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Sawley All Saints Church is one of the oldest churches in the area. It has a thriving congregation and throughout the year holds many events to raise money for the upkeep of the church. To meet their commitment to the ministry in the Diocese and to maintain their building and grounds, they had to raise 1,124 per week in 2001. The overall figure for the year 2002 will be higher. As guardians of this fine old building they want to maintain it for future generations to enjoy. They also want to continue the churches ministry in Sawley through its services and pastoral care.

The church and its grounds is also one of the most picturesque, with some beautiful stained glass windows dedicated to past noted church members, stone arches either side of the nave and a 17th Century pulpit. It also has a traditional stone font for Baptisms and beautifully maintained wooden pews. The organ is set high in the side of the Chancel and is a joy to be heard. It is hard to believe looking at the picture below that just a few yards away from this serene haven, lies the extremely busy main Nottingham to Tamworth Road, and in close proximity is the M1 Motorway.

Starting from the gates on Tamworth Road there is a wonderful tree lined walkway leading up to the church, which makes it a popular venue for wedding ceremonies, and photographers can take some fantastic photographs of the bride and groom and their families on their happy day. The well kept cemetery is often chosen by local people to bury their loved ones, it is also a restful place to sit and reflect.

Standing in the church grounds is the Rectory, and a large grassy area in front of the church hall, which plays host to garden parties (weather permitting). The Long Eaton and District Heritage Society, The Sawley History Society, and an active Girl Guide and Brownie group also meet here. Refreshments are kindly provided by volunteers from the church parishioners in the church hall at such meetings and also for the Annual Flower Festival. During the three day Festival, local people sell their home grown produce (flowers, plants, fruit and veg, jams and preserves etc.) and second hand books, there is also a Tombola stall and raffles.

Here are some photographs of the 2002 flower festival which had the theme of Special Days.

Each year's flower festival is based on a specific theme. These festivals prove popular with the local population, and attract others from further afield too. Below is a complete list of flower festival titles at Sawley All Saints from 1968 to 2002.

YearTheme name
1968History of Sawley
1969Floral Concerto
1970Petal and Paint
1971Flowers and Lace
1972Portrait of a River
1973Christian Year
1974The Parables
1975The Living World
1976Women of the Bible
1977Jubilation
1978The Gospel Story
1979Children of the Bible
1980The Earth is the Lords
1981Moses and the Ten Commandments
1982Benedicite
1983Songs of Praise
1984Realms of Glory
1985Floral Concerts
1986Poetic Tapestry
1987Christian Alphabet
1988Lord of the Dance
1989All people that on Earth do dwell
1990Feasts and Festivals
1991Our Derbyshire Heritage
1992All God's gifts around us
1993Tell Me A Story
1994Through the eyes of a child
1995Spreading the word
1996All God's gifts
1997Celebrations
1998Words of the Lord
1999The 20th century way
2000Harvest Time
2001Memorable Achievers
2002Special Days

The Church has kept its records of past vicars, perpetual curators, and rectors. The two lists below are taken from these records.

YearVicar's name
1266Hugh de Scoter
1315William Patris
1343John de Salloe (John of Sawley)
1343William de Bromley
1363Richard de Braydeston
1369John de Apthorpe
1390Richard de Rodyngton (Richard of Ruddington)
1390William Beck
1394John de Acres
1394William Stapleford
1394John Peck
1414John Besage
1430John Bloreton
1431John Rysely
YearPerpetual Curator's name
1654R. Holmes
1670John Pyme
1686Henry Greatorex
1692Joseph Bruen
1693John Bull
1702Samuel Lees
1706Francis Coleice
1750John Kennedy
1754R. Holmes
1767W. Garthwait
1768Benjamin Wigley
1785Thomas Humphries
1815John Holme
1819William Harding
1823James Lowther Senhouse
1844Samuel Hey
YearRectors's name
1866Samuel Hey
1893Arthur Clarke
1934R. S. Renfree
1934W. A. Rundle
1941Gerald Harcombe
1947Frank Forest
1954John William Price
1961Joseph Bennett Hurst
1969David J. Chapman
1980John Warman
1998Peter Henry
2007Alicia Petty

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