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The Friends of Holy Saviour AGM

The Friends will hold their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 11 October 2017 at 7.30pm in Holy Saviour Church.

Refreshments will be served. Business includes looking at finances and activities from September 2016 to 31 August 2017.

Membership will vote for committee members and post holders.

We have invited Andy Gibbs to talk about British Schools Museum projects after the normal AGM business.

Non members are most welcome to attend. Please come!

Would anyone like to join our committee to help plan our events schedule? We meet once a month, most months. We aim to raise funds for the church and raise its profile in the community.

See you on 11th October!

Gill Chidgey

On Track

The Friends of Holy Saviour present:
On Track
An exhibition of Trains Little & Large, Past & Present

Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road, Hitchin SG5 1QG
Saturday 23 September 10.30 am – 5.00 pm

Holy Saviour Church was built in 1865 to serve the influx of people who moved to Hitchin to work on the railway. This exhibition aims to celebrate that heritage, both past and present.
There will be model railway layouts from 00 Gauge to Gauge 3, model locomotives, stalls from local railway societies, rail user groups, and some participation from operators of rather larger railways.

Entry £3.50, accompanied children free.

Melodies at Maydencroft

Once again we invite you to a lovely evening of popular melodies performed by Hitchin Town Band in Bunyan’s Barn at Maydencroft Manor, Gosmore, on Saturday 9 September at 7.00pm.

Tickets cost only £10 and are available now from Frances Williams  ( tel. 01462 434762,

also from Sheila Daw ( tel. 01462 621699.

Cheques to be made payable to Frances Williams.

The Cutting Edge – A Brief Glimpse into 700 years of Bespoke Tailoring

The Friends of Holy Saviour present a fascinating illustrated talk by Alan Cannon Jones – Citizen and Merchant Taylor of London.
Drawing on the experiences of a career stretching from tailoring apprenticeship to membership of the Merchant Taylors’ Company, Alan’s talk will give insights into the world of bespoke tailoring, including the Merchant Taylors Company, 1865 and the Tuxedo, Ecclesiastical tailoring, Salvador Dali – and more!

Wednesday 26 July at 7.30pm in Holy Saviour Church
Tickets cost £12 (Friends £10) including refreshments; available from Clare Fleck or Gill Chidgey 01462 423603, or the Hitchin Festival Box Office, 1a Churchyard.

In The Mood … a Gala Evening of Music

Holy Saviour Church presents In The Mood … a Gala Evening of Music from Folk to Swing and beyond.

Come and enjoy the Holy Saviour Choir, The Radcliffe Singers, and The Gainsford Swing Band, directed by Trevor Hughes, with guest artist Mark Adams and popular TV presenter Pam Rhodes.

The concert takes place on Sunday 2 July at 7.30 pm in the wonderful setting of Bunyan’s Barn, Maydencroft Manor, Gosmore.

Tickets: Adults £15; Concessions £13; available from Clare Fleck 01462 646257 or Hitchin Festival Box Office 01462 453335.

Proceeds in aid of the Holy Saviour Church Organ Renovation Appeal.

Concert: Duruflé, Handel and Coombes

There will be an exciting concert to celebrate the renovation of the organ at Holy Saviour Church on Sunday 18 June at 7.30pm.

Singers from our choirs and others in Hitchin and beyond, combine to sing the Requiem, by Maurice Duruflé. The programme will also include Handel’s Organ Concerto in Bb major, and Double Concerto for Clarinet, Organ and Strings by Douglas Coombes; soloists Trevor Hughes – organ, & Gillian Hughes – clarinet, conducted by the composer, with the Gainsford String Ensemble.

Admission: £11; Concessions £9; Students Free. Proceeds in aid of the Holy Saviour Organ Renovation Appeal. For further information contact Clare Fleck ( or 01462 646257).

Holy Saviour’s Annual Bluebell Walk

Join us for Holy Saviour’s Annual Bluebell Walk, which will take place on Sunday 30 April!

Meet at the carpark on the south side of St Paul’s Walden Church for a 2 pm start.
Please come with suitable footwear and clothing.
The walk is about 4 miles and should be completed by 4 pm.
Walkers are invited to Sheila & David’s afterwards for tea and cake.
Contact Sheila Daw, Tel 621699 (

Outing to Papplewick Pumping Station and Southwell Minster

The Friends of Holy Saviour Church are arranging an outing to Papplewick Pumping Station and Southwell Minster on Saturday 13 May (approx 9.30-7pm).

Papplewick, near Nottingham, is Britain’s finest Victorian water pumping station, and has recently been restored to full splendour – combining outstanding engineering with stained glass windows, decorated columns and polished mahogany and brass.

In the afternoon we will visit nearby Southwell Minster – one of England’s finest medieval churches, designated a Cathedral in 1884.

This will be an all-day coach trip. The ticket price of £30 covers coach fare, admission and tours of both Papplewick & Southwell Minster.

For more information and to book a place contact Clare Fleck 01462 646257 or email

Saving our County’s Heritage

The Friends of Holy Saviour Church invite you to their next “Talk & Tea“ on Sunday 26 March at 3pm in Holy Saviour Church.

Dorothy Abel Smith will tell us about the aims and achievements of the Hertfordshire Heritage Fund, with illustrations of many of the items it has helped local museums to buy and make available to the public.

It goes without saying there will be a good tea afterwards as well!

Tickets £8, (Friends £7) available from Clare Fleck (01462 646257).

The Organ Renovation Appeal

The lovely pipe organ in Holy Saviour Church has been in constant use for services and concerts for thirty years and has had only tuning and routine maintenance. It is now becoming unreliable, and is demanding imaginative efforts by organists to counter its increasingly unexpected behaviour.

The organ is in need of comprehensive overhaul. This involves removal for cleaning and adjustment of all the 798 pipes, not to mention careful renovation of the complex mechanical linkages which open the valves in response to operation of the keys and pedals. The work, which is skilled and labour-intensive, is expected to take six weeks.

We hope that work can begin in January 2017, to be completed by the end of February.

The project will cost approximately £16,000 (+ VAT, which we hope to reclaim).

Each year the Church tries hard to meet its outgoings, and although we have some reserved savings, we cannot afford to borrow from this fund without repaying it. This is why we need YOUR help!

pulling stops

Will you support our venture by donating to our Organ Renovation Appeal, “PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS”?

Go to our JustGiving page, or download our Appeal leaflet.  Your generous help will be warmly appreciated!