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St Anne's is a vibrant worshipping community that is Good News for Baslow - a church that is praying, loving, growing and connecting.
We hope that by looking at this site, you will discover that God is alive and active in Baslow through the life of His church.
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A few weeks ago I was involved in the Three Village Peak Pilgrimage. Nearly one hundred of us from Baslow, Foolow and Eyam did all or part of the Peak Pilgrimage; which is a 39 mile walk from Ilam to Eyam. It weaves its way from church to church via some of the loveliest parts of the Peak District. Over four sun-baked days we walked and talked, drank tea and ate ice cream. At each of the twelve churches we were invited to spend some time reflecting on the deeper aspects of life and perhaps pray. It was a wonderful experience that brought people closer to each other, the creation and the creator.
It reminded me of one of my favourite stories in the Gospels. After Jesus had died two of his followers were disconsolately walking on the road to Emmaus discussing their problems. Whilst they were walking and talking the risen Jesus sidled up to them and whilst unrecognised by them showed them how his death was not a disaster but part of God’s great plan to rescue humankind.
It was not until they shared a meal together did they recognise him and realised why their hearts burned within them when he spoke.
I would like to invite you to see life as a pilgrimage; a journey with a destination and purpose. I hope that on that walk you will find friends and companions along the journey. My greatest prayer however is that we will recognise and respond to the Christ who walks beside us and allow of our hearts be warmed by his love and invitation to life that he brings. Happy walking,
Mike Gilbert, Rector
The rector is currently on sabbatical. Hopefully he is having a well-deserved break, carrying out some of his interests while he recharges his battery!
You are very welcome to join us at St Anne's Church.
We welcome new members who might like to join the church choir. We rehearse once a week at Tuesday teatime from 6.00pm to 6.45pm and sing for one choral communion each month, as well as the Palm Sunday, Harvest and Christmas Carol Services.
Proverbs 29:18 states “Where there is no vision the people perish”. Organisations and people grow towards a vision. A good vision enables strong teamwork, attracts resources and people and is essential for growth.
A consultation process is underway to map out the vision and mission of St Anne's, building on the Rector’s recent paper about an invitational church. Meetings will be held over the summer so that we have a positive message for Mike on his return from sabbatical.
During the month of May there were many comments and complaints about the state of the ‘Old’ churchyard and without doubt these were fully justified. I will try to explain of what actually happened.
In Baslow we have two churchyards which come under separate governance. The ‘Old’ churchyard, immediately adjacent to the church itself, has been closed for many years and by law no further burials can take place unless there is already a double plot in place to accept a new interment. This churchyard is now the responsibility of the local council which in our case is Derbyshire Dales District Council. DDDC are responsible for cutting the grass, trimming the trees and all issues associated with its daily running.
Adjacent to this is the ‘New’ churchyard which is the responsibility of Baslow & Bubnell Parish Council. This responsibility they take very seriously and I am sure you will agree that it is very well kept.
DDDC reduced the frequency of grass cutting, blaming a shrinking budget. The result? the appalling state that we were faced with in May.
When the law was passed that the local council had to take responsibility for closed burial grounds there were just 4 churchyards that were closed. This number has now increased to 22. Last year the council declared that they would no longer cut the river bank, leaving it as a wild flower area, neither would they trim the yew trees. Unfortunately they overlooked the fact that many loved ones had had their ashes interred and visits to the graves in those areas still took place on a regular basis.
We are very fortunate that we have two volunteers who, over the past year, have taken on the task of cutting the central area of the river bank. We will have to pay an independent contractor to trim the Yew trees. We have had many discussions with DDDC and have even offered to take over the management of the ‘Old’ churchyard on the proviso that some funds were attached. They refused this offer.
We have looked at supplementing their cutting schedule to ensure that the grass is kept to a reasonable height but to do this we will need to raise £2,000 per annum from the parish. St. Anne’s does not have this amount of cash available as we have a major commitment in having to repair the roof of the church before winter descends upon us. We would welcome your views on such a proposal.
If you would like to join our Prayer Chain, praying for a variety of situations, please contact us for further information.
Prayer & Bible Study
There is a regular prayer and Bible study group that meets in St Anne's Church on Fridays at 3pm. Please follow this link for further information >