2018 Calendar 

January 2018

Tuesday 16 January 8pm: Book Group in the Vicarage

All are welcome at our book group, which takes place in the vicarage. For our last meeting the book group all read different books about Luther. Shelagh writes: "As the book group member with the least background and schooling in the scriptures and history of the Church of England, I was privileged to read Peter Stanford's new book Luther: Catholic Dissident and to then have the opportunity to think about Luther and his legacy with knowledgeable and thoughtful companions. How I wish I had read it as a Catholic teenager. It would have been a revelation! I would be delighted to lend my dog eared and much annotated volume of Stanford's  book to anyone who is interested. The next book is Kingsley Amis's The Alteration - a dystopian story imagining a world in which the Reformation hadn't happened. Happy reading!" For more information about the book club, please email Shelagh at shelagh.allsop@gmail.com  


Sunday 21 January 4.30pm: Youth Group
Everyone from ages 11-17 is most welcome to join us in the vicarage between 4.30-6pm. The Youth Group comprises a mixture of activities such as sport, baking, table tennis, snooker and some discussion of philosophical or religious ideas where doubts are welcomed and questions encouraged! We want to provide a safe and non-judgemental space for young people to explore what they really believe and what they think about God and the church. If you'd like to find out more then please contact Bea Vickers on 07766 491716 or bea.vickers@btinternet.com


February 2018


Friday 2 February: Quiz Night. 7 pm for a 7.30 start

Come along and join us for our annual quiz night! Tickets are £10.00. You can either make up a team of 8 by booking a table or if you would like to come alone, Michael will put you onto a table with others. Each table leader will arrange with their team to bring a shepherds pie (or other hot dish) for the team to share - plus salad if you wish. St Paul's will provide fruit, biscuits and cheese. Cutlery and crockery are also supplied. There will be a cash bar. Booking is essential - please contact Michael (020) 8987 0312 or  michaelc.riley@virgin.net if you would like to join us for what is always a very jolly evening! 


Sunday 11 February 7pm: Second Sunday Concert 

A piano recital by Margaret Green. Doors and the bar open at 6.45pm. All second Sunday concerts are free - do come and join us for what will be a restful hour of lovely music. 


Tuesday 13 February: Shrove Tuesday

Pancake Day!


Wednesday 14 February: Ash Wednesday
10am: Eucharist with Ashing at St Mary's Convent

7.30pm: Eucharist with Ashing at church


Start of Lent Group
During Lent a Lent group will meet in the vicarage every Wednesday at 7.30pm.


Tuesday 27 February 8pm: Book Group in the Vicarage

We had a challenging time with The Alteration  by Kingsley Amis - dystopian science fiction set in a world where the Reformation never happened. Amis had fun creating this setting where the church, embodied by Pope Martin (guess who?) and Harold Wilson ( senior British churchman ) dominated Europe. It wasn't our first read in the dystopian/science fiction line. Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crace had that honour and was also as thought provokingly challenging on the subject of human beings' relationships with God and religion as would be expected from Ms Atwood.Our next read was suggested by Michael and is a book he has been inspired by. It is Prayer Mountain by Brother Raymon (Canterbury Press). For more information about the book club, please email Shelagh at shelagh.allsop@gmail.com

March 2018

Sunday 11 March: Mothering Sunday
Family Service at 10 am with flower gifts presented to all mothers!


Sunday 11 March 7pm: Second Sunday Concert

Doors and the bar open at 6.45pm. All second Sunday concerts are free - do come and join us for what will be a calming hour of inspiring music. 


Saturday 17 March: Hounslow Symphony Orchestra 7.30pm
An evening in central and eastern Europe. Enesco’s Romanian Rhapsody No 1, Sime (traditional Albanian) by Arbereshes, Les Preludes by Liszt: and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major. Tickets from www.hounslow-symphony.org.uk 


Sunday 18 March: Passion Sunday
10.00 am Service.


Saturday 24 March: Chiswick Choir Concert 7.30pm

The programme for this concert by this popular local choir will be: Romance for String Orchestra and Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice by Finzi; Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams and An Oxford Elegy. This will be narrated by John Telfer, who is probably most commonly known for his role as the vicar in The Archers, but is a musician in his own right including singing and composing. For tickets and to find out more, please go to:



Sunday 25 March: Palm Sunday
10.00 am Family Service with Procession


Thursday 29 March: Maundy Thursday
8 pm Eucharist of the Last Supper. Followed by Silent Watch until midnight.

