Woolton in the 1950s – Part 1

We are indebted to Rod Davis of The Quarrymen for allowing us to share these photos with you.  They are all taken by Rod’s dad, James Davis, in the 1950s and early 1960s and give us a glimpse into life in Woolton village at that time.

Watch this space for more photos from Rod’s collection still to come!

All the photos have been used with Rod’s kind permission.



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The Day John Met Paul

We are delighted that the Cavern Club will be working in partnership with St Peter’s Church and Bishop Martin School to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul on July 6, 1957, at our Church fete.  The involvement of the Cavern in our anniversary celebrations on July 6 2017 reflects the importance of St Peter’s Church in the history and heritage of the Beatles, and we are thrilled that they are able to share our special day.

In addition to all the fabulous events included in the Cavern announcement, the Church Hall will be open on July 6 from 10am to 3pm, with free admission, live music and refreshments.

A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

Announcement from Cavern City Tours/the Cavern Club

On 6 July 1957, 60 years ago this summer, John Lennon and his band The Quarrymen followed a marching band through the streets of Woolton to play at the annual St. Peter’s Garden Fete. That afternoon he met Paul McCartney and together they went on to change the face of music forever.
This year, on 6 July 2017, 60 years to the day, we will be celebrating the anniversary of The Quarrymen’s performance at the Fete, and the day John met Paul. We will step back in time to replicate the Fete and the Grand Dance at the Church Hall. This will be a community
collaboration with the Church and Bishop Martin School where the original Fete took place. All the elements of a typically English garden fete will be celebrated, including the children’s fancy dress party, the Crowning of the Rose Queen and the procession of The Quarrymen on a flat back lorry through the village. Amongst the many attractions will be games, cake sales, refreshments, and much more and, of course, dancing to the music of The Quarrymen and other artists.


10 years into the future, the 1967 Summer of Love, another marching band was born. 2017 also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It’s safe to say that The Beatles may not have happened if it had not been for the 6 July 1957 – the Day John Met Paul.

Please bring your friends along and help us celebrate this historic day, and dress in 1950s style if you want to, be as authentic as you dare! Entry to the event will be by purchase of a programme on the day. You can just walk up and pay; no ticketing in advance is required. Tickets for the Grand Dance in the evening will go on sale, online, sometime in early June, so watch this space. It will be a fabulous day for everyone with Satisfaction is guaranteed!!!

For further information contact jean@thecavernliverpool.com


The BabyFaced Beatles – Celebrating Past, Present and Future!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the final event in our anniversary celebrations, on Sunday July 9,  will feature a special appearance by the BabyFaced Beatles!

c. Liverpool Echo

The boys recently brought the house down when they appeared at the League of Welldoers’ variety benefit concert in the Philharmonic Hall, and we were so excited when they agreed to be part of our anniversary celebrations.

These boys — Louis, 11, Jay, 12, Killian, 11 and Harry, 11 – and others like them are the real legacy of the momentous events that took place at St Peter’s Church on July 6, 1957.  The future of live Beatles music rests on their young shoulders, and there can be no better way of ending our celebration of the moment when it all began, in the place where it all began, than with a performance from the boys who represent the future.

The boys are also the epitome of the theme of our celebrations – the importance of community.

c. Liverpool Echo

It was a community event at our Church that led to a moment of magic; one that is still inspiring youngsters like the BabyFaced Beatles today – bringing out the best in the boys as well as bringing pleasure to so many people whenever and wherever they play.  That is our true legacy, and one that we are both privileged and humbled to celebrate this year.


So please join us from 1pm on Sunday July 9 as we finish our celebrations of the day that John met Paul at St Peter’s Church with a special performance from the BabyFaced Beatles!

(Watch this space for more details of other events that will form part of the final day of our celebrations of the day that John met Paul.)


International Beatle Week 2017

International Beatleweek

We are delighted to be part of this year’s International Beatle Week, and we can’t wait to welcome all Beatleweek visitors to St Peter’s Church on Saturday August 26!  The main event that afternoon will be held on the field that is now part of Bishop Martin School playing field from 12 noon and is available to anyone who has purchased one of the Beatle Week packages.

Full details of how to buy a package, as well as this and all Beatle Week events can be found on the official IBW website — https://www.internationalbeatleweek.com/

Cavern City Tours has announced that this year will be the last International Beatle Week on such a scale and it seems fitting that one of the events is being held at the place where it all began!  Click here for details of “John and Paul: It was Fete” at St Peter’s Church.

In addition to the official IBW event at Bishop Martin School, the Church Hall will be open throughout Beatle Week, including Saturday August 26 (10am – 6pm), with free admission to everyone!

We look forward to once again welcoming the world to St Peter’s Church during International Beatle Week 2017!


