The following announcement has been made by the Archbishop of Canterbury


Statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the Death of Her Majesty The Queen


It is with profound sadness that I join the nation, the Commonwealth and the world in mourning the                      death of Her Late Majesty The Queen. My prayers are with The King and the Royal Family. May God                    draw near them and comfort them in the days, weeks and months ahead.

As we grieve together, we know that, in losing our beloved Queen, we have lost the person whose                  steadfast loyalty, service and humility has helped us make sense of who we are through decades of          extraordinary change in our world, nation and society.

As deep as our grief runs, even deeper is our gratitude for Her Late Majesty’s extraordinary dedication                        to the United Kingdom, her Realms and the Commonwealth. Through times of war and hardship,                      through seasons of upheaval and change, and through moments of joy and celebration, we have been          sustained by Her Late Majesty’s faith in what and who we are called to be.

In the darkest days of the Coronavirus pandemic, The Late Queen spoke powerfully of the light that no                      darkness can overcome. As she had done before, she reminded us of a deep truth about ourselves –                                    we are a people of hope who care for one another. Even as The Late Queen mourned the loss of her                           beloved husband, Prince Philip, we saw once again evidence of her courage, resilience and instinct for

putting the needs of others first – all signs of a deeply rooted Christian faith.

As we sustain one another in the face of this challenge, our shared grieving will also be a work of

shared reimagining. I pray that we commence this journey with a sense of Her Late Majesty’s faith and

confidence in the future. 

As a faithful Christian disciple, and also Supreme Governor of the Church of England, she lived out her

faith every day of her life. Her trust in God and profound love for God was foundational in how she led

her life – hour by hour, day by day. 

In The Late Queen’s life, we saw what it means to receive the gift of life we have been given by God

and – through patient, humble, selfless service – share it as a gift to others.

Her Late Majesty found great joy and fulfilment in the service of her people and her God, “whose service

is perfect freedom” (BCP). For giving her whole life to us, and allowing her life of service to be an

instrument of God’s peace among us, we owe her a debt of gratitude beyond measure.

The Late Queen leaves behind a truly extraordinary legacy: one that is found in almost every corner

of our national life, as well as the lives of so many nations around the world, and especially in the


It was my great privilege to meet Her Late Majesty on many occasions. Her clarity of thinking, capacity

for careful listening, inquiring mind, humour, remarkable memory and extraordinary kindness invariably

left me conscious of the blessing that she has been to us all.

In my prayers at this time I also give thanks for the marriage of The Late Queen and His Late Royal

Highness Prince Philip. Theirs was an inspirational example of Christian marriage – rooted in friendship,

nourished by shared faith, and turned outwards in service to others.


May Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II rest in peace and rise in glory.


The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby

Archbishop of Canterbury



St Peter ad Vincula (St Peter in Chains) is part of the Ashwater Benefice, with Black Torrington and Highampton.


A warm welcome to all vistors to our site, whether you live in the Parish of Ashwater or in our neighbouring Parishes of Beaworthy, Halwill, Tetcott with Luffincott, Clawton, Black Torrington, Highampton, or wherever you might be. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ.


The next services at Ashwater St Peter ad Vincula



Service of Commemoration for HM Queen Elizabeth

Sunday 18th September at 09.30 am


Harvest Festival

Sunday 2nd October at 9.30 am


Holy Communion

Sunday 16th October at 9.30 am


Benefice Service for All Saints Day

remembering those who have passed away in the last year

Sunday 30th October at 11.00 am

To be followed by a Bring and Share Lunch at Ashwater Village Hall





Ashwater church is  open for private prayer.

Please see below.


Some simple Acts of Worship that people can use at any time
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Services you may wish to attend, watch or listen to, or join in with via Zoom





                                        Daily Service BBC Radio 4          9.45 a.m. week days

                                        Sunday Worship BBC Radio 4     8.10 a.m.

                                        Choral Evensong BBC Radio 3    Wednesday at 3.30 p.m. repeated Sunday at 3.00 p.m.





