Dates for Your Diaries in 2018 - More details will appear as the events approach

Sunday, Sept 30th - HARVEST THANKSGIVING and LUNCH
- also Freshers' weekend at Warwick University

Thursday 1st November - All Saints Day

Friday 2nd November - All Soul's Day

Thursday 1st Nov until Wednesday 14th November Coventry Peace Festival

Sunday 11th November Remembrance Sunday

Saturday 24th November The Diocesan Pilgrimage will pass St John's

Saturday 1st December - The Christmas Fayre

Friday 14th December - Christmas Lunch at 12.30

Sunday 23rd December - Nine Lessons and Carols

Monday 24th December - Christingle Service

-- PAST EVENTS --

Friday 29th June has two musical events:-

At 1.10pm until about 1.50pm a FLUTE RECITAL by ENYA BOWE of Bablake School

£2 at the door Benefiting SKIP (Supporting Kids in Peru) 

Programme - Hamburg Sonata by CPE Bach - Cantabile and Presto by Enesco -

Danse de la chèvre by Honegger - Sonata for Flute and Piano by Hindemith -

SKIP is a non profit organisation helping economically disadvantaged children in the impoverished districts of Trujillo.
They aim to provide a quality education and counselling to children and their families, strenthening social ties and inclusion in the local community.

And at 7.30 pm

Haverfordwest Ladies Choir for a Summer Evening Concert
Tickets, at £5 each, will be available at the door.
All proceeds are going to the St John the Baptist Bechstein Restoration Fund.

Haverfordwest Ladies Choir

with music in our hearts

About us

The Haverfordwest Ladies Choir was formed in 1991. Since that time the choir has performed in a wide variety of venues in Pembrokeshire and beyond, including St. David’s Cathedral, Pembroke Castle, Brecon Cathedral, St David’s Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, and Truro Cathedral, raising funds for local and national charities such as the RNLI, Prostate  Cymru, Pembrokeshire Carer’s Outreach, Shalom House, Pembrokeshire Counselling Service, Christian Aid, Tŷ Hafan, Tenovus. Cruise and the Paul Sartori Foundation.

Musical Director Dr Nancy Mann 

Nancy Mann was appointed musical director of the choir in January, 1999. A native of Knoxville,Tennessee, her career in the United States included the production of musicals and operas as well as teaching and performing. In addition to Bachelor and Master’s degrees in music, she holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in opera production from the University of Texas at Austin. Nancy moved to Pembrokeshire from Southport, Merseyside, where she was active as a private piano and singing teacher as well as serving as the associate conductor of the Crosby Capriol Singers. Nancy also plays viola with the Teifi Chamber Orchestra.

Pianist Gerald Nicholas



Gerald resides in Haverfordwest and has been accompanying the choir since 1998.

A Pembrokeshire native, he is involved with several area musical organisations, including Cantorion Tyddewi, Voices of Pembroke, St. David’s Cathedral Festival Chorus and the Haverfordwest Operatic Society.

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arol Mayhew; Jenny Hart; Hillary Price; Rose Goodall; Beryl Porter; Gyll Nisbet.

Second Soprano



SSandra Davies ; Kim Frank ; onia Phillips; Frank ; Janice Goodwin ; Margaret Mills  Price; Maggie Dash ; Sonia Phillips; Fran Price; Maggie Dash.

 

Alto

 

Jan Morgan; Frances Oates; Linda Fowler; Tina Jones; Helen Sutherland; Angela Preston; Anne Davies, Sandra Davies.

 This is us

The choir is made up of around 34 ladies ranging in age from 20 to 80+. Choir members come from all over Pembrokeshire to learn and perform a wide variety of music ranging from classical pieces to traditional and popular songs, and those with a fun element like ‘Big Spender’ & ‘All that Jazz’.  In addition to their formal concerts, the choir regularly sing for residents at area nursing homes and provides music for weddings and corporate events.

The choir has sung outside of Wales on several occasions, performing in Bruges, The Netherlands, England, Scotland, and Ireland. In May 2009 they travelled to Oberkirch, Germany, to celebrate twenty years of Oberkirch’s twinning with Haverfordwest, returning in October 2014 for the 25th Anniversary celebrations.

The choir has been invited on several occasions to sing for various Civic Services, including a service for the Annual Meeting of The National Association of City and Town Sheriffs of England and Wales held at St. Mary’s Church, Haverfordwest in 2007.

