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GO DIPPY FOR DIPTYCHS

In the first event of its kind, Bath Abbey is opening up its Diptych collection and inviting children to try their hand at making their own.  The Abbey has a superb collection of Diptychs (works of art in two parts, one painted, the other textiles) which we’ll be opening up for children to take a closer look at and use as inspiration for their own works of art in paint and embroidery.  

These free family fun days take place during half-term on 27 & 28 October, 10am -4pm, as part of Heritage Open Week.

Ollie Taylor, Bath Abbey’s Interpretation Officer, said: “This is the first time we’ve invited children to come to the Abbey to make their own diptychs.  Many people might not know about the Abbey’s Diptychs, so this is a really exciting opportunity for them to come to the Abbey, to see this beautiful collection of artworks, and use them as inspiration to create their own in Bath’s most beautiful building."

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Picture taken by Deborah Coleman

HARVEST FESTIVAL AT BATH ABBEY

Bath Abbey is holding a Harvest Festival with a difference this year. On Saturday 17 October Bath Abbey will welcome the public to come and celebrate Harvest with us through a series of fun events aimed at exploring the relationship between food and faith.  We are delighted to announce special guest Dr. Ruth Valerio, Churches & Theology Director at international Christian conservation charity A Rocha UK, who will be featuring in a number of events throughout the weekend.
 
Bath Abbey Missioner Stephen Girling said: “As a nation of food lovers, Harvest is a time of year where crops are plentiful and we enjoy a bounty of easily available food. But there is a serious message in the events we are running this year, an opportunity to consider our consumption of food in a broader context. Last year foodbanks fed 913,138 people nationwide. Of those helped, 330,205 were children. We want to therefore shine a spotlight on how our relationship with food can be shaped through our faith. This Harvest weekend at Bath Abbey will be fun but also thought provoking."
 
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BAKE SALE ATTRACTS RECORD CROWDS

Bath Abbey held a Great Bath Bake Sale as part of the Great Bath Feast on Saturday 3 October. The Abbey bustled with crowds keen to sample the foodie treats donated by bakers from across the city. The event was very successful raising over £2000 for the Abbey’s public appeal Footprint Project and two local food charities FareShare South West and Bath Foodcycle.

The Abbey was swamped with food on the day thanks to the generosity of community groups, businesses and school children from all around the city. The North Aisle was packed full of stall after stall of cakes, pies, buns and savoury delights. Our special guest Alan Barrett, who has produced show stopping cakes for London’s West End, impressed people with his sugar craft skills – producing thirty bouquets of intricate flower arrangements. 

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'BAKING FEVER HITS BATH ABBEY'

 

Back due to popular demand, Bath Abbey is holding another Great Bath Bake Sale for the Great Bath Feast. On the 3 October from 11am – 3pm we will be opening our doors to the city’s bakers to raise money for the Footprint Project and two local food charities Bath FareShare and Bath Foodcycle. We have been inundated with support from community groups, businesses and school children from all around the city.

Last year’s event was so successful, we had thousands of baking enthusiasts through our doors in the space of a few hours. We are hoping for the same again in a couple of weeks’ time.

Among those contributing cakes, baked goods and pastries are businesses such as Bonhams Auctioneers and the Piano Shop Bath as well as catering companies such as Made by Ben.

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'RESPONDING TO THE REFUGEE CRISIS'

The Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Rt Revd Peter Hancock, has expressed his shock and upset at the refugee crisis in Europe and urged churches and local communities to respond by working with established agencies to support those affected.

In a pastoral letter sent to all licensed clergy, Bishop Peter said: “It feels as if there has been a breakdown in the human race’s ability to care for its weakest members. While the big picture of politics and civil war perplexes us, the individual tragedies go straight to our hearts. We all want to do something.

“Our churches have already been asking what they can do to help, and collections of money and goods have already been taking place on a more or less ad hoc basis. We see practical needs, and it is natural to want to help. However, rather than start up lots of small-scale collections, I would encourage churches to work through established agencies who are already working in the field. These agencies have the skills and experience to do this work – whether that be at Calais or in Jordan, the Lebanon, or Syria itself.”

To read the full letter click here.

Diocese of Bath & Wells has issued the following advice on how you can help, click here.

 

'AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH'

Bath Abbey’s Tower Tour team on Wednesday 12thAugust completed the equivalent of scaling Mont Blanc by climbing up and down the Abbey’s 212 steep steps, ninety-eight times in four hours.  The endurance challenge raised just under £2000 for the Footprint Project, a £19.3 million works programme to make Bath Abbey fit for the 21st Century.

The nine tour guides, led by Holly Doughty, Tower Tour Team Leader, were originally due to tackle the equivalent of the National Three Peaks, an impressive 3,407 metres. They quickly realised however, that they were going to hit this target with time to spare.  Instead of resting on their laurels, the team decided to push for another peak.  They completed a further 28 laps to conquer the summit of Mont Blanc, 4,810 metres.

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To sponsor the Three Peaks Tower Team, please visit our Local Giving Page

 

FOOTPRINT WALK RAISES OVER £15,000

A 140 mile walk from Bath to London has raised more than £15,000 to help preserve and reinvigorate Bath's historic Abbey for future generations.

The seven day walk, which saw Bath Abbey Rector Edward Mason, Footprint Director Charles Curnock, Footprint Appeal Director Laura Brown and Church Warden Emeritus Jeremy Key-Pugh, journey from Bath Abbey to Lambeth Palace in London was organised in aid of Footprint. This £19.3 million development programme will repair Bath Abbey's collapsing floor, install an Eco-friendly heating system using Bath's hot springs and create additional space and improved facilities. 

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To sponsor the Footprint team, please visit our Local Giving page.

 

"AND I WOULD WALK 140 MILES"

 
Mayor of Bath, Councillor William Sandry, yesterday joined a team from Bath Abbey as they set off on a 140-mile sponsored walk to raise funds for the Footprint project – a development programme to repair the Abbey’s collapsing floor, install an eco-friendly heating system using Bath’s hot springs and create additional space and improved facilities for the half a million people who use the Abbey every year.
 
The Mayor joined Rector Edward Mason, along with Footprint Project Director Charles Curnock and some 20 members of Bath Abbey’s congregation for the first 11 miles of the walk to Bradford on Avon.  A core team of four intrepid walkers – the Rector, Charles Curnock, Laura Brown Footprint Appeal Director and Jeremy Key-Pugh Churchwarden Emeritus – will continue on today for the remaining 129 miles to Lambeth Palace, the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, where they will hand deliver a letter inviting Archbishop Justin Welby to visit Bath and learn more about the Footprint project.
 
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To sponsor the Footprint team, please visit our Local Giving page

 

PUT ON YOUR WALKING BOOTS FOR BATH ABBEY’S FOOTPRINT PROJECT

Bath Abbey is issuing a call for people to put their best feet forward to raise funds for the Footprint project – a development programme to repair the Abbey’s collapsing floor, install an eco-friendly heating system using Bath’s hot springs, and create additional space and improved facilities for the half a million people who use the Abbey every year.

A group of four from Bath Abbey including the Rector, Edward Mason and Footprint Project Director, Charles Curnock will be taking on a 140-mile sponsored walk from Bath to London, ending at Lambeth Palace, the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The walkers will hand-deliver a letter for the Archbishop, Justin Welby, to invite him to Bath to learn more about the Abbey’s Footprint project.

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To sponsor the Footprint team, please visit our Local Giving page

RECTOR OF BATH ABBEY APPOINTED QUEEN’S HONORARY CHAPLAIN

The Revd Prebendary Edward Mason, Rector of Bath Abbey, has been appointed as an Honorary Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen, Buckingham Palace announced this week.

