St Felix Festival – May 2020

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This artwork of St Felix can be seen in Ingoldisthorpe Church

Have you heard of St Felix?

In May 2020 the parish churches of Dersingham, Anmer, Ingoldisthorpe and Shernborne will be hosting a St Felix Festival, with a variety of events to enjoy throughout the four parishes.

Why? St Felix brought the Christian faith to these very shores in about AD630 and then had seventeen years of fruitful ministry, becoming the first Bishop of East Anglia. St Felix is referred to as St Felix of Burgundy and he came to this country by boat. Due to adverse weather he was driven ashore and landed at Babingley Creek before travelling inland and coming first to Shernborne.

St Felix died on the 8th March AD647 and is buried at Dunwich. The port town of Felixstowe is named after him and there are six churches dedicated to his memory in North Yorkshire and in Norfolk. The remains of a church to his name can be seen across the fields at Babingley, although the land is privately owned.

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The ruins of St Felix, Babingley. Since this photo was taken much of the ivy has been cleared from the building

The St Felix Festival will be held between the 15th and 31st May 2020 and there are a number of events planned over the two-week period. These will include a lecture on St Felix and early Saints by a university lecturer, paper raft racing for children (and big kids!) on the Babingley River and a prayer pilgrimage in the footsteps of St Felix. The new Bishop of Norwich, the Right Reverend Graham Usher will lead a special service at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Shernborne, to celebrates Felix’s achievements for the Gospel.

A website dedicated to the St Felix Festival is under development and will be going live in the New Year. We will also post news updates about the Festival here on the St Nicholas Church website. Make a note of the Festival dates 15th – 31st May 2020. There will be plenty going on for the young and not so young!