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News Archive 2012

You can view all news items from 2012 below. For Footprint news, past and present, click here.

 

BBC RADIO BRISTOL CAROL SERVICE

We were delighted to be involved in this year's BBC Radio Bristol Christmas Carol Concert. It was a fantastic evening but if you missed it, don't worry there will be plenty more opportunities to join in the celebrations between now and on Christmas Day - starting with the Abbey Choirs performing in the Christmas Festival Concert on Saturday 22 Dec, 7pm. Featuring the Abbey Choirs of Girls and Men.

 

 

ADVENT TEA

Our Advent tea was held over the weekend - and a lovely time was had by all. It was an opportunity to meet other families and enjoy homemade Advent goodies. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us and especially to Joanna Shipp for hosting it.

 

 

 

 

 

From left to right: Katy Garner, Eva (age 1), Catherine Skinner and Clive Skinner

 

 

 

From left to right: Abi (14), Margaret Roberts, Pam Chamberlain and Rosemary Chamberlain

 

 

 

 

 

BISHOP PETER'S CALL TO PRAYER ON WOMEN BISHOPS VOTE

This week a long-standing debate over whether women should be allowed to become bishops will finally be clarified, as the Church of England's governing General Synod meets to make a decision.

The Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Right Reverend Peter Price, is calling on people to pray for those attending the General Synod (Sunday 18 – Tuesday 20 November).

Bishop Peter says: “I do want to ask you to pray for the Synod - on Sunday, on Tuesday, and in as many other ways as you think right – and to continue that prayer in the days that follow. Whatever decision is taken, there will be some feeling joy, and others feeling acute discomfort and distress. At such a time we must care for one another, even when we disagree.”

 The Final Approval debate and vote will take place on Tuesday (20 November).

In Bath Abbey, there will be an hour of prayer in the Alphege Chapel from 12.15-1.15pm on the day the Final Approval debate and vote will take place (20 November).

In Wells Cathedral, the Lady Chapel will be available for prayer all day. There will be a specific liturgy of prayer at 11.30, and the normal Tuesday Eucharist at 12.25 will be a further opportunity for prayer.

To read more click here.

 

COMMUNITY GROUPS’ “TRANSIENT GRAFFITI” TO GIVE BATH’S ICONIC BUILDINGS A FESTIVE MAKEOVER

There is something extra special being planned for the opening night of the Bath Christmas Market 2012. This year, crowds will be treated to Transient Graffiti - a unique community development animation project which will interact with two of Bath’s iconic buildings, Bath Abbey and the Holburne Museum, to bring their facades to life.

During the evenings of Thursday 22 and Friday 23 November, spectators can expect to see a dazzling display of animated illustration projected onto the buildings, which explores their immense histories and depicts their inner workings.

The Revd Alan Garrow, Bath Abbey’s Vicar Theologian, said: “The West Front of the Abbey is itself a picture of a dream; the dream of Bishop Oliver King whose vision inspired the present Abbey building. I am very much looking forward to seeing a further set of dreams played out across the same canvas; the dreams of these local, contemporary artists, and their vision of what it would mean for ‘earth and heaven to meet’ in this place today.”

To read more, click here.

 

SCULPTURES BY ELISABETH FRINK AND DEBORAH VAN DER BEEK TO BE DISPLAYED AT BATH ABBEY

Artworks by Elisabeth Frink, one of Britain's most famous sculptors, and contemporary British artist, Deborah van der Beek, who lives and works in Wiltshire, will be on display in Bath Abbey from Monday 29 October to Friday 16 November.

Both of these sculptures provoke a reckoning with the atrocities of war and the power of human sacrifice. Deborah van der Beek’s ‘Collateral’, based on the skull of a horse, is about the innocent victims of war. The artist was inspired to make this piece after seeing a distressing image of a mother and baby found dead and buried in rubble in Lebanon. The warheads (rockets and mortar shells) embedded in the sculpture are real ones from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, some still have sand on them. The bullets also are real, and scattered throughout the sculpture are the day-to-day essentials of life – such as a child’s shoe and a spoiled head of wheat.

Elisabeth Frink’s sculpture ‘Birdman’ was conceived in the early 1950s, in a period where the fall-out from the Second World War still hung heavy over life in Britain. Frink’s father had served as a professional soldier at Dunkirk as well as in other theatres of war. From the family home next to a Suffolk airfield, the young Frink witnessed bombers crash nearby, or returning to the base in flames. The idea of flight, the vulnerability of the airborne man, the tragedy of war, a daughter missing her father and not knowing if he were alive -all were ideas that fed into Frink’s incarnations of man-as-bird-as-man which dominated her work in the 1950s, many years prior to her recognition as one of the foremost British sculptors of the 20th century.