Edward, accompanied by his wife Hilary, will be presented to Her Majesty The Queen at the garden party held on Thursday 28th May at Buckingham Palace. Edward is now a member of the College of Royal Chaplains which forms part of  The Queen’s Ecclesiastical Household.  He will join a rota of chaplains who are available to her Majesty at any time and will preach once a year in the Chapel Royal in St James’ Palace, London. The services held in the Chapel Royal are mainly for members of the Royal household, but they also receive visitors from all over the world. Honorary Chaplains wear a red cassock and a special silver gilt badge consisting of the royal cypher and crown within an oval wreath.

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3 CHILDREN (AGED 7 TO 10) WALK 70 MILES IN CATHEDRAL CHALLENGE TO RAISE MONEY FOR CANCER RESEARCH UK AND BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION

 Three children, Amelia (10 years), Archie (9 years) and Aggie (7 years) Campbell, were given a special welcome by staff at Bath Abbey on Saturday (23 May) morning. The Campbell family climbed the 212 steps to the top of the Abbey's Tower as part of their 'Cathedral Challenge 2015' (walking from Bristol Cathedral to Gloucester Cathedral via Bath Abbey, covering a distance of over 70 miles in 5 and half days to raise money for Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation. They will also be climbing the towers at each of these three churches totaling approx. 8,500 feet (2600m) (over twice the height of Ben Nevis) and will each take over 220,000 steps: www.justgiving.com/teams/CathedralChallenge2015

The Revd Jon Hoffman of Bath Abbey said: "We’re delighted that the Campbell family will be stopping by the Abbey this Saturday (23 May) as part of their ‘Cathedral Challenge’. What the three children, Amelia, Archie and Aggie, are doing is simply amazing. They’ve already raised nearly £8,000 for Cancer Research UK and British Heart Foundation, which is a fantastic amount, and we're pleased to be able to add our own contribution to the total. Their dad tells us they’re a little nervous about completing the ‘Challenge’ but they don’t have to be at all. We’ll be here to give them a warm Bath Abbey welcome and blessing before sending them on their way.”

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STORY OF BATH TOLD IN SONG FORM BY CHILDREN’S CHOIR

A children’s choir of 350 primary school pupils from all across the city will be coming together for a one-off performance on Tuesday 9 June, 6.30-8pm at Bath Abbey.

The children, who are all part of the Abbey’s Schools’ Singing Programme, will be singing the ‘New Best Tour of Bath with Songs’, a new piece of classical music composed specially for the occasion by award-winning composer, Thomas Hewitt Jones, the 2003 BBC Young Composer of the Year. Combined with the lyrics of Paul Williamson, the ‘New Best Tour of Bath’ is best described as a series of fun and lively stories about Bath’s past and present, told through song, and is designed to be family-friendly and accessible to children. 

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BATH ABBEY BELLS RING FOR 70THANNIVERSARY OF VE DAY

Bath Abbey’s bells will ring out this Friday 8th May at 9am to mark the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. The Abbey’s bellringers will be ringing for half an hour in celebration. At least ten bellringers will be taking part and their experience ranges from two years to over 50 years.

It is a particularly special moment for the Abbey’s bell ringing team as the Abbey’s bells were rung 70 years ago on 8th May for VE day and recorded for a BBC broadcast which was included in a 78 gramophone record of VE Day ringing, with Westminster Abbey, York Minster, Coventry Cathedral, and Puddletown, Dorset.

3 CHILDREN (AGED 7 TO 10) WALK 70 MILES IN CATHEDRAL CHALLENGE TO RAISE MONEY FOR CANCER RESEARCH UK AND BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION

 Three children, Amelia (10 years), Archie (9 years) and Aggie (7 years) Campbell, were given a special welcome by staff at Bath Abbey on Saturday (23 May) morning. The Campbell family climbed the 212 steps to the top of the Abbey's Tower as part of their 'Cathedral Challenge 2015' (walking from Bristol Cathedral to Gloucester Cathedral via Bath Abbey, covering a distance of over 70 miles in 5 and half days to raise money for Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation. They will also be climbing the towers at each of these three churches totaling approx. 8,500 feet (2600m) (over twice the height of Ben Nevis) and will each take over 220,000 steps: www.justgiving.com/teams/CathedralChallenge2015

