Parish & Ward Church of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate

The Rector receives the ancient treasures of our Sister Church, and gives a Founding Gift to the new community at Tottenham Hale

On Monday 19th May 2014, the Rector presided over a rather grand ceremony in our sister church, St Vedast alias Foster, at which he received back into the custody of the parish the many ancient church artefacts related to the underlying mediaeval parishes of the area. Previously these treasures had been stored in the Museum of London and now they are deposited in a secure display case funded by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

Many parishioners of St Botolph's, including Churchwarden Chris Watkins, joined the throng from St Vedast for the stunning ceremony of return. The Director of Music at St Botolph's, Mr Iestyn Evans, played the Organ and accompanied the Choir of St Vedast, led by St Vedast's own Director of Music, Mr Joseph Ramadan.

Towards the end of the ceremony, Fr Jack Maple, interim Priest Missioner at our new Church in Tottenham Hale, approached the Altar, together with some members of the Tottenham Hale community, to receive a gift of Paten, Chalice and Ciborium. These new Communion vessels were purchased jointly by St Botolph's and St Vedast's for use in the new Tottenham Church.

The photos below show the Rector preaching his Sermon entitled 'Why this waste?' and members of the congregation transporting and receiving the treasures.