Wednesdays in the Cloister

The new Cloister Café Bar is the venue for Wednesday evening conversation and discussion. Here is an opportunity to explore ideas with a variety of speakers in a friendly and informal atmosphere over a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, a Trappist beer or a shot of vodka.

We begin with a series of strands. “Keep It Local” takes us behind the office nameplates to find out what really goes on in the streets and alleys of Smithfield. “Virginia Rounding in conversation” involves our resident writer — currently working on Nicholas and Alexandra of Russia — in stimulating conversation with writers and musicians. The Education strand, involving heads of schools, academies, colleges and universities, will enable us to compare current approaches and to see if it really is all dumbed down. On other occasions our Rector, Dr Martin Dudley, leaves the pulpit — “six foot above contradiction” — to engage in discussion about his current project on Christian faith and moral decision-making or to reflect on some of his experiences at St Bartholomew’s.

Generally speaking admission is free and there is no need to book. The bar will be open from 6 o’clock and the introduction, conversation or talk, leading into discussion, starts at about 6.30 p.m. The Cloister closes at 9.00 p.m. Events with certain guest speakers are subject to a charge of £10 - this includes a free glass of wine.

You can purchase tickets by telephoning 020 7606 5171, or purchasing directly from the Cloister Café during opening hours. Any remaining tickets will be available on the door (cash only).

Alternatively you can buy tickets by downloading a booking form and returning to the Parish Office

4th November: ‘Keep it Local’
Janet Cooke from London Travel Watch, Middle Street
11th November: ‘Good Intentions’
The Rector, Dr Martin Dudley, explores how we make decisions and why we sometimes get it wrong…
18th November: Virginia Rounding in Conversation
Russian History specialist: Professor Simon Dixon

25th November: Education
‘Academies: A beginning or the end’
Martyn Coles, Principal of City of London Academy, Southwark
2nd December: Beyond ‘Four Weddings…’
Dr Martin Dudley reflects on 14 years of marrying couples at St Bartholomew the Great
Wednesdays in the Cloister resumes on 13th January 2010


Inside the Cloister Café

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