Stories, services, music, dance and art in Isle Magna Carta celebrations

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There is plenty going on this weekend in and around Epworth.

As the Magna Carta 800 Society runs a whole programme of events in celebration of the 800 anniversary of the 1215 sealing of the Magna Carta, an exhibition depicting the Isle in original paintings and photographs will take place.

Staged by the Axholme Art Club and Axholme Camera Club, the exhibition in the Wesley Memorial Church will be open from 10am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Other events focus on Epworth’s own connections to the Magna Carta and include local collections from the Mowbray family along with contributions from schools in the Isle.

A Magna Carta and Mowbrays Exhibition features in Epworth’s parish church.

Andrew Percy MP will officially open the exhibition and free events on June 4, in St Andrew’s Church, Epworth at 11am. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.

Events include; June 4, 9.30am – Bell ringing in St Andrew’s Church to mark the beginning of Magna Carta 800.

10am – Special medieval Sarum Service in St Andrew’s Church led by Reverend Ian Walker.

11am – Official Opening: View the Magna Carta and Mowbrays exhibition until 4pm.

June 5 - 3pm to 7pm – King John, Magna Carta and the rebel baron William de Mowbray; a talk by local historian and author Marilyn Roberts.

June 6, 10am to 4pm – Medieval storytelling and Medieval tile workshop at Imperial Hall, Epworth. Book your free place on 01427 873898 or email

2pm – Hog roast in the Vinegarth Croft, 6pm – Medieval dancing; Peter Bernard and de Mowbray’s Musicke with a costume inspired dancing activity.

June 6 and 7: 10am to 4pm – Axholme Art Group at Wesley Memorial Church.

June 7, 6pm - West Gallery Musicians and Singers, an ecumenical Thanksgiving Service.

For more information about activities call 01427 873898 or email, alternatively, visit: or

Coverage of the events and art exhibition will feature in next week’s Bells.