The summer is here and we wish you a very blessed season from everyone at St Giles’!
Whilst it’s a quieter time for us at St Giles’ generally, we have a number of events in the diary, such as the Orchestra of the City concert, two choral evensongs and our annual pilgrimage to Walsingham.
Please do come and join us if you can. If you’re away, we wish you safe travels and we look forward to seeing you in the autumn.
It’s been over two years since the tragic events of the Grenfell Tower fire took place.
For some of us it’s hard to believe that ten years have passed since another fire, closer to home to us in Camberwell, took place in a residential tower claiming the lives of six people and traumatising many more.
St Giles’ will be marking the ten-year anniversary of the Lakanal House fire with a multi-faith service, open to all, on Wednesday 3rd July at 6.30pm. For some people, such an event may be too painful for them to attend. For others, it may provide some comfort and the opportunity for those who were involved to come together in friendship.
All are very welcome.
You may have read that John Ruskin was born 200 years ago this week. Ruskin was educated in Camberwell and moved opposite to what is now Ruskin Park in 1843. There are also local schools and streets named after the great man – and we have a very special connection to him here at St Giles’ too…
As well as being the most influential art critic of the Victorian era (Ruskin almost singlehandedly turned around the legacy of the artist J. M. W. Turner) he was a draughtsman, art patron and water-colourist. He was a prolific writer and wrote on subjects such as geology, ornithology, education, botany, myths, architecture and political economy. He even found time to write travel guides.
Ruskin was appalled about the way the industrial revolution was dehumanising workers and was concerned about the effect industrialisation was having on the environment. Using lectures and magazine articles, he encouraged workers to improve their lives through self-education. He believed that everyone was capable of developing their own creativity and founded a drawing school in Oxford, now known as The Ruskin School of Art.
It’s appropriate that Camberwell is now home to UAL: Camberwell College of Arts and that Camberwell Arts Festival has been flourishing since 1994. And at St Giles’, our beautiful stained glass East window was designed by John Ruskin in 1844 and continues to be enjoyed to this day.