Although the main part of the 2017 Charles Causley Festival has now passed, there is still one event to come, this year!
After post-June occasions such as the Causley Fun Day on the green at Launceston Castle marking the actual ‘100th birthday’ date of 24th August, the BBC4 showing of Jane Darke’s documentary film, and the Troubadour Cafe’s poetry and music evening in London, early December 2017 presents a final opportunity for celebrating the Causley centenary year of 2017.
Dr. Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, will be in Launceston for a series of events celebrating Charles Causley’s life and work over the weekend of Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December.
* Firstly, Dr. Williams will lead a free event for children at 10.30am in Launceston Library, making Christmas cards based around Causley’s own Christmas poems — several of which he’ll be reading.
* That same Saturday evening, at 7.30 in the Town Hall, he will give a talk about his interest in and love for Causley’s poetry — supported by Bill Ind (the former Bishop of Truro) and Father Anthony Maggs, a close friend of Charles. Tickets for this are £10 (£8 for under 18s and those on benefits); they’re available through Launceston TIC or from the Cornish Riviera Box Office (click HERE ).
* Finally, on Sunday morning 10th December, Dr. Williams will give a sermon at the Eucharist service in St. Thomas Parish Church in Launceston. This is the church where Charles Causley’s grandmother and mother baked the bread for communion, where Causley was baptised — and where both Causley and his mother are buried. PLEASE NOTE: this event is free, but it is ticketed. To apply for tickets, you should contact your church in Launceston.
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And last, but by no means least, more of the photos and videos of the Festival’s events and people will be appearing on the website over the next few months. There’s a brief ‘taster’ page of those which you can see right now, if you click HERE .