Shrewsbury Darwin Festival
We welcomed Fr Hywel Snook as our guest preacher on Darwin’s birthday, 12th February
Full details of the Festival can be found at Shropshire Wildlife Trust
5th Annual Christmas Tree Festival
A real community event! Supported by:
11th Signal and West Midlands Brigade who helped move the forest of trees into the church.
Many local schools and performers, including Shrewsbury Morris and Suzuki violins
And many great sponsors who decorated their trees beautifully
The Children’s Christmas Crafts group had great fun making candles, decorating cards for the housebound and making decorations for their tree.
Severn Hospice Lights of Love Services – Sunday 4th December
St Chad’s was packed for both Lights of Love services organised by the Severn Hospice
To mark the 100th anniversary of the last days of the Battle of the Somme, we hosted an exhibition of photographs by local photographer Peter Acs. £5 from every purchase was donated to the RBL. The exhibition finished on 18 November, the 100th anniversary of the last day of the battle.
We were very proud to hold the Civic Remembrance Service for Shrewsbury. The church was full with over 1100 and thanks to working with Shrewsbury Town Council we were able to broadcast the service outside to over 400.
Image courtesy of Ian Sheppard
St Chad’s Choir
Our choir sang evensong at Hereford Cathedral on Saturday 5th November.
Bonfire Night Party
Members of the congregation of all ages enjoyed a bonfire night party at the Vicarage.
Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving
The service was conducted by the Bishop of Lichfield and the Cathedral filled with Readers from all over the Diocese and their guests.
Pilgrims from St Chad’s joined hundreds from around the world at Westminster Abbey
We prayed at the Shrine of St Edward (the only shrine in this country which still contains the body of the saint) and joined in the Festival Eucharist.
Shrewsbury High Prep School Harvest Festival – 3rd October
A thoroughly enjoyable service for all involved!
We welcomed Richard Barrett from USPG as guest preacher for our Harvest Festival, which was followed by a harvest lunch in church.
Anglo Catholic Future National Festival
It was an uplifting day in London the the National Festival with keynote address by Bishop Rowan Williams.
We are already looking forward to next year’s festival at St James’s, Sussex Gardens
Shrewsbury High School Speech Day – Thursday 22nd September
Annual Battle of Britain Service and Parade – Sunday 18th September
The sun shone and we were treated to a wonderful flypast by a Spitfire following the service and wreath laying in the Quarry.
Rifles Freedom Service and Parade – Wednesday 14th September
St Chad’s welcomed Brigadier Edward Chamberlain (representing General Sir Nick Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the General Staff) and members of The Rifles for a service to mark the granting of the Freedom of Shrewsbury to The Rifles in succession to the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. The service was followed by a parade through the streets of Shrewsbury and an inspection by the Mayor in front of the Guildhall.
We had a great time at the Flower Show with
- Stall in the Showground with children’s activities
- Wonderful teas in the church hall
- A warm welcome to the church for all
- Friday Concert 12.40pm with Libby Burgess and Richard Pinel
- Choral Evensong on both days at 5.30pm
2.30pm Wednesday 27th July Free concert at St Alkmund’s – featuring NCCGB Senior and Tour choirs
7pm Saturday 30th July Concert at St Chad’s – adults £12, children £8. Tickets on the door
Our moving WW1 Exhibition continues until the end of July – marking the anniversary of the first month of the battle of the Somme. Artists exhibiting in the church include:
Escape Velocity – Porcelain Gliders
During the air war in WW1 statistics show that far more RFC pilots were killed in training than they were in combat.
No trees were harmed in the making of this lie
Installation with wood, film and sound
Lost in France
Inspired by the poem by Stephen Rhys.
In the fighting of 1917 at Passchendaele, for each individual death only two inches of ground was re-taken by the Allies.
Our – Silk, metal, paper
The work is about personal loss of loved ones and the family as a casualty of war. ‘Our’ is inspired by the artist’s family mementos from the First World War, which consist of medals, photographs, newspaper cuttings, memorial ribbons and some drawings from a small note book.