Saturday 6th July starting at 7.00pm

At All Saints Church, Clipston.

My annual and definitely the most fun, fundraising activity in aid of All Saints Church, Clipston., sponsored by The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation.

World renowned performers Simon Over, Organ & accompanist. Katherine Manley Soprano. BBC broadcaster Kate Kennedy cello & Compere. Young percussionist Theo Kennedy. Professional musicians from Southbank Sinfonia orchestra.

(Google them to read of their professional achievements)

Katherine Manley (originally from Leicestershire) singing opera arias and songs from the shows; Simon Over playing the Widor Toccata on the organ; young percussionist Theo Kennedy all woven together by BBC Broadcaster and cellist Kate Kennedy as compere.

Last Night’ repertoire which includes Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Jerusalem and the National Anthem, with audience participation lead by the soloist, the Benefice Choir and members of the Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra.


VENUE: All Saints Church, Clipston. LE16 9RW

DOORS OPEN: 6.15pm Reception with complimentary programme and Glass of “Bubbly”


TICKETS: £20.00 to include Fork Supper with a Pay Bar. FROM Julie Connell. Email: Telephone: 01858 525336

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The Annual PCC meeting was held in April and the existing members of the PCC were re-elected to serve for another year.

Churchwarden Julian Rogers had to step down due to pressure of work and was thanked for his efforts over recent years.

It was noted that the Church finances had improved considerably and the Treasurer, Julie Connell was thanked for her work and in particular her fund-raising over the year.


6th July we will be putting on a performance of the Last Night of the Proms in Clipston Church, with Simon Over playing the organ and a small orchestra/group playing the usual Fantasia on British Sea Songs etc. etc. Audience participation and local musicians. The Choir will be taking a major role for the evening. It will probably start at 7.00pm and probably have food, bar etc.

Book early for this event as it will be popular.

Tickets from Julie Connell


Chris Blake Returns!

We are pleased to announce the welcome return of Chris Blake to Clipston Church. You may remember his previous visits as piano soloist and later with Soprano Melanie Armitstead. This time he’s bringing two distinguished woodwind players.


In the 1970’s and 1980’s, the Elysian Wind Quintet was one of the foremost chamber music groups in the UK. The group won prestigious competitions, recorded for the BBC as well as Swiss, French and Belgian Radio. The Elysians gave concerts across Europe including recitals in Sophia, Bulgaria and West Berlin during the Cold War. Concerts in London included recitals at the Purcell Room and St. John’s, Smith Square. The group’s CD of Holst’s Piano and Wind Quintet is still available 35 years on. We welcome 3 members of the group in a re-union with a difference! Each player has been on quite a personal journey combined with their musicianship and they will share their tales with us. 


Chris Blake was for 31 years Principal Horn of the Ulster Orchestra, leaving to develop music tuition for children with learning difficulties and founding the company RiChmusicNI while continuing to perform as a professional pianist. 


Martin Burrell was Principal Clarinet with Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Sweden and then with the orchestra of Scottish Opera before leaving to become an Anglican Minister. He hit the headlines early in his career for sacking the church choir but later developed a very special ministry to the Roma people. Martin discovered he was also an author as he wrote a book “The Pure in Heart” about his experiences. Martin will delight us with his clarinet playing including the slow movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.


Richard King had to make a hasty exit from his job as Principal Bassoon of the Tehran Opera Orchestra at the time of the Islamic Revolution in Iran (at the same time as the events depicted in the film Argo). He then became Principal Bassoon of the Halle Orchestra. Like Martin, he left to become an Anglican Minister. Richard left the bassoon behind but took up Soprano and Tenor Saxophone and now enjoys playing both Classical and Jazz music.


Chris, Martin and Richard will play more selections from the Classic FM top 100 most popular classical music in a varied programme. This is a very rare opportunity to hear 3 of the best professional musicians bring their many and varied experiences to their musical performances. 

An event not to be missed!


There will be two concerts on Saturday 30th March 2019:


Classical Music for Kids!

Saturday 30th March 2.30pm (matinee aimed at children and families)

at All Saints Church, Clipston 

3 distinguished musicians – Chris Blake (Piano), Martin Burrell (Clarinet) and Richard King (Saxophone) – will perform popular classical pieces written for children including Percy the Park Keeper 2, Haydn's Toy Symphony and other family favourites.

Audience participation is encouraged – expect a lively performance! Percussion instruments will be available.

There will be an interval with refreshments on sale.


Classical Concert

Saturday 30th March 7.30pm (evening performance)

at All Saints Church, Clipston 

3 distinguished musicians – Chris Blake (Piano), Martin Burrell (Clarinet) and Richard King (Saxophone) – will perform selections from the Classic FM top 100 most popular classical music in a varied programme.

Expect sublime sounds, good humour and great entertainment!

