Quiz & Chips evening 2017
The Quiz & Chips evening on 25 February saw more than 80 quizzers answering questions and raised just over £900 for SPEAR, our local homelessness charity.
Teams competed on a variety of topics, including a music round and a round of questions about the year 1987, which was when SPEAR first established a temporary night shelter in Richmond.
Supper was provided by PK’s Fish Bar and the drinks by Last Try Wines. A very successful raffle featured prizes generously donated by local businesses (such as Waitrose, Sandys the Fishmonger, Waterstones) and individuals. Thank you very much to all our sponsors and to everyone who supported the event or helped in any way!
Soup Kitchen Challenge
This fundraising initiative is now in its third year at All Hallows. Individuals or groups host an event to raise money for SPEAR, offering a simple meal – perhaps soup, bread and cake – in return for a donation. Our Guides have run an event in the church hall in all three years and members of the congregation have held smaller Soup Kitchen events in their own homes. We also hosted two social events for Twickenham Choral Society in support of SPEAR.
Den Day 2016
On Sunday 19th June, the children of All Hallows built dens as part of Den Day 2016. They heard the story about how the people of God made a home in the tabernacle for God’s Ten Best Ways to Live and about how the desert where it was built could be very hot during the day and extremely cold at night. From this they learnt that some people in this world do not have safe homes to live in, that they live in places where the weather affects their living spaces. They then made dens out of boxes, blankets etc., to make them aware of those in other countries who do not have safe houses, to had some creative fun and raised over £80 for Save the Children who are working towards making these houses safe from flooding etc.
Many thanks to those who supported this event by way of helping the children make dens and by donating to the cause.
For more pictures of their amazing efforts, please click here…
Music Festival (Friday 10th June – Sunday 12th June 2016)
Our annual Music Festival is growing rapidly in scale and popularity! In this, its third year, we welcomed 63 people into the church on Friday evening for the Papagena concert and 107 on Saturday evening for Haydn’s ‘Nelson Mass’ performed by the All Hallows Festival Chorus and Orchestra.
On Friday, Papagena performed an astonishing range of music, all of it unaccompanied and written specifically for female voices.
The group’s ability to fill the whole church with just five voices, and without amplification, was remarkable. Many people said afterwards what a huge surprise the concert had been and how much they’d enjoyed it.
‘Hallelujah’, written by Randall Thompson, was a particular favourite for its sheer beauty, but the humour in pieces such as ‘Three Ways to Vacuum your House’ by Stephen Hatfield and ‘God Says Yes to Me’ by Paul Carey was also greatly appreciated, as were traditional pieces such as ‘There is No Rose’ and ‘She Moved through the Fair’.
It was an exciting evening and many of us signed up for Papagena’s mailing list, reckoning it’s an experience to repeat!
On Saturday, All Hallows Festival Chorus and Orchestra performed Haydn’s ‘Nelson Mass’ and pieces by Bach, Palestrina, Boyce, Victoria and Byrd, directed by Stephen Gregson.
We’re very proud to say that the soloists were all ‘home-grown’ talent, the chorus featured our own singers, with friends borrowed from local choral societies, and the professional musicians in the orchestra were also either from or local to All Hallows. There was an excellent selection of music, with highly competent performances, but the evening also had a wonderful community feel to it as family and friends arrived to support the singers and soloists.
Special mention goes to Verena Stephen for her dazzling solo performance in the Bach ‘Violin Concerto in A Minor’, to Philip Booth for organ continuo and to our Haydn soloists – Sarah Burton, Alex Oliver, Rachel Pickering, Peter Chivers, John Sutton and David Wallis.
On Sunday morning, Festal Eucharist once again featured the All Hallows Festival Chorus singing a setting of the mass by Stanford and – in recognition of Her Majesty’s ninetieth birthday – Byrd’s anthem, ‘O Lord, Make Thy Servant Elizabeth’, written for the sixteenth-century Queen Elizabeth.
On Sunday afternoon, the Promenade Concert allowed us to marvel at the skills and commitment of some young musicians from the Richmond Music Trust who performed music for easy listening in the church cloister.
