Richard Boothby will perform a selection of Telemann’s newly discovered solo fantasias for viola da gamba in the beautiful deconsecrated church, St Lawrence at Lavernock.
Please join us for a glass of wine, some cheese and beautiful music performed by this most celebrated of viol players.
This will be a very intimate event with only 35 spaces available. Tickets can be bought at Griffin Books on Windsor Terrace in Penarth, on Eventbrite and if there are any left, on the door. Bringing a cushion to sit on is recommended!
Harvest at Lavernock was a splendid service. The old church was packed and beautifully decorated with fruit, vegetables, flowers, jars of this and that and herbs. We sang lustily and Anne accompanied us with great enthusiasm on the harmonium. We read from scripture and poetry and I said a few words about Christians being like ripe peaches (!). And the Revds Mark Jones and Rose Hill joined in (it was good to have them with us). Produce was handed out to members of the congregation and their donations, added to the collection, amounted to some £220; thank you everyone! Tea, coffee and cold drinks were served and some of us snapped away with our cameras:
The next service is the popular Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday, 24th September. Then we have the reflective Remembrance Sunday on 13th November and the candlelit Christmas Lessons and Carols on 3rd December – all at 3 p.m. Come early to secure your seat! See you there.
We had a vibrant service on Sunday when we remembered our patron saint, St Lawrence. There were blood red flowers, of course, as befitted a martyr and we sang with gusto some well-known hymns about saints and martyrs to Anne’s fine accompaniment. Bible readings and poetry were followed by the Revd Mark Jones’s inspiring sermon which was notable especially for his emphasising St Lawrence’s sense of humour and for his telling us that the recent meteor shower was called by the Catholics ‘the tears of St Lawrence’ because it always falls on or about the 10th August, the date of the saints’s death in 258 AD. The former church was almost full with old and new friends who afterwards enjoyed chatting over tea and coffee. Here are a few photos:
For pictures of the meteor shower see the following link:
Our next service is on Sunday, 13th August at 3 pm. We shall be observing St Lawrence’s Day and Revd Mark Jones from the Parish of Penarth and Llandough will be preaching. Please make a note in your diary!