Events at St Paul's
St Paul's is a vibrant part of the Chiswick community and we are lucky enough to have a large group of musicians both professional and amateur, as well as lots of volunteers who enjoy coming together to sing, play, entertain, fundraise and have fun! To receive a short weekly newsletter with information about our forthcoming events, please contact ceciliathwaites@gmail.com

2022 PCC Meeting Dates

Wednesday 5 January 6pm

Wednesday 9 March 6pm

Wednesday 27 April 6pm: Parish and PCC AGM

Wednesday 22 June 6pm

Wednesday 27 July 6pm

2022 Calendar 

January 2022

Friday 28 January: Quiz Night
7pm for a 7:30pm start

The ever popular St Paul's Quiz Night is back! At present, we are plenning a live event, but if restrictions change it will be available to Zoom. A final decision will be made on Friday 21 Jan which will be announced on this website and attendees will also be contacted directly. Teams make up tables of eight; if you'd like to come but do not have a team let us know and we will find you a table to join! Tables should bring their own supper and the church will provide cutlery, plates and glasses. This year we will NOT be supplying cheese and biscuits because of Covid concerns, so please bring all the food and nibbles you will require to fuel your mighty brains! However, we WILL be providing a cash bar for beer, wine and soft drinks and politely request that attendees support this as part of our fundraising efforts for 2022, and don't BYOB! Tickets are £8.00 per person, to be collected on the night. To reserve a table or a seat at a table, please contact the Vicar: michaelc.riley@virgin.net  or  sara.m.hodson70@gmail.com

 

February 2022

Homemade Produce Bring and Buy Sale

Sunday, 20th February 11am

Please come along to our Bring and Buy Sale, held straight after church. Put this date in your diaries and think about what you might be able to contribute. Past Bring and Buy sales have been very successful with items ranging from home made bread, cakes, buns, sweets and biscuits to jams, marmalades, chutneys, pates and a variety of other individual items. The more items we are gifted to sell, the more variety we have for the buyers! If you are able to help either making or selling, please let Sara know:  sara.m.hodson70@gmail.com

 

March 2022

Sun 27 Mar 10am MOTHERING SUNDAY

10 am Eucharist

 

April 2022

Sun 3 April PASSION SUNDAY
10 am Eucharist
Sun 10 April PALM SUNDAY
10 am Eucharist

Tue 12 April HOLY WEEK
7:30pm Eucharist with Reflection

Wed 13 April HOLY WEEK
7:30pm Eucharist with Reflection

Thur 14 April MAUNDY THURSDAY 
Eucharist of the Last Supper at 7:30pm followed by a Silent Watch until midnight

Fri 15 April GOOD FRIDAY
11am Children's time in the Isis Rooms (next to the church)
12 noon Family Service (40 mins) in church

1pm Stations of the Cross

2pm Liturgy with Veneration and Communion

Sat 16 April EASTER EVE

12 noon Midday Prayers

Sun 17 Apr 10am EASTER DAY
10 am Festival Family Eucharist
Please bring bells to make a joyful noise!

Easter Monday 18 April
6:45pm Meditation

7:30pm Service

Easter Tuesday 19 April 
10 am Eucharist

Easter Wednesday 20 April 
10 am Eucharist at St Mary's Convent

Easter Friday 21 April 
12 Noon Eucharist 

  

May 2022

SUNDAY 15 MAY 3:30PM AND 6:30PM - HEAR THE PEOPLE SING
An exuberant show celebrating music inspired by 150 years of Grove Park history. Tickets from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hear-the-people-sing-tickets-287691923287

 

SATURDAY 28 MAY 7:30PM - HOUNSLOW SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
A chamber group will play a programme of Mozart and Louise Farrenc. Tickets from Eventbrite.

 

SUNDAY 29 MAY 10AM - SONGS OF CELEBRATION
family service on Sunday morning at 10am. Parishioners are invited to choose their favourite hymns in advance, which will then be sung by the congregation at this joyful service of worship and praise. Contact: Rev Michael Riley michaelc.riley@virgin.net

 

SUNDAY 29 MAY 7PM - POEMS OF CELEBRATION
 An evening of joyful, uplifting and reflective poetry, chosen and read by the St Paul’s Poetry Group. The event is free, but we are suggesting a donation of £5. There will be an interval, and cash bar. Contact: Sue Hearn susan.hearn@btinternet.com

 

June 2022

Sun 5 June PENTECOST SUNDAY

10am Parish Eucharist

 

WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE 6PM - FESTAL EVENSONG
To mark the exact day of the 150th Anniversary of the Consecration of St Paul’s on 1 June 1872, this evening service will include a sermon from Archdeacon of London, the Ven Luke Miller together with some celebratory music including anthems sung by St Paul’s Choir and friends. Contact: Rev Michael Riley michaelc.riley@virgin.net

 

SATURDAY 11 JUNE 7:30PM - THE ADDISON SINGERS
English Music for a Summer Evening. The programme by this very popular West London choir will include Dyson, Stanford, Delius and Vaughan Williams. Tickets available from Eventbrite.

