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St Alphege (954-1012)
Details of all the churches and organisations which participated in the National Celebrations of the Millennium of St Alphege, and the various events arranged throughout the country can be seen on the Millennium Website
Bath Abbey, built on the site of the Anglo-Saxon abbey of Alphege's day, have also held celebrations to commemorate the millenium. See Abbey Celebrations .
Here at St Alphege’s Parish in Bath we have held a series of events across the year as part of those celebrations.
Millennium Mass – 19th April
Solemn Mass to mark the millennium of the Martyrdom of St Alphege was celebrated by Bishop Declan, in the presence of the Charter Mayor and Mayoress of Bath. The preacher was The Abbot of Downside. Music by Capella Nova. Afterwards everybody adjoined to the parish hall for light refreshments.
See Photos .
St Alphege's Millennium Festival - Saturday 19th May
The Festival was held in and around the Parish Hall from 3pm onwards. Caroline Shaw led conducted tours of the church and many people came to view it for the first time, one from California. Art from the local group was on display together with the entries from the children's competitions. The Parish Hall was filled with stalls selling cakes, jams, pickles, and other homemade produce, plants, bric-a-brac, books, strawberry teas, and much else. In the sunny gardens a happy crowd of people enjoyed themselves amidst the sideshows, coconut shy, skittles, ladder walk and other activities. St Alphege and the Danes could be seen wandering around! The festival ended late in the evening with a barbecue in the grounds. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all and raised the excellent sum of £3,500 towards the maintenance of the church fabric. Well done all those who worked so hard.
See Photos .
Heritage Open Day - September 7th/8th/9th 2012
As part of our celebrations we joined in the National Heritage Open Days Scheme which celebrates England’s fantastic history and culture with a chance to discover hidden architectural treasures. Our beautiful church was open for visitors, with tours and refreshments available. There is now a laminated information sheet at the back of the church which gives a great self-guided tour and which is well worth following.
St Alphege Millennium Pilgrimage 8th September 2012
The Ecumenical Pilgrimage to commemorate the millennium of St Alphege's martyrdom took place on Saturday 8th September. A large group from Bath Abbey, the Orthodox community of St John of Kronstadt, Bath, the parish of Our Lady & St Alphege, Bath, and the parish of St Alphege, Solihull, visited the church of St Mary the Virgin at Deerhurst and St Alphege's Well at Lansdown, before coming to St Alphege's, Bath, for tea, a tour of the church and evening prayer and hymns.
Giles Mercer's detailed report on the Diocesan website.
See Photos taken on the pilgrimage by Janet and Ray Ricketts .
These Millennium events support the major fundraising campaign for ongoing refurbishments to the beautiful grade 2* listed building of Our Lady and St. Alphege, Bath. Refurbishments include the new church roof, repair of the Great West Window , with restoration of the floor and recondition of the organ to follow. This extensive programme has an estimated cost of £250,000 and will be funded mostly from Parish events. All contributions to the Fabric fund are most gratefully received. Donations can be made either in the collection box or by cheques made payable to ‘The Parish of St Alphege’ sent to: The Presbytery, Our Lady & St Alphege, Oldfield Lane, Bath BA2 3NR
St. Alphege Book Caroline Shaw’s beautifully illustrated book, entitled ‘Our Lady & St Alphege, Bath’ - £9.99 plus £3.50 for postal delivery. Available from the Church, the Oldfield Park Bookshop or order online from Amazon .
SCENES FROM THE 19th APRIL MASS AT ST ALPHEGE'S
(With thanks to Father Bill of St Peter & St Paul, Combe Down, and Dr Simon Johnson of Downside)
SCENES FROM THE 19th MAY MILLENNIUM FETE AT ST ALPHEGE'S
Click on each photo in turn to enlarge
.. and St Alphege & the Danish Vikings ....
And Liz Alford has put some more photos on Facebook .
SCENES FROM THE MILLENNIUM PILGRIMAGE TO DEERHURST & LANSDOWN September 8th 2012
(by Janet & Ray Ricketts)
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