Church Activities and Groups

Ringing the bells in Ashover Church towerBell ringers in Ashover church

choir membersThe Celebration Choir sing at all church festivals and other events

a pile of colourful blankets made from knitted squaresSome of the blankets made for refugees by the Knit & Natter group

May Day clowns May Day in Ashover is a family day of fun organised by the church

A group of walkers atanding on a rock over Curber EdgeWalking Group on Curber Edge

Bell Ringers

Ashover Church has a splendid peal of ten bells and a ringing chamber which has been raised up to first floor level a few years ago. Ringing practice is usually on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 - 9pm.
Brackenfield church has a peal of six bells and an enthusiastic group of ringers. Ringing practice is on Wednesday afternoons starting at 2.30 pm.
Anyone wishing to learn is welcome to come along or phone one of the contacts.
Contacts: Barry Watts 01246 591850 and Brenda Johnson 01246 591980

Celebration Choir

The choir holding candles and ready to sing for ChristmasThe choir practises on most Monday nights in the Ashover Bassett Rooms. New voices are always welcome and the emphasis is on friendship, enjoyment and celebrating together.
Contact: Sarah Evans 01246 591656

Church Flowers

All churches have dedicated bands of helpers to decorate the churches every week but especially for Easter, Harvest and Christmas. The annual Well Dressings at Brackenfield and Wessington both include flower festivals in the churches with beautiful displays.
Contact for Ashover Flower Guild: Celia Kelly 01246 590243

Filmtime

A small group organises the showing of English language and foreign films to the community fortnightly from September to May in the Bassett Rooms, Ashover. The group meets to choose the films and to manage the audio-visual equipment.
Contacts: Keith and Mary Mellor 01246 591181

Knit & Natter

A group of knitters shown nattering over their coffeeA Knit & Natter group started in 2016 and in its first year made over 200 knitted blankets; these were sent off to refugees around the world through a distribution centre in Derby. The group meets every Monday from 10 am to noon in The Tuck Shop, Ashover. All (men and women) are welcome to join in; wool, needles and help getting started are all available.
Contact: Jen Hammond

May Day Carnival

The May King and Queen and attendantsAshover: The annual May Day Carnival which takes place on the May Bank Holiday is a free fun day for all the family. It includes a parade led by Ashover Brass Band, May Queen & King, stalls, street entertainment, fun run, races, tug-of-war and lots more.
Contact: Rosemary Early 01246 590738

Prayers for the World

Prayers for the World meets monthly to be updated on projects supported overseas by the Amber Churches and to pray for them.
Contact: Rosemary Blakesley 01246 590431

The Village Coffee Shop

Ashover: A Coffee Shop staffed by volunteers is open in Ashover Bassett Rooms each 1st and 3rd Tuesday morning in the month from 10.00 am to noon. Tea, Coffee, biscuits, magazines, newspapers and a good chat are all available and there are books and DVDs to borrow; an opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones.
Contact: Sarah Hillard 01246 590369

Village Pantomime

Ashover: Soon after Christmas the village pantomime run by the church is performed in the Ashover Village Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights; Saturday includes a party to which everyone brings party food.
Contact: Rosemary Early 01246 590738

A Walk in the Peak

A group of intrepid walkers set out regularly from Ashover Church on a Saturday morning at 10.00 am and share cars to travel to the start of a walk in the beautiful countryside around us. They enjoy a lunchtime picnic and often tea and cake in a cafe afterwards.
Contact: David Russell 01246 590047

Well Dressings

Brackenfield: Well Dressings are part of the Flower Festival held in Holy Trinity Church over Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Wessington: Usually held over the first weekend in July, the Well Dressings are opened with a service in Christ Church on the Saturday morning followed by The Blessing of the Wells. The church is decorated and refreshments are available.