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The Cavendish London interviews Revd. Lucy Winkett from St. James's Church Piccadilly

  • by Fabricio Torres

After a few days of organising and coordinating the interview, I managed to meet Revd. Lucy Winkett, the serving rector at St. James's Church, in Piccadilly.

On arrival in the church, I was slightly puzzled by the presence of a piano and clarinet (or was it an oboe?) duo rehearsing for an upcoming event. They sounded quite experimental and there were a few people scattered praying and enjoying the calm atmosphere. This peaceful and slightly unreal atmosphere arose my interest in the church and the events that take place in it, which, to my surprise, are not always religious. The church runs a very tight schedule of events, mostly live classical music performances, talks and more.

Revd. Winkett is a young and enthusiastic lady, with a contagious smile and great warmth. She told me about her previous years in St. Paul's Cathedral, her ongoing contributions to Radio 4's Thought for the Day, the way the Piccadilly Market works and the impressive amount of work that herself and the church are undertaking for the community. Currently, the church is collecting donations to restore the roof, which is in need of repair. Please go to the church main webpage to find out more.

Personally, I think that everyone should pay a visit to the church, even if it looks small(ish) from outside, it's surprisingly airy and spacious once in, and the decoration is sober, but beautiful. The church is an open to everyone, regardless of their age, race or religion, and it's a true oasis of calm in the centre of the city.

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