Programme of Events for 2011 - 2013

Any new events connected with St. Alphege which occur after the Millenium celebrations, if notified to the Secretary, will be shown in the 2013 box below as long as this site is available.


Saturday 9th June 2012 - National Ecumenical Pilgrimage to Canterbury and special service.

See under 'Pilgrimage' heading above for further details


Most churches that are dedicated to St Alphege or which have a connection with the Saint have held celebrations either on the date of the Millennium or during the following weekend (21-22nd April 2012). These will continue as well as during the Millennium year. (See their individual websites under the "Celebrating Churches" heading above.)

2013 (you may need to click on down button at side of box to read additional events)

Saturday 20th April 2013

St Mary's Church, Deerhurst, Gloucestershire at 7.30pm - A lecture will commemorate the millennium of the martyrdom in 1012 of St Ælfheah (Alphege), who began his ecclesiastical career at Deerhurst. The lecture will be given by Professor Nicholas Brooks of the University of Birmingham under the title of "St Ælfheah from Deerhurst to Martyrdom: Millennial Reflections".

Tickets will be available at the door or visit

2013- Past events (For information and record - click on down button at side of box to read)

See above

2012 - Past events 

Sunday 25th November 2012

St. Alphege Church, Solihull, 6.30pm -- Ecumenical Vespers in honour of St Alphege. This event will follow the order of service held on 9 June in Canterbury Cathedral, which was attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Cardinal Koch, with the choir of St Alphege Church Solihull, Director of Music Joe Cooper.

Saturday 8th September 2012
Local Pilgrimage from Deerhurst Priory to Holy Well, Lansdown, and to Our Lady and St Alphege Bath. Pilgrims from the Bath and Tewkesbury area will be joined by a delegation from the Parish of St Alphege Solihull.

Friends of Deerhurst Church – 7.30pm. The planned lecture by Professor Nicholas Brooks formerly of Birmingham University on ‘St Ælfheah from Deerhurst to martyrdom (1012): some millennial reflections on religious ideals’ has been postponed until a later date as unfortunately Professor Brooks has been taken ill and will be unable to be with us on this date.

At short notice, the Lecture has been replaced with a presentation of the results of recent research and excavations. Carolyn Heighway and Richard Bryant, who carried out excavations in the church earlier this year under what is now the St Alphege chapel, have agreed to discuss what they found and the significance of these findings for the development of the south west corner of the church.

Michael Hare will also talk about his research into liturgical alterations to the church between 1540 and 2012, including the Puritan arrangement of the chancel and the abortive plan to rebuild the apse in 1914.

The meeting will commence at 7.30pm. Further information is available at

Saturday August 25th - Monday 27th 2012
St Mary’s, Deerhurst – Deerhurst Flower Festival

Sunday 22nd July 2012
St Mary’s, Deerhurst - “Summer Series” Organ Recital No 3: by Mr Ian Fox.

Saturday 21st July 2012
Whitstable: Alphege and the Vikings Oyster Festival parade.

Friday 20th July 2012
St Mary’s, Deerhurst – Festival Eucharist for St Alphege of Deerhurst (with dedication of reordering work and consecration of the altar). President & Preacher: The Archbishop of Canterbury. Admission by free ticket.

Sunday 15th July 2012
St. Alphege, Solihull - 1930hrs. Parish millennium lecture nr. 3 - Fr Tim Pilkington - "Learning for life with Benedict and the Saints: burnout, balance and the search for healthy living". All welcome - no charge.

Saturday 7th July 2012
St Mary’s, Deerhurst – Cheltenham Music Festival Concert (Trio Mediaeval)

Sunday 24th June 2012
St Mary’s, Deerhurst "Summer Series" Organ Recital No 2: by Giles Turner.

Thursday 21st June 2012
St. Alphege, Solihull - 1930hrs. Parish millennium lecture nr. 2 - Mr David Patterson - “St Alphege Church, The Church Interior Through Eight Centuries of Worship Changes – An Illustrated Pilgrimage in the Company of its Saints” (following refreshments served at the back of church from 7.00pm). All welcome - no charge.

Saturday 9 June 2012
St Alphege Church Canterbury - 12 noon. Holy Eucharist, Preacher, the Dean of Canterbury.
(This is a special one off event at the former church of St. Alphege as part of the National Ecumenical Pilgrimage day to Canterbury.)

Saturday 9th June 2012 (the day following the feast of the translation of St Alphege) Canterbury cathedral - 5pm. Special ecumenical vespers service at 5.00pm in the Cathedral by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter.

Stop press - The service will be attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury and by Cardinal Koch, President of the Pontifical Councl for Promoting Christian Unity, together with senior representatives of several Christian traditions.

(This is a special one off event as part of the National Ecumenical Pilgrimage day to Canterbury see under 'pilgrimage' heading at top of site.)

