Noye’s Fludde marks Putney’s 150th anniversary
Putney Methodist Church’s 150th anniversary year began in dramatic style with a production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde on 8 February. This short opera re-tells the story of the Flood, using the text of a medieval mystery play. Putney’s production followed the composer’s original intentions for the piece, with semi-professional musicians taking the lead, supported by a chorus of amateur singers and players, and a children’s chorus representing the animals. All were drawn from across the wider community.
The piece was directed and organised by Putney member Jessica Dalton, a local preacher and member of the Learning and Development Network, who is also a professional director. Working with many others, she brought together a wide range of people from across the community, including local churches and schools, to put on a really professional production. Rev’d Nicola Morrison, Chaplain at nearby Southlands College and another worshipper at Putney, co-ordinated much of the music for the show, supported by choral conductor James Naylor, a community music practitioner.
The minister of the church, Rev’d Geoffrey Farrar, said, “This was a wonderful way to mark our anniversary. It brought together people from right across our community, and filled our church with beautiful music. The ending of the piece, with adults and children alike singing together ‘the hand that made us is divine’, was truly magical. We all loved being part of such an exciting and energising project.” The two performances raised over £1,200 for the two chosen charities Water Aid and the WWF, reflecting the opera’s themes.
Putney Methodist Church started worshipping on its current site in 1870. Other events to mark its anniversary will include a co-production of Jesus Christ Superstar and a special service in the autumn.
Good news for all at Christmas
We were delighted to welcome so many people to our beautiful church over Christmas for all our different services and events. It was also great to be able to support several good causes and be so well supported by our community.
At our Carol Singalong on 6 December, members of the PMC Singers and PLOS led a large audience in singing old and new Christmas favourites. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon greatly, and we were delighted to raise over £530 for the wonderful Glass Door charity, who provide much-needed shelter and the chance of a fresh start to people sleeping rough in London.
At our Carol Service, on 22 December, we were delighted to be joined once again by members of the Putney and Wimbledon Brass Band. Along with the PMC Singers, they led our traditional service of carols and readings. Together we also raised over £500 for the wonderful St Christophers Fellowship, a Putney-based charity which works with vulnerable children and young people in care.
Finally, during our services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we raised over £300 for Action for Children, a charity with long links to the Methodist Church. With Gift Aid, this will mean donations exceeding £1,500 for charity. We are so pleased to have been able to support so many good causes as we celebrated this very special time of year.
Putney hits the headlines!
We were pleased that our church briefly trended on election day in December, 2019. Photos of people queueing round the block to vote in the church, which is regularly used as a polling station, appeared on Twitter and on the television news, as well as featuring in the following day's Metro. We congratulated Fleur Anderson who was ultimately elected as our MP.