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23rd-24th September FAWCETT Weekend
« on: June 05, 2017, 09:57:06 AM »
These events commemorate the 200th anniversary of a Yorkshireman’s death, Dr. Rev John Fawcett.
From a disadvantaged childhood in Bradford, he became a Georgian “celebrity” whose fame and influence spread out  from his Baptist ministry in Wainsgate in the Upper Calder Valley to Yorkshire and Lancashire, eventually reaching as far as London and Bristol.  As a preacher, educator, writer, theologian, hymn writer, “poet and divine” he became well-known at a national and then international level .
He gave local people, both rich and poor, hope and aspiration to improve not only their lives but also others. Many became philanthropists giving away wealth they created to their communities.  Some of his descendants and pupils went on to achieve remarkable things. His descendants influenced places such as Glusburn near Keighley, Crosby Garrett in Westmorland,  Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manitoba in Canada.
Hebden Bridge Local History Society, Hope Chapel, Wainsgate Chapel and Ebenezer Chapel have organised a programme in his honour and one of the events is the Fawcett weekend.

23rd and 24th September  Fawcett weekend.

Talks, walks, displays and opportunities for networking for anyone interested in the story of Rev Fawcett and the surname Fawcett.

Saturday morning from 9:30 am – 12 pm Gather at Hope Chapel, New Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EW for refreshments followed by talks from Anne Mealia, Diana Monahan and Amy Binns.
Saturday afternoon 2 pm Easy walk from Hope Chapel  - “Hebden Bridge in Fawcett’s Day and his legacy in the town” or stay at the chapel.
Saturday afternoon 12 pm – 4 pm - children’s activities, afternoon teas.
Sunday 9:50 am (leaving at 10) Walk (uphill) from Hope Chapel to Wainsgate or meet at Wainsgate Chapel, Wainsgate Lane, Hebden Bridge HX7 8SU from 11am and then to the Community Centre where lunch can be purchased and view exhibition “What Wainsgate means to me”. Final opportunity for more Fawcett networking.

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