Saturday 2nd - Tuesday 5th June 2012
Whitstable, Flower Festival

Saturday 2nd June 2012
St James Hatcham Church, New Cross - 1700hrs - A drama about St Alphege called Swordwater is being given a playreading at St James Hatcham Church, New Cross. The writer, Cedric Porter was arts and entertainments editor on the South London Press for 30 years and has been fascinated by this unjustly neglected saint since attending St Alphege Church in Whitstable as a boy. The playreading is one of the activities connected with a Queen's Jubilee street party in St James, off the New Cross Road (nearest station New Cross Gate). Further details on 020 8692 6462.

Sunday 27 May 2012
St Mary’s, Deerhurst “Summer Series” Organ Recital No 1: by Mr John Holloway.

Sunday 20th May 2012
St. Alphege, Solihull - 1930hrs. Parish millennium lecture nr. 1 - Dr Giles Mercer - "The historical and ecclesiastical background to the life and matyrdom of St. Alphege". All welcome - no charge. This lecture will follow after the normal choral evensong at 1830hrs and will be preceded by refreshments.

Friday 4 - Sunday 6 May 2012
St Alfege, Greenwich - Greenwich Mystery Play with St Alphege Theme

Saturday April 28th - Sunday April 29th 2012 
St Michael & All Angels, Knights Enham - Flower Festival dedicated to the Millennium.

Sunday April 29th 2012
St Michael & All Angels, Knights Enham - 6.30pm Festival Evensong

Tuesday 24th April 2012
St Alphege Church, Solihull – “Journey to St Alphege” (for schools)

Sunday 22 April 2012
On BBC radio 4 at 5.45am (and 12.40am at the 'end' of the day) you can listen to the bells from St Alphege, Solihull in celebration of the Alphege Millennium.

On BBC radio 4 at 0810 Sunday service from St Alfege Greenwich.

St Alphege Church, Solihull – 9.15am. The Junction Holy Eucharist Eucharist (President, the Bishop of Birmingham). 10.30am. Millennium Festal Eucharist (President, the Bishop of Birmingham).

Winchester Cathedral – 10.00am. Dedication of new chapel to St Alphege by the Bishop. Preacher, the Archdeacon of Canterbury.

St Alphege Church, Whitstable – Service & Bell Peal - see

St Alfege, Greenwich - 12.00am Millenium family service in St Alfege Church – open to all followed by Parish Picnic & Festival in St Alfege Park

Bath Abbey, Bath - 3.30pm. Festal Evensong

Saturday 21st April 2012
St Alphege Church, Solihull - 11am - 3pm. St Alphege Fayre in the High Street, Church and Churchyard

St Alphege Church, Whitstable – Festival Launch & Activity Day - see for further information generally

Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd April 2012
St Alfege, Greenwich - Cycle pilgrimage from Canterbury to Greenwich .

Thursday 19th April 2012 – Millennium of the Martyrdom
River Pilgrimage on the Thames, starting 12.00 noon at Southwark Cathedral; then St Olaf's pier, London Bridge to Greenwich, followed by Festival Procession, leading to Millennium Service at St Alfege Church, Greenwich, (4.30pm). Preacher: the Archbishop of Canterbury. New choral work. Invitation to service by ticket only – all churches dedicated to the Saint will be invited to send a delegation.

Our Lady and St Alphege Church, Oldfield Lane, Bath - 7.30pm. Solemn Mass in honour of the Millennium of the Martyrdom of St Alphege. Music by Capella Nova. Celebrant: Declan, Bishop of Clifton
Preacher: the Abbot of Downside
Charter Mayor and Mayoress of Bath in attendance plus local ecumenical representatives.

Wednesday 18th April 2012
St Alfege, Greenwich - 7.30pm (venue tbc) Vigil Service – open to all.

Sunday 15th April
St Mary’s, Deerhurst – 11.00am Patronal Festival Benefice Eucharist. Preacher: The Vicar of Deerhurst

2011 - Past events 

Wednesday 24th November 2011
The Lord Mayor’s Parlour; Guildhall, Bath. 7.30pm - Lord Mayor’s Inter-faith Group. Talk on St Alphege by Giles Mercer, parishioner of Our Lady with St Alphege.

Wednesday 19th October 2011
Church of Our Lady with St Alphege, Bath 7pm. Vespers and blessing of the icon of St Alphege.
(Icon given in memory of Graham Griffiths and as a devotional focus during the millennium year.)

Thursday 29th September 2011
St Peter’s, City Centre Parish, Canterbury - morning - discussion on the sacking of Canterbury in 1011 followed by eucharist 12.30pm, preacher - Stephen Linstead.

Thursday 19th May 2011
St Alphege, Solihull - 7.30pm - Local chamber choir Cantemus will present a programme of sacred and secular music interspersed with short talks by David Patterson on the life of St Alphege.

Sunday 8th May 2011
St Mary’s Deerhurst – 11.00am – Feast of St Alphege of Deerhurst (transferred). Eucharist, celebrant the Vicar of Deerhurst, preacher: the Archdeacon of Cheltenham.

Sunday 1st May 2011
St Alphege, Solihull - Eucharist in honour of St Alphege 9.15am

Saturday 30th April 2011
St Alphege, Solihull - St Alphege Fayre - High Street (all day)

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