Future Events

Special Events

Richard Durrant’s Candlelit Christmas Concert with Amy Kakoura and Nick Pynn - Friday 1 December - 7.30pm

 For many music lovers across the UK - Christmas doesn’t properly begin without attending one of Richard Durrant’s Candlelit Christmas Concerts.  Richard will be performing here at St John’s Church on Friday 1st December. Richard’s musical choices are always a fascination.  Original guitar works as well as tunes from the early music repertoire and works by Bach - all played in his uniquely expressive way with the flawless technique of a major virtuoso and the delivery of a natural story teller. Tickets are £14.00 and £8.00 (under 18’s) and can be purchased online at www.wegottickets.com or by phone 01883 712893 or from Rachel Wilks on Sundays after the 9.30 a.m. service.

Recurring Events


We have a social gathering every other Thursday morning for folk to enjoy friendly company with refreshments.  It is held in St John's Room at the church from 10.30am - 12 noon.  The next dates for this are 28 September and 12 October.   This event is aimed particularly, but not exclusively, at those who live alone but please feel free to bring a friend (whether or not a church member) with you.  If you want to come but have no transport please let Barbara Richards (Tel 01883 715636) know and we will do our best to organise a lift.  We look forward to seeing you there.


The Film Club shows a film once every 5 weeks or so in the York Rooms on either a Monday or Thursday evening.  Drinks and nibbles are provided from 7.00pm; the film starts at 7.15pm. There is a charge of £3 per head to cover costs.

Films tend to be a mixture of well and lesser known titles, both English and foreign, which have received good reviews in the industry.  We aim to have a short discussion immediately after the film.

The latest programme is listed below.

Everyone welcome!

For further information and to make suggestions for films for the future please contact Chris Johns on 01883 713690.

Thursday 12 January

What's Eating Gilbert Grape?


118 mins

A beautifully shot film of tenderness, caring and self-awareness set in a fictional small town in the US.  The family - 2 sisters, 2 brothers and their obese, widowed mother - are striving to cope and seventeen year-old Arnie has a severe mental condition.  Arnie's brother Gilbert, whilst working for the town's slowly dying grocery, takes care of him ... until the free spirit of Becky arrives in town, raising new feelings. new thoughts and new hope for the put-upon Gilbert.
Monday 20 February Philomena


97 mins

Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena (Judi Dench) was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman".  When her baby was only a toddler he was taken for adoption in America.  Philomena spent the next 50 years searching for him without success.  Then she met Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a world-weary political journalist who was intrigued by her story; they went to America on a journey that revealed the extraordinary story of Philomena's son and created an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin.  The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places.
Thursday 30 March Dead Poets Society


128 mins

Based in the late 1950's and centred around the English teacher John Keating (Robin Williams), who inspires his students and encourages individuality despite his school's conservative leadership.  Rated as one of the most inspiring films about education with its encouragement of young students to have a say in their education, question authority and live life on their own terms - although the consequences are not always good.  Most reviewers have loved the film but some have questioned its liberal views.
Monday 8 May Billy Elliot


110 mins

Sent by his widowed father, a miner, to the local gym to take up boxing lessons, Billy happens to see a ballet class, which ignites his passion for dancing.  Obviously Billy's family is not ecstatic about his passion, but Billy doesn't give up on convincing them that he should be allowed to chase his dream.

Thursday 15 June


(Japanese - English sub-titles)

This is the original film version - a new (rather gruesome!) version by Martin Scorcese has been released this year.


129 mins


A powerful, historical Japanese drama that explores the lives of religious missionaries in the 17th century.  Japan was under a strict policy of imposed exclusion for 400 years and the reward for anyone fetching up on their shores during that time was officially death.  In this film, two Portuguese missionaries land on a remote Japanese shore under cover of darkness to infiltrate local underground Christians in order to find out what has happened to an earlier priest sent there.  Almost immediately they come up against government informers and persecution and one of them is arrested and tortured in an attempt to make him deny his faith.  He faces a spiritual crisis as he is gradually forced to see that his faith might not be the rock he imagined.


St John's Art Group

The group meets on the third Monday of each month in the York Rooms normally between 2.30 and 4.30pm unless notified otherwise

You are very welcome to come along and paint and draw and enjoy the friendship and companionship of others who are like-minded. Bring your own materials if you have them, or a selection of brushes, pencils, charcoal, watercolours, acrylics, oils and pastels etc is available for you to try out if you wish. Beginners or experienced people welcome. 

There is some tuition if required.
Refreshments are provided half time and books to look at and borrow if you wish.

There is a nominal charge of £5 per session to cover any extra materials provided, handouts, refreshments etc and to enable us to give a donation towards the cost of heating, lighting, general maintenance etc of 
the York Rooms

If you would like to know more please contact Rachel Chalmers on 717434 or rachel.arts100@gmail.com .

The dates for 2017 are:

January 16
February 20
March 20
April 3
May 15
June 19
July 17
No meeting August
September 18
October 16
November 20
December 4