The Summer Event this year will take place on 23rd September 2017 at Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, London, from 11am till 4pm. Both of the churches in the Central Square – St Jude’s and the Free Church – were designed by Edwin Lutyens and the Free Church, is the only Grade 1 listed building in the URC/Baptist tradition.
Registration will begin at 10.30 am. Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.
The first lecture will be by Father Alan Walker, the vicar of St Jude’s. He will speak about the Walter Starmer murals in St Jude’s. Father Walker has written a book about the murals. Walter Starmer himself was the son of a Congregational Minister.
There will then be a visit to St Jude’s to see the murals before returning to the Free Church.
At 1.45 pm Dr Chris Wakeling, a Trustee of the Historic Chapels Trust, Chair of the Historic England Places of Worship Forum and co-author of the revision of the Pevsner volume on Staffordshire, will speak about Sir Edwin Lutyens.
This will be followed by Revd Dr Ian Tutton, minister of the Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, talking about his predecessor’s pastoral care for the members of the church who served in the First World War.
There will be a retiring collection at the end of the day for The Congregational Library.