All Saints' Chapel of Ease, Somerford
Somerford, once just a convenient place to cross the River Dane, grew into a township within the ancient parish of Astbury. For many centuries the mother church was St Mary's at Astbury but in 1725, Sir Peter Shakerley of nearby Somerford Hall reputedly fell out with the Rector at St Mary's over the gentry's access to that church. Sir Peter took the matter into his own hands and built All Saints to serve as a domestic chapel for the Hall.
Somerford Hall was demolished in 1926 but All Saints chapel survived and since 1943 it has been a chapel of ease, a Grade II listed, hidden gem within the ecclesiastical parish of Astbury.
The chapel holds afternoon Evensong once a month from May until Harvest Festival at the end of September and, weather permitting, a Christmas Carol service. Summer highlights are occasional outdoor events set in the midst of the lush green Cheshire countryside. The annual Pet Service is a great excuse for a picnic. Following the repair of the potholes, the winding, scenic drive off the main road is now as much of a pleasure as the peace and timeless ambience of the chapel setting itself.
St Mary's Astbury and All Saints Chapel of Ease care passionately about the safety of all their church families and visitors. Read how we make provision for safeguarding here.
St John the Baptist, Smallwood Church
St John the Baptist Church in Smallwood welcomes everyone, wherever they may find themselves on their spiritual journey to join in our Christian adventure. Together as a church family, we seek to grow more like Jesus, helping carry one-another’s burdens, sharing our talents and gifts, praying and worshipping together.
The Smallwood community is a unique one, everyone is happy to lend a helping hand & share cups of tea & slices of fabulous cake!
A very warm welcome awaits you, whether you are a regular church-goer or looking to dip in your toes and test the water.
The parish of Smallwood: St John the Baptist is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Chester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.
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