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St Alkmunds Poem

Celebrating the 1100th anniversary of its founding in 912

Northumbria’s usurper said:
“I wish my rival Alkmund dead”.
Dull of heart the men who sped
To Mercia, where the Prince had fled,
And killed him, watching as he bled.

Mercia’s protection had been lent
To this man of royal descent.
This outrage was a cause for war,
But Mercia’s ruler wisely saw
A less destructive course, and chose
To bring the matter to a close
By acting quietly, with restraint:
Prince Alkmund was declared a saint.

Eight hundred years on from the birth
Of Christ, the hope of Peace on earth,
This deed of hate and fear was wrought,
Bewildering those who, longing, sought
The love and peace His death had brought
Who, on the Cross, with evil fought,
And dying, triumphed over sin
Ushering love and mercy in.

Consider now a further hundred years,
Saxon versus Dane, blood shed, and tears,
Alfred victorious, many Danes baptised,
Christ’s gentle influence slowly realised,
The Mercian people by a woman led,
A daughter of King Alfred, Aethelfled.
Believing that she was of Alkmund’s line
This powerful lady wrought a bold design:
Building three churches on the western way 
From Gloucester to Chester, on which Shrewsbury lay.
Each bears the name of Alkmund, and each stands
To welcome pilgrims all with open hands,
And Shrewsbury’s St Alkmund’s, by God’s grace
For eleven hundred years has run the race.
In this our anniversary may we give  
Signs of the joy all have who with Christ live.

Richard Hayes
Resident Priest at St Alkmund’s, Shrewsbury



St Alkmunds Church


St Alkmunds Church Congregation






September 6               PCC Meeing – 7.15pm


September 9               Ride and Stride. 

September 9               Civic Society – talk by Sir Robin Cossons at 7.00pm


September 15             Charity Event in aid of the National Autistic Society – 7.30pm.

                                    Wine Bar.  

 September 26             Organists' Association event. 7.00pm

Sun 1 October             Phoenix Singers’ Rehearsal, 7.30pm - 10.00pm

Mon 2 October           Phoenix Singers’ Rehearsal, 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Tuesday 3 October     Phoenix Singers’ Rehearsal (10.30am - 12noon) and Concert (7.30pm)


Wednesday 4 Oct       Richard Hayes 10.00am – 3.00pm


Friday 6 October         Shropshire Chamber Orchestra – Rehearsal, 7.00pm - 10.00pm


Sunday 8 October       Shropshire Chamber Orchestra – Concert – 3.00pm

Sunday 8 October       Drapers’ Concert – 7.30pm


Saturday 14 Oct          Tiny Leaves Concert – 7.30pm.  Wine Bar


Wednesday 18 Oct     Richard Hayes 10.00am – 3.00pm



Wednesday 1 Nov      Richard Hayes 10.00am – 3.00pm


Sunday 12 Nov            Salop Band FWW Concert  (tbc)


Wednesday 15 Nov    Richard Hayes 10.00am – 3.00pm


Wednesday 22 Nov    Richard Hayes 10.00am – 3.00pm


Saturday 25 Nov              Shrewsbury Lit Fest:  Emergency Poet in Car Park



Wednesday 6 Dec       Richard Hayes 10.00am – 3.00pm


Monday 11 Dec           Town Centre Carol Service – 6.15pm (Mulled wine and Mince pies)


Tuesday 12 Dec          Mary-Jess Winter Tour 2017 - 7:30pm GMT

Best-known as the winner of the Chinese 'X Factor' in front of 70 million viewers and singer of the official Downton Abbey theme, as well as being the UK representative of The GREAT Britain Campaign in 144 countries around the world.

Expect to hear beautiful wintery songs and timeless classics in the intimate settings of this stunning venue.

Tickets and more details here


Friday 15 Dec              Shrewsbury Choral Society Christmas Concert, 7.30pm

                                    (Rehearsal – 3.00pm)


Saturday 16 Dec          Richard White Concert

Sunday 17 Dec             Shropshire Music Service Concert – 6.00pm

                                    Rehearsal from 12.30pm


Saturday 23 Dec          Voices in Partnership Concert 7.30pm

                                    Rehearsal 5.30pm


Monday 25 Dec           CHRISTMAS DAY









13/14/15 April            Shropshire Music Trust




Saturday 30 June        Shrewsbury Choral Society






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