The Building Committee is delighted to report that at last  work has started on the two projects to improve St Mary’s.

Firstly our heating engineer and his team  moved on the 4th of April and we expect their work to take 3 to 4 weeks. They have begun the installation of the radiators and associated pipework. And it hasn’t been too disruptive!

Another team of builders moved in on the 5th of April and started work on the disabled access to the main entrance.

It is all very exciting!

We have had to start the work before we have fully raised the funds needed as we must get the new heating up and running. Therefore the appeal remains open, so any more donations will be very welcome. Please keep it rolling in!

Donors may make an initial enquiry by writing to A member of the Building and Fund Raising Committee or PCC will be pleased to answer any questions.



We are looking forward to a rare treat at St Mary’s on April 14th with two top-flight jazz musicians coming up from the metropolis to entertain our local community with an evening of jazz cabaret.

Alan Barnes, multi-award-winning saxophonist and clarinet player, is famous for his sharp wit and passionate commitment to jazz from the classic era through to the bebop of Charlie Parker and beyond.

With a long career in jazz he admits to being first inspired at the age of 12 by Acker Bilk’s Stranger on the Shore. He grew up to work with and tour alongside Acker when he was in the Humphrey Lyttelton Band.

In his own words:

“I did a tour with Acker when I was playing with Humphrey Lyttelton, in a package that included his own band, Kenny Ball’s band and the Humph band. He was a lovely bloke who told me about an act he’d seen in Australia called ‘Col E. Flower and his Musical Fruit and Veg’.

The act had a Courgette Marimba, a Cauliflower Conch and a Carrot Clarinet. The Humph band were very taken with this and we bought a huge carrot at a Yorkshire farm, hollowed it out and put finger holes in it, finally adding a clarinet mouthpiece.

On Acker’s birthday I played ‘Stranger on the Shore’ to him on it. I started to duet with Humph on this instrument on a number called ‘Tin Roof Blues’, which became a successful part of the show.

Humph wanted to record it a few months later so I froze the clarinet for the purpose; but on defrosting we found it had gone soft and mushy. So that was the end of that. The duet with Humph was reported in the Sun newspaper under the heading ‘Beat and Two Veg.’”

Don’t miss Alan Barnes and David Newton at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5EB, on Saturday 14th April 2017, 7:30pm- 9:30pm (doors open 7:00pm) Tickets £12:00 on the door or online at



Join St Mary’s Choir?

Can you sing? Have you ever sung in a choir?

Would you like to sing in a choir?

Music is at the heart of our worship at St Mary’s and our choir is the heart of our music.

The choir rehearses from 6.30pm on Wednesday evenings for about an hour and again on Sunday morning at 10.00am before the 11.00am service.

If you would like to get involved with the choir, then join us on a Wednesday evening or email us at