12 Towers Festival launched by North Norfolk churches
2018: Over 150 events will be taking place throughout June, July and August in sixteen parish churches in the Aylsham area of Norfolk, most of which are free or donation only.
The three-month summer festival builds on the success of last year’s 12 Towers Festival which saw around 5000 people attend the 100 events organised during June 2017. The Festival is a celebration of rural churches and communities and demonstrates the rural church is very much alive and active.
The aims of the festival are to give people opportunities to discover more about themselves and their communities, to affirm the rich and diverse heritage and culture of rural Norfolk and to celebrate the relationships and partnerships which support rural communities. It will showcase a varied array of events - ranging from heritage, culture and the arts to spirituality, community and family fun.
The sixteen churches involved are Aylsham, Badersfield, Blicking, Brampton, Burgh, Buxton, Cawston, Haveringland, Heydon, Lammas, Marsham, Oulton, Little Barningham, Itteringham, Wickmere and Oxnead. Between them they’ve come up with a huge array of activities from concerts to children’s activity days, brewery tour, bell-ringing, choir taster sessions, open gardens and many more.
Organised by the churches that form the Aylsham & District Team Ministry, and in partnership with Broadland District Council, the festival promises to offer something for everyone. Sponsorship from the district council and a Sharing the Good News grant from the Diocese of Norwich has helped to fund the production of a full colour Festival Guide to promote the event.
Revd Canon Andrew Beane, right, who leads the Aylsham District Team Ministry, said “Across the team we are really excited about the Twelve Towers Festival and how it will bring our churches and communities together celebrating heritage, music, culture. The festival will also bring together different generations and will offer events and activities for our schools and local families. After last year’s success we were determined to grow the Festival, so we have more events and activities along with more churches that have joined the Team. The 12 Towers Festival is a celebration of our Rural Churches and Communities and show just a glimpse of all the amazing things that happen in our rural communities, day by day, week by week, month by month. Thank you to all the amazing people that make these events possible!"
The Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, said "The 12 Towers Festival is a wonderful initiative bringing the communities of the Aylsham & District Team Ministry together for a special month of celebrations. The range of activities is huge. May the blessings experienced be equally magnificent."
Download the brochure here: https://aylshamchurchbenefice.churchdesk.com/file/585528
Visit : www.aylshamteamministry.org.uk
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