Review of “Our Favourite Carols”

The volunteers of St Marie’s Heritage Group were delighted to welcome over 50 visitors to St Marie’s for our latest Heritage Event (“Our Favourite Carols”) on Tuesday 5th December.

17 12 Carols 1Having first enjoyed the free mulled wine and mince pies, attendees enjoyed informative introductions to each Carol provided by other guests or by our master of ceremonies, Roger Harrison. They then joined the Parish Choir of St Wilfrid in singing the Carols accompanied by superb organ work from Peter Finney or France Atherton.

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Members of the Parish Choir of St Wilfrid in the Choir Stalls!

Here’s what attendees said on the night:

Was there anything you particularly liked?

– The history behind the hymns. Very interesting.
– “We Long to See Thee So”. I had not heard it since I was at school.
– Enjoyed it very much
– It’s always a lovely event to sing carols, especially in the particularly beautiful church. “Come, come, come to the manger” – maybe next time
– Loved being with old friends from St Marie’s recalling happy memories.
– Just enjoy anything concerning St Marie’s.
– Was all good.
– Simply love St Marie’s. Always have. Always will.
– “Silent Night”. “Away in a Manger.”
– Nice atmosphere, enjoyed singing the Christmas Carols.
– Found very emotional. “Away in a Manger”. Nice event brings back memories when in St Marie’s Girl Choir & sang at Midnight Mass.
– Singing. Refreshments. Venue.
– The refreshments. The carols.
– It was nice to see a Choir in the “Choir”. Wonderful – as usual.
– Very nice evening.
– The “Ladies” Group.
– Very warm & welcoming. A nice gesture. Coffee and mulled wine!!! A really good evening yet again.
– All was liked. Thank you.
– Yes, the beautiful church and all its wonderful memories.
– The whole evening. The facts & history surrounding the hymns.
– Feeling of togetherness.
– I liked the feeling of nostalgia.
– I loved the atmosphere
– Nice to hear peoples stories about the carols.
– Usual warm welcome and most enjoyable experience! Well done Roger & Peter… and always – Matthew!

Was there anything you particularly disliked?

– Plenty of empty seats – speaking to a St Marie’s group who would have attended said that all the seats had been taken! Suggest when booking a seat – take address/phone number and let you know if cannot participate. Have a reserve list!!

Any ideas for future Heritage Events at St Marie’s?

– Will attend any events held in the future.
– Maybe a film night
– Nativity Play. Childrens Choir. Xmas tree/decorations or Nativity Scene.
– Anything – we’ll be here!
– “A Sixties Night”
– Talk on school outings & Scouts.
– Any Community get togethers.
– Summer Concert.
– Coffee morning and get together with past pupils and parishioners.
– Coffee morning
– Coffee morning

Regarding the above point about empty seats. We do ask attendees to let us know if they are unable to attend, but unfortunately, very few people do. We can’t really operate a Waiting List system if we don’t know that people who’ve reserved seats aren’t going to turn up. Over 30 people who had reserved places didn’t attend this event.

 

Heritage Event at St Marie’s – Our Favourite Carols – UPDATE

Tuesday 5th December 2017. 19.30 start.

Only 10 places remain available for our upcoming “Our Favourite Carols” event.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend this free Christmas celebration at St Marie’s in Widnes. We’ll be talking about and singing a selection of chosen Carols which have special significance to those in attendance. It should be a lovely evening and we’ll have musical accompaniment on the night from the brilliant Peter Finney (on the organ) and from France Atherton & the Parish Choir of St Wilfrid. The words for each Carol will be provided to make it easy for everyone to join in.

As always with events put on by St Marie’s Heritage Group, there will be tea, coffee and biscuits. To make it that little bit more Christmassy, there will also be mince pies and mulled wine!

To book your place at the event, please contact Cole Toward via ctoward@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or (01928) 592 405.

Heritage Event at St Marie’s – Our Favourite Carols

carol-3Tuesday 5th December 2017. 19.30 start.

At our recent “Our Favourite Hymns” event, we received requests from 15 different people to repeat the event, but to do it about Christmas Carols. The members of the St Marie’s Heritage Group agreed that this was a wonderful idea and that it would make for a lovely Heritage Event and Christmas celebration.

