Service Archive

Recent services held at All Saints

SUNDAY 31st March, 2024

Rev Canon John Ovenden led our Easter Sunday Matins service with his customary joy and energy (and an Easter Egg!)

Without the Choir and with John doing double duty as Organist, the Congregation gave of their best for some Easter Alleluias.

Simnel Cake, Easter Eggs and Champagne (or at least English sparkling wine) were then shared by an unexpectedly large Congregation including a most welcome influx of younger humans.

“La Resurrezione” by Piero della Francesca (1415-’92) is held in the Sala dei Conservatori of the Palazzo della Residenza in Sansepolcro (della Francesca’s birthplace) in Tuscany, Italy.

THURSDay 28th MARCH, 2024

Our Priest-in-Charge, Rev Dr Alycia Timmis, led our Benefice’s celebration of Maundy Thursday with a Solemn Service of Eventide Communion at All Saints.

Uniquely for services held at Turkdean the service is conducted without any music and focuses on the quiet contemplation of Christ’s Last Supper when he washed his disciples’ feet as an act of love and kindness.

The service is held “in the round” in the Nave, emulating the configuration of the Last Supper itself with readings, prayers and space for thought and contemplation.

Everyone left in quietness, preserving the sense of peace and more adequately prepared for the remainder of Holy Week.

SUNDAY 10th March, 2024
Mothering Sunday

Rev Peter Quinnell led our monthly Matins service in March, which allowed us to celebrate Mothering Sunday.

The Choir sang Stainer’s “God so loved the world” from his oratorio “The Crucifixion” which remains Stainer’s most popular work.

Mothering Sunday posies were shared, along with coffee, in the Nave after the service.

Sunday 11th February, 2024 – Quinquagesima

Rev Sarah Hayes led our monthly Matins service with Holy Communion in February, celebrating Quinquagesima.

The last Sunday before Lent is also 50 days before Easter and, as such, is often associated with having a particularly lavish roast dinner in preparation for the rigours of Lenten observance. This may also explain the day’s alternative name:
“Pork Sunday.”


Rt Rev ✝David Jennings led our monthly Matins service with Holy Communion in January, celebrating the second Sunday after Epiphany

The Choir sang the anthem “View me, Lord”, Richard Hey Lloyd’s inspirational setting of the poem describing the transformative power of divine grace by Thomas Campion (1567-1619), poet, musician and doctor.

MONDAY 25th December, 2023
Christmas day

A Family Service for Christmas Day

All Saints mounts a supremely joyful Family Service on Christmas Day, led in 2023 by our Benefice’s then
newly-ordained Assistant Curate, Rev John Hollows.

Music and song, readings and happiness for all,
young and old alike, celebrated, uniquely in All Saints calendar, on Common Worship lines.

WednesDAY 20th December, 2023
Carols by candlelight

Our Benefice’s Priest-in-Charge, Rev Dr Alycia Timmis once again led our candlelit carol service in 2023. The church was full to the brim for our service of eight carols

Once in royal David’s city
Gabriel’s message
Away in a manger
A great and mighty wonder
Silent night
In the bleak midwinter
O little town of Bethlehem
Hark the herald-angels sing

and six readings read by parishioners.

All Saints Church, Turkdean lit by flares for Carols by Candlelight

Our young assistant organist, Theo Mountford, played “Fanfare” by William Matthias CBE (1934-’92) as a fitting postlude on this celebratory evening, to widespread acclaim. The congregation then enjoyed mulled wine, mince pies and the opportunity for some seasonal conversation in the Nave.

SUNDAY 19th NOVember, 2023
Eventide holy communion
William Byrd’s Mass for four voices (1592)

The Area Dean for Cheltenham, Rev Gary Grady, kindly joined our Benefice Priest-in-Charge, Rev Dr Alycia Timmis, to lead a very special celebration of the restoration and rehanging of Turkdean’s ancient bells on the newly-strengthened bell-frame and the ringing of all four bells for the first time since the Second World War.

Under the musical direction of Simon Harper, the Cantores Chamber Choir sang William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices of 1592 quite beautifully, as All Saints Church brought its celebration of the 400th anniversary year of the death of England’s finest composer of ecclesiastical music to a stunning conclusion.

William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices (1592)
The Cantores Chamber Choir
Directed by Simon Harper
All Saints Church, Turkdean – 19th November 2023

Celebrating the return of the restored bells
in the 400th anniversary year of William Byrd’s death

See our calendar of services for 2024

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