 

FRIDAY 17 JUNE 6PM - THE HISTORY OF ST PAUL’S
James Wisdom and Val Bott from the Brentford and Chiswick Local History Society will give an illustrated talk on the history of St Paul’s Church, its links to William 7th Duke of Devonshire and its place in Grove Park.

 

SATURDAY 18 JUNE 7:30PM - KEW SINFONIA
A concert by the Kew Sinfonia. The programme will include Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Brahms Piano Concerto no 1 and Gade Symphony no 4. Tickets from Eventbrite.

 

FRIDAY 24 JUNE – SUNDAY 26 JUNE - FLOWER FESTIVAL
The church will be filled with flower displays from local churches, schools and community groups for all to admire! There will be a reception for exhibitors on Friday evening and refreshments will be served throughout the weekend in the church and gardens. The Flower Festival will run from 10am – 6pm on Saturday and 11:30am – 6pm on Sunday and there will also be a variety of musical performances, including the Middlesex Yeomanry, to enjoy as you browse the floral displays! Contact: Sara Hodson sara.m.hodson70@gmail.com

 

SUNDAY 26 JUNE 6PM - EVENSONG SERVICE OF BLESSING
A Service of Blessing for the closing week of the 150 Festival with anthems sung by St Paul’s Choir and friends. Contact: Rev Michael Riley michaelc.riley@virgin.net

 

July 2022

SUNDAY 3 JULY - COMEDY NIGHT

Bring along your friends and family for an evening of jollity! Attendees are invited to bring a picnic supper into a large marquee in the church garden to be entertained by the very best of Chiswick’s young comedians! Contact: Cassandra Barker cassandra.barker@hotmail.com

 

August 2022

 

September 2022

Sunday tbc September 10am: HARVEST THANKSGIVNG

 

October 2022

 

November 2022

Sunday 13 November REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 

10am Parish Eucharist wiht an act of Remembrance at 11am

 

December 2022

Saturday 24 December  CHRISTMAS EVE


Sunday 25 December CHRISTMAS DAY

 

Monday 26 December ST STEPHEN'S DAY
 

Previous Events

Above you can see pictures from concerts, the St Michael's Players 2019 production of Salad Days, our Royal Garden Party and our St Paul's to St Paul's walk which raised over £2,500 in sponsorship money for our church. Some of our regular events include the Quiz Night in January and a Christmas Concert in December. Below is more information about some of our past events and at the bottom of the page you can look at galleries of photographs.

I Knew A SImple Soldier Boy brought to St Paul's the voices and music of those who participated in and lived through the Great War in two extraordinarily moving and powerful performances. Written by John Theakston and drawing on the personal reminiscences of ordinary people and contemporary soldiers' songs and music; the concert on 11 November 2018 exactly 100 years after the Armistice featured a choir of 55 adults, a children's choir of 35 from the Unicorn school in Kew and a professional orchestra of 15 players under the direction of West End musical director Michael Reed. Simon Shepherd narrated the performance, and we were also lucky enough to have Andee-Louise Hypolite, Michael George, Bogdan Kominowski, Rebecca Gresson and Bernd Steixner as our professional guest soloists. The fabulous theatrical lighting was by Andrew Voller Lighting Design Ltd and the superb sound by Simon Walter. Thanks so much Andy and SImon - we massively appreciate all your hard work! Below are a few photos of the event - many are from the dress rehearsal rather than the event itself!

Rock in a Hard Place is an exhuberant musical wtitten by Mike Reed and John Theakston, about the life of St Paul. It was premiered at St Paul's Church in 2015, and you can watch some short excerts from that event by clicking on the links below.

 

https://vimeo.com/525075311/8a65adbaff

 

https://vimeo.com/525125978/4e616653a7

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 2015 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! There are also links to some live footage from the event above, under the Rock in a Hard Place poster.
  • 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 were a very popular series of concerts, which took place on the second Sunday of every month - hence the name! They were always in the church, which has excellent acoustics for live music, and are completely free! Concerts included one featuring four cellists from The London Mozart Players, who gave us a truly wonderful variety of gorgeous and spirited music and we've also been treated to classical guitar, trumpet, violin and piano as well as concerts featuring singing and jazz. If you would like to be on an email list to receive news of any forthcoming Second Sunday Concerts then please email Ben Chappell at benchappell@aol.com with Concerts in the subject line.

GroveSTOCK

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 was a much-loved community event when we welcomed over 500 people into the gardens every November for a marvellous display of fireworks and our famous collosal bonfire! Over the years it has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity, but due to an increase in numbers in recent years, we no longer feel we can stage the event in its current form. So, we are having a break while we consider other options. Huge thanks to everyone who has come along, supported us, helped out and generally made this such a popular evening!

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

Chiswick

London W4 3SB

020 8994 4387

michaelc.riley@virgin.net

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