A summary of summer

It’s been a busy summer at St Giles’ – here’s a round-up of what we’ve been up to.

Pilgrims Progress!

Bish Michael at Canterbury

Mtr Lynn presents our leaving card

In June, some of us had a few tales to tell after our pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral. As well as exploring this ancient place it was an opportunity to say goodbye to Bishop Michael Ipgrave, who has been a wonderful friend to everyone at St Giles’ since becoming area Bishop of Woolwich in 2012. Our congregation sent a card and gift along with our pilgrims and we wish him all the best as he takes up his new role as diocesan Bishop of Lichfield in September.



Walsingham pilgrims, led by Fr Peter

In August, our intrepid pilgrims set off again to the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham in Norfolk. Walsingham has been a special place of pilgrimage since the 11th Century but during the dissolution of the monasteries, both the shrine and priory were destroyed in 1538. After 400 years, Walsingham again became an important place of veneration for Christians of many denominations and our annual trip from St Giles’ is always popular. St Giles’ next pilgrimage will be to St Albans’ in November.

St Giles’ hosted an eclectic collection of concerts throughout the summer. First up was the Greenwich Meantime Saxophone Quartet who treated us to a varied programme of American 20th Century works. Here’s some relaxing George Gershwin, courtesy of the Quartet. 
We also welcomed Oskar McCarthy and pianist Rob Keeley to perform Othmar Schoeck’s 1927 song cycle, ‘Buried Alive’. Semi-staged by candlelight with sumptuously performed music and poetry, it was a memorable evening.

Although the night of the 23rd of June will live long in the memories of many people throughout the country, at St Giles’ it was a chance to hear some soothing organ music on Midsummer’s Eve / EU referendum night. Ashley played music by Elgar, Brahms, Boëllmann, Handel, Purcell, Jongen, Dubois and Parry before ending with an arrangement of Mendelssohn’s Notturno from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Finally at the end of July, we were pleased to welcome back Southwark Youth Orchestra who gave a fantastic workshop finale concert. If you play an instrument to Grade 5 standard and would like to get involved, click here for more details. Here’s SYO’s version of Ox Dance by Scott Stroman.

Southwark Stands Together


St Giles’ was pleased to host an event celebrating the cultures of refugees in Southwark, including food and activities from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Bolivia and Latin America. The event was a collaboration between Southwark Refugee Communities Forum, Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers and the Forum for Equalities and Human Rights in Southwark.
It was a fun day enjoyed by all – click here for more pics.

We hope you have had a wonderful summer – there’s still a lot of things to come throughout the rest of 2016 – we hope to see you soon!