Weymouth 450 At All Saints Church, Wyke Regis.
All Saints Church Arts and Flower Festival
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This year marks 450 years from when Weymouth and Melcombe Regis were combined by way of Royal Charter. A number of community events are being organised to celebrate the achievement of that milestone, including an All Saints Festival of Arts and Flowers at Wyke Regis’s historic parish church. The present All Saints church building, which was completed in 1455, was until the early part of the nineteenth century the parish church of Weymouth. So, having served the people of Wyke Regis for 566 years, and the people of Weymouth for the last 450, it is entirely appropriate that we celebrate the latter anniversary here.
The All Saints Festival of Arts and Flowers will take place over the weekend of Friday 24th to Sunday 26th September 2021, and provides an opportunity for all local artists to display their talents, and everyone will be able to have a go at winning our photo competition or to take part in a floral art workshop. For more information, and details of how to enter or participate, see below or visit our parish website: www.parishofwykeregis.org.uk/weymouth-450.
The church will be decorated with flowers throughout the weekend, and we will be hosting Weymouth Concert Brass for a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert on the Saturday evening, tickets for which can also be purchased via the parish website.
A bit of history…
Weymouth started life as two separate, independent towns, one on each side of the River Wey. While it’s thought Weymouth was established as early as the 10th century and its first charter was granted in 1252, it was confined to the south and west of Weymouth Harbour. It’s thought Weymouth was the earlier of the 2 settlements, formed from a small huddle of fishermen’s huts and dwellings.
The 2 settlements shared the river that lay between them, which provided both towns with a steady income from shipping and fishing. From as early as the 13th century, there were disagreements over the ownership of the harbour and profits from the stretch of water between the towns.
The disagreements and assertions over the rights continued over centuries and reached a pivotal point under the reign of Elizabeth I. Constant petitions to the Queen and her Privy Council resulted in her officials attempting to intervene to broker a peaceful agreement. Their attempts failed. The Queen and her ministers then used Parliament to bring about a solution to the ongoing problem. In April 1571 an Act of Parliament was passed, forcing the towns into a union, creating the new Borough of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis.
The construction of the first bridge over the harbour in the early 1590s was the first physical recognition of the union and strengthened the identity of the two settlements as one town.
The Festival Art Exhibition
As part of the festival All Saints will display work from artists with a local connection who are invited to submit work for exhibit along the theme of “Celebrating Weymouth 450”. Pieces may be in any style, existing works, or new, and may have been previously exhibited. Due to limitations on space, up to 2 works will be considered and should not exceed 0.7m in width. The last submission date is 1st September.
Exhibitors may offer their work for sale if they wish. We ask for a donation of 20% of the sale price to go to church funds.
Festival Photo Competition
The photo competition is for people living in the Weymouth area. There is no entry fee and the competition is open to everyone who has access to a digital camera. So whether you take snaps on your phone or use the latest DSLR, send us a photo which best reflects your response to the competition theme of ‘Celebrating Weymouth 450: what does Weymouth mean to me?’
Competition winners’ photos will be printed and displayed in the church over the weekend of 24th to 26th September 2021. A selection of other submitted entries will be displayed also, but note that it may not be possible to display them all.
There are two classes of entry, determined by the photographer’s age:
- 16 and under
- Over 16.
- Submit a digitally captured image on the competition theme above, via the Enter a Photo button below. Note:
- Each entry should be accompanied by
- A short description and explanation of the photograph
- Photographer’s name, age (if 16 or under), address and contact number/email address
- A maximum of two entries per person can be submitted. If you submit a second entry you will be asked to nominate which is your own first preference for the competition.
All entries must be received by Wed 1st Sep 2021.
Photo CompetitionSubmit an entry for the Weymouth & Melcombe Regis 450 photo competition
LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS
On Saturday evening, 25th September, Weymouth Concert Brass will be providing a rousing musical contribution to the festival with their popular ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert. Bring a flag, brush up on the word to ‘land of Hope and Glory’ and come and join us for an uplifting evening’s entertainment!
Tickets are £10 each.
FLORAL ART WORKSHOPS
Each workshop , facilitated by local florist Diane Pilliaert, will focus on the creation of a piece of appropriately themed floral art for display in the church. The workshops will be held as follows, to book tickets click on the appropriate session below:
Saturday 25th September
Sunday 26th September
The workshops will be fun for people of all ages and backgrounds. There is a maximum of 8 people per workshop, so click here to book your place now:
Access to the festival is free on a first come, first served basis for all events, except the following:
Festival Opening on Fri 24th Sep (invitation only).
· Last Night of the Proms on Sat 25th Sep. Tickets for this event can be purchased via the parish website: www.parishofwykeregis.org.uk/weymouth-450.
The Floral Art workshops on Sat 25th and Sun 26th are also free but to avoid disappointment we suggest that you book your place in advance.
Refreshments will be available for sale on Sat and Sun.
While entry to the Festival displays are free, card or cash donations to the Church Roof Fund will be very welcome.
Since a large quantity of lead was stolen from the North Aisle roof a few years ago we have experienced a number of problems which can only be solved by major repair and replacement. We are therefore in the process of raising funds to enable that project to commence.