There will be an interval with refreshments on sale.


Tickets: £20 for a family of 4 

or £10 adults, £7.50 seniors, £5 children/students

available from Faye Tan (01858 525275 or 07725 427311/ or Andy Blake (01858 525760 or 07768554395/

Proceeds to Clipston Recreation Fields Trust and All Saints Church wall fund.

THE FATEFUL VOYAGE - Friday 9th November

“The Fateful Voyage” The story of First World War poet Rupert Brooke and two composers'’ journey to Gallipoli, told through their own words and music. A BBC commission written by broadcaster and biographer Kate Kennedy


Commemorating the end of WW1, the evening will offer a moving reminder of the many young and talented lives that were lost in the Great War.


Delivered by the internationally acclaimed performers and writers: Simon Over (pianist), Mathew Sandy (tenor) and Kate Kennedy (biographer and narrator), the Fateful Voyage tells the moving story of the friendship between Rupert Brooke the famous war poet and his talented friends, FS Kelly and William Denis Browne all of whom died in the Great War. 


The programme weaves together letters, diaries and poetry generated by their friendship to create a performance that includes their forgotten songs and previously unknown piano music. 


The fateful Voyage work was originally commissioned by the City of London Festival in 2014, and premiered on Radio 3 as part of the commemoration of the First World War.  


Simon Over will start the evening by playing the first movement of Elgar’s Organ Sonata, written in 1895 when Brooke, Kelly and Brown were boys.



VENUE: All Saints Church, Clipston. LE16 9RW

DOORS OPEN: 6.45pm reception with complimentary programme and glass of “Bubbly” 



TICKETS: £20.00 to include fork supper with a pay bar. 

Red or White Wine @ £10 per bottle can be ordered & paid for in advance.


FROM: Mrs Julie Connell. Email: 

Telephone: 01858 525336. The Wooden Owl, 10a The Green, Clipston, Nr Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 9RS


The evening is sponsored by The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation and all funds raised go to All Saints Church, Clipston.







As you know we are in a tricky situation at the moment with Angela having left and Miranda yet to arrive.

Plans are in place to ensure that we have someone to officiate at all planned services over the next few months but it seems that there was a hiccup last Sunday.

This was the first weekend after Angela leaving and unfortunately coincided with a couple of days when both Trevor and I were away.

There had been several changes of date for the planned Harvest Festival at Clipston through circumstances beyond our control and I was unable to make changes to this website to reflect the latest situation.

Consequently i understand that there was confusion for the guest priest and the congregation on the day.

This is not acceptable and we will try hard to ensure that such a situation doesn’t arise again.


Last week we had a short service of thanksgiving for the completion of the south aisle roof covering.

Parishioners and invited guests including representatives from the grant funding bodies and the Architects - local firm JWA, heard the Church choir sing several anthems and then Trevor and Steve did a slide presentation showing the various phases of the work and explain the saga of the bats.

The choir then sang ‘Bless this House’ and Angela said some appropriate words including an old Irish prayer

‘May the roof over our heads never fall in and may those people beneath it never fall out’

We then adjourned to the Orbell room for refreshments provided by the PCC members and a very fine evening it was.

Others attending the evening included the Archdeacon - Richard Ormston and a representative from the Coales foundation - Rev. Bryan Wilcox who used to be the vicar here.

Ken is leaving

Ken Rutland who has been a stalwart supporter of the Church for over 35 years will be leaving the village shortly to be nearer his daughter in Derbyshire

Ken has led the bell ringers here for many years and served on the PCC for much of that time. He was responsible for many initiatives and events in the Church and indeed the village in general and will be sorely missed.

We held a farewell party in the Orbell room recently when Ken was presented with a framed village plan and a gift voucher.

We wish Ken and Carolyn all the best for the future and hope that they will come and see us from time to time.


Our new vicar is to be Miranda Hayes who is currently in charge at Earls Barton in Northamptonshire.

Miranda will be living in the Clipston rectory and will be responsible for the 4 churches in the Clipston benefice and 3 more in then Welford benefice. These are Welford, Sibbertoft and Marston Trussell.

Clearly this will mean changes in the way that our services are planned and managed and the various parishes are working on this at the moment.

Miranda is expected to start her duties here in February 2019 and is keen to meet as many of you as possible. She is highly regarded for her work in the area and indeed is a Canon of Peterborough Cathedral.

Please look on these pages for further information.

Diary dates

Two major events are planned in the Church towards the end of this year. On the 9th November we are lucky enough to have a performance of the acclaimed Fateful Voyage. The Fateful Voyage (telling the story of Rupert Brooke and composers Denis Browne and FS Kelly’s journey to Gallipoli during the First World War)  Written by Kate Kennedy, and featuring Simon Over who played piano so beautifully for us last year, it promises to be a great evening entertainment. Tickets available from Julie Connell. BOOK EARLY!

