Updated Concert details 2019

Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival

The 2019 Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival will be launching in May 2019. This unique promenade-style event comprises a veritable feast of artists, repertoire and locations.

For more details visit the Hatfield House site HERE.

Easter Services 2019

Easter Holiday Pilgrimage to St Albans Cathedral

On April 22nd 2019 people of all ages from across the diocese of St Albans will make their way to St Albans Cathedral for the Easter Monday Pilgrimage, an event which has been taking place since 1944.

Most of the pilgrims (who usually number more than a thousand) will have walked some, if not all, of the way from their home churches. For many years a group of people from churches across the Bishop’s Hatfield Team have walked together along the route of the old Hatfield to St Albans railway line (now, of course, known as the Alban Way) which is a very pleasant way of reaching St Albans without encountering road traffic.

We set off at 10.30am from St Michael and All Angels Church in Birchwood (where car parking is available) and have a short rest and picnic lunch (indoors, courtesy of the 4th St Albans scouts, if the weather is inclement).

We reach the Cathedral in good time to process in for a lively service of Holy Communion at which the Bishops officiate.

The route is about 6 miles; easy walking on the flat. Usually (courtesy of lifts which are available) we are back in Hatfield shortly after 4pm.

Everyone is most welcome to join us. It is a lovely opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones (and perhaps to walk off some of the excesses of Hot Cross Buns and Easter eggs!) Dogs are very welcome to join in not only the walk but also the gathering in the Cathedral.

If you would like to join us, you can just turn up on the day but if you would like a lift back please contact: Michelle - 0758 489 7872 so we have an idea of numbers

Tickets for Hatfield Chamber Orchestra presented by St Etheldreda's Church

Tickets for 30th June at 7.30pm available HERE.

Tickets for The King's Men Cambridge presented by St Etheldreda's Church

The choral scholars of the world famous choir of King's College Cambridge present a programme of music old and new, from Thomas Tallis to the Beachboys, on 9th March 2019 at 8pm.

Tickets available HERE.

Music at St Etheldreda's - 2019 Concert Diary

Whenever you come into our beautiful church, you are likely to find some sort of music taking place; it may be one of our stunning listed concerts, or a rehearsal for a concert or choral service. You may also hear our organist, one of our organ scholars or one of our local professional musicians rehearsing, or just an informal concert by some of our local, very talented musicians. Please stay awhile, listen and enjoy and be part of the continuation of a musical heritage at St. Etheldreda's which goes back hundreds of years. You can find out more about our church services and events, including information about our choirs, and choral and organ scholarships here on our website.

Details of 2019 concerts can be seen here:

Congratulations to all the winners of our West End Project 'Christmas Draw' 

A weekend in Paris for two travelling on Eurostar - Rob Aley

A week in a holiday house in south-west Ireland - Clive Donaghue

A room in a 4* hotel near Westminster Bridge for New Year’s Eve – Thomas

A family ticket for a visit to Buckingham Palace - J Cortese

Christmas Hamper worth £250 - Rachel Parsons

A pair of ticket for “Hatfield Battle Prom” - Mr &Mrs Gillet

A pair of tickets for “Folk by the Oak” - Robin Harcourt-Williams 

A magnum of claret – Rob

A magnum of claret - Carole Hemmings

A magnum of claret - Margaret Palfreyman

A cake from Simmons the Bakers - J Hever

A dog grooming voucher - Sue Rockhill

Thank you to Lord Charles Cecil for picking the winners, and all those who donated prizes.

St. Etheldreda’s with St. Luke’s and Hatfield House Presents

A Nativity Play at Hatfield Park Farm, Hatfield House

New West End Project

St Etheldreda's and St Luke's are excited to present the proposals to redevelop the west end of the building. The scheme will create a new, enclosed multi-purpose parish room with mezzanine floor and associated amenities. The addition will not only allow St Etheldreda’s to better fulfil its existing role, but will also bring opportunities to host new activities and bring new audiences into the church. 

You can view further details HERE.

West End Project 'Christmas Draw'

At St Etheldreda's we are raising money for our 'West End Project'. We are planning to redevelop the West End area of the church with toilets and kitchen facilities along with meeting areas and a new choir vestry. So exciting! As part of this St Eths are having a Grand Prize Draw. Tickets are £2 each or £10 a book. Fantastic prizes include: 3 days in Paris, New Years Eve in a London Hotel, a weeks in a holiday cottage in Ireland, tickets for Buckingham Palace tour, and many, many more!

Please help us sell as many tickets as possible. Contact us for more information or pop into church!

Concert at St Etheldreda's - November 10th 2018 - 5pm

Words and Music for Armistice

Poems, songs and readings to be followed by Faure's Requiem.

