St Giles’ new feathered friends

Many have found a new home with us at St Giles’ over the centuries. And whilst some folk like to claim the same pew to sit in each week, not many would climb as high as our new feathered friends to seek a comfortable spot!


These Peregrines were spotted and shared with us on Twitter by Carole Mason. They were obviously enjoying the sun and they are very welcome to stay with us as long as they would like.

If you have any favourite pictures of St Giles’ (and wildlife!) we would love you to share them with us @StGsCamberwell. Thank you for ‘Tweeting’ them in, Carole!

Les Alden MBE

Sadly, 2020 began with news of the passing of our dear friend, Les Alden.

Les was a church warden at St Giles’ for many years and a long-serving choir member. He was baptised at St Giles’ and married his fellow choir member Pat, who later became the vicar of nearby St Phillips’ Church, Avondale Square. One of his greatest achievements was his help towards restoring the crypt and setting up our jazz club, which continues to entertain jazz lovers 25 years on.

Whilst his work at St Giles’ played a big part in his life, Les was elected as a Southwark councillor in 1971 and served for 21 years. He held various roles during his tenure including chair of social services, chief whip and deputy leader. He worked closely with several local charities, including Southwark’s People Care Association. His voluntary role here saw Les organise ten years of Christmas parties for thousands of OAPs struggling with loneliness. For his contribution to local charities, Les was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours.

We wish Les’ family all the very best and look forward to welcoming them and Les’ many Southwark friends and supporters to a memorial service at St Giles’ later in the year.

Les & Pat

Mtr Pat, Mtr Lynn & Les in 2015

Seasons Greetings

Thank you to everyone who made our church look so beautiful this Christmas as well as all the musicians who have sung or played joyful carols. Thank you too if you’ve helped with tickets, prepare food, helped with mulled wine, carried camels (!) or just popped in to be part of our celebrations. It’s been a very busy – but fantastic – season and we are so grateful to you all.

Whether you are a member of our church or are visiting our website from afar – we wish you every blessing this Christmas time, from all of us at St Giles’.


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