Autumn Assembly 2018

The Society holds an Autumn Assembly every year. It is an opportunity for members to meet up again, attend a workshop, share in Mass and socialise. The event always includes the Annual General Meeting and the Crichton Memorial Lecture. In recent years, the Assembly has been extended to include an event and a meal on the Friday evening, which has proved very popular with many members.

This event has now taken place

The information given below has been retained for now to give a flavour to anyone thinking about coming along next year.

Details of next year’s assembly will be posted as soon as they are available.

This year we gather in Worcester for our Autumn Assembly.  For those able to be in Worcester on Friday evening, we will begin with a visit to Worcester Cathedral for Choral Evensong at 5.30 pm, followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant for 7.30 pm.

On Saturday, we will meet at St George’s Parish Centre.  St George’s is a church with an exciting history. Its organ was installed in 1885, the same year that the English composer Edward Elgar became church organist there.  The ‘Elgar’ organ is still in the church and we hope to have an opportunity to visit the organ loft during our visit.

What better place then, to learn something more about Edward Elgar, the compositions he wrote for St George’s and the organ that he played there?  We are delighted that Alan Smith has agreed to share with us the story of Elgar and St George’s.

The Annual James Crichton Memorial Lecture entitled ‘Foundations of 20th Century Liturgical Reform and Future Perspectives’ will be delivered by Fr Paul Gunter OSB, Secretary of the Department for Christian Life and Worship.

The Society is most grateful to the Lisbonian Society for its on-going support of this annual lecture.

Please join us for all or part of the Assembly and bring a friend: non-members are most welcome.

Friday 12th October 2018

Worcester Cathedral (map)

5.30 pm Choral Evensong

7.30 pm approx. Dinner at a local restaurant for good food and fellowship

Saturday 13th October 2018

St George’s RC Church, Sansome Place, Worcester WR1 1UG (map)

(Timetable is subject to change)

10.00 am   Gather in the hall at St George’s – Tea and Coffee

10.15 am   Morning Prayer and welcome

10.30 am   Edward Elgar and St George’s, Worcester – Alan Smith

11:30 am   Tea/coffee

11.45 am   Liturgy preparation for Mass

12.30 pm   Society of Saint Gregory AGM – Click here for the agenda

1.00 pm     Lunch

2.00 pm     James Crichton Memorial Lecture – Fr Paul Gunter OSB

3.15 pm     Tea/coffee

3.30 pm     Mass


The cost is £20 per person to attend the Autumn Assembly. This includes the lecture, workshop and lunch on Saturday, but not the Friday evening meal nor any charge made by additional visits to places of interest.

For those who wish only to attend The Crichton Memorial Lecture the cost is £10 and this includes lunch.

There is no charge for attending the AGM, which is for members of the Society only.

Online booking is available here. Or you can download our flyer and booking form here.
Further information is available by emailing Mary Rouse.

Any questions?

Do you need more information? Email Mary or click the link to contact us.

Crichton Memorial Lecture

Find out about this annual lecture, given in memory of a great liturgist

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