News update: Sadly, we have to report an appalling crime at St Leonard's church. The famous ossuary has been violated and burgled. Full details are available here.
Could you help to keep our church and crypt open to the public? Could you give a few hours a month as a volunteer to guide and welcome visitors to our church and ossuary? If you are interested in history, in people (living and dead!), in tourism, churches, architecture, or in community life, then you would be welcome to join our team of stewards, for whom full training is given. Contact our parish office if you think you can help.
Church services during summer 2018: All our church services will take place as normal during the summer holidays, but we give our choirs a summer break. This affects St Leonard's church in particular; there will be no robed choir at Sunday morning Parish Communion services in August, and no choir at Sunday Evensong until Sunday September 2nd, when our music resumes in all its glory. Full details of our churches and worship times can be found here.
2018 Concert programme at St Leonard's:
Full details of this year's concert programme are available on the Friends of St Leonard's Church website.
News from our summer events
The summer festivals of 2018
St Leonard's church was a featured venue for several events in the Hythe Festival and also the JAM on the Marsh festival. One of the highlights was a concert given by the BBC Singers at St Leonard's on Saturday July 7th that was recorded by the BBC for broadcast on Radio 3. The programme featured Rachmaninoff's Vespers, and a new choral work by Rory Boyle entitled Voices of Vimy. The concert was a sell-out success, and you can hear the radio broadcast on BBC iPlayer Radio.
June 2018 featured some special services and events:
On Sunday 24th June, we held a Pet Blessing Service at St Leonard's. Dogs, cats, guinea pigs and a tortoise came with their carers to give thanks to God for the blessings that animals bring to the world and to our lives. We'll be publishing some more pictures of this service on our website soon.
Then on Saturday 30th June Rev'd Pru Dulley was ordained as a priest in Canterbury Cathedral. Pru has been in our parish for a year, serving as our Assistant Curate, and she will continue to minister among us in the future. On Sunday 1st July, Pru led Parish Communion for the first time, in the parish church of St Leonard.
The Parish of St Leonard, Hythe