News & Announcements – updated 22nd October 2017

October 29th: David Trendell Memorial Evensong & Blessing of the Plaque

When David Trendell died unexpectedly on 28th October 2014, the shock among his friends and musical colleagues was immense. A memorial Evensong was arranged, and many former singers who had worked at The Great under David came along to sing a wonderful service in his memory.

Meantime, the PCC had begun to discuss installing a memorial plaque on the wall of the Cloister, where plaques already hang in memory of Paul Steinitz and Brian Brockless, two other former Directors of Music at the Priory Church. An online appeal for funds was made, and a large number of David's former colleagues and friends contributed very generously and fully funded the cost of the plaque. Now, just one day after the third anniversary of David's untimely death, we will once again have a choir of David's former musicians to sing Evensong, after which we will process to the Cloister for the Blessing of the plaque and an act of remembrance for a wonderful and inspiring musician and friend, to whom we owe the creation of the professional music programme in the Priory Church, from which we benefit so richly every week. Reqiuescat in pace.

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Recruiting a new Rector

The Committee appointed for this task has interviewed the shortlist of candidates and has invited one of them to become Rector of Great St Bartholomew. There now has to be a pause while various procedures are carried out. We will make an announcement as soon as these have been completed, which is likely to be in two or three weeks.

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Arrangements during the Interregnum

Fr Bill Wilson is leading the clergy team as Presiding Priest and Fr Gerry Moate is the Hospitaller, with special responsibility for The Less. Frs Mark Young and Martin Freeman continue to preside and preach regularly at services. We are also joined from time to time by the Archdeacon, Fr Luke Miller, while some midweek services will be taken by Fr Alan McCormack, Dean of Goodenough College. We are very pleased also to have welcomed to the clergy team the former Canon Precentor of Norwich Cathedral, Fr Jeremy Haselock. We are extremely grateful to all our priests for everything they do for us.

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

Many thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help with the Fair so far - it is all coming together very well. With 11th November getting closer, we are now looking for donations of new or good condition pre-owned items to sell on the various stands or to use as tombola prizes, including toys, books, DVDs, CDs, gifts (new items - toiletry sets, candles etc), bottles of wine, packs of sweets, boxes of chocolates etc. We would also appreciate donations of used candleholders and pretty tea cups and saucers that can be recycled into items for sale. All donations would be most welcome. Please take any items to the kitchen for storage. We are also looking for people to make homemade produce (cakes, cookies, jams, preserves etc).

If you think you may be able to contribute, or have any questions about the Fair, please contact Tracey at tracey.a.braddick@blueyonder.co.uk. We look forward to seeing you at the Fair.

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