Monthly Digest: March 2018 - Mucknell Abbey
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snow at mucknell

Monthly Digest: March 2018

  • At the February meeting of the Church of England’s General Synod a motion was passed which paves the way for Canons (church law) to recognise and regulate Religious communities for the first time since their revival in the mid-nineteenth century. This reflects the priority that the Archbishop of Canterbury has given to the renewal of the Religious life.


  • The month got off to a chilly start with the arrival of Storm Emma and the well-timed breakdown of our boiler. Many thanks to our very patient and gracious guests, who were briefly without hot water. Snow drifts blocked Mucknell Farm Lane, as you can see in this photograph taken by a guest from his car. Our best efforts on that occasion were a little quixotic, but we finally cleared it the day after with the help of our very dedicated cleaner!


Snowed in


  • On Tuesday 6th March Br Michäel left for Canterbury for the first week in an icon writing course led by iconographer Peter Murphy.


  • The B4084 at the entrance to Mucknell Farm Lane has been reduced to single lane traffic from now until sometime in October as part of the work on the new Worcestershire Parkway Station. For more information about the new station click here.


  • On Thursday 8th March participants in a New/Traditional Monastic meeting left us after a fruitful few days of prayer and discussion.


  • On Tuesday 13th March Professor Sue Gillingham of Oxford University came to give the second installment in a four part series of talks on themes in the Hebrew Bible. Click here for more information.


  • On Palm Sunday Br Stuart returned from the sabbatical which followed the end of his period as Abbot in August of last year.


  • Easter is only a few days away and we rejoice in a full guesthouse, happy to see some familiar faces and welcoming those who are joining us for the first time during Holy Week. Yesterday Sr Sally organised a mass brass polishing session. What you can’t see is the homemade fudge that was on offer.


guests at easter