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music festival logo 5.docx (2)All Hallows Music Festival
5th–7th June 2015

Friday 5th June – Chamber Concert, 7.30pm
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The Pénte Wind Ensemble plays a selection of 20th century music. The programme includes Ibert Trois Pièces Brèves, Barber Summer Music and Pierné Pastorale, together with works by Foerster, Birtwistle and Nielsen. The ensemble comprises talented students from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Tickets £12 (£10 until 31 May); £5 youth/student.

Saturday 6th June – Choral and Orchestral Concert, 7.30pm
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The All Hallows Festival Choir and Orchestra perform music including Vivaldi Gloria, Albinoni Adagio for Organ and Strings and Grieg Holberg Suite. Our choir is joined by friends from local choral societies and a professional orchestra. The conductor is Stephen Gregson. Tickets £14 (£12 until 31 May); £5 youth/student.

TICKETS
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Contact the Parish Office: 020 8241 2345 or email festival@allhallowstwick.org.uk
Or pay on the door

Sunday 7th June – Festal Eucharist, 11am

Join us for our morning service, sung by the All Hallows Festival Choir and accompanied by a small string orchestra, using the setting Haydn Little Organ Mass. All welcome.

Sunday 7th June – Promenade Concert, 3pm

An informal concert of string quartet music for easy listening. Performances are by the Lombard Quartet and young musicians from Notting Hill and Ealing Junior School, and Chase Bridge Primary School. Free, all welcome. Cream teas and cake sale in support of Shooting Star Chase. shooting star chase logo

See the Music Festival flyer

 

no child takenDavid Brown’s Sponsored Walk
in aid of ‘No Child Taken’ Campaign
Winchester Cathedral to Canterbury Cathedral
11 May to 23 May 2015

Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world. It shatters the lives of 1.2 million children every year.  Every 30 seconds a child is trafficked. He or she will be traumatised possibly for his or her whole life. It costs around £7,000 to rehabilitate a child who has been rescued from trafficking but only £36 to stop this happening in the first place – a no brainer!

FB_20150515_13_17_08_Saved_PictureFrom Monday 11 May to Saturday 23 May I shall be walking from Winchester Cathedral to Canterbury Cathedral following the St Swithun’s Way and North Downs Way. I shall be talking along the way about Tearfund’s ‘No Child Taken’ campaign and so the journey should be both physically and mentally challenging.

FB_20150515_13_16_36_Saved_PictureAnyone is welcome to walk with me for a day along the route. If you are interested in joining me then please contact me on either 020 8898 5714 / 07860 853234 or by email at tradingfairly@sky.com.

Details of my itinerary can be found here:

Sponsored Walk Itinery

Every donation received in respect of the walk will help Tearfund’s partners educate people in remote villages about the dangers of trafficking and to teach families how to earn a living and stop the need for children to be taken away. Tearfund partners are working in Nepal where child trafficking is a real danger due to extreme poverty, and now made worse because of the recent earthquake.

Please support this very worthwhile cause.

I have a dedicated online giving site if people wish to support me online. My fundraising page address:
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidBrown100 

 

The Society of St Gambrinus

twickenham ales ccThe next meeting of the Society of St Gambrinus (All Hallows Men’s Group) will be a tour of Twickenham Brewery on Wednesday 10th June from 7pm to 9pm. This event is now fully booked.  For those who are attending, the Brewery is at 18 Mereway Road, Twickenham, TW2 6RG and the tour includes 3 pints from the range of Twickenham fine Ales.  

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From 21st February to the 1st August, the Twickenham Museum is holding an exhibition on the historic moving of All Hallows Church from Lombard Street in the City of London to it’s current position on the Chertsey Road, Twickenham.  This event will show photos, maps and other pieces of interest about the history of All Hallows Church surrounding the work from the laying of the foundation stone in July 1939 to it’s completion and installing on 9th November 1940.

Entrance is free and all are welcome! The mueseum is open Tuesdays & Saturdays 11.00am to 3.00pm and on Sundays 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

For more information about the Twickenham Museum please click here…

PCC Away Day – May 2015

Burnham Abbey 3The PCC Away Day to discuss Mission and Planning took place on Saturday 16th May at Burnham Abbey in Taplow, Buckinghamshire.

