St Johns 50th Anniversary

Update 15 - 50 Years of Marriage

Many thanks to everyone who supported our Fifty Years of Marriage events last weekend. The exhibition on Saturday was a great success with over 100 people visiting the church during the day, many renewing old friendships and sharing photographs that they had brought with them, and there was a lovely feel about the whole day. A particular thanks to those who helped with the practical arrangements,  those who sought out mannequins, created flower arrangements, baked cakes, helped with refreshments or with lending their wedding dresses and photographs. The service on Sunday attracted a modest congregation, but was much enjoyed and a very moving occasion. Of course the whole weekend was made extra special by Michael proposing to Su at the end of the Sunday morning Eucharist!

Pictures of Wedding Dresses on display at our 50 years of Marriage Event

Update 14 - Meantime Concert

Jennifer Cable, David Beaney and Oli Smith during their concert at church on August 2 nd . It was a superb concert attended by 60 people, who enjoyed a wide variety of music played on a huge variety of recorders (ranging in size from 10 inches to 5 ft!) and the virginals (the keyboard instrument standing by the altar in the picture). Sadly one of the quartet had broken her leg and so the remaining trio had to alter the programme, but this did not detract from a great evening of exciting music making.

Mean Time ConcertMean Time Concert

Update 13 - Elizabeth Watts Concert

Elizabeth Watts’ concert on 28th June in church was a wonderful occasion, the whole audience rising at the end to give all the performers a long and heartfelt standing ovation. The concert, given by Elizabeth together with her husband Guy Robinson and pianist Paul Turner was a mix of operatic arias and songs from the musical theatre, all brilliantly sung and presented with  some wonderfully engaging touches of humour. Those who were there are not likely to forget this concert for a very long time! Elizabeth, Guy and Paul had spent the morning at Ermine Primary School doing two workshops, one for 6-7 year olds and one for 8-10s. In the workshops, they engaged the children by performing a duet from Mozart’s “The magic flute” and two arias. The children were then taught some of the basics of singing and breathing and in a question and answer session found out about the skills and experience that opera singers need. Then everyone got a chance to join in the duet from “The magic flute”, which all the children did with great enjoyment. The evening concert attracted a large audience of 126 people and the feedback at the end was tremendous. Very many thanks to Jackie, Liz, Jo, Rosemary, Sue and Olive for their help with the organisation.
The programme for the concert was as follows:

Mozart:  The Magic Flute  - Pa pa pa; Bei Männern
Gounod:  Romeo et Juliette - Je veux vivre
Delibes -Les filles de Cadix
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess - It ain’t necessarily so ; Summertime;
Bess you is my woman
Strauss: Die Fledermaus -Czardas
Mozart:  Don Giovanni - Vedrai carino ; La ci darem la mano
Lehar: Giuditta - Meine Lippen sie kussen so heiss
Rodgers and Hammerstein: Carousel - If I loved you
Boubil and Schönberg: Les Miserables - Bring him home
Cole Porter: Kiss me Kate - I hate men; So in love
Lerner:  My fair lady - I could have danced all night; On the street where you live
Novello - And her mother came too
Flanders and Swann - Armadillo
Bernstein: West Side Story – Somewhere; Balcony Scene
Puccini: La Boheme – O soave fancuilla
Elizabeth Watts and Guy Robinson at Ermine Primary AcademyElizabeth Watts and Guy Robinson at Ermine Primary AcademyElizabeth Watts and Guy Robinson  together with Paul Turner in church following their rehearsal for the concert.

Photographs of Elizabeth Watts and Guy Robinson at Ermine Primary Academy

and together with Paul Turner in church following their rehearsal for the concert

Update 12 - Time Capsule

The time capsule is ready to be safely interred in the wall of the church. At last week’s service, Bishop Tim blessed the capsule and with the help of two of the youngest members of the church (Bella and Martha), placed it into the wall. The idea is that the capsule will be opened on the 100th anniversary of the church in 2063. In the capsule is a letter which reads:

“Greetings from the people of the Ermine estate in 2013.

We trust that you are reading this letter on 22 June 2063 on or around the date of the church’s patronal festival celebrations for the 100th anniversary. As I write this letter we are preparing for a fun day around the church, with everyone coming together to put on a great day for the community.

