Honouring Warwick's great benefactor Thomas Oken - The Leamington Observer

Honouring Warwick's great benefactor Thomas Oken

THE ANNUAL Thomas Oken’s Feast, honouring one of Warwick’s greatest benefactors, takes placenext week after a service for the public in St Mary’s Church.

The trustees of the charity, which bears the name of the 16th century benefactor, hope that as many townspeople as possible will attend the service on Friday January 28, which begins at 7.00 pm.

Charity chairman Clive Mason said: “It’s a wonderful service that is held in accordance with Thomas Oken’s wishes and everyone in the town is invited to come and enjoy the music and hymns.”

The evening will begin with the traditional parade of trustees, dignitaries and townspeople from the Court House to the church.

The invited guests will then return to the Court House for the annual feast, where the speakers will include Juliet Homer, Maureen Sutherland, the Mayor of Warwick Richard Edgington, Oken trustee Terry Brown and Deputy Lieutenant Clare Sawdon.

One of Warwick’s oldest charities, the Charity of Thomas Oken and Nicholas Eyffler was founded in 1571.

Today it owns 12 alms houses in Castle Hill and Bowling Green Street and makes significant grants every year for ‘relief in need’ in the town. Recent grants include Myton Hospice, Citizens Advice, Springfield MIND, The Parenting Project, Warwickshire College Group and the Lord Leycester Hospital.


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