The annual Abbeyfield Service was again held in the magnificent Church of St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London, at 3pm on November 25th, 2015. Our Oxford resident Tony (pictured) read the lesson again this year, the visit of the shepherds to the manger from Luke 2:8-16. Around 100 people attended, including our chair Jim and his wife and the Abbeyfield CEO who tweeted the event.
Saint Bartholomew the Great is London’s oldest surviving church. Founded in 1123 as an Augustinian Priory, it has been in continuous use since 1143. It is now an Anglican/Episcopal Church. Today the Church is noted for its wonderful architecture, traditional formal worship, marvellous music and intelligent preaching. It has appeared in many films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Amazing Grace, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, as well as in many television programmes, including Richard II from the BBC’s The Hollow Crown.