On Saturday 1st December we held a wonderful craft afternoon for all ages and abilities. Thank you to everyone that came, it was a fabulous event with lots of people getting involved and creative. If you didn't manage to make it this time we have lots of craft supplies left over so look forward to another one next year and feel welcome to attend any of our other Christmas events as listed on the home page!
'On 11th November 2018 the United Kingdom remembers the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice marking the surrender of Germany on 11th November 1918 and the end of the Great War, a war we now call the First World War.
[And] although the community of Hadley Wood did serve, did suffer, and did lose sons, brothers, and husbands, there is no War Memorial in Hadley Wood, and no complete record of the local casualties from the First World War, Second World War, or later conflicts. A minority are remembered on the memorials at
Monken Hadley, Cockfosters and Potters Bar.'
(An extract from Hadley Wood War Memorial - In Memory of the Fallen by David Harbott)
So over the weekend of the 11th November St Paul's Hadley Wood commemorated the locals who gave their lives and service with a presentation by John Leatherdale and David Harbott including the Launch of the publication of 'Hadley Wood War memorial - In Memory of the Fallen' by David Harbott which can be found below. As well as a Roll of Honour revealed on Sunday 11th November during a special Remembrance Service at 10:30am.
Article from the Hadley Wood News:
‘MESSIAH UNLEASHED’ - HANDEL COMES TO HADLEY WOOD
Two local churches - St Paul’s Hadley Wood and St Mary’s Monkey Hadley - joined forces over two Sundays in March to perform some of the best loved excerpts from Georg Friedrich Handel’s ‘Messiah.’ But these were performances with a radical difference.
Without doubt ‘Messiah’ can be enjoyed purely for the transcendental beauty of its music. But to do so is to reduce Handel’s masterpiece to something far less than it was meant to be. The librettist, Charles Jennens, compiled the text from the King James Bible and from versions of the Psalms included within the Book of Common Prayer. And it was not simply cultural or financial reasons that inspired Handel to set such text to music. He burned with a desire to put the many sublime passages in the Bible which had contributed to his Christian faith to music. Indeed, such was Handel’s passion to share with others the good news of Jesus Christ that he closed his manuscript with the letters “SDG’- “Soli Deo Gloria” meaning “To God alone be the Glory.”
The humility of Handel can easily be overlooked. To the sponsors of the first performance of ‘Messiah’ he stipulated that the profits from this and all future performances should “be donated to prisoners, orphans and the sick.” The reasons were deeply personal, as he went on to explain - “I have myself been a very sick man, and am now cured. I was a prisoner and have been set free.” Handel confessed that he had been spiritually sick and blind until the Christian Gospel had taken hold of him.
Following the first London performance of ‘Messiah’ a patron congratulated Handel on having entertained his audience so excellently to which Handel was quick to reply, “My Lord, I should be sorry if I only entertained them.” What he intended for his audience was that they should be transformed by the Bible texts that underpinned the music.
It was in that spirit that ‘Messiah Unleashed’ was conceived - to unleash the power of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ by explaining the key texts after each excerpt of music, and during the music reflecting on famous paintings of Christ’s passion, resurrection and triumph.
Both events were very well attended, and many people reported on how moving they found the combination of words, music and art.
The talented choir of St Mary’s Monkey Hadley, under the expert direction of Stephen Tatlow, sung beautifully, building up to a crescendo for their spirited rendition of the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus and a sensitive performance of ‘Worthy is the Lamb.’ The audiences on both Sundays were also treated to glorious arias sung by Duncan, Belle, Sarah and Elaine from St Mary’s, and at St Paul’s by professional soloists, Joanne McGahon (soprano) and Richard Woodall (bass) accompanied by Paul Sharman (trumpet). The solos “I know that my Redeemer liveth” and “The trumpet shall sound” were especially memorable.
But the last words must surely belong to the great composer himself - “TO GOD ALONE BE THE GLORY.”
Thanks to all who helped and all who came and made it a great fun event!