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Forthcoming Events

January 2019


St Pauls Church Bible ExhibitionBible Comes to Life Exhibition

Friday 1st February – Monday 4th February, St Paul’s Church, Blandford Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4JP

St Paul’s Church will be hosting an exhibition that brings the Bible to life for people of all ages.  The free ‘Bible comes to life’ exhibition will be at the church over the weekend Friday February 1st to Monday February 4th.  It features interactive and multi-sensory displays, with large models, fascinating artefacts and talks delivered by experts in Biblical costumes.  Prominent will be a three-metre by two-metre model of the Temple in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus, complete with smoking altar!  Other exhibits include a large scale model of the desert tabernacle where worship took place during the Jewish people’s wanderings after their exodus from Egypt.

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Huntingdon Male Voice Choir in concert

Saturday 9 February, 7.00pm at Bromham Baptist Church MK43 8LJ   Tickets £12 adult,  £6 children under 16

HMVC in their first concert of 2019 are performing to raise money for Friends of St Owens Building Fund.

To book contact 01234 825454 or 826551


Blunham Giant Book Sale

Saturday 16th February, 10.00am – 3.00 pm, Blunham Parish Church, Park Lane. Beds MK44 3NQ

Come to our Browse and Buy Second Hand Giant Book Sale.  A large selection of second hand/nearly new books, homemade cakes, teas and coffees, homemade soup and a raffle. All proceeds to Blunham Church Fabric Fund


Sacred Jazz at the Cathedral: Hertfordshire Chorus, David Temple MBE (Conductor), Zoë Brookshaw (soprano), The Blue Planet Orchestra

Saturday 2nd March 2019, 7.30pm, St Albans Cathedral, Tickets £10 – £25, (concessions £5)

Duke Ellington Sacred Concert, Bruckner Mass in E Minor

Duke Ellington’s celebratory Sacred Concert is a spectacular blend of gospel and jazz styles with traditional choral singing and the reverential tone of European liturgical music. It combines wonderful melodies with Ellington’s trademark swing rhythmic drive. From an early age Ellington was steeped in the vibrant mix of sacred and secular music within Washington, DC’s African American community. He wrote Sacred Concert towards the end of his life and described it as “… the most important thing I have ever done”. The versatile Hertfordshire Chorus is excited to bring this rarely-performed piece to St Albans Cathedral.

Bruckner’s Mass in E minor is one of the most beautiful and powerful works ever composed for a choir and wind instruments. It was the second mass he wrote and he scored it exclusively for wind instruments because the performance space for its intended premiere was outside Linz Cathedral. It is arguably his first masterpiece and combines the simplicity of Italian Renaissance polyphony with romantic style harmony and a powerful combination of vocal and instrumental textures.

Hertfordshire Chorus performs regularly in Britain’s major concert halls, as well as locally in St Albans Cathedral, Hatfield House and Watford Colosseum. The Chorus recorded two concerts in 2018 for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 2. Recent CDs include the highly acclaimed Ode to a Nightingale (Will Todd) and Codebreaker (James McCarthy), recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra for Signum Records.

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Faith in the Livery today: “Rules for the Conduct of Life”

Tuesday 5th March 2019 from 6.30 to 9.00 pm, St Ethelburga’s Centre, 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG,  Tickets £25 per head including drinks and canapes

Speaker: The Right Rev Dr Stephen Platten, Chaplain to St. Martin-within-Ludgate,  Responses: City Sikhs, Rabbi Jonathan Romain MBE, Noorzaman Rashid
Chairman: Michael Binyon, journalist and trustee of St Ethelburga’s

Faith is important because it can influence behaviour, for good and for evil. In the current climate we have the opportunity to adapt our understanding of the ‘Rules for the conduct of Life’. People of faith working together can surely achieve a more positive outcome for the Livery. Is it possible, whilst remaining committed to the Christian belief, which this booklet draws heavily upon, to have a mutual respect for other faiths? Whatever faith we hold often depends on in what societies and cultures we were born into and nurtured. What might each faith contribute to a shared set of values and ethics?

