Saint Elizabeth’s is in the small village of Ashley in a lovely rural setting. The building is late Victorian celebrating its 130 years on the feast day of St. Michael and All Angels 29th September 2010. It has a beautiful stained glass window and carved pews. Plans are in hand for reordering of the church to include a kitchen, toilet and office with new heating and lighting. We are considering removing some of the pews to allow for multi-purpose use of the building.
In a recent questionnaire seeking views about our church and possible future developments all the respondents mentioned the existing welcoming and friendly ethos. St. Elizabeth’s is popular for weddings and christenings.
The village consists of a cricket club, The Greyhound Pub, one village shop, a nursery school, some old cottages, some more modern housing and surrounding farms. The road past the church leads round to Tatton Park and there is evidence in the area of the influence of the Tatton endowment. Every May the village organises a Rose Queen Fair in the grounds of the Nursery School. It is a wonderful gathering of the village folk and raises gratefully received funds for the church.
There are church services each Sunday morning including Family Communion, Matins, Family Service with Young Church, and Holy Communion.
The congregation is small in number but on special occasions, e.g. Harvest, Christingle, Christmas, Easter, The Rose Queen Service the church is full of children and their families. We are working to encourage these families to participate more in the life of the church.