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This logo comprises a decorated ‘M’ for Maidstone which surrounds the bishop and the choir who sing an introit set for the beginning of the Dedication Service: ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’
This logo comprises a decorated ‘M’ for Maidstone which surrounds the bishop and the choir who sing an introit set for the beginning of the Dedication Service: ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’

Dedication 1315 seeks to introduce approximately forty rural and urban communities in Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire who may wish to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the dedication of their churches and consecration of their altars by Bishop Walter Maidstone in 2015.

With the help of Heritage Lottery funding and professional historians, four of these Gloucestershire churches, Frampton on Severn, Fretherne, Harescombe and Whaddon, have come together to research the activities that would have taken place during these original dedications so that they can be replicated as authentically as possible.  Other churches visited by Bishop Maidstone are welcome to use this material when planning their own events and celebrations. They may also use our logo and the title, Dedication 1315. Many of the illustrations on the website have been produced by Alison Merry who retains their copyright. They can be reproduced for non-commercial purposes by such churches in connection with their celebratory events.

Bishop Maidstone visiting churches in Gloucestershire
Bishop Maidstone visiting churches in Gloucestershire

Inspiration for Dedication 1315 underpinned our successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid.  We hope that your community and church will feel inspired to share in our vision, and that you will enjoy learning more about your heritage during the coming months.

Please follow the links on each page to find out more and click on the images throughout the website to enlarge them.

At our workshop sessions for our volunteers we have made our giant, beasts and costumes, and learnt how to dance, sing and make music fourteenth-century style.

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Fretherne parishioners bring Siglo the Salmon to the procession

For images from the Frampton, Fretherne, Harescombe and Whaddon festivities, please see our Galleries on this website and visit us on Facebook.

We have completed our evaluation of Dedication 1315. Please take a look and see what we all collectively achieved, and the legacy that our project has provided for the future.

We celebrated the Feast Day of St Blaise on Wednesday 3 February in St Mary’s church, Frampton. GIANT ST BLAISE, accompanied by members of the Severn Blazers and various hobby horses, danced in celebration whilst the musicians played. Traditionally this was also the day of Frying Pan Fair in Frampton, when people were able to buy their pots and pans. We enjoyed pancakes and cider before Compline was sung. We hope that this will become a regular annual event.