As you may already know, or may have read in my last blog, this year marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible.
A number of members have asked me what the Company plans to do to celebrate this important anniversary and I thought that it might be useful for me to give you all a brief 'heads-up' on our plans.
Firstly the Livery Committee plans to hold a service at St Bride's Church followed by a celebratory dinner in the Hall on the evening of Wednesday, 25 May. In addition to celebrating the anniversary, the event will launch the 2011 City of London Churches Festival which will involve a complete reading of the King James Bible at each of the City of London churches over a period of time in the autumn. The Bishop of London has kindly agreed to attend the service and dinner. Further details of this event and an opportunity to book places will be available shortly.
Secondly Liveryman Peter Jarrold is in the process of obtaining an original copy of the 1611 bible on loan from Norwich Cathedral and we plan to display this appropriately in the Hall throughout the year. I hope to be able to confirm details of this before the end of this month.
Any further ideas on how the Company might get involved in other events to celebrate the anniversary would be most welcome.