Church Activities and Groups

Ringing the bells in Ashover Church tower
Bell ringers in Ashover church

two families singing together
The Celebration Choir sing at all church festivals and other events

a pile of colourful blankets made from knitted squares
Some 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 Edge
Walking Group on Curber Edge

Unfortunately, with Covid-19 restrictions most of our usual activities are curtailed but here is an idea of what we usually get up to.

Bell Ringers

Ringing for services is still continuing as far as possible. 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.
Contact: Jim Heading 01246 590555
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Celebration Choir

The choir holding candles and ready to sing for ChristmasThe choir practises on most Monday nights in the Ashover Bassett Rooms though this is on hold for the time being. New voices are always welcome and the emphasis is on friendship, enjoyment and celebrating together.
Contact: Anna Bell 07788 455959 and 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: TBA

Fellowship Group

A group meets regularly for fellowship and exploration of our faith; they also organise evening walks and events over the Summer months. During Covid-a9 times the group continues to meet for zoom sessions.
Contact: David Russell 01246 590047


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. Temporarily suspended.
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. All (men and women) are welcome to join in; wool, needles and help getting started are all available. Temporarily suspended as a group but still knitting at home.
Contact: Jen Hammond 01246 590897
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Love Your Neighbour

Ashover All Saints Church has a group ready to offer practical and emotional support to anyone in need in the local community. Get in touch with the team in confidence by emailing

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. Cancelled for 2020.
Contact: Rosemary Early 01246 590738

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, cake 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. Temporarily suspended.
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 is a family night and includes a party to which everyone brings party food. Cancelled for 2021.
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: Regular Well Dressings ceased a few years ago but there is still a Flower Festival held in Holy Trinity Church over Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Cancelled in 2020.

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. Cancelled in 2020.