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High Sheriff of Staffordshire to take part in ancient pilgrim tradition

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

Ann Fisher, High Sheriff of Staffordshire, giving out leaflets during her walk

Ann Fisher, High Sheriff of Staffordshire, giving out leaflets during her walk

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THE High Sheriff of Staffordshire will take part in an ancient pilgrim tradition this bank holiday during her ‘Walk for Staffordshire’.

Ann Fisher will be leaving stones at the Church of St Michael and St Wulfad’s in Stone, Staffordshire, on Monday, August 25.

The placing of the stones will happen at the start the sixth leg of The Two Saints Way walk being undertaken by the Mrs Fisher, and other walkers, to raise money for the High Sheriff’s Fund.

Placing stones started during the Anglo Saxon period by pilgrims who were visiting the Shrine of St Wulfad and St Rufin. It was to venerate the siblings (and subsequent Saints), who were executed by their Pagan Father, and King of Mercia, Wulfhere, after converting to Christianity following an encounter with Chad, Bishop of Mercia.

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The tradition is how the town ‘Stone’ derives its name. The High Sheriff and her party will place stones in a basket at a window in the church depicting the two saints Wulfad and Rufin.

Mrs Fisher, said: “I have really enjoyed walking along the Two Saints Way since the start of the year and I have met some wonderful people and encountered some really beautiful and significant places within Staffordshire.”

She will walk around 40 miles more, spread over four more days, until reaching Lichfield Cathedral on St Chad’s Day - March 1, 2015, for a service of dedication. The walk, which is open to everyone to join, will take a total of 264 hours over nine days and over a distance of 88 miles.

To donate visit justgiving.com/highsheriffofstaffordshire

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