200th anniversary of sailor’s death marked

News  |  February 23, 2015

Scores of people gathered at St Peter's Church in St George at the weekend to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Midshipman Richard Sutherland Dale. Governor George Fergusson and US Consul General Robert Settje joined St George Mayor, Garth Rothwell, and about 100 residents for the service on Saturday afternoon. “We had a good crowd turn out for the anniversary,” said Mr Rot... Read more

A celebration of the sea at Masterworks

News  |  October 28, 2014

There is a sea-fever raging at Masterworks. A marine show with paintings, sculpture and photography are on exhibit in this celebration of all things of the sea. There is a prize at stake — a magnificent one too — called the ‘The Serjeant's Cup for Marine Art', donated by St Peter's Church and originally given to the St George's church for their 400th anniversary by the Serjeant of the Vestr... Read more

St Peter’s Church to receive grant

News  |  May 20, 2014

St Peter's Church in St George will remain open as a tourist attraction after the Bermuda Tourism Authority agreed to provide the historic building with a grant. There were concerns that the church, the oldest surviving Anglican church in continuous use outside the UK, could be forced to close to visitors because of a lack of funds. The attraction is open seven days a week, and pulls in more t... Read more

A great ambassador for St George’s and Bermuda

News  |  April 7, 2014

Dear Sir, Once more I write to your column, only this time a more happy occasion but sad at the same time. I would like to give recognition to a very special lady. Her name is Edith Clair Spencer from St George's, but was better known as Clair. She sadly passed away recently at 89 years young. In my estimation, Clair Spencer is truly a St George's Icon. Clair for many years was the organist... Read more

St Peter’s Church Bell Blessing Service

News  |  July 1, 2013

St Peter’s Church, Their Majesties Chappell in St George’s held a service of Sung Evensong on Sunday, June 30, on the occasion of the Blessing of Bells by the Bishop of Bermuda the Rt Rev’d Nicholas Dill. “By very ancient tradition church bells are blessed by a bishop, dedicated to the glory of God and named”, according to the service programme. “When Bermuda artist Emma Joyce [Mit... Read more

An 80th birthday celebrated in style

News  |  June 29, 2013

The Rev Dr Erskine Simmons got into one of his most magnanimous moods when his 80th birthday began rolling around. So with the support of Michelle, his busy wife — the soon to retire Principal of the Berkeley Institute — they hosted a fabulous 'Help Erskine Celebrate his 80th' party. White Hall, the imposing historic mansion Erskine acquired for his home two decades ago, three-storeys high... Read more

Restoration underway, but church will remain unfinished

News  |  June 7, 2013

Staff from Works and Engineering have in recent weeks been working to restore the Unfinished Church, which suffered “substantial deterioration” due to weathering. Former St George’s Mayor Henry Hayward said: “It got so bad it was actually a danger to visitors and tourists and we had the close to gate so they wouldn’t go in there.” The site was closed to the public in late 2010, ... Read more

St Peter’s Church marks Queen’s Coronation anniversary

News  |  June 1, 2013

Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and Their Majesties Chappell, St Peter’s Church, will be celebrating that event with a special service in lieu of its regular morning services. “We felt that since the Queen gave us the title last year, it would be mean spirited not to do so,” explained Maj Rev David Raths, who serves as the rector.... Read more

Regiment ADCs honoured in thanksgiving service

News  |  May 27, 2013

Around 100 people attended a special ceremony at St Peter’s Church yesterday to mark 40 years of service by Bermuda Regiment officers to governors of Bermuda. Governor George Fergusson thanked all those who had served as aide-de-camp — the military right-hand man to governors — over the past four decades. The first Bermudian ADC, retired Major Alvin Daniels, who took up the post i... Read more

Bishop of London calls St Peter’s founding a ‘significant step’ in the development of Christianity

News  |  November 19, 2012

The Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, was on the Island this weekend to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of St Peter’s Church. The church is possibly the oldest continually used Protestant church in the Western hemisphere, and believed to be the oldest surviving Anglican church outside of the British Isles. “It is an extraordinary beginning, because, of cours... Read more