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When Nicholas was 10 the Battle of Edgehill was being fought.

When Nicholas was 17 King Charles I was executed.

In 1660 the Restoration of the Monarchy took place and Charles II became King.

In 1665 the Five Mile Act was imposed. Non-Conformists could not worship within five miles of a corporate town, i.e. Coventry, so they travelled to the Old Meeting Chapel at Bedworth which was just far enough away...

Nicholas came to Bedworth at the invitation of his patron Sir Clement Throckmorton.

Sir Clement was a high Churchman being virtually Catholic in his beliefs.

Nicholas was a fervent Royalist and Churchman and used a Liturgy in English.

In 1683 a law about repairing the highway was imposed. Nicholas Chamberlaine is said to have brought prosecutions against those who failed to conform and ex-communicated three parishioners including a Churchwarden.

In 1685 Louis 14th repealed the Edict of Nantes which forced many Protestants to flee France. They became known as Huguenots and many settled in Bedworth; names like Spencer, Jacques and Prideaux emerged with Courtauld being one of the more famous.

Glorious sunshine greeted over 1,000 Bedworth children as they arrived at the historic Almshouses.

The weather was in stark contrast to that of 2018 when the event was held in three separate School halls because of heavy rain.

Guests, residents, Trustees, parents and members of the public gathered in the Quadrangle for a service of prayers and songs conducted by the Rev. Dave Poultney, Rector of All Saints Church, Bedworth with a talk given by Mrs. Kay Orton.

Among the guests were Rose Lady Daventry, Patron of the Nicholas Chamberlaine Trusts, Simon Miesegaes, High Sheriff of Warwickshire, Mrs. Clare Sawdon former High Sheriff, Mrs. June Tandy  newly elected Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Deputy Mayor Councillor Bill Hancox, and Craig Tracey Member of Parliament.

Fruit buns were distributed to the children and also to members of the public. Our photographs, courtesy of John Burton, help to tell the story of a very happy event.

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