Epworth set to celebrate 800 years of the Magna Carta

St Andrew's Church, Epworth EMN-150529-195326001
St Andrew's Church, Epworth EMN-150529-195326001

The Epworth Magna Carta 800 Society has organised a programme of community events between June 3 and 7 to mark the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta sealing in June 1215.

The events will focus on the connections in Epworth to the Magna Carta and include local collections from the Mowbray family, along with contributions from schools in the Isle of Axholme.

In addition to the events people will be able to take a look at the Magna Carta and Mowbrays Exhibition.

Join in the celebrations and take part in a range of fun-filled activities.

There will be everything from a free medieval tile decorating workshop and costumed medieval story time session to medieval dancing.

Local historian Marilyn Roberts will be discussing the magnificent Mowbray family history in two talks; a must for local history enthusiasts out there – plus much, much more.

Andrew Percy MP will officially open the exhibition and events on Thursday, June 4, at 11am and everyone is welcome to attend. It is free entry and refreshments will be served.

All events organised by the Epworth Magna Carta 800 Society are free and held at St Andrew’s Church unless otherwise stated.

The events include:

Wednesday 3 June

7pm – Concert by Mariette Youth Choir from USA, joined by local Isle Choral Society. Suggested admission to the concert is £3; all proceeds to Christian Aid.

Thursday 4 June

9.30am – Bell ringing in St Andrew’s Church to mark the beginning of Magna Carta 800 events.

10am – Special medieval Sarum Service in St Andrew’s Church. Experience this rare and special service led by Rector of Epworth, Reverend Ian Walker.

11am – Official Opening of Magna Carta events by Andrew Percy MP. Following the opening refreshments will be available. The public can view the Magna Carta and the Mowbrays exhibition until 4pm. It will consist of Mowbray artefacts along with artwork, models and documents produced by local schools.

Friday 5 June

10am to 4pm – Magna Carta and Mowbrays exhibition viewing.

3pm to 7pm – King John, Magna Carta and the rebel baron William de Mowbray; a talk by local historian and author Marilyn Roberts. She traces the events that led up to the sealing of the charter, why it was a failure at the time, and the important part played by the baron who died at his manor house beside St Andrew’s Church in Epworth.

Saturday 6 June

10am to 4pm - Magna Carta and Mowbrays exhibition viewing.

10am to 4pm – Medieval storytelling, a fun-filled storytelling session for all the family.

10am to 4pm – Medieval tile workshop at Imperial Hall, Epworth. Join professional potters to decorate a replica Mowbray tile. The tiles will form a display on Vinegarth, the site of the former Mowbray manor house. Please contact Linnie Burnham to book your free place on 01427 873898 or email linnie.burnham@homecall.co.uk.

2pm – Enjoy the delicious hog roast in the Vinegarth Croft (adjacent to St Andrew’s Church).

6pm – Medieval dancing; Peter Bernard and de Mowbray’s Musicke. A costume inspired dancing activity.

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June

10am to 4pm – Axholme Art Group at Wesley Memorial Church. The group will hold an exhibition of original paintings on the theme of ‘Our Historic Isle’. As well as photographs from Axholme Camera Club.

Sunday 7 June

1pm to 4pm - Magna Carta and Mowbrays exhibition viewing.

6pm - West Gallery Musicians and Singers, an ecumenical Thanksgiving Service for the 800th Celebration of the Sealing of Magna Carta.

For more information about the events, contact Linnie Burnham on 01427 873898 or email linnie.burnham@homecall.co.uk, alternatively visit: www.visitnorthlincolnshire.com or www.magnacarta800th.com.

Epworth Magna Carta 800 Society is a local group recognised by the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Commemoration National Committee and supported by Epworth Town Council and North Lincolnshire Council.

The Mowbrays was a significant family in Epworth. They had a important role at the centre of the English court for many years and several were involved in the Crusades.

William de Mowbray was among the 25 barons who compelled King John to sign the Magna Carta in 1215. Their Manor Court established order, and evidence for their manor house can be found on the area known as Vinegarth, immediately south of St Andrew’s Church.