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St Laurence Festival

Church and Community Together

Our annual festival on 1st to 9th June to celebrate our Patron. St. Laurence

The Festival of St Laurence is Back for 2024

All events are in church and there is no charge to attend
(but we won't turn down any donations)

Church and Community Together

The Church Festival is back for 2024! The theme of this year’s Festival is music, and music and faith. We have some exciting events during the week, and, as always, we have local groups displaying information about their activities.

Please contact [email protected] for more information or if you wish to put up a display. The church will be open all week for refreshments. Why not pop in for a look around and a chat? You’ll be assured of a warm welcome.

All events are free of charge, but any donations towards the work of the church in the community would be very welcome.

The Festival is back for 2024!

All events are in church and there is no charge to attend
(but we will not turn down any donations)

The Festival has a full programme of exciting and interesting events.

The church will be open all week, from 10am, and refreshments available at all times.

Do drop in; we’ll be happy to see you.

For more information about events, or to put up a display, please email Derry French on [email protected].

Full details will be displayed around the town and on the church website: https://winslowbenefice.org.uk/festival

All events are held  in church and refreshments will always be available

All church services as usual

Festival of St. Laurence Itinerary

1st - 9th June 2024.  Church and community together.

  • Saturday 1st June

  • 10am - Displays arrive to set up

    10am-12noon Musical Coffee morning hosted by The Choir Refreshments, Raffle and Activities.

  • Sunday 2nd June

  • 9:30am Sung Eucharist with a talk by Greener Winslow. 

  • Monday 3rd June 

  • 7:30pm The "Music of the Bells"  

    You hear them every week. and now a chance to meet them! A talk by our wonderful bell ringers with a rare opportunity to visit the tower!

    2:30pm Buckinghamshire Hymnwriters - Derry French.  

    Come and find out about the famous hymn writers native to Buckinghamshire and sing some of their hymns still in use today.

  • Tuesday 4th June 

  • 2:30pm Worship Songs

    The Revd. Steve Flashman talks about worship songs and there’s an opportunity to sing some.

  • Wednesday 5th June 

  • 2:30pm Come and sing your favourite hymn/ worship song! 

    If it’s in our hymnbook we can sing it!

    7:30pm Milady Clare's Musicke in concert 

    The popular early music group present a concert of lively early music and song

  • Thursday 6th June

  • 2:30pm Finding Eanswyth: the life and afterlife of an Anglo-Saxon Saint. We welcome Lesley Hardy, who was part of the team which discovered, in Folkestone, the bones and relics of St. Eanswyth, a Saxon princess who became a saint.

    7:30pm Adstock Singers in concert. 

    We welcome back to the popular local singers for another musical concert.

  • Friday 7th June

  • 10am Winslow School in the Church (Private Event)

    7:30pm St. Laurence Choir and The Giocoso Wind Band 

    For one night only - together in concert.

    Making a very joyful sound in the Church.

    7:30pm St. Laurence Choir and Giocos Concert Band  Winslow CofE school will be visiting the church for Collective Worship for the first time since before lockdown.

  • Saturday 8th June

  • 7:30pm Victor and Albert - "Purveyors of Fine Musical Comedy"  

    A very special treat. Check out www.victorandalbert.com for their showreel. 

  • Sunday 9th June - Music Sunday!

  • 9:30am Sung Eucharist 

    Come and worship with full voice and hearts of joy

    4:00pm Festival Choral Evensong  

    A special Choral Evensong to celebrate the Festival.

  • Monday 10th June

  • Exhibits and displays to be removed.

    Previous event pictures

    About the contributors

    Dr David Noy

    He is a retired lecturer in Classics, and an Honorary Research Associate of the Open University. His great- grandfather Arthur Midgley arrived in Winslow in 1867 and his family were ironmongers in Winslow for 100 years. He is the author of How One Man Transformed a Town: Winslow 1640-1770 and William Lowndes, and of various other books and articles about Winslow. He regularly gives talks about the history of Winslow and leads walks around the town.

    Adstock Singers

    The Adstock Singers was formed as a women's choir seven years ago, singing songs in a cottage sitting room. It has since grown to include singers from as far afield as Buckingham, Tingewick, Hemel Hempstead and even Winslow and has come to include male voices too. They give two formal concerts a year in St Cecilia's church, Adstock, as well as performing in art galleries, in churches throughout Buckinghamshire, in orchards and even from the back of a tractor, raising several thousand pounds for various charities. Members of the choir include first time singers, professional musicians and experienced amateurs and, above all, they sing for the joy of singing together!

    Winslow Players

    Festival 2022 Parish Mag June 3Formed in 1967, the Town’s amateur dramatic society has performed three productions a year since then, until the outbreak of Covid-19 stopped them in their tracks. Members come from far and wide, including Aylesbury, Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes, and they always welcome new members. This is their first public performance since February 2020.