Monday, February 27, 2012

New Church Warden

David White was welcomed as our new Church Warden yesterday morning.


Come to St Jude’s for a wide range of books.

Bring along your surplus books on the day and add them to the appropriate stall.

Donations of CDs and DVDs will also be welcome.

Let us know if you need someone to collect them from you.

There will be tea, coffee, home-made soup and other refreshments.

Proceeds will go towards the St Jude’s central heating appeal fund.

For further information, contact

or 8455 1025 or 07896 066714

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Secret History: 23 February 2012

Ash Wednesday

The Vicar in bleached linen vestments after the morning Ash Wednesday service.

The vestments were given to the church by Fr. John Bunker.

John grew up in Neasden, decided against being evacuated on the City of Benares, and was a server at St Jude's in the early 1950s. He was ordained in 1957 and became curate in charge of St Hilda's, Marden (in Newcastle Diocese) in 1961 when the present vicar of St Jude's was in the Sunday School. Fr John is now retired and lives in Halifax where the vicar visited him in July last year. He has made several gifts to St Jude's.

The main Ash Wednesday service took place at Golders Green Parish Church in the evening.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday, February 06, 2012

The Queen's Accession

Today we celebrate the 6oth anniversary of the Queen's Accession to the throne. A 41-gun Royal Salute to mark the start of Diamond Jubilee year was fired by the King's Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park. The Troop had earlier paraded down St John's Wood High Street for the last time to mark their departure from the barracks in Ordnance Hill, their home since 1880, for a new base in Woolwich. The Vicar of St Jude's, who began his ordained life as a curate at St John's Wood Church, was there to see them off.

The band of the Royal Artillery accompanied songs to welcome the King's Troop.

Major Mark Edward RHA, Commanding Officer of the King's Troop
made a farewell speech from his horse.

The Vicar of St John's Wood read the Collect for the Queen's Accession and gave a blessing.

The current curates

The Lord Mayor of Westminster

Local schools were represented including St Christina's
- which was attended by all the (St Jude's) Vicarage children.

And local shop windows were suitably decorated.

This photo was taken by Polly Hancock of the Ham and High on the Vicar's camera.
All the others were taken by the Vicar himself.