St. Peter's Church and the Parish Hall redecorated Summer 2016
In quick succession both the church of St. Peter's in Monkmoor Road and the Parish Hall at the same site have been redecorated - Both are looking really smart. Our thanks to Councillor Miles Kenny for 'Mayor's Fund' assistance towards the Hall floor and to the Millichope Fund for the same.
St. Peter's is now warmer as well as looking extremeely smart and the hall is now a much more attractive venue.
Try Praying Easter 2016
The Parish joined numerous churches in Shrewsbury to be part of the Try Praying initiative - if you missed it and want to find out more - go to http://www.trypraying.co.uk/
Phase 1 Heritage Lottery Fund Award March 2016
We are pleased to announce a Phase 1 award from Heritage Lottery - This is for £44,166 - and will cover the Development Phase of a Project to include a number of different areas of Abbey Life
The Project is called Shrewsbury Abbey - Saints and Stones - a 21st Century Experience
It is proposed to enable a large amount of Stonework Repairs - mainly to the Eastern end of the Abbey. The Abbey was recently put on the Heritage England 'At Risk' register. This doesn't mean it is falling into ruin! It does mean we have to address certain issues with the building to ensure its continued use into the 21st century .... and beyond.
It is proposed to enhance the Hospitality facilities at the Abbey - currently a sink set in a low quality unit and worktop which is not befitting an amazing Grade 1 listed building.
It is proposed to re-launch the Abbey web-site with much better accessibility, useability and to enable a much better educational and visitor experience - both on-site and from anywhere in the world.
It is proposed to employ a 'Young Persons
Officer' to work with local schools and local young people to draw
out the culture and heritage of the amazing Abbey building and
history and to enable the development of safe and interesting
ways for young people to explore and engage in prayer, worship and
It is proposed to re-create the mediaeval Pilgrimage route from
Shrewsbury to Holywell and to develop this as the St. Winefride
It is proposed to re-create the mediaeval Pilgrimage route from Shrewsbury to Holywell and to develop this as the St. Winefride Pilgrimage Trail.
New car Park installed July 2014
After several years of plans and 'goal-posts' moving innumerable times, the Abbey West End is now looking a great deal smarter. Our thanks to Tim Sneddon and his team and also Millingtons for the amazing refurbished east - west path.
Cadfael turns 100 September 2013
Sunday 29th September 2013 will see a service commemorating 'Cadfael's' 100th Birthday. The service is at 3pm and will include the men of the Abbey Choir singing monastic items and players from Middle Ground Theatre Group with 2 extracts from the play 'Virgin in the Ice'.
Bid for Heritage Lottery Funding - Update March 2013
We will need to put this in again! It was broadly welcomed by Heritage Lottery Trust, but there were some areas we need to work on before it will be successful.
Bid for Heritage Lottery Funding August 2012
The Shrewsbury Abbey Renaissance team are close to submitting a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the renovation of the William Hill Organ and developments to the choral and musical life of the Abbey. The bid will be the culmination of a great deal of work by Nigel, Sula, Brian, Ken all ably assisting Vicar Paul.
Bid for High Level Stonework made to LPWS July 2012
Shrewsbury Abbey is over 900 years old and needs regular work to maintain it in good condition. A bid has been put into the Listed Places of Worship Scheme for work to the East End parapets and transept stubs together with high level stone 'spalling' repairs. Total cost around £150,000 with the bid for around half this - ouch!
Olympic Torch to pass Shrewsbury Abbey May 2012
Wednesday 30th May will see the Olympic Torch pass by the west end of the Abbey on its journey from town to Old Potts way. The torch is only in Shrewsbury for a little less than an hour and should be at the Abbey some time between 11.30 to 12.30.
Shrewsbury Abbey Renaissance Launched March 2012
The launch of Shrewsbury Abbey Renaissance took place on March 11th. See the Abbey Renaissance Page
Alpha Course restarts at St. Peter's, Monkmoor Road January 2012
The Alpha Course being run collaboratively with Shrewsbury Baptist Church has restarted. If you are interested in doing a future Alpha Course contact the Abbey Office - details at the foot of the page.
Organ Blowers being replaced January 2012
The Organ Blowers which have been on order the past 8 weeks will be fitted this coming week (16/1). Replacing the asbestos ridden predecessors it is hoped to have the William Hill Organ up and running by Thursday 19th January.
Shrewsbury Abbey features in Dec. 2011 copy of The Shropshire Magazine November 2011
Their website is http://www.shropshiremagazine.com/ for a look at recent issues.
Asbestos removed from the Abbey Organ Blower November 2011
Having discovered asbestos in a long overdue maintenance of the Organ Blower the asbestos is being removed in early November. Once the asbestos is removed Nicholsons' of Great Malvern will be removing the old blower which is now defunct and will be fitting a new blower, hopefully in time for Christmas.
New heating to keep the congregation warmer November 2011
Ready for the winter: thirty metres of finned piping have been fitted into the gullies underneath the twin cast iron grilles in the central aisle of Shrewsbury Abbey. Vicar, Paul Firmin said, 'It appears there may once have been heating here at some time in the past, but when the Abbey moved from a 'solid fuel' boiler and installed new radiators many years ago the central aisle was left without heating. This has meant those sitting near the central aisle were about 10 metres away from the nearest source of heat'. The pipes will deliver some 20 or more kilowatts of heating where it is needed.
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