Great Paxton Millenniumfest - 1,000 Years
Postponement of MILLENNIUMFEST Event until 2022
It is with a heavy heart that the planning group have made the decision to postpone the 1000th year celebrations for a further year due to ongoing safety concerns and risks around non-recoverable financial outlay. We need to make sure we are responsible in our use of the money you have helped us raise rather that losing it by making bookings and then losing deposits. That would be unfair to your generosity.
As you are all aware, the UK Covid-19 vaccination programme will roll out throughout 2021, however, the timeframe for this is likely to take many months and how it will impact on the halt of the virus and event planning is still very much unknown. We do not feel therefore, that we can commit to an event in June this year with these current safety and financial uncertainties. Nor can we book with confidence the many people whose services we need to have available, such as the living history encampment delivered by the Ousekjarr group, traders for the marketplace, the schoolchildren who will deliver a play written by one of our team, the services such as portaloo, St John Ambulance, parking attendants and local dignitaries. The list goes on.
A date in 2022 has been identified to fit in with Ousekjarr’s availability who are crucial to us for developing an authentic Anglo-Saxon event. Those dates are 16th and 17th July 2022 (we urge you to put them in your diaries…. you won't want to miss out!).
Because of your ongoing support in helping to fundraise for this event and the generosity of organisations who have awarded grants to us, we are in a good position to resume plans as soon as we can be confident of being together again.
The construction of our Saxon church began in 1020, the village is a similar age, the 1,000 year celebrations will have a Saxon theme. Great Paxton church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity and so Trinity Sunday, which was the 7th of June in 2020, was taken as the official birthdate. A two day village celebration was to take in the weekend of the 6th and 7th of June, though was postponed due to coronavirus.
The churchyard with the magnificent church as a backdrop will be the setting for the two day celebration.
...In 1020, whilst King Cnut (Canute) was on the throne of England, our Holy Trinity Church was built as a Minster. This meant that it was there as a centre to train monks. We don't know why it was built in Great Paxton or then Pachstone (one of the many names it has been known by), but what we do know is that Edward, who would become King Edward the Confessor and eventually canonised, owned 23 hides (a unit of land measurement) in our 'manor' of Great Paxton and would be certainly have been responsible for the building.
We are going to be celebrating the 1000th birthday of our Church and village when we can rearrange it safely. We are going to keep the full programme under wraps but it will be spectacular with lots to enjoy by all the village, their family and friends and people from neighbouring towns and villages.
Some of the things you will be able to enjoy are:
- Living History Encampment showing crafts and skills used
- Hog Roast and other delicious food
- Trade stalls
- Battle moves
- Atmosphere of an Anglo Saxon village through Theatre and Stocks
- Open Bar with real ales
- Lots of activities for the children to get involved in
- Special guests
Ahead of the weekend we shall invite your children to take part in a 500 word story competition (rules to be sent via a flyer to all homes during the early part of the year. There will also be Fancy Dress at the Milleniumfest where we encourage both children and adults to dress up!
Keep watching this website for updates and information, we look forward to seeing the whole village come and enjoy the Millenumfest.
What's on?We are currently in the planning stages of this event and will list events and attractions on this page as they become finalized in the months leading up to the weekend.
10.21 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., a day with food and drink, stalls, and entertainments for all ages.
Step back into Saxon times and find out what it would have been like to live in Great Paxton with your great-great-great (a rough calculation gives about 40 generations and so 40 greats) grandparents.
The day begins with a church service in mid-morning, with the attractions of the day before remaining until around 3.30 p.m.
If you wish to speak to anyone about your ideas or suggestions for the event please contact:
- Project Manager Diane James on 01480 406938 or by
- Website manager and village historian, Paul Ward 07483 815160