News and Events
CONSERVATION AND REFURBISHMENT PROJECT
The project works are now complete and we are now using the church once again. For more information on the project click here or on the button at the left of this page.
OHCT RIDE AND STRIDE
It poured with rain on the day of this year's Ride and Stride, but our Striders were undaunted!Alan Thompson, Charles and Lynn Baker all bicycled, while Ross and Judy Martin strode, between them raising over seven hundred pounds in sponsorship, half of which will come to St Marys. A sterling effort! Well done and thank you to you all, and to the team of Welcomers at St Mary's.
Cantores Illuminati led by Jonathan Arnold gave us a wonderful selection of music from medieval to modern.
And raised the grand sum of £484 for the work of the church. Thank you to Jonathan and Cantores Illuminati and to Lynn and Charles Baker and the Friends of St Mary's for organising everything.
Photos İKevin Poyle.
We were indeed fortunate to have Joseph Nolan, Organist and Master of Choristers at St George's Cathedral in Perth, Australia, to give this concert to us on our new digital organ. With a programme including Widor's 5th Symphony and Noel Rawthorne's Dance Suite, Joseph was able to demonstrate to us the full range of this remarkable organ, producing sounds that we didn't think possible from what appears to be a small instrument! It was a fantastic evening.
As well as the hairs on the back of our head, the concert raised an excellent £589 for the work of St Mary's. Thank you to Joseph Nolan and Regent Classic Organs for arranging the concert and to Lynn and Charles Baker, Jeanette and the Friends for the local organisation and refreshments.
How nice it was to be back in the familiar surroundings of St Mary's for the annual banquet, and with everything looking so much nicer. The illuminations in the chancel really showed off the conserved paintings and refurbished walls to perfection, while the new heating made the whole place pleasantly warm. Claire and her team decorated the banquet with exceptional flower displays, and Jeanette produced an excellent banquet for us all - again! and many thanks to her and her team of helpers for producing such a wonderful evening. We finished off with singing Jerusalem accompanied by the music played and recorded by Chris Davenport on the new organ, magic! An amazing £1,123.86 was raised.
BOB'S WALL PAINTINGS BOOK 2nd EDITION LAUNCH
A very enjoyable afternoon was had by all who attended the launch of the second edition of the Illustrated Guide to the Wall Paintings. Sir Hugo Brunner was introduced by the Revd Canon Ian Cohen and in turn wittily introduced the new book, complimenting Bob on a very interesting and well produced guide. Madeleine Katkov showed us some close ups of different aspects of the paintings and then Bob told us what was new in the book. Wine and canapes were served while books were signed. Many thanks to The Red Lion for the refreshments and to Jeanette and the team of volunteer guides who looked after the serving.
Shared Life Activities in 2016 DECEMBER
Saturday 3rd December
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