Congratulations to Rachel for her winning submission to the Young Friends’ Lockdown Story Writing Competition!
The clock struck 13 as the knitted monks came to life.
The Abbey was silent except for St Faith’s Chapel where the knitted monks began to move. This was the one day each year when the clock struck 13 giving the monks the power to come alive for 1 hour to go on a magical pilgrimage. This magic makes everything look different. The Abbey is transformed to look like how it used to be in Monastic times, with colourful paint depicting scenes from the bible everywhere. The stone pillars become covered in colour, the tombs are decoratively painted, and the ceiling is now alive with colour.
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!
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)
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!