Woodbridge to celebrate Thomas Seckford 500th anniversary
The Woodbridge and wider Suffolk community are invited to celebrate the town’s most famous benefactor, Thomas Seckford, in an evening of music and entertainment at St Mary’s Church on Friday 15th May. The event will be the first in a series of celebrations this year to mark the 500th anniversary of Thomas Seckford’s birth in 1515.
‘An Evening with Thomas Seckford’ will be hosted by the Friends of St Mary’s Church in partnership with the Seckford Foundation, Choose Woodbridge and Woodbridge Town Council. The evening will feature the story of Thomas Seckford and his enduring legacy, which continues to support a variety of causes in Woodbridge and beyond, followed by a concert of Medieval and Renaissance music from the acclaimed Colchester Waits, who will perform using ancient instruments including shawms, sackbuts and fiddles.
Nick Cottam, Chairman of The Friends of St Mary’s, said: “It should be a really entertaining evening in a building which is very much part of the Seckford legacy. Proceeds from the event will fund a commemorative plaque next to Thomas Seckford’s tomb in the church.”
Doors open for ‘An Evening with Thomas Seckford’ on 15th May at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are £10 including refreshments and are available in advance from the church shop on Market Hill in Woodbridge, or on the door. Entry is free to anyone aged 18 or under.
Other events to celebrate Thomas Seckford’s 500th anniversary include a Tudor theme to the Woodbridge Carnival on Saturday 4th July which culminates in a firework display at The Abbey School; a Gala Dinner organised by the Seckford Foundation on 3rd October and The Seckford Lecture, organised by the Foundation, on 12th November.
Graham Watson, Director of The Seckford Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Friends of St Mary’s, Choose Woodbridge and Woodbridge Town Council to help mark the 500th anniversary year of the birth of Thomas Seckford. The events during the year will show how the legacy of this great man is still alive in Woodbridge and Suffolk today. This will be supported through The Seckford Foundation’s provision of education and care of the young and elderly in a variety of ways in our community, which will carry the legacy forward for future generations.”