Parish & Ward Church of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate

St George's Day Festival 2010

The Eve of St George's Day

The Festival started with Ecumenical Prayer on the Eve of St George's Day. The Rector was joined by Fr Peter Newby (PP of St Mary Moorfields). The Bishop of Clogher (The Rt Revd Dr MG St-A Jackson) and the RC Bishop George Stack. "
The wedding couples of St Botolph's church joined with the young catholics of the Catholic Church of St Mary Moorfield, to stage a 'Walk of Faith' through the streets of the Bishopsgate Area folowing the first part of the service at St Botolph's to St Mary Moorfields where the service was concluded and then followed by Dinner.

The Procession

Fr Peter Newby and the Rector lead the procession

The Rt Revd Michael Jackson, Bishop of Clogher, and The Rt Revd George Stack, Auxiliary Bishop in Westminster, join the procession

The service continues at St Mary Moorfields

St George's Day

The actual festival day started with Morris Dancers performing in the Churchyard at midday.

The Thanksgiving service in Church featured a procession of city livery with roses; a mustering of pikemen and fine sermon by the Bishop of Clogher, The Rt Revd MG St-A Jackson.

The Procession of Roses

The Procession is led by members of the Company of Pikemen and Musketeers of the Honorable Artillery Company

The Procession of Roses

Alderman Neil Redcliffe

The Procession of Roses

The Procession of Roses

Ian Adams reads patriotic Kipling

The Parish Clerk, Mr John Hughesdon, reads the Lesson

The Bishop of Clogher gives the Sermon

The service concluded with everyone gathered outside to watch the ceremonial slaying of the dragon (pinata) by the Archdeacon of London The Venerable David Meara (who was kindly given loan of a City Police Baton to use in place of a suitable sword), and to enjoy a glass of Cava in the sun.

The afternoon entertainment included African drumming and singing from pupils of St Matthias School Bethnal Green, and a splendid set from the Bassment Jazz band from Coopers' and Coborn School. Even St George made an appearance.

The rector is deeply grateful to our parish businesses and especially to the King's Arms and the Bath House, to Laura and to Tava.