We welcome our Rector back from his Sabbatical. We are very much looking forward to his ministry.
Protecting our heritage
We have a wonderful building in our midst but keeping it in a proper state of repair is a major task. Do we ignore this type of problem or do we, as a village, ensure that our next generation take over a well maintained building? You may have noticed that roof works have recently been carried out on the current phase of the overall building maintenance plan.
Please contact us via this form if you would like to financially support our project to maintain an important part of our village’s heritage.
St Anne's Church Choir Welcomes New Members
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.
St. Annes’ was visited by over 30 members of St. Oswald’s Church, Bollington. The group was led by their Revd Canon Veronica Hydon and they had come, by prior arrangement to hear a talk on the history of St. Anne’s, which was given by local historian, David Dalyrymple-Smith.
The 'Old' Churchyard
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. Please contact us via this form.
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 >
All are welcome.
Lending library for books and magazines in Baslow St Anne’s Church
Access:Before and after services, and through the week when the church is open. The library will be clearly marked on the left as you walk into the church.
Borrowing:For a maximum of 4 weeks. Honesty book for the details of the book, your name and your contact info (in case someone else needs the book you have borrowed)