Unlocking the Church: The lost secrets of Victorian sacred space

The Friends of Holy Saviour Church invite you to their next “Talk & Tea“ event, when William Whyte, Professor of Social & Architectural History, University of Oxford, will give an illustrated talk about the lost secrets of Victorian sacred space.

The Victorian built thousands of churches – including Holy Saviour – and restored still more. Professor Whyte’s talk will explain how and why the 19th century changed the way churches look and sound, and what they were meant to do – changes which still shape our experience of the church today.

Sunday 27th January at 3pm in Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road

Tickets cost £10 (Friends £8) including tea after the talk; contact Clare Fleck (01462 646257) or visit the Hitchin Initiative Office, 1A Churchyard.

Christmas Tree Festival Preview Evening and Concert

“Sing We Now of Christmas”

Friday 7th December (doors open 6.30pm; concert 7.45pm)
Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road, Hitchin SG5 1QG

As usual we launch our Festival weekend with this ever popular evening event – a chance to enjoy a leisurely look at the display, before “Sing We Now of Christmas” – a concert of popular Christmas music in mellow jazz arrangements, performed by Holy Saviour Church Choir, The Radcliffe Singers, The Buccinate Brass Ensemble, with Janet Tothill (double bass), directed by Trevor Hughes.

We are delighted that Pam Rhodes, popular broadcaster and author, will compère the concert.

*Tickets, £12, are available now from Tory Kitchiner (01462 712212) toryevans@greatgreen.plus.com

*(mulled wine and light refreshments included!)

The 22nd Hitchin Christmas Tree Festival

The 22nd Hitchin Christmas Tree Festival will take place as usual at Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road SG5 1QG on Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th December 2018 between 12 noon and 6pm. Admission £4.00, accompanied children free.

Come and see 50 beautifully decorated trees in a lovely setting, with seasonal music from local musicians and choirs.

Excellent home cooked lunches and teas available in the Festival Cafe.
It’s a wonderful way to start your Christmas!

On the Saturday morning, 10.30 -11.30 , the Festival will be open for disabled visitors and their carers who may prefer a quieter time to enjoy the display.

Further info from ctf@holysaviourhitchin.org.uk and Facebook HitchinChristmasTreeFestival.

Christingle Service – Sunday 6th January 2019

Come to the Christingle Service in aid of The Children’s Society on Sunday 6th January at 11.30am at Holy Saviour Church.

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

Blood, Birth & Boils: Missionary Families in the Age of Empire

The Friends of Holy Saviour Church invite you to their next “Talk & Tea“ event, when Dr Emily Manktelow, of Royal Holloway, University of London, will talk about the realities of life for missionaries and their families in far flung outposts of the British Empire. How did starched and corseted middle class Britons cope with insects in the cot, strange men under the bed and cow dung as household polish? Come along and find out!

Sunday 23rd September at 3pm in Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road

Tickets cost £8 (Friends £7) including tea after the talk; contact Clare Fleck (01462 646257) or visit the Hitchin Initiative Office, 1A Churchyard.

Father Ian celebrates …

Father Ian celebrated his 50th birthday in style with a special cake after the Eucharist on Sunday 8 July. This followed a party in the Vicarage garden the previous day when 50 guests assembled to help him celebrate.

The Restoration Of Kew’s Great Pagoda

The Friends of Holy Saviour are holding an evening event during the Hitchin Festival:

The Restoration Of Kew’s Great Pagoda

Dr Lee Prosser, Curator of Historic Buildings , Historic Royal Palaces, will talk about this recent major project, and other aspects of his work at Historic Royal Palaces.

Tuesday 17 July at 7.30pm in Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road, Hitchin.

Tickets £12 (“Friends” £10), including light refreshments, are available from Clare Fleck (01462 646257) or the Hitchin Festival Box Office, 1A Churchyard, Hitchin.

Music for a Summer’s Evening – 3

Bridget Kerrison (soprano), Tom Caldecott (clarinet) and Trevor Hughes (piano) present an attractive programme of music, including Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock. Classic songs, arias, and popular items from the clarinet repertoire combine in a delightful conclusion to our series of three summer evening Festival soirées!

Tuesday 10th July 2018 at 7.30pm at Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road, Hitchin, SG5 1QG.

Tickets available from:

Trevor Hughes (01462 675496), and Hitchin Initiative, 1A Churchyard, Hitchin (01462 453335); also online from eventbrite.co.uk.

Adults £12.00 Concessions £8.00 Students free

Music for a Summer’s Evening – 2

Holy Saviour Church Choir, and The Radcliffe Singers, directed by Trevor Hughes present a light and varied selection of music, from loved sacred music, through folk, to swing . . . something for all tastes! A programme including instrumental items from Gillian Hughes (clarinet), and guest artist James Risdon (recorders) – a musical garland for a summer’s evening!

Friday 6th July 2018 at 7.30pm at Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road, Hitchin, SG5 1QG.

Tickets available from:

Clare Fleck (01462 646257), and Hitchin Initiative, 1A Churchyard, Hitchin (01462 453335); also online from eventbrite.co.uk.

Adults £12.00 Concessions £8.00 Students free

Music for a Summer’s Evening – 1

Lucy Miller-White (soprano), Naomi Quant (soprano) and Trevor Hughes (piano) present a selection of music from stage and screen. Classic arias and duets from composers including Mozart, Verdi, Delibes and Puccini. Fabulous music chosen to help relax and revitalise you!

Friday 29th June 2018 at 7.30pm at Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road, Hitchin, SG5 1QG.

Tickets available from:

Trevor Hughes (01462 675496), and Hitchin Initiative, 1A Churchyard, Hitchin (01462 453335); also online from eventbrite.co.uk.

Adults £12.00 Concessions £8.00 Students free