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!
Message of Thanks
Many thanks to all those who have helped raise money for, and have given money to, Christian Aid this year.
The house to house collection, during Christian Aid week in May, raised £1331.25. I am really delighted that so much was given and know it will make a huge difference to many people.
Not all areas of Baslow were covered this year. If you could help extend the house to house collection for next year please let me know; it is not too onerous.
Particular thanks also to St Anne’s School, Baslow, who raised £72.30 and to June Powell for organising the Table Top sale at the Village Hall, where £210.50 was raised towards the ongoing work of this worthwhile charity. A grand total of £1614.05 has been given!
This is the first year I have co-ordinated the Christian Aid week collection. It was a lot of work, but has been so worthwhile and I now look forward to co-ordinating the house to house collection again next year.
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.
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)
Contacts: Sue Campbell 0797 1713042 Ann Mason 07791 562283