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Parish of Heston - St Leonard's Church, Heston

WW1 Commemoration Service

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 WW1 Commemoration Service – St Leonard’s Parish Church – Sunday 3rd August 2014

A special service of commemoration was held in St Leonard’s Parish Church on Sunday 3rd August  - the eve of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1. Photos from the afternoon are in the church photos section of our website.

This service was not a celebration, nor was it a “Remembrance Service” in the conventional “November 11th” sense.  It was intended to remember the sacrifice made by those local men, who went from Heston to fight in the Great War 1914 - 1918.  Their names are inscribed on the tablets located in the Memorial Chapel in the church, which was originally dedicated on Easter Saturday 1921.  Interestingly, this memorial includes more names than those recorded on the “Soldier” war memorial opposite the church.  Some of the servicemen who are buried in the Heston graveyard are not included on either memorial, but they, too, will be recognised during the service.

Our Parish Archivist, Lynda Hardy, has undertaken a great deal of research into the lives and tragic deaths of these men.  At various points during the service, some of their short but very poignant biographies will be read out by representatives from local youth groups who have been invited to take part.  It is hoped that many people from across the local community in Heston will also attend.

Lynda has also produced a Book of Remembrance, which chronicles by day, month and year, the death of each serviceman.  This book will remain on display in the Memorial Chapel for the following four years, along with a Book of Reflection for people to record their personal thoughts and comments.

You can purchase copies of Lynda Hardy’s books “My Dear Warden” &“Military Books 1, 2 & 3” from the back of the church after services, or by visiting the Parish Office during normal opening hours.


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Thanks to Chris Yorke for the Summer 2014 edition of connections, which can be downloaded here.

Christmas '13 can be downloaded here
Advent '13 can be downloaded here
Harvest '13 can be downloaded here
Easter '13 can be downloaded here.
Christmas '12 can be downloaded here
Advent '12 can be downloaded here.
Harvest '12 can be downloaded here.
Christmas '11 can be downloaded here.
Advent '11 edition can be downloaded here.
Harvest '11 edition can be downloaded here.
Easter '11 edition can be downloaded here.
Christmas '10 edition can be downloaded here.
Summer '10 edition can be downloaded here.
Spring '10 edition can be downloaded here.
Autumn '09 edition can be downloaded here.

If you would like to contribute to future editions please email the parish office or the webmaster. 


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Get Involved

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Proposed school in Norwood Green

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Church Grounds Maintenance

Every first Saturday of a month at 10:00 am for 2 hours. It will involve maintaining the Garden of Remembrance and the old churchyard, with a break for coffee and cake. Everyone is welcome!

St Leonard’s Bell Ringers

When the bells were first hung at Heston, it was a ring of 6, mounted on plain bearings in a wooden frame. In 1856, these bells were recast. In 1908, two trebles were added, to make it a ring of 8 and to complete the octave. At some time during the early 1930s, the wooden frame was replaced by a metal one and the plain bearings were replaced by ball bearings. No other major work was carried out on the bells themselves until 1986, when it was decided that a crack in one of the cannons on the Forth warranted the attention of a bell foundry. When the bells were re-hung, the Second was chosen in honour of the 1st/2nd Heston Scouts, who had raised a substantial amount of money for the bell restoration.

St Leonard’s Sunday School

St Leonard's has a thriving Sunday School and all children are welcome at 10 o'clock on a Sunday.


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Sunday 2nd November 2014

St Leonard & All Saints

Today is the Feast of St Leonard


Vicar: The Reverend Prebendary David Coleman

Parish Office (Weekdays 9.30 -12.30) 0208 570 2288

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Website:- www.parishofheston.co.uk

 Weekday Service Times

 Monday 3rd                 All Soul’s Day

Sung Requiem Eucharist 8.00 pm

Wednesday 5th        Holy Eucharist 7.30 pm

Thursday 6th            Holy Eucharist 11.00 am

Saturday 8th             Interment of Ashes

 Sunday 9th              Remembrance Sunday & 3rd Before Advent                                                                                        Eucharist at 8am

Sung Eucharist at 9am

Remembrance Service at 10.45am

  Postcard Sale Last Week

The sale of Postcards at Chiswick Town Hall raised a further £196.90

 Church Cleaning Team

Thank you to all those who help keep the church clean and tidy.  The new rotas are at the back of church for you to collect.

 All Soul’s Day Requiem Eucharist 3rd November 8.00 pm

If you would like the names of your loved ones to be read out at this service please fill in the lists at the back of Church.

 Saturday Working Party 8th November 9.00 am

If anyone is able to come and help with the tidy up next Saturday in preparation for the Remembrance service on Sunday, do please come along and join the regular team.  Refreshments, including cake, will be provided for all who participate.

We would also appreciate some help moving the chairs from the Hall into the church in preparation for the Sunday service.

 PCC Meeting Tuesday 11th November 7.30 pm

There will be a Eucharist service before the PCC meeting at 7.00 pm

 Autumn New Connections

Copies are available today


November Dates

Sun 9th             Remembrance Day – Sung Eucharist 9.00 am

                                    Royal British Legion Service 10.45 am

Tue 11th           PCC Meeting 7.30pm (Service at 7.00 pm)

Sat 15th            Requiem Mass 9.30 am

Tue 18th           Tuesday Social 2.00 pm

Sun 30th           Advent Sunday


Howard Stephens Memorial Concert


Many of you may know Howard from his 40 years as Choirmaster and Organist at St Mary’s Church, Osterley.  A memorial concert is being held at St Mary’s Church Osterley on 8th November at 7.30 pm.  Entry is free but any donations made will go to the National Brain Appeal.  For more information please contact Kathryn Taylor on 07984 776282

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