Saturday 19 May 2018 in the Churchyard, St John the Baptist Church, Church Green, Burford OX18 4RY
A commemoration to Levellers Cornet James Thompson, Corporal Perkins, and Private John Church, who were executed in the churchyard, 17 May 1649, led by the Reverend Giles Fraser. TUC LESE regional Secretary Sam Gurney and former regional secretary Megan Dobney also spoke. The Sea Green Singers performed.
Afterwards there was a conversation between the Reverend Giles Fraser and John Rees about ‘religion and the English revolution’, followed by discussion with the audience. Reverend Giles Fraser was formerly the Team Rector at St Mary the Virgin, Putney, which was the location of the Putney Debates, in 1647. He is currently the priest-in-charge at St Mary’s, Newington, near the Elephant and Castle, south London, and he writes a weekly Friday column for The Guardian. John Rees wrote The Leveller Revolution: Radical Political Organisation in England, 1640-1650, which was published in 2016 and received excellent reviews.