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All Hallows Festival 5th-7th June 2015

Rehearsals begin on Friday 17th April at 7.00pm in the Choir Vestry.  The concert for the choir takes place on Saturday 6th June, and will include Vivaldi’s Gloria and Parry’s I Was Glad.  If you would like to join the choir for the festival, please contact Stephen Gregson on 07576 794612 or stephendavidgregson@googlemail


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The Annual Parochial Church Meeting for All Hallows takes place on Sunday 19th April in the Church Hall, after the weekly services, at 12 noon.  All in our community are encouraged to come along to this event.


westminster abbey exteriorParish Pilgrimage to Westminster Abbey

There will be a Parish Pilgrimage to Westminster Abbey on Wednesday 22nd April.  This will be an opportunity to visit a magnificent place of worship, attend choral evensong and participate in a private guided tour.

We will meet outside the west door of the Abbey at 4.30pm. We will then sit together as a group for Choral Evensong, which starts at 5.00pm.  Following the service, after the remainder of the congregation have departed, our party will be greeted by the Revd Vernon White, Canon Theologian at the Abbey, who will lead our pilgrimage.  This will involve visiting and reflecting upon features of historical and religious significance within the building such as the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, the Shrine of Edward the Confessor, the hight altar and Cosmati pavement, and the Chapel of Henry VII.  There will be the opportunity to pause for prayer at points during our visit.

westminster abbey interiorThere is no cost for the tour of the Abbey although you will need to arrange your own transport to and from the Abbey.  Nearest stations are Waterloo or Victoria (Underground)/St James’s Park or Westminster (Underground).

Booking is essential as numbers are limited.  To reserve your place please either sign up in the Church Narthex, or contact Father Andrew andrew.williams.london@gmail.com 07824 310311.


st lucyThe Society of St Lucy

The Society of St Lucy (All Hallows Women’s Group) are holding their next meeting on Monday 27th April. This will be a film night in the Choir Vestry, meeting at 7.00pm for the film to start at 7.30pm. Every lady is to bring along a drink and some nibbles to share. If you would be interested in coming along, and have suggestions for a film to watch (please make sure you have a copy of it on DVD!), or would like to go on our mailing list, please get in touch at the Parish Office parishadmin@allhallowstwick.org.uk 020 8241 2345 and pass on your contact details.

christian aid logo 1Christian Aid Week

We will be supporting Christian Aid Week this year, 10th to 16th May. Oliver Walker will be getting envelopes ready to be delivered to the houses in our parish and there will be a sign up sheet for this and for collections at the back of the church at the end of April.

On Sunday 3rd May, a representative from Christian Aid will be coming along to talk to us and also to our Breakfast Club about the charity.


confirmation creative commonsService of Confirmation

We intend to have a Confirmation Service on Sunday 10th May subject to availablility of a Bishop.  Any enquires to Fr Kevin kevin.bell@allhallowstwick.org.uk , or the lay readers or the Parish Office parishadmin@allhallowstwick.org.uk


st gambrinus ccThe Society of St Gambrinus

The Society of St Gambrinus (All Hallows Men’s Group) are holding their next meeting on Thursday 7th May. This will be a curry night at The Sheesh Mahal, London Road, Twickenham, meeting at 8.00pm, with a pre-curry drink at the William Webb Ellis Pub opposite the restaurant from 7.00pm. Please let Fr Andrew know you will be coming along:  andrew.williams.london@gmail.com

 twickenham ales ccThe next meeting will be a tour of Twickenham Brewery on Wednesday 10th June from 7pm to 9pm. This will cost £15 and places are limited to 12. The Brewery is at 18 Mereway Road, Twickenham, TW2 6RG and the tour includes 3 pints from the range of Twickenham fine Ales. Please email to book your place: parishadmin@allhallowstwick.org.uk


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.

Buy tickets online
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


Church Construction001From City to Suburb

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…

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.



DSC_6597 copyNo Child Taken

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!



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.

Repairs to the Bells

bell ringers all hallowsI’m pleased to report that the refurbishment work programme on the bells was successfully completed on Thursday 17th July. The principal elements of the work comprised the replacement of all the bearings, pulleys and runner boards. Each of the bells was also checked for odd-struckness, and adjustments made where necessary to improve the striking. The work was carried out under the direction of Neil Thomas from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, with assistance from Steve Jakeman, Tim Chadwick (a member of the AH congregation), John Manley and myself.

Upon completion of the work, we rang all the bells up and down and there is a marked improvement in their handling. With this project now completed, we look forward to the bells proclaiming their message for many years to come, with only minor, routine maintenance.

 Many thanks again to Alex for organising the fund-raising quiz April. It was a very enjoyable evening, in addition to raising a substantial sum towards the cost of the project. The bell ringers were also very heartened by the generous donation from the Luncheon Club.

 It’s nice to know that our bells are appreciated!

 John Sutton, Bellringer at All Hallows, Twickenham