News & Announcements – updated 6th August 2017

Arrangements during the Interregnum

The Churchwardens are delighted to announce that Fr Bill Wilson has agreed to lead the clergy team from 1st August for the remainder of the interregnum. He will be joined by Fr Gerry Moate, who will be Hospitaller from September. Formerly Vicar of Dedham and then Chaplain of Bloxham School, Fr Gerry has recently retired. Midweek services will also be taken from time to time by Fr Alan McCormack, Dean of Goodenough College. The Archdeacon, Fr Luke Miller, has also kindly offered to take some services, as and when his schedule permits. We are extremely glad that Fr Mark Young and Fr Martin Freeman will be continuing as part of our community and of the clergy team, and are very grateful to them for all they do for us.

You might like also to know that the deadline for applications to be the new Rector of Great St Bartholomew has now passed, and that a significant number of applications have been received. Interviews will be held in early September, and it is hoped that an appointment can be announced by the end of that month. Given that a three-month notice period is usual – and that this will bring us up to Christmas – it is now anticipated that the new Rector will most likely join us in early 2018.

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Adertising for a new Assistant Organist

The church is looking for a new Assistant Organist. An advertisement has appeared in the Church Times with a link to the Job description. But you can also read it here (click this link to go there).

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Private Tour of Highgate Cemetery – 19th September

Highgate is the UK’s most famous cemetery, with ivy-clad monuments, superb funerary architecture and famous residents such as Michael Faraday and George Eliot. If you’ve never before visited this secluded and evocative place, or if it’s been a while, then consider joining us on September 19th. Our own Ian Kelly is a Trustee of the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust and has kindly offered a private tour starting at 6 o’clock in the evening. This will last about 90 minutes, be an all- weather event, and require sturdy footwear. Please be punctual as the gates will close at 6pm.

Tickets for the cemetery tour are £12. There is an option to go on afterwards to a local restaurant (Cote in Highgate Village). No doubt it will be a splendid evening. Please sign up with the sidesmen by September 9th.

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Christmas Fair (Lord Mayor’s Day) – Saturday 11th November 2017

We would like to thank everyone who has offered their support in helping Tracey Braddick organise this year’s St Bartholomew’s Fair. We hope that the congregation will strongly support this event.

Michael Jones is putting together a 2018 St Bart's Calendar for sale at the Fair. If you have taken any photos of The Great or The Less that you believe capture the life in our church communities during 2017, he would be delighted if you were to forward them (max. 4 please) to The cut off is likely to be the end of July, so there is still time to get the camera out. It will be assumed that any photos sent to Michael are copyright-licensed by you for inclusion (for this publication only), and that you should be credited.

For further information about the Fair please contact Tracey at

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We would like to thank all those who have responded to our Stewardship Campaign. If you still have an envelope with your pledge, please either bring it to church or post it back to us.

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