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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 Autumn 2014 edition of connections, which can be downloaded in two parts, 1 and 2.

Summer '14 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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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 23rd November 2014

Christ the King

“The King will separate the sheep from the goats…”


Vicar: The Reverend Prebendary David

Parish Office (Weekdays 9.30 -12.30) 0208 570 2288

Email:- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Website:- www.parishofheston.co.uk


 Weekday Service Times

 Thursday 27th               Holy Eucharist 11.00 am

Interment of Ashes 11.30 am

Sunday 30th                Interment of Ashes 11.30 am


Christingle Makers Wanted – Sat 6th December 10.00 am

Help is needed to make all the Christingles ready for the service on Sunday 7th December.  Anyone that can help should let either Janet or Wendy know.

 Advent Retiring Collection

This year our collection will be divided to support Shooting Stars Hospice and the Ebola Emergency. Please prayerfully consider your giving towards these two causes. Thank-you.

 Advent Course

An Advent Bible Study will take place in Church on Monday the 1st, 8th and 15th December. Each Study will begin at 2.30pm and last approximately 75 minutes.


With only 39 days to the end of the year, some £1,378 is outstanding from pledges given. If you have fallen behind please update your generous giving as soon as possible.                        Thank-you  -   Geoff


November Dates

Sun 30th                Advent Sunday


December Dates

Sat 6th                    Requiem Mass 9.30 am

Sun 7th                   Christingle Service in 10.00 am Eucharist

Sun 14th                Nativity Pageant in 10.0 am Eucharist

                                                Carol Service  4.30 pm

Tue 16th                Tuesday Social Christmas Party 2.00 pm

Wed 24th              Midnight Mass 11.30 pm

Thu 25th                Christmas Day - Mass at Dawn 8.00 am 

                                                Festival Eucharist 10.00 am

                Fri 26th                  St Stephen Eucharist 11.00 am

                Sat 27th                  St John Eucharist 11.00 am

                Sun 28th                Holy Family 10.00 am



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