Welcome to All Saints' Church here in Doddinghurst as we look forward to the Doddinghurst Stonley Tudor Festival
Following the celebrations of Easter and Pentecost, the Church moves to a season for growth. This is a time when we focus on growing in our relationship with God and with those around us.
Good growth comes from having strong roots. These roots provide us with nourishment and enable us to grow tall! Here at All Saints we believe we are rooted in Jesus the vine through our worship at the Eucharist together week by week, through our prayer life and our fellowship with one another. We are also part of a village community that is rooted in the history and the story of Doddinghurst.
The story of our village includes many interesting people, one of which is Richard Stonley. Stonley lived through all those turbulent years between Henry 8th and Elizabeth 1st. He wrote some amazing diaries which are now held in Washington DC. They tell us what life was like in Doddinghurst in 16th century- what people ate, what clothes they wore, how much things cost! Stonley was also the first known person to buy a copy of Shakespeare.
To celebrate our very own local diarist (who wrote 200 years before Pepys) we are holding our first Tudor Festival in the village during the weekend of 23rd-24th June
. There will be lots of fun things to do as you can find out on this web site
and on the face book page for the Festival
. There will also be a more serious historical element. Dr Zoe Hudson, social historian whose PhD is on Stonely is helping us all to to learn more about Stonley and what life was like in our village. So the invitation is there- whether you are interested in history or want to find out more about our village or just have a fun weekend, come along and join in the celebrations! As you can see from our photos below - the children and volunteers at All Saints are already getting involved in preparing for the Festival.
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With every good wish,
Rev'd Ann Coleman