Join us on Saturday 19 May 2018 in Burford, Oxfordshire, to remember the achievements, sacrifice and legacy of the radical thinkers and political activists known as The Levellers
2pm Saturday 19 May
In the Churchyard, St John the Baptist Church, Church Green, Burford OX18 4RY
There will be a short commemoration to Levellers Cornet James Thompson, Corporal Perkins, and Private John Church, who were executed in the churchyard, 17 May 1649. The commemoration will be led by the Reverend Giles Fraser. Flowers will be laid. The Sea Green Singers will perform. Trade union banners are welcome.
Following the commemoration the Sea Green Singers, a radical choir from Oxford, will sing a programme of songs from England’s ‘hidden history’ in Warwick Hall. This is the story of men and women resisting the established order in the struggle for their rights to be respected and established; the struggle for the right to join with others to demand a living wage, the right to public health, and a clean environment, the story of the Diggers, the Levellers and a widening of the franchise, religious tolerance and equality before the law.
3pm Saturday 19 May
In the Old Hall, in Warwick Hall, adjacent to the church, Church Green, Burford OX18 4RY
There will 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.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO MARCH OR PARK EVENT THIS YEAR – WE WILL BE BACK IN 2019
Due to a combination of logistical difficulties and some major changes in the team we have decided that Levellers’ Day will be taking a break this year and will instead be back with a vengeance in 2019.
We will have a small commemoration in the churchyard on Saturday 19 May this year but please note there will be no march and no main event at the recreation ground.
Thanks you for all your support and we are really looking forward to working with you all on an even better and bigger Levellers’ Day next year on Saturday 18 May 2019. So please all save the date.