May 18, 2011
400th anniversary of bible to be celebrated in Burnham-On-Sea
St Andrew's Church is to hold a week of events to mark the 400th
anniversary of the King James Bible.
event begins with an Arts and Crafts exhibition featuring work
from local schools and individuals this weekend.
festival kicks off at 12.15pm on Friday (May 20th) and continues
on Saturday and Sunday in the afternoons. Refreshments will be
available and there will also be communal singing at 11am, plus
a watercolour demonstration and class in the afternoons.
On Sunday (May 22nd) at 12noon the 400th anniversary of the
King James Bible will begin when the Archdeacon of Wells will
read from Genesis. The whole Bible is to be read over the course
of eight days, as recently featured
On Tuesday (May 24th) at 7.30pm, Martin Ellis, Head of History
at King Alfred School, will give a talk on daily life in Stuart
England. Authentic refreshments will be available.
And on Thursday (May 26th), Paddy Thompson from Street will give
a talk at 2.30pm on the political and religious changes in Stuart
society. Both events are free and open to all.
On Saturday May 28th there will be an evening of Stuart entertainment
with music, poetry and an unusual performance of the balcony scene
from Romeo and Juliet that involves the vicar and curate. This
is a free event that starts at 7.30pm. Please call 01278 782991
to let the organisers know you are coming to help with catering,
which will reflect the food and drink of 400 years ago.
Reverend Graham Witts, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Each
day there will be a chance for residents to drop into the church
to listen to the bible being read, to have a coffee, and see an
exhibition of bibles from around the world and how translation
of the bible has changed since the publication of the King James
Bible in 1611."