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Retford Pilgrims Festival 2019 - Illuminate Event at St. Swithun's, Retford
Friday, 22 November 2019,  6.00pm
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Location

St. Swithun's Church, Retford
1 Chapelgate,
RETFORD
DN22 6PL

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Illuminate Pilgrims Festival 2019 - Illuminate Event

St. Swithun's Parish Church, Retford
Friday 22 November 2019 at 6pm for 6.15pm start.

The Illuminate Lantern Parade arrives at St. Swithun's Parish Church at around 6pm.

This is followed by an all age event led by Rev Mark Cantrill with Rhubarb Theatre and local group, the Songbirds. 

This will be followed by the now traditional Illuminate festival of light '400' photograph - an outdoor 'aerial' photograph of the service-goers holding candles and grouped together in the shape of '400' and, new for this year, a fantastic light projection on the outside of St Swithun’s.

Organisers of our local Illuminate Event - Bassetlaw Christian Heritage

Bassetlaw Christian Heritage (BCH) is delighted to have received funding from Arts Council England, with support from the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham, and District Councillors Carolyn Troop, Helen Richards and Joan Sanger via their community grants.

Visitor numbers to the area are already increasing, and are forecast to increase further,through 2020 and beyond. The story of the Mayflower Pilgrim families and their roots inthe area in and around Bassetlaw, North Nottinghamshire, is becoming better known. To find out more about the story, please see www.bassetlawchristianheritage.com, thePilgrims Gallery in Bassetlaw Museum, Retford, the Pilgrims Museum at The Hub in Churchgate, Retford, and the Pilgrims Room at the United Reformed Church in Gainsborough.

'Illuminate' is so-named due to the significance and origin of the word 'light' which came from a quote by Austerfield-born William Bradford, one of the Mayflower Pilgrims who later became Governor of Plymouth Plantation: “‘…just as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many”.  Bradford's words are open to interpretation in several ways - perhaps they are a metaphor for the Mayflower being a catalyst for the development of modern America (not that he would have realised this) or, perhaps more likely, 'one candle' symbolising freedom and tolerance which he and his co-pilgrims aspired to.  It could also refer to the Native American Wampanoag people, who are sometimes referred to as ‘People of the First Light’.

 

Illuminate 2019 Retford poster

Retford Pilgrims Festival poster

Illuminate Pilgrims Festival 2019 - Illuminate Event

St. Swithun's Parish Church, Retford
Friday 22 November 2019 at 6pm for 6.15pm start.

The Illuminate Lantern Parade arrives at St. Swithun's Parish Church at around 6pm.

This is followed by an all age event led by Rev Mark Cantrill with Rhubarb Theatre and local group, the Songbirds. 

This will be followed by the now traditional Illuminate festival of light '400' photograph - an outdoor 'aerial' photograph of the service-goers holding candles and grouped together in the shape of '400' and, new for this year, a fantastic light projection on the outside of St Swithun’s.

Organisers of our local Illuminate Event - Bassetlaw Christian Heritage

Bassetlaw Christian Heritage (BCH) is delighted to have received funding from Arts Council England, with support from the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham, and District Councillors Carolyn Troop, Helen Richards and Joan Sanger via their community grants.

Visitor numbers to the area are already increasing, and are forecast to increase further,through 2020 and beyond. The story of the Mayflower Pilgrim families and their roots inthe area in and around Bassetlaw, North Nottinghamshire, is becoming better known. To find out more about the story, please see www.bassetlawchristianheritage.com, thePilgrims Gallery in Bassetlaw Museum, Retford, the Pilgrims Museum at The Hub in Churchgate, Retford, and the Pilgrims Room at the United Reformed Church in Gainsborough.

'Illuminate' is so-named due to the significance and origin of the word 'light' which came from a quote by Austerfield-born William Bradford, one of the Mayflower Pilgrims who later became Governor of Plymouth Plantation: “‘…just as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many”.  Bradford's words are open to interpretation in several ways - perhaps they are a metaphor for the Mayflower being a catalyst for the development of modern America (not that he would have realised this) or, perhaps more likely, 'one candle' symbolising freedom and tolerance which he and his co-pilgrims aspired to.  It could also refer to the Native American Wampanoag people, who are sometimes referred to as ‘People of the First Light’.

 

Illuminate 2019 Retford poster

Retford Pilgrims Festival poster


Illuminate 2019 Retford event.jpg

Location

St. Swithun's Church, Retford
1 Chapelgate,
RETFORD
DN22 6PL




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