Our annual “Asparagus Lunch,” Wednesday 9 May

Every year, Oat Street Unitarian Chapel hosts an “Asparagus Lunch” on behalf of “The Ministers’ Meeting” which is funded by the Midland Unitarian Association and meets four times a year, allowing all ministers from the Midlands district to get together, share experiences and support one anther.    Those attending  will have a service at noon led by retired Unitarian Minister Rev Dr Peter Godfrey from our Cirencester congregation, followed by the all-important lunch!

The Asparagus Lunch has a long, long history, and was originally something a lot more covert!    As this article by Maureen Butler explains, it started life over 200 years ago as a smokescreen for an illegal meeting by dissenting ministers back when non-conformists such as the Unitarians were a lot less free to practise than they are today…