On the 20th March 2020 St Wulfram's in Grantham will celebrate the 1300th anniversary of the death of its Patron and Dom Jean-Charles Nault, Abbot of Wandrille in France will present to the people of Grantham with the last remaining relic of Wulfram.

The relic will then be kept at St Wulfram's for a number of months during their celebration year before being returned to Wandrille. This is, it is believed, only the second time in modern history that relics have been shared with another church. 

This announcement is made today (October 15th) as it marks St Wulfram's Day and is the anniversary of the translation (movement) of his relics.

St Wulfram was a 7th century missionary born in about 650 AD near Fontainebleau, south of Paris. He died in 720 and was canonised after numerous miracles had been attributed to him.

Fr Stuart Cradduck, Rector at St Wulfram's said: "We are truly blessed to be able to welcome the relic of St Wulfram to Grantham. This is a rare and remarkable ecumenical act of faith, love and trust and we are honoured that our saint is coming to us on the 1300th anniversary of his death. 

"This special privilege is not only of the recognition of the Roman Catholic Community in France to an Anglican Church, but also a significant sign of friendship and trust in us as a community of faith. A faith which goes beyond geographical and political bounds."

The church is already making plans on how to mark the March 2020 anniversary with an appropriate memorial.

So far, the programme includes a formal greeting by the Mayor and Charter Trustees at the Guildhall, to be followed by a torch lit procession with accompanying music through the town which the church hopes will include the people of Grantham with the town's children dressed in costumes; local, regional, national and international dignitaries, and representatives of all the Benedictine Houses in England and other senior church representatives. The parade will end with the formal reception of the relic of Wulfram at St Wulfram's Church.

Other activities, among others, will include:

  • Visiting preachers from the Deans of the eastern cathedrals which formed part of the medieval eastern pilgrimage route, which St Wulfram's was part of.
  • A community wide Stations of the Cross project working with local and internationally known artists. One internationally known artist who has been approached to take part is the Islamic Street Artist Mohammed Ali.
  • Grantham Vintage Festival – a new community celebration based at Grantham House, celebrating the spirit of Britain from the 1920's to the 1960's
  • Community Music Festival led by Lincolnshire Music Service, celebrating local and county wide talent
  • Gravity fields – the Isaac Newton festival of science, arts, heritage, music, drama and outdoor spectacular
  • An environmental conference
  • A Festival of Angels – led by local artist engaging with the community to create a heavenly host of angels inside and outside St Wulfram's.
  • And throughout the year will also be chances for people to engage with the Christian Faith through various course and events.