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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 will be held in St Leonard’s Parish Church on Sunday 3rd August at 3:30pm - the eve of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1

This service is not a celebration, nor is it a “Remembrance Service” in the conventional “November 11th” sense.  It is 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.

After the service, refreshments and afternoon tea will be served in the British Legion Club in New Heston Road.

Further information and updates will be published closer to the event, but if you have any enquiries, please contact the St Leonard’s Parish Office on 020 8570 2288, or e-mail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

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 Easter 2014 edition of connections, which can be downloaded here.

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


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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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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

            Wednesday 30th         Holy Eucharist 7.30 pm

            Thursday 31st                 Morning Prayer 9.00 am

               Holy Eucharist 11.00 am

Saturday 2nd               Requiem Eucharist 9.30 am


WW1  Commemoration Service– Sunday 3rd August 3.30 pm

This special service of commemoration will be held on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1.  This service is not a celebration, nor is it a “Remembrance Service” in the conventional “November 11th” sense.  It is intended to remember the sacrifice made by 166 local men who fought in the Great War 1914 - 1918.  They will each be recognised by name during the service.

Over the last few weeks, we have had a small display of WW1 related information in the vestibule of the church.  If anybody has any other more personal documents / memorabilia that they would be prepared to share with the Congregation and visitors on 3rd August, please let Chris Yorke know so that he can arrange to scan the material.

Saturday Working Team 2nd August 9.00 to 12.00

Please come and lend your support to carry out essential weeding, pruning  and clearing prior to the WW1 Commemorative service on Sunday 3rd

Coffee/ tea and cakes at 11.00


            Book Stamp and Postcard Fair Mon 4th & Tue 5th August

Help Needed; 

·         Sunday 3rd – Transferring books and postcards into the hall after the 10.00 am service.

·         Donations of Cakes

·         Help serving refreshments on both days

·         Help clearing away on Tuesday 5th from 2.30 pm

Please see Christine Harris or Geoff if you can help.


August Diary Dates


Saturday 2nd  Saturday Working Team                                                                               Requiem Mass 9.30 am

Sunday 3rd     Service of Commemoration WW1  3.30pm

Monday 4th   Stamp, Book & Postcard Fair  10.00 am to 7.00 pm

Tuesday 5th    Stamp, Book & Postcard Fair  10.00 am to 2.30 pm



The Musical Museum Brentford is having an open week from  20th to 25th August when entry will be free to the museum.

Also there will be a special exhibition ‘Diamond Extravaganza@ entry fee £2 where you can see life size replicas of many famous diamonds.


Please see the poster in the hall for more information.

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