Sunday, May 29, 2011

St Jude's Autumn Walk 8 October 2011

St Jude’s Autumn Walk
Mill Hill, Saturday 8 October 2011

For the third year running we invite you to bring your families, friends and dogs to join us on a six-mile sponsored walk, this time through the countryside around Mill Hill along an entirely different route from the previous two walks. We shall see 17th-century almshouses, a crooked house, a church built by William Wilberforce, a secret lake, a picturesque duck pond and some fine distant views in autumn sunshine. We hope that the walk will raise as much as possible for the St Jude’s central heating appeal fund.

We shall start and finish in The Ridgeway, Mill Hill (easy parking or 240 bus from Golders Green station) and pause for a coffee stop or something stronger at the Orange Tree pub in Totteridge. Those who wish can round off the walk with lunch at the Adam and Eve pub in The Ridgeway – in their walled garden if it is not raining.

The church of St Jude-on-the-Hill is a Grade I listed building. It is regarded as Lutyens’s masterpiece, but its size and age mean that maintenance costs are very high. Our small congregation has to raise at least £130,000 to replace our antiquated central heating system, which breaks down regularly – usually at the coldest stage of winter. We have now raised nearly £20,000, but still have a long way to go.

Make a note of the date in your diaries now. If you do not wish to walk, please consider sponsoring one of the walkers. We ask adult walkers to raise a minimum of £25 in sponsorship.

To download a registration form, click here. For further information, contact or 020 8455 1025 or 07896 066714.

Ascension Day

The Ascension of Christ by W. P. Starmer in the dome above the altar at St Jude's.

Thursday (2nd June) is Ascension Day.
The Eucharist will be celebrated at 1000 in the Lady Chapel.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Christian Vegetarianism

The first vicar, Basil Bourchier, was noted for his concern for animals - expressed for example in the memorial to the war horses in church. He also advocated 'Christian Vegetarianism' as this recent post on the archive of that name shows. You can read the post and enlarge the article here (where you will also find a link back to our own site).

Sunday, May 22, 2011

New Choir Member

Mobile phone photo.

Sophie became a full member of the choir this morning.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Lutyens the Church Architect

Gavin Stamp, architectural historian, writer and broadcaster gave the Michael Rowley memorial talk this afternoon on Lutyens as a Church Architect. Professor Vesna Goldsworthy of the Centre for Suburban Studies at Kingston University responded and chaired the discussion.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Views of the Church

The official opening of the new Henrietta Barnett School buildings on Monday evening provided an opportunity to record some of the first new views of the church for many decades.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Visiting the Church

A visitor to the church this afternoon was Christine Erskine (formerly Prestage). Christine lived in Eastholm from 1942 to 1958 and attended Henrietta Barnett Junior and Senior Schools. Her father Cyril Prestage was a member of the choir, and Christine attended Sunday School at St Jude's - then held in the Lady Chapel. Charles and Rosemary Proctor were their next door neighbours in Eastholm.

The church at the time was being prepared for a recording by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

50 Years Ago

Half a century ago on 7 May 1961 we celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the Consecration of the Church.. The president and preacher was the Rt Revd Gerald Ellison. Bishop of Chester and later Bishop of London. The Bishop dedicated a bust of the late Revd William Maxwell Rennie (Vicar of St Jude's 1936 - 1954) by his daughter Rosemary, wife of the Charles Proctor the organist. The bust is positioned to the right of the St George's altar beneath the memorial to her brother Michael Rennie who died after rescuing children from the evacuation ship City of Benares which had been sunk as a result of enemy action. The memorial was painted by the church artist Walter Starmer who was present in the congregation on what was probably his last visit to the church.

Mrs Rosemary Proctor with the Bishop and the Vicar
the Revd William Masters.

Click on pictures to enlarge

Friday, May 13, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Centenary : Sanctuary team

Church Warden Jennifer Radice, Hannah Davison, Emma Gregson, David Pope, Vicar, the Bishop of London, Katie El-Balawi, Area Dean Fr Gwyn Clement, Reader Bob Chandler, Mandy Komlosy, Anastasia Walker

All photographs by Cesar Rodriguez-Duran

The Centenary: Behind the scenes

The Area Dean of West Barnet and Rector of St Mary's Hendon Fr Gwyn Clement with the Vicar. Today we also celebrated the 'independence' of the parish of Hampstead Garden Suburb from the ancient parish of Hendon.

Our former scholar Anna Steppler (now organ scholar at Merton College Oxford) meets the Bishop.

Adjusting the microphone

Preparing the incense.

Was that the bell?

Lifting the banners

Signing the service register

Bunter the Vicarage cat (left)

All photographs by Cesar Rodriguez - Duran

The Centenary: the restored Calvary Garden

Lucrezia Walker, The Bishop of London, and gardeners Niamh O’Donnell-Keenan, Susie Gregson, Elinor Delaney, David White, Michael Delaney who restored the site.

All photographs by Cesar Rodriguez - Duran

Sunday, May 08, 2011

The Centenary: Friends and Guests

(Former chorister) Ken and Ursula Hunt

Church Warden Jennifer Radice

Gerdi McCrae and Barbara Young

Councillor John Marshall, Trust Chairman Angus Walker, Trust Manager Jane Blackburn, Mr Mark Rutter and Councillor Lisa Rutter Deputy Mayor of Barnet, (the Vicar), Mike Freer MP, the Bishop of London, Councillor Daniel Seal, Councillor Andrew Harper and Residents Association Chair Janet Elliott.

David Rennie and family at the bust of his Grandfather William Maxwell Rennie (Vicar 1936 -1954). David's parents, Peter and Valerie, were married at St Jude's in September 1952. David and Christa's eldest son Michael (seen here with the Bishop) is named after his great-uncle Michael Rennie.

Ed and Angela Zanders

Former organist Andrew McCrae with family and Nic Chalmers

Centenary mugs