Firstly, we hope that everyone has had a great start to 2019!
Secondly, we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who got involved with The St. Francis Christmas Appeal last December! We can now announce that we managed to raise three thousand pounds which will go towards our funding campaign to create a heritage skills centre at The Monastery, and create a carved St Francis statue and nativity scene. Thank you so much to everyone who donated, we really appreciate your help and support! The winners of our St Francis Christmas Appeal competition have now been informed of their prizes, they are:
– Afternoon Tea for Two: F. G. Irvin
– Taste of The Monastery for Two: R. Gupta
– Taste of The Monastery for Two: A Rathwell
– Talk & Lunch for Two with Elaine Griffiths MBE, Monastery CEO: C. Lambrias
– Monastery Late for Two: G. Bachhouse
We had a very busy December at The Monastery and had lots of fun welcoming all of our visitors and guests to a variety of different events! These events included, three Christmas Talks & Lunches hosted by our CEO Elaine Griffiths, MBE; lots of fantastic and fun Christmas parties; our monthly Health & Wellbeing Day, Purls of Wisdom and a Christmas themed edition of Chatty Crafters; a number of different Christmas concerts; our community ‘Christmas Story’ event, and our first ever Festive Afternoon Tea Day! Phew, what a busy month!
Our annual Christmas Story event (also known as ‘Donkey Day’) on the 16th December was our busiest yet, as we welcomed around 700 people through our doors! All of the Monastery staff and volunteers who helped on this day had an absolutely fantastic time and, if you were able to join us on the day, we hope you did too!