The website of St Michael’s – the ancient and historic church of Parish of Bray with Braywood. Made famous (or infamous!) in the popular ballad, the parish is widely known, because of the turncoat ways
of the Vicar of Bray
The origins of the Parish Church can be traced back to the year 1293, though much has happened by way of restoration and repair, since. The boundaries of the parish have also altered over the years, no longer as widespread as once they were, parts of Windsor and Maidenhead are still within the bounds.
in St Michael’s is based on a well-established pattern within the Anglican Communion. At the early morning Services of Holy Communion on Sundays we follow the Book of Common Prayer – as indeed happens at Evensong. Parish Communion at 10 o’clock on Sunday mornings is choral, the service being in the new Prayer Book, “Common Worship”, we use “Order One.”
PARK OPERA is proud to present a sparkling evening of popular gems from the world of opera and operetta, including stirring choruses, romantic melodies and moving ensembles. From drama to romance, tragedy to comedy, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Under the Music Direction of Anna Loveday, our superb soloists include the delightful sopranos Debra Morley and Lucy Dickson, talented young tenor Robert Jenkins, stalwart baritones Ian Henderson and Gregor Kowalski, and Anna herself, who is an outstanding mezzo. Our wonderful accompanist is Judith Flint. All are deservedly favourites with Park Opera audiences, and they are supported this evening by our fantastic Chorus.
Highlights include the exciting Triumphal Scene from Aida, the Toreador’s Song from Carmen, the hauntingly beautiful Flower Duet from Lakmè (remember the British Airways advertisement!) and Figaro’s well known song from The Barber of Seville. You will also recognise the much loved Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana, the famous Quartet from Rigoletto and a showstopper from The Elixir of Love, which will be sung by charming tenor Robert Jenkins, who scored such a resounding success when he played the role for us in February. From the world of operetta we will bring you familiar favourites from
The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Merrie England and Iolanthe.
But there is much more – and you mustn’t miss it!
Park Opera "On Tour" St Michael's Church, Bray, Berkshire on Friday 27 April 2018
Doors Open at 7:30PM
Starts at 8:00PM
Ticket Price: £10.00 or £5.00 for children
Box Office: 07968 197154, or on the door. For online tickets, click on the "Book Now" link below.
Park Opera is a registered charity in England and Wales (1099749)
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
OF ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH, BRAY
NEWSLETTER — MARCH 2018
A MESSAGE FROM THE REV’D AINSLEY SWIFT
Dear Friends at Bray,
I am very excited to be joining you in mission and ministry at St Michael's and the wider Parish! Thank you so much for the warm welcome I have received so far and I look forward to meeting you all at the Collation and Induction on the 12th July at 7.30pm.
I may be making the odd appearance in Bray over the next couple of months but my main focus will have to be preparing Windsor for its Interregnum. My wife Jane and our children, Amy, Anna and Daniel are all looking forward to the move, my other two children live in London and Barcelona and are looking forward to visiting Mum and Dad in Bray!
SOCIAL COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE THREE TRIPS FOR 2018
WEDNESDAY 2nd MAY to FRIDAY 4th MAY 2018
Just to clarify, due to the nature of this visit, it is aimed at members of the congregation only.
Before retiring Richard our Vicar invited us to visit him in his new home in Caerphilly, so the main purpose of this visit, is to do just that. We decided to ‘pop down’ to Caerphilly for a couple of days to
visit Richard and Maureen, and also enjoy a short stay holiday...
We have booked bed and breakfast and evening meal at the Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel and Spa which is situated a short distance from Caerphilly, it is set in 100 acres, with an 18 hole Golf Course. This four-star hotel offers beautiful views from the Blas and Bryn Meadows. The Restaurant serves local produce on a seasonal menu. Italian furniture is each room and Marble baths in each private bathroom, a flat screen television, a selection of toiletries, a mini bar and hairdryer is also included in each room. The Bryn Meadows leisure centre also has a 20 yards indoor swimming pool, Sauna and Hot Tub. Guests can also use the on - site Gym and spa.