Your can find out more details and purchase tickets HERE.

Concert at St Etheldreda's - September 9th 2018 - 7.30pm

Vaughan Williams, Hayden & Beethoven

Featuring Hatfield Chamber Orchestra performing Hayden's Symphony No. 99, Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 and Gabrielle Lester playing Vaughan Williams'  The Lark Ascending.

Your can find out more details and purchase tickets HERE.

Tour of St Etheldreda's - Saturday 4th August 2018

This morning at St Etheldreda's over 40 people were treated to an amazing tour & talk given by our churchwarden Malcolm Caie. Malcolm's knowledge is staggering not just of the church but of local history, Kings and Queens, estates & families. He gave such a personal touching talk as though he knew the people personally. It highlighted how many famous important people have been in our church over the centuries and still come. It also highlighted how many people have worshipped, prayed and visited our church each leaving an imprint. After the tour we then had a lovely picnic in the churchyard which was lovely and gave us time to chat to one another and to Malcolm. If you missed it this time Malcolm plans to do more of these tours throughout the year. Or come along to a service or be lucky enough to find him pottering around in the church or on welcoming duty and ask him more.#

You can see pictures from the tour and picnic HERE.

Hatfield 1914-1919 Exhibition

For details of the Exhibition running from 11th July to 31st August click HERE.

Pray as you Go

Many of us want to pray regularly but don't know where to start, find it hard to do so, or don't know when to fit it in to our busy daily lives.

Pray as you go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc.

Some of us have been trying this out as an App and have found it really helpful - why not give it a go - you can find more details by clicking on the picture below:

Letter to the Parish from Alison Churchouse, Deputy Church Warden

Holy Land Pilgrimage in June 2018

On the 4th June, twenty one Pilgrims set off for a ten day tour of the Holy Land led by Father Darren Collins and accompanied by The Venerable Jonathan Smith. The Pilgrimage consisted of six nights based in Jerusalem and three nights near Tiberius on the edge of the Sea of Galilee.

Any previous concerns about spending ten days with a group of people not well known to each other, soon disappeared. We were accompanied by a local guide, Dawud (David) at all times - an extremely knowledgeable Coptic Orthodox Christian with strong opinions.

The trip was jam packed with visits to Holy sites connected to Jesus' life and ministry, as well as activities and experiences related to the areas we travelled through. Jerusalem, built on a series of hills - great for getting your step count up for the day—is a busy and vibrant town and even more so during our stay as it coincided with the last week of Ramadan. Cannons mark the end of fasting at about 7.50pm and the start of fasting at about 3.45am giving us all an early morning alarm call.

Of course, today, the Holy Land does not look as it would have done during Jesus' time. Israel has lived through a number of different empires including Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Crusader, Mamluk, Ottoman and British Empires as well as enduring the odd earth-quake here and there. Sites marking Jesus' original life and ministry, are now celebrated in more modern places of worship, although excavated remains can often be seen inside.

Highlights of the trip for me included: the spontaneous singing of a group of young people in the Church of the Resurrection at Abu Ghosh; Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Centre; reading Psalm 88 in the dungeon at the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu; bearing up in the 450 heat at Masada in the Judaean Desert; floating in the Dead Sea; listening to the Roman Catholic service in the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth and finding our special stones to take home from the edge of the sea of Galilee at Mensa Christi. However, the most remarkable highlight for me was the fellowship with my Pilgrim friends—finding out each other’s stories and journeys of faith and most of all, laughing. We spent a lot of time laughing!

We had six services of worship during our stay which were all incredibly special in their own way. They included following the Via Dolorosa with readings at each Station of the Cross, renewing our baptismal vows on the banks of the River Jordan (again in 450 heat!), celebrating Holy Communion on the edge of the Sea of Galilee at Tabgha and stumbling through the Holy Communion Service at St George's Cathedral conducted in both Arabic and English at the same time.

What did I bring home from this Pilgrimage? I think this will develop over time and with reflection as there is still a lot to process. What I do know is that I still have a smile on my face and some amazing memories and I am fairly sure that one day I will visit the Holy Land again.

You can view pictures from the Pilgrimage HERE.

St Luke’s May Fair

19th May provided a lovely warm up to the Royal Wedding on that day. Offering a warm Christian welcome to all who passed by, or came to see what we were doing, it was a happy and fun time. £600+ was raised towards St Luke’s upkeep.  Thank you to everyone for their support and good will.

You can see pictures from the May Fair HERE.

Thy Kingdom Come

10th to 20th May 2018

Between 10th - 20th May, communities and churches around the world are gathering together to pray that their friends, families and neighbours come to know Jesus Christ. Prayer events of all shapes and sizes will take place across the 10 days, including 24-7 prayer rooms, prayer days, prayer walks and half nights of prayer. Cathedrals, churches and other venues will host Beacon Events, gathering people across towns and cities to worship and to pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit for effective witness.