The nuns at the Abbey made us all very welcome.  The day began with Eucharist in the Chapel with Father Kevin presiding at the last minute as the vicar on duty was delayed.  The day went well with the longer term and shorter term issues for our church being discussed.

Burnham Abbey 7The outcome of this day is to be shared with the All Hallows Church community as a whole (a date TBC) and data has been collated and will be published in the church from this week.

To ensure the people of the parish and church community have their say, if you attend All Hallows and are on the Electoral Roll, please remember to fill in your Parish Questionnaires and get them back with Alex in the Office asap.  Please ask Alex for a copy of this by email, or pop in to the church for a hard copy.

SPEAR Quiz Night – February 2015

P1020456 (2)Our Quiz & Chips night took place on Saturday 28 February and raised over £600 for SPEAR, our local homelessness charity. The event was sold out and there was a good buzz in the hall as the 80 competitors settled down for the quiz, set by Bruce Warman from SPEAR. The licensed bar helped to raise funds, and a fish and chip supper provided a welcome interval.

Look out for the next All Hallows quiz in the autumn.

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The West End came to All Hallows on 7 March when performers gave a concert in aid of Tearfund’s No Child Taken campaign to save 50,000 children from disaster, death and trafficking. The audience were entertained with songs from favourite musicals interspersed with films telling the stories of trafficked children and Tearfund’s work through partners to stop this happening in future.

DSC_6481 copyTicket sales and donations amounted to £970.16 and many people also committed to regularly giving financially to this work. To learn more and to support this worthy cause, visit http://www.tearfund.org/en/nochildtaken/

 

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Welcome Father Kevin!

Father Kevin Bell with Bishop Paul Williams_5641All Hallows new vicar The Revd Kevin Bell was instituted and installed at the church on Monday 2nd February. It is with great pleasure that this community welcomes Fr Kevin, his wife Clare and their three children to be a part of our lives here in Twickenham.  Please see below a report on the service by Sarah Vincent:

Father Kevin Bell with Venerable Stephan Welch Archdeacon ofMiddx_5664Despite the freezing temperatures, around 200 people travelled to All Hallows’ on Monday evening for the Induction of Father Kevin. In the candlelight, the regular parishioners were joined by Vince Cable MP, the Deputy Mayor of Richmond and representatives from the Armed Forces – Father Kevin has just left the Army after 26 years service.

RevThe sermon was given by the Bishop of Kensington, the Right Reverend Paul Williams with readings by Charlotte Ryton and Father Andrew.

If anyone heard the bell toll at around 8.15 on Monday evening, that was our new Vicar signalling the beginning of his ministry in the parish. Hand in hand with the Bishop, Kevin was presented to the congregation.

Father Kevin Bell with Deputy Mayor_5889There was some amusement as he started the notices “At oh-nine-thirty…” then remembered he was no longer in the Army and reverted to civvie speak “Nine thirty in the morning”. Adjusting to life outside the Barracks may take some time.
Thanks were said to all those who had worked so hard to keep the Church functioning after the departure of Mother Nicola. Then it was over to the Parish Hall for celebratory drinks and delicious canapes.

Sponsored Sleepout for SPEAR

P1020696The young people at All Hallows took part in a Sponsored Sleep-Out on the chilly night of 31 January. Some 45 Cubs, Scouts, Guides and young people from the congregation slept overnight at the church, learning about homelessness and raising much-needed funds for SPEAR, our local homelessness charity.

IMG_1862Many of the older children slept in our unheated stone cloister, having made cardboard shelters for themselves. The younger ones slept along the aisle in the main church. First, though, there was a simple supper followed by an outdoor camp fire and a talk by a SPEAR ambassador who was able to tell them from first-hand experience what it is like to be homeless.

