ON Monday, July 9th we will officially open the new Welsh Language Centre at the Tithe Barn named Canolfan Y Degwm (in English The Tithe Centre).

This joint project sees us partnering with the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, whose Welsh Language Unit will be based here; and an association of local Welsh Societies under the umbrella of Criw ‘r Efail.


Details of the Centre were announced on St David’s Day.

Welcoming the news then, Canon Mark Soady Prior & Vicar said:

I am very excited to be working in partnership with the local Health Authority and other interested parties to create this legacy of the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny. When the Church took the Tithe Barn back in to its ownership 10 years or so ago we did so with the intention…

The Tithe Barn will continue to also be home to:

  • Abergavenny Tourism Information Centre
  • Abergavenny Tapestry
  • The Church’s office and Exhibition display

Say ‘Hello’ to our Priory Facilities  Cooordiantor...

We are delighted to introduce Lydia Warburton who has taken on the new and exciting position as our Priory Facilities Coordinator.

Lydia has lived in the beautiful market town of Abergavenny all her life. Her background in customer service has given her invaluable experience working with both customers and colleagues. Highly motivated and organised, we know that Lydia will be able to create new and innovative ways to ensure that all members of the community can make use of the facilities here at St Mary’s Priory and become a part of our unique Christian community.

Prior to this role, Lydia has volunteered her time to working with disabled children and young adults. On an annual basis, Lydia assists them on their pilgrimage to Lourdes.

To do so, Lydia worked with amazing volunteers and has organised a variety of fundraising events. Lydia has a great understanding of what it means to be a volunteer and so, is eager to meet with them and arrange some exciting events in the coming months.

No matter what Lydia does, she takes great pride in her work and will surely be dedicated to this role but…

What will the new Priory Facilities Officer do for the community?

This new role will allow Lydia to make a positive difference to the church estate and those who use it. Not only that but we hope that this role will engage those in the wider Abergavenny area and encourage them to come and share in our welcoming community. Lydia will be working closely with the Vicar, members of the clergy, the Church officers and the valuable volunteers. This will ensure that any events in the Church and elsewhere on site is managed smoothly.

Additionally, Lydia will take bookings for lettings and other events at the Priory and ensure that the site is maintained in a safe, clean and of course, beautiful condition. She will also be taking a lead in using social media to promote all on offer whilst adding some new and exciting ideas to the events already available. We know Lydia’s enthusiastic, youthful attitude and approach will undoubtedly be an asset to the public face of the Priory’s facilities.

Lydia’s main goal will be to see the estate become part of the community hub of Abergavenny. She passionately believes:

“The buildings are a hidden gem and have so much to offer our lovely town. My goal is to increase and utilise the facilities on offer in order to reach their full potential getting maximum use and welcome all to our wonderful community.”

You will hopefully see Lydia around the grounds at some point so please do not hesitate to say hello. She is looking forward to meeting you all and is eager to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Canon Mark Saody said, “We are very happy to have her aboard and hope she has an amazing experience working within the community.”

Apart from Bank Holiday Mondays the Tapestry and Exhibition in the Tithe Barn will be closed on Mondays from June. The TIC will be open as normal.

The Tithe Barn will be open on both May Day Bank Holiday Monday and Spring Bank Holiday Monday.


Part of our Exhibition area in the Barn

On May Day Bank Holiday we are welcoming members of the Abbey at Mucknell to the site, more details 

The St Mary’s Priory Development Trust will hold its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 10th at 3pm in the Priory Centre.

The Trust’s Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales and its President is Lord Rowe-Beddoe.



Good Friday

The Tithe Barn will be closed.


Easter Monday

The Tithe Barn will be open.


The Charities which operate on this site will hold their Annual Meetings over the next Month:


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  • St Mary’s Monuments Fund : March 20th, 7.30pm at the Vicarage
  • St Mary’s & Christchurch Easter Vestry:  April 3rd 7.30pm  at the Priory Centre
  • St Mary’s Priory Development Trust:  April 10th 3pm at the Priory Centre