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St Mary’s Priory Facilities Officer


(Permanent Contract)

37 Hours per week – this will extend over 5/6 days, with Saturdays seen as a key day. The actual hours will be agreed to consider the needs of the estate and the successful applicant, will be required on occasions to work overtime– for example if there is a major evening function.

Salary: £18,000 – £20,000 p.a.


Location – St Mary’s Priory, Abergavenny.


The post holder will be based at the Tithe Barn, St Mary’s Priory, Abergavenny. The Church estate consists of the Priory Church, the Priory Centre and Tithe Barn. There are grounds comprising mature trees, grassed and paved areas.


About the Church

 Visit our website to find out more about us at: www.stmarys-priory.org

In order to deliver the highest quality of service, we seek to empower our staff to challenge the status quo and seek new and innovative ways to ensure that all those who come to, and use, the facilities of St Mary’s Priory feel welcomed, valued and able to share in our unique Christian community.

We offer a competitive package, which includes a pension scheme set up under the Government’s self-enrolment scheme.



The role is new to the Church, and was established as part of a recent review. The success of the role, in conjunction with the future needs of the estate, will determine whether this will become a permanent position. As such, the post holder will have a key part in embedding the post and shaping the role to assess value and service the needs of the estate.


The opportunity.

The new post will present an opportunity to make a positive difference to the Church estate and those that use it. The principle elements of the role can be summarised as follows:

  • Work with the Vicar, members of the clergy, the Church officers and volunteers to ensure the management and smooth-running of the site, including events in the Church and elsewhere on site;
  • Work with the Vicar’s PA to:
    • coordinate and accurately maintain the Priory’s diary;
    • take bookings for lettings and other events at the Priory;
    • ensure that accurate invoices are sent in a timely manner and, if necessary, followed up;
  • Be the public face of the Priory facilities, taking a lead in marketing them;
  • Ensure that the site is maintained in a safe and clean condition;
  • Undertake basic book-keeping for lettings and maintenance.


The estate has a range of property types with grounds and communal areas, function and meeting facilities, as well as the Church itself, which require on-going management and servicing. The post holder will be responsible for identifying the maintenance and cleaning needs of the estate, dealing with these as they arise, and using their initiative to identify solutions to address these needs. This may mean completing the work yourself, as well allocating the work to colleagues, volunteers and contractors in a responsible and pragmatic manner.

This will require a “can do” positive approach, coupled with the ability to prioritise tasks and direct the work of others, to ensure the work is done to a high standard and in a timely manner. Working with others is therefore an important part of this role, as the post holder will be expected to work as part of a team with other Church staff, volunteers, and users of the buildings, contractors, external personnel and local community partners.

The post, though challenging, offers a great opportunity for the right person to develop, influence and deliver an excellent service to the community.


The Candidate

We are looking for an individual with a “can do” attitude and excellent interpersonal skills. Working on your own initiative, and adopting a practical approach to see things through, whether personally or overseeing the work of others, is a requirement of the role. The different needs of the mix of properties and service users may be challenging at times and you will need to remain professional and approachable and ensure a good level of customer service is delivered at all times. Meeting and greeting volunteers and visitors to the estate will require a degree of hospitality and your interaction will require a friendly and professional manner.

You may have a background in hospitality combined with skills and competence in managing, servicing, repairing and maintaining properties, together with good interpersonal skills. You will take pride in your work, see things through and escalate concerns to the wider team to resolve problems as appropriate.

Self-organisation is essential to this post as you will be responsible for the day-to-day setting-up and breaking-down of function room configurations, as well as cleaning and maintenance (including directing others to undertake these roles) across the estate; the ability and confidence to make practical decisions and act with minimum supervision is essential. Your approach to work should be demonstrative of the values of the Church and focus on excellent customer service.

A Criminals Records Bureau check will be undertaken for this post.

The successful candidate will be required to apply for a Personal Alcohol Licence, and undertake training as required, in order to run bars at certain functions.

For more information about the post, we recommend you view the role profile, click on the link: St Mary’s Priory Facilities Officer RP

Also, if you would like an informal discussion or if you wish to clarify any aspect of this post, please ring Robin Alldred on 07929 201304.

Closing date for application: March 9th 2018


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As part of our year of Celebration of Marriage we will be launching our new partnership with Sugar Loaf Catering to work with us on Wedding Receptions. The Launch  in the Priory Centre with a Wedding Fair will be on Saturday, February 24th.

Having worked closely with Sugar Loaf catering at the Priory for some years we are now entering a closer arrangement with them. They are acting as preferred caterers on site , and will lead on Wedding Reception organisation.

Sugarloaf Catering is a long standing catering business led by husband and wife team, Mark and Claire. Based a very short distance from Abergavenny, Monmouthshire in the heritage town of Blaenafon.


Sugar Loaf Catering:

As a local company based in South Wales, we aim to source as many of our products from local producers and suppliers based in Abergavenny, Brecon, Crickhowell and other surrounding towns in Monmouthshire and Powys.

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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.

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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.”

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


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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.

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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!!

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