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Evensong and Service of Thanksgiving – Wednesday 21st July 2021

​Evensong and Service of Thanksgiving
At St. James Garlickhythe on
Wednesday 21st July 2021 at 17.00

It was Hot!  Covid 19 played its part by putting Father Tim Handley into isolation a day prior and our Soloist, Cheryl Enever, that morning.  Undeterred our Almoner, the Rev Hugh, stepped into the breach and Organist, Andrew Baars arranged for Becky Hardwick to sing for us.


Everyone was on time despite rail hold-ups and demonstrations for freedom outside No. 10.  Our choir, The Brook Special Primary School, with their staff and pianist arrived by minibus looking cool and calm.

The Master welcomed our new Honorary Chaplain from Bradford via Audley End, the Rev. Stephen Baxter and presented him with his Glass Sellers stole.  The badge of office will be presented at a later date.

In the middle of the service the Brook Street children processed to the back of the church and the piano to sing five accompanied songs for us.  They were extremely well behaved for the one and a half hours they were with us before being whisked off to McDonalds for a well-earned repast.

Earlier this year the Glass Sellers Charity Fund presented The Brook with a Grant for a Glass in Society Project


Our Renter Warden, Maria Chanmugam elected to office in December 2020 took the opportunity to make her declaration to office having not been able to attend a previous meeting due to the pandemic.

The members of the company and our guests transferred to Bakers Hall with its deep blue carpet emblazoned with golden sheaves of wheat and a collection of toasting glasses to make us feel at home as we gathered for supper and a refreshing cool drink.


We ate salmon and beef overlooked by three splendid modern stained-glass windows and a wall of silver artefacts.  Dessert pleased all with tiramisu, lemon cheesecake and cheese.

The Clerk circulated amongst the Ladies, sorry Gentlemen, giving out secret gifts of scarves. Surprisingly random, each matched the recipient or their apparel.  Bimala (the Master’s Consort) had appliqued flowers on it, mine purple polka dots and Katherine Coleman’s scarf had sequined leaves on the two ends.


The speeches were limited to toasts given by the Master and we finished the evening at 22.00 hours reluctant to leave good company.

The first photograph of the 2020 / 2021 Officers

Renter Warden, Maria Chanmugam – Master Colonel Bill Chesshyre – Prime Warden, Barbara Beadman 

Article written by Prime Warden Barbara Beadman

Photographs and Videos Demir Ozyurt