Coronavirus guidance from the Church of England

In light of the Government guidance, the Church of England has said that all churches are to close to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Read the statement in full here. You can find a live stream service or event to watch from home here.

Church of England Diocese of Derby Somersal Herbert

The Parish Church of St Peter & St Blaise

St Peter & St Blaise is a peaceful village church in the lower dove valley south of Ashbourne. It is noted for its healing and retreat ministry. Our services are simple but dignified. We use the Common Praise hymnbook but are quite used to Taize and modern worship songs. We seek to be an inclusive community. We operate an 'open altar' policy at all our eucharists - all who love the Lord Jesus are welcome to share his body and blood at Holy Communion. On fifth Sundays we do not hold a service but have an event such as a Parish Breakfast, Harvest Lunch or Supper, Afternoon Tea. Everyone is welcome and our church is open 24/7. We are members of The Small Pilgrim Place movement.

You can find us on Facebook which is kept up to date. We also have a Geocache!


Following Church of England advice aimed at limiting the spread of Coronavirus, public worship has been suspended until further notice. All formal meetings due to be held in the church are also cancelled. The church building is always open for private prayer for anyone who needs time for quiet personal contemplation and prayer. Please observe the guidelines on distancing (2 meters) and hygiene practices when entering the church. We advise you to pray from home using resources available on the Church of England website if you are in an “at risk” group.

Further details will be posted on our website as they become available.

A range of prayer and worship resources can be found on the Church of England website.

Get in touch

Revd Dr John Vickerstaff

The Rectory Main Road Sudbury Derbyshire DE6 5HS

Villagers worked all morning on the last day of November to decorate church for our united service and St Nicholas celebration.

7 Dec 2019, midnight