‘A Service Celebrating 1,000 Years of the Shire of Gloucester’

The service takes place at 3 pm on October 14th, 2007 with readings from key people living and working in the county. The readings are being divided into a celebration of Gloucestershire’s working life, cultural life, spiritual life and natural life, with hymns and anthems that have a Gloucestershire link. Each one will be giving recognition to a few of Gloucestershire’s sons and daughters who have contributed to the county’s past.

‘We only have time for a few readings, so we had the difficult task of making a selection of people from Gloucestershire’s history,’ explains Laura Fleming, Project Co-ordinator for Gloucestershire 1000. ‘But we hope the short readings will offer a chance for the congregation to discover more about some of the people who contributed to our local history.

Where possible, organisers have tried to find pieces written by each person rather than a biography about their life. ‘We thought that it might be more interesting if we heard each person’s own words about their county or the work they did here. Gloucestershire Archives has been incredibly helpful in providing us with information and documents.’

There are a limited number of tickets available for members of the public wishing to attend the special service. Anyone or any faith who is interested in celebrating the county’s millennium as part of the significant service should write to the address below as soon as possible.

Gloucester CathedralInvitations will also be sent to a wide selection of representatives from different faiths, community groups and volunteer organisations, local councils and the military.

The Cathedral Service follows a military parade at RAF Innsworth earlier in the day by The First Review of the Gloucestershire Army Cadet Force under their new RIFLES badge.

Both events will be accompanied by the Corps of Drums of the ACF under the direction of Drum Major, Andrew Casey.

A Gloucestershire 1000 Prayer has also been written by the Bishop of Gloucester. It is hoped that this will be read in every church or religious building in the county on the day of the service.