Lammas Bread is traditionally made using the first harvested grain of the season, and on Thursday 1st August a small group of Young Friends gathered in the Touching Souls Tea Room at the Abbey to make Lammas Bread under the direction of tearoom supervisor Margaret Gribble. The flour used came from nearby Stanway Water Mill. Go to the Young Friends page for a photo diary of their work, including a photo of the beautiful finished loaf.
The Young Friends have been very busy! You can read about their recent activities and upcoming events in the latest edition of the Young Friends newsletter which can be viewed and downloaded from this link. There are also photographs from the beating of the bounds at Rogationtide in May and the cleaning of the Gage Gates in June on the Young Friends page – do take a look!
This year’s Friends’ Festival is just over one week away. Our theme this year is ‘Conservation’ and the speaker after the Annual General Meeting at 2.30pm is The Friends’ Scholar, Ms Ellie March, whose studies are assisting the Abbey in the preparation of a Conservation Management Plan.
The visiting preacher at the 11.00am Sung Eucharist is Revd Tim Marks of Malvern Priory. Do join us for the service, stay on for the bring and share lunch in the parish hall and then what will be a very interesting afternoon. The festival finishes with tea, then Evensong at 5.00pm.
[If the sun is shining why not stay on to be entertained by Tewkesbury Town Band in the grounds of Abbey House? Bring a picnic, there will be a Pimms tent serving refreshments. Tickets are £10 on the gate]. We look forward to welcoming many Friends to this special day.
The Friends’ Annual Mailing is being sent out this week to all members – do look out for it by post or email. If you are a member and it does not appear do get in touch! Some items included in the mailing can be found online via the ‘Quick Links’ box on this page. Don’t forget to place your Christmas Card order in good time, and we look forward to seeing many of you at the Friends’ Festival at the Abbey on Sunday 7th July
Professor Joyce Hill is our Lecturer this year at the annual Fitzhamon Lecture to be held on Saturday 27th April 2019. This fully-illustrated lecture will be exploring the heritage of Tewkesbury Abbey as a fitting climax to a remarkable series of Benedictine foundations in the 10th and 11th centuries, set in the larger context of the monastic history of Anglo-Saxon England, when such Benedictine communities were centres of art and learning. Full details from this link.
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!
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.