400th Anniversary 1615 – 2015

The Weld Chapel

The Weld Chapel

2015 marked the 400th anniversary of Christian worship on the site of Christ Church, Southgate. The Weld Chapel – the predecessor to our present building – was consecrated on 24th May 1615.

400 years may seem a modest anniversary to some, but it is an important one for us! As a suburban church in a changing part of London, we face familiar challenges in serving our Parish community; ensuring our accessibility and availability, remaining meaningful and relevant to a diverse population, particularly those who are yet to set foot inside our church. We used our anniversary programme as an opportunity to reach out to all in our parish – working with local groups and organisations to encourage them to hold meetings and events in our building with us.

Church Times Cricket

Christ Church Southgate

The highlight was a special Anniversary Eucharist on 24th May 2015, which was celebrated by The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres KCVO, the Bishop of London.

Another highlight of 2015 was the appointment of The Reverend Dr Chrichton Limbert as our new Vicar – the thirteenth Vicar of Christ Church Southgate.

Thank you to everyone who came to Christ Church Southgate during our special year. Please come again soon! All are welcome at our Inclusive Church.

The Reverend Dr Chrichton Limbert – Vicar, The Reverend Hazel Miall – Associate Priest, Phillip Dawson & John Marriott, Churchwardens

400th Anniversary Party Group Shot

400th Anniversary Year Report

Click the links in the table below for more information about each event that took place as part of our 400th Anniversary programme. Our achievements include :

  • 24 special events
  • 2,284 additional visitors to church outside of service times
  • 8 other organisations partnering with us to run events
  • £4,789 raised in addition to regular annual events & fundraising

Our programme of events ran from Summer 2014 to November 2015 and covered the period of our interregnum (when we were without a vicar). We worked with the following local organisations ;

  • All Saints Edmonton (our mother church)
  • Churches Together Southgate Oakwood & Cockfosters
  • Edmonton Hundred Historic Society
  • Friends of the Minchenden Oak Garden
  • Friends of the William Morris Gallery
  • Southgate Photographic Society
  • Talkies Community Cinema
  • The Walker Ground

Attendance and fundraising at individual events is set out in the table below. In addition to our special events listed, we saw increased attendance at services throughout the year, including our special 400th Anniversary Celebration on 24th May, led by The Bishop of London and greater attendance at our annual May Day Fair.

Date Event Attendance
Aug-14 Open Church Afternoons

Piano Recital By Tom Hill, Friends of William Morris Gallery Open Day, Art Open Day – Pauline Hazelhurst, Southgate Photographic Society Open Day, Church Times Cricket Cup Final Open Day
Funds raised for All People All Places/Winter Night Shelter

220
Sep-14 London Open House Weekend 302
Oct-14 Phantom of the Opera – Talkies Cinema

Silent film with live organ improvisation. Partnership with Talkies Community Cinema. Launch of organ appeal.

260
Nov-14 Handel’s Messiah 168
Jan-15 Barn Dance 64
Feb-15 Jazz Dinner Dance for Valentines Day

In aid of Brain Tumour Research Campaign

53
Feb-15 Pancake Party

In aid of Bishop of London’s Lent Appeal

53
Mar-15 Pilgrimage to All Saints Edmonton

Retracing historic route to our mother church

35
Apr-15 Election Hustings

In partnership with Churches Together

125
May-15 Edmonton Hundred Historical Society

First meeting in Christ Church. Talk on the Weld Chapel

51
Jun-15 Chandos Anthems – Concert

Concert celebrating our link to the Chandos Estate

91
Aug-15 Open Church Afternoons

Recital by Florence Butterfield

Book Sale

Concert by the Gesualdo Six

Artists Open Day – Gill Williams Hay

120
Sep-15 Open House London

In partnership with the Minchenden Oak Garden.

250
Oct-15 Friends of Christ Church Lecture

Vincent Figgins – Typefounder

25
Oct-15 Metropolis – Talkies Cinema

Silent film with live organ improvisation.

310
Nov-15 Concert – Music for St Cecilia’s Day
157
TOTAL 2,284

400th Anniversary Official Photo

  • Sunday Services


    8am Eucharist
    10am Sung Eucharist
    6.30pm Evensong

    Tuesday

    7.30pm Eucharist

    Wednesday

    11am Eucharist

    Thursday

    12.30pm Eucharist

    Friday

    9.30am Morning Prayer
    5.30pm Evening Prayer

    Saturday

    9am Eucharist