The Dean of Hereford Cathedral, The Very Rev. Michael Tavinor, will preach at this year’s Guinea Service at St John The Baptist Church, in Letton, at 18.30 on Monday 29 October, in a tradition which dates back to the early 1800s.
In the last will and testament of parishioner Elizabeth Freeman, dated 1810, she left provision to ‘pay The Minister of Letton Church, one Guinea for a sermon in The Church on the 29th October yearly, forever.’
Our Rev. Sean Semple revived the ‘Guinea Service’ in 2016, and extended the invitation to Rev. Tavinor to preach at this, the third service since its revival.
At the service, the congregation votes by secret ballot to decide whether or not the preacher earns the Letton Guinea trophy. Revd Semple has been unanimously awarded the trophy for the past two years running.
All are welcome at the service, which is followed by refreshments.