Thank You Direct Line Manchester!

Our theme for the anniversary events is “A Celebration of Community” and nothing embodies that more than the team from Direct Line Manchester who turned up at St Peter’s Church today to spend several hours doing volunteer work in the Church graveyard.

The team from Direct Line Manchester

Every year the team leave their office in Manchester and spend a day working for a local charity or organisation.  In the past, they’ve supported Cancer Research and Cash For Kids, and this year, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul, and the legacy of that meeting, they came to help the regular team of Church volunteers as they tidied up the graveyard in preparation for the anniversary celebrations next week!

There’s often a lot of banter between Liverpool and Manchester but, when it comes to the important things — like a belief in the importance of community, or coming together in times of crisis such as the tragic events at the recent Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena — the bond between the two cities is plain to see, and will never be broken.


Thank you, Direct Line Manchester, from us all at St Peter’s Church — not only for your hard work today, but also for your ongoing commitment to the community!


Bell-Ringing and the Beatles!

A first for Woolton!

The St Peter’s bellringers will be chiming some well known Beatles songs on the tower bells on and off throughout the afternoon on Wednesday and Thursday!

Nick Willasey and fellow ringers look forward to seeing you up in the tower!

And don’t forget that the bell-tower will be open for tours both days too!  Learn more about the history of the bells and bell-ringing at St Peter’s, and try your hand at bell-ringing, just as the young John Lennon did.

The ringers standing ready to ring the bells!

Stained Glass Windows Tour!

St Peter’s Church is blessed with some beautiful stained glass windows.  If you’d like to learn more about these, a special tour of the Church focusing on the stained glass windows will take place on Wednesday July 5 at 3pm!

The tour is free and there is no need to book.  Meet inside the Church entrance at 2.55pm!

Another Fabulous Raffle Prize from The Big Bang Theory!

For any fans of the TV series, The Big Bang Theory, here’s an opportunity not to be missed!  The latest donation to our raffle prize is a fully signed photo of the current cast!

The image has been cropped for publication here. Please note that the photograph may not have arrived from LA by Sunday July 9; if this is the case, it will be posted to the winning ticket holder!

More prizes are being added all the time!  Click HERE for a complete list of prizes and full terms and conditions.

Tickets are only £1.00 each, and are available from The Beatles Shop Mathew Street, the Simon Peter Centre (Hub) at St Peter’s Church, and from the Church Hall and Bishop Martin School throughout the anniversary events from July 5 -9!

#CelebrateCommunity  #StPeters60

Amazing Prizes in our Community Celebration Raffle!

To support the fund-raising efforts of both St Peter’s Church and Bishop Martin CE Primary School, we are holding a COMMUNITY CELEBRATION RAFFLE as part of the anniversary celebrations from July 5 -9!

The amazing prizes include this print by Bill Zygmant, created especially by Bill for the Anniversary Celebrations and not previously available anywhere!

Tickets only cost £1 each and are available from Thursday June 29 in the following places:

  • The Hub (Simon Peter Centre, St Peter’s Church, Woolton) until Friday July 7
  • The Beatles Shop (31 Mathew Street) until Friday July 7
  • St Peter’s Church Hall – Wednesday July 5 until 2.30pm on Sunday July 9
  • Anniversary Fete, Bishop Martin CE Primary School, Thursday July 6
  • Bishop Martin CE Primary School, Saturday July 8, from 3pm

Thanks to the generosity of individuals and organisations in the local community as well as from around the world, we have some great prizes on offer, including a night’s stay at the Hard Day’s Night Hotel, a signed Jamie Carragher LFC shirt, VIP night at the Cavern Club, Liverpool/Beatles tours, restaurant vouchers, beauty vouchers, limited edition prints and photographs, as well as many other great items!  We are still receiving donations, and so the list is growing!

A signed Jamie Carragher LFC shirt, framed, and complete with a certificate of authenticity, is another of our star prizes!

For a full list of prizes, as well as full terms and conditions, click HERE

The DRAW will take place in public view in St Peter’s Church Hall on Sunday July 9 from 2.30pm.  A full list of winners will be posted in the Church Hall by 4pm on Sunday July 9 and online as soon as possible thereafter.  Those winners who are not present in the Church Hall at the time that the winners are announced will be notified by email or post during the week commencing July 10, 2017.

How about this?  A print of the first photograph taken of the Quarrymen performing in Rosebery St in June 1957, signed by the photographer, Charlie Roberts, and the Quarrymen.

Where it is practical (eg vouchers), prizes will be posted/emailed to absentee winners.  In ALL other cases, it is the responsibility of the winners to collect their prizes from St Peter’s Church (prizes will be stored, free of charge, by St Peter’s Church in the interim).


Another special prize is this floor block from St Peter’s Church Hall (donated by St Peter’s Church)


Want something a bit more unusual?  Then this prize, donated by Zip It Liverpool, might tempt you to buy a ticket (or several tickets!) —  a set of 3 flying ducks (wall art), themed to the winner’s choice!  You could even choose a Coronation Street theme!


Something for the child in us all! A Yellow Submarine (modern) tabletop pinball machine, donated by the Beatles Shop in Mathew Street!

Guided Walking Tours of Woolton Village

Thelma, one of the members of St Peter’s congregation, very often takes friends and visitors on a walking tour of Woolton Village that includes places of interest to Beatles fans as well as sites of more general historic interest.  The tour lasts about 45 minutes and will start and finish at St Peter’s Church.

The tour is FREE but places are limited, and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  However, if you would like to guarantee a place on a tour then please email us at to reserve your spot.

Meet at the main entrance to the Church (the lych gate) five minutes before the times listed below:

  • Wednesday July 5 – 1.30pm
  • Thursday July 6 – 11.30am
  • Saturday July 8 – 2pm

Sites include “our Eleanor”, Woolton Picture House, the grounds of St Mary’s Church and the interior of St Peter’s Church!

What if …

In 2017, St Peter’s Church and Bishop Martin CE Primary School opened their doors to welcome the world to Woolton village as we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the day that John Lennon and Paul McCartney met!

But what if that meeting had never taken place?  What if there had been no Beatles?

cwmIn his excellent book, Conversations with McCartney (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2015), journalist and author Paul Du Noyer pondered that very question and wrote about a world in which the butterfly had never “flapped its wings” and the “distant mountain” had not “tumbled over.”

As custodians of the legacy of that “fateful” day, we at St Peter’s Church found Paul’s ideas  intriguing and thought-provoking, and we are indebted to Paul for allowing us to share them with you!

Read, enjoy … and imagine!


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This extract is reproduced here with the very kind permission of Paul Du Noyer.  Please do not download or reproduce without the expression written permission of Paul Du Noyer.

Conversations With McCartney (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2015) is available from all good booksellers from £9.99.  Click  HERE to buy from Amazon or HERE to buy from Paul McCartney’s official website!

For more information on Paul Du Noyer, visit his website by clicking HERE!

Limited Edition Anniversary T-Shirts

As well as our full range of merchandise, which includes pens, postcards, badges, magnets, mugs, teddy bears, bags, colouring books and posters, we will have a very limited number of special anniversary-themed t-shirts for sale!  There are only 76 of these available in total (adult sizes S-2XL) at £20 each.  They will only be available from the merchandise table in the Church Hall from July 5 -9, and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Our usual range of t-shirts will also be available!

Rob Clarke and the Wooltones – Getting Back to How it Once Began!

The culmination of five days of celebrations!

A full 1 hour skiffle set in the spirit of the day it started!

Sunday July 9, 2.30pm-3.30pm

Rob Clarke and the Wooltones forgo their trademark ‘60s psych Mersey style pop, and don checked shirts to play an authentic skiffle set with the sound and feel of the era, featuring songs John and The Quarrymen played back in 1957 – Rock Island Line, Maggie May, Twenty Flight Rock, Be Bop A Lula….
Bring your washboard, wear your poodle skirt –
Be There or be Square!
#CelebrateCommunity  #StPeters60

Memories of the 40th Anniversary Celebrations in 1997!

Check out this great video uploaded to youtube by Mike Chitty!  This should bring back some fabulous memories for those who attended the 40th anniversary celebrations of the day that John met Paul in 1997.  It certainly made us even more excited as we prepare to celebrate the 60th anniversary from July 5-9 this year!

Woolton Liverpool 5th July 1997

On Saturday 5th July 1997 – 40 years after John Lennon first met Paul McCartney in St Peter’s Church Hall – the Quarry Men Skiffle Group travelled through the streets of Woolton village on the back of a lorry, as they had done on 6th July 1957, and performed in the grounds of Bishop Martin Primary School. A Beatles-themed fete was held, and recorded messages from Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney were played. Apart from the Quarry Men, the other performers in 1997 included ‘Ringer’ from Scotland and ‘Smile’ from Liverpool.

Click  HERE to view it on youtube!