Published: May 18, 2011
400th anniversary of bible to be celebrated in Burnham-On-Sea

Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church is to hold a week of events to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

The event begins with an Arts and Crafts exhibition featuring work from local schools and individuals this weekend.

The 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 here.

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 "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."


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