As such, on Tuesday 5th December, we will welcome former parishioners, heritage buffs & lovers of Christmas into our beautiful, atmospheric venue to discuss attendees’ favourite Christmas Carols and to sing them together.

10 attendees (who’ve volunteered in advance of the event) will explain why a certain Christmas Carol is their favourite, what it reminds them of and how it makes them feel, before everyone joins in to sing the hymn together. We are hoping that we’ll have musical accompaniment on the night from the sensational Peter Finney (on the organ) and from Frances Atherton & the Parish Choir of St Wilfrid. The words for each Carol will be provided to make it easy for everyone to join in.

St Marie’s Heritage Group volunteer, Roger Harrison will be providing his famous Mulled Wine for attendees to enjoy. There will also be mince pies alongside our always brilliant tea, coffee and biscuits.

It might be a brisk evening, but there will be hot drinks, warm smiles, familiar faces and fun conversations to bring warmth to your soul.

To book your place at the event, please contact Cole Toward via ctoward@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or (01928) 592 405.

Places will be limited so please reserve yours early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to be one of the 10 people to pick a Christmas Carol and talk about what it means to you, please let Cole know when you reserve your place. Favourite Carols will also be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

We hope to hear from you all soon!

Review of Our Favourite Hymns

Hymns 3 RogerFriday 8th September 2017

As part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days, the St Marie’s Heritage Group were very proud to present “Our Favourite Hymns”. 41 Former parishioners and music lovers came together to sing, talk about their favourite hymns and share memories of St Marie’s Church and school.

The hymns chosen to be discussed and sung were:Hymns 2 Room
I’ll Sing a Hymn to Mary
Faith of Our Fathers
O Bread of Heaven
Hail Glorious St Patrick
Bring Flowers of the Rarest
Causa Nostrae Laetitiae (Holiday Hymn)
Sweet Sacrament Divine
I Watch the Sunrise
Hail Queen of Heaven
Immaculate Mary

Our impromptu choir of attendees were backed in glorious fashion by Peter Finney who played the organ in St Marie’s for many years. He did a superb job.

Hymns 1 Peter

On behalf of the St Marie’s Heritage Group, may I say how grateful we are to everyone who attended. We really hope you enjoyed the evening.

Here is the feedback we collected on the night:

Any Comments?

Was there anything you particularly liked?

– I loved the way it brought back happy memories
– I liked hearing about the history of the chosen hymns
– This is the first time I have been in St Marie’s since 1958. All was good.
– Enjoyed the background information introducing the hymns. Enjoyed the local anecdotes about the use of the hymns. As an “outsider” some of the references “passed me by” a little.
– Loved meeting people I hadn’t seen for a long time. Loved the hymns.
– Enjoyed the evening very much.
– Although not a St Marie’s Church goer, was made very welcome. Enjoyed the singing, but better if stood (even for a few). Beautiful building and very impressed with restoration but pity it is no longer used as a church.
– I loved everything. Beautiful hymns. Feeling of community and of course, the chance to be back in our beautiful St Marie’s Church.
– Enjoyed singing the hymns I remember from childhood. Would have liked to sing standing? To project voice, otherwise a memorable evening.
– I liked listening to people’s memories of various hymns.
– Loved the chance to sing these beautiful hymns
– A lovely evening
– A enjoyable evening. You could not have chosen better hymns.
– Good variety of hymns selected. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening and meeting people from St Marie’s. Brings back memories being at St M’s girls and was married at St M’s Nuptial Mass 1964.
– The choice of hymns was lovely – pity we didn’t have more time for others. The introduction of each hymn was very interesting and appropriate. A very enjoyable evening. Thank you.
– Chatting and reminiscing about school days
– Very friendly night
– All of it.
– Loved all the hymns. Brings back so many memories!!
– I enjoyed every hymn
– I did like the community singing but sadly I didn’t think our poor voices did justice to the beautiful hymns in such beautiful surroundings. It would have been lovely to have a choir to lead the singing.
– Good MC – Enthusiasm counts for a lot
– Memories of our family’s life in Newtown and St Marie’s Church was the heart of our community
– Singing of the hymns
– The friendliness of everyone.

Was there anything you particularly disliked?

– A microphone would be very useful.
– Again, problems with sound. Needs better publicity.
– Advertise more. I only heard by hearsay.

