Christmas Tree Festival this weekend

Preparations are starting for our fabulous Christmas Tree Festival. Here is our wonderful “patchwork” tree that has been erected today, we will have over 40 trees available to see this weekend (26th, 27th and 28th November), why not come and join us to see our fantastic Grade II listed building decorated to the max!

Treefest Concert 2021

Christmas Tree Festival 2021

With only two weeks until the start of our three day Christmas Tree Festival 2021 “Colours of the Rainbow”, have you got your TreeFest Concert tickets yet?

On Saturday 27th November at 7pm, our talented performers include;

  • The 1st Shirley Rainbows
  • Dotty Crochets (close harmony ladies choir)
  • Richard Mander (Piano)
  • Kate Gorman & Kat Welch (vocal duet)
  • The Sandilands Shanty group (the local equivalent of Fishermen’s Friends!)
  • Eric Brunjes (Classical guitarist)
  • Heidi Acraman (Opera Singer)

Concert tickets available via this link https://www.stjohnsshirley.org.uk/treefest2021/ or call 07810 793609. Only £7.50 if bought in advance (or £10 on the door)

Also don’t forget we’ve Fisherman’s Friends showing at our [email protected] on Saturday 20th November at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 via this link https://www.stjohnsshirley.org.uk/…/cinema-november-2021/

Shrublands Foodbank

These are the items required for the food bank this month. Donations can be left in the porch at church, taken direct to the food bank (Mondays 9am-12 noon or Thursdays 12 noon-3pm), or left in the donation box at the Shirley Co-Op. Many thanks for your continued support.

More information on the food bank can he found here

The Shirley Scarecrow Festival is now on!

The 2nd year of the Shirley Scarecrow Festival is now on and the 30 scarecrows look amazing including the ones at our church.

Here’s a trail map of all the locations and the Just Giving page if you’d like to donate to the wonderful Charity Demelza Hospice Care for Children. You can also donate at 60, Bennetts Way if you’d prefer. Please show your appreciation to the wonderful Scarecrow builders and the generous community and businesses by giving whatever you can. We hope you enjoy the festival and have fun and huge thanks to Stef England for organising it.


The Ruskin Society

St John the Evangelist, Shirley, Croydon

Shirley Church Road, Croydon, CR0 5EE

5 December 2021, 14:00 (music from 13:50)

A service to commemorate the exact 150th anniversary of the death of Margaret Ruskin, néeCock (2 September 1781-5 December 1871), buried with her husband, John James Ruskin (1785-1864), in the churchyard of St John the Evangelist.

    Including a welcome from Dr Cynthia Gamble

    Reading by Sarah Quill

    Prayers by the Revd Lu Gale, Vicar

    An address by Professor Dinah Birch CBE on Margaret Ruskin

    Organ music played by Professor Francis O’Gorman

The service will conclude with an act of remembrance at the grave and refreshments in the church hall

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