Finally, Sunday evening’s Choral Evensong was sung by the University of London Church Choir, conducted by Geraldine Warner. This was an uplifting service at the end of an exhausting weekend, and much appreciated by those present.
Parish Pilgrimage to Southwark
On Saturday 21st May a group of our parishioners walked from All Hallows to Southwark Cathedral, a total of 14.5 miles. They stopped on their way at St Michael’s Church in Barnes for morning prayer, and at Battersea Park for a well deserved ice cream! the day ended when they arrived at Southwark for evensong. The day made over £200 for Shooting Star Chase. To see photos of this event please click here…
On Sunday 17th April, we welcomed the Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, the Bishop of Kensington to confirm 4 of our young people. This was a wonderful day for our community who came to support the confirmation candidates and shared in food and fellowship after the service. Many thanks to everyone who helped in whatever way to help the day run smoothly, especially the flower team, the kitchen team and Carol Burrell for her amazing cake! For more photos of the day, please go to our Gallery page!
On Sunday 31st January, All Hallows held its first Folk Mass of the year. This was very well attended for a first trip out, and a few of our ‘folkies’ came along to enhance the music. The service was followed by pizza and hot drinks. For more photos of this wonderful service, please go to our Gallery page!
Burns Night Quiz & Chips evening: 23 January
The All Hallows quiz evening in support of SPEAR, our local homelessness charity, was well attended and a total of 89 quizzers took part, divided into 12 teams. The Burns Night theme to the evening meant there was a round of questions on all things Scottish, plus a haggis option for the supper interval – with chip shop haggis couriered down from Ayr to be cooked in Twickenham. A very close finish to the contest saw only ½ point separating the quiz teams in first and second place.
Ticket sales, a fabulous raffle, an excellent bar and some generous personal donations resulted in a profit of more than £1,200 for SPEAR. Thank you very much to everyone who supported the event or helped in any way!
Uniformed groups sing carols for SPEAR
All Hallows Brownies and Guides raised a fantastic £435.22 carol singing for SPEAR, our local homelessness charity, at Twickenham station last week. They kept smiling and singing despite the drizzle and cold, and local commuters were very generous. A great result – well done girls and leaders!
Rebecca Wallis (All Hallows Church SPEAR Representative)
On Saturday 28th November 2015, All Hallows held a Talent Show for everyone in the community. Many turned up to ‘do a turn’ and many came to support this event. A lot of fun was had, and a lot of talented people were discovered. For more photos of this event, please go to our Gallery page!
A Service of Celebration of Rugby
All Hallows hosted a Celebration of Rugby Service on Thursday 17th September 2015 – on the eve of the first match of the Rugby World Cup 2015. The service was very well attended and the church was full of members from the whole community, including the Mayor of Richmond, Richmond Police Borough Commander, players from London Welsh and London Scottish, representatives from RFU Twickenham, Harlequins, members of our Uniformed Community and local schools.
The service began with an introit sung by All Hallows Choir – Be Strong and of Good Courage. All members of the wider community brought candles up to the altar to share the light of God’s love for us all and for all those involved in the Rugby World Cup. Prayers were led by the Area Dean of Hounslow, the Revd Richard Frank, the Area Dean of Twickenham, the Revd Joe Moffat and the Archdeacon of Middlesex, the Revd Stephan Welch. The address was given by the Bishop of Stepney, The Right Revd Adrian Newman. The service was interjected with videos from Engage of international rugby players about their Christian beliefs and lives. the service ended with prayers with whistles being blown by everyone in the congregation instead of an Amen….a fitting tribute to a service dedicated to the sporting event coming up in our neighbourhood.
The idea of the service sparked media interest with Fr Kevin being interviewed live on BBC London News by Aysha Bakhsh with a recorded interview at the 6.30pm and 10.30pm news spots. Kevin was also interviewed by Premier Christian Radio about the World Cup.
Vicarage Garden Party
On Saturday 12th September 2015 Fr Kevin and his family opened their vicarage door and welcomed the congregation to their Garden Party. About 70 people attended and were treated to tea, coffee and wonderful cakes and snacks.
Everyone enjoyed a great afternoon. Many thanks to Kevin and his family for arranging this event.