An A to Z of St Mary’s

A is for
All St. Mary’s has something for all – check what we offer below.
Archbishops St. Mary’s has historic links to the Archbishop of Canterbury, as St Mary’s was founded by Lanfranc and consecrated by St Anselm, both Archbishops of Canterbury for William the Conqueror, 900 years ago.
Art Fair The prestigious Spirewatch Art Fair takes place on the first May Bank Holiday weekend and is a multi-faceted occasion where local artists and craftsmen exhibit works for sale. With demonstrations, music, raffle, plants and book sale – and teas!
Assistance We are happy to help with information and practical assistance wherever we can

B is for
Our Bellringers meet weekly on Mondays at 8pm, and do a fantastic job of ringing the bells for Sunday services and other major occasions
Biodanza on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, a great opportunity to keep fit in the Church rooms
Brasses We have an amazing range of brasses dating from 12th Century in front of the altar. Don’t miss the Open Days to view them.
Byron The poet loved the view from the Peachey stone, and determined that his infant daughter be buried at St. Mary’s. We are also maintain links to the Byron Society.

C is for
Cakes St. Mary’s bakers are second to almost none. We recommend you take every opportunity to come to the monthly cake sales after the 10.30am service on 1st Sunday of the month, or other open days.
Care and outreach We have a team of dedicated volunteers to assist the sick and vulnerable
CATCH Churches together in Central Harrow – we are very involved with the other churches in Harrow and their initiatives.
Choir Our superb choir practice weekly on Thursdays at 6.30pm. Choristers can study for the RSCM Awards.
Civic Service We are very proud to hold the annual civic service, which is a lovely chance to see the Council in full regalia in our beautiful historic setting.
Community By being part of St Mary’s you join a very special Community.

D is for
Decorations Decorating the church for Christmas, Easter Day, and Harvest Festival is great fun and produces amazing results.

E is for
Events Guild We love putting on Events which are great fun for all and have a Committee and Team who help co-ordinate everything, such as the beautiful Summer Fete and Harvest Food Fair.

F is for
Facilities Management  The site of the church and outlying buildings give rise to a number of challenges as we maintain everything to high standard but at as low a cost as possible. We welcome any support from fire extinguishers to floor tiles, and wiring to woodwork!
Family By being a part of St. Mary’s, people become one of the family.
Flower Arrangers, who create wonderful focal pieces for the church. They always welcome volunteers and special donations.
Firm Foundation  We support the Winter Night Shelter run by Firm Foundation.
Foodbank  We also support Harrow Foodbank with donated foodstuffs.

G is for
The Gardeners, who do a wonderful job of maintaining the gorgeous Churchyard Garden-meeting on the first Saturday of the month at 10.30 am.  Our Garden is in a unique position at the top of the hill, and occasionally very rare wildflowers put in an appearance. It is a place of beauty and peace in all seasons …
Gift Aid  We run a comprehensive scheme for ensuring donations are maximised.  Please Gift Aid your donations if possible.

H is for
Our Handbell Ringers who meet weekly on Tuesdays at 7.45pm, and run a varied range of concerts and appearances throughout the year.
Harrow Hill Trust who lead wonderful guided walks on the hill, and with whom we share many local social initiatives.
Holy Days and Festivals  At St Mary’s we celebrate these in style!

I is for
Interfaith Council  We liaise frequently with the Council on multi-denominational issues.

J is for
James Power our recently appointed new vicar, who is also Chaplain to Harrow School, and has lived on the hill for over 20 years, and knows Harrow very well.

K is for
Kids  We have a wide range of events and activities for children and young people to enjoy and get involved with-particularly our Sunday School, Family service and the choir.

L is for
John Lyon and Lanfranc, two other names from history who have made their mark on St. Mary’s and Harrow.

M is for
Memorials  We have very important memorials and gravestones, which are important records of the history of the people of Harrow.
Music  The standard of the music at St. Mary’s is always high and we host a varied range of concerts throughout the year.

N is for
Newsletter  We run a colourful and informative monthly Newsletter.  We love contributions to this!

O is for
Old Speech Room Gallery   The exhibitions here are always of interest to Harrow visitors; we highly recommend a visit on term time weekday afternoons (opening times displayed on the Notice Board in Church Hill).
Open House Days  We host open days in the summer which include tours of the tower, and displays of the brasses and other church treasures.
Organ  Our wonderful organ accompanies our beautiful services.

P is for
The Parvise   Our unusual medieval secret chapel above the South Door  (Visits by appointment only)
Pew Bulletin  A free sheet is produced every week of Services for the week ahead and other Notices – see it on the website, or pick one up at the church entrance.

Q is for
Quality –we think we have it!

R is for
The Roof, which is currently causing a degree of angst, and threatening to cost over £300,000 to repair …

S is for
Spirewatch, the Charitable Foundation which spearheads fundraising to protect the fabric of the church. Their committee organise social events throughout the year, including private viewings of the Old Speech Room Gallery exhibitions, quizzes, concerts and the annual Art Fair.

T is for
Tea and coffee after 10.30 Sunday service – perfect for a natter.
Time and Talents, which we need more of to support the church.

U is for
U is for You … we need you at St. Mary’s to make the vital difference.

V is for
the View from the Peachey Stone – an essential part of any afternoon stroll.

W is for
Website  We run a colourful and informative website at
The Harrow on the Hill WI – meet on first and third Mondays of the month at 7.30pm.
WWI commemoration – we are currently commemorating the 100th anniversary of the deaths of the soldiers from Harrow who died in the 1914-18 War.  This provides a fascinating social history of how we lived 100 years ago.

X is for
Fingers crossed – that we are able to generate the monies needed to repair the roof.

Y is for
You again, as you are the most important part of our alphabet!

Z is for
Zero reasons not to find something to enjoy at St Mary’s!