What's happening at St Thomas
Wonderful Music for a Summer Evening
Stellar performances by well-known international players; flautist, Laura Jellicoe and pianist Paul Janes drew enthusiastic cheering and applause from a packed St Thomas’ on Wednesday evening. They were treated to crackerjacks like the Fantasie on Carmen (Bizet arr Borne) and Jacob Gade’s Tango Fantasia as well as ‘lollipops’ (as Sir Malcolm Sargent would have called them, for those of us who can remember the 1960s) from classical composers including French Impressionists, Poulenc and Faure, some specially arranged by Paul. The audience was particularly enchanted by a solo flute performance of Debussy’s Syrinx, played from St Thomas’ gallery, which floated in the air as people gazed heavenwards in appreciation. Laura and Paul divide their time playing with major orchestras, including, in the North West, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Halle and the BBC Philharmonic, and teaching at the Royal Northern College of Music. Laura, herself, has local connections. Parkgate was fortunate indeed to attract such quality musicians. We would like more ‘Summer Evenings’ and St Thomas’ is an ideal venue. This concert forms part of the current Neston Music Festival. Details of upcoming performances can be found at www.neston.org.uk/music-festival/
Grateful thanks to Ina Bushell for arranging and organising this event.
Posted by Robin Hughes
Beryl and Robin
WEDNESDAY MORNING COMMUNION & 'Drop-in'
Wednesday's Holy Communion begins at 9.30am. The service is followed by tea/coffee and a chat.
On Friday 1 April there was a short ceremony in front of St Thomas' Church, when the Mayor of Neston, Cllr Mike Shipman, and Lesley Irvin, Deputy Church Warden, unveiled a commemorative plaque which tells the story of Parkgate's well-loved ‘fishermen's church'.
The ceremony was attended by members from St Thomas' congregation and the Parkgate Society. Martin Barker (Parkgate Ward Councillor), David Carter (Neston Town Councillor) and Cheshire West and Chester Officers also attended. Following the unveiling ceremony everyone retired to the warmth of St Thomas' for tea and coffee and the chance to have a look at the photograph exhibition mounted by the Parkgate Society.
For some time the Parkgate Society have been promoting a Parkgate Heritage Trail to enhance the image of the village, and the St Thomas' plaque is one of seven that have been commissioned by the Society in collaboration with Cheshire West and Chester Council, and with the support of Neston Town Council, to commemorate the various aspects of Parkgate’s historic past.
The other premises to receive plaques at this stage are:
Dover Cottage - for its connection with Emma, Lady Hamilton;
Mostyn House - for its connection with Grenfell of Labrador;
Balcony House - for its connection with the Georgian love for sea bathing;
Seven Steps - for its connection with Parkgate's shipping era;
The Old Watch House - for its connection with smuggling during that period;
and (jointly) Pengwern and Sawyer’s Cottage - for their connection with Parkgate's sea-faring days, the latter also being one of Parkgate’s long lost public houses.
Details of the Parkgate Heritage Trail are given in the Society’s publication of the same name, which is available from Mozkitos and Nicholl's Ice Cream Shop, Parkgate, and from the Society.
Please visit the Society’s website: www.parkgatesociety.co.uk.
Deputy Church Warden Lesley Irvin
and Cllr Mike Shipman, Town Mayor
unveil the plaque at St Thomas’
Church in Parkgate.