Monthly Digest: April 2018 - Mucknell Abbey
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Mucknell Abbey

Monthly Digest: April 2018

  • After all the excitement of Easter the Community enjoyed a relaxing Octave together. Some of the highlights included a few late mornings (8.30am start!), talking meals and the complete BBC series of Wolf Hall, as well as trips to the Malvern Hills and the impressive remains of Raglan Castle nr. Monmouth.


Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle


  • Sadly for us Br Michäel was absent for most of it as it clashed with the second week of his icon writing course in Canterbury. But he returned full of beans and has been continuing work on icons of the Holy Family and Rublev’s Trinity.


  • On Monday 9th April we welcomed three members of the Community of St Anselm (COSA) – Katy, Prisca and Demarius – who began their 3-4 week annual placement with us. On Saturday 21st we celebrated the feast of St Anselm with tea and cake – a treat usually reserved for “first class” feasts!


COSA April 2018

Demarius (left), Katy (centre), Prisca (right)


  • There has been a hive of activity (quite literally) in the garden and grounds this month. Sr Alison, Jessica and guests have been busy sowing and planting our next crop of vegetables and there has been a lot of weeding to prepare for this. Br Anthony has been working with Br Michäel on two new bee hives (click here for more information) and although it’s not quite the livestock some of us are hoping for, Sr Alison has created a wormery (and click here for more information about that, complete with instructions!)


Shifting manure

Br Adrian brings in manure from our neighbour’s stables…a fine job for an unseasonally hot and sticky Spring day.

Weeding with COSA

(above) Katy, Prisca and a guest weed the kitchen garden with Sr Alison

A weeded garden

The end result…


  • On Friday 20th April Abbot Thomas went to Prinknash Abbey in Gloucestershire for the Abbatial Blessing of Fr Martin, recently elected the sixth Abbot of Prinknash. This Community is Roman Catholic and part of the Subiaco Cassinese congregation, but has its origins in an Anglican Community founded by Abbot Aelred Carlyle (1874-1955).


Abbatial blessing, Prinknash


  • Monday 23rd April was Day One of our annual painting week. Br Stuart put the Community and the three Anselmi (also known to us as Cosaites or bianci…) into teams and we got to work on giving the community block and guest house a makeover in brilliant white emulsion. Some of us were also detailed to clear away some of the hard-to-reach cobwebs, improve the insulation and re-seal a shower cubicle.


Ian on scaffolding

Br Ian makes his escape from the scaffold…

Stuart painting

Br Stuart at work in the guest wing