For more details visit:Thy Kingdom Come

Our events will be:

Thursday 10th May 7:30pm Ascension Service - St John’s Church, Lemsford AL8 7TR

Friday 11th May 9am Morning Prayer - Costa, The Galleria AL10 0XR

Friday 11th May 6pm Prayer and a Pint - St Etheldreda’s Church then on to The Eight Bells AL9 5AN

Saturday 12th May 8:30am Thy Kingdom Come Breakfast - Harpsfield Hall, Weatherspoons AL10 9RQ

Monday 14th May 9am Morning Prayer and Breakfast - St Mary’s Church AL9 7TN

Tuesday 15th May 6pm Evening Prayer and Pizza - St Michael’s & All Angels Church AL10 0PS

Wednesday 16th May 10am Morning Prayer - St John’s Church, Lemsford AL8 7TR 10am Eucharist - St Etheldreda’s Church AL9 5AN

Wednesday 16th May 2pm - Team Worship - St Michael’s & All Angels Church AL10 0PS

Wednesday 16th May 5:30pm Contemporary Prayer and Pizza - University Chaplaincy Building AL10 9AB

Friday 18th May 6pm Prayer and a Pint - St John’s Church, Hilltop then on to The Harrier AL10 9BZ

Saturday 19th May 9.30am - 12.30pm Pentecost Fair - St Luke’s Church AL10 0EJ

Saturday 19th May 6:30pm Beacon Event - St Alban’s Abbey AL1 1BY

St Luke’s Annual May Fair

Saturday 19th May 9.30am to 12.30pm

Do you have a blank space in your diary?

No invitation to St George’s Chapel, Windsor for the nuptials of Prince Harry & Meghan Markel?

No ticket for a high-profile sporting fixture?

Whilst we can’t offer regal glamour or footballing thrills at our May Fair you will receive a warm welcome; a chance to buy homemade cakes, plants & books; to browse our stalls, or take your chances with our tombola, raffle & water into wine game.

All this and you can still get home and watch the regal/sporting event of choice in the comfort of your own home!

  • Perhaps you have suddenly discovered some charming but sadly unwanted gifts which you would like to re-home.
  • Perhaps a spring clean of your bookshelves has revealed a number of books which you don’t want to read again.
  • Maybe you have been dividing garden plants or have an excessive number of seedlings.

St Luke ’s would be very glad to receive any donations of these items for the May Fair. For more information contact the Church Office.

Friday 23rd March 2018

A Blessing and Remembrance service was held at Hatfield House today to open a Field of Remembrance, which is in place to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice. Rector Darren Collins and the Bishop of Hertford Michael Beasley conducted the service. Members of the Royal Navy, the Army, the RAF and the British Legion joined Lord and Lady Salisbury for this poignant occasion.

Over 200 children from six local schools joined the blessing, each planting a cross with a poppy affixed to it in the field. As shown in the accompanying photo the area has been established next to the North Front of Hatfield House, those who wish to join in an act of remembrance are invited to plant a cross in memory of a friend or family member, or to mark the Armistice more generally. The cost of a cross is £2.50 and the proceeds will be distributed between the Royal Navy, the Army, the RAF Benevolent Funds, and the British Legion.

The design of the field itself is a four petal poppy; the outline of each petal is a walkway to enable visitors to go amongst the crosses that are planted.

Like every part of the United Kingdom, Hatfield lost many sons during the Great War and many more suffered its effects for the rest of their lives. Five of Prime Minister Salisbury’s grandsons were killed and 140 from the town of Hatfield and from the Hatfield Estate also lost their lives. To mark the end of the War in 1918, a solemn parade was held on the North Front of Hatfield House.

The field will remain in place in Hatfield Park until mid-November.

You can see pictures from the event here.

Thursday 22nd March 2018

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Lady Salisbury kindly opened the Old Palace Banqueting Hall at Hatfield House to host a coffee morning in aid of St Etheldreda's and Breaks Manor Youth Centre. Over £2000 was raised, well beyond our expectations. Many thanks to Lady Salisbury and all who volunteered.

You can see pictures from the event here.

Sunday 18th March 2018

Dan Cruikshank visited our in church in Hatfield on today with a TV crew making a documentary about the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission which will be broadcast in November. The Cecil family from Hatfield House had lost three sons in the Great War and they are commemorated in the beautiful window in the picture. Their mother, Lady Florence Cecil, led fierce opposition to the CWGC, who insisted that the bodies of fallen soldiers could not be repatriated for burial, but she was unsuccessful.