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St Mary’s raises £11,879 for Emmaus, Hertfordshire

On Sunday we were thrilled to hand over a cheque for £11,879 to Heather Hurford from Emmaus, Hertfordshire as a result of all our fundraising efforts for our Charity of the Year for 2022.

These included the production ‘If These Stones Could Speak’ which raised over £2,700, Beer & Carols and Hymns & Pimms, both at the Cricketers Pub, a Silent Movie screening with organ accompaniment, various classical concerts, a cake sale by our Junior Choristers, raffle at Coffee on the Common and various refreshment sales during the Redbourn Open Gardens.

We’re so very grateful to all those who have given generously to this wonderful charity – who have bought tickets and supported our events making them so much fun to organise and attend, and those who have made donations, or organised their own fundraising events or initiatives.

Duncan Lewis, Chief Executive of Emmaus, Hertfordshire has written:

“Your very generous donation is particularly well timed because the ongoing maintenance of our Hill End building means that we are currently investing heavily in replacing items such as boilers, fire alarm systems and leaky roofs.

This basic, but essential maintenance helps keep our formerly homeless companions comfortable and safe and makes a huge, positive difference for them day-to-day while they rebuild their self-esteem and work to regain their independence.

As I think Heather may have mentioned on Sunday, if any members of the congregation would ever like to come to visit the community we would be delighted to show them round, introduce them to some of our companions, bring to life the work we do and hopefully give a sense of the difference the funds will make.”

We will soon be announcing our chosen Charity of the Year for 2023. Do look out for further announcements and have a think about how you might be able to get involved.

📸 Photo: David Walker from our Charity of the Year committee hands a cheque to Heather Hurford from Emmaus, Hertfordshire.

Pop Up Classics: Sunday 8th January, 3.00pm

To start the new year Quartet Camerata returns to St Mary’s, Redbourn on Sunday 8th January at 3.00pm.

They will be performing Mozart’s exuberant Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Debussy’s colourful quartet and will be joined by the amazing young horn player, David Sztankov, in Mozart’s horn quintet. 

They will be creating a performance area in the chancel with comfortable seating. The retiring collection will be for our Charity of the Year for 2022, Emmaus Hertfordshire.

To reserve a space for this concert please phone 01582 882159 or email bussereau@icloud.comFollowing their recent sellout concert please reserve early to avoid disappointment!

1920s Film Night: Friday 21st October, 7.30pm

Experience a night at the movies 1920s-style at this screening of a silent film with organ accompaniment.

St Mary’s is thrilled to welcome David Gibbs, Director of Music at Kimbolton School, to improvise an organ soundtrack to the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera.

“The Phantom of the Opera is terrific: unsettling, beautifully shot and imbued with a dense and shadowy Gothic atmosphere.” PopMatters

To complete the cinema experience, we will be serving popcorn and drinks to enjoy during the film. Please allow enough time to purchase these from the Transept before the film begins at 7.30pm.

Admission is free, there are no tickets – so do arrive early if you want to secure a good seat.

There will be a retiring collection in aid of our Charity of the Year, Emmaus Hertfordshire.

Watch a trailer: