Len Garry of the Quarrymen is a real friend to St Peter’s and has helped us so much over the years, but now it’s our turn to try to help him.
Jackie Spencer sees him quite often as a special guest on her tours, and she shared this: “I know I’ve shared a few fundraising things in the past, but this one is very personal and dear to my heart. Anyone who has enjoyed meet and greets with Quarryman Len Garry lately will realise that he is struggling with mobility, and to keep getting out there to see and perform for Beatles Fans he now needs support in the form.of a mobility scooter. If anyone can help with a donation please do. Len Garry is a legend.”
This cause is very dear to our heart too, and we agree that Len is a legend. We completely understand that times are tough right now, but please help if you can! Even a pound or two can make a difference to a truly lovely man.
On Saturday July 9, St Peter’s Church Hall rocked to the sounds of skiffle and Merseybeat as we celebrated the 65th anniversary of the day that John met Paul!
There are lots more photos to come but first I need to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in a memorable and very special evening:
— The Quarrymen – Rod Davies, Len Garry, Colin Hall and Chas Newby
— The Shakers, the Cavern’s resident Merseybeat band who, for one night only, left the most famous club in the world and returned to the place where it all began.
— The Titanic Hotel, The Cavern Club, the Liverpool Beatles Museum and Cavern Mecca – for donating some fabulous prizes for the raffle.
— Perfect Platters – for an amazing buffet!
— Alix Brown – our official photographer for the night (photos coming soon!)
— Karen Allen – our shop/sales manager
— Chris Campbell – especially for all the hard work in preparing the surprise gifts for our guests on the night
— Graham Paisley – who came out of retirement for the night to oversee everything
— Jo Kneale – for the wonderful flower centrepieces on each table
— The St Peter’s Team – Rachel and Nick Chevis, Joanne and Gary Barwise and Dom Abba
— Julia Baird and Freda Kelly – for partying with us
— The support from our local councillors, Barbara Mace, Kris Brown and Malcolm Kelly, Jean and Charles Davies from the Woolton Society; and representatives from the Beatles industry in Liverpool, especially Jean Catherall, Kathy and Alistair Versfeld from Strawberry Field, and Colin Hall from Mendips.
— And last, but certainly not least, each and every person who came on the night to celebrate our very special anniversary and made the night the wonderful and memorable occasion that it was!
A huge THANK YOU to you all from everyone at St Peter’s Church!
To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, St Peter’s Church and Church Hall will be open on Friday June 3 and Saturday June 4!
Take a tour inside the Church and see our beautiful stained glass windows designed by Charles Kempe and William Morris, and the choir stalls where John Lennon sat.
Visit the Church Hall and stand on the spot where a young Paul McCartney auditioned for John on July 6, 1957, and the Lennon-McCartney partnership began!
Depending on staff availability, we may be offer a guided tour of the graveyard to visit the graves of legendary football manager, Bob Paisley, John’s uncle, George Toogood Smith, and ‘our’ Eleanor Rigby!
Friday June 3: Church open from 10am to 11.45am and 2.15pm to 4pm; Church Hall open from 10am to 4pm
Saturday June 4: Church open from 10am to 4pm; Church Hall 10am to 2pm
It’s so lovely to welcome tour groups back to St Peter’s! Here are some of today’s visitors, here for the big match at Anfield tomorrow, with Graham Paisley, son of legendary Liverpool manager, Bob Paisley!
On July 6, 1957, St Peter’s Church Hall was filled with the sound of music, including the George Edwards Band, the Quarrymen putting on the style, and a young Paul McCartney rocking up twenty flights on guitar and shaking a whole lot on the piano! On July 6 this year, 65 years to the day, of that memorable evening when the Lennon-McCartney partnership began and musical history was made, we want to fill the hall with music again with an Open Mic night.
Our goal is to provide the opportunity for musicians within the local community to come together and celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Paul being introduced to the Quarrymen right here at St Peter’s!
So, if you would like to play in one of the most important places in modern musical history on the anniversary of the day that the Beatles began, this is your chance!! It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an expert, whether you’re on your own or have your own group, everyone is welcome! If you are on your own, and would like a “little help” from new friends, the Fab Few, our hosts for the evening, will be happy to help.
We always love finding out that young people are learning about the Beatles in school, and it’s great to welcome children and school groups to St Peter’s to visit the historic site where the Beatles began!
Back in 2016, Rick G — known to many Beatles fans for his Fans on the Run group, and a good friend of St Peter’s — told us about his sister’s class in Tennessee who were learning about the Beatles. Obviously it was a bit too far for a field trip but, thanks to a generous donation, we were able to send a little piece of St Peter’s to them!
We were so grateful to Mrs Vaughn for sending us photos of her class with the items from St Peter’s, and for getting all necessary permissions so that we can share the photos. Seeing their smiles made our day and is a lovely reminder of the joy and love that the Beatles represent!
There is an update to this story, though! This week Mrs Vaughn contacted us again. The teddy bear – Merseybeat Pete – has been adopted as the class mascot and Mrs Vaughn told us that he proudly sits in her classroom. She added, “I love when my students ask about the sweet teddy bear that watches over our class from the shelf! That occurred just this morning and they are all doing Beatles research right now!”
We are looking forward to welcoming the world to St Peter’s again but knowing that these children, as well as people all around the world, love and cherish our historic site makes us even happier!
We think that teachers are wonderful because they make a real difference in the world and you’ve certainly made a difference for us. Thank you Mrs Vaughn, and thanks to your wonderful students too!
One of the most exciting things about history is that there is always something new to discover and, when that discovery adds to our knowledge of the history and heritage of St Peter’s Church, it’s even more exciting!
So you can imagine how we felt when Alix, a good friend of St Peter’s spotted a post from Chris Bannister on Facebook, and we are absolutely delighted and grateful to Chris for allowing us to share his photo and the story behind it here!
Chris explained, “This is my father riding the horse Avon Lad at Woolton Village Fete a year before he went in the army. The date was July 6th 1957 and a band called The Quarrymen performed later that day and met their 15 year old, future guitar player Paul McCartney. My dad doesn’t remember seeing them play but apparently they were quite good. “
In 1969 John would sing “I dig a pony” and we certainly dig this pony! Thanks so much, Chris, for allowing us to publish your lovely photo and adding a little something extra to that special, historic and ‘fete-ful’ day.