Message in a bottle

A whisky bottle containing notes and other items left by the builders to mark the completion of the spire on 24 April 1913.  The bottle was discovered in the summer of 2017 during repair...

A totally preposterous parson . . .

A new study of Evelyn Waugh and the first vicar of St Jude’s A Totally Preposterous Parson: Evelyn Waugh and Basil Bourchier Basil Bourchier was once one of the most famous clergymen in the Church of England, held in the highest esteem by the many hundreds who flocked from all parts of London to hear...

St Jude’s and the Great War: the first few months

  On the evening of Tuesday 16th December 1913 the St Jude’s Young Men’s group held a debate in the parish club room at 13 North Square on the motion Germany contemplates war.  The Minister of the Free Church, the Reverend J. H. Rushbrooke, seconded the opposition, while the Vicar of St Jude’s, the...

Christian Vegetarianism

  The first vicar, Basil Bourchier, was noted for his concern for animals – expressed for example in the memorial to the war horses in church. He also advocated ‘Christian Vegetarianism’ as this recent post on the archive of that name shows. You can read the post and enlarge the...

Walter Starmer

This afternoon we welcomed the Kirkby family from Guildford on their first visit to St Jude’s. Norman Kirkby, seen here with Kathy and their daughter Abigael, is the great nephew of Walter Starmer the painter of the murals in the church. The family have a considerable collection of works by Starmer...

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