Ashwater Church Council decided at their recent PCC that they still urgently need some additional help for the future efficient running of the Church. The areas where help is needed are:

~ Volunteers to assist with various support roles to help keep the Church running, and support the work done by our temporary vicar Stephen whose duties cover multiple local Parishes as well as Ashwater

~ support, grant and income generation

~ Administrative support, including with the Diocese

~ Publicity and Communication to the wider community

~ Church building care, maintenance and development.


St Peter’s does not have any churchwardens, and too much responsibility falls on just a few shoulders.


We need more people to get involved from both within the regular church congregation and villagers who might attend less frequently. We are seeking for volunteers who have the energy and drive to help move our church here forward, post Coronavirus. So, if you think you might be able to help in any of the above ways (or any other positive ways) then please contact Revd Stephen Skinner on 01237 431622, or at sjmskinners@btinternet.com




Ashwater bellringers - the tradition continues

Part of village life for centuries

The bells at Ashwater have sounded out across the village for centuries. The recent interruption due to the Covid lockdown represents a mere hiccup in that history and a dedicated team continue the tradition.

Remembrance Day 2018

11 November 2018


Bellringers at Ashwater commemorated those who fell in the Great War by performing their own Act of Remembrance


Ringing for the Act of Remembrance were:-

Treble - Liz Martin

2 - Eric Moon

3 - Harvey Moon-Dix

4 - Pete Jennings

5 - Peter Potten

Tenor - Harold Jones


Congratulations to Harvey Moon-Dix, grandson of Eric Moon, on learning to ring for this occasion.


New bellringers welcome - hands on experience guaranteed

The bellringers at St Peter's are seeking eager volunteers to join them in continuing the proud tradition of bellringing at Ashwater.


If you are interested in joining the team or simply curious and want to find out more please contact Tower Captain, Liz Martin








Celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Ashwater bellringers played their part in the Jubilee celebrations ringing the bells.


Ringing at Halwill Church on 3 June 2022 were Ashwater benefice bell ringers Eric Moon, Harold Jones, Liz Martin, Andrew Richards,             Harvey Moon-Dix and Peter Potten

Young ringer keeps it in the family

For generations the Moon family have been associated with Ashwater village and bell ringing. Eric Moon, who lives next to the church, has been ringing for over 70 years and is still going strong. His grandfather was instrumental in augmenting the original ring of five bells to six and having the bells rehung in 1929.

Four years ago, Eric’s grandson Harvey, then aged 12, started learning to ring about Easter time with the view to ringing on Remembrance Day that year, 100 years after WW1 ended. Harvey achieved that aim and has continued ringing. Unfortunately, covid stopped any ringing for quite a while but Harvey has stuck with it and is now a very proficient ringer. He is a member of the Ashwater benefice team and also practises with the Clawton team.

It was fitting that Eric should receive a 70-year award and Harvey a novice ringer award in May 2022 at theTamar Valley Guild of Ringers guild day, held at Ashwater. Only in recent years has Eric relinquished the role of tower captain. He no longer climbs the tower to maintain the bells or wind the clock. He freely offers advice to those carrying on with the work and the clock now has an electric winding mechanism. Whether it keeps such good time is debatable! Harvey maintains the tradition as he is always keen to assist with any maintenance work.


Ashwater Bellringers 2018 and 2022
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Services are held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month at 9.30 am.


All are welcome.

- whether you are new to the area or just visiting

- whether you have lived in the area for some time but not been to Church before

- whether you have been a regular church-goer before and have not attended for some time - perhaps as a result of the Covid lockdown.



Need to talk?

It doesn't matter if you normally attend church or not, we are here for you. If you would like to speak to someone about how you are feeling, or if you need help please call:


Rev Stephen Skinner

Tel: 07546 920222

email: revstephenskinner@ashwaterparishchuch.com


Keep connected - building a community for all


Please keep in touch even if you cannot attend Church services - phone or email Steven.







Private Prayer

Please contact Rev Stephen Skinner 


Tel 07546 920222

email revstephenskinner@ashwaterparishchurch.com





To get in touch please email: administrator@ashwaterparishchurch.com



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