VJ Day, 75th Anniversary

On Saturday 15 August at 5pm, Leicester Cathedral will broadcast a Service of Commemoration to mark the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day – the day Japan surrendered, bringing to an end the Second World War. This is a pre-recorded service as it is not possible to hold the service as planned in the Cathedral itself.

As part of the service HRH The Duke of Gloucester, as Patron of the National Far East Prisoners of War Fellowship Welfare Remembrance Association, will read an Extract from The Speech of King George VI, 15 August 1945. The service will be led by The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester, and the sermon will be given by The Rt Revd Martyn Snow, Bishop of Leicester. The Rt Revd Guli Francis-Dehqani, Bishop of Loughborough, will lead prayers. The service will pay grateful tribute to all who served in the Far East Campaign between 1941–1945, who endured great hardships and became known as ‘the forgotten army’. This service will ensure they are not forgotten with an Act of Remembrance including the laying of a wreath and silence. The Bishop of Leicester will also invite those of us in today’s age to continue to strive for peace in an Act of Commitment.

The county of Leicestershire and city of Leicester has particular reason to commemorate the service of the troops in the Far East campaign, as the Leicestershire Regiment was a key player. It was in recognition of the Regiment’s outstanding service in the Far East and other theatres of war that King George VI awarded it the title of the Royal Leicester Regiment in 1946.

As well as the online Cathedral service, in Leicestershire, the City and County Councils, together with the Lieutenancy Office, the Royal Tigers’ Association and the Children of Far East Prisoners of War (COFEPOW), have been working together to create a website honouring local veterans. This can be found at: https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/VJDay75


The link to the pre-recorded service from Leicester Cathedral at 5pm on Saturday 15 August will be posted here: http://leicestercathedral.org/covid-19/online-services/.

St Peter’s Festival 800+ – Postponed –

Following the directive issued by The Church of England, all activities and events are postponed indefinitely. We are sorry but the situation offers no other course of action.

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This year, St. Peter’s in Church Langton celebrates its 800th anniversary.

Throughout 2020 we are planning a whole series of events involving the community, and we would very much like you to join us for any which take your interest.

History
It is recorded that before 1162, the church of Langton with two chapels, Tur and Thorpe Langton, was granted to Leicester Abbey by William Newmarch and Roger de Bordeni, perhaps with the consent of the Earl of    Leicester, lord of the manor.  There may well have been an earlier building on the site as there is evidence of Norman architecture in the present building, but we can be sure that by 2020, there will have been a Christian presence in Church Langton for at least 800 years.

So, to celebrate 800 plus years of association between church and community, there will be a series of special activities and events throughout 2020. We are calling this series ‘Festival 800+

Here are the events for Spring….

Sign up to these events and celebrate 800 years of St Peter’s Church
EventDetail
Murder Mystery
Friday 27th March 7.30pm

Langton Community Hall £12.50 inc. fish & Chip supper   
Spring Concert – Songs from the Shows Saturday 25th April 7.40pmSt, Peter’s   £15 inc. canapés                      
Talk on Handel in Leicestershire
Friday 15th May 7.30pm
                                        
St. Peter’s £8                                     
Messiah
Saturday 16th May 7.30pm
St. Peter’s £5 if singing, £15 to listen, £20 if attending talk      
Open Gardens Church Langton
Sunday 31st May Afternoon
Details TBC                     
Guided Tours of Church and Talk JulyPart of Festival of Archaeology         
Details TBC                                            
Guided Tours of Church
Sundays 12th & 19th September 2pm          
            

Part of National Trust Heritage Open Days   
Table of events for Festival 800+