Our opening week is in conjunction with Open House and focuses on the beauty of craftsmanship and creativity. 


4th & 5th September

Open House Weekend

Saturday 4th – 10.00 – 18.00

Sunday 5th – 13.00 – 17.00


We join forces again with Open House London to celebrate our glorious Grade One listed building with its wonderful Arts & Crafts interior.

The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) is the national charity that cares for historic churches at risk across England. The 356 churches in its care span over 1000 years of history and all rely on specialist craftspeople and traditional skills for their upkeep. Over the past 50 years, CCT has championed the use of traditional craft skills in its churches, from thatching to leadwork and stained-glass conservation. In this talk, Chana James, Communications Manager at CCT will talk about some of the projects that the charity has worked on over the years and how it is helping to keep traditional craft skills alive.  


Highlights this weekend include:

  • Displays by working craftsmen and women 

  • 30-minute guided tours of the church Saturday all day and Sunday after 2pm

  • Organ recitals at lunchtime and late afternoon from one of London’s principal church organs 

  • Tea garden and refreshments 


All events are free but we welcome donations towards the maintenance of our wonderful Grade Listed church.

FROM Saturday 4th September

"In My Beginning is My End..." East Coker 
The Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot

Exhibition of paintings by Royal Watercolour Society Artist, Janet Quintrell Treloar. Displayed in the Parish room.

Saturday 4th September

Organ Recital
12.00 - 13.00

Edward Dean

FREE ticketed event (donation welcome)

Saturday 4th September

Nature, Cosmos and Church Design
16.45 - 17.30

Tom Bree

Geometer-artist, teacher and author on whose latest book, The Cosmos in Stone this session is focussed.



Sunday 5th September

Festival Eucharist Service
11.00 - 12.30 


Paradise Regained #1  Guest preacher Ayla Lepine

Sunday 5th September

Festival Launch Rectory Garden Party
12.45 - 14.15 


To reserve your place, please contact Sophie Wilson

Sunday 5th September

Designed by Nature
14.30 - 15.30 

Roger Button - architecture historian

An illustrated talk , on his new book Arts and Crafts Churches of Great Britain: Architects, Craftsmen and Patrons


Roger Button’s new book – Arts and Crafts Churches of Great Britain - provides a fascinating overview of more than fifty of the nation’s places of worship inspired by one of the greatest design movements of the 19th century.


In this lecture, Roger will explore how the Arts and Crafts Movement re-awakened interest in vernacular buildings, stressed the importance of craftsmanship and laid the foundations of the modern and post-modern architecture that now dominates the built environment.


He will focus on the ways in which nature and the environment proved important to the architects, craftsmen and patrons of Arts and Crafts churches including John Dando Sedding and Henry Wilson.


Roger Button is an author and a retired civil engineer. He has been interested in the Arts and Crafts movement since woodwork lessons at school and in the churches for almost as long. Copies of Roger’s book, published by 2QT (Publishing) Ltd., will be available from our Festival bookshop.


The talk will be followed by Q&A 

Roger will be on hand to sign copies of his book after the event 



Sunday 5th September

Organ Recital
15.30 - 16.30

Michael Brough

FREE ticketed event (donation welcome)

Sunday 5th September

Evensong & Benediction

Friday 10th, 17th, 24th September

Paradise Regained - Online Art Workshops
10.30 - 12.00 

An exploration of colour and composition with artist Lily Corbett Gale


Inspired by the visionary 20th Century artist and teacher, Cecil Collins RA, Tate Gallery has a number of his paintings


‘Paradise’ is a place of ‘Perfection. Beauty and Truth’


'Paradise unmasks you. Our relationship with our Source is the most important thing in Life' Cecil Collins  


About the workshops 


At the beginning of each session there will be notebook colour studies based on 'Triadic Colour Harmony' and also mark-making from the 'Language of Drawing' both taught by Cecil Collins RA.   This will encourage students to make a book of colour harmony and mark making studies on their own into the future.  


I shall include some quotes about Paradise and the Imagination for contemplation and there will be some music and movement - the movement can be done seated.  


These studies lead up to a painting based on the theme of ‘A Return to Paradise,'


I shall work with the class throughout and they will be able to see my desk filmed on a second camera.  I shall invite those that would like to, to show their work at the end of each session. We may go a little overtime with the sharing and the feedback I can give. 


To get the most from these classes participants are encouraged to attend the three workshops although they are also stand alone. 


£15 per workshop class

Friday 10th September

'A Stitch in Time - Labour and Joy'
19.30 - 20.30

‘A Stitch in Time – Labour and Joy’ Cressida Bell (Designer/artist) Clare Cowburn Baker (Fine Cell Work) offer a contemporary take on John Ruskin’s approach to the dignity of labour – discussion the creation of the newly commissioned kneeler for Holy Trinity Sloane Square