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Venue .. The Crown Hotel Ballroom, Weymouth Saturday 27th February at 4:45pm – 8pm ….

Part One of this year’s Crabchurch Conspiracy Commemoration Weekend 2016 promises to be the best yet. Once again we have the inimitable Professor Ronald Hutton who will be talking this year on Rupert, The Devil Prince… and to balance the account, we welcome Writer, Broadcaster and Activist John Rees whose talk will be on The Levellers & the English Revolution.

A further new addition to this year’s fare is the ‘Religious Rumble’ a ‘difference of opinion’ between, in the blue corner Bishop Bray, the Royalist Blusterer, and in the red corner, Weymouth’s own Puritan Ranter, Preacher Peter Ince (Jon Dixon).

The two of them will meet in a no holds barred battle of words & wits on the religious and social issues of the day live on stage !

And we are so very blessed to have with us, one of the best people in live theatre today, actor, director, the one and only, Jane McKell who will host the evening.

Part Two of the weekend kicks off at 9:30pm, an hour or so after part one ends, just a few hundred yards away at the Belvedere Hub and features a band of musicians whose reputation grows year on year as they take the big stages of Europe by storm with their electrifying live act. Their Crabchurch gig though finds them in a more mellow and reflective mood as they perform live their acclaimed seminal concept album, The Crabchurch Conspiracy, written as a tribute to those that fought and fell during a cold month of hell in Weymouth during February 1645.

Their concert actually takes place on the same street that thousands of royalist soldiers poured down on that fateful night,  in an attempt to retake the town for their King. A few minutes later, two hundred of them lay dead in the old High Street, victims of the military acumen of the Parliamentarian Commander, Dorset man, Colonel William Sydenham. Accompanying the band will be Diane Narraway and Cap’n Steve Howl.

The concert ends at 11:30pm.


Part Three of the weekend takes place in Hope Square at Brewers Quay from 10-30am on Sunday 28th February and is a costumed re-enactment of the trial and executions of the Crabchurch Conspirators. This is an entirely free event.

The executions are a faithful representation of the true events of the time in Weymouth and will involve depictions of executions by hanging, so parental discretion is advised.

Following this, the re-enactors and any members of the public who wish to accompany us, will make their way around the town laying wreaths at pertinent locations where the greatest and most poignant losses of life occurred.

We will also have re-enactors with a display etc situated inside Brewers Quay at the Brewers Tea Cafe in the week leading up to the Crabchurch weekend. So why not wander in and have a chat to Colonel Sydenham and Preacher Ince !

Please buy your tickets online by following this link ..

They’re selling fast so don’t be disappointed.

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