The next series of monthly fundraising walks in Spitalfields will be Spitalfields: Now and Then, beginning in March 2014 to coincide with a major exhibition of photographs of Spitalfields taken by CA Matthews in 1912
Walks meet at the front of Christ Church Spitalfields on the first Tuesday of the month
Time: 2pm Donation: £10
Spitalfields Music Festival
6th - 17th December
For some sparklingly musical gems - contact spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk
Sunday 8th Dec, 5pm at the Swiss Church, 79 Endell Street, WC2H 9DY
Carol Concert with the 'Dieci Voices choir www.swisschurchlondon.org.uk
Sunday 15th Dec, 10.30am at l'Eglise Protestante Francaise de Londres, 8-9 Soho Square, W1D 3QD www.egliseprotestantelondres.org.uk
Tuesday 17th Dec, 1.10pm and Sunday 22nd Dec, 6.30pm at Christ Church Spitalfields www.ccspitalfields.org
Christmas at the French Hospital Rochester
Saturday 14th December, 11am to 2.30pm
Bookings and enquiries contact
Huguenots of Spitalfields
Huguenots of Spitalfields is a registered charity promoting public understanding of the Huguenot heritage and culture in Spitalfields, the City of London and beyond. We arrange tours, talks, events and schools programmes to raise the Huguenot profile in Spitalfields and to raise funds for a permanent memorial to the Huguenots in the Spitalfields Traders' Market
Here are some of the stunning textile Flower'd designs created by the pupils aged between 4 and 11 years old of Sir John Cass Primary School, Aldgate, as part of a Huguenot project which coincided with the Huguenot Festival in April this year.
It is the 250th anniversary of the death of Anna Maria Garthwaite (1690-1763), an outstanding English textile designer who played an important part in the story of the Spitalfields silk weavers.
It is also the 415th anniversary of the signing of the Edict of Nantes, on 13th April 1598. This decree by Henry IV of France served as a guarantee to the Protestant Huguenots that their rights to worship would be respected. However, it was later revoked by Louis XIV in 1685 with the result that large numbers of French protestants fled to England to escape persecution. Over twenty thousand settled in Spitalfields where there was already an established weaving community.
In April 2013 the first Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival marked these prominent anniversaries.
Your responses to the Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival 2013
"The Festival was so memorable... the Festival was so comprehensive, there was something for everyone... the walks, the talks, and the visit to the Bank of England was just wonderful... we had the best guides ever on our walking tours... everybody was raving about the enthusiasm and knowledge of the guides... what a wonderful commemoration of the Huguenots of Spitalfields... the pleasure of going into Anna Maria’s House was just amazing... the Big Weave event was brilliant, everyone was having such fun... as a Huguenot, I felt very proud to be involved... the Festival was a terrific success, four cheers... a fortnight of gatherings that have been truly life changing..."
Your responses to the Thanksgiving Service
"An amazing Thanksgiving Service... words are not adequate to express the deep chords struck today... deeply moving... I relished being part of the congregation and singing in French... It was lovely to hear the bells pealing... I was thrilled to have attended such a noteworthy historical event... what a wonderful sermon given by the Bishop of London... how wonderful it was when he started his sermon in French... I felt privileged to be there for a wonderful and inspirational event... you remember certain days in your life, today was definitely one of them..."