Duke will be guest at ancient ceremony

An ancient Saxon ceremony will help a church celebrate its 150th anniversary.

The Rector, Churchwardens and congregation of Christ Church Burbage are inviting everyone to their very special service of Clypping this Sunday at 10.30am.

Attending the service marking 150 years of worship and witness will be honoured guests The Duke of Devonshire and The Mayor of High Peak who will both read a passage of scripture during the service.

Christ Church Burbage is one of the few churches in the land that carry out the ancient custom of Clypping, which comes from the Saxon word ‘yclep’ meaning “to embrace”.

The Rev John Hudghton, Rector of Buxton, said “We circle the church building linking hands, face inward and give thanks to God for the church and those who have built its life over the years. We then turn outwards and pray for the village and community life of this area. It’s a rather unusual but very meaningful custom.

“Some people who have moved away from the area travel for miles in order to come back for this service and the lunch that follows. It would be lovely to see folk who do not usually worship with us, on this very special Sunday. Perhaps those who have been baptised, or married or had children baptised here might make a very special effort to join us.”

The preacher at the Burbage Clypping will be The Venerable Christine Wilson, Archdeacon of Chesterfield, and music outside will be provided by The Burbage Band.

Mr Hudghton added “Christine is a very effective Archdeacon who is greatly assisting us with the problems we are having with dry rot. I hope she does not fall through the pulpit as she is a most excellent and entertaining preacher!”

The Church is inviting locals to the celebratory luncheon after the service.

Tickets, available from Burbage News, Margaret Barnes on 01298 23270 and Joyce Allwright on 01298 78483, are priced at only £6.50.