A weekend of celebrations for Launde’s 900th anniversary


 

This weekend has seen big celebrations of the 900th anniversary of Launde Abbey – Ancient Wells, Living Water.

 

Saturday 22nd June saw a day of celebrations open to all and were enjoyed by many as the sun shone.

 

The day began with the Celebration Communion Service at 10.30am. An inspirational service – led by the Bishop of Leicester with the Bishop of Peterborough preaching, and including poetry from Malcolm Guite, a new hymn for Launde which is the winner of the hymn writing competition and a special separate activity for under 11s.

 

During the afternoon there were a whole array of activities for everyone at the Great Celebration. Inside the abbey there were displays by Launde’s artists in residence and archivists, tours of the oldest part of the building, and opportunities for younger people to experience being a twenty minute monk. Outside there were interesting craft stalls, games and rides, a medieval bow-maker and an opportunity to shoot some arrows! There were also seminars by poet Malcom Guite and best selling author Adrian Plass and prayerful activities using the Launde labyrinth and trail of crosses will be led by the Tree of Life Community and Watershed, a fresh expression based at Launde.

 

Other events over the weekend included Mark – the Gospel, a Classical Concert by Oakham and Uppingham schools, a gala dinner and  a unique choral evensong on Sunday as the combined choirs of Leicester and Peterborough Cathedrals led worship with the Bishop of Loughborough Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani. Finally today there has been a great event to end the weekend with Wolf Hall author Dame Hilary Mantel and historian Prof Diarmaid MacCulloch talking about Thomas Cromwell and his love of Launde Abbey.




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