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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 15th May: Visit to Tewkesbury and Cirencester

The coach will depart from Terrace Walk at 9.30 am and we shall go first to Tewkesbury to visit our sister Abbey – founded as a Benedictine house in the year in which John of Tours was appointed Bishop of Wells. Later in the day we shall visit the church of St John the Baptist, Cirencester – “Gloucestershire’s largest parish church”. Tours of both churches are included in the price of the visit.

As happened at Bath, Tewkesbury Abbey became a parish church for the town after the Dissolution of the monastery. It also had a substantial re-ordering from Sir George Gilbert Scott, in the same decade as he was working in Bath Abbey.
There will be time to visit the rest of the town as well as the Abbey. 

Those who make the additional booking (see form) will be able to have lunch at Tewkesbury Abbey at a cost of £13. This would include soup, sandwiches and other finger food, fruit salad desert, coffee/tea/fruit juices.

Situated on the market place in Cirencester, the church dedicated to St John the Baptist is a “wool church” of mainly late medieval design, adjacent to the site of the older church of the Augustinian monastery founded by Henry I in 1117. 

The building over the porch was once the Town Hall of Cirencester, but is now used for choir practice, music groups and children’s activities.

A decade of restoration, as carefully planned and executed as Footprint, has transformed the church and its new nave floor is a feature of particular interest.

Saturday 16th June: Visit to BBC Bristol (please note the new date)

The coach will depart from terrace Walk at 1.30 pm. You MUST bring photo-I.D. with you – passport, driving licence – to present when checking in for the tour. Please be aware also that security is very strict – only small bags or handbags may be taken in: no large bags (larger than 40cm x 35cm x 19cm), no backpacks, no suitcases and no items “where the contents cannot be verified on search, such as wrapped gifts”. And there are no facilities for holding such items. There are a few areas where photography is not permitted, but you are allowed to take photographs at other times. Please be aware that visitors might possibly be photographed, recorded or filmed, directly or inadvertently, and by coming on a tour, you are agreeing to this.

Please note the BBC’s warning that there is a good deal of walking and some standing about in the course of the 1½ - 2 hour duration of the tour.

BBC Bristol’s award-winning tours include participatory activities as well as a huge variety of things to see and hear about, both in relation to the technicalities of broadcasting and the programmes made. It is the BBC’s boast that “no two tours are ever the same!”
 

Visit to Portsmouth – Mary Rose Museum and Cathedral
A one-day visit on Tuesday 18th September

The coach will depart from Terrace Walk at the earlier-than-normal hour of 8.30 am. There will be a brief ‘comfort break’ en route (not long enough to buy coffee!) because we wish to fit in a visit to Portsmouth Cathedral before their prayers at noon.

Then the coach will take us to the Naval Dockyard. We shall make our own individual arrangements for lunch, but the cost of entry to the Mary Rose Museum as well as the tour of the cathedral are included in the price of the visit. 

Launched in 1511, the Mary Rose was the flagship of Henry VIII’s navy until she sank in 1545. She was raised to the surface 437 years later and can now be viewed along with displays of some of the 19,000 artefacts which give a comprehensive and enthralling picture of life aboard a 16th century warship.

Known as ‘The Cathedral of the Sea’ but more properly styled The Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, the mother church has served its diocese (which covers south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight) since 1927. 

Originally an Augustinian chapel, then a parish church, the mediaeval tower and nave were destroyed in the Civil War and rebuilt between 1683 and 1693. Further major building work was done in the 1930s and 1990s. 

There will be a longer than usual break for refreshment on the way back to Bath as we do not expect to arrive back until after 7 p.m.

Sunday 7th October: Dedication Sunday

The service of Sung Eucharist 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 here for the Friends of Bath Abbey's Spring 2018 newsletter in full.

OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY 2020

The Friends have arranged a visit to Austria and Germany to include seeing the famous Passion play, put on every ten years by the inhabitants of the Bavarian town, in fulfilment of the vow their ancestors made if they were spared the full onslaught of the bubonic plague that was threatening them. The visit will be organised by McCabe Pilgrimages, who were behind The Friends’ pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in 2011.

Further details and a booking form are available here or please contact Jeremy Key-Pugh friends@bathabbey.org

For further information or to book a place please contact: Ursula Turrell, 01225 446370 buturrell@tiscali.co.uk or the Secretary Jeremy Key – Pugh friends@bathabbey.org