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Choir concert

Choirs’ Concert
Saturday 28th September 2013
One of the glories of the Priory Church is the quality of its music. It has become a tradition over the years that our two choirs are invited to sing in cathedrals and abbeys across the country. This Summer the Girls’ Choir will be singing in Guildford Cathedral while the Adults and Boys will be at Sherborne Abbey. Both choirs will learn a range of music for the services in which they take part. On Saturday 28th September the two choirs will give us a concert of some of the music they have sung, during the Summer, in Guilford and Sherborne. The concert, in the Priory Church, will start at 7.30pm

Tickets cost £10, Under 16s free entry, and include refreshments during the Interval. Tickets are available from Priory House or at the door on the night.

Award winning Priory girls choir

Girls Choir

The Girls Choir from the Priory Church of St Peter in Dunstable are now award winning having recently won an award at the Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts Music Festival.
The 17-strong choir, which is led by new Choir Director Emily Kirby-Ashmore, won their group – Choirs of School Age Sixth Form and Under – as well as the overall competition and were awarded Distinction Honours.
Head Choristers Rhyannan Rogers and Caroline Shaw comment: “We only entered the competition for fun and were really surprised and delighted to win! We all love being part of the choir and its great to receive an award”.

Girls Choir March 2013

The girls who all attend local schools performed Money, Money, Money arranged by David Kirby­‐Ashmore and Lift Thine Eyes by F Mendelssohn at the competition, which was held on Friday 8th March in Walverton.

The girls sing services regularly at The Priory Church and also performed in a fund raising evening with The Shambles swing band on Saturday 16th March where Money, Money, Money was performed again

News for December

Welcome Yule !

The yellow blooms of the spiky-leaved Winter Mahonia shine out in December in defiance of cold winds, ice and snow in welcome to the festival of the Christ Mass.

The Priory Christmas bazaar was held on the 1st day of December and made a contribution to church funds of something over £1800.  Well done to all workers and contributors and thank you to customers!

Parish Christmas cards are ready for distribution by those church members who have volunteered to distribute them around the parish in their area.  Apart from offering Christmas and New Year greetings the cards detail the Christmas services in all the four churches in the Priory parish.

On Saturday 8th December at 10 am a Service of the Blessing of the Crib will be held in the Priory.  Families are welcome and are encouraged to bring their own cribs for a blessing and to join in the preparation of Christingles for the Sunday service.

Luton Choral Society are to perform Handel’s “Messiah” in the Priory at 7 30 pm on Saturday 8th December.  Tickets at the door on the night.

The annual Christingle Service is at 9 15 am on Sunday 9th December in the Priory.

Monday 10th December at 7 30 pm  – A Christmas Carol in church.  An evening of Christmas readings and music.  Mince pies, coffee and mulled wine will be served.

  • Mothers Union meet for a “Christmas Miscellany” at 2 00 pm in the Priory Church hall  on Tuesday 11 December.
  • Priory Ladies have Christmas revels and a Dutch Supper on Wednesday 12th December at   8 pm.
  • Monday 19th December.  Carol singers meet at 7 00 pm at the Priory to sing around the neighbouring streets ending at Chews House for coffee and mince pies.
  • Priory Church post box is open on Sundays and Thursdays for church members and clergy use only.
  • Christmas flowers.  Contributions to the cost are welcome and these can be placed in the envelopes at the back of the church.

A happy and healthy Christmas season to all.

News for September

News for September

Italian Garden – Mapperton House, Dorset.

A haze on the far horizon, the infinite, tender sky,
The ripe, rich tint of the cornfields, and the wild geese sailing high;
And all over upland and lowland the charm of the golden rod –
Some of us call it Autumn, and others call it God.

William Herbert Carruth (1859 – 1924)

As August leaves us with warm and sunny periods of quite Summery weather we look forward to the possibility of mellow Autumn sunshine in September.

During the holiday period much hard work has been proceeding on the refurbishment project at the Dunstable Parish Hall.

The Hall Committee has been able to set this work in process thanks to a generous charity donation and also the willing labours of some very dedicated  volunteers whose contributions have included the drawing of plans, dealing with Suppliers of new kitchen equipment, deciding on paint colours and curtain materials etc.  All with the aim of achieving a bright and modernised Parish Hall by mid September.

Rev Ronni Goodman leaves us on 9 September after the Worship for All Eucharist and will be installed as Rector of Meppershall and Shefford on Wednesday 26 September.

Junior Church resumes on 16 September in the Parish Hall.

The Priory Choir returns to duty for choral services on 9 September.

Coffee Mornings will be held in the Priory refreshment area on Saturdays 1st September and 29 September.

Ray Bryant

September 2012

News for August

Summer Blossoms!

August is here with its thoughts of holidays, sitting in the garden, days out with the family, plans for new ventures and all in the hope that the whole week of sunshine we’ve recently enjoyed will continue.

Of course the Olympic contests are in full swing after the wonderful opening ceremony which welcomed our world-wide visitors and athletes on an amazing evening in July.  Those of us who remained glued to the television till 1 am aver that it was the most surprising, inventive, artistic, spectacular, original and humorous presentation we could have imagined.  (I think I’ve left out some adjectives!)

General items of Priory church news are as follows:

  • Revd Roni Goodman is coming to the end of her four years as Curate at the Priory.  We congratulate her on her appointment as Rector of Meppershall and Shefford and thank her for the dedication and service she has given us all. Roni’s final Priory service will be at 915 am on Sunday 9th September and her Institution at Meppershall is on Wednesday 26th September.
  • During August the Priory Choirs are singing at Exeter and Chichester Cathedrals.  We wish them a happy and enjoyable time.
  • A Coffee Morning will be held in church on Saturday 1st September.
  • Please support Food Bank and Friends in Deed schemes as you are able.

Ray Bryant

SUN, Mar 29, 2020