Groups & Regular Events
We've got a lot going on ordinarily across the parish from gardening to breakfasts, film nights, walking, singing and a whole host of things to get involved and join with. Here are just a few things
The parish choir
We have a wonderful musical tradition and amazing Parish Choir. A great group of people from all ages who, from September will lead us musically on a Sunday morning. The choir are led by Barbara Griffiths, our Director of Music and accompanied by Darrell Harvey on the organ or piano. The last year has been particularly challenging as it has for everyone but the choir has continued to meet most weeks via Zoom and in-person when safe to do so.
When able to, the choir meets for practice every Friday at St John's Church from 7.15pm to 8.15pm.
Because of Covid-19, please check in advance that these groups are operating in-person. Some groups may not be returning and others waiting to return. Get in touch with Vania in the Parish Office for more detail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Toddler Group meets in the Lounge at St Alban’s church on Monday mornings at 10.00am during term time. This welcoming group is a place for parents, grandparents and carers to bring babies, toddlers and preschool children. With lots of toys, singing and fun and games we enjoy coming together.
Garden Club meets on the 3rd Monday of the month in the Lounge at St Alban’s Church at 2.00pm. This group follows a programme of exciting talks given by visiting speakers on various garden related topics. Currently not meeting.
Tea & Chat @ St John's on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 2.30pm for everyone. Company, a cuppa and cake! All welcome.
Fellowship at St Alban's Church takes place on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 2.15pm. This friendly group follows a programme of talks given in the Lounge at St Alban’s church by various people within the community. We have speakers from all many different places, such as the community police and local historians.
Knit and Natter takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month at St Alban’s Church in the lounge at 2.00pm. During this group you can chat and drink tea and coffee while knitting, adult colouring or any other hobby or craft you would like to bring.
Knit and Natter at St John's is another welcoming group which takes place in the Church Room every other Tuesday at 10.00am. Come along with your knitting, hobby or craft and meet others over a hot cuppa and a chat.
Parish Coffee Morning at St Luke’s Church on Thursday after the short communion service (the service is at 10am in the chapel to the front right of the church). Come and join us for coffee, tea and cake, it’s a great social gathering and newcomers are more than welcome! The service is usually finished at 10.30/40am.
Choir at St John's. Choir practice takes place in the Church and Church Room at St John's at 7.15pm for an hour. Our choir are an integral part of parish life and are always on the look out for new members. Please get in touch if you’re interested in finding out more!
Throughout the Month
Community Breakfast takes place once a month at St Luke's Church on the second Saturday of each month (other than December). On offer is cereal, a cooked breakfast, toast, jams and other goodies! It's breakfast for everyone - young and older from 8.30am - 10am. In particular we welcome families and youngsters!
Film Night takes place once a month in the Lounge at St Alban’s. We vary the dates so everyone has a chance of coming along and enjoying a film on a big screen with surround sound. Feel free to bring treats to eat and drink – even something stronger to drink if you wish! Keep an eye on our social media and website for upcoming dates and film titles.
Our parish is always looking at ways to engage with the larger community and over the course of the year, we lay on events which reach out to the broader community.
We weren't able to have the planned picnics for most of last year. When the weather warms, we will be having a Parish Picnics in spring/summer. If it rains, we'll be inside. Barbecues are most welcome (outside) too!
Summer Live Music Events
In the grounds of St Luke’s church we will bring a bit of the summer festival atmosphere to Winton with staged music from local bands and musicians, serving Pimms, Beer and wine with a few stalls to entertain the family.
St John’s Christmas Market is a staple in the local calendar, centring around St John’s Church and Moordown St John’s school. This family focused Christmas market has stalls, food and traditional market games for those looking to get into the Christmas spirit. This market is open to everyone!
Indoor Christmas Market at St Luke’s looks to invite local independent traders of artisan gifts, food and drink. After a successful first run in 2019 and 2021, we have professional stall holders sell produce ranging from coffee and gin to handmade jewellery. All set to the backdrop of musicians playing Christmas music.
Christmas Tree Festival at St Luke’s takes place in the main body of the church each December. Real trees are sponsored and decorated by individuals and local organisations. Wonderful, seasonal lighting and effects are provided by Martin Jennings with a life-size crib scene. We were delighted that we were able to welcome visitors to the 2021 Christmas Tree Festival and plans for the next one are well under way already!