Autumn Newsletter

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!

Tewkesbury Abbey’s Stained Glass

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.

Friends’ Festival and Visit – 8th & 9th July

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.

Friends’ Festival – One Week Today

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.

Visit to Glastonbury and Wells – Fully Booked!

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.

Did you miss the Fitzhamon Lecture 2018?

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!

Friends’ Christmas Cards 2018

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.

Friends’ Festival 2018

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!

Annual Mailing and the GDPR

The Friends of Tewkesbury Abbey is a member organisation with the expectation from our members that they will receive news and information. We have taken the opportunity of the new General Data Protection Regulations to check with our members that the contact details we hold are correct and to confirm the preference for how we make contact. A ‘GDPR’ sheet has been included in this year’s annual mailing which was sent out in May, so please return this and remain in touch!