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Wimborne Minster marks Accession Day

by Michael Ford last modified 09 Feb, 2022 04:29 PM

Special readings and prayers were said at the Parish Eucharist in Wimborne Minster to mark the 70th Accession Day, the anniversary of the accession to the Throne of Her Majesty, The Queen.

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant cuts the cake watched over by the Town 
Mayor and the Rector

The Service was conducted on Sunday 6 February by the Rector, The Revd Canon Andrew Rowland, who also preached the sermon. The first lesson was read by the Town Mayor, Councillor Mrs Kelly Webb, and the second by The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset The Hon Mrs Charlotte Townshend. The prayers were led by Mrs Alison Francis. Hymns sung included I vow to Thee my country, and the National Anthem. After the service, coffee and cake were served in Church House. 

In the afternoon, the Minster Bellringers rang a Full Peal of 5,070 changes, known as Stedman Caters, in three hours and twenty-six minutes. A Full Peal is anything over 5,000 changes, and they added the extra 70 to mark the 70 years. It was specially composed to mark the Platinum  Anniversary. 

Civic Guests with the Rector and the cake (from left) James 
Townshend, The Revd Canon Andrew Rowland, The Hon Mrs Charlotte Townshend, 
Vice Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Trevor Webb and Town Mayor Cllr Mrs Kelly 

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