Planning for the Future

Annual Inspection

St. Anne’s was recently subject to an Annual Inspection of our paperwork by the Archdeacon of Chesterfield. All was found to be correct although it was pointed out that as a public building we had to have an ‘Asbestos’ inspection and a five year inspection of our electrical supply. We are pleased to report that we have received a Five Year certificate for all things electrical with the Asbestos inspection finding nothing that needed action on our behalf. This monitoring will continue on an annual basis.

We have at the same time been trying to get permission and action to remove two trees in the churchyard which are clearly dead. Following consultation with the Peak Park and Derbyshire Dales District Council this permission has now been granted and DDDC are to get quotes to undertake the work. One issue raised was the position of the Bat Roost, however we have satisfied the bodies concerned that this is not an issue. The cost of this particular exercise will be borne by DDDC as they have the legal responsibility for the maintenance of our Churchyard. We have persuaded the council to trim the whole of the river bank and this they have done. Unfortunately, their responsibility does not stretch to non-essential work such as trimming the Yew trees.

The Yew trees have not been pruned for two years and this now needs to be done. Failure to do this would mean that we would not be able to see the Christmas lights that we place on these trees. The PCC are responsible for this and quotes have been obtained and work should commence very shortly.

It is pleasing to report that our new roof over the South Aisle has stood firm in the light of how much rain has been thrown at it recently. We completed this work just in time!!

The Maintenance Team

 

 

Planning the future of St Anne’s

St Anne’s Church is the Parish Church of Baslow Village and therefore is the church for all residents of the Village. It is your Parish Church. 

For some time now there has been a process of change and positive development underway within the church which has been very welcome but this process has highlighted some weaknesses which the church now wishes to address. 

The external climate with the Diocese of Derby, continues to be one of controlled contraction, with many churches now becoming unsustainable financially as congregation sizes and revenue streams continue to shrink. So there continues to be pressure to reorganise to allow a more sustainable structure for the future. The benefice structure, for example, within the Diocese, is under review once again and no doubt in time this will lead to a different shape of the church in those parishes which are struggling.

St Anne’s Church is not one of those parishes but this is not to say that we will not be affected by the outcome of any review. 

We expect to be consulted on the review process and can see that there are issues to be addressed in the current benefice structure which includes Baslow, Eyam and Foolow. The obvious questions are clearly to do with the geography of this organisation since it seems that parishes of Curbar, Stoney Middleton and even Edensor have been missed when considering possible local structures. 

The result is that three very different churches in size, style and location, which reside in the two parishes, have been linked together under one leader (the Rector), which in itself, produces both strengths but also weaknesses. The strengths in this Benefice, at their best, are very good indeed, but the weaknesses are issues which have been largely side-lined until now. 

There is no doubt that in recent years St Anne’s has undergone something of a recovery from a very difficult period in its history but it is now time that we look to see if it is possible to progress further by addressing some fundamental questions such as: 

  • What are the features and strengths within St Anne’s Church presently and how should we develop them further? 
  • How does the Church relate to the village population and what could we do to improve the relationship with the village and become a greater part of village life? 
  • How do we secure our future in this ever-changing world and look forward with confidence with God’s Guidance? 

In an attempt to address these issues a process of consultation is taking place. 

In July, the church congregation started a consultation process on their views and proposals. No doubt this will lead to follow-up discussions. 

It is the intention also, to consult the village residents, and so during the coming weeks you will be invited to participate in discussion so that we hear clearly, those comments and criticisms which can help us to improve our position in village life and become more relevant to individual residents of all ages. 

It is vital that we find relevance to the younger sector of the village population in our future plan. 

Please accept this article as an open invitation to present and past church members and to parish residents of the village to join us in this discussion with the objective of finding “a new direction of travel” for St Anne’s Church and its place within the Village in the future. 

Bill Campbell 
Parochial Church Council Secretary


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