Harp, Piano and Young Choir Concert, Charlton - 22nd June 2018

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Summer Recital


Kachina Aimee & Pupils of Ludwell School

Harp, Piano, Voice & Enthusiasm !

Friday 22nd June 2018 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm


St. John’s Church, Charlton, SP7 9LZ

We invite you to come and share in our joyous celebration of music.

During the first half of the programme, some of Kachinas pupils from Ludwell School (and even some of the staff!) will be playing and singing with Kachina. During the second half, Kachina Aimee will be playing harp and sharing her magical Celtic inspired sounds and music.

“We are delighted to share our love of music with you - see you there!”

Kachina Aimee is a composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist playing harp, piano, cello, flute and guitar. Inspired by her strong connection to the natural World and other dimensions, Kachina’s voice has been described as “resonant & pure” and her unique sound as “ethereal, Celtic and magical.” Click here to find out more about Kachina.

Tickets to include an interval drink: £10.00 and £5.00 for those under age 18
Available from Ludwell Stores (www.ludwellstores.co.uk) or on the door.

Proceeds will be shared between Christian Aid, Ludwell School music provision and Church Funds

Guitar Concert, Charlton - 26th May 2018

David Jaggs

Concert of Guitar Music


David Jaggs


Saturday 26th May 2018 at 7.30 pm


St. John’s Church, Charlton, SP7 9LZ

An evening of Guitar music for everyone: Classical tunes, Gershwin melodies and Music from the Movies.

David Jaggs trained at The Guildhall School of Music, London graduating with distinction. He continued his studies in the USA. under the tuition of Manuel Barrueco, one of the world’s leading classical guitarists.

David has appeared in numerous T.V. and radio programmes, and he continues to perform live at various venues around the country.

He has recorded many CDs of his work.

In addition to his live performances and recordings, David is an excellent teacher and has his own Teaching Website. This has a large following and can be found at www.davidjaggs.com

This is a rare chance to hear a really good musician without having to leave the area!

Tickets: £10.00 to include free glass of wine.
Available from Ludwell Village Stores (www.ludwellstores.co.uk), from Bob: telephone 01747 829035, or at the door.

All proceeds split between Christian Aid, Ludwell School music fund and Church funds.

Palm Sunday at St John's Church, Charlton - 25th March 2018

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The churches in the Benefice will be coming together on 25th March 2018 at St John's Church, Charlton, to celebrate Palm Sunday, Once again, we are marking the occasion by walking from Ludwell Primary School to St John's Church with a donkey. The procession and telling of the Palm Sunday story will start on the school field. This year, we have a real donkey, and our outdoor singing will be accompanied by folk musicians. The celebration will begin at Ludwell School at 9.30 am.

Children (of any age) are invited to dress up for the occasion. We will have a small supply of costume bits and pieces to lend if needed. Something to wave would be good, perhaps streamers or a flag, and children are welcome to bring percussion instruments. Anything that can be banged or shaken in time with the music would be great, and 'home made' is encouraged. It should be fun!

The procession will be followed by a Family Service in the church. After the service, there will be refreshments (coffee, tea, juice and biscuits) and time for a chat in the church.

Extra parking will be available at the New Remembrance Hall on the other side of the A30 from the church.

All are very welcome - please do come and join us !

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tea@thechurch at St John’s Church, Charlton

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tea@thechurch will be taking a break during August 2017 before starting afresh in September. Traditionally, New Year is the time for starting something new, but I always think that September is equally as good. After all, the summer is almost over; the time of lazy drinks in the garden and BBQs; or, if you are like me, a busy time in the garden keeping the weeds under control, harvesting fruit and encouraging winter vegetables to grow. Thus, September is the time when one can take things a little easier and enjoy the fruits of one’s work. It is also the time when the schools start back, and a new school year begins with children going into new classes or perhaps starting at new schools. So, a good time to start something new too.

If you haven’t been to tea@thechurch before, why not give it a go. A warm welcome awaits you along with tea or coffee and a selection of delicious cakes

Come and make new friends. The older folk who come enjoy the opportunity to sit and chat while the younger folk pop in after school whilst their children have a play. It might be that you like company but prefer to be busy. In that case, had you thought of volunteering to help set up and serve the tea and cakes? We are always very happy to have new helpers. Or perhaps you would like to make a cake for us once in a while?

