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Living Threads : Restoring Life to Beautiful Fabrics

On Sunday 17 July at 3pm, The Friends of Holy Saviour Church invite you to join them for another “Talk & Tea” event.  Janie Lightfoot will give an illustrated talk on the work of textile conservation, and the wide range of projects conservators encounter.  Her studio – Janie Lightfoot Textiles – carried out the conservation of Holy Saviour Church’s beautiful Alleluiah Altar Frontal last year.

Tickets (including tea and light refreshments) £8 (£7 for Friends of HS) available from Gill Chidgey, 01462 646257, or Hitchin Festival Box Office at Town Centre Initiative, Churchyard.

A Parisian Promenade: Mozart to Montand, Puccini to Piaf

On Saturday 7 May at 7pm, The Friends of Holy Saviour Church invite you to a visual, musical and evocative lecture exploring how Paris has inspired countless musicians throughout the centuries. From classical to popular, ethereal to “oh-la-la”, their music conjures up the atmosphere of Parisian boulevards, cabarets, cafés, restaurants and the river Seine.

The talk, by Desmond Colborne, international lecturer and lifetime resident of Paris, will take the form of a walk down musical memory lanes, following in the footsteps of composers and singers. The Promenade will include music by classical composers Mozart, Chopin and Liszt and popular music by Broadway composers such as George Gershwin and Cole Porter as well as songs popularised by musical stars like Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker, Maurice Chevalier, Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour.

Guests will be transported through sight and sounds during this musical promenade, evoking in the words of singer/composer Charles Trenet, “La Romance de Paris”.

Tickets (including light refreshments) £12 (£10 for Friends of HS) available from
Clare Fleck, 01462 646257, or Hitchin Initiative Office, Churchyard.

Visit to Watts Gallery and Memorial Chapel


Following the recent fascinating ” Talk &Tea” featuring the artist G.F.Watts, the Friends of Holy Saviour are organising a trip to the Watts Gallery, Memorial Chapel and Artists ‘ Village, at Compton, nr Guildford, on Saturday March 12th.
The cost of the trip is £33 (subject to final numbers) which  will include coach travel, admission, coffee on arrival and short introductory Gallery tour.
If you think you might be interested in joining the trip, or would like more information, speak to Gill Chidgey (01462 423603) or Clare Fleck ( 646257) or email

Closing date for booking is Sunday Feb 21st.

St. Valentine’s Day Concert

There will be a special concert for St. Valentine’s Day on Sunday February 14th, in church, at 3.30 p.m. The concert will be given by Lois Murray (soprano), James Risdon (recorders), Gillian Hughes (clarinet), Janet Tothill (double bass), and Trevor Hughes (keyboards), and Clare Fleck (narrator). The programme includes romantic music from two different eras. It begins with rarely heard music from the eighteenth century, by the Scottish composer James Oswald, who married into the Lytton family, and lived at Knebworth House in the 1760s. Appropriately for St. Valentine’s Day, the programme will include his charming song collection “Colin’s Kisses”, and other music reflecting his romantic link with Knebworth. Moving forward in time, and with a change in musical style, the second half of the programme features a medley of popular and romantic songs from the musicals of George Gershwin. Proceeds in aid of Holy Saviour Church. Admission by programme: Adults £10, Concessions £8, Students FREE.

G. F. Watts – Art, Death and Immortality

On Sunday 24 January at 3.00 pm, The Friends of Holy Saviour Church invite you to the next in the series of Talk & Tea events – a talk by The Revd Cherry Sandover (Lecturer in Fine Art at South Essex College) about G. F. Watts, the eminent Victorian painter and sculptor, and the amazing Watts Cemetery Chapel, Compton, designed by his wife.

Admission to this special event is £8, including tea.  There is a £1 discount for members of the Friends.

For tickets and further information, contact Gill Chidgey (01462 423603), Clare Fleck (07717 270890), or Hitchin Initiative Office, Churchyard, Hitchin.

To follow the talk, The Friends are planning a group trip to the Watts Gallery, Artists’ Village, and Watts Chapel, in March.  Further details to follow.


Come to the Christingle Service in aid of The Children’s Society on Sunday 6th December at 11.15am at Holy Saviour Church.

Everybody will be involved in making their own Christingle during the service and then lighting it.  All are welcome!

Christmas Tree Festival Preview & Concert

The Festival Preview and Concert will launch the weekend on the evening of Friday 11th December.  Doors open at 6.30 pm.  This is a chance to enjoy the trees without the crowds – and with a glass of mulled wine – before a concert of seasonal music directed by Trevor Hughes.  Admission is by advance ticket costing  £12,  available from Tory Kitchiner :  01462 712212 or email  This popular event is always a sellout so don’t leave it too late  to get your tickets!


Come and enjoy an eclectic mix of music, including songs from the shows, given by The Radcliffe Singers, James Risdon (recorders), and Trevor Hughes (keyboards).

The event takes place on Friday 16 October at 7.30 pm in Holy Saviour Church.  Tickets, price £10 (concessions £8), will be available on the door.  For further information, contact Clare Fleck on 01462 646257.