Late-Victorian Britain, Holst and Thaxted; and Social Justice

Sunday 7th July 2019 – Late-Victorian Britain, Holst and Thaxted; and Social Justice. To provide a context for Dr Williams’ visit on Friday 12th July, we are planning a presentation, to be held in the Parish Rooms of St Anne’s on Sunday, 7th July, 2019, from 6.30 to 8.00pm. Howard Bailes will give a thirty-minute talk, generously illustrated, on the world in which Conrad Noel grew up – Britain and its Empire during the late nineteenth-century – and on Holst and Thaxted. This will be followed by a presentation on social justice by Claudine McCreadie and Christopher Stephens. Finally, we shall show a short except from Tony Palmer’s outstanding documentary on Holst, In the Bleak Midwinter. We are very grateful to Mr Palmer for permission to show this part of his film. We will end the evening with bubbly and nibbles. We would be delighted if you were able to attend this occasion.

A weekend inspired by the life and faith of the Reverend Conrad Noel (1869-1942)

The Parish Church of St Anne, Kew

A weekend inspired by the life and faith of the Reverend Conrad Noel (1869- 1942), who was born on 12 July 1869 in Royal Cottage, Kew Green

    • 19.30 Friday, 12th July 2019 – Public Lecture – The Challenge of Affluence: lessons for a parish from the life of Conrad Noel. Dr Rowan Williams, Master, Magdalene College, Cambridge.
      • This will be preceded by a Bring and Share picnic from 18.00 -19.15, outside St Anne’s Church on Kew Green. (Chairs and tables provided)
    • 15.30 Saturday 13th July 2019 – Morris Dancing
      • Westminster Morris Men outside St Anne’s Church: (sponsored by Halletts, Kew estate agents, established 1869)
    • 10.00 Sunday 14th July 2019 – Sung Eucharist
      • Congregational procession – setting Thaxted Mass
    • 12.00 Kew Churches Family Picnic
      • Kew Green – bring and share food – games and tug of war
    • 15.30 Summer Concert: music by Holst.
      • Paulina Voices, conducted by Heidi Pegler with piano accompanist Alexis White. St Anne’s Church, Kew Green..

Exhibition. There will be a small exhibition of Conrad Noel’s artifacts at the back of the Church from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th


On Sunday 7th July 2019 there will be an evening of preparation – details and background notes on this link

    • 18.30 Sunday 7th July, 2019 – Preparation Evening – St Anne’s Parish Room
    • 18.40 The world in which Conrad Noel grew upBritain and its Empire during the late nineteenth-century – Howard Bailes.
    • 19.00 Conrad Noel, Social justice and Christian faith – Claudine McCreadie and Christopher Stephens.
    • 19.20 Holst and Thaxted: This presentation will include a short excerpt from Tony Palmer’s outstanding documentary on Holst, In the Bleak Midwinter.
      • We are very grateful to Mr Palmer for permission to show this part of his film. Howard Bailes
    • 19.45 Refreshments.
    • 20.30 Close.

FOLLOW-UP TO DR WILLIAMS’ LECTURE

As part of our on-going concern with issues of Social Justice at St Anne’s, there will be a follow-up day to Dr Williams’ lecture in October 2019.

Further details to follow.

Summer Recital Series 2019

Every Sunday afternoon from May to September, this beautiful and historic church offers a platform for emerging artists and seasoned professionals to present exciting and eclectic programmes to the local community and the wider visiting audience. For over a decade, the Saint Anne’s Sunday Afternoon Recital Series has consistently attracted musicians of international repute to perform in this atmospheric setting.

This year’s series includes programmes from four international piano recitalists, a unique vocal recital celebrating the centenary of Polish-Jewish composer Miecyszlaw Weinberg, a new reading for harp and voice of Les nuits d’été in the sesquicentennial anniversary of the death of Hector Berlioz, a chamber music cycle featuring Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps, Shostakovich’s Quartet no. 8 in C minor (opus 110) and Arnold Cooke’s rarely performed Piano Trio, two specialist period instrument ensembles, contemporary music collective Ensemble x.y and the return of former music director Chad Kelly to perform three concerts of the Bach Cantatas, with musical friends old and new.

Before and after every recital, home-made cakes and cream teas can be enjoyed in the church’s Parish Rooms and surrounding picturesque grounds. A retiring collection goes towards sustaining and developing the rich musical life of the community.

DOWNLOAD 2019 RECITAL SERIES PROGRAMME

Tercentenary Celebrations on 7th September 2014

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Tercentenary Sung Eucharist

A memorable Tercentenary Sung Eucharist was led by The Rt. Revd. Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark to an enthusiastic congregation. Celebrations afterwards continued with the releasing of balloons on Kew Green and wound up several hours later with tea and cakes, by way of a hog-roast and a stirring rendition by Ars Eloquentiae of Vivaldi’s Gloria. With many thanks to all who made it such a wonderful occasion. 

The Bishop of Southwark prepares to realise balloons to mark the start of the festivities
The Bishop of Southwark prepares to release balloons to mark the start of the festivities

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Balloons !

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The Choir witness the balloons ascending

A former chorister shares her memories of St Anne's in the late 1930's with the Bishop of Southwark
A former chorister shares her memories of St Anne’s in the late 1930’s with the Bishop of Southwark

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An orderly queue formed for luncheon on the Green

Fr Nigel Worn and The Bishop of Southwark share ideas with a parishioner
Fr Nigel Worn and The Bishop of Southwark share ideas with a parishioner. The Sun was a late but welcome guest to the event

Ars Eloquentiae performing Vivaldi's Gloria
Ars Eloquentiae performing Vivaldi’s Gloria

Cakes and tea in the Hall were a popular attraction to round off the afternoon
Cakes and tea in the Hall were a popular attraction to round off the afternoon.

The late afternoon sun and cricket forming a backdrop to discussions over tea n the churchyard.
The late afternoon sun and cricket forming a backdrop to discussions over tea in the churchyard.


Celebrate300 – Patronal Festivities

For the Saint’s day of St. Anne & St Joachim, 27th July, The Rt. Revd. Dr. Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston, led the Sung Eucharist service and set festivities rolling by cutting a cake aptly decorated for the occasion.[ezcol_1half] patronal-02 [/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end] patronal-01a [/ezcol_1half_end] patronal 03
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300th anniversary of the consecration of St Anne’s

The Parish Church of St Anne, Kew

Celebrate300 – Worship

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 Sunday 11th May 2014


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Clergy and churchwardens, past and present, together with the congregation commemorated the 300th anniversary of the consecration of St Anne’s on the 11th May, with a sung eucharist to give thanks for 300 years of Christian witness in Kew. Above Fr. Peter McCrory (Vicar of St. Anne’s 1982-2000), left,  and Fr. Nigel Worn (vicar since 2000), right,  pause by the new font after the service. Below, David Blomfield, author of  “St. Anne’s, Kew 1714-2014”, signs a copy of the book for a happy purchaser in the Hall after the service.

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