Founder's Day or Bun Day: Friday, 26th May 2017

Bun Day services this year will not be held at the Almshouses, but at the schools.

An annual Founder's Day service is held in the quadrangle of the Almshouses to mark the life of the town's most famous Rector. It is attended by around 1,200 pupils and hundreds of townsfolk. Before returning to their schools, each child is given a sticky fruit bun, and not surprisingly, the day has become known locally as "Bun Day." 

In the past at Whitsun, all the residents of the Almshouses and the school children were provided with a dinner by the charity to commemorate Founder's Day. The children's meal was stopped during Victorian times when the numbers considerably increased, and a bun was given to each child instead. The tradition of Bun Day continues to the present day, when the pupils from all the charity schools meet at the Almshouses for a short service on the grass in front of the buildings and take away a currant bun. The old residents enjoyed their Founder's Day dinner until the second world war, when severe rationing caused it to be discontinued. The tradition was revived in 2000 and once again the residents can celebrate the vision of Nicholas Chamberlaine.

The 2015 event received very good coverage in the Coventry Telegraph.

 

Memorial Service

Every year, usually in the Autumn, a service of thanksgiving for the life and legacy of Nicholas Chamberlaine is held. It is a reminder to everyone in the town that his generosity still makes an important contribution to the well being of Bedworth. Being a special anniversary, the 2016 Service was one of Commemoration and Celebration held in the Quadrangle of the Almshouses.