All over the Benefice our churches will be holding special services and prayers to mark the Coronation of King Charles III on Saturday 6 May. There will be a Celebration Service for the County of Rutland at All Saints Oakham at 10.30am on Sunday 7 May which will be the principal civic service, attended by representatives from across the county. This will be followed by a parade of organisations and a ‘Party in the Park’ in Cutts Close organised by Oakham Town Council.
Among the celebration services are a Coronation Songs of Praise at St Peter and St Paul, Langham, at 6pm on Sunday 7 May, and special services at Braunston at 11am and Brooke at 6pm.
The Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness, writes: ‘On Monday May 8th the King has asked that people get together to ‘help out’. I wanted us to hold an event that might appeal to all ages and be easily accessible. We are going to hold a ‘Coronation Clear Out to Help Out Car Boot and Table Top Sale’ at the Rutland Showground. The Rutland Agricultural Society are donating the entrance fee to the three chosen charities, Rutland Foodbank, Citizens Advice and ‘For Rutland’. (These benefit those in real need across our county.) I hope that people can come and bag some real bargains or sell good quality items from their car boots or their own table tops and make money for themselves or if they wish give the money raised to charity. I also hope that those who do not wish to sell in person will donate good quality items that others can sell for the chosen charities. Oakham Town Council will receive such items at their offices in Long Row in office hours in the working week preceding the Coronation. Recognised voluntary groups can have a free pitch to sell to raise money for their own good cause or for the three chosen ones. They are also encouraged to have displays explaining what they do.’
Let’s hope for fine weather and great celebrations!