The second weekend will see a new venture in the Church. A specially written version of A Christmas Tale will be performed in traditional costume and promises to be a real feature leading into the Christmas period. Written by our own Liz Clarke and featuring members of CADS, The atmosphere of the Church should add to this well known tale. There will be two evening performances and again we expect demand for tickets to be high. Tickets are not yet available so keep your eyes open for further announcements.

On the 13th September we will be having a commemorative service in the Church at 7.30 to thank all those who were involved in the renovation of the South aisle roof. All are welcome and there will be refreshments available in the Orbell room after the service.

National Memorial Arboretum

The House Group is still meeting regularly on Monday nights and new members are always welcome.

We plan to make a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas, Burton-on-Trent in October. This is a remarkable place and we plan to get there in time for the daily armistice service at 11.00, then take our time looking round the exhibitions, shops and of course trees before lunch in their excellent restaurant.

We would welcome anyone who would like to join us for this trip. Date and details to follow.


We are about to enter a time of important change to the way that the churches in this benefice operate. As many of you now know, our Priest in Charge, Angela has been successful in being appointed House for Duty Priest at an Abbey in the Carlisle Diocese. Angela has been with us for nearly five years and in that time we have seen the Church in Clipston increase in numbers and the financial position has also improved. There have been numerous events and initiatives in that time and we feel that the Church is well thought of in the village as an agent for good.

Angela's leaving presents us with an opportunity and a similar situation in the Welford benefice has resulted in the Diocese proposing the merging of the two benefices to form one larger benefice of seven parishes. These would be the four Clipston parishes including Kelmarsh, Haselbech and Naseby together with the three Welford parishes of Welford, Sibbertoft and Marston Trussell.

You can imagine the issues which a priest looking after 7 parishes would have and we know that over recent years it has been almost impossible to fill vacant posts in rural parishes.

Consequently we were interested to hear that someone had expressed an interest in taking on this challenge. Churchwardens from all 7 parishes have met the candidate and in general have been favourably impressed.

There will be formal interviews with that candidate on thursday 9th August and it is possible that we will have a new incumbent before Christmas.

Please keep us in your prayers as we enter into the interview process. It is essential that all parties, including the candidate are happy with the arrangements.

Churchyard wall

We have now started the planned work on the Churchyard wall. Last week work started and the first section has been renovated. The plan is to gradually work along a section at a time as the funding allows u until the whole wall is renovated. This is a costly process with each section costing around £1000 so we are grateful for the contributions towards this work from the Clipston Festival activities and especially from the sale of Peter Wilfords book on Clipston.


The AGM of the Parochial Church Council for the Parish will be on Tuesday 24th April in the Orbell Room at 7.00. This is an important meeting and is an opportunity to make sure that the right people are representing the Church and that things are being run effectively. It is a chance to see the annual accounts and to ask questions about expenditure and income. This year we will also be outlining the plans for the major refurbishment of the Church and it is a chance for you to influence the thinking on those plans.



The roof is now complete at last and we are only waiting for the grass to be reinstated and for a final bill to be received.

As you know this has not been an easy process and it was with some relief when we saw the scaffolding come down recently. We will now start planning for the next major refurbishment project. News will appear here.


27th January was the date for our annual quiz held at the Village Hall.There was a great attendance this year with most of the village organisations being represented. Alan Skinner prepared the questions and was quizmaster on the night. Julie Connell kept the scores and the event was preceded by fish and chips which this year arrived on time. The questions were very taxing and it was fascinating to see how Alan had woven themes and threads into the various rounds.Many thanks are due to all those responsible for the event and particularly to Ruth and Roger Wallett for much of the organisation.

Although this was a fund raising event for the Church and was very successful in that respect, more importantly it brought many people from the village and outside together with people from the Church to further our plans for the Church to be seen as a positive and welcoming feature of the village..

Alan promises that the questions next year will be a bit easier!


Now that the South aisle roof lead replacement is complete, it is only right to thank those bodies that have made the work possible. 

First and foremost we must thank the Listed Places of worship roof repair fund for a significant grant without which the work would not have been possible. This fund has provided urgently needed funding to restore many roofs in ancient churches over the past two years and we were very fortunate to be able to benefit from this funding before the scheme ceased.

Also we need to thank the Woolfson Trust for their grant of £6000 which topped up the major grant as did a grant from the Francis Coales Charitable foundation.

All these contributions will be recorded on a plaque to be placed inside the Church when the commemoration service is held later this year


Sunday the 7th January at 10.00 will be the latest opportunity to try the new W4E services which Trevor is running for us. These very popular services are short and do not have Communion in them and are intended to be accessible by everyone.

Trevor promises that this next service will be a real Epiphany for those who come.

Don't forget - 10.00