Archive for November, 2011

Fr Jeremy Winston RIP

It is with great sadness that staff and volunteers at the Tithe Barn, Abergavenny, learnt of the death of Fr Jeremy Winston, Dean of Newport Cathedral and former Vicar of Abergavenny.

Fr Jeremy served as Vicar of St Mary’s Priory for 18 years and was instrumental in the development and restoration of the Tithe Barn and the building of the Priory Centre.

A full statement can be found on the St Mary’s Priory Church blog.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.


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New Business Cards

Tithe Barn manager, Richard Morgan, was delighted this morning when he took delivery of new business cards.

The cards, expertly designed and printed by Natasha Smith of Pomegranate Creative in Abergavenny, feature the new logo for St Mary’s with its strapline “1000 years of continuing service”

The logo was designed to bring together all the elements of St Mary’s Priory: the Priory Church, the Priory Centre, the Tithe Barn, the Foodhall, the Parish Choir and the Learning Service with each element represented by its own particular coloured square.

The new logo and colours will be used extensively throughout the new website which is currently under construction by web designer, David Siddall. It will also be used on additional signage around St Mary’s as well as promotional material.

Richard explains “the quality and print makes a very professional business card which will help to market this truly unique site. Natasha’s passion for design and attention to detail made her a real pleasure to deal with and we look forward to working closely with her in the future.”

The new cards are available from the Tithe Barn – please keep them safe for when you want to book a conference, meeting or family celebration.

Cards have also been printed for Fr Mark Soady who will be collated as Vicar of St Mary’s on January 6th.

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Christmas is fast approaching and what better way to create that festive atmosphere in your home than with a Lily Flame scented candle.

The Tithe Barn now stocks a range of scented candles, handmade in the heart of Somerset with high quality ingredients, which guarantee to create a truly festive atmosphere with their spicy fragrances. The scents include:

Christmas Spice – a warm blend of cinnamon and cloves

Festive Cheer – chocolates, gingerbread, tangerines and nuts

Comfort and Joy – warm hearted wishes

Frankincense and Myrrh – precious gifts from the East

The candles, which are beautifully presented in tins with an embossed label, make an idea gift for Christmas. Why not have a sniff next time you are passing the Tithe Barn!

Don’t forget, you can also purchase your Christmas Cards for Good Causes at the shop in St Mary’s Priory Church.

Details of Advent and Christmas services will be available very soon.


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Caldey Island, one of Britain’s holy islands, lies cradled in the South Pembrokeshire coastline on the western fringes of Wales. It is a wonderful place to escape to: no television, no newspapers, no cars and no real distractions. The island is a place of great peace, particularly when the day visitors leave, and has been a place of religious life on and off since the 6th Century. The present monks are Cistercians, a contemplative expression of the Benedictine Order.

For many years the monks strove to establish themselves and overcome the inherent difficulties of farming an island. The development of the perfume industry and tourism eventually brought them financial independence. Over the years the monks have expanded their range of gifts to include handmade chocolate.

It was during a retreat on the island in 2009 that some of the parishioners of St Mary’s Priory first discovered the delights of this delicious chocolate and informed Tithe Barn manager, Richard Morgan. The chocolate is now on sale in the Tithe Barn and has proved to be a huge success with parishioners and visitors.


Caldey Island Chocolate




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TripAdvisor Reviews

Over the last few months the Tithe Barn and Priory Church have received a number of reviews on the TripAdvisor website. If you would like to add your own review, please visit the TripAdvisor website.


“Highlight of Abergavenny”

Right in the centre of Abergavenny, next to St Marys Church, which is in itself a really interesting place to visit with some superb monuments, including an amazing Jesse tree, is this excellent new attraction, the Tithe Barn. It has a cafe with attractive outdoor seating area on the ground floor and upstairs there is a very good display on the history of the priory church. Best of all is a really beautiful tapestry depicting the history and attractions of the town of Abergavenny. It was assembled by 60 volunteers to commemorate the Millennium. Enthusiastic volunteers are on site to guide visitors.


“Worthwhile and well organised”

This church and its associated tithe barn is well worth a look, if only to have a chat to the friendly volunteers who man the information tables. Its a lovely old church, with a great guide to the interesting quirk and history of the place, and the tapestry is truly amazing.


“Wonderful history, heritage and hospitality”

The recently restored Tithe Barn, next to St Mary’s Priory Church, is a great place to visit! Entrance to the interactive exhibition is free and the tapestry, created by 60 ladies over 4 years, is stunning! The Foodhall downstairs serves locally sourced food and great coffee. Free Wi-Fi too!


“Very interesting historic church with beautifully restored Barn restaurant and exhibition”

The church was fascinating. The Barn was beautifully restored and the staff very friendly and helpful. The tapestry was amazing, and very beautiful. The historic display had plenty to interest children of all ages (not that we tested it as we were on our own, but it looked good). The food was excellent and reasonably priced.


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