Ashover’s All Saints Church has two new churchwardens – Mrs Anne Eyley who lives in the village and Mrs Brenda Shaw of Milltown.
They were elected to the top posts at the parishioners’ meeting and take over from retiring churchwardens Mark Hillard and Peter Lord. Mark has been churchwarden for the past six years and Peter for the past five.
Anne and Brenda told the meeting they were heartened by the confidence shown in them and particularly grateful that both Mark and Peter had agreed to mentor them until they had learned more about their new role.
The Rector, the Rev. Ralph Lawrence, welcomed the new wardens and thanked Mark and Peter for their dedication and hard work over many years.
Peter also announced his intention to resign after serving for 20 years as church treasurer. That post will eventually be taken over by Andrew Lovell.
Elected to the Parochial Church Council were Alan Fisher, Celia Kelly, Sue Crookes and Derek Marrison. Mark Hillard was appointed to the Deanery Synod.
Peter Lord presented the accounts for the past year and paid tribute to independent examiners Andrew King and Allison Freeman of Lilleker and King, Clay Cross. The rector thanked all three for their work on the accounts.
Reports were presented by Mark Hillard (fabric), Alan Fisher (maintenance), Rosemary Early (Rockers group), Christine Glossop (Acorns group), Susan Lawrence (Allsorts group), the Right Rev. Bob Beak (Amber World Church Aid), Ron Eyley (communications), Sarah Evans (choir), Celia Kelly (outreach – Grove House), Peter Lord (Deanery Synod), Chris Lumsden (Save our Spire appeal), and Anne Eyley (Church Flower Guild). David Chatfield proposed a vote of thanks.
In his annual report, the rector gave a detailed resume of church activities during the past year and outlined some hopes for the future. He and his wife, Susan, were thanked by Mark for their commitment and leadership in all aspects of church life.