MUSIC will be the order of the day for visitors to St Peter’s Church in Hartshorne this weekend.
The South Derbyshire village church will host a heritage open day on Saturday, offering members of the public the chance to have a look inside the historic church and enjoy its musical offerings.
The recently-formed bell ringing group at the church will be the stars of the morning, as they ring a special quarter-peal for three-quarters of an hour at the start of the day. They will then be on hand to offer demonstrations and help other people learn how to ring the bells throughout the day.
There will also be the chance for people to climb up into the belfry to see the bells in action. There are six bells at St Peter’s, one of which dates back to the 16th century.
After the group has finished ringing, visitors will be entertained by visiting organist Tom Corfield, who has been playing at Derby Cathedral for almost 30 years.
He will perform on the church organ throughout the afternoon, and until the event comes to an end at 3pm.
His wife, Dr Rosemary Corfield, will also be in attendance, and will be speaking about her time as a urologist at Queen’s Hospital in Burton.
It is the first time the church has hosted a heritage open day, following a suggestion several weeks ago, but it is hoped that if this event is a success, it will be the first of many.
Doors will open at 11am and bell ringing will begin at the same time. Mr Corfield will begin playing the organ at noon and will perform until the day comes to a close at 3pm.