Friends of Shakespeare's Church Events

Friends' Summer Evening Event - Date for your diary

Wednesday 31st July at 6pm– All Saints, Billesley

Join the Friends for a very special Evensong at the historic and picturesque All Saints Church, Billesley where Shakespeare’s granddaughter was married.

Attendance will be limited owing to the capacity of the church.

A message from Trustee The Rev'd Dr Paul Edmondson:

I've known about All Saints', Billesley, for many years, but only in recent times have I started to visit it. I like popping in during the occasional bike-ride. It's entirely charming and you'll find it perched among some trees at the back of the Billesley Manor Hotel.

And it is importantly Shakespearian. 

All Saints is where Shakespeare's granddaughter, Elizabeth Nash, married her second husband, Sir John Barndard, on 5 June 1649. Her choice of this location has led to the plausible suggestion that it is also where William and Anne Shakespeare married in 1582. Since we do not know where they married, All Saints' seems to me to be a strong contender.

Anyway, we thought we'd have an outing for Friends this summer and are gathering at All Saints’ on Wednesday 31st July for a service of Evensong and a chance to look around the church, by kind agreement of the Churches Conservation Trust which cares for this building. And some of us might like to pop into the nearby Billesley Manor Hotel for a drink afterwards…

Come join us for a summer evening in another Shakespearian church. Please park in the hotel car park and there will be some of us there to meet you. We will be collecting donations on the night for the care of All Saints and also for our own funds. Our numbers are limited by the size of the Church, so please let us know if you are able to join us by RSVP to enquiries@shakespeareschurch.co.uk 

 

An Evensong for Anne Shakespeare

Sunday 4th August 5.00 pm 

Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Last year, to mark 400 years since the death of Anne Shakespeare, we held a service of commemoration with a special sermon preached about Anne in Holy Trinity Church. We’d like us to make this an annual event, so we're holding a similar gathering in 2024. 

This year's preacher is Professor Carol Rutter, from the University of Warwick, a leading exponent of Shakespeare in performance and the history of contemporary theatre. There will also be a premiere of a new anthem by Kirsty Fernie, that sets the beautiful words of Anne's epitaph to music.

A special bouquet will be blessed and placed on Anne's grave which will then hang on a door at Anne Hathaway's Cottage for the whole of August, after which it will be placed on the grave of Mary Baker, the last descendent of the Hathaway family to live there, and an early curator of the Cottage.

Please join for this very special evening to commemorate Anne and her important and inspirational place in the life of our church and wider cultural life.

Refreshments will be available after the service served by the Trustees of the Friends of Shakespeare’s Church. We look forward to meeting you. 

 

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