To read more click here

 

GOING THE EXTRA MILE

A member of our Chaplains team, Peggy Boynes, recently completed a 76 mile walk from Reading to Bath, covering a mile for every year of her life plus one extra mile! She walked through sunshine and rain, talking to many people along the way, and ended her trek with Evening Prayers at Bath Abbey. She was even featured in theBath Chronicle with her trusty trainers!

So far Peggy has raised over £3,000 for the Church on the Bus Project in Derbyshire, and you can still support her in this fantastic achievement. Sponsor Peggy online via this link or send a cheque made payable to “Church Army” to: Church Army, Wilson Carlile Centre, 50 Cavendish Street, Sheffield S3 7RZ. Please mark your donation "Peggy's Walk 1078".

Thank you

 

NEW PUBLIC ART MARKER FOR THE COTSWOLD WAY TO BE UNVEILED AT BATH ABBEY

A new work of public art will be unveiled at Bath Abbey on 25th October at to mark the beginning and the end of the Cotswold Way National Trail.

This is a joint initiative between the Cotswolds Conservation Board, Bath Abbey and Bath & North East Somerset Council who have worked closely together to provide an attractive and fitting focus marking the start and finish of England’s newest National Trail.

The marker will take the form of a large limestone disc set into the pavement outside the west doors of the Abbey, the official start and end of the Cotswold Way. Hand carved by local artist Iain Cottonwith place names from along the trail, it will provide an invitation to walk, a welcome for tired feet and food for thought for the thousands of people that visit the city and walk the National Trail every week.

To read more click here.

 

BATH ABBEY TO BROADCAST SECOND SERVICE IN A MONTH

Bath Abbey has been chosen once again for a national broadcast. On Wednesday 10 October at 3.30pm, Choral Evensong at Bath Abbey will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 – just four weeks after its morning service was heard by over a million listeners on BBC Radio 4.

The music will be performed by the Abbey Choir of Girls and Men, conducted by Peter King, the Abbey’s Director of Music. 

To read more click here.

 

ABBEY CHOIR VISIT TO SOUTHWELL

Click here to read more about our Choir Boys trip to Southwell Minster

 

 

BATH ABBEY’S MORNING SERVICE REACHES OVER A MILLION

Sunday’s (9 September) morning worship at Bath Abbey was broadcast live to over a million people across the country via BBC Radio 4's 'Sunday Worship'.

The music was performed by the Abbey’s Choir of Men, Girls and Boys, and Melody Makers, the Abbey’s choir for children aged six to 11. 

If you missed the service or wish to listen to it again, click here.

Below is an extract from an email from a BBC Radio 4 listener:

I am literally listening to Sunday Worship on Radio 4 from Bath Abbey. 

Can I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this. I'm not really sure what to say, but, what you said, and the loving, gentle and Christ-like way you communicated it have just blown me away. I really needed to hear what you've been saying, more than you can ever know.

 

SUPPORT FOR BATH'S YOUNG UNEMPLOYED

Clean Slate launches a new project, the Youth Employment Scheme (YES), this week supported by Bath Abbey and Bath Business Improvement District (Bath BID). It aims to help motivated young people who have never been employed before take practical steps to prepare for work at its centres in Bath, Keynsham, Midsomer Norton and its new drop-in at Southside Youth Hub in Whiteway.

To read more click here.

 

BBC RADIO BRISTOL INTERVIEW

Listen to an interview with Alan Garrow, our Vicar Theologian, about the new series of By the Way, the Abbey's informal evening service at 6.30pm on Sundays. Click here to find out more about the link between the 12 steps and Christian spirituality. 

 

 

FIND OUT WHAT OUR VISITORS OFFICER AND A VOLUNTEER STEWARD HAVE TO SAY ON SOMER VALLEY FM'S FAITHTIME 

Somer Valley FM broadcast the 100th edition of its Faithtime show at 9am on Sunday 26 August. Julian Sheppard, the lovely presenter of Faithtime (recently joined by co-presented Joy Webb) spoke to Dawn Farmer, our Visitors Officer, about the Abbey's many volunteers and her role. Julian also interviewed an Abbey Volunteer - Peter Jones a retired teacher from Somervale School.If you missed it, you can listen to it online. Just click here. (Dawn and Pete's interviews are about 41mins into the clip.) 

You also get to find out what local Councillor Paul Crossley really thinks of the Abbey's exciting plans for its Footprint!