Departure as usual is from Braywick Park Car Park (Stafferton Lodge) at 10.00 am, and we begin our journey to Wales. We anticipate arrival at our hotel mid-afternoon, allowing plenty time to relax and perhaps a swim, before joining Richard and Maureen at dinner at our Hotel.
Day two there is free time to explore Caerphilly, perhaps the Castle, before visiting Richard and Maureen’s new home. Richard and Maureen have invited us to afternoon tea. (Please be aware there is a short walk (uphill) to their home).
Day three we return to Maidenhead. We plan to stop at a National Trust property on our return journey and arrive back in Maidenhead between 6/7 pm.
Further details from Roy Gardner or Ken Amery.
A FOUR DAY VISIT TO NORMANDY IN 2018
MONDAY 17 TO THURSDAY 20 SEPTEMBER
Come and join us on short stay holiday in France. Our journey will begin as usual from Braywick Car Park Maidenhead at 8.00 am travelling via the Euro Shuttle to our Hotel in the beautiful town of Liseux in Normandy. We have booked the Grand Hotel deL’Esperance in Liseu which is situated in the centre of town.
Tuesday 18th September 2018 we visit Chateau de Vendeuvre and Garden (pictured above), one of the most beautiful Chateaux in Normandy. The Chateaux has beautifully decorated 18th Century interiors, original kitchens and also a Museum of Miniature Furniture. The remarkable gardens are also the star of the show.
Wednesday 19th September 2018 we begin to explore the stunning beauty of Normandy, where we can expect dramatic coastal landscapes, quaint pastoral villages and picturesque Ports. Our journey will also enable us to see the beaches of the 1944 D Day landings, before arriving at the port of Honfleur, where we can spend a short time to enjoy this Medieval port.
Thursday 20th September 2018 Morning free time in Liseux. Before our departure for Home.
The price for this short stay holiday is £375 per person sharing a twin/Double room. Single supplement is £114. (Based on 30 Passengers)
Price includes Bed breakfast and evening meal, porterage, admissions and gratuities,
Departure from Braywick Car Park is 8.00 a.m. Optional travel insurance £34,
Returning to Maidenhead around 7/8 p.m. on Thursday, 20th September 2018. To confirm your interest we need two post dated cheques, the first one for £100 deposit and insurance (£34) if required. This one by 1st February with a completed booking form.
The second cheque for the balance dated 1st June. If you are travelling with somebody then you need cheques for each person. Both to be submitted with the booking for. For further details contact Ken or Roy Gardner
email@example.com or ‘phone 01628 773591/07979 693603
A TWO DAY VISIT TO THE THURSFORD CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
THURSDAY 8 TO FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2018
Those of you who attended last year’s show all agreed that it was truly spectacular and requested that we visit again, so we are pleased to announce that we have rebooked.
This will be the 42nd year of the Spectacular. The show has a £3M budget and is a three hour fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring seasonal music being sung alongside traditional carols. It is now generally recognised as being the largest show of its kind in the country, if not Europe. having a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians.
Thursford is in Norfolk so for our comfort, we are again having a ‘Sleepover ’at the Wensum Valley Hotel, which we found a good place to stay during our previous two visits.
Departure as usual is from Braywick Car Park, at 10.00 am, we will commence our journey to Norfolk, with a comfort stop on route. We plan to arrive at our Hotel mid-afternoon, allowing plenty time to unpack and prepare for Dinner. Friday morning we journey to Thursford where we will have ample time to view and enjoy to many exhibits and things of interest, perhaps have lunchbefore taking our seats in the theatre to see this wonderful show. The Christmas Spectacular show commences at 2 pm and finish at 5 pm at which time we will board our coach for the journey home.
A booking form with two post-dated cheques made payable to Roy Gardner will secure you’re your place on this visit. Cheque 1, £100 deposit per person, plus insurance if required before April 2018 Cheque 2 for the balance dated 1st September.
Price includes Coach, Hotel Dinner and Breakfast, The Show and Gratuities.
Please ensure that you have insurance cover for the visit. Motts coaches can provide this for £21.
Further details on all our trips may be obtained from Roy or me.
LOTS TO BE INVOLVED IN AND WE WELCOME YOU