The Prellies Reunite to Join the Celebrations!

It is our great pleasure and privilege to announce that Beatle Week favourites, THE PRELLIES, will be performing at St Peter’s Church Hall on Saturday July 8 as part of our anniversary celebrations!

c. The Prellies


Entry is FREE, so make sure you join us for what promises to be a major highlight of our anniversary celebrations!

Fans of the Prellies will be familiar with the band’s great sense of humour as well as their musical talent and so we’re going to leave it to the Prellies to make the full announcement in their own inimitable style!

c. Alix Brown


“Formed in 2002, the Prellies have bemused and confused Beatle Week audiences ever since with their combination of rock and roll from the late ’50s and early ’60s, terrible personal hygiene and dreadful sense of humour.

In 2012 Prellies fans feared that the band had pawned their guitars and drum sticks, had a nice soapy bath and waved goodbye to Liverpool for the last time. But the temptation to play at the Church Hall, where John and Paul first met and went on to inspire so many musicians, was too great! Says Trev, “I wasn’t born at the time John met Paul, or even just after he met him, but if I had been, I would almost definitely have been there. I wouldn’t have missed summat that important.”

c. Alix Brown


And so on Saturday July 8, from 1.30pm, Trev Prellie, Gaz Evans, Julian Heath and Steve Panter (a Beatleweek legend and Chris Prellie approved drummer) will come together again to amaze and amuse us all! They’ve polished their sparkly Danelectros and changed into their best clean underpants (except for Trev, who has just turned his inside out).

During the half time interval, while the other Prellies enjoy their Terry’s chocolate orange segments and Um Bongo, Trevor will be performing his self penned one man musical play, ‘The day when John met Paul’.”

Gaz Evans




Beatles Singalong at St Peter’s

One of the most popular community groups at St Peter’s Church is the monthly singalong, that takes place on the first Wednesday of every month in the Hub.

We are delighted to announce that the Singalong team, led by Norma Townley, will be recreating the Beatles Singalong to launch our anniversary celebrations in July!

The Singalong is one of the best examples of the ‘magic of community’ — our theme for the anniversary weekend — and so is the perfect start to five days of celebration.


Beatles Singalong, St Peter’s Church Hall, August 2016

A Beatles Singalong was first held in the Church Hall in August, as part of our Beatle Week celebrations and proved incredibly popular.  Thanks to the wonder of ‘facebook live’ we had people singing along with us from as far away as Japan and the United States!

It’s even more fun in person, though, so please join us in St Peter’s Church Hall on Wednesday July 5, from 10.30am to 12noon to singalong to your favourite Beatles songs with fabulous company, as well as tea and cake!


Revd Kip Crooks enjoying the Beatles Singalong, August 2016.  Perhaps he’s thinking of Father McKenzie!


Happy Birthday Len!

Six months today we will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul and musical history was made.  Playing with John and the rest of the Quarrymen that day was Len Garry, who today celebrates his 75th birthday!

Happy birthday, Len, from all at St Peter’s and we hope to see you again during the anniversary celebrations!


Len Garry at St Peter’s Church Hall, August 2016

Church Hall opening over the Anniversary Weekend


St Peter’s Church Hall will be open to visitors on the 60th anniversary of the day that John and Paul met.  Come and stand on the spot where Paul ‘auditioned’ to join the Quarrymen and musical history was made!

The musical legacy of that historic day will be celebrated with live performances from the fabulous Eddie Devlin and Catherine Cook, and some of the current members of the congregation who were at the Church Fete on July 6, 1957, will be on hand to share their memories of that fateful day

There will also be the opportunity to purchase exclusive souvenirs, including t-shirts, key-rings, commemorative posters, badges and postcards, as well as the Hymnals and Prayer Books used during the 1950s.  These items are only available at the Church and cannot be purchased online.

Further details of this and other anniversary events will be announced soon!



From July 6th-9th 2017, St Peter’s Church will welcome the world to Woolton Village as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the meeting of two seemingly ordinary Liverpool lads who went on to change the world.
On that day, no-one dreamed what John meeting Paul would lead to.

The events of that day, 60 years ago, showed that magic can happen anywhere, even at a local village fete, when a community comes together. Even without the Beatles connection, that alone is worth celebrating and very much reflects the emphasis that St Peter’s places on the local community and Church families.

We want to share our blessings with as many people as possible, and so during 2017 we will be holding a series of celebratory events, including having the Church Hall open during the anniversary weekend in July and International Beatle Week celebrations in August.

This website is run solely by members of St Peter’s Church and is intended to be the hub of information for all anniversary events in and around Woolton Village. If you are holding an anniversary-related event and would like to be included on our events page, just drop us a line.

For more information specifically about St Peter’s Church and its ministry, please visit the Church website at St Peter’s Woolton