Bible Society group marks 200 years

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A long-standing Church group in Wisbech is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.

The Wisbech Bible Society Action Group was set up in 1813 and has been bringing the Bible to people across the world ever since.

The group is marking its impressive anniversary with a thanksgiving service on Wednesday, May 15 at 7.15pm at Trinity Methodist Church, Wisbech. Andy Bissex, head of community giving for the Bible Society, will be speaking at the service.

The Wisbech group has had a prestigious history from the beginning after it was set up by nine young men who each gave one-and-a-half pennies a week to the cause. This led to the Isle of Ely Auxiliary being formed with the officials being Thomas Clarkson, William Watson, Jonathon Peckover and William Peckover.

The Auxiliary divided into two sections in 1835 – north and south divisions – with a ladies section formed in 1848.

The Peckover family has always had a close link with the Bible Society, with the Peckover women holding the presidency of the ladies section for 100 years.

The Golden Jubilee of the Auxiliary was celebrated in 1863, led by William Peckover and later Alexander Peckover. In 1903, Alexander became Baron Peckover of Wisbech and he held the office of president for over 50 years.

At the 100th anniversary of the group, the speaker was Sir Andrew Fraser of Bengal.

The ladies and gentlemens’ committees were brought together in 1924 to form the general committee and the name of the group was changed in 1948 to become the Wisbech and District Auxiliary. This also marked the end of 125 years of loyal service by the Peckover family, with the death of Alexandria Peckover.

In more recent years, there have been many different fundraising events for the Bible Society, raising thousands of pounds for the cause. Everyone is welcome to attend the service.