Rise Theatre will present a new, original play at the Priory Centre at 7.30pm on March 13th. Tickets £10, including a glass of wine( Concessions £8) are available from the Tithe Barn.


The play described by CAFOD Chief Executive  as, “A challenging and moving production about the life and legacy of this great man of justice” comes shortly after the Centenary of his birth.


HM The Queen has graciously agreed to the Courtyard between the Tithe Barn and the Priory Centre at St Mary’s Priory being named “The Prince of Wales’ Courtyard”.

The Prince of Wales has a long association with the site, having been Patron of St Mary’s Priory Development Trust for nearly 18 years. His Royal Highness opened the newly built Priory Centre in 2000 and the re-furbished Tithe Barn in 2008. HRH last visited the Priory in July 2016 for the Dedication of the new Jesse Window.

Welcoming the news, a delighted, Sir Trefor Morris, Chairman of the Development Trust pointed out that,

”The Courtyard has gone through an amazing transformation during the last 18 years from muddy Car Park to tree lined public square which houses the annual Food Festival and other community events.”

The Tithe Barn will be closed for Christmas from 4pm on Friday, December 22nd  to  9am on January 2nd, 2018.


We are pleased to again be hosting the Christmas Fair this year. Join us on December 10th.

The Priory Centre and its Courtyard will be full of stalls selling goodies for Christmas. At around 4.15pm join us in the Tithe Barn Courtyard for  a Christmas Carol sing  sing-along.


On that Sunday Sugar Loaf Catering  will be serving Mulled Wine & Mince Pies and other food in the Food Hall.

VLUU P1200  / Samsung P1200Volunteers from St Mary’s Priory will staffing the Tithe Barn Food Hall on Tuesdays from next week.

From 10.30am – 2.30pm they will serve Tea, Coffee, Toast & Toasted Tea Cakes

Do come and try it!!

Following he closing of the Priory House Company’s Food Hall the first meeting of the St Mary’s Priory Coordinating Committee was held tonight to look at future plans.


The Committee agreed to allow volunteers from the Church to provide Tea, Coffee and cakes on Market Day in the Food Hall from October 24th for an initial  period of three months.

The seven person committee chaired by Canon Mark Soady has two representatives each from the PCC, The Priory Trustees and The Priory Development Trust.

Following the meeting Fr Mark said

While it would not be right to give  a running commentary on our talks, it is fair to say that we are looking at some exciting possibilities for the use of the building that will benefit the wider community.



The Foodhall will close as of October 6th and the Priory House Company will cease to trade.

The Priory site will continue to remain open, and the Priory Trustees and the Priory Development Trust will aim to provide a continuation of the other services like room rental, learning services and a home for both  the Tourist Information Office and the Abergavenny Tapestry.

Thanks to all our loyal customers for their support over the years.