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Catholic Evangelism for All Christians: Resources from the Anglo-Catholic Tradition to help you share your faith

Saturday 16th March, 10.30am – 5pm, Christ the Saviour Church, New Broadway, Ealing, London, W5 2XA

A training day to give you practical resources to help you share your faith / grow your church. This day is designed for Church Wardens, PCC members, and other lay leaders to come to with your clergy. To get the most out of the day we suggest you come as a group from the parish. There are discounted tickets if three or more people come from the same parish.

Speakers include: Mother Sandra Millar on The Christening Project; Fr Fabrizio Pesce on Church Planting: an Anglo-Catholic Experience; Fr Simon Rundell presenting The Nursery Rhyme Mass; Fr Andrew Foreshaw-Cain on Post Offices, Soft Play and Community Engagement; CAFE – Catholic Faith Explorations DVD resources.

Please bring a packed lunch – tea and coffee are provided.  The venue, Christ the Saviour Ealing is just round the corner from Ealing Broadway station – easily accessible being on the Central line, the District Line, and overground trains from Paddington and Reading.

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December 2018

The Bishop of St Albans, The Right Revd Dr Alan Smith will be giving a talk entitled Modern Day Gambling: Jackpot or Crackpot? at a Thinking Lunch on Thursday 3rd January.

The talk is at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, Marlborough Road, St Albans AL1 3XQ, 12.30pm to 1.30pm, drinks are provided but please bring your own sandwiches.

The charity that Bishop Alan has chosen is this year’s Bishop’s Harvest Appeal ‘Give Peas a Chance’.  Farming communities in rural southern Malawi have suffered severe hardship because of changing and unpredictable weather patterns.  However, by starting to grow the drought-resistant and commercially valuable crop, the remarkable Pigeon Pea, people’s lives are being transformed, bringing them new hope for the future.


In Search of Mary Shelley: the Girl who Wrote Frankenstein

Wed, 19 December 2018, 8.00pm, Lady Chapel, St Albans Cathedral.  Tickets £10

Astonishingly, Mary Shelley was still a teenager when she composed Frankenstein and created two of our most enduring archetypes. Her life, as the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft and wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley, is legendary. But who was the woman who lived it? She’s left plenty of evidence, and in this fascinating dialogue with the past, author Professor Fiona Sampson sifts through letters, diaries and records to find the real woman behind the story. She uncovers a complex, generous character, trying to fulfill her own commitment to writing at a time when to be a woman writer was to be extraordinary.


Franz Liszt: Life, Music and Franciscan Faith

Wed, 30 January 2019, 7.30pm in The Nave, St Albans Cathedral.  Tickets £12.50 (includes interval drink)

Most popular ideas about Franz Liszt’s character are wrong: far from being a vain ‘celebrity’, he was inspired from childhood by a profound Christian faith, and his life-long connection with the Franciscans led him in mid-life to join their Third Order; later he received minor orders in the Catholic Church. Much of his work was liturgical or overtly Christian, but all his work reveals his intense and life-affirming spirituality. This evening blends live performances of works by Liszt for solo piano (including the B minor sonata in full) with an introduction to Franciscan spirituality and the life and faith of one of the nineteenth century’s most important composers. Words, music and pictures combine to open up a fresh perspective on this fascinating man and his work.

Pianist: Florian Mitrea, the young, Hertfordshire-based, concert pianist acclaimed as ‘outstanding’ by Martha Argerich (

Speaker: The Rev’d Iain Lane, Tutor in Christian Doctrine and the Visual Arts, and a Franciscan


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November 2018

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Wheathampstead Churches Together Armistice Centenary Commemoration Reflective Trail of Peace, Hope & Remembrance  

Saturday 10th – Tuesday 13th November, St Helen’s Church Wheathampstead

All the local churches, schools, scouting and guiding organisations are joining forces to mount this four-day festival.  St Helen’s Church will be filled with flowers, poetry, music and art to create a Reflective Trail of Peace, Hope & Remembrance in St Helen’s Church.

