Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of St Lawrence Church & St Lawrence CEP School (1868-2018)

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15th – 17th June 2018

In 1868 St Lawrence Church and St Lawrence School were gifted to our community by Horace Wilkinson, in memory of his daughter Mary who died as a young child. Both institutions continue to play an important part in the life of our parish, covering the three hamlets of Seal Chart, Stone Street and Bitchet Green.

This June we will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of both our church and school. This will be marked by a weekend of activities , details of which can be found in this leaflet. We look forward to welcoming you to some, perhaps all, of our celebrations.

Rev’d Serena Willoughby
Alison Saunders, Headteacher

Friday 15th June

School Celebration Fayre

The staff and pupils of St Lawrence School are hosting a Celebration Fayre. This will include a display which takes you through life at St Lawrence School over the last 150 years, as well as live music, a barbecue, tea & cakes and much more!

Additionally, there will be the opportunity to visit the church enjoy the flowers and historical displays.

It will be an opportunity for a walk down memory lane, as well as a celebration of what St Lawrence is now and the community it serves.

Saturday 16th June

School Open Morning

The school will be open to visitors to find out about life at St Lawrence School now and over the last 150 years.

10am – 1pm
Flowers and Displays in the Church

The church will be open to view the flower arrangements and displays illustrating the activities of the church and parish ’then and now’.

Refreshments will be available.

Bell ringing

A celebration quarter peal will be rung by the St Lawrence Bellringers.

Concert and Hog Roast
Singers from the Royal Academy of Music will be performing music from shows, musical theatre and popular operas. A hog roast supper will be served during an extended interval.

Tickets include a hog-roast supper and are available from John Morris (01732 810227), e-mail: johnmorrisassoc@aol.com. If you would like to make an additional donation to help meet anniversary weekend expenses please add the amount to your ticket payment.

Sunday June 17th

Service of Praise and Thanksgiving

‘The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations’. Revelations 22:2

Everyone is welcome to a Service of Praise and Thanksgiving in St Lawrence Church. After the service celebratory drinks and strawberries will be served.

In the church there will be an opportunity to view a video of the history of the church and school compiled by Rev’d Michael Cooke with soundtrack by the church organist, Alex Trigg.

Beating the Bounds

We will be reviving an old church practice of ‘Beating the Bounds’, an annual walk around (part of) the parish boundary, aiming to leave at 2.30pm and arriving back at church around 5pm for a picnic. Contact Sue Ward (01732 667815) for more information.