The annual carol service arranged by the Rotary Club of Broadlands was held at St Peter’s Church, Buxton Road, Spixworth, at 7:30pm on Friday, December 4th. This year, while the carols were all ‘traditional’, the readings were taken mostly from the Gospel of Luke, which gave a different slant on events surrounding the nativity.
The ecumenical service was led by the Rector, the Reverend Keith Rengert, and supported by the choir and organist.
After the service, there was the usual Christmas fare – sausage rolls, mince pies, mulled wine etc.
St Peter’s is an unusual design, its nave dating back to 1260 A.D., and its south aisle built on what appear to be the foundations of a much earlier Saxon church. The roof used to be much taller, until much of the building was destroyed by fire in the 19thcentury and – presumably for reasons of cost – was rebuilt much lower. (Until the mid-twentieth century, the population of Spixworth had remained roughly what it was at the time of Domesday, in 1086. Domesday lists “10 men and 13 sheep”, but when you add in the probable number of women and children, you get to around 50, not counting the sheep.)
Traces remain of possible clerestory windows, from when the walls were much higher. The reredos was made just a few years ago by the village branch of the Women’s Institute. The tower is actually round, as can be seen from the room at its base, but has been encased since being built in a square one. It contains two bells, one of which is understood to be the second oldest in England, still in situ and working.