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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.”


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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.

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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 

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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.


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Good Friday

The Tithe Barn will be closed.


Easter Monday

The Tithe Barn will be open.


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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

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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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