Click here to download a poster for the Reflective Trail

Click here to download a poster for the Centenary Commemoration Service


St Leonard’s Church, Flamstead: Heritage Lectures in association with the Flamstead Society

  • Saturday 10 November, 2.30 pm: Wall Paintings in Flamstead Church: Making and Meaning, Dr Ellie Pridgeon (Lecturer in history of art, Universities of Leicester, Oxford and Cambridge)
  • Saturday 24 November, 2.30 pm: Medieval Graffiti: Putting Flam-Stead into the Bigger Picture, Matthew Champion (Historian and expert on medieval graffiti, and author of the acclaimed Medieval Graffiti: the lost voices of England’s churches)

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Music for Remembrance sung by Cantamus Chamber Choir Conducted by Paul Edwards.  Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Parry and others

  • Tuesday 13 November 7.45 pm at St Owen’s Church, Bromham, MK43 8LL
  • Sunday 18 November 3.15pm at ChristChurch Bedford, MK40 3SX

Tickets at the door. Details 01234 741 871 / 07989 837 819


Soundbites: A series of term-time Wednesday lunchtime Concerts All Saints Church, Hertford SG13 8AY

  • Wednesday 14th November:  Emma Abbate & Julian Perkins Piano Duo
  • Wednesday 21st November: Robert Atchison (Violin) & Timothy Carey (Piano)
  • Wednesday 28th November: Mine Dogantan-Dack (Piano), Mona Kodama (Violin) & Juan Drown (Viola)
  • Wednesday 5th December: Canon Brass: Festive Finale

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St Albans and the Cult of Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester A talk by Dr David Rundle, University of Oxford, held jointly by St Albans Cathedral and the Friends

Thursday 15th November, Drinks 7.30pm, Talk 7.45 – c. 9.30pm.  Tickets £9.00  Venue: Crossing, St Albans Cathedral (please click link for map)

Humfrey, duke of Gloucester (1390-1447) liked to call himself the son, brother and uncle of kings. A politically divisive figure, early in 1447, while heir presumptive to the throne, he was arrested on an accusation of treason. He died in custody. His name was not forgotten, however, and one place where he was especially remembered was St Albans Abbey.  This lecture will explore Humfrey’s career, his literary patronage, and afterlife.

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We Will Remember Them: Vaughan Williams’ Secret Salute to the Dead of the Great War

Tuesday 20th November, 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Redbourn (Transept Hall).  Free Admission.

This fascinating talk by historian and broadcaster Andrew Green explores Vaughan Williams’s hauntingly beautiful yet barely-known short 1922 opera, The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains. Andrew is convinced this opera is a carefully constructed memorial to those who died in the First World War and an offering of consolation for the bereaved.

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Theology and Peacebuilding, a talk by The Rev’d Sam Wells, Vicar of St-Martin-in-the-Fields

Wednesday 21st November, 8.00-9.30pm in the Lady Chapel, St Albans Cathedral (please click link for map). Tickets £10

The Rev’d Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields and Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College, London, looks at 12 steps that lead to peace, and distinguishes between different models of reconciliation, notably peacebuilding, peacewaging, peacekeeping and peacemaking.

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St Mary’s Carlton Amazing Bazaar & Christmas Bake Off

Saturday 24th November, 1.30 – 4.30pm, Carlton Village Hall

All you need to do is bring one individual homemade mince pie to the Village Hall during the Bazaar. The judging will be at 4.00 and there will be Star Prizes “Young Bake-Off Chef” (under16) & adult “Bake-Off Chef” (over 16). And visit our fantastic collection of Christmas stalls – gifts, produce & taste our delicious refreshments

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St Nicholas Church, Barton Le Clay Christmas Tree Festival 

  • Saturday 1st  and Sunday 2nd  December 12.00  – 6.00pm.  Decorated trees and Bethlehem Stable, music, refreshments. Admission £2.50, children free.
  • Friday 30th November Preview Evening: 7.00pm refreshments and viewing the trees, 8.00pm Concert featuring the Bedfordshire  Woodwind Academy Flute Ensemble and  Hand bell ringing group.  Tickets £7 from 01582 882350

Follow the Christmas Tree Festival page on Facebook for further information


Redbourn Living Advent Calendar 1st – 24th December

Each day in Advent a different door in Redbourn will open at 6.15pm for a 15 minute surprise.  Why not get out into the village and enjoy the magical build up to Christmas. Everyone is welcome.

The Redbourn Living Advent Calendar website shows the location of the door for each day, and you can follow the Facebook page for updates about what was behind each door.


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