New members of all ages are welcome at any time. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7.30-9.30 pm in The Albany Chapel Hall, Hill Street Haverfordwest. The ability to read music is helpful but not a requirement – what is required is a love of singing and the willingness to work together towards the common goal of performing to the highest possible standard

 
St John the Baptist’s Day – 24 June - Patronal Festival

Recital Thursday 21st June by Anna White at 1:15 pm to 1:45 

 

Celebratory Concert - 23 June at 7pm - Eve of St John the Baptist Day - using the the repaired/refurbished Bechstein piano organised by the 'Unlock the Music Group' Click for their website

Pentecost – 20 May

Corpus Christi – 31 May, which falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, is a day when Christians give thanks for the gift of he sacrament of Holy Communion. A celebration of the Mass is followed by a procession of the sacrament and benediction, whereby people are blessed by Jesus present with us in the sacrament. Come and join us for this joyful celebration.

St George's Day - 23rd April

A chance to see the unique 14th century sculptures either side of the great East Window of St George and his dragon at St John the Baptist Church, Fleet Street, Coventry.
This 670 year old city centre church is the parish church for Spon End and the lower part of Earlsdon.
The unique sculptures date from the time in the late 14th century when the great churches in Coventry losing pace with the Cathedral cities of York and Lincoln and Lichfield.
Visitor Liaison Officer Mike Polanyk believes it was an inspired piece of early marketing.
"The church authorities came up with a great piece of medieval spin, putting out a story that St George, whose reputation of being England's patron saint was flourishing due to his winning appearances via banners and shields on French battlefields,was born in Coventry!
Caludon Castle in fact!"
Mike admits it was a load of hokum, but chapels and statues were soon blossoming in the city!
Very few have survived, but those two in St Johns are in a very competant state.
These can be seen on St Georges Day as well the many other grotesques that are such a vibrant visual part of this beautiful church.
Throughout the day sample the superb acoustics of this medieval gem with music recitals; meet Queen Isabella, the founder of the church, and be amazed by the stories of St Johns origins.
There will be exhibitions, guided tours, and refreshments in the hall most of the day.

Ascension Day – 10 May

Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th of Holy Week
6.30pm Stations of the Cross and Mass

CHRISM MASS

Bishop Jonathan will celebrate his Chrism Mass at Lichfield Cathedral on the Wednesday of Holy Week, 28 March, at 11.30am. Lifts can be arranged. Please speak to Fr Dexter about that.  

Maundy Thursday – 29 March

Bishop Christopher will celebrate the Diocesan Chrism Mass in the Cathedral (Coventry) at 10.30am.

Good Friday – 30 March

10.30am Stations of the Cross for the Family
2pm Good Friday Liturgy

Holy Saturday – 31 March

8pm Easter Vigil

Easter Day – 1 April

10am Sung Mass with Procession and Easter egg hunt

Palm Sunday - 25th March
10am Procession from the Lower Precinct and Sung Mass

 
Ash Wednesday – 14 February
 
Thursday 14th December 1pm
Bablake School Christmas Concert
 
Friday 15th December 12.30pm
Christmas Lunch in Church Hall
 
Sunday 24th December Advent 4 and Christmas Eve
 
10am Mass
NOTE Mass every day over the Christmas Octave
 
Tuesday 26th December - St Stephen - 1pm Mass 
Wednesday 27th December - St John the Evangelist - 1pm Mass
Thursday 28th December - The Holy Innocents - 1pm Mass
Friday 29th December - St Thomas Becket - 1pm Mass
Saturday 30th December - in the Christmas Octave - 9.30am Mass
Saturday 31st December - The Holy Family - 10am Mass
Monday 1st January - Mary, Mother of God - 12noon Angelus and Mass
 
 
 
PAST EVENTS
 
Saturday 2nd December 10am - 2pm

 
 
 Monday 30th October to Tuesday 14th November
Coventry Peace Festival - At St John's
 
 
Much of the focus will be on areas dedicated to peace and reconciliation in the Church, from the prayer of forgiveness from one of the church's earliest patrons, the Black Prince, to the famous War Memorial Window, which honours 98 of the Spon End parish who died in the First World War.
 
 
Less well known are the extraordinary Stations of the Cross which were commissioned by the congregation post WWII to be made in Bavaria as part of Coventry's determination to foster renewed relationships with the German nation.
 
 
Services include:
 
Requiem Masses for all the Faithful Departed on Thursday November 2 at 1pm and 7pm,
A Service of Remembrance on Sunday Nov 5 at 4.30pm,
Prayers for Peace on Saturday Nov 11 at 11am, followed by poetry readings from a  local poet.

There will be a Sung Requiem for the War Dead on Sunday Nov 12 at 10am, and
a Procession of the Stations of the Cross on that Sunday at 4.30pm.

A local artist will be showing his various impressions of the church,
the chapel of St John the Baptist will be open for private meditation and prayer,
there will be a peace garden, a floral peace trail, a carpet of flowers, a children's path,
and daily readings and recitals from the local community.

