St. Bart's 1954: Click on
the play arrow, then on the YouTube logo
taken on 13th June 1954 at St. Bart's, when Father Miller was
Parish Priest. Father Gerald Coates was ordained in our church,
possibly (?) on the day before this
footage was taken.
The organ, choir and
very small original organ loft appear. At the time there was a spiral staircase to the
organ loft from the Ellison Road end of the front (now porch) of the
The only Choir at the time was referred to as the 'Men's Choir'.
They are all singing the Latin plainchant of the Mass from their Libers.
The little organ you see (one manual, no pedals) existed until the
current instrument was installed in 1972 after Father Carolin
commissioned our current fine instrument from F.H. Browne & Son in
Wonderful footage, and thanks to
Fr. Z for airing it.
HERE is a picture of Father Coates (in the wheelchair) after
celebrating his 60th Ordination Anniversary in 2014.
His current health
leaves him in need of many prayers, please.
Choir for young people
Would you be
interested in starting and running a Choir for our younger
parishioners at St. Bartholomew's. We have an organist at your
disposal. Please do contact us to find out more if you would feel
able to commit to two early evening practices and two Sunday Masses
Would you like to sing?
Why not come and meet
us? Some experience of singing
is desirable, as is a willingness to commit to the Choir's future
plans. We practice every Tuesday from 8pm (not during the school
We sing on the first Sunday of each month (not August and
September), Christmas Midnight Mass, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday,
Easter Vigil, and the great feast of Christus Rex at the end of
If you enjoy singing then click
HERE to find out more. Please
contact Tony for further information.
To Ged Perkins on the
occasion of his
Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate
by Archbishop Peter Smith
at St. George's Cathedral, Southwark,
on Friday 17th June 2016.
We look forward to his ministry at St. Bart's.
There are some lovely pictures
of the occasion to be seen