Photos by Iona Wolff (https://www.ionawolff.co.uk/)

Licoricia and Asher, by Ian Rank-Broadley FRSS
The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mr Nigel Atkinson, unveils the statue
Maggie Carver CBE, Chairman and founder of The Licoricia of Winchester Appeal, speaks in front of assembled dignitaries including Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, Rabbi Charley Baginsky (CEO of Liberal Judaism), Rabbi Joseph Dweck ( Senior Rabbi of the Sephardi & Portuguese Sephardi Community of the United Kingdom), Marie van der Zyl (President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews), Bishop Debbie Sellin of Southampton, Dr Hugh Osgood (Moderator of the Free Churches Group), Archbishop Nikitas Loulias of Thyateira and Great Britain, Kevin McDonald (Archbishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark), Father Jan Nowotnik (National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Department for Evangelisation and Discipleship at the Catholic bishops’ conference)and members of Winchester’s Muslim community, 

Others not pictured who attended were: Rev Dr Richard Sudworth (Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury & National Inter Religious Affairs Adviser for the Church of England), Lord Mann (Government Advisor on Antisemitism), Rabbi Jonathan Romain, Rabbi Maurice Michaels, Dean Catherine Ogle of Winchester Cathedral, Vice-Dean Roland Riem of Winchester Cathedral, the Winchester Cathedral Chapter, and Father Hogan of St Peter’s Catholic Church Winchester.
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Maggie and the Lord-Lieutenant
Nearly off!
Jewry Street
Rev Dr Richard Sudworth (Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury & National Inter Religious Affairs Adviser for the Church of England), Lord Mann (Government Advisor on Antisemitism), Debbie Sellin (Bishop of Southampton), Dr Hugh Osgood (Moderator of the Free Churches Group), Archbishop Nikitas Loulias of Thyateira and Great Britain, Kevin McDonald (Archbishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark), Father Jan Nowotnik (National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Department for Evangelisation and Discipleship at the Catholic bishops’ conference)
Patron Simon Sebag Montefiore, Dean Catherine Ogle and Rebbi Alex Wright, with the High Sheriff in the backhground
The Mayor of Winchester, and Leader of Winchester City Council
Dame Jenny Abramsky DBE, our Patron
Klezmer in the Great Hall
Roy Perry, ex-Leader of Hampshire County Council
Rabbi Alex Wright, Senior Rabbi of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London
Steve Brine MP
Rabbi Wright and Rabbi Romain
Klezmer at the unveiling
Ian Rank-Broadley FRSS, the sculptor

The Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis

Rabbi Mirvis’s speech:

Speech by Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, at the unveiling of a statue of Licoricia of Winchester on 10 February 2022

“Lord-Lieutenant, faith leaders, distinguished local representatives, ladies and gentlemen, today we recall the past for the sake of our future.  

We recall many evil times when there was sustained horrific persecution of Jews in this country, leading ultimately to the expulsion of the Jews from England in 1290.  We recall that, within those exceptionally trying times, there was an extraordinary lady, committed to her faith, who was determined to raise her family, build a successful enterprise, and give a contribution of inestimable value to her country.

Our prayer today is that our memories of Licoricia of Winchester will be a blessing for everyone in the United Kingdom, and indeed the life and times of Licoricia provide inspiration for our future.

In the face of adversity, let us always show courage and fortitude, and, like Licoricia, never lose hope. Where there is diversity, let us respect our differences. Where there is discrimination, let us guarantee that every single person will reach his or her full potential and achieve their hopes and aspirations. Where there is inequality, let us always remember that every single human being is born equal in the image of God. Where there is unbearable poverty and hardship, let us reach out to one and all with love and affection, generosity and kindness. Where there are vulnerable minorities, let them all be provided with full protection. And where there is hatred, let us live up to the aspirations of the great Biblical verse engraved on this statue that we should always love our neighbours as ourselves.

May our recollections of Licoricia, and may this statue always provide a blessing for everyone in the United Kingdom, so that we should have a future of peace, harmony, mutual respect, and prosperity.

Amen”

Rebecca Abrams, author of our book
The Chief Rabbi and Licoricia
Members of Winchester’s Muslim community meet the Lord-Lieutenant
Rabbi Michaels of Bournemouth Reform Synagogue, BRS’s Chairman Anita Marsh and Rabbi Jonathan Romain
The scene in the Great Hall
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Cllr Mans, addresses the Hall
Simon Sebag Montefiore’s speech
William Carver closes the speeches
Trustee Danny Habel thanks the Chairman and Trustees
Maggie is thrilled by flowers from the Trustees

Press coverage links:

More photos:https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/19916799.licoricia-statue-unveiled-winchester-without-prince-charles/#gallery1

BBC Online coverage 10 Feb:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-60329905

Guardian Online, 9 Feb

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/feb/09/prince-charles-unveil-statue-jewish-businesswoman-licoricia-winchester

Woman’s Hour

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0014717

40 minutes from the start, a really impressive interview with Rebecca Abrams

Jewish Chronicle online

https://www.thejc.com/news/news/statue-of-medieval-england’s-most-prominent-jewish-woman-licoricia-unveiled-in-winchester-7D199p0KgNUivYfKxsBocU

BBC South Today early evening 10 Feb

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0014c92/south-today-evening-news-10022022

15 minutes from start (N.B. link expires 7pm Friday 11th)

Hampshire Chronicle blog

https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/19913597.prince-charles-covid-cancels-appearance-winchester/

The Times

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/prince-charles-tests-positive-with-covid-for-second-time-ttz723h7c

Jewish Chronicle

Winchester Cathedral

https://www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/news/statue-of-englands-most-prominent-jewish-woman-licoricia-unveiled-in-winchester/

The Spectator

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/licoricia-and-the-forgotten-expulsion-of-england-s-jews?fbclid=IwAR1ZoMyCZxTg9TpqD7IspFDUABQxAL7OSV85zWsJ_vMRhUEcg3_nA-FmnCw