Our Rector Fr Dexter Bracey has devised the programme:

" As a longstanding place of Christian worship, St John the Baptist is a building which speaks of peace and tranquility, and members of the congregation seek to work with other Christians and others in the community to foster a culture of reconciliation."

"The programme of activities planned for this festival offers opportunities to experience the peace and tranquility of the building and, in different ways, to reflect upon past conflicts, remember those who have suffered as a result of them, and to pray for peace."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday 30th September

The 1st Festival of Christian Orthodox Choral Music in the UK
at St Johns 7pm - Tickets £10 Refreshments Available - pay at the door or ....
 
Use the link below for tickets :-
 


Sunday 24th September 12 noon 
Harvest Thanksgiving Bring and Share Meal
 
 
SATURDAY, SEPT 16th.
 
 
 

THURSDAY, 7th. Sept to Sunday 10th. 

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - Church open all day

     includes :-

          Friday 8th      - 1pm Bablake School Recital

                                 - 6pm Coventry Street Pastors Commissioning Service

          Saturday 9th - 7pm 'Unlock the Music' present
                                    The Thrup'nny Bits (folk music) and
                                    Harim Oh (Opera Singer)

Concert featuring a cappella singing group Thrup'nny Bits and operatic soprano soloist Harim Oh.

Thrup'nny Bits are a three voice harmony group incorporating folk songs, music hall and early music. They are big favourites in Coventry and have sung at festivals all round the country.

Harim Oh is a soprano soloist who has performed in major operas throughout Britain including with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. She starts a Masters degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in September.

Donations received will go towards the restoration fund for the church's vintage 1878 Bechstein piano. Enjoy some wonderful music and the beautiful acoustic of this lovely church.

SATURDAY, Sept 9th is the 50th Anniversary of the Parish of St Mary and St John, Camp Hill, Nuneaton - Celebratory Mass at noon.
 

 
FRIDAY, Sept 1st. at 1pm LUNCH TIME CONCERT
 
SCOTT BURT PIANO TRIO CONCERT

The Scott Burt Piano Trio will be giving a lunchtime concert on Friday 1st September at 1pm. For those who have been to the Bablake School concerts in St John’s, Cathy Scott Burt will be familiar as the conductor, Dr Nicholas Scott Burt as their organist and Harry as their cellist son. This is free concert with donations towards the Benslow Hills Instrument Loan Scheme.

SATURDAY, Sept 2nd. 10.30am - 4pm

Ebsfleet Lay Congress in Coventry Cathedral

 
 
SUMMER FAYRE . This will be on Saturday 8th July. There will be various stalls including jams, cakes, gifts, books, vinyl, greeting cards and artefacts made in Palestine as well as entertainment, photographic and historic exhibitions, tours, children’s way, walks in the grounds and a viewing of the church's Green Man door. Refreshments will be available from 10am until 2pm in the hall. Speak to Mike and Sheila if you can help on the day or if you can provide cake, jam or other items to sell.
 
 --- PAST EVENTS  ---
 
June 24th is a special day to mark the Feast of St John the Baptist, 
Coventry based charity Unlock the Music Concert Making (UMCM) will once again offer an all day festival of music and entertainment within the church’s historic walls. There is a free concert given by musical and other learners associated with UMCM in the afternoon, followed by an evening event featuring some of the very best students of classical music, jazz and musicals in Coventry.

Last year’s spectacular concert was filled to capacity, and received the support of Councillor Lindsley Harvard, Lord Mayor of Coventry, and Pru Porretta as Lady Godiva.

This event is presented in association with The Rotary Club of Coventry, and is in aid of the restoration of the church’s beautiful and very rare 1878 Bechstein piano, and the creation of a library in Lokiliri in South Sudan.  
Afternoon performances start at 2.30, and the evening show at 7.30 (£6 evening only)
www.umcm.org.uk / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07880 898119.
 
 
 
 The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament are holding their NATIONAL FESTIVAL here at St. John's 
further information about the Confraternity appears below the following poster.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BABLAKE CONCERT. The next Bablake concert is at 1.10 p.m. on Friday 5th May. Cathy Scott-Burt writes “The senior string quartet from Bablake School will play a selection of classical favourites, including Mozart Divertimento in D major and the famous Nocturne from Borodin's second string quartet as well as some lighter music. The quartet have been playing together for a year and are all music scholars at Bablake; they are very much looking forward to sharing this lovely selection of quartet music”
 
 
 
 
Sunday April 23, 11.30am - 4pm.

St George's Day Open Day.
 
