Events and Celebrations
Read this sworn statement by a baker from Linton who was delivering loaves to Hadstock but was confronted by around 40 villagers complaining about the price.
The Green on Fete Day, June 2012
Parish Council clerk, Marisa Baltrock and chairman Hamish McIlwrick with the village’s new defibrillator in front of the BT phone box near the green. The idea came from resident Kerry Boxall.
An introductory video to the Millennium Celebrations by the chair of the Hadstock Millennium Group
Held in St Botolph’s Church on September 15th 2016, Revd Paula Griffiths presented her views and led an interactive discussion with the attendees.
On Rogation Sunday, May 23rd 2021, and organised and led by Gill Butterworth, a group of Hadstock residents ‘beat the bounds’ and walked 7.5 miles round the Parish boundary as part of the 1020-2020 Millennium celebrations. Starting on Linton Road near the zoo, the group walked anticlockwise, had a lunch break in Nunn Wood, and finished in the Grip at Linton.
Patricia Croxton-Smith (known to us all as Crocky) was Fabric Officer for the church for 40 years, and worked tirelessly to see it through many phases of essential building repairs from the 1960s on. She stepped down from this post at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 21 March 2017, when Rick Albrow took her place. Robin Betser was churchwarden for 8 years and also stepped down at that meeting. Members of the congregation, the Friends of St Botolph and the Hadstock Society joined together to thank them and celebrate their achievements. Left to right: Irene Stapleton, Robin Betser, the Revd Paula Griffiths, Crocky, Hamish McIlwrick, Tony Handley and Malcolm Seward.
The Revd Paula Griffiths, Priest at Hadstock, led the service and gave the sermon on 18th October 2020 to celebrate the Millennium of the consecration of St Botolph’s Church. Due to restrictions caused by the prevailing Covid 19 pandemic, the congregation was limited to 30, each person spaced 2 metres apart, except for family groups. Singing was not possible.
St Botolph’s church is thought by many experts to be the minster built by King Cnut to commemorate all the dead on both sides of the Battle of Assandun in 1016 fought between the English and the Danes.
This re-enactment by Regia-Anglorum took place at Walton’s House in Ashdon on September 10th 2016.
During the summer children had engaged in activities at the Saffron Walden Museum relating to the Battle of Assandun. They created banners which were on display in the Museum Marquee at the Ashdon re-enactment event in September. A small display of Saxon artefacts added to the interest.
On 25th April 2021, Liana Bridges and Barry Lewis from BBC Radio Essex came to St Botolph’s for a live broadcast as part of their Essex Quest programme. The team has to solve 3 cryptic clues with audience help, each of which leads them to a specific Essex destination, not more than 15 miles away.
As part of the activities to commemorate the Millennium of the Battle of Assandun, evensong was sung by the choir of St Mary’s Saffron Walden. The choir was led by their Director of Music, Oli King, and Jeremy Allan played the organ.
Read about the various events that took place the Battle of Assandun re-enactment held at Ashdon. The featured re-enactment group was Regia-Anglorum.
In the Autumn of 2015, the Church arranged a series of breakfast discussions in the pub with local residents talking about their expertise. This was the first. James Hewlett (far right) talked about Nepal and the devastating effect of its earthquake. David Taylor (seated second right), landlord of the King’s Head, provided breakfast, and the event raised funds for James’s chosen charity in Nepal.
The congregation gathers for a special service on St Botolph’s Day, to commemorate the 1016 Millennium year of the Battle of Assandun. The Bishop of Colchester, seen by our Saxon door, preached a sermon on ‘The Open Door’
The Bishop of Colchester, Rt Revd Roger Morris, led this Confirmation Service. It was the first to be held in St Botolph’s since 2007. Originally planned for July 2020, it had to be postponed twice because of Covid restrictions. Five candidates were confirmed – Melanie Abbiss, Charli Batley, Benedict Hannam, Cecily Hannam and Felix Hannam.
Members visited St Botolph’s church on 3 September 2018 during their annual conference in Cambridge.
This is the press release produced in April 2016 which shows the full programme of events planned between May and October that year.
Conquest and reconciliation 1016-1023: summary of talk by Prof Simon Keynes, University of Cambridge
This is the summary of the second of two talks on the Battle of Assandun 1016AD, and given by Prof Simon Keynes in St Botolph’s church on 10th June 2016. Prof Keynes describes the ways in which Cnut ruled England and his many acts of reconciliation, a king believed by Simon to be of equal importance to English history as Alfred the Great.
On 19th May 2016, Dr Sam Newton, an independent scholar, reviewed the background and evidence surrounding this crucial battle between the English, led by Edmund Ironside, and the Danes, led by Cnut. Cnut won and a few months later, became King of England for nearly 20 years. This is a summary of the talk given in St Botolph’s church.