The church of St Peter’s in the village of Beech was founded in 1902 with the land and the funding for the building donated by Commodore Anstis and was initially known as Captain Anstis’ Mission church. Prior to this the people of Beech either had to walk to Alton to attend church or walk across the fields to the chapel attached to Theddon Grange. Such was the enthusiasm and popularity of St Peter’s when it was built that the length of the building was increased by a third and the altar raised. The bellcote was built over the west porch and a bell presented by Mr Nelson Cameron (The bell and the roof have recently been rehung and made good). Known by various names, Beech Mission Room, Beech Iron Room, Mission Hall and the Beech Mission Church, it wasn’t until 1926 that it was dedicated to St Peter.
The ‘tin hut’ church, as it is sometimes affectionately called, sits halfway up Wellhouse Road on the left hand side. The small piece of land around it is lovingly looked after by members of the congregation and the bench seat outside provides a quiet and reflective place to sit. The faithful and welcoming congregation meet each Sunday morning at 9.15 for a traditional Holy Communion Service or one of Morning Prayer. The church family is fully involved and helps to host events in the village including a delicious lunch held once a month in the village hall for older residents both from Beech and the surrounding areas (restrictions permitting).
For further information about the church and the parish you are invited to take a look at the website (www.potr-alton.co.uk) and the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/potralton). Alternatively you can contact Reverend Lynn Power 07850 232995 or at firstname.lastname@example.org she will be pleased to hear from you.