ON Monday June 5, there was a small gathering at the St Boniface statue in Newcombes Meadow for readings and prayers for St Boniface Day.

Boniface was born Wynfrith in Crediton c675.

The St Boniface Statue in Newcombes Meadow.  AQ 0361
The St Boniface Statue in Newcombes Meadow. AQ 0361 (Alan Quick, Crediton Courier)

The Rector, Rev Matthew Tregenza, led the prayers and readings assisted by Curate, Rev Lewis Eden.

The Mayor of Crediton, Cllr Liz Brookes Hocking, former Crediton Mayor Bob Edwards, the chairman of the Boniface Link Association and members of the Association and clergy from the Boniface Society from Honicknowle in Plymouth were present.

Jenni Pitts said she remembered, as a child, watching the statue being unveiled by Princess Margaret in 1960!

A special mass was also said in the Crediton Roman Catholic Church, the National Shrine to St Boniface, on the Monday for the Saint’s day. 

Folk singer Jim Causley was unable to be present as he was in Fulda, Germany, followed by Dokkum in Holland.

Boniface lived in Fulda, being a bishop and a missionary there.

Boniface was killed in Dokkum in 755.

Jim sang his song “ St Boniface Song”, which he composed a few years ago, during celebrations for Boniface while he was in both Dokkum and Fulda.