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St Thomas à Becket church joins national events to mark the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Thomas à Becket


Welcome to the celebration of Becket 850 at Warblington!

This year marks the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of St Thomas a Becket, to whom St Thomas à Becket church in Warblington is dedicated.

Plans are afoot to bring the church further into the consciousness of the community so that it can be recognised as an example of faith down the ages, a jewel of history and architecture, and as a place of worship, peace and contemplation.

See for the full list of events, which includes:

Sun 26 April 3:00pm – Harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry performs as part of the Havant Music Festival
Fri 15 May 7:00pm – Portsmouth Cathedral Choir sing English choral music
Wed 17 June 7:00pm – The Nightingales Singers: songs from the 1920s and onwards
Sun 21 June 3:00pm – Songs of Praise followed by cream teas
Sat 18 July 3:00pm – An al Fresco musical performance to accompany Churchyard teas
Sun 2 August 5:00pm – The Edwards Family Close-Harmony Gospel Singers
9-11 October 7:00pm – Illustrated History of the Church and the Man, with sound, light & music
Sat 7 November 7:00pm – Chichester Voices Classical chamber choir

“Becket2020” will see venues in London, Canterbury and beyond host a range of events across the year to commemorate his murder – a moment which changed the course of history. This programme includes performances, pageants, talks, film screenings and religious services, and culminates in the first-ever major UK exhibition to explore Becket’s life, death and legacy which will open at the British Museum in October. See

Author: Christopher Morrison

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