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All are very much welcome at our events. You do not have to be a member to lend your support to or attend any of our events or activities. Please find below details of events taking place this year:

Tuesday 14th March: Lunch at The Shrubbery Restaurant
The now traditional three-course lunch (with tea or coffee) will be taken at The Shrubbery restaurant at the City of Bath College (12 noon for 12.30 pm). There will be musical entertainment after the meal, provided by Mr Huw Williams, the Abbey’s new Director of Music.

Saturday 20th May / Sunday 21st May: Overnight Outing to Oxford
The outing will include a tour of Christ Church – the college which Cardinal Wolsey founded and of which Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) was a nineteenth-century fellow and canon. There will also be an opportunity to attend choral matins in the college chapel, which is also the Cathedral of the diocese, on Sunday morning.It is hoped that an optional group tour of the Bodleian Library can be arranged.
Alternatively, individuals will be able to visit the Ashmolean Museum which was refurbished and extended in 2009.
There will be dinner together in a private room at the hotel on Saturday evening.

Saturday 24th June: Outing to Downside Abbey and Library
Outing (departure 1.00 p.m.) to Downside Abbey, the home – since 1814 – of Benedictine Monks such as were displaced from Bath Abbey at the dissolution of the monastery.
In addition to a tour of the Abbey Church and a visit to the Library, a light tea is included and there will be an opportunity to browse in the Abbey shop.
The Library is housed in a modern, polygonal building adjacent to the Abbey church. It is a truly astonishing collection of 500,000 books, available for the use of monks and of visiting scholars both local and international. The earliest manuscripts date back to the eleventh century and there is a rich collection of early printed books.

Wednesday 13th September: Outing to Christchurch Priory
Outing (depart 9 a.m.) to Christchurch Priory, at the confluence of the Rivers Avon (the Hampshire Avon!) and Stour. There was a priory here of 24 secular canons in the reign of Edward the Confessor and a church dating back to around 800 AD. The secular minster was replaced by an Augustinian Priory in 1150. The visit will include a tour of the Priory and the option of a full lunch, and there will be a stop in Shaftesbury on the return journey. 

Sunday 1st October: Dedication Sunday
The service at 11.15 a.m. will be followed by refreshments in the Abbey. This is the annual service at which the contribution of The Friends to the Abbey is remembered and acknowledged.

Please click on the corresponding link to download the booking form. 

 

 
Booking details from Ursula Turrell, 01225 446370 buturrell@tiscali.co.uk
or the Secretary Jeremy Key – Pugh friends@bathabbey.org