Saint Michael’s Church

Serving God and Bishop’s Stortford


St Michael's Church Festival, Windhill, Bishops Stortford

May 18th, 19th, 20th, 2012

St Michael's Festival

!! See photo's of the Festival at St Michael News Blog !!

Welcome to this Festival of Celebration at St Michael’s Church, Bishop’s Stortford.

The present church building has stood on this site since the beginning of the 15th Century.  Over the centuries it has witnessed the Town grow from a small hamlet to the size it is today.  Through those years it has stood as a symbol of the abiding presence of God in this Town.

Today, it is home to a lively worshipping congregation and it the venue for expressing much of the Town’s life.  The purpose of our Festival is to celebrate the rich diversity of our Town and Church, and to give as many people as possible the chance to see and appreciate what is good about Bishop’s Stortford

We hope you enjoy the Flower Festival and the many displays and events of the three days.  You are of course more than welcome to attend the church service on Sunday, 20th at 10.00 am when our guest preacher will be the Dean of St Alban’s Cathedral and our Songs of Praise on the same day at 6.00 pm

We hope and trust that the co-operation between Town and Church will continue for many years to come.  We truly have a rich Inheritance on which to build.

If you would like to participate in any way, please call the Parish Office on 01279 654416


Date Activity
Friday 18th May, 10am to 4pm


Festival of Flowers

 with a “Celebrations” theme.

Exhibitions of creative arts and crafts

In the Church and Windhill Churches Centre 

Saturday 19th May, 10am to 4pm


Festival of Flowers and Exhibitions plus

Celebration Fete and Fun

in the Churchyard,

Windhill Churches Centre and on the Monastery Green.

Barbeque, Bar and Band

Bouncy Castle * Face painting * Art and Craft activities for children * Local enterprise stands * Cake, Plant and Book Stalls * Bric a Brac  

Ploughman’s Lunches and Refreshments

Bell Peal and Tours of the Belfry.

Saturday 19th May, 1.30pm to 4pm

Country Dance displays by local schools 

at 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm

on the Monastery Green

Organ and Piano music played during the afternoon in the church to include:

Suite Bergamasque - Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Enigma Variations - Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Sortie - Lefébure-Wély (1817-1869)

Toccata (from Symphony No. 5 in F) - Widor (1844-1937)

Saturday 19th May, 7.30pm

'Music for Springtime’

A concert of popular music

Come and enjoy musical talent new to St Michael’s.

 Tickets £5 - including a glass of wine - available from the Parish Office and the Tourist Information Office.

Sunday 20th May, 10am


Parish Communion

at which

 The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Alban’s Cathedral, will preach

Sunday 20th May, 12noon to 4pm

Festival of Flowers and Exhibitions

Refreshments in Windhill Churches Centre

Sunday 20th May, 6pm

Festival closes with a

 Songs of Praise Service.

The “Top Ten” hymns chosen by popular vote






Bishop's Stortford NADFAS                       Jane Cotton

Toby & Madi Marchand                            David & Mandy Hood

Beryl Jones                                            Karen’s Cakes

Alan & Brenda Dearman                           Cie Jewellers

Peter & Madge Paye                                John & Vivienne Emmett

Sue Timms                                            Gill Dean

Gavin & Emer Mintern                              Frances Abraham

Ileana Cox                                             Richard & Elspeth Lewin

David & Katharine Stanley                        Alan & Pat Matthews

Rosemary Thomson                                 Peter & Margaret Blascos

Brenda Cross                                          Pat & Dick Prime

St Michael’s Choir                                   St Michael’s Bell Ringers

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