Sunday, May 31, 2015

Father Jeremy Bunting

The funeral of Father Jeremy Bunting (right), former vicar, took place at Little St Mary's Church, Cambridge on Tuesday 26 May.

Jeremy was born in 1934.  He was educated at St Catharine's College, Cambridge and Worcester College, Oxford.  He trained for the priesthood at St Stephen's House, Oxford, was ordained deacon in 1959 and priest in 1960.  He served as a curate at St George's, Bickley (1959-1962) and Little St Mary's, Cambridge (1962-1966), and then taught at General Theological Seminary in New York from 1966 to 1968 before becoming Rector of Stock Harvard in Essex in 1968.  He moved to St Jude's, Hampstead Garden Suburb in 1987, resigning in 1994 and settling in Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire.  

Robert Chandler represented the parish at his funeral.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lady Chapel foundation stone trowel

The silver trowel used for laying the foundation stone of the Lady Chapel in 1910 has just sold for £3250 -
rather more than the estimate and sadly much more than the Vicar's bid!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pentecost 2015

The wild places of Hampstead Garden Suburb.  Photo by Sara Gibbons

Monday, May 18, 2015

Welcome to Saint Jude's

Sounding the Trumpet at St Jude's

Alison Balsom Sounding the Trumpet (Royal Music of Purcell & Handel) at St Jude's.

ALBUM AVAILABLE HERE: ...In the year of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, Alison Balsom celebrates the heroic era of the Baroque trumpet in works by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and Henry Purcell (1658 or 1659-1695), whose anthems, odes, sinfonias and operas have provided the music for numerous royal celebrations from their own day to the present.

Joining forces with Trevor Pinnock, harpsichordist, conductor and pioneer of historical performance, and with the English Concert orchestra that he founded, Balsom demonstrates the versatility and expressive power of her valve-less instrument in original works and new arrangements. These include Purcell's Sound the trumpet and Handel's Eternal Source of light divine in duet with countertenor Iestyn Davies and Purcell's The Plaint from The Fairy Queen in duet with soprano Lucy Crowe. Further repertoire includes suites from Purcell's semi-operas King Arthur (1691) and The Fairy Queen (1692) in new arrangements by Balsom and Pinnock, Handel's Water Piece in D Major HWV 341 and his Oboe Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Major HWV 301 transposed into C Major.

Alison Balsom is one of today's most popular classical musicians. Having managed to break through to the mainstream without abandoning her musical integrity, she continues to draw ever-wider audiences for her performances and recordings of diverse repertoire.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Victory in Europe 1945

VE Day 1945 was marked at St Jude's by a Thanksgiving Mass and special services the folowing Sunday.

St Jude's has no Second World War Memorial.  The church muralist Walter Starmer, still a worshipper and sidesman at the church, made designs for one, but the church council decided to raise funds instead for a memorial hall, as the church hall had been requisitioned during the conflict.  The memorial hall was never built.  Memorial windows Starmer designed for the Lady Chapel were not commissioned.

Starmer designed stained glass windows as Second World War memorials for other churches including All Saints, Leavesden, St Aldhelm's, Edmonton and this one for Wealdstone Methodist Church.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Fred Wiseman's National Gallery

Fred Wiseman's acclaimed documentary on the National Gallery (featuring local talent)
 is being shown on Sunday 3 May at 8pm as part of the BBC4 'slow tv' season.  
Make sure you watch at least the first hour.

Watch the trailer here