Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Timely Brits

This was in today's news in KentOnline--

Chaucer statue unveiled in Canterbury

A £200,000 bronze statue of Canterbury Tales author Geoffrey Chaucer will be unveiled in the city today.

It is the result of a 10-year campaign by the Canterbury Commemoration Society to acknowledge Geoffrey Chaucer’s important association with the city.
The life-sized figure, sculpted by Sam Holland, is being sited in the Three Cities Garden in Best Lane.

The sculpture will also feature the faces of city personalities around a plinth representing characters from his greatest work, which tells the stories of pilgrims travelling from London to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.

It follows months of research with historians and costume experts to ensure the period detail, including his accessories, are correct.

Sam’s interpretation depicts Chaucer representing himself as one of the pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales, part kindly old man and part all-seeing soothsayer.

The cost has been met through fundraising, donations, grants and the £5,000 sponsorship of each of the 29 characters’ faces, which include Canterbury-born actor Orlando Bloom as the Young Squire.

  (The picture of the scale model would not copy.)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Chaucer Mass 2016

Come celebrate Chaucer at the annual memorial Mass

Join us at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Claremont CA. 

That's at the corner of Bonita and Berkeley. It's Saturday, October 29th at 5:30. The music is from the Middle Ages and Fr. Tom Welbers will say the Mass. See you there.