Any ideas for future Heritage Events at St Marie’s?

– More of the same. Please.
– I would like to invite some young people to listen to how life was for young people in St Marie’s many years ago and how different they feel school days are now.
– An evening of hymn or music based on the seasons (Easter, Lent, Christmas etc) with wider denominations contributions.
– Choir concert, music event
– Christmas Carol Event in December
– Christmas Carols
– Christmas Carols
– Christmas Carol Concert
– Christmas Carol Concert! Discussion groups to talk about their memories of church/school days.
– Christmas Carols
– Christmas Carols/Nativity Play
– Another Carol Concert – couldn’t make the last one. 
– Lots of hymns to go at. So another event of the same would go down very well.
– Christmas Carol Service
– Christmas Carols
– Christmas Carol Service
– A Christmas Carol Service.

Heritage Event at St Marie’s – Our Favourite Hymns

carol-1Friday 8th September 2017. 19.30 start.

Free places are still available for our next Heritage Event at St Marie’s.

As part of the 2017 “Heritage Open Days” (which will take place across the country between the 7th and 10th of September), the St Marie’s Heritage Group are planning a special event. We will welcome former parishioners, heritage buffs & lovers of singing into our beautiful, atmospheric venue to discuss attendees’ favourite hymns and to sing them together.

10 attendees (who’ve volunteered in advance of the event) will explain why a certain hymn is their favourite, what it reminds them of and how it makes them feel, before everyone joins in to sing the hymn together.

Is there a certain hymn that you of going to school at St Marie’s? Or one that was sung on your wedding day? Perhaps you remember a specific hymn that always sounded beautiful when the congregation at St Marie’s sang it together?

As always, tea, coffee & biscuits will be available and there will be plenty of time to see familiar faces and catch up with old friends.

To book your place at the event, please contact Matthew Roberts via mroberts@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or (01928) 592 405.

Places will be limited so please reserve yours early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to be one of the 10 people to pick a hymn and talk about what it means to you, please let us know. Favourite Hymns will also be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

We hope to hear from you all soon!

Update: Our Favourite Hymns

Hi everyone,

As you may have previously read on our website, the St Marie’s Heritage Group will be hosting a special event on Friday 8th September 2017 (with a 19.30 start).

It’s called Our Favourite Hymns. We hope that 10 attendees at the event will say a few words about their favourite hymn before we all join together to sing them.

To help us prepare for the event, we asking people who book places if they have a favourite hymn that they would like to talk about on the night.

Hopefully we’ll have 10 different hymns selected before the event!

Here are the hymns chosen so far (I’ll keep updating this post as selections are made):

Nora Lowe – ‘Hail Queen of Heaven, the Ocean Star’
Ann Cuerden – ‘Bring Flowers of the Rarest – Queen of the May’
Veronica O’Connor – ‘Immaculate Mary’
Jane Bentham – ‘I’ll Sing a Hymn to Mary’
Peter Finney – ‘Bread of Heaven’
Mary Booth – ‘The Holiday Hymn’

To book your place, please contact me via mroberts@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or (01928) 592 405.

Many thanks,

Matthew Roberts

Heritage Event at St Marie’s – Our Favourite Hymns

carol-2Friday 8th September 2017. 19.30 start.

As part of the 2017 “Heritage Open Days” (which will take place across the country between the 7th and 10th of September), the St Marie’s Heritage Group are planning a special event. We will welcome former parishioners, heritage buffs & lovers of singing into our beautiful, atmospheric venue to discuss attendees’ favourite hymns and to sing them together.

10 attendees (who’ve volunteered in advance of the event) will explain why a certain hymn is their favourite, what it reminds them of and how it makes them feel, before everyone joins in to sing the hymn together.

Is there a certain hymn that you of going to school at St Marie’s? Or one that was sung on your wedding day? Perhaps you remember a specific hymn that always sounded beautiful when the congregation at St Marie’s sang it together?

As always, tea, coffee & biscuits will be available and there will be plenty of time to see familiar faces and catch up with old friends.

To book your place at the event, please contact Matthew Roberts via mroberts@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or (01928) 592 405.

Places will be limited so please reserve yours early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to be one of the 10 people to pick a hymn and talk about what it means to you, please let us know. Favourite Hymns will also be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

We hope to hear from you all soon!