Lectures & Events

The following Lecture is to be held at   Deerhurst Church, Nr Tewkesbury, GL19 4BX

The Deerhurst Lecture  2015

The post-Reformation chancel fittings at Deerhurst: a unique survival’.

Trevor Cooper, Chairman of the Ecclesiological Society.

Saturday 12th September 2015 at 7.30 pm.

 Admission on the Door  from 7pm.

 Tickets (incl. glass of Wine and Cheese) £5.00 Students £3.00

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Two Past Events ……….

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Dedication of Odda’s Chapel in 1056 Commemoration

A short commemoration service was held on Friday April 21st 2006 at 7pm in Odda’s Chapel, Deerhurst. The original dedication took place on 12th April 1056 which was Friday after Easter, and it was considered that the Friday after Easter 2006 would be the best date for the service of thanksgiving.

The event was followed by a glass of wine and cheese.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury at Deerhurst 2012

In 1011AD  the Archbishop of Canterbury, Alphege of Deerhurst, was captured by the Danes and martyred at Greenwich in April 1012 when he refused to let his congregation pay a huge ransom for his release. Alphege had started his religious life at Deerhurst but moved to Bath to become a hermit before becoming the Abbot of Bath Abbey. From Bath he became Bishop of Winchester and eventually Archbishop of Canterbury. Archbishop Rowan Williams was known to be very interested in the early history of the church in Britain and in the history of his predecessors, and agreed to visit Deerhurst during the millennium year of St Alphege’s martyrdom.

On Friday 20th July 2012 members of the diocese, parishioners and friends assembled at St Mary’s Church for a service of celebration of the life of St Alphege and consecration of the altar in the newly re-ordered south west corner of the church. Here the area under the 15th century window depicting the saint had been cleared of pews and turned into a small chapel for personal prayers and intimate services. The idea came from Rev Tom Clammer and had been completed in time with financial help from the Friends of Deerhurst Church. The old pews had been moved up the south aisle to replace the Victorian pews, some of the old ones being retained to line the walls of the new chapel. A square topped altar based on an Anglo Saxon design had been skilfully made by local craftsman Brian Lovejoy. This beautiful altar is made of oak with an inset granite top bearing red streaks to depict the Blood of Christ. Archbishop Rowan processed to the chapel during the service, blessed the chapel and altar and anointed it with holy oil before celebrating Holy Communion there.

The whole service was a moving experience with the Archbishop giving a simple but very erudite sermon on ‘Bearing the Cross’. We are all responsible for bearing each other’s crosses, and the Archbishop expanded on this theme very fluently. The congregation were also able to hear the new organ that had been obtained from a church in Nailsworth that had closed. It had been rebuilt and restored by Keith Jones and Ian Fox, the diocesan organ adviser and organist for the evening. Afterwards a reception was held on the lawn of The Priory, by permission of churchwarden Will Morris, where the Archbishop mingled freely with well-wishers who found him very approachable. During the evening the Friends of Deerhurst Church presented him with a boxed set of all the Deerhurst Lectures in print which we hope he will be able to dip into at his leisure in his new academic life in Cambridge when he retires at the end of this year.

Published on November 23, 2009 at 11:11 pm  Comments Off  
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