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St Laurence Festival

Church and Community Together

Our annual festival in June to celebrate our patron St Laurence

The Festival is back for 2022!

All events are in church and free to attend
(but we will not turn down any donations)

The church is open all week, from 9 - 5, so why not drop in for a cuppa and a chat?

If you wish to mount a display, please contact Derry French on [email protected].

We are delighted that Winslow Church of England School are returning to church this week.

In honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, there is a Civic Service on Sunday 5th June at 4pm in St Laurence Church.

All are welcome to attend. See the programme below.

Festival of St Laurence itinerary

4th - 12th June 2022: Church and community together

  • Saturday 4th June

  • 9:30am - Displays arrive to set up

    10am-12 noon - Jubilee coffee morning hosted by the choir

    11:45am & 2:45pm - Church and tower tours 


  • Sunday 5th June

  • 4pm - Civic Service in honour of Her Majesty the Queen

    Absolutely everyone is welcome!


  • Weekdays 2:30pm in church 

    "Talks and Walks" with Dr David Noy

  • Local historian Dr David Noy presents different aspects of Winslow history each day, followed by a short walk around the town, and back to church for refreshments.

    Monday - Shops

    Tuesday - Pubs

    Wednesday - Chapels (including Keach's Meeting House)

    Thursday - Schools

    Friday - Houses

  • Monday 6th June - 7:30pm

    The Bells!

  • A fascinating talk about the history of the church bells and a tour of the tower.

  • Thursday 9th June - 7:30pm

    Adstock Singers in Jubilation

  • The Adstock Singers bring music inspired by the life and times of the Queen, featuring some of her favourite composers and songs from the time of her coronation. From the sublime to the ridiculous, music to transcend to reflect upon, there is something for everyone here. 

  • Saturday 11th June - 7:30pm

    Winslow Players present "God Save Our Gracious Queen"

  • Winslow Players present a dramatised history of the Queens of England.

  • Sunday 12th June - 5pm

    Festival Choral Evensong

  • A special Choral Evensong to celebrate the Festival. 

    About the contributors

    Dr David Noy

    Dr David Noy 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.

    David 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. We're delighted to have him at the Festival.

    Adstock Singers

    The Adstock Singers formed as a women's choir seven years ago, singing in a cottage sitting room. It has since grown to include singers from Buckingham, Tingewick, Hemel Hempstead and even Winslow and now includes male voices too.

    The Singers give two annual concerts in St Cecilia's, Adstock, and perform in galleries, churches, orchards and even from the back of a tractor, raising thousands for various charities. From first-time singers to professional musicians and experienced amateurs, they sing for the joy of singing together!

    Winslow Players

    Formed in 1967, Winslow 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 of the Winslow Players now come from far and wide, from areas including Aylesbury, Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes.

    The Winslow Players always welcome new members. They return to the St Laurence Festival in their first public performance since February 2020.