Friends of Reading Abbey - a Look Back at Past Events
Friends of Reading Abbey outing to Lewes
On July 6th about 30 Friends enjoyed a very pleasant outing to a number of historic sites around Lewes in Sussex. First was a visit to the Anne of Cleves House museum in Southover, so-called because the house was given to Anne of Cleves as part of the divorce settlement between her and Henry VIII. It is now a museum of Tudor, Elizabethan and later artifacts from the local area. This was followed by a tour of Lewes Priory, the ruins of the first Cluniac house in England, and the Gundrada Chapel in the nearby church of St John the Baptist, where the founders of Lewes Priory, William de Warenne and his wife Gundrada, are interred. On the way home, Friends were able to view the notable medieval wall paintings in the church of St John the Baptist in Clayton. 2. Lewes Priory 3. Gundrada Chapel in St John the Baptist church, Southover, Lewes 4. St John the Baptist church, Clayton
2. Lewes Priory
3. Gundrada Chapel in St John the Baptist church, Southover, Lewes
4. St John the Baptist church, Clayton
Friends' Summer Party
The Friends' Summer Party on Sunday 19 June, in the Forbury Gardens, went well. The rain held off, and the Party attracted a good number of people. The guided tours of the Abbey Quarter proved popular, as did the impromptu performance of scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream by the Progress Theatre Company: this is their outdoor production this July, in Caversham Court Gardens.
The workshops and community singing of Sumer is Icumen in, led by David Owen Norris, attracted around 100 singers. We sang the round twice to an attentive audience.
These photos of the event were kindly provided by David Shephard:
o-o-o-o-o Friends enjoyed a memorable outing to Oxford on 8th July 2015. An article about it is available
Friends enjoyed a memorable outing to Oxford on 8th July 2015. An article about it is available
Abbey Ruins tours during 2014
Photographs from the 2014 Waterfest tours of the Ruins and from the Summer Party in Caversham Court Gardens can be seen here.
Thank you to Dave Shephard for the photography work.
An account of the tours held on the 9th May 2014 appears on the 'getreading' website, link here.
Friends assist Museum staff at Waterfest 2014. Click to see the Museum page
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