Festival 900+

In 2020, St Botolph’s Church Barton Seagrave, celebrates its 900th anniversary.

In 1120-22, Geoffrey de Clinton is recorded as having built on the current site of St Botolph’s in Barton Seagrave, a church with Norman architecture, and as having “given” it to the Monastery of Kenilworth.  There may well have been an earlier building on the site, but we can be sure that by 2020, there will have been a Christian presence in Barton Seagrave for at least 900 years. 

So, to celebrate 900 plus years of Christian witness in Barton Seagrave, it is planned that there should be a series of special activities and events throughout 2020.  This series of events is being called “Festival 900+”. 

Most of the events are free of charge, the only exceptions being the six professional concerts constituting the first Barton Seagrave Festival of Music.

In the autumn of 2019, children from Barton Seagrave Primary School and Hayfield Cross Primary School will raise the money for, and plant in St Botolph’s Churchyard, 900 daffodil bulbs which will flower for the first time in the Spring of 2020. 

On Sat September 28th 2019 there will be a fund-raising Harvest Ploughman’s Supper in Barton Seagrave Village Hall, complete with entertainment from the 50s/60s Rock and roll band Pete Dell and the Delltones and keyboard master Graham Tilney.

What is going to be happening in 2020?                    

Sun 9th February  Ceremonial planting of 9 trees in Church House garden.
Sun 26th April  Opening “Civic” service  6.30 pm.
2nd/3rd/4th May History tours of church.  Various times throughout the day.
Fri 8th May

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music – Concert by Fiori Musicali,playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons plus vocal interludes

Sat 9th May Barton Seagrave Festival of Music – Concert by Rushden Town Band.
Wed 13th May Barton Seagrave Festival of Music – Reflection Strings playing popular classics.

Fri15th May

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music - Chris Pearce’s Frenchmen Street Jazz Band  –

Traditional jazz   at its best from one of the country’s top jazz bands.

Sat 16th May

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music – Rutland Wind Ensemble plays a varied programme including the beautiful “Petite Symphony” by Gounod

Weds 20th May

 

Barton Seagrave Festival of Music – Top John Denver tribute act, Chris Bannister performs John Denver’s greatest hits and covers.

23rd – 25th May

Flower Festival, Art Exhibition, History Exhibition and Coffee Shop in Church and Church House, all day except when there is a Sunday service.

Sat 13th June

History tours of church. Various times throughout the day.

Sun 14th June

“Celebration of Ministry” service, including extra ringing of bells. 3.00 pm in the church.

Weds 17th June

(St Botolph’s Day) Special 3½ hour peal of bells – “Barton Seagrave Delight”.  Time to be announced.

 

In addition to these scheduled events, there are plans for a cricket match between St Botolph’s and Christ the King Churches, the burying of a time capsule, a giant rounders match, a special harvest supper and no doubt other activities that will enable the church to share with the community its delight in the faithfulness of God.


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