Hands Across the Water!

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!

Message from Mrs Vaughn to St Peter’s
Mrs Vaughn’s class learning about the Beatles in 2016
Mrs Vaughn’s class in 2016 with ‘Merseybeat Pete’

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!”

Mrs Vaughn’s class in 2022, with ‘Merseybeat Pete’!

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!

When John Met Paul 65!

It doesn’t seem five minutes since we held a five-day music festival to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul in St Peter’s Church Hall!

The Quarrymen in St Peter’s Church Hall on July 6, 2017, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul.

Today we are delighted to announce our plans to celebrate the 65th anniversary, with two special events!**

July 6, 2022

On July 6, 2022, the Church Hall will be open to visitors and the wonderful Norma will be leading a special Beatle-themed singalong! These events have been hugely popular in the past and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate. All events on July 6 are FREE, and there might be a few treats for everyone who can join us.

July 9, 2022 – The Quarrymen in Concert

Then, on Saturday July 9, we are delighted and privileged to announce that the Quarrymen will be performing in the Church Hall, just as they did 65 years ago. The Quarrymen will be supported by The Shakers, the Cavern’s resident Merseybeat group and leading exponents of the original Mersey Sound today! In addition to three sets of live music, the ticket price includes a buffet, with both savoury and sweet finger food and nibbles. Following the format of the highly successful “Celebration of Community” dance held on July 7, 2017, all guests are welcome to bring their own drinks!

Only 65 tickets, priced at £30 each, will be available and will be on sale soon!

Colin and Joan Hanton joining in the dancing at the ‘Celebration of Community’ dance, with music from The Shakers, on July 7, 2017.

A splendid time is guaranteed for all, and we do hope that you will join us as we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the day that John met Paul and the Beatles began!

#JohnPaul65 #celebratecommunity #StPetersWoolton

** Please note that all arrangements are subject to change, depending on health and safety requirements at the time.

Enjoy the Beauty of St Peter’s Church!


St Peter’s Church will be open Saturdays and Sundays 10 am – 4 pm** throughout July, August and September!

Please come and have a look round our beautiful building and take time to enjoy the peace and quiet.

For Beatles fans, this is an opportunity to visit the Church that was an important part of John’s childhood.  Mimi attended regularly, and John sang in the choir and once tried his hand at bell-ringing.  Make sure to ask the volunteers to point out the spot where John sat in the choir stalls, or the area of the Church where Mimi liked to sit for services.

Two of John’s uncles are also remembered in the Church – his uncle Robert is listed on the war memorial, and uncle George is buried in St Peter’s graveyard.


** Please note that access to some areas of the Church may vary during Church Sunday services and for special services such as weddings and funerals, and that all times are subject to change at short notice.

St Peter’s Church Hall Open!

St Peter’s Church Hall will be open to visitors tomorrow – Saturday June 16 – from 11am until 3pm in honour of Paul’s birthday on Monday!  If you’re in Woolton, please come in and say hello!

Our new limited edition phone stands will be on sale for the first time (only available at the Church)!


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!



From July 5th-9th 2017, St Peter’s Church and Bishop Martin CE Primary School welcomed the world to Woolton Village as we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the meeting of two seemingly ordinary Liverpool lads who went on to change the world. On that day, no-one dreamed what John meeting Paul would lead to.

The events of that day, 60 years ago, that took place on what is now the playing field for Bishop Martin CE Primary School and in St Peter’s Church Hall, showed that magic can happen anywhere, even at a local village fete, when a community comes together. Even without the Beatles connection, that alone is worth celebrating!

We want to share our blessings with as many people as possible, and so during 2017 we will be holding a series of celebratory events, including having the Church Hall and School grounds open during the anniversary weekend in July and International Beatle Week celebrations in August.

This website is run by the A-Team — volunteers from St Peter’s Church and Bishop Martin CE Primary School PTA — and is intended as a hub of information on the history and heritage of the Church and School, as well as future events.

For more information on St Peter’s Church and its ministry, please visit the Church website at St Peter’s Woolton

For more information on Bishop Martin CE Primary School, please visit the School website at Bishop Martin CE Primary School