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Friends of St Mary's Winkfield

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Future Friends' events:

Awesome August Fayre

Saturday 31 August 2019: Awesome August Fayre

The Friends of St Mary’s Winkfield are launching a new Community Event, the ‘Awesome August Fayre’ as a fun day out that is the early autumn mirror-image of the popular May Day Fair. It will take place in Carnation Hall on 31/8/19. As with all the Friend’s occasions, funds go to the PCC for the maintenance of St Mary’s Church.

Apart from the items listed on the flyer, there will be other attractions, such as a flower arranging competition for the children. The Bell Ringers will cram their large bell with sweets and the person who guesses how many receives a prize.

The Women’s Guild will run the Tombola – several good prizes received already (prize donations would be very welcome).

We still have room for more stalls – these will be available to associations or groups on similar terms to the Mayday Fair – stall-holders take the profits with a contribution to the Fayre for their use of space. Please contact Lesley Philpot at for detailed terms.

This is definitely a date for your diaries! Contact Lesley Philpot 01344 427561 for further details

Music & Merriment Concert flyer

Saturday 7 December 2019: Music and Merriment Christmas Concert in St Mary's Church.

This will be our unique way of starting the Christmas season, celebrating lots of local talent, including our choirs (adult and junior), handbells, some very talented young musicians and lots more, including mulled wine and mince pies at the interval to give additional cheer!

Purchase concert tickets ONLINE!

News and Past events:

David Goode Concert flyer

Saturday 6 June 2019: Celebratory Organ Concert

The Friends of St Mary’s Winkfield organised this celebratory recital to mark the renovation of St Mary’s organ. The recital was very generously sponsored by members of the Friends of St Mary’s, including ample refreshments after the recital itself, and we would like to offer warmest thanks to these sponsors on behalf of the attendees. Jonathan Holl provided the account that follows.

Following the restoration of the organ by Tarquin Wiggins, David Goode, Organist of Eton College and an international recitalist, came to show us what the organ can do. He chose a varied programme to highlight the tonal colours of the organ. Beginning with Bach, he played the large-scale Prelude and Fugue in E flat – the fugue being on the theme of ‘O God our help in ages past’. Two Chorale Preludes were sandwiched between the Prelude and Fugue. We were all amazed by David’s accomplished technique, with passages of fast semiquavers performed with perfect clarity. He continued with a short piece by the French composer Nicolas de Grigny to show off the Cornet sound on the organ.

David played music composed in the Victorian era, a Chorale Prelude by Parry and two Vesper Voluntaries by Elgar. Between these pieces he played a Chorale Prelude by the Norwegian composer Sven-David Sandström. This was composed as part of the project to complete the Orgelbüchelein, a collection of preludes on ecclesiastical themes that Bach never completed.

The penultimate piece was a playful Scherzo from Louis Vierne’s Symphonie No.1 before Mendelssohn’s Prelude and Fugue in D minor which brought the recital to a dramatic close.

David spoke briefly but with great interest about the programme. We were privileged to have such a renowned organist and everyone marvelled at his virtuosity and musicianship.

Jonathan Holl

Here is a link to the concert programme.

Friday 28 February: 2019 AGM of the Friends of St Mary's Winkfield

The important Annual General Meeting took place on 28/2/18 at Popel's Hall. Reports by the Chairman and the Treasurer shwed that the Friends had had a very successful 2018, and look forward to an equally successful 2019.

A full write-up of the AGM can be found on the AGM page.

Saturday 1 December 2018: Music and Merriment Christmas Concert in St Mary's Church.

The concert took place on Saturday 1/12/18, and was a great success - "It really was a wonderful evening" wrote a mum of a Junior Choir member. A report has now been published.The concert programme handout can be found here.

Many thanks to the kind organisations that supported this fund-raising concert by advertising in the concert handout. They were

St Mary's organ celebrated its first major performance after its renovation at this concert.

Posted 24/3/17. Church re-wiring and electrics

Friends' funds will be required to help with the much needed re-wiring of the church. This project will be rolled out progressively as hunds are available.

This is strictly a PCC project, and must be managed by them.

Wednesday 29 August 2018 Family Funday, starting 12:30pm

The 2018 Family Funday took place on Wednesday 29 August from 12:30 pm at Carnation Hall, Chavey Down Road, RG42 7PA

Pipe sponsorship campaign

St Mary's organ

The pipe sponsorship campaign is now complete and closed, having raised just under £8,500. More details on the organ and the organ appeal pages.

Saturday 12 May 2018 Plant Sale at St Mary's Church

The St Mary's Women's Guild held a second Plant Sale on Saturday 12 May to raise money for St Mary’s Church. Although the weather was disappointing, the event made £1092.50, including some generous donations with Gift Aid. Thank you very much to all who came to support the event, to the many helpers, and to those who donated so kindly to the proceeds. The funds have been sent to the PCC.

Thank you for your support.

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