Welcome to the web page for St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Scaldwell. The church is open each day for visitors, prayer and private meditation. St Peter and St Paul’s Church at Scaldwell is part of is a benefice with the churches of St Peter and St Paul in Hannington, St Andrew in Old and St Peter in Walgrave. Our rector is the Rev David Bent who lives at the Rectory in Walgrave. Although the village of Scaldwell is small, the Christian family at St Peter and St Paul is enthusiastic and a welcoming to all who visit. Throughout each month there are regular Sunday Services of Family Communion, Family Service, Morning Prayer and Songs of Praise, starting at 11am. On the fourth Sunday of each month, the benefice comes together for a combined service at one of the churches. There is also mid-week communion service on the first Wednesday of each month at 9.30am. Times of all the services at Scaldwell can be found on the notice board at the entrance to the churchyard and here on the Events Page. The church also holds special services to celebrate or remember other occasions during the year. These include a Christmas Carol and six readings on Christmas Eve at 4.00pm, Dawn Service of the New Fire and Communion on Easter Sunday at 7.00am, Harvest Festival and the Bread Service on the Sunday nearest to 5th December. The Bread Service at Scaldwell started in 1666 and has continued each year since then. See here for the next few months services, both here and at the other churches in our benefice
Worship at Scaldwell and the other churches within the benefice is assisted by a licensed and certified team of lay readers, lay pastoral ministers, lay worship leaders and Eucharistic Assistants. There are two Bible Study groups meeting on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the village and Alpha courses are run. Church members of St Peter and St Paul run a Men’s Breakfast Club in Scaldwell Village Hall approximately every six weeks at 9.00am on a Saturday morning. All men are welcome from within the benefice and other local villages whether church members or not. See the Events Page for dates.
The annual cost for the upkeep of St Peter and St Paul is approximately £11,000 and is covered by weekly giving by parishioners and fund-raising events. Please read and help if you can. The fund-raising events add to the social calendar of the village and include such events as a bi-annual village open gardens and art festival weekend, ‘Call My Bluff’ wine tasting quizzes, musical concerts in the church, sponsored walks and an annual Harvest Festival lunch. St Peter and St Paul currently supports the local Hope Centre for the homeless in Northampton by collecting food and clothes donations in a basket at the rear of the church. Any donations will be gratefully received. Throughout the year, the Christian family at Scaldwell also support Christian charities and activities within the Diocese of Peterborough, nationally and internationally.
Rector: David Bent 01604 781667
Church Wardens: Jackie Anstice 01604 880572 and Dara Masterson Jones 01604 881244
Secretary: Nick Masterson Jones 01604 881244
Treasurer: Sue Dodds-Smith 01604 881950
Lay Reader: Paul Anstice 01604 880572
Lay Pastoral Ministers: Judith Willis 01536 791008 and Gill Hewer 01604 781152
For all church matters, please contact the Rector, David Bent, on 01604 781667 or either of the church wardens, either Jackie Anstice on 01604 880572 or Dara Masterson-Jones on 01604 881244. They'll be glad to help.
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The Scaldwell bellringers can now call themselves proper bellringers! Learning to ‘play’ the heaviest of musical instruments in the world can be a challenge and takes a long time. The ringers who ring at Scaldwell and Walgrave and who live in the villages throughout the benefice, have now progressed from ‘beginners’ to being ‘improvers’, and we hope you have noticed the difference. We have found help and support from experienced ringer living in the area and are now making great progress both within the band and giving support and tuition to bellringers from other towers. Most of the band are members of the Guilsborough Branch of the Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers. Elaine Greatrex has taken on the job of “Chairman” of the branch and recent bellringing recruit Fiona Barclay has joined the committee. This has meant the bellringers who join in with the branch activities have a wider circle of colleagues to practice their art with and enjoy a wide circle of friendship throughout the county and beyond. Elaine is also a very active member of the Association of Ringing Teachers, which enables a high standard of teaching to be undertaken by a fully qualified teacher.
In December 2019 two of the ringers Mark Willis and David Watchorn rung their first ¼ peal, a feat of ringing for 45 minutes none stop, which opens up the techniques and mysteries of “method ringing” to them. This was undertaken at Guilsborough. Where five others supported them through what was a fantastic achievement, with some very well struck bellringing taking place.
The church tower contains the following five bells:
- Treble, 1961 John Taylor & Co.
- 2nd 1961, Hugh ll Watts.
- 3rd 1682, Henry ll Bagley.
- 4th 1621, Hugh ll Watts.
- Tenor, 1621, Hugh ll Watts (Wt.10-0-2)
We practice every 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday each month from approximately 7pm to 8.30pm. Anyone ideally from about 11 to 70 years old can learn to ring and both new recruits, people who would like to return to ringing and visitors are always welcome.
With a strong ethos on teaching new people to ring within the team, we also hold silent (to observers outside) practices at various times during the week. This enables us to give one to one tuition in bell handling techniques and private study of different “methods” and techniques, enabling us to ring with a computer simulator programme to improve our performances.
For more information please ring the Tower Captain Dave Keir on 01604 880934 or Elaine Greatrex on 01604 781969.