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Festival in the name of St Alphege to take place this weekend

Shaun Reynolds 12th Apr, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A FESTIVAL of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, which a Solihull church in named after, will be held this weekend (Saturday 16, Sunday 17 April).

St Alphege Church, based on Church Hill Road, will a host a number of events inside and on the forecourt of the church across the weekend – including a BBQ, sale of cakes, flowers and refreshments with guides available for the assistance of visitors too.

The Grade I listed building is one of the few surviving medieval sites in the borough and dates back to the 13th century.

St Alphege was killed by the invading Danes in 1012 AD when he refused to allow his impoverished flock to raise money for his ransom.

Alphege is remembered as a martyr for social justice and one who reconciled divided people.

Services will take place on Sunday and will reflect the patronal theme with the Archdeacon of Aston preaching in the morning and a festal evensong at 6.30pm.

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