Dr Rowan Williams to speak at St Anne’s, Kew


The Parish Church of St Anne announces the visit of Dr Rowan Williams as part of its commemoration of Conrad Noel, who was born in Kew 150 years ago. Known as the ‘Red Vicar’ of Thaxted, Noel courted controversy with his socialist views and was a determined advocate for English folk traditions and the Arts and Crafts movement.

Dr Williams, currently the Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, will speak on ‘The Challenge of Affluence: Lessons for a Parish on the Life of Conrad Noel’. Dr Williams is known for his views on wealth, income inequality and social justice and is Honorary Professor of Contemporary Christian Thought at the University of Cambridge.

Dr Williams’ lecture on Friday 12 July at 7:30 p.m., for which admission is free to all, is part of a weekend of events in remembrance of Conrad Noel. Other activities will include a performance by the Westminster Morris Men on Kew Green on 13 July —Conrad Noel was instrumental in the revival of Morris dancing in the 20th century — and a concert of Noel’s friend Gustav Holst’s work given by pupils at St Paul’s Girls’ School, where Holst taught for many years.

St Anne’s Church was completed in 1714 and is located on Kew Green, adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. With its historic Royal connections and many monuments Saint Anne’s Church witnesses to the Christian faith and its central place, both past and present, in Kew community life. Standing in the inclusive High Church tradition with an emphasis on well-ordered choral liturgy St Anne’s offers a warm welcome to all comers.

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