Memories of the Quarrymen’s Early Years!

We are delighted that Charlie Roberts, friend of the Quarrymen in the early days, will be in the Church Hall on Monday August 27 to share his memories with our visitors.  Charlie took the very first photo of the Quarrymen performing at Rosebery Street in June 1957, and has written a book about those early years!

Come along to St Peter’s Church Hall between 10am and 4pm on Monday, where Charlie will have signed copies of his book, as well as his historic photographs, available for sale!

St Peter’s Church and Strawberry Field

St Peter’s Church has supported the redevelopment plans for Strawberry Field from the very beginning, and we are all so excited to see the work underway!

We are also delighted to welcome the Salvation Army to St Peter’s Church Hall for International Beatle Week.

This is a great opportunity to come along, chat to some of the people most involved with the project, see the display showing the current progress and future plans, pick up leaflets on the project, and show your support by buying some of the exclusive Strawberry Field merchandise!

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Let’s help to Open the Gates!  It matters to St Peter’s Church too.

For more information on the Strawberry Field development, visit the official website HERE

St Peter’s Church Hall Open For Beatle Week

St Peter’s Church Hall will once again open its doors throughout International Beatle Week!

 

The iconic Beatles Singalong featuring the 3A Formby Ukulele Band is back by popular demand on Friday from 10.30am.  Everyone is welcome, entry is FREE and refreshments will be available.

Great memories of the Beatles Singalong last year!

 

 

St Peter’s Church will also be open on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Open Church programme.  Don’t miss this chance to take a tour of this beautiful Church that was an important part of John’s childhood!

Entry is FREE to the Church and the Church Hall, and everyone is welcome!

Beatles Singalong

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.  There was therefore no more perfect way to launch our Celebration of Community, and of the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul, than with a Beatle-themed singalong!

Led by Norma Townley, with fabulous accompaniment from a local ukulele orchestra, the Church Hall was packed with Wooltonians as well as visitors from around the world who sang along to a selection of Beatles songs.

  

  

And, thanks to the wonder of ‘facebook live’ we had people singing along with us from as far away as Japan and the United States!

  

As you can see, a “splendid time” was had by all!

  

  

If you didn’t spot yourself in these photos, or would like to see much more of the Singalong, click HERE for the full collection of photos of the launch event for the anniversary celebrations, or click on the Flickr gallery at the bottom of this post.

  

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Beatles Singalong - Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Meet-and-Greets During the Anniversary Celebrations!

As well as the live music, events at the fete, tours, and the opportunity to stand where the Beatles began, visitors to the anniversary events will have the chance to meet people who have a personal connection with the Beatles, or with the events of July 6, 1957, and are happy to share their stories!

Members of John Lennon’s family will be attending the events on July 6, as will the famous 1960s’ photographer, Bill Zygmant, and all of the Quarrymen.  Some of the Quarrymen will be at St Peter’s for events from Friday to Sunday, and Richard Langham, the Abbey Road studio engineer who worked on Please Please Me, has promised to be around as much as he can.  Bill Zygmant is planning a return visit on Sunday too!

We’re still lucky enough to have people who attended the fete in 1957 as part of the St Peter’s Church family, and some of them will be around to share their stories with visitors too!  Pam and Alison were part of the retinue for the Rose Queen, while Jennie attended the fete and dance and has some interesting memories of John to share!  David, who auditioned for the Cathedral Choir at the same time as Paul (but David passed the audition!) also hopes to be in the hall from time to time to chat to visitors and share his memories!

We’ve also been contacted by other celebs who are hoping to turn up at some point during the anniversary celebrations.  So come along from July 5 – 9!  You never know who you might meet!

Full Details of our Grand Finale on Sunday July 9!

The grand finale of our five days of anniversary celebrations will take place on Sunday July 9 from 10.30am until (approx) 4pm!

All-Age Service

Everyone is welcome to attend a special All-Age Service at St Peter’s with a special Beatles theme from 10.30am!  After the service, the Church will remain open until 4pm, with free tours of the beautiful building.

Rose Planting Ceremony

Following the service, our special guests will take part in a rose-planting ceremony in the Churchyard, to provide a permanent marker for this special anniversary.

Research conducted by students in the Department of History & Archaeology at the University of Chester revealed that one of the most popular roses in 1957 was the “Peace Rose” which, of course, links perfectly to the Peace Cross outside St Peter’s and John’s love of peace.  When this is added to the vibrant pink colour of the McCartney Rose, then planting a “Pink Peace” rose seemed like the perfect way to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul at our Church fete.

The rose-planting ceremony has been made possible through the generosity of AIGBURTH HALL NURSERIES and we are extremely grateful for their support.  The owners and staff at the nurseries claim that they are “passionate about plants and people” and we agree wholeheartedly!  Aigburth Hall Nurseries are active in their support of the local community and many charities, and they understand that “community matters.”  We are proud and privileged that they will forever be a part of our celebration of community through their generous donation of the roses!

Grand finale

After the rose-planting ceremony, everyone is invited to the Church Hall where sandwiches and snacks, generously donated by the Hard Day’s Night Hotel, and drinks, generously donated by Tesco Woolton, will be available!

From 12.30pm the BabyFaced Beatles will perform, accompanied for one song by a VERY special guest!  Trust us, this is a moment not to be missed as we bring together “past, present and future” and celebrate the true legacy of the day that the Beatles began in our Church Hall.

After a short break, during which the anniversary cake will be cut and served, Rob Clarke and the Wooltones will round off the celebrations with a set of skiffle music, taking us full circle and back to how it all began in 1957!

And don’t miss out on the last chance to buy tickets for the Community Celebration Raffle before the draw takes place from 2.30pm!

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a very special day and a fitting climax to our celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul at St Peter’s Church, and went on to change the world!