We hope that you will find what we have put in this time capsule is an interesting insight into life on the estate in our time.  Please preserve it all for future generations so that what we have done with the time that is given to us may be remembered and celebrated.

As we pray in this special year, our prayers are for you, who follow in our steps to proclaim the gospel of Christ in this place. May you be blessed with God’s peace and may you be rooted and grounded in his love in all things.

With our love and prayers for the estate and St John’s church”.

So, what else is in the capsule? We invited all local organisations to submit things that would represent them and their work in some way, and here is what the capsule contains:

Ermine Primary Academy

DVD of photographs and documents
Short pieces of writing by year 6 about the estate
“Letters to our future friends” by year 2

Ermine Voices

DVD of photographs and sound clips of performance at the Waterside Centre

Guides/ Brownies

Photos of the current leaders and members
Brief history of guiding on the estate
Prayers and pictures

Lincoln Castle Academy

Memory stick with pictures of school life and documents
Dvd of life on the estate

Mothers Union


Neighbourhood Management Team

Memory stick and printed information about council services and the estate


Crime figures for the estate
Publicity leaflet with details of who’s who in the police on the estate

St Francis School

Stuffed owl
Plastic boat
OFSTED report
Various school documents
School prospectus
Residential power point

St Johns

Church guide
Church history (short and long versions)
50th anniversary booklet
Programme for Elizabeth Watts concert
This week’s newssheet
Our church website on a dvd
Dvd of The One Show feature on the church
Letter (text above)

Sure Start

Memory stick with case study of one family


Statement of what the URC is

As you can see, it is a very varied set of contents! The capsule itself was made especially for us by a local craftsman, Roy Avery (Tina Clark’s father). A plaque will  be put on the wall to indicate where the capsule is buried.

Update 11 - Family Fun Day and Celebration Service

Last weekend was a very big part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. The family fun day on Saturday has taken a lot of preparation, and many thanks to those who did help with the organisation both beforehand and on the day. The weather was not promising, but apart from an early heavy shower, dried up. We had some problems with the inflating of the giant inflatable obstacle course, slide and bouncy castle (and they were big!), but those were solved just in time for us to open at 1:00pm. In addition to the inflatables, we also had a local company called Party Workshops offering a whole range of circus skill experiences around a circus tent outlined with bunting. All of this was very popular with the children and throughout the afternoon we had lots and lots of children and adults enjoying the activities of offer. We also had a police car and two military vehicles for children to explore. In the hall, 16 stalls were on offer with local community groups raising money for their own funds including LIDAS, the URC, Hearing dogs for the deaf,  Sure Start, the guides and brownies, the library as well as crafts, cakes, and children’s games offered by people from church. On the stage, the dance mats proved very popular (yes, Fr Stephen did have a go!).  The refreshments proved very popular as well with everything selling out in the kitchen and raising £150; cakes and games raised £80. Towards the end of the afternoon, Ermine Voices and the Ermine Primary Choir gave performances outside (and the rain held off!), much applauded and appreciated. At 4:00pm we held our estate celebration service in church, attended by over 100 people. These included all the local councillors, representatives from all the local schools, churches and community organisations, council workers and the police. It was a great celebration, led by Bishop Tim who also interred the time capsule during the service. During the service, Ermine Voices and the Primary Academy Choir sang and we watched a short presentation on dvd about the life of the estate that had been put together by staff from Lincoln Castle Academy. Bp Tim was most impressed by the whole afternoon and took time to talk to as many people who were involved as possible.  On Sunday, we welcomed Angela Ashwin to preach for our patronal festival and she gave us a wonderful meditation on the life of St John the Baptist. Our augmented choir also offered a very special anthem for the patronal festival. So, a very busy weekend, but one that was well supported by the local community and a real celebration not only of the church, but also of the life of the estate.

Update 10 - 50p for the 50th Anniversary

Please see this page to find out more or donate now.

50 pence

Update 9 - CAODS Concert

Many thanks to everyone who helped with the CAODs concert last week. Like our first concert this year, it was tremendously successful with a varied programme of songs, duets and ensembles from stage and film, culminating in a wonderful selection from “Les Miserables”. An audience of 120 people enjoyed the whole occasion. A big thank you to CAODs for putting this on for us and thanks to those people who supported it.

