Holy Innocents Church Loughton

September 2nd 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Holy Innocents Church Loughton

If the proms at The Albert Hall were too much of a journey from Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford look no further than Holy Innocents Church in Loughton for their 1918 Prom in the Forest. The programme for the Prom in the Forest at High Beach Church on Saturday, 15 September 2018 at 7 pm is taking shape they say. You can get early bird tickets for £13 at Ticket Source using this link.

The prom is a Music Hall style concert to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. The organisers would very much like as much audience participation as possible in the Prom, so they have been printing the words for one of the songs in the concert. So you can start to practice this one!

Let's all go down the Strand,
Let's all go down the Strand
I'll be leader you can march behind.
Come with me and see what we can find.
Let's all go down the Strand
That's the place for fun and noise.
All among the girls and boys.
So let's all go down the Strand. 

The prom is a great way to check out the lovely Church of the Holy Innocents which was built in 1873 and designed by Sir Arthur Blomfield in Victorian Gothic style situated in the heart of Epping Forest. From the beginning of May to the end of September, the church is open every Sunday afternoon between 2.00 and 5.30pm, visitors can look around and also enjoy home-made cake and light refreshments in this tranquil setting. It is also an amazing venue for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals.  

The land for the church and churchyard was given by Charles Sotheby, Lord of the Manor, who “released” the land - about one acre - in 1869 from the forest.   The church building was paid for by Thomas Charles Baring MP, a director of Baring Brothers’ Bank, who had recently moved into nearby Wallsgrove House.