Rob Clarke and the Wooltones – Getting Back to How it Once Began!

The culmination of five days of celebrations!

A full 1 hour skiffle set in the spirit of the day it started!

Sunday July 9, 2.30pm-3.30pm

Rob Clarke and the Wooltones forgo their trademark ‘60s psych Mersey style pop, and don checked shirts to play an authentic skiffle set with the sound and feel of the era, featuring songs John and The Quarrymen played back in 1957 – Rock Island Line, Maggie May, Twenty Flight Rock, Be Bop A Lula….
Bring your washboard, wear your poodle skirt –
Be There or be Square!
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Memories of the 40th Anniversary Celebrations in 1997!

Check out this great video uploaded to youtube by Mike Chitty!  This should bring back some fabulous memories for those who attended the 40th anniversary celebrations of the day that John met Paul in 1997.  It certainly made us even more excited as we prepare to celebrate the 60th anniversary from July 5-9 this year!

Woolton Liverpool 5th July 1997

On Saturday 5th July 1997 – 40 years after John Lennon first met Paul McCartney in St Peter’s Church Hall – the Quarry Men Skiffle Group travelled through the streets of Woolton village on the back of a lorry, as they had done on 6th July 1957, and performed in the grounds of Bishop Martin Primary School. A Beatles-themed fete was held, and recorded messages from Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney were played. Apart from the Quarry Men, the other performers in 1997 included ‘Ringer’ from Scotland and ‘Smile’ from Liverpool.

Click  HERE to view it on youtube!

Making Dreams Come True

In 2015, the all-girl Japanese tribute band, The Blue Margarets visited St Peter’s Church Hall and treated us to a couple of songs.  It was a really special moment, and something that we will never forget!  Then, in April this year, Rika from the Blue Margarets wrote to us, saying this:

“I’m not good at English at all, so if they’re strange sentences, I’m sorry.  Singing at the church hall is my lifetime memories.  And I’d like to ask you today.  A friend of mine is a quilt master who loves the Beatles  She is making a lot of big quilt works with the motif of the Beatles.  She wants to display the quilt work at Liverpool’s “International Beatleweek”.  It is her big big dream!  Could you showcase quilt works at St Peter Church at this year’s “International Beatleweek”?  It is a request from my heart.”

Rika went on to say that her friend “loves the Beatles very much.  Her work is full of love for the Beatles and there is no doubt that it hits the hearts of the viewers.  There are requests from overseas as well as all over Japan, and it is exhibited in Korea and the USA.  But her dream is Liverpool!”

One of the most wonderful things about welcoming visitors to St Peter’s Church Hall is seeing the pleasure on their faces, and hearing them say that being in the place where it all began has made their dreams come true.  So how could we say no to Rika’s request?!  Well, we couldn’t!

This quilt is dedicated to all the “guitar kids” – and John and Paul were only kids when they met on July 6, 1957! It will be SUCH a privilege to have this on display in the Church Hall on the 60th anniversary of that very special day!

 

 

And so, from July 5 to 9, and again in August for International Beatleweek, St Peter’s will join with Japan as we share our love for the Beatles through these wonderful quilts.

Oh, and what makes this even more perfect?  The wonderfully, talented lady who poured her heart into this amazing quilts is called Yoko …

 

 

 

Pictures of Yoko’s work can be seen on her facebook group by clicking HERE but believe us when we say that the photos do not do them justice!  So please come along to St Peter’s Church Hall between July 5 – 9, and share in Yoko’s dream!

 

 

The Blue Margarets at St Peter’s Church Hall, August 2015

Liverpool Celebrates Paul’s 75th Birthday!

In honour of Paul’s 75th birthday, St Peter’s Church Hall will be open for visitors on Saturday June 17 from 10.30am to 3.30pm (FREE entrance!)

Enjoy the atmosphere of this historic place which is (with two minor exceptions) exactly the same as when Paul arrived to meet John on July 6, 1957 and ‘auditioned’ to join the Quarrymen, and stand on the spot where the Beatles truly began.

We will have special items of Church memorabilia on display, including of the robes worn by the Rose Queens for the Church fetes in the 1950s and 1960s.  Len Garry will be in the Hall from about 11am, with copies of his book and CDs for sale, and Colin Hanton is hoping to pop in too!

Previous visitors who have shared this special place include Joey Molland, Denny Seiwell and Bob Gruen! We hope that YOUR name will soon be in our Visitor’s Book too!

 

Other events celebrating paul’s birthday on June 18

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Penny Lane Development Trust are hosting a very special day of celebrations, starting at 12 noon on Sunday June 18, celebrating both Paul’s birthday and Father’s Day!  With The Quarrymen making a guest appearance and Cream Teas on offer, a splendid time is guaranteed for all!  Please go along and support this very worthy cause that does fabulous work for the local community!

 

 

 

Top Liverpool Beatle guide, Jackie Spencer, will be leading a special tour for Paul’s birthday.  There are only a few places remaining on what promises to be a very special day — Jackie always manages something special or unique for her tour guests!  For more details on Paul McCartney Day with Jackie, click HERE!