Friday 30 March: Good Friday
11 am Craft, Games and Hot Cross Buns - for children and families, in the Vicarage and garden

12 noon Family Service

1 pm Stations of the Cross

2 pm Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross and Communion

Saturday 31 March: Easter Eve
12 noon Midday Prayers


April 2018

Sunday 1 April: Easter Sunday
10 am: Festival Family Eucharist. Please bring bells to make a joyful noise!


Sunday 8 April 7pm: Second Sunday Concert

Doors and the bar open at 6.45pm. All second Sunday concerts are free - do come and join us for what will be a peaceful hour of uplifting music. 


Monday 16 April: Annual Gathering 7.30 pm
This is the AGM of our Parish Council - but everyone is extremely welcome to attend and find out what is happening at St Paul's! The evening will include relections on the past year, reports and elections of new members as well as some food and drink.


May 2018

Wednesday 9 May 8pm Book Group

All are welcome at our book group, which takes place in the vicarage. Our last book was The Prayer Mountain by Brother Ramon, an Anglican Franciscan friar who lived as a hermit in the grounds of Glasshampton monastery. This reminded us of the Don Camillo stories about a priest in a small town in Italy Don Camillo has a robust and argumentative prayer life and his dilemmas and adventures make for entertaining reading, so we have chosen Don Camillo Meets Hells Angels by Giovanni Guareschi  for our next title. For more information about the book club, please email Shelagh at shelagh.allsop@gmail.com  


13 May 7pm:  Second Sunday Concert

Doors and the bar open at 6.45pm. Stephen Merrony (clarinet) and Michael Chapman (piano). All second Sunday concerts are free - do come and join us for what will be a tranquil hour of uplifting music.


Saturday 19 May 11am onwards: A Right Royal Garden Party!

What a fabulous day! Thank you so much to all that came and enjoyed it! The Right Royal Garden Pary was hosted together with the Grove Park Group, and sponsored by Andrew Nunn. We are also very grateful to all of the helpers on the day and our other sponsors, Heidleberg printing, and Fullers brewery! See picture at the top of this events calendar for a flavour of the day!


Sunday 20 May: Pentecost Sunday
Family Eucharist Service at 10 am in church.


June 2018


Monday 4 June PCC Meeting

As usual, we will meet in the Vicarge at 8pm.


July 2018

Saturday 7 July: Hounslow Symphony Orchestra 7.30pm
ickets and more info from www.hounslow-symphony.org.uk 


Sunday 8 July: Second Sunday Concert 7pm
The Alfred and Salamanda Sax Quartet 

Doors and the bar open at 6.45pm. All second Sunday concerts are free - do come and join us for what will be a fantastic concert of fun and varied music! The Quartet are Amanda Lakin (Soprano Sax), Alan Lakin (Alto Sax), Sally Shaub (Tenor Sax) and Fred Shaub (Baritone Sax). They are friends who met at the Royal Academy and Royal Colleges of music, and the spark that ignited the creation of the ensemble was a street party in Wimbledon to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee! They have since played in many concerts, garden and birthday parties, and fundraising events and perform a wide repertoire of music from renaissance to contemporary in many different styles. 


Monday 9 July 8pm: Book Group

All are welcome at our book group, which takes place in the vicarage. We last got together to talk about Don Camillo and the Hells Angels which we enjoyed - it’s light hearted treatment of big moral dilemmas and compromises was fun and gave us food for a stimulating discussion. For our next book we have chosen another light hearted author who nevertheless takes on important themes - Alexander McCall Smith. We’ll read Precious and Grace - one of the Ladies Dectective Agency series set in Botswana. For more information about the book club, please email Shelagh at shelagh.allsop@gmail.com  


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November 2018

Sunday tbc November: Fireworks Party 5.30pm

Our very popular annual Fireworks event - food and soft drinks are included in the ticket price. Doors open 5.30 pm.


Sunday 11 November: WW1 Commemoration Concert

A special concert to mark the end of the Great War. Musical Director: Michael Reed. The performers will include St Paul's Choir and a children's choir from the Unicorn School. To see photos of the concert we did to mark the start of WWI you can go to: www.iknewasimplesoldier.weebly.com 


December 2018

Sunday 23 December
Christmas Concert 6.30 pm. Doors and bar open 6 pm

Monday 24 December: Christmas Eve
Family Carols at 4 pm and 11.30 pm service

Tuesday 25 December: Christmas Day
Family service with nativity at 10 am

Special Events

Events are a major part of what we do at St Paul's, enabling us to come together as a community, have a lot of fun and do some fundraising too! Above you can see pictures from last year's firework party and also our St Paul's to St Paul's walk in October 2014, which raised over £2,500 in sponsorship money for our church. Some of our regular events include the Quiz Night in January, a Fireworks Party in November, and a Christmas Concert in December. Below are posters featuring some of our past events and at the bottom of the page you can look at galleries of photographs.

