New Song from Eddie Devlin!

Eddie Devlin has always supported the various events at St Peter’s Church, and we are proud to consider him our ‘resident’ musician.  He will be performing in the Church Hall between 10.30am and 2.30pm, and has written this song in honour of the occasion!

Beautifully Beatle-esque in tone, enjoy “Paul and John” by Eddie Devlin!

July 6 – Live Music in St Peter’s Church Hall

St Peter’s Church Hall will be open on Thursday July 6 from 10am to 3pm as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul!

We are delighted that we will be joined that day by Eddie Devlin and Catherine Cook who will be playing live from about 10.30am onwards.   Both Eddie and Cath are real friends to St Peter’s Church and if anyone can call themselves the resident musicians for the Church Hall where the Beatles began, then they certainly deserve the title!

For a preview of the treats in store for us all next Thursday, check out these videos of Eddie and Cath!

During last year’s International Beatle Week, Eddie was joined by Len Garry for a truly special performance of “In My Life,” and you can see some of Eddie’s original compositions on his youtube channel HERE!

Also, check out this hauntingly beautiful rendition of “It’s For You” written by Paul McCartney for Cilla Black.  A lost demo by Paul was discovered last year and sold at the Beatles auction in August, but we love Cath’s version!  For more information on Cath, visit her Facebook page – She’s Leaving Home by clicking HERE

The Church Hall will be closing at 3pm so that everyone had head over the road to enjoy the recreation of the fete on what is now the playing field of Bishop Martin CE Primary School.  Entry is £2.50 and you can pay on the door!  More details HERE!

“A Hard Day’s Night” at Woolton Picture House!

Exciting news from Richie the Ranger!  Woolton Picture House was, of course, a favourite place of John’s in his youth and is much-loved by local residents today.  Richie’s films/talks are always hugely popular and this promises to be a very special performance on a very special day!

“I will be staging a screening of the Beatles first film ” A Hard Days Night” on Wed 5th July at 12.00 noon.

This fabulous film will be screened at Liverpool’s oldest cinema, The Woolton Picture House, where one can relax in comfort and revel in the nostalgia of this fantastic musical journey.

Released on 6th July 1964, this is still regarded as one of the top 100 best british films ever released and truly captures the magic and talent of the early days of the group.

Experience the Beatles on the big screen, performing hits such as

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John and Bell-Ringing at St Peter’s Church


Ellie Wilde contemplating John’s connection with St Peter’s Church

It is a little known fact that John Lennon once tried his hand at bell-ringing at St Peter’s Church in his youth.  The current Tower Captain at St Peter’s, Nick Willasey, told us that: “John Lennon did attend a couple of bell-ringing practices around 1957 – but didn’t take it up, as the then Tower Captain suggested that bell-ringing may not be for him, as John was not keen on doing what he was instructed to do!”  Nick went on to add that “John would have been taught on Bell Number 3.”



The exciting news for visitors to the Church during the anniversary is that the Bell Tower will be open for tours during the celebrations, and visitors will be invited to have a go at bell-ringing themselves on the historic Bell Number 3!


Full details for the Bell Tower tours have yet to be confirmed, but we are delighted to announce that it will be open to visitors on Wednesday July 5 and Thursday July 6 for three one-hour slots:

  • 1000-1100
  • 1200-1300
  • 1400-1500

Once up the tower there will be flyers about the history of the tower and bells and recruitment, and an opportunity to hear about bells and bellringing with some ringers as well, of course, as the opportunity to ring Bell Number 3!


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The Day John Met Paul

We are delighted that the Cavern Club will be working in partnership with St Peter’s Church and Bishop Martin School to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul on July 6, 1957, at our Church fete.  The involvement of the Cavern in our anniversary celebrations on July 6 2017 reflects the importance of St Peter’s Church in the history and heritage of the Beatles, and we are thrilled that they are able to share our special day.

In addition to all the fabulous events included in the Cavern announcement, the Church Hall will be open on July 6 from 10am to 3pm, with free admission, live music and refreshments.

A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

Announcement from Cavern City Tours/the Cavern Club

On 6 July 1957, 60 years ago this summer, John Lennon and his band The Quarrymen followed a marching band through the streets of Woolton to play at the annual St. Peter’s Garden Fete. That afternoon he met Paul McCartney and together they went on to change the face of music forever.
This year, on 6 July 2017, 60 years to the day, we will be celebrating the anniversary of The Quarrymen’s performance at the Fete, and the day John met Paul. We will step back in time to replicate the Fete and the Grand Dance at the Church Hall. This will be a community
collaboration with the Church and Bishop Martin School where the original Fete took place. All the elements of a typically English garden fete will be celebrated, including the children’s fancy dress party, the Crowning of the Rose Queen and the procession of The Quarrymen on a flat back lorry through the village. Amongst the many attractions will be games, cake sales, refreshments, and much more and, of course, dancing to the music of The Quarrymen and other artists.


10 years into the future, the 1967 Summer of Love, another marching band was born. 2017 also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It’s safe to say that The Beatles may not have happened if it had not been for the 6 July 1957 – the Day John Met Paul.

Please bring your friends along and help us celebrate this historic day, and dress in 1950s style if you want to, be as authentic as you dare! Entry to the event will be by purchase of a programme on the day. You can just walk up and pay; no ticketing in advance is required. Tickets for the Grand Dance in the evening will go on sale, online, sometime in early June, so watch this space. It will be a fabulous day for everyone with Satisfaction is guaranteed!!!

For further information contact


Church Hall opening over the Anniversary Weekend


St Peter’s Church Hall will be open to visitors on the 60th anniversary of the day that John and Paul met.  Come and stand on the spot where Paul ‘auditioned’ to join the Quarrymen and musical history was made!

The musical legacy of that historic day will be celebrated with live performances from the fabulous Eddie Devlin and Catherine Cook, and some of the current members of the congregation who were at the Church Fete on July 6, 1957, will be on hand to share their memories of that fateful day

There will also be the opportunity to purchase exclusive souvenirs, including t-shirts, key-rings, commemorative posters, badges and postcards, as well as the Hymnals and Prayer Books used during the 1950s.  These items are only available at the Church and cannot be purchased online.

Further details of this and other anniversary events will be announced soon!