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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 (clarefleck7@gmail.com 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 (sheila.daw@virginmedia.com)

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 alan.fleck@ntlworld.com

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!

Railways in the Nineteenth Century: Connecting Town And Country

The Friends of Holy Saviour Church invite you to their next “Talk & Tea“ on Sunday 29 January at 3pm in Holy Saviour Church.

The Friends launch their programme for 2017 with a subject very relevant to Hitchin’s history and of the Triangle area in particular. The speaker, Carlos López Galviz, Lecturer at Lancaster University, will also touch on the work of Ebenezer Howard and the Garden City movement.

Tickets £8 (Friends £7), including refreshments, available from Clare Fleck, 01462 646257, or the Hitchin Initiative Office, Churchyard.

Christmas Tree Festival Results!

The 20th Hitchin Christmas Tree Festival was a huge success, and we were delighted to welcome around 2,500 visitors to view the fifty beautiful and imaginative trees.  We’re grateful to Tim & Stella Farr for judging the trees in five categories, and in addition visitors were invited to vote for their favourite tree.

Click here to see the results!

Advent & Christmas Services

Go to our Services page for details of our Advent and Christmas services.  Try our lovely Christmas Carols by Candlelight service on Sunday 18 December at 6.00pm, or bring the children to our Crib service at 4.00pm on Christmas Eve.

All are welcome!