 

Come and see the unique 14th century sculptures either side of the great East Window of St George and his dragon at St John the Baptist Church, Fleet Street, Coventry.
It dates from the time in the late 14th century when the monks of the great churches in Coventry were beginning to suffer being in the pilgrim shade when compared to those visiting Canterbury, Lincoln and Lichfield.

 
Up to the right of the East Window - St George - also a closer view below
 
 
 
 
The Dragon to the left of the East Window is not quite so clear.
 

 


Church warden Ann Tuesley takes up the story.
"So they came up with a great piece of spin, that St George, whose reputation of being England's patron saint was flourishing due to his winning appearances via banners and shields on French battlefields,was born in Coventry!
Caludon Castle in fact!
A load of hokum, but chapels and statues were soon blossoming in the city!
Very few have survived, but those two in St Johns survived and in a very competant state.
These can be see next Sunday as well the many other grotesques that are such a vibrant visual part of this beautiful church.
Throughout the day sample the superb acoustics of this medieval gem with organ music and recorder recitals.
Meet Queen Isabella, the founder of the church, and be amazed by the stories of St Johns origins.
There will be exhibitions, guided tours, and refreshments all day.

UPCOMING and CURRENT EVENTS

In addition to the services shown, the Church will also be open
for visitors and Private Prayer at the following times :

 


Second Sunday of Easter and St George's Day - 23rd April
11.30am - 4pm.

St George's Day Open Day.

Featuring the 14th/15th century carvings of St George & the Dragon and the many other grotesques that are such a vibrant part of this beautiful church.
Throughout the day sample the superb acoustics of this medieval gem with organ music and recorder recitals.
Meet Queen Isabella, the founder of the church, and be amazed by the stories of St Johns origins.
There will be exhibitions, guided tours, and refreshments all day.

Monday 24th April
10am - 12noon

 

PALM SUNDAY 9th April
Our service begins at 9.45am when we assemble at the fountain in the Precinct 
for the Distribution and Blessing of the Palms and then our traditional Procession to the church.
At 10am there will be a Sung Parish Mass with the Dramatic Reading of the Passion Gospel.
The church will be open for silent prayer and guided tours from 11.30am until 3.30pm.
Then at 3.30pm we have The Cross of Christ - a devotional service for choir and congregation.

 

 

 

BABLAKE SCHOOL CONCERT

The Brass Ensemble will give a concert at 1.10 p.m. on Thursday 30th March.

NB The Church is Open for visitors:-

Tues 28th.   10am - 12 noon
Wed  29th.   10am  - 12 noon
Thurs 30th.  10am -2pm.
This includes a free lunchtime concert at 1.10pm by the Bablake School Brass Ensemble.
Fri  31st.     10am - 12noon
Sat  1st.      10am - 1pm
Sun  2nd.    11.15am - 12.30pm
Mon  3rd.    10am - 12noon

 

Sunday January 15th 2nd Sunday of Epiphany - Canon David Tilley

Sunday January 22nd 3rd Sunday of Epiphany - Canon John Eardley 

Friday January 27th at noon Service of Reflection followed by lunch 

Sunday January 29th Candlemas - Fr Norman Stevens

The traditional in-house Christmas Lunch will be in the Hall at 12:30pm on Friday December 16th. As we are catering for a maximum of 50, check with Ann L or Sheila to see if there are any places still available. NB 3 courses for £6.

Christmas Fayre - Saturday 3rd December - 10am until 2pm - Tombola, Jams, Cakes, crafts, etc.

NB light refreshments available

COVENTRY PEACE FESTIVAL   1st - 14th November - We have a busy first week for the Peace Festival, with our Peace Garden at the back of the church, with the option to place a pebble or candle in the Garden. The Coventry Litany of Reconcilliation will be said at noon. The Peace bell will be sounded on the hour and half hour followed by a peace hymn. There will be a Peace Trail through the Church and in the Walshman Aisle we will be displaying the 1000 year history of Coventry tapestry kindly loaned by Pru Poretta. (alias Lady Godiva) 

'Unlock the Music' will give a Peace Concert: Peace in Harmony on Sunday 6th November from 2.00pm.

Also see the following about Cam from our choir :-

From a Post on Facebook late on 1st Oct 

WELCOME BACK CAM

"To all who wondered why my #BlackDogCampaign #Camino posts stopped - the friend I went with and I ended up parting ways and he had the phone, so I have been incommunicado throughout. I will try to do something retrospectively - as I arrived in Santiago on Wednesday at 11.15 am a day and a half early an got back to Coventry Saturday afternoon (1 October). Still can't believe I did it!"

 

Ian, another member of our congregation is also on the 'Camino' but had to rest up for some days to recover from blisters, but is now back walking again. Last information is that he was near Saria, with 100 kilometres to go.