November 2019

The last recital in the fifteenth series of Coffee Cake and Music took place on 28th September with an audience of over 100. It is gratifying to note that attendances have been steadily increasing over the years to such an extent that, when in conversation with friends who frequent recitals at cathedrals and other prestigious venues, there is a sense of disbelief that a small country town can attract such numbers for a mere organ recital. Perhaps it's the standard of the refreshments so ably served by members of the choir, or perhaps it's the splendour of the organ, or just the real sense of community and friendship in beautiful surroundings. Whatever the reason, the next two seasons of Coffee Cake and Music are fully booked!  A note from our Treasurer informs me that the retiring collection from this year's recitals have exceeded £2000.

As this goes to print, Choir Sunday will take place on 20th October when we will give thanks for the work of the choristers who rehearse regularly in order to lead the sung parts of our worship. At the annual Choir Lunch following the service we will be honouring the amazing achievement of David Collins as he celebrates 70 years continuous service to St James' choir. A multi-talented man, David has served our church in a variety of ways; junior chorister; senior chorister; Director of Music; Assistant Director of Music; lesson reader; committee member etc etc. As many of us have seen in the exhibitions held in our church his water colour paintings are exquisite and are rather different from the technical drawings which must have been a large part of his working life as Chief Draughtsman at Listers. It is staggering to think that between David and Lionel Jones (whose achievement we celebrated earlier this year) they notch up 155 years' service........

Of course the main thrust of the Choir Lunch has little to do with food or celebration, but is the presentation of the Tambourine for the chorister (or member of the clergy, for they are not exempt!) who has clocked up the worst misdemeanour during the year. I am sure the ever vigilant committee (chaired by David Wood) will have much material from which to draw, and I look forward to the result – in full knowledge that the organ loft is  not exempt!                                                  Nigel Davies   

Music for November

 3rd   am           Here O my Lord, I see Thee face to face – Whitlock

(All Souls)         Darke in E

        pm           The Lord is my Shepherd (Requiem) – Rutter

10th am           Informal Worship


        pm           Like as the Hart desireth the Water Brooks – Howells 

17th  am           Judge Eternal – Marchant

24th am           O Clap your hands – Vaughan Williams     Stanford in C