Celebrate Holy Cross Day at Waltham Abbey

Exciting news for all you 1066 and Anglo Saxon fans – the King Harold Day Society is promoting a new event in Waltham Abbey on 14 September this year, which we hope will become an annual date in the calendar. 

We are working with the Abbey Church and with Waltham Abbey Historical Society to put on     ………………..   

Holy Cross Day, to celebrate the day in about 1035 when Tovi the Proud, King Cnut’s Standard Bearer, brought the Holy Cross from Montacute to Waltham. 

So on Wednesday 14th September there will be a special service in the Abbey during which the story of the journey of the Holy Cross will be told.   Later there will be a procession from the western side of the River Lea, across the river, ending in the Abbey Churchyard.  This will represent the 66 Saxons who, according to the Waltham Chronicle, accompanied the Holy Cross on its journey to Waltham.   The procession will end at the eastern side of the Abbey in the spot where it is believed Tovi built his church to accommodate the Holy Cross, and there we will erect the cross we have brought from the other side of the River Lea. 

There will be a peal of bells from the Abbey Church, which will coincide with a similar peal at Montacute where they also celebrate Holy Cross Day. 

Watch this site for more details.

Published in: on June 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm  Comments (3)  

King Harold Day Committee welcomes two new members

The King Harold Day Society Committee is delighted to announce that it has two new members.

Pat Brooks, who is a former Town and District Councillor for Waltham Abbey, has agreed to join us.   Pat has been a great supporter of King Harold Day from the start, showing much interest in what we were doing.   She feels she will now have more time to help us, and we have gratefully accepted that and immediately asked her to come on the Committee.

Helen Hollick, the well-known author of historical novels including “Harold the King”, was the guest speaker at our evening event in 2010.  Ever since, she has kept in contact with us and has recently offered to join the Committee  –  which was swiftly accepted.   Helen has recently changed her publishing house, so is busy checking all her published work, but reckons she will be finished in time to come to our next meeting.

We are sure that these two ladies will be a huge help to us, and we welcome them to the King Harold Day Committee.

Published in: on June 7, 2011 at 12:28 am  Leave a Comment