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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

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

Adults £12.00 Concessions £8.00 Students free

Outing to Rousham Gardens

The Friends of Holy Saviour Church are arranging an outing to Rousham Gardens on Saturday 23 June.

This delightful and unspoilt landscape garden retains the design of William Kent, the 18th century garden designer. The site also includes a walled garden, with espalier apple trees, parterre and dovecote.

The House is not open, but the estate church will be.

There are no catering facilities on site, so a picnic lunch is essential. Please note that children under 15 are not admitted to the gardens.

The coach will start from Woodside carpark at 9.00am, returning by 6.00 pm. The cost is £26, which covers coach fare, admission to the gardens, and tea and cake at a nearby hotel before we start for home.

For more details about Rousham visit

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

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 2 June at 7.00pm.

The band was formed in 1866 making it one of the oldest bands still performing today. Under its Musical Director, Graham Chambers, the band is enjoying much success. In 2016 it won The Perpetual Challenge Trophy and last year it became No 1 in The London and Southern Counties Region. The band has now reached National Championship Status.

Tickets cost only £10 and are available from Frances Williams  ( tel 01462 434762, also from Sheila Daw ( tel 01462 621699.

Cheques to be made payable to Frances Williams.

There will be parking in the field opposite Maydencroft – follow the sign in Maydencroft Lane.

Enterprising Women and the Country House: From Commission to Design & Construction

The Friends of Holy Saviour invite you to their next “Talk & Tea” when Dr Megan Leyland, Senior Properties Historian, English Heritage, will explore various roles played by women in the patronage, design and construction of their country homes and gardens from the 18th and 19th centuries, taking a close look at the obstacles women faced, their experiences, and how these fit into wider histories of country house building and architecture.

Sunday 20th May at 3pm in Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road

Tickets cost £8 (Friends £7) including refreshments; available from Clare Fleck (01462 646257) or the Hitchin Initiative Office, 1A Churchyard.

“If Music Be the Food of Love”

An evening of songs and arias celebrating love in all its forms…

given by Wendy Brennan (soprano) and Trevor Hughes (piano).

Friday 20 April at 8.00pm at Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road, Hitchin.

Tickets £12 / £8 concession available from Hitchin Initiative, David’s Bookshop, Letchworth, or contact 07904 612109 / 01462 675496  (

All profits from this event will go to the British Heart Foundation.

G K Chesterton: The Modern Age & the Paradoxical Thriller

The Friends of Holy Saviour invite you to their next “Talk & Tea” when Dr Mark Knight will talk on the prominent writer, journalist and thinker – now perhaps best known for the Father Brown detective stories. Mark will focus on Chesterton’s early fiction including The Man Who Was Thursday.

Sunday 18 March at 3pm in Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road.

Dr Mark Knight is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. Mark specialises in the relationship between religion and literature, particularly in the nineteenth century, and is author of several books, including, most recently, The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion.

Tickets cost £8 (Friends £7) including refreshments; available from Gill Chidgey (01462 423603) or the Hitchin Initiative Office.

Christmas Tree Festival Events and Times

Friday 8th December: Festival Preview and Concert

A ticketed event.  See the sparkling trees in evening light with a glass of mulled wine and light snacks, and enjoy a Christmas concert with the Holy Saviour Church Choir and the Radcliffe Singers.

Doors open at 6.30 pm; concert starts at 7.45 pm.

Tickets (£12.00) are available in advance from Tory Evans (01462 712212).

Saturday 10.30 – 11.30 is a quieter hour for anyone with a disability and their carer. The session finishes at 11.30 when tree lights are turned off but the Festival Café is open.
Entrance £4 (as usual), but carer comes free.
Call Gill (07576 269226) if you’d like further details, but you don’t have to book in advance.

Saturday, Sunday at 12 noon: The Grand Opening with Lights Switch-on

Come to be seated by 12.

Saturday: St Andrews School Choir will sing before counting down to lighting the trees. Sunday: our openers will be the Bancroft Players from the Queen Mother Theatre with a brief taste of their ‘A Christmas Carol’ production.
Festival Entrance Tickets £4 for adults, accompanied children free.
Open 12 to 6pm (last admission on Sunday 5.40pm).

The Festival Café in the Church Hall is open throughout the festival hours for delicious hot and cold lunches, teas and homemade cakes all at reasonable prices.
The Festival Celebration with Carols at 6pm on Sunday closes the event. Results of the popular vote, the judging and the raffle draw will be announced.

Monday 9am-1pm: Exhibitors dismantle and remove their trees and church is restored to normal. Certificates awarded from the judging and popular vote will be placed under the appropriate trees for collection.

Visit our dedicated Facebook page to share, like, and post your pictures throughout set-up and the festival and to find results of voting/judging.

Christmas Tree Festival Preview Evening and Concert

The annual Christmas Tree Festival Preview Evening and Concert will take place at Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road, Hitchin SG5 1QG on Friday 8th December 2017.

Doors open for viewing of the trees at 6.30pm, and the concert starts at 7.45pm.

Be among the first to enjoy the delightful display of decorated trees, before a concert of seasonal music given by Holy Saviour’s two choirs, directed by Trevor Hughes. Mulled wine and light refreshments are included!

Admission by advance tickets – £12 – from 01462 712212 (

The 21st Hitchin Christmas Tree Festival

The 21st Hitchin Christmas Tree Festival will take place as usual at Holy Saviour Church, Radcliffe Road SG5 1QG on Saturday and Sunday 9th and 10th December 2017 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

See our dedicated Facebook page: HitchinChristmasTreeFestival
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