Autumn Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts

You know it's Back to School time when the St Paul's Autumn series of Tuesday lunchtime concerts resume....The new series kicks off next week on Tuesday September 11th with a trio of piano and two sopranos.

This term's concerts will feature a range of musicians from solo pianists, violinists and organists. Later in the term the music scholars of Bedford School get their opportunity to play infront of an appreciative audience, while there will also be a recital from the 2012 winner of the BBC young Musician of the Year, Lara Melda.

Our long-standing concert organiser Heather Turnham will again host the concerts and light lunches of soup and sandwiches will be available from 12.00 noon.

For a full listing of the performers, please click here.

Church Cleaner Wanted

We are looking for a new cleaner to help us look after our busy town centre church at St Paul's Bedford. Our building is many centuries old, but our cleaning needs are straightforward.

We are looking for a reliable and experienced cleaner whose job will be to keep the main church clean and tidy throughout the week and to make sure that kitchens, toilets and reception areas are spotless for our many visitors and to help us maintain our five-star hygiene accreditation standards.

We have some flexibility over working hours however the job does require someone to work 8 hours a week and to be able to work some of these hours on both Mondays and Fridays. Experience of contract or commercial cleaning is required while an understanding and sympathy with the ethos of the Church of England is preferred. References and DBS checks will be carried out for the successful candidate.

To be considered for the role please send a short cover letter and up to date CV to robin.bartlett@stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk in the first instance. For more information please call the church office on 01234 340163.

We're recruiting: St Paul's to appoint new Treasurer

We are currently looking to appoint a new Treasurer here at the busy church of St Paul's. As the town centre church of Bedford and civic church for the county, there is always plenty going on.

The Treasurer supports the ministry of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and the ministry team through ensuring that the financial affairs of the parish are correctly ordered. The Treasurer is an officer of the PCC, an official position serving the church by providing financial leadership at a strategic level. He/she is appointed by the PCC, with the support of the Incumbent and Churchwardens and will sit on various committees and must act as the first and primary tier of financial checks and balances.

This is a voluntary role which requires between 8 and 10 hours a week. Some evening work is required to attend meetings.

For further information and a full job specification, please write to Alison Phillipson at: phillipson643@hotmail.com.

Pole to Pole photography exhibition opens next week

Wildlife photographer, Ursula Clare Franklin will be bringing an exhibition of her stunning photographs to St Paul's for 3 days next week, 22-24 June 2018.

Ursula loves focusing on the detail that the naked eye often misses, for example the hairs on the legs of insects and the stamens of flowers. Since early childhood Ursula has spent time in the countryside, developing a real love of nature.

Ursula is a former chorister at St Paul’s and now lives in the Quantcocks in the West Country from where she often heads for the Exmoor National Park, a photographer’s paradise with its red deer, ponies and birdlife. She also loves taking photographs further afield and has travelled from the Arctic to Antarctica with many places in between - hence the exhibition title ‘Pole to Pole’.

Ursula uses her images in her work as a leadership development consultant, combining these with inspirational quotes. All images are for sale and commissions taken for different sizes and canvases.

The exhibition is open Friday June 22 (10am to 4.00pm), Saturday June 23 (10.00am to 4.00pm) and Sunday June 24 (2.00pm to 4.00pm). Admission is just £1 and children under 16 come in free.



St Paul's receives Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor

St Paul's is enjoying rave reviews on the visitor feedback website, TripAdvisor. With many reviews received over the past two years, St Paul's has received a certificate of excellence for consistently earning great reviews from visitors.

The positive feedback covers all areas of church life too, including the building, the people, worship and the lunchtime concerts.

To see the full list of those have visited St Paul's, please visit TripAdvisor.

The church is open every day between 10.00am and 4.00pm with a light lunches and a free concert on Tuesdays (term time) and refreshments also sold on Saturday between 10.00am and 3.00pm.

Spring Fair this Saturday

A little earlier than usual, St Paul's will hold its Spring Fair (formerly the May Market) this Saturday, April 28.

There will be the usual range of stalls to browse, including books, cakes, a variety of home gifts, gift cards, cosmetics and soft toys. The St Paul's choir will be manning the bottle stall and face-painting is being done for the smaller children, until lunchtime.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day and light lunches (soup and sandwiches) from 12.00.

Entry is free and doors open to the public at 10.00am.


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