the steeple.” Bells would no longer have been needed there, so they were most likely moved and installed when John Fleetwood built the Church Tower some forty years later.
Prayer for Friendship
by Vienna Cobb Anderson
the bonding of persons
in a circle of love.
We thank you for such a blessing:
for friends who love us,
who share our sorrows,
who laugh with us in celebration,
who bear our pain,
who need us as we need them,
who weep as we weep,
who hold us when words fail,
and who give us the freedom
to be ourselves.
Bless our friends with health,
wholeness, life, and love.
“Prayer can never be in excess.”
C. H. Spurgeon
Daily Prayers: This great website contains a Christian Prayer for the day for every month of the year – 365 daily prayers.
Revd. Brian Leathers : 01538 702469
Churchwarden, Barbara Butler: 324859
Come and join us!
You will always be sure of a warm welcome and a cup of coffee or tea after the service.
Bible Study and Fellowship Group A group of people from Ellastone and other parishes in the benefice meets about once a fortnight on Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm. We study passages from the Bible and their relevance to our lives and we enjoy each other’s company. All are welcome – contact Pam on 324094 for further details & dates.
Read about the roots of the Church of England HERE
Interesting website: Christian Concern for One World
Do come and see us – we’re a friendly bunch!