IMG_1860 (2)The Sleep-Out was designed to be fun but also to give the young people an idea of what rough sleeping on a cold winter’s night is really like. If you’d like to sponsor them, our dedicated Sleep-Out fundraising page is still open: www.bmycharity.com/AllHallowsSPEARsleepOut

Your contribution would be most welcome!

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Pilgrimage Walk to Westminster Abbey

On Saturday 18th October a group of 22 pilgrims set off before dawn had broken to walk from All Hallows to Westminster Abbey. We were taking part in the National Pilgrimage Event, which the Abbey organise each year around the time of the feast day for St Edward the Confessor, the founder of the church.
 
It was a joyful and exciting adventure, criss-crossing parts of southwest and central London that were new to many of us and by and large managing to avoid busy roads. On the way we were generously welcomed and offered hospitality at a number of different churches: All Saints in Fulham (where we also stopped for a quiet service of Holy Communion), St Luke’s Chelsea (on its feast of title, St Luke’s Day!) and St Barnabus in Chelsea. 
 
It was a wonderful experience and despite the sore feet and aching limbs we felt we had really achieved something as we finally turned the corner that brought us to the magnificent west front of Westminster Abbey. We had arrived just in time for a special service of Choral Evensong for pilgrims. Following that we we were privileged to have the opportunity to visit the shrine of St Edwards and pray quietly in that holy place.
 
Furthermore the walk had been in aid of Shooting Star Chase, one of our designated charities and through donations and sponsorship £292 was raised for that worthy cause. 
 
It was a very special day.
 
 

Harvest Supper

pumpkin -harvestOur Harvest Supper took place on Saturday 11th October.  A delicious hot meal was served to nearly 60 people, with some rather yummy puddings donated by those who attended the evening.

We had fun with the raffle and ‘guess the weight of the pumpkin’.  The huge pumpkin weighed in at 4 stone 3 1/2 pounds!!  And was won by one of our readers who will be making many things with it including ‘pumpkin curd’.

The raffle and pumpkin raised £270 for the charity SPEAR.

harvestOur Harvest Thanksgiving took place on Sunday 12th October where we had a fascinating and engaging talk from Bruce Warman from SPEAR, and a visit from our Little Wrens nursery who brought a lovely hamper of gifts which were added to our other harvest gifts donated to the Richmond Foodbank.

Magic Show

Mark%20Townsend%201It was with great pleasure that All Hallows welcomed the Revd Mark Townsend to our church on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September 2014.  Mark is a renowned priest/magician and he wowed everyone with his wonderfully insightful magic with tricks and illusions abound.

WP_20140927_19_15_28_ProWe saw how he managed to trick out minds and how he managed to guess what we were thinking either singularly or as a collective. 

The evening concluded with a lovely buffet meal.

WP_20140928_11_01_36_ProMark joined us at the Sunday service and gave a fabulous sermon on ‘Angels’, which tied in with the subject of the day, St Michael & All Angels.  He pulled ‘diamonds’ and feathers from empty bags and books and ended the talk with bubbles – one of which he magically turned into a glass ball for one of the children who was celebrating a birthday.

Our thanks go out to Mark and his partner Sally who both made the journey from Herefordshire to be with us over the weekend.  The weekend was full of magic and spectacle.

For mor information on Mark Townsend please go to his website: www.magicofsoul.com

Open House London

OHL-2014logoAll Hallows Church was one of over 800 buildings and events which took part in Open House London 2014 over the weekend of 20 and 21 September. Described by the organisers as “the chance to explore some of London’s most inspiring places and buildings at first hand, completely for free and at your own pace”, we welcomed people inside our beautiful church over the weekend.

Cream TeasVisitors could take a self-guided tour with a leaflet highlighting All Hallows’ unique history and there were quizzes for younger visitors. Escorted tours of the Wren bell tower were available and soup was sold to raise funds for restoration of the bells. Many members of the congregation supported the event by welcoming visitors, serving tea and cakes at the cake stall run in aid of Shooting Star Chase, and running a Fairtrade stall.

A frequently heard comment was, “I’ve driven past the church many times and am so glad I’ve finally seen inside”. A big thank you to everyone, visitors and helpers, who took part.