Events coming up in 2018


We have a number of events coming up in 2018, including talks and a variety of musical evenings.

Check here for the latest details.


Friday 8 June 2018: The Accidental Anarchist – a film featuring and introduced by Carne Ross (7.30pm in the church)

This evening’s subject could not be more relevant: fake news, the new Cold War, conspiracy theories….

We will be showing the short film The Accidental Anarchist, originally shown on the BBC, introduced by the subject of the film himself.

Carne Ross was a career diplomat who believed western democracy could save us all. But after the Iraq war he became disillusioned and resigned. This film traces Carne’s worldwide quest to find a better way of doing things – from a farming collective in Spain, to Occupy Wall Street to Rojava in war-torn Syria – as he makes the epic journey from government insider to anarchist.

There will be an opportunity to put questions to Carne and to talk to him after the film.

Tickets are £5 (£3 to Friends’ members). Why not arrive early and enjoy a glass of something on the Rectory lawn overlooking Melbourne Pool?

To book: or call 07837 592596

Friday 29 June 2018: Horrockses Fashions in the 1940s and 1950s – an interactive talk by Dr. Christine Boydell (7.30pm in the church)

We will be welcoming Dr. Christine Boydell, a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at De Montfort University and a design historian with a special interest in the history of twentieth century fashion and textiles.

Horrockses Fashions was one of the most well respected ready-to-wear labels of the late 1940s and 1950s, concentrating on quality women’s day and evening wear, beach clothes and housecoats, adding children’s wear to the list in 1949/50. Horrockses Fashions could be purchased in most towns and cities in Britain, and were exported widely. With a price tag of between £4 to £7 for an off-the-peg cotton summer dress, they were considered expensive.  For many young women this was a week’s wages. By gaining a reputation for the successful combination of practicality, glamour and easy-care, Horrockses Fashions became sought after by women everywhere.

Audience members are invited to bring along any Horrockses Fashions they own, and/or photographs of family members wearing their Horrockses in the 1940s and 1950s.

 Tickets are £3 (no charge for Friends’ members). Why not arrive early and enjoy a glass of something on the Rectory lawn overlooking Melbourne Pool?

 To book: or call 07837 592596

The Annie Whitehead Quartet

Saturday 27th October: The Annie Whitehead Jazz Quartet (7.30pm in the church) We welcome trombone virtuoso and composer Annie Whitehead, with Steve Lodder on keys, Jennifer Maidman on bass and Liam Genockey on drums. A rare chance to hear great jazz and the best in world music in a fantastic setting. Not to be missed. With licenced bar. Tickets (£10) will be on sale (from June onwards) through the Melbourne Festival website ( or call in to Forteys Sweetshop in the Market Place, Melbourne. To reserve, email or call 07837 592596.