Update 8 - Price Reduction of Calendars, now £1.50

As we are now well into 2013 we have decided to reduce the price of the calendars to £1.50, buy yours now.

Update 7 - Events Booklet Now Available

Download the Events Booklet detailing the upcoming events for the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Update 6 - Tickets Now Available to Buy.

Buy tickets for events either on-line or from church.

Update 5 - Celebration Concert

On Sunday 20th January (evening) we had our first major event in our anniversary calendar and it was a hugely successful concert. There was some doubt about the weather, but the snow held off and a capacity audience of 100 came along to enjoy some very high quality music making. The concert began with three items from the Diocesan Ladies Choir, beautifully sung and presented, and this was followed by a short presentation from Macaulay Crawford, the community choir project worker. Within a few seconds he had us all joining in with a rendition of the Monkees hit “I’m a believer” and could probably have recruited the whole audience for the choir! Our own quartet Silverwood followed with an enchanting and varied programme which combined (literally) Mozart with some Scottish folk tunes, and they had the audience clapping along for their rendition of the Can Can. The final act (which set a few female hearts fluttering in the audience) was Lincs Effect, seven young(ish) men (some are members of the Cathedral choir) who enthralled us with their a cappella singing of music from a wide range of styles – Thomas Tallis to a very humourous arrangement of Postman Pat via some pop classics. The concert was attended by the Civic Party (the deputy major told me that he was one of the people who put all the electrics into the church when it was built) and the whole event was most enthusiastically received by the audience. Many thanks to everyone who helped to put this together – a really exciting and encouraging start to our anniversary year.

Update 4 - Program of Events

We have now confirmed a number of the dates for the 50th anniversary year. We will be producing a leaflet with all the details in, which should be available in the early autumn, but we thought you might like to have a note of the dates we already have in place.

16 JanuaryDay of prayer for the 50th anniversary
20 January5:00pm Concert and press launch for the year
2 MarchChurch open day
15 March Concert by CAODs
22 April Day of prayer for the 50th anniversary
26 April Community quiz night
20 31 May Archive exhibition in the hall
22 JuneCommunity gala day and celebration service
23 JunePatronal festival mass with Angela Ashwin preaching
28 June Concert by Elizabeth Watts
6 JulyLunch club anniversary lunch
2 August Concert by Mean Time; The Birds and the B's
14 SeptemberChurch open day to tie in with the County Heritage open days
18 SeptemberDay of prayer for the 50th anniversary
5 OctoberDay of prayer for the 50th anniversary
6 October10:00 Anniversary dedication festival mass with the Bishop of Lincoln (and new window dedication if we get the funding);
 6:00pm evensong, recreating the first evensong service in 1963
25/26 October Craft exhibition and workshops in the hall
26 October Church open day if we get the funding, viewing of the new window
10 November Party to give thanks for the year
30 November Day of prayer and thanksgiving for the 50th anniversary

Update 3 - 50th Anniversary Logo

Here is our new logo for the 50th Anniversary Celebrations.

St John the Baptist, Ermine, Lincoln, 50th Aniversary Logo

Update 2 - 2013 Ermine Memories Calendar

Sample Picture from the Calendar

Buy our Limited Edition 2013 Calendar Now! - Ermine Memories, 50 years of St John the Baptist Parish Church on the Ermine. Click here for more details.

Update 1 - Consultation

2013 is St John’s 50th anniversary year. As part of the celebrations we are considering adding a new stained glass to the west window, the window above the entrance to the church that faces onto Sudbrooke Drive. We have been shortlisted for a national prize of £10,000 to fund this project and are currently asking local people for their views. If you would like to respond to the questions below, please send your responses to

Description: Church view of porch

  1. Do you support the idea of a new stained glass window at St Johns?
  2. If yes, would you prefer to see an abstract design or one that is more like a traditional stained glass picture?
  3. Do you have any other comments?

We are also hoping to get some lottery funding to set up a community choir for the estate.  We would like to hear from you. If you would like to respond to the questions below, please send your response to

  1. Do you support the idea of setting up a community choir on the Ermine?
  2. Would you or anyone in your family be interested in joining it?
  3. Would you or anyone in your family go along to hear the choir?