400 years of the Book that changed the world

Ibby Watson is holding a rare original copy
of the King James Bible published in 1611.


A community concert started the ball rolling on Friday night and, apart from the three choirs, which on occasions gathered together as “The Festival Choir”, there were a number of very talented young instrumentalists.

In the first half, harpist Phoebe Saych, playing pieces from “Minstrel's Gallery”, Violinist Tavia Lewis with Elgar's “Chanson de Matin,” followed and flautist Natasha Hobson performed a haunting Chanson from Rutter's “Suite Antique”.

The massed School recorders, conducted by Mrs Barr, performed several pieces ending with “Is this the way to Amarillo?” which involved a certain amount of cheerful audience participation.

After the presentation of the Art Competition prizes presented by Liz Street, (see right) Wellesbourne Primary school Choir sang selections from “Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat”, obviously enjoying every minute of it.

They were followed by two young ladies, Alice Harvey & Chloë Halliwell playing the duet “La Camparsita”, on violin and ’cello, soprano Juliet Wallace sang Fauré's “Claire de Lune” and Joshua Shortman brought the house down with his crystal clear rendering of “Zu Hause” on descant recorder.

Altogether a most enjoyable occasion.

Saturday saw the opening of the exhibition proper. Many Bibles from many lands in many languages, of many ages. The children were entranced by the scriptorium and, under the expert guidance of Kate Skinner and others, managed to produce a fair copy of some lettering, using, among other things, a quill pen. There were stalls aplenty and Chedham's Yard put on a great craft exhibition. If you've ever wanted to make a basket, use a pole-lathe or even try spinning your own wool, this was the place to learn. Outside was a master mason carving a gargoyle and lots of people stayed for a chat.

On Sunday Richard Cooke galloped through the Bible in 20 minutes, the bellringers rang a quarter peal in celebration and in the evening a well-filled Church heard Cantamus singing and marvelled at the sheer power of the human voice.

Throughout all this our brave ladies wielded the teapot and served luscious cakes, prov­ing that talent extends far beyond the arts.

Altogether a rare and most exhilarating weekend from which some of us are still recovering.

The art competition was a resounding success with well over 100 entries. So high was the standard that the judges awarded extra prizes for highly recommended pictures.

The first prize winners in each category were Lois Smith (above) & Peter Stockbridge (below). Other prize winners were:-
Bethany Hall, Florence Lloyd, Adam Stockbridge and Barbara Rickerby.

Black and white can’t do justice to any of them but we can show them in colour here at www.wellesbourne.f9.co.uk if we receive them in colour, so keep sending us your colour pictures, keep this site bookmarked and keep coming back.

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