St. Peter and St. Blaise, Somersal Herbert
A quiet church in the centre of a beautiful village welcomes visitors and pilgrims. There is a ministry of healing and renewal and the church is a place that is prayed in almost daily. There are Quiet Days for reflection and meditation on the first Saturday of the month from May to September. In the churchyard there is a simple labyrinth cut into the grass. Services advertised in the porch and beside the lych-gate; or enquiries can be made by telephoning Mrs Jo Ewing (contact details below, additional telephone number 01889 562556.
(From 2017 the church will be known as St Peter & St Blaise - before the Reformation it was dedicated to St Blaise.)
Standard opening times: Open twenty-four/seven
A visitor comments: "With perseverance, and help from a young man on a tractor, I found this haven in a hidden village, north-east of Uttoxeter. Its mainly plain glass windows let light flood in thus creating a sense of calm. Its lack of fuss and simple welcome makes this a very special place.
The sideboard, at the entrance, with its fresh flowers, and what proved to be the most delicious jam and marmalade, encouraged one to leave prayer requests and to read short passages from Margaret Silf's book, Landscapes of Prayer.
Services of healing are central to the church's mission. St Blaise, to whom the church was first dedicated, before the Reformation, was the patron saint of healing.
In the south-west corner of the churchyard a grass labyrinth has been constructed. To assist you in your journey, a leaflet in the church, invites you to walk and pray."
Somersal Herbert, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 5PD, United Kingdom
Grid reference: SK 139 354
By car – The village is North of the A50 between Sudbury and Doveridge, Derbyshire.
Disabled access. Refreshments can be arranged if required, and there are several pubs nearby. The church and adjacent Somersal Cottages holiday lets and Hill Farm B&B make this a suitable venue for retreats and parish weekends. (It can cater for up to 50 persons.)
Mrs Joanna Ewing,
6 Pickleys Lane
Tel: 07973 563039