General Interest

The Mystery Worshipper

Our Fish Harvest Service on Sunday 8th October was visited by the Ship of Fools
Mystery Worshipper!

You can read the review at


General Interest

Our Fish Harvest Festival 2017

There was a packed church for our annual Fish Harvest Festival Service.
The service was led by Revd Rose-Hudson-Wilkin. The St Mary-at-Hill choir sang
Choral Mattins which included two former winning Harvest of the Sea compositions:
Never Weather Beaten Sail – by Michael Strange (2014)
The Fishery of souls by Andrew Wilson (2015)
The service also featured music by H. Howells (Jubilate Deo) and T. Hewitt Jones (Carnival)

Bill Thornton and his colleagues once again produced a wonderful display of wet fish
in the entrance hall of St Mary-at-Hill. Much of the fish was donated to the Queen Victoria
Seamen’s Rest and the rest was enjoyed by the congregation in return for donations.


We were joined by the Alderman for Billingsgate Mr Matthew Richardson, and our Common Councillors
Mr Jamie Ingham Clark and Mr Michael Welbank. Also in the picture below is Mrs Mavis Hughesdon,
current Master of the Billingsgate Ward Club who  support our Harvest Festival every year.


Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bill Thornton and colleagues
Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin,
Bill Thornton and colleagues

Prayers were said for all seafarers including
The Billingsgate Market Prayer specially written by the late Very Revd E. Milner White

O Lord Jesus Christ, who after thy glorious resurrection didst prepare by the waterside a breakfast of fish for disciples that had toiled the whole night long; Come amongst these thy servants who toil beside our river day by day to provide food for their fellow men, and bring thy blessing both on their work and on their lives, O Lord our Saviour and help for ever.





General Interest

Carol Competition


In conjunction with the Surbiton High School Poetry Competition,
composers are invited to set the winning poem to music


The new carol will be premiered at our
Carol Service by Candlelight on 14th December at 6.00pm

The Poem The Promised Child and further information

If you have any questions please email the Director of Music,
Robert Mingay-Smith, at
Closing date for applications is Monday 4th December 2017

General Interest

‘The Thames and Other Waters’

‘The Thames and Other Waters’ Oil Paintings by Derek Hare

was opened last night by Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin with a Private View


Do pop in and see this wonderful exhibition – on until Sat 10th June 17



Caroline Spelman at St Mary-at-Hill

We were delighted to welcome Caroline Spelman MP to our Thursday Conversation in February.
One of our attendees commented

“Caroline Spelman MP’s presentation in February was inspiring, thoughtful and compassionate. I urge anyone to come along to the St Mary’s at Hill monthly talks to listen, be enlightened and comment in a friendly environment. Looking forward to Sol Campbell on Thursday.”



The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight

George Dillon presents

The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight

At St Mary-at-Hill Church

Thursday 30th March, 7pm

Tickets £10 (£5 Concs) from

25% of ticket sales will go to St Mungo’s charity for the homeless.


Carols by Candlelight



Thursday 15th December 6pm

Followed by mulled wine and mince pies

All Welcome



Colonel Bob Stewart DSO and MP for Beckenham talks about his time in Bosnia

On Thursday November 3rd Col Bob Stewart DSO was the speaker at our Thursday Conversation.

Bob Stewart

Bob spoke engagingly and candidly about growing up in a military family, his tours of duty in Ireland and coping with the loss of 6 of his soldiers in the Ballykelly bombing on December 6th 1982.

The main part of his talk described his commission to lead the first British soldiers into Bosnia as Britsh UN Commander in 1992. The reason for his talk title, ‘Ethical Decision Making Under Fire’  became evident as he described the process of creating a strategy in the face of little direct instruction from above. He spoke about his overall mission, which he decided was ‘to save lives’ and the audience was thoroughly engaged and affected by some of the stories and photos he shared with us.

Community News

BBC Songs of Praise comes to St Mary-at-Hill!

On Sunday 9th October we celebrated our annual Fish Harvest Festival.

We were supported as usual by the Billingsgate Ward Club, and we were treated to a wonderful wet fish display laid on by Bill Thornton and his team of James Nash and Sons Ltd.

The service began with a procession from the direction of the Old Billingsgate Fish Market, up Lovat Lane and into the church. Revd Rose-Hudson-Wilkin gave a blessing over the fish display and the service continued in the church. We were delighted to be joined by The Venerable Luke Miller, Archdeacon of London who preached the sermon, and the St Mary-at-Hill choir who sang music specially written for the Harvest of the Sea season at St Mary-at-Hill.

As usual, after the service, some of the fish was donated to the Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest in Poplar, and we were joined at the service by their Chief Executive Alexander Campbell and some of the residents from the QVSR.

This year we were especially excited as the Fish Harvest is to be included in a special Harvest edition of BBC Songs of Praise. The presenter was Revd Kate Bottley who brought enthusiasm and a real sense of joy to the occasion.

Community News

October’s Thursday Conversation with Shami Chakrabarti

We were delighted to welcome Shami Chakrabarti as our guest at the Thursday Conversation on Thursday 6th October.  Shami spoke passionately about the importance and necessity of the Human Rights Act and engaged in lively conversation with those in the audience.