A busy summer for St. Peter’s – At last!

After such a long time, it does feel good to be able to begin community and heritage events again at St. Peter’s. Here are some key dates for your diary, we look forward to seeing you!

Cream Teasfrom Sunday 27th June, 3pm – 5pm, at the Community Hall

Cream teas at Community Hall

Cream Teas will begin and run every Sunday afternoon from Sunday 27th June, and hopefully, until the end of September. The church will be open for visitors as usual, but to provide toilets and handwashing facilities, the Cream Teas will now be held in the Community Hall. Home made cakes and scones available for purchase as well as plants and produce.



Guided Tours of St Peter’s – Sundays 4th and 18th July, 2.00pm
As part of the month long Festival of Archaeology in Leicestershire & Rutland https://leicsfieldworkers.org/festival-of-archaeology/ these guided tours will highlight the tremendous history of the church from an early medieval naked figure, the 16th Century martyr Laurence Saunders, 18th Century eccentric and visionary William Hanbury and organ casing for the first performance in a parish church of Handel’s Messiah, to the beautiful renovations designed by the architect Joseph Goddard. Adults £4 children FREE. Pre booking and details from Roz Folwell 01858 545160 r.folwell@btinternet.com


Flower FestivalSunday 11th July, 11.30 to 5.30pm  
Following a wedding the previous day, the flowers arranged by a London florist, will remain in the church for the community and wider audience to enjoy. The family have kindly offered this in the hope that much need funds will be raised for the church.    

Flower festival in July

Email info@churchlangton.org.uk to register your interest or ask a question about this event.

Media makers

Part of our Digital Persona project

You’re invited to join us on Saturday 26th June 1:30-3:30pm for a special ‘Media Maker’ event taking place at St. Peter’s Church. 

Supported by our new Digital Persona project that will see William Hanbury have his very own Instagram platform, Media Makers, will see young people carry out interviews, create short films, generate digital content and engage with local residents to capture what they love about St. Peter’s Church! 

There will also be lots of other activities including arts & crafts, a special William Hanbury ‘Talk & Tour’, plant & book sale, competitions and the opportunity to have a nice cuppa. 

We would like to see as many local residents as possible at the event, and look forward to seeing you all there. 

Frances Freer our lead digital curator had this to say about the event….. 

‘As the lead on this project, I’m very excited about sharing William Hanbury’s inspiring life, his vision and his legacy with as many people as possible. This exceptional figure helped to shape the parish as we know it today and he is deserving of an important spot within our local history. There’s no better way to learn about the life of this fascinating vicar of St. Peter’s than by visiting Church Langton church and join our Media Maker event, there will be a number of engaging Hanbury-inspired activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

So please, come and join the fun!’

Email info@churchlangton.org.uk to register your interest or ask a question about this event.

Messiah – 250 Years

September 2009 was a special year for St Peter’s Church – as it was the 250th anniversary of the first performance of Handel’s great oratorio, ‘Messiah‘ in a parish church in England.

The first performance was held as part of Rev. William Hanbury’s music festival, one of a number that he organised to help raise funds for his grand vision for St Peter’s Church.

This anniversary concert was held in September 2009 and we are delighted to share the programme and four tickets as part of our Heritage Archive.

St Peter's Church - 250th Anniversary, 'Messiah' Programme and tickets
St Peter’s Church – 250th Anniversary, ‘Messiah’ Programme and tickets

The performance featured soloists, Felicity Lott and Elizabeth Hoyle, sopranos, Michael Bundy, Bass, Julian Perkins, Harphsicord, Andrew King, organ and the Harborough Singers. Narrator, Gabriel Woolf, English Pro Musica. It was conducted by David Beavan.

Here are the individual pages of the programme which make great reading! Just click on an image to enlarge and read.

Were you at the concert? Did you take part? It would be lovely to hear your memories…

250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Front cover
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Front cover
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page – Soloists
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page -Soloists
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page – Soloists
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Conductor David Beavan and English Pro Musica
250th Anniversary programme - Handel's Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page
250th Anniversary programme – Handel’s Messiah at Church Langton, 2009, Inside page – Harborough Singers
Programme back cover