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St Albans Branch Events 2007

Afternoon Event Admission to the Guild

Maureen and Sarah on either side of Canon Palmer with Brian at the right hand end

St Albans Branch visit to St James The Great Thorley

On 29th October the St Albans Branch Visited St James The Great Thorley, for a twofold purpose.

As a Branch we enjoy a day visit to some of our lesser and greater parish churches particularly where we have members of the guild serving as vergers.

I found this particularly church complex was somewhat hidden and tucked away on the outskirts of Bishops Stortford at the end of a single tracked road. But what was particularly surprising was the ancient and well preserved small medieval building with, from my knowledge of building styles, a history going back to possibly Saxon times with seating for certainly no more than a hundred. Also on the complex was a barn conversion which as we were later informed now serves as a Parish Centre of Worship.

The Barn conversion is known as the St Barnabus Centre and was constructed using as much as possible from the original formers farm barn with a capacity for around four hundred with about 200 hundred attending the normal Sunday Services. Also in the St Barnabus Centre is the parish Office and Hall together with quiet areas and space for the Sunday School. My impression was that the conversion had been very sympathetically carried out by some obviously cleaver architect/designer and craftsmen.

The second part of our visit to Thorley was to celebrate Evensong in the ancient parish church and to induct three new members into the Guild. Evensong was celebrated by the Rector of Thorley, The Reverend Bob Payne and the Induction was carried out by our Branch Chaplain The Reverend Canon Peter Palmer.

Our new members who were inducted at evensong were:-

Maureen Hargreave of St James The Great, Thorley
Sarah Rowley of St James The Great, Thorley
Brian Willett of All Saints, Leighton Buzzard

We welcome them into the fellowship of the Guild of Vergers

This now bring our Branch membership to its highest level for a number of years.

Lindsay Kemp – Branch Chairman

St Barnabus Centre Worship AreaSt Barnabus Centre