 

To finish the day’s celebrations, why not pop down to the Cavern Club where the Cavern’s very own resident ‘Paul McCartney’, the fabulous Tony Coburn, will be headlining PURE McCARTNEY!  Tickets, are available from the Cavern Club by clicking HERE and cost £15

 

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Walls and Bridges – July 8

On 6 July 1957, John Lennon met Paul McCartney at a Church Fete in Woolton, and the history of music was irrevocably changed, forever.

As part of the 60th Anniversary celebrations of that seminal meeting, two performances of Scott Murphy’s play ‘Walls and Bridges’ will be taking place in a specially erected marquee on that same field, on Saturday 8 July 2017 at 3pm and 7.30pm. The play was last performed as part of the New York International Fringe Festival (Fringe NYC) 2011.

Set in the summer of 1974, Walls and Bridges finds John all alone in a LA hotel room, at a crossroads. He has imagined conversations with three significant people from his past: fifth Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe, his mother Julia and the Beatles former manager Brian Epstein. These conversations help and hinder him as he tries to decide what to do next in his extraordinary life.

Peter Washington (Blood Brothers, Night Collar) plays John Lennon alongside Keir Howard as Stuart, Claire Janet O’Neill as Julia and Alex Thompson as Brian.

“Murphy has a deft touch with dislogue and here he shows it again, giving his Lennon some pleasing turns of phrase which mingle with a judicious use of real Lennonisms. It’s refreshing to see a production where he is portrayed as the sometimes funny and sunny, sometimes vicious and cruel, but in essence the irresistible, infuriating flawed genius that he undoubtedly was.” Liverpool Echo

Tickets are available HERE

Celebrate Community with The Shakers!

From 7.30pm to 11pm on Friday July 7, St Peter’s Church Hall will echo once again to Merseybeat as we host a party that celebrates the importance and magic of community, as well as the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul!

And YOU are invited!

Join the people of Woolton village as we gather to celebrate the legacy of that famous meeting and its importance to us today.  We’ll travel back to the 1950s and early 1960s as we dance to two sets of fabulous live music from The Shakers — Liverpool’s premier beat merchants and Cavern Club resident Merseybeat band!

Tickets for our Community Celebration cost £15 and can be bought from the Beatles Shop, 31 Mathew Street (cash sales only) or by contacting us at beatlesatstpeters@gmail.com

Places are strictly limited, though!  So get your tickets soon to ensure that you don’t miss out on this chance to dance to the fabulous music of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and relive those special days that witnessed the birth of the Beatles and the glorious heyday of Merseybeat!

A free buffet will be provided but please note that no drinks are included.   Soft drinks will be available to buy on the night, but, due to licensing restrictions, alcohol cannot be sold.   You are welcome to bring your own drinks of any kind, though!

We hope you can join us as we gather to celebrate 60 years of local community in St Peter’s Church Hall!  Get your tickets now!

“A Hard Day’s Night” at Woolton Picture House!

Exciting news from Richie the Ranger!  Woolton Picture House was, of course, a favourite place of John’s in his youth and is much-loved by local residents today.  Richie’s films/talks are always hugely popular and this promises to be a very special performance on a very special day!

“I will be staging a screening of the Beatles first film ” A Hard Days Night” on Wed 5th July at 12.00 noon.

This fabulous film will be screened at Liverpool’s oldest cinema, The Woolton Picture House, where one can relax in comfort and revel in the nostalgia of this fantastic musical journey.

Released on 6th July 1964, this is still regarded as one of the top 100 best british films ever released and truly captures the magic and talent of the early days of the group.

Experience the Beatles on the big screen, performing hits such as

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Mersey Harmony Singers Join the Celebration!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Mersey Harmony Singers will be joining the celebrations and performing in St Peter’s Church Hall on Friday July 7 at 2pm!

Mersey Harmony are an all- female a capella chorus who sing in barbershop close four part harmony.  They were formed in 1976 and attract singers of all ages and from all walks of life, but who share a common love of singing.  They were founding members of the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers, and have been competing nationally and internationally for the past 40 years.

We are both excited and privileged that they will be performing in the Church Hall as part of our celebration of the day that John met Paul and the importance of community.  Entry to the concert is FREE, so please join us for what promises to be a very special afternoon of music from a local community group!

In the meantime, check out this fabulous youtube link of the Mersey Harmony ladies singing at the LABBS Convention last year!

For more information on Mersey Harmony, visit the website by clicking HERE, or  follow them on Facebook and Twitter

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Thank you Tesco!

Once again we are overwhelmed by the support of local organisations for our anniversary celebrations!   Thank you, Tesco Woolton, for your generosity!  Every little certainly does help, and you have helped a lot!  We really are extremely grateful.

Tesco is an important part of  Woolton village, and the support of Tesco is further proof why the theme for the anniversary – A Celebration of Community – is so apt.  You really are a champion for our community!

Click here for more information on Tesco Woolton, including location and opening times.

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