Flower Festival, Art Exhibition and Jazz Concert - 7th & 8th June 2014



St John’s Church in Bourne End puts on a Flower Festival, Art Exhibition and Jazz Concert on June 7th and 8th 2014


To raise funds for the upkeep of the beautiful St John’s Church, the parishioners  look forward to welcoming visitors for this gala weekend.



May 23rd  2014


Volunteers from the church, the village of Bourne End and beyond have come together to organise another Flower Festival following two resounding successes in 2005 and 2008. 


Flower Festival

From 11.30 am – 6 pm on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June the church will be open and filled with flowers and music.  Arrangements have been sponsored by local businesses, individuals and families. The flowers will be arranged by talented and experienced volunteers.   As this is the weekend of Pentecost, the theme throughout the festival will be “Spirit”.  During the Festival there will be Cream Teas served, a Plant Stall and a stall selling Homemade Cakes and Preserves.


In the Parish Room beside the church and running alongside the Flower Festival, will be…


An Exhibition and Sale of Art by Local Artists

Curated by Julie Wrathall of  www.julieannsgallery.co.uk, the exhibition brings together the work of 20 well-known local artists.  Pottery, drawings and paintings, photographs and greetings cards will be on show and for sale.  Proceeds will go to the church fund.


On the Saturday Evening 7th June at 7 pm there will be a


Jazz Concert

Jazz pianist Charlie Stacey along with drummer Jamie Murray and bassist Arthur O'Hara are the The Charlie Stacey Trio.  St John’s is delighted to welcome local lad, 20 year old Charlie to play for us.  Having played alongside Jools Holland as a schoolboy and now playing regularly at Ronnie Scott’s we are fortunate to have enticed Charlie and his trio to play for us just as he launches what is expected to be a glittering career.  A year from now he won’t be playing in quaint country churches.    Tickets are £7.50 and can be obtained from Jane Manson (jane.manson@btinternet.com)  01442 878058







Notes to editors:


Charlie Stacey – Biography


Charlie Stacey has been playing piano since the age of 7. He learnt how to play jazz, blues, funk and other styles mainly through Tomorrows Warriors. This is a London-based youth jazz initiative run by Gary Crosby OBE , which has guided many of the leading names in British jazz over the last 20 years. He also attended rehearsals of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) from a young age. His first big break came when he performed on BBC 1’s The One Show at the age of 13 in 2007, alongside Jools Holland.

Since then he has gone on to play numerous gigs throughout the UK and Europe. Some of the most notable include a performance at Nisville Jazz Festival in Serbia in 2011, a live broadcast on Bulgarian TV with American saxophonist Chico Freeman in 2011 and participating in the Montreux Jazz Piano Competition 2012 as a semi-finalist.

In 2012 he was offered a place to study philosophy at Princeton University in New Jersey.  For 2 years, he combined academic study with time spent playing and making contacts on the New York music scene. However, the lure of the London lights proved too great and he has now committed full-time to music.

Based in Hertfordshire, he currently performs around London as a sideman with players such as Shane Forbes and Nathaniel Facey, leads his own trio, and has residencies three nights a week in London, including the Society Club in Soho. He recently performed in Shane Forbes’s band at Ronnie Scotts.  He continues to learn and improve his craft through Tomorrows Warriors’ education program at the South Bank.  He has recently started  teaching piano, and is involved in other nascent projects such as a rock band shortly to hit the London scene. 

Watch the Trio on YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0tDskOqTos

Recent demos attached. http://tinyurl.com/q4tv9xv & http://tinyurl.com/ohdzdb2

Art Exhibition

Running alongside the Flower Festival in the Parish Room will be an Exhibition of Art and Greetings Cards, curated by Julie Wrathall.   A selection of talented artists will be exhibiting and selling their work. A varied display of paintings, photography, pottery and sculpture will be shown, with at least 25% of all sales going towards the church fund, more in some cases.   We have an interesting mix of artists, some of whom have exhibited widely, including at the Mall Galleries, through to artists who have never exhibited before, despite their obvious talent.  This is proving an interesting exhibition, with the stories behind the artists as enjoyable as the art itself




St John’s Church


Standing at the north end of the village, this pretty Victorian church was

designed by George Gilbert Scott – some time before he went on to St Pancras Station and other grander projects.  It was consecrated in 1856 as a Chapel of Ease linked to the Parish of St Mary in Northchurch.  


St John’s is now the Anglican Parish Church of the village of Bourne End and shares a vicar, The Rev David Abbott, with St Michael and All Angels at Sunnyside in Berkhamsted.  The church is noted for its friendly welcoming atmosphere and excellent preaching by a team of experienced clergy and lay readers.  Every month on the 3rd Wednesday there is a Pot Luck Lunch at 1 pm.  Villagers, parishioners and friends bring a dish, have lunch together and hear a guest speaker.  On the last Friday of the month the church holds a very popular Coffee and Cakes morning.  This has become a regular opportunity for people from the village and beyond to catch up with friends, enjoy scones and cream and purchase homemade cakes and jams.


Sunday services are weekly at 10.30 am and on the second Sunday of each month there is a 6pm informal service of quiet reflection.  All are welcome.


All funds raised at this event will go towards the upkeep of the church buildings and the churchyard.




Flower Festival and Jazz Concert:

Jane Manson 


07743 955665


Art Exhibition

Julie Wrathall

07976 700737


The Church

The Rev David Abbott


01442 865100


Stephen Fletcher


01442 864322 or 07428 118450