Photo Galleries of Events

  • Rock in a Hard Place is a brand new musical taking us through the life of St Paul. It has a witty and original script by John Theakston and music composed by Michael Reed and received its world premiere at St Paul's Church on Sunday 7 June at 7 pm. The cast included Bogdan Kominowski (who played Jesus in the original production of Jesus Christ Superstar), professional actors Danny Hill and performers Patrick Clancy and Keel Watson. The part of the narrator was sung by local opera singer Rebecca Gresson. You can get a flavour of the show below!
  • In 2014 we commemorated the start of WW1 with our concert I Knew A Simple Soldier Boy. The event was sold out, and was a moving and marvellous occasion. Go to the website below to view our tribute.
  • To see some pictures of the last GroveSTOCK Music Festival - which was GroveSTOCK2013 - have a look below!This featured an amazing line up of bands both local and professional and a fantastic day was had by all!
  • Our May 2013 concert entitled Rejoice was a veritable extravaganza of brass, gospel and rock! It featured performances from The Chiswick Rock Choir, Mad About Gospel, our own St Paul's Choir and Quintessent Brass playing with local tuba supremo Kevin Morgan. You can look at some photos of the evening at:
  • One of our most successful concerts ever was to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The concert was a sell-out occasion and we all enjoyed this rousing and jubliant event on a beautiful May evening.
  • Over 40 children were involved in our performance of The Carnival of the Animals - with some amazing costumes as well as lots of singing and dancing! We also performed a new Michael Reed arrangement of The Daniel Jazz and Peter and the Wolf - a fabulous menagerie of music!

Second Sunday Concerts

The Second Sunday Concerts are a very popular series of concerts, which take place on the second Sunday of every month - hence the name! They are always in the church, which has excellent acoustics for live music, and are completely free! The bar opens at the back of the church at 6.45pm and then the concerts start at 7pm. Our recent concerts have included one which featured four cellists from The London Mozart Players, who gave us a truly wonderful variety of gorgeous and spirited music. We've also been treated to classical guitar, trumpet, violin and piano as well as concerts featuring singing and jazz. The concerts last for about an hour - there's no need to book ticksts, just come along! If you would like to be on an email list to receive news of forthcoming Second Sunday Concerts then please email Ben Chappell at benchappell@aol.com with Concerts in the subject line.


GroveSTOCK is a fabulous summer music festival that takes place in the gardens and church! It is a charity event created by the residents of Grove Park to bring great music and some summer fun to the streets of Chiswick. There have been seven GroveSTOCKs to date, and over the years we've enjoyed music from an incredible array of musicians - both professional and amateur. The festival sometimes includes a kids talent competition - GroveFACTOR, and loads of different fun activities; plus a BBQ, bar and fireworks to finish! It is a non-profit making event, and all proceeds are donated to the charitable funds run by the church. We don't run GroveSTOCK every year as some years we put on summer concerts and events like our Olympic Ceilidh instead. See the photo galleries above for some more GroveSTOCK pictures!

Fireworks Party

Our Fireworks Party is a much-loved community event in Chiswick, when we welcome over 500 people into the gardens every November for a marvellous display of fireworks and our famous collosal bonfire! The ticket price includes a hot dog or burger followed by fairy cakes and brownies and a soft drink, so it's a great value event which is ideal for families! We are currently looking for more people to join the fireworks team so if you're a Grove Park resident who would like to get involved in this popular event which is great fun and a good way to make lots of friends in your local community; then please email Jenny at jennyhpowell@gmail.com

St Paul's Christmas Concert 

As well as the Advent and Christmas services that mark this special time of year; we always have a Christmas Concert - which is usually on the Sunday before Christmas Day. It features an eclectic mix of music and a variety of performances from many local musicians. Over the years we've enjoyed music from Mad About Gospel, The Swingle Bells Jazz Trio, Festive Folk and Ben and Bea Chappell. We've also been treated to some guest solos from stars of the West End shows. Our children's choir are always an important ingredient in the festive mix! At our 2015 concert, photographer Sirli Raitma took some super photos which really capture the jouous feel of the occasion and you can see those at https://www.flickr.com/gp/sirliraitma/x1PH15

Rev'd Michael Riley
St Paul's Church

64 Grove Park Road


London W4 3SB

020 8987 0312


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