For more details contact Theresa on 01747 829188, or come along between 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm on Mondays on the following dates:

  • 2nd, 9th, and 16th October 2017
  • 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th November 2017
  • 4th, 11th and 18th December 2017 (see note below)
  • 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th January 2018
  • 5th February 2018

Note: 18th December will our Christmas special with our Christmas Party, ad so will start at the earlier time of 2.00 pm to allow time to enjoy a Chritmas festive tea. This will be followed at 3.30 pm by Informal Carols for all.

Do come - and bring a friend too! We look forward to welcoming you.

If you are new to the area and wondering where this event takes place, it is in St John’s Church, Charlton, which is just north of the A30 (before it goes down the hill to Ludwell) in Coronation Close. Click here to see a map showing a location of the church.

Finally, the Tea@thechurch organisers wish you all a very Happy Christmas, and thank all their cake makers for the wonderful cakes that have been provided over the past year.

Thank you.


Theresa Gowers

Christmas Eve 2017 Crib Service - St John's Church, Charlton

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will be held at

St John's Church, Charlton


Christmas Eve (Sunday 24th December 2017) at 3.00 pm

'The Christmas story told for everyone who is still a child at heart.'

Tea & refreshments will be served after the service.

You are very warmly invited to join us for this service.
Children might like to come dressed up as one of the characters in the story.
There will also be some simple costume bits and pieces to borrow. 

St John’s Church Patronal Festival, Charlton - 18th June 2017

bishop edThe Patronal Festival of St John’s Church, Charlton

will be held on

18th June 2017 at a special Family Communion beginning at 11.00 am.

This is a very big event for the church, and it would be wonderful to have a really good congregation to meet our Celebrant and Preacher, the Bishop of Ramsbury, The Rt Rev'd Dr Edward Condry (pictured right).

 Please do join us at this service - all will be most welcome.


tea@thechurch, Charlton - In Its Fifth Year !

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Coming up at tea@thechurch:

- now in its fifth year and as popular as ever!

tea@thechurch will meet as usual on

Mondays 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm at St John's Church, Charlton

on the following dates:

May 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
June 12th, 19th and 26th (NO session on 5th June)
July 10th, 17th and 31st (NO session on 3rd July)

We are then takling a break over August 2017 to resume meeting in September 2017.

If you are new to the area, it can be a bit daunting walking in to a strange building, but you can be assured of a warm welcome if you do take the plunge!

We hope to see you there for a cuppa, a slice or two of home-made cake and some good conversation.

Do come along - you're guaranteed a warm welcome !

PS. If you are small, we have some pretty good toys too.

tea@thechurch - Charlton

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December was a very active month for tea@thechurch.

On 5th December we held a Bring and Buy sale in aid of the Red Cross and are delighted to have passed on to them the grand sum of £86.80. A big thank you to all who so generously donated goods and to those who purchased them!

The following Monday was Christmas Party time with a special festive tea. Jean Winchester kindly played seasonal music on the piano which was especially enjoyed by the young children present as they accompanied her with percussion instruments and much enthusiasm! The following week. the last before Christmas, a shortened tea session was concluded by a well-attended informal sing-along carol service.

January has started quietly but, by the time you read this, we will have had our ‘Do You Remember This’ afternoon when we bring items from 50 years or so ago to jog each others‘ memories. We are hoping that it will be a very entertaining afternoon.

However, you may be interested in taking part in ‘Bob's Quiz’ on 6th February 2017 or our ‘Hat Afternoon‘ on 6th March 2017.

All sessions start at 2.30 pm and finish at 4.30 pm, so do drop in any time between those hours. You can be sure of a warm welcome.

Dates for February and March 2017 are:
-  February 6th and 27th
-  March 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
-  April 3rd

See you there!

Telephone 01747 829188 for more details.

Carol Service - St John's Church, Charlton - 19th December 2016

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in an informal Carol Service at

St John's Church, Charlton


Monday 19th December 2016 at 3.30 pm

Why not come a little earlier and join us for a cup of tea/coffee and home-made delicious cakes from 2.30pm to 3.30 pm at our last tea@thechurch before Christmas and then stay on for the carols!

tea@thechurch Celebrated HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday

HM The Queentea@thechurch at St John's Church, Charlton, celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday in style on Monday 25th April 2016 with an indoor “Street” party. Everyone was encouraged to wear red white and blue; the church was decorated with flags; a memorabilia table was set up with photos and magazines of the Queen; and an excellent tea was eaten complete with wonderful patriotic cake made by local ex-Army chef, Steve, and decorated by his wife, Donna. Jean played some old songs on the piano as well as the National Anthem.

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!


Some photos of the event are shown below. Click on each picture to see a larger version....