MESSAGE FROM OUR CHURCH WARDENS, 27 March 2020:-
Our current times are moving quickly and no sooner had we submitted church articles for the April newsletter things had changed. So here are a few updates to those stated in the newsletter when it appears on your computer.
ALL church services are now cancelled for the foreseeable future, and this sadly includes weddings, baptisms and there are strict rules for funerals. We hoped we could keep our church open for anyone to enter for a time of reflection and prayer. However, it is with regret that ALL churches have now been instructed to close. Ashley Church is no longer open and this includes no cleaning/daily opening & locking/flowers until we come out of lockdown - individuals on these rotas stated on the back page of the newsletter have been notified. The ripple effect of the current lockdown goes further.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), which is where Parochial Church Council (PCC) members and Churchwardens are annually elected in March/April, is now cancelled until later in the year. In the meantime we have arranged for 24-hour Guard Response cover for the roof alarm from the current roof alarm provider. At the moment, if an intruder sets off the roof alarm a responder from a 'village responders list' is alerted to carry out an initial investigation before either the police or the alarm company arrive. Setting up the 24-hour Guard Response will keep our village responders safe and they have been stood down for the time being. The light in the porch and lychgate will remain lit at night and the clock will continue to chime as a sign of hope.
Finally, we know many of you are missing worshipping and visiting our church. We are too, and it feels a very surreal and serious situation none of us could have imagined only a couple of weeks ago.
Our prayers are with everyone to keep safe and well.
Lisa and Eddie
Our church is in a Benefice of five churches in the Rural Deanery of Corby, under the Archdeaconry of Oakham in the Diocese of Peterborough. Our Rector retired in December 2019 and we are currently in an interregnum.
The church is open daily from 10am–4pm in Winter, 10am-6pm in Summer (March to October).
Our services are listed in the next section, and we are lucky that Revd Jan Collins from Corby has agreed to take most of our communion services. Please come and join us – all are welcome, and we are very “family friendly”!
During the interregnum, please contact either of the churchwardens if you need any information: Eddie Culbert 01858 565294 and Lisa Newell 01858 565196
In 1973, a complete restoration of the wall paintings and gilding in the chancel was undertaken, the bulk of the cost being raised by the village people. The work was carried out by Mr. Peter Larkworthy, great grandson of Arthur Bell and resulted in the appearance of the chancel as seen today. At the same time, the elaborate chandeliers in the nave were re-decorated, each small shield bearing the intials of a member of the village at that time. The kneelers and cushions throughout the church were worked by a small group of village people between 1978 and 1980.
The church was re-wired and the chandeliers converted to electricity in 1993. The tower and spire were restored in 1994. Most windows were restored and repainted in 1996. In 2001, the bells were refurbished and re-hung and the clock was electrified with an auto-wind mechanism. In 2003, the east wall and window were repointed. In 2008, the chancel roof was replaced to preserve the paintings. The churchyard is in good order, a yew tree was planted for the Millennium and an area was established for cremated remains. In 2007, a church yard project planted thousands of bulbs and some native trees. In 2008, the lead roof of the chancel was replaced.