Bishop’s medal for St Michael’s organist

The Bishop of Southwark, Christopher Chessun, has chosen Martin Neary as the latest of barely a dozen recipients of the prestigious Lancelot Andrews medal, for his services to music in the diocese.

The Bishop made the announcement on Sunday 24th September at a service celebrating both St Michael’s Day and 150 years of St Michael and All Angels, Barnes. Dr Neary, a former Organist and Master of the Choristers at both Westminster Abbey and Winchester Cathedral, is now Director of Music at St Michael’s.

The Bishop commissioned his special medal last year to reward ‘Godly service’. Lancelot Andrewes was a bishop during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I, and was a respected Anglican preacher, scholar and linguist: he oversaw the translation and production of the King James bible.

Away Day 2017

On Saturday 16th September the PCC went on its Annual Away Day to St Mary’s Convent in Chiswick to reflect on the nature of mission and thereby prepare the ground for a new project for the Church Hall. In the afternoon, we were joined by members of the local community and congregation and hall users to work together on reflecting on the needs of our parish. This summary of the day has been produced.

Concert ‘In Tune with Heaven’

Sunday 15th October at 7.30pm

Martin Neary directs the English Chamber Singers and St Michael’s Choir in a concert marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of St Michael & All Angels church. The repertoire is drawn from music composed during the 150 years since 1867.

Martin Neary conductor
Colette Boushell, Miranda Ostler soprano, Elspeth Marrow mezzo soprano
Tom Rowarth tenor, Laurence Williams bass
John West organ

Wood: Hail, gladdening light
Stainer: I saw the Lord
Stanford: Justorum animae and Coelos ascendit
Elgar: O wild West Wind
Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb
Howells: Take him, earth, for cherishing
Jonathan Harvey: I love the Lord
Cecilia McDowall: The Lord is good
Parry: Blest pair of sirens

Tickets: £25, £20 and £10

Available from the Parish Office (located in the church) and
Natson’s Newsagents, 53 Church Road, Barnes SW13 9HH

Cheques payable to St Michael & All Angels, Barnes

Correction and Clarification

Regarding the article ‘Saving St Michael’s Church Hall’ published September 2017:

St Michael’s wishes to look forward positively to a new project for the Church Hall, nevertheless a number of comments were made in the above named article that require correction and clarification.

The BCA takes no view on proposals for St Michael’s Church Hall and that the opinions expressed in the article where those of the author/Church Hall Action Group only. In addition, contrary to the comments in the article, it is important to note:

– The proposed dwelling on the site was not primarily made of glass: it used materials similar to those of neighbouring properties.

– The proposal was dismissed by the National Planning Inspectorate (following an appeal by St Michael’s church against non-determination by Richmond planners) and not by LBRuT, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

– The National Planning Inspector found, nonetheless, that the proposed church hall facilities for existing users were being adequately ‘re-provided’ and offered improved accommodation

These details are to be found in the Inspector’s report which can be read about on Richmond’s planning portal.

150th Anniversary

A highlight this Autumn will be the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the St Michael’s Church.  There is something for everyone with activities for children, older residents, splendid services, music, art, history and socialising, so please do come along and join in.  Full details of all the events and services can be found in the attached leaflet.  150th leaflet