The Friends of Tewkesbury Abbey Autumn Newsletter has been published. Members who are not on email will receive the newsletter by post or collection from the Abbey. It is also available for download from this link. It is full of news, reports, updates, and information about events planned for early 2019. Do take a look!
Come and join us for a trip to Hereford Cathedral and the Mappa Mundi, or for a ‘Sights, sounds and smells’ event in the Abbey. Enter our photographic competition or help us create a candle light display for Epiphany. To find out more, look out for our emails or find one of our information sheets on the Friends’ table in the Abbey.
(Photograph: thanks to Andi_Graf, www.pixabay.com)
The Friends will be hosting an illustrated talk by Adrian Barlow on the subject “Tewkesbury’s Abbey’s Stained Glass: Its preservation and history” on Friday 26th October 2018 at 7.00pm in the Parish Hall. Tickets are £7, to include refreshments, and can be obtained from The Abbey Shop in advance of the event or on the door.
In glorious sunshine the Friends gathered at Tewkesbury Abbey for their annual festival on Sunday 8th July, and a group of Friends visited Glastonbury Abbey and Wells Cathedral the following day. Photographs from each day can be viewed on the Gallery page and a report from the visit to Glastonbury and Wells can be viewed via this link to the Visits page. A resume of the visit will also be included in our autumn newsletter later this year, do look out for it.
The annual Friends’ Festival is just one week away – Sunday 8th July. Join us for the 9.15am Parish Eucharist or the 11.00am Sung Eucharist when the Young Friends Banner will be dedicated and paraded, stay on to the Bring and Share lunch in the parish hall (no booking required), followed by the Annual General Meeting and talk. Afternoon tea will be served before Choral Evensong at 5.00pm. To finish the day take a picnic to Abbey House garden for ‘Brass on the Grass’ (tickets £10, from the Abbey shop or on the gate) or stroll round Tewkesbury, now looking resplendent with the medieval banners and beautiful floral displays. It promises to be a splendid occasion.
The planned Friends’ visit to Glastonbury and Wells on Monday 9th July is now fully booked. A reserves list has been set up so do let us know if you are interested in being added to this. We are sorry that a number of Friends are going to be disappointed at not being able to join this trip, but it is good to know that our Friends’ visits and events are so popular.
The transcript for the excellent talk by Dr Julian Luxford on the subject “The Founders’ Book: Art, Heraldry and History in Medieval Tewkesbury”, and the accompanying presentation slides, are now available from the Fitzhamon Lecture page on this site. This was an excellent and informative evening and is well worth discovering, or revisiting if you were fortunate enough to be present!
This year there will again be two designs available to purchase from the Abbey or by post. They are both scenes of the Abbey taken by Tewkesbury photographer Jack Boskett when the snow fell early last winter. We are awaiting supplies from the printers but it is not too early to send in your orders. We expect these cards to sell fast so do not leave it until December! An order form giving further details, including prices for the cards and postage, can be opened and downloaded from this link.
This year’s Friends’ Festival will be held on Sunday 8th July and will have a ‘children and young people’ focus as we celebrate a very successful year for our Young Friends. Full details for the day can be found on our Friends Festival page. You do not have to be a Friend to come along to all or part of the day so if you are interested in finding out more about The Friends of Tewkesbury Abbey do join us!