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Framlingham Unitarian Meeting House to celebrate 'proud history' at tercentenary weekend

PUBLISHED: 17:33 11 May 2017

Rev Matthew Smith outside Framlingham Unitiarian Meeting House, which is celebrating its tercentenary. Picture: MATTHEW SMITH

Rev Matthew Smith outside Framlingham Unitiarian Meeting House, which is celebrating its tercentenary. Picture: MATTHEW SMITH

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A Suffolk congregation is celebrating the 300th anniversary of their place of worship this weekend with historical stories, music and a special service.

Framlingham Unitarian Meeting House is marking its tercentenary by reflecting on its past while looking to the future.

Members of the public are invited to attend some of the weekend’s highlights including Saturday evening from 7pm when former minister Cliff Reed will the story of the Meeting House with music provided by Adrian Cave and James Recknell.

Also open to the public is the tercentenary service led by former Unitarian national president Marion Baker, which starts at 4pm on Sunday.

Current minister, Rev Matthew Smith said: “The Meeting House has a proud history of standing for free religion, human rights and the worth of every person.

“This is reflected, for example, in the life stories of anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Cooper and social radical Goodwyn Barmby, both local Unitarian ministers.

“Cliff gives us a real flavour of these figures’ struggles and triumphs in his forthcoming Saturday night talk. These were persons of national significance, at the very least, of whom Suffolk should be proud.”

Mr Smith said the celebrations were not only about the past.

“The real value of a historic celebration like this is because we can reflect how our liberal and tolerant faith is still both needed and can come alive today, at a time of increasing intolerance in so many parts of the world,” he added.

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