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“Heading For Extinction” talk, Thursday 21 November 7.30pm

On the evening of  21st November Oat Street Unitarian Chapel will be hosting a talk from Extinction Rebellion Evesham branch called “Heading For Extinction.”    The organisers have given us the following summary:
Are you confused about climate science? Do you feel worried about the state of the planet, but don’t know what to do?  ‘Heading for Extinction’ is a hard-hitting look at the latest climate science and the very real prospect of climate collapse. We explore why global emissions are continuing to rise in 2019, despite decades of petitions, protests, and increasingly dire scientific warnings. We’ll also share Extinction Rebellion’s vision for bringing about change, in order to save ourselves and the Earth’s fragile ecosystem before it’s too late. “
For a preview of what to expect, there are a number of videos on YouTube of Heading For Extinction talks earlier this year including ones at Oxford and Bristol.
 The event is free, 7pm for a 7.30pm start, and everyone is of course very welcome.  The Chapel already hosts the local Extinction Rebellion group’s meetings every other Friday although the 15 November gathering was cancelled due to flooding  – which rather proves the campaign’s point!

Transgender Day of Remembrance service, Wednesday 20 November

At 8pm on Wednesday 20 November, Oat Street Unitarians will be holding a special service in honour of  Transgender Day of Remembrance, (TDoR), a day marked annually in memory of those who have lost their lives as a result of transphobic violence.  TDoR comes at the end of Transgender Awareness Week,  during which a number of events take place every year to raise awareness of the transgender community and the issues that it faces.   Many other Unitarian congregations worldwide take part in these events as well as marking TDoR.   Even if you have never visited the Chapel before, you are more than welcome to join us on 20th for this very special occasion.

Taster session for the new Children’s Group at the Chapel, Sunday 24 November

Oat Street Unitarian Chapel already supports the popular “Malvern Transformers” after-school children’s group that runs every Friday in term time for children up to Year 5. This is an activity group ideal for all children who want to make a difference in the world, whether big or small.

We are very pleased to announce that Transformers will now be launching in Evesham in January 2020 as a monthly Sunday morning gathering, and we are running a taster/sampler session from 1045-1200 on Sunday 24 November to which everyone is very much welcome.

Transformers is about making a difference in a small, or big, way.
Transforming OurselvesSearching for truth and meaning. Recognising the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Transforming Others:  Striving for justice, equity and compassion in human relations. Accepting others and providing encouragement to spiritual growth.
Transforming the World:  Working for peace. Caring for our world. Respecting the interdependent web of all existence.

Each session comprises: Sharing News, games, videos, crafts, a discussion and, of course fun!

The regular Evesham  monthly sessions start on 12th January 2020 and will cost £1.50 per session.   For further details, please contact:

Rosemary Webb

Tel: 01684 565708

or our Minister  Rev  Mark Hutchinson
Tel: 07951947251

More live folk at the Chapel, Saturday 16 November

Worcestershire based singer-songwriters Colin Pitts and Mike Weaver will be joined by the highly acclaimed Emi McDade for the latest in the series of popular ‘Folk Treble’ evenings at Oat Street Chapel on Saturday 16th November.

Mike and Colin are well known to us at Oat Street from previous shows.  Emi is a talented young keyboard player and songwriter from Highnam, near Gloucester, who has performed on stages and at festivals all over the UK. Praised for her unique vocals, she returns to Evesham for the first time in three years.   This sounds like a great night out to us….

Doors open 7.30pm, music starts 8pm.  There is a public car park adjacent (free after 6pm).  We don’t have a bar, but audience members may bring their own alcoholic or soft drinks. Tickets £9 online in advance or £10 on the door from this link. 

Chapel open for Heritage Open Days, 21-22 September

Our hidden town centre gem of an 18 Century Grade II* listed Chapel and garden will, as usual, be open as part of the annual Heritage Open Days event on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September. Everyone is most welcome.   We’re open from 10 am to 4.30 pm on the Saturday and 12 noon 4.30pm on Sunday because of our regular 11am Sunday service, which you’re also of course most welcome to attend.  Full details are on the event’s page on the Heritage Open Day website. 

Our “Oat Street Saturdays” meditation group is to be led by Julia Rowntree on 14 and 28 September

The twice monthly “Oat Street Saturday” meditation sessions that we run on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month are proving popular.  As our Minister Rev Mark is away this month,  good friend of the congregation and local healer Julia Rowntree of Essence of Touch is leading this month’s sessions on 14th and 28th.    Her last “guest presenter” sessions were excellent so please do come along if you can this time round. No previous experience of meditation required!

Legendary musician Steve Ashley in concert at the Chapel on Sat 14th September

On Saturday 14th September we are honoured and delighted to welcome legendary folk singer and songwriter Steve Ashley to Oat St Unitarian Chapel for a concert supported by the Chapel’s very good friend, the Worcestershire musician Mike Weaver.    This is one of the highest profile concerts we’ve staged for some time, and we are sure that a great time will be had by all.   We’ve ample free parking next door and we hope many of you will be able to join us.   Tickets (£10) and further information is available from the event’s page on the We Got Tickets website.

Congregation member Eileen Green – sad news

Oat Street Unitarians are very sad to announce the death of Eileen Green, beloved wife of John Green, on 22nd August at St Richard’s Hospice, after a short illness.
Many of you will have met Eileen, either at an MUA event, or at Oat Street.
Her funeral will be held at Oat Street Chapel at 2pm on Friday 13th September and all those who remember Eileen are very welcome to join us.  Please get in contact with any of the committee if you would like any further details.

More live folk at the Chapel, Thursday 18 April

Live folk returns to Oat Street on 18 April as we host the latest in the popular series of “Folk Treble” concerts to be held here.  This time, the three acts appearing are our old friend Mike Weaver plus folk pop band Every Thread and folk/acoustic blues group Under The Wychwood.   Doors open 7.30pm and the fun starts at eight.  Tickets are £9 in advance or £10 on the door.  We don’t have a bar but feel free to bring your own drinks.  If our previous events in the series are anything to go by, a fine time is guaranteed for all!


“Oat St Saturdays” Meditation Group, second and fourth Saturdays of the month

Oat St Unitarian Chapel’s fortnightly “Oat Street Saturdays” sessions that launched in December are growing in popularity and everyone is very welcome to join in the events with us.  The next ones are on 14 and 28  September 2019.

On each date our Minister Rev Mark Hutchinson will be at the chapel available for a chat from 1000-1130 and then from 1130-1230 he will lead the Meditation Group.   This will feature a shared reading and a guided meditation before concluding with chants from various traditions.

No previous meditation or chanting is required and everyone is very welcome regardless of whether you are a Chapel regular or have never visited us before.   See you there?