 

LAUNCHING OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOX 2012

St Michael’s Church, Broad Street

Saturday, 22 September 10am – 2pm

Do come with friends to join us at Bath Abbey's sister church, St Michael’s in Broad St, Bath, to launch the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal 2012. As well as displays and ideas for making shoeboxes special, we will have plenty of empty boxes and the necessary leaflets to take away – plus, by request, an expert in action demonstrating how to cover shoeboxes! The DVD showing the joy of receiving a shoebox will be shown throughout the day and there will be lots of great ideas for things you could put in your box. We hope that knitters of all ages will come along (with current shoebox knitting) and enjoy knitting together in the Shoebox Puppet Knitting Circle then go home with some new patterns to try.

There will be an opportunity to volunteer to help with the processing in November. If you would like to volunteer, but are unable to be at the Fun Day, please telephone Alison Long (            01225 314201      ).

Mike & Rose Amphlett
Bath District Coordinators Operation Christmas Child

 

ABBEY BELLS RING OUT FOR PARALYMPIC FLAME CELEBRATION

The city of Bath will awake to the sound of the Abbey church bells on the morning of Saturday 25 August, as the Abbey’s bell ringers join in the Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Paralympic Flame Celebration at the Recreation Ground, Bath. Led by Will Willans, the Abbey’s Tower Master, the Abbey’s bells will ring for half an hour from 8.00am-8.30am. Bath is one of only 34 cities nationwide, to host a celebration ahead of the Paralympic Games in London.

Will Willans, Bath Abbey’s Tower Master, explains: “We wanted to join in the city’s Paralympic Flame Celebration, and to show our support, on behalf of the Abbey and the city as a whole, for the British Paralympic team, who have been based at the University of Bath. This is our way of making sure that they head off to London for the Paralympics knowing how proud we are and that our thoughts and prayers are with them. They are an inspiration to us all."

 

NEW APPOINTMENTS AT BATH ABBEY

Bath Abbey has made three key appointments to help reach its target of raising £18m for its Footprint project. The appointments have been possible thanks to funding from an independent trust.

Laura Brown has stepped into the role of the Abbey’s Footprint Appeal Director and holds overall responsibility for developing and implementing the fundraising strategy. She joins the Abbey with a wealth of experience of the heritage sector as the former Head of Learning and Visitor Services at the American Museum in Britain, and has a 25-year background in heritage and learning.

Working closely with Laura is Katie McGill who has been appointed as the Fundraising Administrator for Footprint. The final appointment is Sarah Jermyn who is taking on the role as PA to Charles Curnock, whose role at the Abbey has shifted from that of Administrator to the newly created role of Footprint Project Director.

An exhibition about Bath Abbey Footprint will be held in the Alphege Chapel between 30 August and 6 September (2012) during usual opening hours. There will also be further presentations of the latest plans on Thursday 30 August, 6pm. Members of the public are invited to attend either the exhibition or the presentation, all are welcome.

To read more click here.

 

BATH COUPLE HELP CHANGE LIVES IN SRI LANKA

A couple from Bath recently visited Sri Lanka to continue their work helping women-headed families, who have been devastated by tsunami, to set up their own businesses.

Tim and Liz Westbrook carried out a project with Voluntary Service Overseas living in the south of Sri Lanka for two years and were so moved by the lasting legacy of the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami and its devastating effects, that they became involved in a number of humanitarian projects, calling on their church back in the UK, Bath Abbey, to help.

The Abbey’s congregation responded by donating £15,640 over the last three years.

To read more click here.

 

CHORAL CONCERT AT BATH ABBEY MARKS CITY’S BOND WITH AIX EN PROVENCE

Choristers from the Cathedral in Bath’s twin city, Aix en Provence, are to perform at Bath Abbey on Saturday 7 July at 2pm.

The programme will include music by Fauré, Franck and Gounod, and the Choir will be conducted by Jean-François Sénart and accompanied by Chantal de Zeeuw on the Abbey’s Klais Organ. All are welcome, with no tickets or reservations required.

On the following day (Sunday 8 July), the Aix en Provence Cathedral Choir will join forces with Bath Abbey’s Choir at the 11am Sung Eucharist service here at the Abbey.

To read more click here.

 

ABBEY’S JUBILEE CONCERT RAISES THOUSANDS FOR LOCAL CHARITIES

Music from the last 60 years rang out in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at Bath Abbey last month raising a total of £6,000 for local charities.

Hundreds attended the special concert produced by Grenville Jones in collaboration with the Abbey to raise money for six of the city’s charities. Genesis Trust, Clean Slate, Project 28, Bath MIND, Focus Counselling and Off the Record: Young Carers Service each received £1,000 from a combination of ticket sales and a collection among the audience.

To read more click here.