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Melodies at Maydencroft

Come and join us in the wonderful setting of Bunyan’s Barn at Maydencroft Manor, Gosmore, for an evening of musical entertainment provided by Hitchin Band.  The concert takes place on Saturday 10 September 2016 at 7.00 pm.

Hitchin Band is currently celebrating its 150th anniversary, having recently traced its origins back to 1866.  The Band has formed the cornerstone of musical culture in and around Hitchin ever since and with recent contest successes is now regarded as one of the leading bands in the London and Southern Counties region.

Hitchin Band and their Musical Director, Graham Chambers, are delighted to be playing at Maydencroft Manor in support of Holy Saviour Church.  All proceeds will be applied to the Organ Fund.

Tickets are £10 and are available from Frances (tel 01462 434762) and Sheila (tel 01462 621699).

Sponsored Bike ‘n Hike

The annual Sponsored Bike ‘n Hike, organised by the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust, takes place on Saturday 10 September 2016.

This is a good fun day for families and all who like to cycle or walk, and for those who have a competitive streak too… who can do the most?  AND you will raise money, half for Holy Saviour Church and half for the Churches Trust.

Sponsorship Packs for cyclists, walkers, and church helpers are available at the back of church, along with Churches Trust information.

We need church helpers to welcome visitors on the day – please sign up (or email me) if you can offer an hour on the day.

Gill Chidgey ( or 07576 269226).

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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.

Inner Glass Doors Appeal – Success!

Inner Glass Doors Project
We’re delighted to announce that the appeal has achieved its target. The sum collected amounted to £16,510, and all this money will be applied to the project.

The work is largely complete, but we are still awaiting delivery of the second set of handles which will be fitted to the north doors in place of the temporary ones. The handles have been specially designed for Holy Saviour Church by our church architect, Michael Dales, and so have had to be specially manufactured.

Many thanks to all who have so generously supported the appeal!

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.

Inner Glass Doors – Installed!

Our lovely new glass doors have now been installed inside the north and the main south doors.  For the first time at the service on Palm Sunday, we were able to open the wooden doors so that the inner doors could let in plenty of light but still keep out the draughts.  The stainless steel handles on the south doors were designed especially for Holy Saviour Church by our architect, Michael Dales, and have been much admired.  A similar set is being made for the north doors and will be fitted as soon as they are finished.

The doors are being paid for partly by bequests and partly by a special appeal.  Our target of £15,000 is now within reach.  Will you help us by making a donation?  If you click here, it will take you to the Holy Saviour Church Just Giving page.

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.

Holy Saviour Baby & Toddler Club

If you have a baby or pre-school toddler, why not come to the Holy Saviour Baby & Toddler Club, which meets in the Church Hall every Tuesday morning during term time from 10.00 am to 11.30 am.  The new term starts on 12th January 2016.

The Club operates on a drop-in basis.  New members are always welcome.