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

150 FESTIVAL PROGRAMME
Our 2022 Festival to celebrate 150 years of St Paul's church was a fabulous six weeks of jubilation and joy, fellowship, faith and fun!

SUNDAY 15 MAY 3:30PM AND 6:30PM - HEAR THE PEOPLE SING

The 150 anniversary celebrations got off to an wonderful start, with two  performances to a packed church of Hear the People Sing: a concert featuring music with a Chiswick connection! A ten-minute film compilation of some of the highlights of the event can be seen on YouTube here. https://youtu.be/SoWfZ8kZTqY

SATURDAY 28 MAY 7:30PM - HOUNSLOW SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: MOZART IN MAY

The second event in the Festival was a lovely concert from this popular chamber group who gave us a programme of Mozart and Louise Farrenc.

 

SUNDAY 29 MAY 10AM - SERVICE OF CELEBRATION
Five members of the church: Katherine Makower (Amazing Grace), Peter Capell (Thine be the Glory), Audrey Jennings (I Cannot Tell), Cathy Morgan (Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer), and our organist Tom Torley (Dear Lord and Father), all chose their favourite hymns, which were sung by the congregation at this joyful service of worship and praise. The sermon was preached by the Bishop of Kensington, the Right Reverend Graham Tomlin and the service was followed by coffee in the vicarage garden. 

SUNDAY 29 MAY 7PM - POETRY FOR A SPRING EVENING
 The next event was an evening of joyful, uplifting and reflective poetry, chosen and read by the St Paul’s Poetry Group. All the poems from the evening are available to download in the anthology below. 

Poetry for a Spring Evening anthology.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.1 MB]

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 evensong service included a sermon from Archdeacon of London, the Ven Luke Miller together with some celebratory music sung by St Paul’s Choir and friends. The service was followed by a very jolly drinks party at the back of the church.

SATURDAY 11 JUNE 7:30PM - THE ADDISON SINGERS

English Music for a Summer Evening. The programme by this very popular West London choir included Dyson, Stanford, Delius and Vaughan Williams. 

FRIDAY 17 JUNE 6:30-7:30PM - THE HISTORY OF ST PAUL’S

This was an utterly fascinating talk on the history of St Paul’s  from James Wisdom and Val Bott from the Brentford and Chiswick Local History Society. Using old maps, James and Val showed us how the shape of the parish changed. We discovered how St Paul's grew from a temporary building for a new suburb to the substantial building that stands today and found out lots about how the social mix of the community around the church has grown over 150 years.

There is a new exhibition about the last 150 years of St Paul's at the back of the church, and this can also be downloaded as a pdf from the HISTORY page of this website. 

 

SATURDAY 18 JUNE 7:30PM - KEW SINFONIA
The programme for this lovely concert included Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Brahms Piano Concerto no 1 and Gade Symphony no 4. 

FRIDAY 24 JUNE TO SUNDAY 26 JUNE - FLOWER FESTIVAL

The church was filled with flower displays from local churches, schools and community groups for all to admire and refreshments were served throughout the weekend in the gardens. There was also a variety of musical performances including Tom Torley on organ, Catherine Jessop on piano and Sue Shorter on flute! We were absolutely delighted to have the Middlesex Yeomanry playing in the garden on Saturday afternoon, who gave us a rousing selection of favourites.

 

SUNDAY 26 JUNE 6PM - EVENING PRAISE
The Flower Festival closed with an evening service with readings, music, prayers and hymns.  

SUNDAY 3 JULY 7PM - COMEDY NIGHT

The final event of the 150 Festival was an evening of hilarious entertainment from the brightest and best of London’s young comedy circuit, performing in a marquee in the garden. 100 guests brought their own picnics and enjoyed both the entertainment and the bar! The perfect ending to our celebration!

2022 PCC Meeting Dates

Wednesday 5 January 6pm

Wednesday 9 March 6pm

Wednesday 27 April 6pm: Parish and PCC AGM

Wednesday 22 June 6pm

Monday 1 August 6pm

Wednesday, 14th September

Wednesday 12th October

Wednesday, 9th November

Wednesday, 7th December

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! 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 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 - 150: HEAR THE PEOPLE SING

 

SATURDAY 28 MAY 7:30PM - 150: HOUNSLOW SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

 

SUNDAY 29 MAY 10AM - 150: SONGS OF CELEBRATION

 

SUNDAY 29 MAY 7PM - 150: POEMS OF CELEBRATION

June 2022

Sun 5 June PENTECOST SUNDAY

10am Parish Eucharist

 

WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE 6PM - 150: FESTAL EVENSONG

 

SATURDAY 11 JUNE 7:30PM - 150: THE ADDISON SINGERS

 

FRIDAY 17 JUNE 6PM - 150: THE HISTORY OF ST PAUL’S

 

SATURDAY 18 JUNE 7:30PM - 150: KEW SINFONIA

 

FRIDAY 24 JUNE – SUNDAY 26 JUNE - 150: FLOWER FESTIVAL

 

SUNDAY 26 JUNE 6PM - 150: EVENSONG SERVICE OF BLESSING

 

July 2022

SUNDAY 3 JULY - 150: COMEDY NIGHT

 

Sunday 17 July 10am

Father Michael's retirement service, followed by a party in the garden

 

August 2022

 

September 2022

Friday 9 September
9:30-11:30am Stay and Play begins

This group for parents and children between 0-3 will run every Friday in the Isis rooms. For more info contact 
shelagh.allsop@gmail.com.

 

Wednesday 14 September

PCC Meeting 6pm

 

Sunday 18 September

11 am "Listening to the Parish"
This session will be run by the PCC and is an opportunity for everyone in Grove Park to explore their thoughts and discuss ideas on what we would ilke from a new vicar. All are welcome for this session, even if you have never set foot in St Paul's before!

 

October 2022

Sunday October 2nd

10am Harvest Festival: Archdeacon Richard Frank

 

Sunday October 9th 
11 am Bring and Buy Sale

 

Wednesday 12 October

PCC Meeting 6pm

 

Sunday October 30th 
All Souls Service: Remembering the Departed

 

 

November 2022

Wednesday 9 November

PCC Meeting 6pm

 

Sunday November 13th
Remembrance Sunday: Rev’d Canon Julian Reindorp

 

Sunday November 27th
10am Advent Sunday Carol Service: Rev’d Eileen McGregor

 

December 2022

Wednesday 7 December

PCC Meeting 6pm

 

Saturday 10 December

Kew Sinfonia a Concert

 

Sunday 11 December
A Most Tremendous Tale of All

Chistmas Poetry and Festive music

 

Thursday 22 December
A Christmas Celebration

Carols and music from the St Paul's Brass Quintet and Choir

 

Christmas Eve Saturday December 24th 4pm

Family Carol Service Rev’d Canon Julian Reindorp

 

Christmas Eve Saturday December 24th 11.30pm
Midnight Mass: Rev’d Canon Julian Reindorp

 

Christmas Day Sunday December 25th

Family Service10am: Rev’d Eileen McGregor

 

St Stephens Day Monday 26 December 
 

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

St Paul's Church

64 Grove Park Road

Chiswick

London W4 3SB

DATA PROTECTION
You will find a copy of our Data Protection policy, and new information regarding GDPR on the Contact Us page.
WEBSITE INFO
If you have any comments or anything to add to this website, then please contact Catherine Jessop at:

jessopsforever@gmail.com

St Paul's is on Twitter! To get the latest updates on what's happening please follow us at:

twitter.com/StPaulsChurchGP 

Print | Sitemap
© St Paul's Church, Grove Park 2016