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Peldon Highland Fling 2015

highland fling 2015Peldon Highland Fling

Being organized by the Friends of St Mary’s, Peldon, this will be a truly Scottish night with Scottish dancing and haggis & neaps for supper (alternatives available)! So get out your tartans and dancing slippers this 7th February for a really enjoyable evening! Everyone is welcome.

Tickets £10.00 Adults and £6.00 under 12’s are available from Sally Abbott on 01206 735931 or by email [email protected]. Please state if Haggis, Chicken or Veggie option is required. Bring your own wine and glasses.


Highland Fling in Peldon

The Friends of St Mary’s Peldon are holding their annual Highland Fling on Saturday 8th February in Peldon Village Hall (7 for 7.30pm).

All are welcome to join us for this ever-popular traditional Burns Night supper followed by Scottish  dancing. So why not dig out your dancing shoes and tartans, for a really enjoyable evening? Tickets £8 (children £5) in advance from Sally 735931.

Update, 7TH February : THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.


Truan Trust Concert

Quire logoSt Mary the Virgin, Peldon sees a welcome 4th return of Quire-Octavia and Quire-Towering Angels on 9th November.

These two lively groups from Quire (The Colchester World Music Community Choir), will present a programme of love songs, drinking songs,humorous songs and seasonal songs and, along the way, help raising funds for the education of a student in Uganda who is sponsored by St Mary’s PCC.

Starting at 7:30pm, tickets on the door: £10 (con. £8) incl. refreshments or phone Bill Tamblyn on 735 770 for reservations.

Profits to the Tuan Trust a registered charity.

Quire (with Octavia) CD SHout! – hear extracts on


Essex Folk Tales

Peldon History Lecture 2 – Tracking Down Essex Folk Tales

Essex Folk Tales - a book by Jan Williams

Essex Folk Tales – a book by Jan Williams

The Friends of St Mary’s are hosting a talk by Essex storyteller, Jan Williams on Wednesday 17th April starting at 7:30pm.

Having completed the editing of the new History Press book of Essex Folk Tales, Jan Williams will be talking about some of the stories she discovered during her research , as well as telling some of her favourite stories from the book.

The Essex coastline has endured invasion by plundering and bloodthirsty Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and this mysterious landscape is still haunted by their presence. Their spirits, and countless others, have oft been reported – not least by smugglers determined to keep intruders away from their secret hideouts.

Even more dramatic stories of the supernatural lurk inland: accusations of witchcraft have been screamed around many picturesque market towns, dragons have terrorised the community, and a violent White Lady has struck at Hadleigh Castle. Indeed, it is the women of Essex who have stirred the imagination most – from brave Boudicca and beautiful Edith Swan-neck to the adulteress Kitty Canham. Amid the county’s infamous pirates, highwaymen and desperados, Essex can even boast a lady smuggler.

These lively and entertaining yarns will be vividly retold by Jan Williams     Jan is a professional storyteller and member of the Essex Storytellers. Her passion and dogged determination have uncovered Essex’s hidden treasure trove of tales – tales which reflect the wisdom (and eccentricities) of this fascinating county and its people.

Tickets are £8.00 and can be reserved in advance from Bill Tamblyn (01206 735770) or Jane Anderson (01206 735505) or purchased on the door.  Refreshments will be available.


Friends make it a pint

pewter-pot“History Through Beers Brewed in Essex” is the title of a talk being given by the Rev Keith Lovell in aid of the Friends of St Mary’s, Peldon.  

Having just tried to count the number of modern breweries in Essex and failing dismally after running out of fingers & toes with many more still tripping off my tongue this should be a fascinating talk.  Be nice if there are some clues for modern brewers to try some new flavours.


Quires in our Villages – Peldon History Lecture

peldon-history-quiresWith vocal support from members of Quire (The Colchester World Music Community Choir), Bill Tamblyn celebrates the work of local music historian, Chris Turner, revealing the wealth of music sung in West Galleries in our area from the 18th century onwards.

Come and join in a rumbustious song or two on Wednesday 16th May at 7:30pm in St Mary’s Church, Peldon! Tickets £8

Tel: Bill Tamblyn 01206 735770

This is NOT about Anglican choirs as we know them today. But interestingly enough, the story does reflect the antagonism between choir and clergy that goes way, way back into our folk history. Nothing new here!

Professor Bill Tamblyn begins with the mystery: What ever happened to the West Gallery at Peldon? All the evidence was cleared away when it was pulled down in the mid 19th century.. or was it?

Was there a West Gallery Quire of rustics who sang loudly from the gallery and ‘led’ the singing? If so, what did they sing? Can we sing it too?

Building on scraps of information from Peldon, and records from other parishes round the country, Bill creates a musical picture of a lively, rumbustious and irascible bunch who created a whole new form of music-making that was to liven up services and, as is still true to day in the North of England, liven up pub singing at Christmas.

Bill brings with him members of Quire – The Colchester World Music Community Choir to help us enter in to the spirit of the times. You will go out with a lively spring in your step and a song in your heart such that you will ask “why cant we sing like that in church these days?


Dragons to baroque and more

dragonboatOur parish diary has been updated with a wealth of events over coming weeks ranging from snap-action, dragons and some baroque as well.

The Bank Holiday weekend (29th to 30th) brings an added attraction to Mersea with the Mersea Camera Club’s Exhibition at Mersea Museum.  Members of the Club will be in attendance so you can ‘talk photography’ as well as have a look at the members’ work. Any questions contact Chris Moore on 01206-735-228.

Talking of photography, Bank Holiday Sunday (29th) brings a great photo-opportunity for you snappers with the Annual Essex Air Ambulance Dragonboat Races.

Mid-September (Friday 17th) sees the UK’s biggest cycle race of the year passing just a few miles away with Stage 7 of the Tour of Britaintour_of_britain running between Tiptree and East Hill, Colchester (via Smythe’s Green, Birch, Heckfordbridge) between approximately 13:15 & 13:45.  Why not turn out to line the route and cheer on these international athletes – and best of all, it’s free!

Looking further ahead, we see the Annual Roman River (music) Festival offer a wide programme of concerts in and around the area with the opening concert taking place in St Stephen’s, Great Wigborough on Sunday 3rd October.

If you have an event(s) or regular activity you want advertised on the parish diary please contact us through the links at the bottom of this page.