The Beginnings of Amazing Grace 250

Advance planning for the 2022-3 anniversary of the writing of the hymn, Amazing Grace, began in 2018 with a meeting of representatives from the Cowper & Newton Museum, MK Council Culture team, Olney Town Council, Olney Chamber of Trade, local businesses and the parish church of St Peter & St Paul.

Through 2019, as interest in the anniversary grew, discussions widened and at a Town Meeting two Olney community projects got off the ground.

Discussions also with the wider community, including the Open University, the Friends of the Caribbean-MK, the Stables music venue, the African Diaspora Foundation–MK, the African and Caribbean Arts & Heritage Union-MK, the Sierra Leone Committee-MK and Arts & Heritage Alliance-MK led to the formation of a Steering Group. From this group, an initial Amazing Grace 250 (AG250) project and programme was created, with grant applications then submitted for 2 projects to Heritage Lottery and Arts Council England.

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