This Weeks News

Date: September 15, 2019

Next ‘Crafts & Draughts’ Please join us if you would like to help with the craft stall contents, or have a cup of tea and a chat. The future dates are:, Sep 19th, Oct 3rd, Oct 17th, Nov 7th & Nov 20th (NB Wed)

Friends of Wimbledon & Putney Commons launch event on Friday 20th September 7pm The Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators are delighted to announce the establishment of a Friends’ Programme to bring together members of the local community who are connected by a passion for the Commons for the purposes of collective celebration and fund raising. As a Friend, you will be invited to attend special events that will provide a unique experience of the Commons.  This special evening will celebrate the historic links between the Commons and the London Scottish Regiment commencing with a piper led walk from the windmill to Queensmere Pond featuring the choir from St Mary’s. We are delighted that both Stephen Hammond MP and the Right Honourable Justine Greening MP will be able to join us for this important occasion. To become a Friend, visit us at, email us at or contact the Ranger’s Office on 020 8788 7655.

Diocesan Spirituality Day – ‘To be a Pilgrim’ This is being held in Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 19 October from 10.00am until 4.00pm. The keynote speaker is Dr Meg Warner. There will be workshops, prayer stations, stalls and uplifting worship throughout the day. Tickets online £8, or £10 at the door.

William Morris, The Arts & Crafts Movement & the Architecture Thereof. A presentation by Margaret & Chris Smart. Either Fri 18th Oct or Sat 26th Oct. 10.15am at 29 Murray Road SW19 4PD for tea, homemade biscuits & display with talk at 11am. Donations £10 (depending on what you can afford) to be divided between Linden Lodge School for disabled children and the Wimbledon Society Museum. Please let Margaret know beforehand if you can come.

Saturday 19th October 6.30pm – Seraphim which is directed by Rob Mingay-Smith. St Johns Director of Music will be performing the luscious, tempestuous and passionate Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer alongside music from their EP ‘Three Messages’. Music on the EP includes Rob’s own set of 4 pieces dedicated to his nephews and nieces who will all be at the concert to hear it live for the first time. At the time of writing ‘Of Such is the Kingdom’, Georgina-Leigh was not born… so when she appeared I wrote her a lullaby which will be premiered at this concert. I’m hoping her ears might prick up as I sing it to her a lot and first sang it to her to help her sleep when she was only a week old!

You can buy tickets on Eventbrite here: by typing ‘Seraphim’ into ‘search events’ or on the door for £10.

Wimbledon International Music Festival the capital’s major autumn events”  Evening Standard Details and Tickets: November St Johns will be hosting again this year, please check the website for dates and ticket info. Box Office is now open!

Future Diary Dates for St John’s Events

 Sat 21st Sept, 6.30-7.30pm St John’s Singers’ Concert. Please come and support our choir singing some of their favourite pieces.  The concert won’t be ticketed, but there will be a retiring collection for the church lighting project.

 Friday 27th September 1pm Charles MacDougall tenor and our own Robert Mingay-Smith piano. The Bird’s Lament – Rodney Bennett & Vaughan Williams.

Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning will be held prior to the recital at 12.00pm.

 Sat 28th Sept, 6.30pm ‘Whist with a Twist’, £15 adults/£10 children, Evening of whist with supper included to raise money for our night of the Merton Night Shelter. If you are interested in coming along, please speak to Jane Long.

Sat 12th Oct 6.30pm. St John’s Harvest Supper in the hall. We welcome everyone to join together in a harvest meal. We will have some table entertainment in the form of a quiz, with prizes for sheets with the most correct answers at the end of the meal, and a ‘Beetle Drive’. We won’t charge for this event, but all donations received (after costs are covered) will go to the Church charities.

Friday 25th October 1pm Diana Matthews viola. Khachaturian – Sonata-song for solo viola & Paul Osterfield – Ablaze for solo viola (2013)

Refreshments will be served from 12.30pm, there will be a retiring collection.



Service times


8:15am Holy Communion (BCP)
9:00am Children's Service - Twice a month
10:15am Sung Eucharist