The Revd Jon Hoffman of Bath Abbey said: "We’re delighted that the Campbell family will be stopping by the Abbey this Saturday (23 May) as part of their ‘Cathedral Challenge’. What the three children, Amelia, Archie and Aggie, are doing is simply amazing. They’ve already raised nearly £8,000 for Cancer Research UK and British Heart Foundation, which is a fantastic amount, and we're pleased to be able to add our own contribution to the total. Their dad tells us they’re a little nervous about completing the ‘Challenge’ but they don’t have to be at all. We’ll be here to give them a warm Bath Abbey welcome and blessing before sending them on their way.”

ANONYMOUS BENEFACTOR GIVES £1.5 MILLION TO BATH ABBEY’S FOOTPRINT PROJECT

Bath Abbey’s fundraising appeal for its Footprint project has taken another giant step forward thanks to an extraordinary donation of £1.5 million from an anonymous benefactor. The seven figure pledge is the largest ever received by the Abbey from a private individual.

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HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN TAKE PART IN EXPERIENCE EASTER AT BATH ABBEY

Over 600 children from local primary schools were at Bath Abbey this month taking part in ‘Experience Easter’ - an interactive event designed to get Year 5 and 6 primary school pupils thinking and learning about the incredible events during Holy Week and Easter Day.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY OF MITZI ROSANNA STEADY:

"The funeral for our darling daughter, Mitzi Rosanna Steady will be held at Bath Abbey on Monday the 23rd February at 1pm. All those that knew her or have been touched by her short life in some way are welcome. We would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all those who helped the injured at the scene of the accident and have looked after our family, and the other families involved, since then."

"We have set up a website in Mitzi's name for the road safety charity Brake https://www.justgiving.com/MitziSteady as an alternative to flowers, for those that would like to give. We thank you for all of the kind words and donations to date, they give us strength." 

 

 

PRAYERS FOR THE COMMUNITY OF WESTON

We’re praying for all those involved in the collision in Weston, Bath on Monday 9th February - for the injured, the bereaved, the traumatised; families, friends and emergency services. All are welcome to join us for hourly prayers or to light a candle for those involved in or affected by this tragedy.

Edward Mason, Rector of Bath Abbey, said: “We grieve with all bereaved and injured in the accident in Weston. This is a tremendous shock for the city and full of tragic consequences. However, Bath has a strong sense of community and I am confident that everyone will do all they can to help everyone involved. As always, the Abbey is open for prayer and reflection and it remains a sign of light in darkness.”

INSPIRING HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN THROUGH CLASSICAL MUSIC

More than 1,000 local school children will get to see and experience a full orchestra live – many for the very first time – at Bath Abbey on Tuesday 24 February.

Bath Abbey’s Schools’ Singing Programme and Bath Primary Schools’ Arts Festival are linking up with professional orchestra, Kidenza, for a day of workshops and an evening concert aimed at dispelling the belief that classical music is “boring” or “just for old people”. This is part of the BBC’s nation-wide initiative “Ten Pieces”, which is designed to inspire creativity through music, art and dance and to open up the world of classical music to children.

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STEP BACK IN TIME TO WHEN BATH ABBEY WAS A MEDIEVAL MONASTERY

Bath Abbey is running a half-term event in February which will give children a chance to experience what it was like to have been a medieval monk in the days when the Abbey was a monastery.

On Tuesday 17 February from 10.45am to 2.30pm, children aged 7-11 years will be able to take part in a variety of activities inspired by monastic traditions and crafts. These include candle making, learning about medieval herbs, making lavender bags, writing with a quill and illuminating a manuscript. All materials will be provided and children will get to take home what they make! Curious kids will also get the opportunity to meet and chat with Father Christopher, a Benedictine monk from Downside Abbey who will be happy to answer questions about what it’s like to be a monk today. 

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