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Celebration of Hymns


Sunday, 16 June 2019 from 18:30

PAM RHODES of BBC’s Songs of Praise and Premier Radio presents a Thanksgiving Service and Stories Behind Our Favourite Hymns. After the service people will have the chance to meet her and she will be signing her books.

Also featuring Gary Wood & Roger Evan • Soloist Gordon Hodges • Organist Chris Hodges • Ampthill Town Band • St Andrew’s Church Choir


For thirty years, Pam Rhodes has been the face of SONGS OF PRAISE on BBC1, presenting the programme from the very smallest of country churches to huge outside broadcasts. Pam has met a variety of characters and her high profile interviewees range from The Pope, Dr Christian Barnard, Sir James Galway, Jackie Collins, Marcel

Marceau, Chris Rea, Sir Ian McKellern, Sting, Sir Cliff Richard, Roald Dahl, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Tim Rice, Rosemary Conley, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, members of the Royal Family, politicians and archbishops.

Pam’s breakthrough came as part of the production team on Thames Television’s live evening news programme, TODAY, and she advanced to become the programme organiser on THIS WEEK, ITV’s flagship weekly documentary series.

Pam moved to the other side of the camera as a studio presenter and interviewer for the live evening news programme ABOUT ANGLIA and regularly read the ITN news headlines and the weather forecast on LONDON WEEKEND TELEVISION.

Pam has her own weekly programme on PREMIER RADIO which she combines with being a regular presenter of PAUSE FOR THOUGHT on BBC Radio 2. Throughout the year

Pam travels up and down the land, compering musical and speaking events – Pam was last in Ampthill when she led a service at Parkside Hall shortly after it had reopened – and also finds the time to write novels.

Pam holds the role of Vice President of three major charities – The Church Army, The Leprosy Mission and Livability, the largest Christian disability charity in the UK. She is also Patron of MHA (formerly Methodist Homes for the Aged) and an Ambassador for Mercy Ships – as well as being actively involved in a whole range of other national and

local projects. At home in Bedfordshire, Pam and her husband Richard run a large cattery, not just to look after pets when their owners are on holiday, but also for a local branch of the RSPCA, caring for cats who are in need of TLC while new owners are found.

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