St George’s Jubilee celebrations

On Sunday, 5th June St George’s will be holding an outdoor service of thanksgiving at 11am, followed by a ‘street party’ in the carpark at 12. All are welcome – bring a picnic, cake and hot drinks will be provided. There will be a sing-a-long, children’s games and a prize for the best crown! There is also a Flower Festival in the church from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.

Newbury Spring Festival

We’re very excited to be hosting two events with Newbury Spring Festival this year.
It is the 150th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ birth and his work is being celebrated throughout the festival.

Festival Service – St John’s Church

Sunday 8th May 6pm
This coming Sunday at 6pm, St John’s we are hosting the Festival Thanksgiving Service using Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Setting of the Mass in Gminor and sung by the wonderful Carice Singers.
Please do join us for these exciting and beautiful event.

Entrance Free

PLEASE NOTE. The time is 6pm – not the 10am published in the brochure.
This is down to situations beyond our control.

Talk St George’s Church – Hedgerow to Pew – the story of the English Hymnal

by Jeremy Summerly
Thursday 12 May – 11am-12

In 1904 the agnostic Vaughan Williams set about introducing folk song into The English Hymnal. This revolutionary hymn book was the brainchild of Percy Dearmer, who wanted to rid the Anglican church of turgid 19th-century hymn tunes.

After the project had been concluded, Vaughan Williams admitted that his work on The English Hymnal had been ‘a better musical education than any amount of sonatas and fugues’.

It was melodies that Vaughan Williams discovered in the preparation of The English Hymnal that inspired the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910), Dives & Lazarus (1939), and passages of the opera The Pilgrim’s Progress (1951).

Jeremy Summerly Newbury Spring Festival

Jeremy Summerly will present a talk From Hedgerow to Pew, focusing on more of the fascinating story of Vaughan Williams and The English Hymnal.

Tickets £10 Booking here

Sponsored by The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust & The Englefield Trust

Blue plaque for former Wash Common Resident

Doris Page who lived in Wash Common from the 1950s until her death in 1991 and worshipped at St George’s is being honoured with a blue plaque for her former home in Essex Street. Doris contracted polio in 1955 and was confined to an iron lung for rest of her life. She campaigned tirelessly for the necessary infrastructure to enable disabled people to lead a viable home life and was awarded an MBE in 1968. All are invited to attend the unveiling on Thursday, 5th May at 1pm outside 39 Essex Street.

The Wash Commoner is here

The latest edition of The Wash Commoner magazine has arrived and is at the back of church waiting to be delivered to all homes in the parish over the coming week. It’s lovely weather for a stroll around the neighbourhood!

Co-ordinating help for Ukraine

The Oxford Diocese is offering a co-ordinated approach to giving on-going help, practical support and prayer for the many who have been forced to flee Ukraine, and those still trapped and suffering.

You can access their information via this link.

St John’s Open Future

St John’s PCC is excited to finally launch its iCAP Project, enabling access for everyone

The Improving Community Access Project (iCAP) aims to improve the accessibility, openness, visibility and welcome of St John’s Church for both its congregation and its community.

St John’s is dedicated to being a Parish Church – a church for all our community.

We are exploring ways to become more inclusive, welcoming and progressive in our outlook as we seek to serve God and our neighbours.

One of the key areas for us is simply how we welcome people into church. Over a number of years a desire has grown to enable wheelchair and pram access through the main front door – a statement about our intention to become a sacred community space for all people.

The Improving Community Access Project (iCAP) aims to improve the accessibility, openness, visibility and welcoming of St John’s Church for both its congregation and its community.

We are now actively seeking funding for this exciting and hopeful project – and invite our community to help us.

In brief, this project is comprised of two parts;

  1. A Wheelchair Accessible Ramp from the main door lobby through to the church.
  2. A Glass Porch Lobby, with automatic sliding doors, to the main entrance. This enables three things; a good turning circle for wheelchairs, a visibly open view of the church, and greater environmental efficiency.

Our Target to reach is £162,000

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(taking you to Greenham Common Trust)

please help us by donating… many thanks.
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A communion of vicars?

Last weekend saw a gathering of St George’s vicars past and present. Revds John, Paul and Becky have served the community for more than 20 years between them.

West Berkshire Foodbank call for help

The Foodbank has noticed a significant drop in the amount of donations they have received in the first couple of months of this year, whilst at the same time demand is rising as food and fuel prices rise. They have launched a campaign asking people to consider giving a bit extra during Lent and Easter. Please help if you are able. The following shows the items most needed. Donations can be made St George’s drop-off point, or at local supermarkets.

Benefice Quiet Day

Many enjoyed the recent Quiet Day, held at St Mary’s Convent Wantage where the apple trees are so faithfully and skilfully pruned by the sisters over many, many years. Our thanks to Bishop Olivia for leading us on a day of reflection and stillness.

Candlelit vigil for Ukraine

Friday, 4th March – Members of both St George’s and St John’s Churches attended a candle-lit vigil outside Newbury’s Town Hall in support of the people of Ukraine. Speakers included the Mayor, local resident, Jana, and Fr Gary.

Photo – many thanks to Phil Cannings, Newbury Weekly News