Join us in celebrating the 900 anniversary of St Kyneburgha Church, Castor

Another century gone! It's that time again to celebrate the wonderful St Kyneburgha Church and its history in our community.

We want to make this a very special celebration of the 900th anniversary of the founding of St Kyneburgha Church on the 17th April 1124 , regarded as one of the top 100 churches in the country (there are 15,000!), AND the ONLY Church in the world dedicated to St Kyneburgha.

When did the celebrations start?

The dedication of St Kyneburgha Church was on the 17th April 1124, the date carved above the Priest's door and one of the few ancient Churches where the exact date is known.  So, what better day was it to kick off with a service followed by refreshments, the lighting of a  beacon, ringing of bells all on the same date 900 years later!


The Big 900 Celebrations Raffle                                                            

£300 Voucher for M&S
3 month membership at R3FORM Studio, Castor (worth £300)
£250 Cash for a treat
£150 Wheelbarrow of booze
Buy Raffle Tickets

 


Or contact Chris Murrell christinemurrell51@gmail.com
Note: The raffle will be drawn on Saturday 5th October 2024

2024 EVENTS

The Brigands and the Flowers - A comic Operetta telling Kyneburgha’s story


Date 03/10/2024 Time 7.00pm
Date 04/10/2024 Time 7.00 pm
Date 05/10/2024 Time 2.30 pm
Date 05/10/2024 Time 7.00pm
Location St Kyneburgha Church, Castor, PE5 7AX.
Price Adults £15.00, Children £7.50


Booking will be required

Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm performances, 2.00pm for 2.30pm performance.

Bar available

Tickets on sale from the 1st July

With music composed by Jon Graham and a libretto by Ian Winfrey, this specially commissioned piece is being performed with an orchestra, soloists and chorus in the round, in the church itself. 

Combined with the sound and lighting to create an atmosphere of fun and intrigue – this is 900 celebratory entertainment not to be missed.

Wednesday 12th June – We are keen to attract performers. Can you sing and act? Come along to St.Kyneburgha’s 7pm for children and 8pm for adults to find out more and workshop the songs and music. Plus talented instrumentalists to join the orchestra. And backstage crew, costumiers, prop supplies, front of house stewards. 

Please get in touch with Sue McKenzie on 3733andcounting@gmail.com or 07503201842.

**For more audition information click here


"Work of Many Hands" - Dedication of the wall hanging


Date 01/12/2024 Time 10.15 am
Location St Kyneburgha Church, Castor, PE5 7AX.


Booking is not required

Work of Many Hands is a collaborative textile artwork that celebrates the 900th anniversary of St Kyneburgha’s church. 

Depicting the church and the landscape around the parish, the artwork is a celebration of 900 years of continuity and community since the foundation of the church in 1124.

Just as St Kyneburgha’s was built from reclaimed Roman and Saxon, the artwork is being crafted from a wide array of new, reclaimed and upcycled materials. A dedicated team of 15 volunteers are pooling their expertise and textile artistry to create this vibrant wall hanging. 

The title, Work of Many Hands, not only refers to the collaborative efforts needed to create the artwork but is also a celebration of the uncountable individuals that have tended the church and the countryside in which it sits over the last 900 years and the as yet unborn generations who will be responsible for its future.


There is a whole K900 celebration programme planned, so if you’d like to get involved and help make it a big success, then come along to our next planning get together.  

This is your chance to play a part, whether shaping activities or providing much needed support in the background and being a part of K900 together.

I think we can all agree, the success of the amazing series of village celebrations Castor & Ailsworth has put on over the last 30 years, has been down to the effort and involvement of the community coming together.

Some of you have attended a previous K900 meeting in November or January, some have been in touch interested in finding out more – everyone is welcome – and this is an important meeting to ensure we get our plans in place.

For more information – get in touch with Antonia.

Antonia Pounsett, 07831 127961
pounsetts@yahoo.co.uk