St Peter’s church in Offord D’Arcy was made redundant in 1978 and its care vested in the Churches Conservation Trust. They are responsible for maintenance of the building. This Grade 1 Listed church remains consecrated and a few services are allowed each year. St Peter’s is now used as a community venue for concerts, exhibitions, craft fairs, and drama productions, all organised by the Friends of St Peter’s. They encourage the use of the building for suitable community activities and promote the architectural and historic heritage of the church.
The earliest parts of the church are the Norman arches between the nave and the north aisle, dating from around 1130. Following centuries saw additions and improvements and Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles of church architecture can be seen. The oldest monument has been dated at 1370, there are brasses from 1400 and 1532, an alabaster monument dated 1616 and a very fine 20th century stained glass window (1920) which forms the Offord D’Arcy War Memorial. The Friends mounted a major fund raising campaign in 2012 for the restoration of the window and, together with the aid of a grant from the War Memorials Trust, were able to achieve their aim within the year.
The most recent project by the Friends was the removal of an awkward step into the porch and the provision of a ramp into the church. The Friends have researched the families of the main monuments in the church and the incumbents, their patrons and their affiliation during the century of the Reformation. The latest research featured the service histories of those who lost their lives in WWI together with family histories of those who fought and returned.
For more information or to get in touch to visit the church please contact via the website: www.stpetersofforddarcy.co.uk
The programme of events and services in St Peter’s for 2019:
Sunday 5 May – All Age Family Service
Thursday 13 June – the Friends of St Peter’s AGM
Saturday 22 June – A Concert by the Huntingdonshire Guitar Ensemble
Saturday 29 June – Church Open afternoon
Sunday 30 June – BCP Evening Communion Service
Saturday 7 September – A Concert by The Tapestry Singers
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September – National Heritage Open Days
Sunday 29 September – Evening Service
Sunday 20 October – Autumn Craft Fair
Monday 11 November – Armistice Wreath Laying
Sunday 8 December – Carols by Candlelight Service
Full details of these will be advertised closer to the date.