To celebrate the month leading up to Christmas, St Mary’s Priory Church and Made in Monmouthshire are holding a festive market in the Prince of Wales Courtyard, 1stDecember 2018.

Over 20 local artists and makers will be joined by St Mary’s Priory Choir, Abergavenny Borough Band, as well as warming mulled wine, cider, mince pies and other hot drinks. The beautiful setting of the courtyard will be home for  Made in Monmouthshire as it  aims to promote the creative talents of local makers and artist and their roles in keeping alive traditions that have shaped the landscape.

Welcoming this initiative Canon Mark Soady, Prior said,

In earlier times it would not be unusual for churches to host local  traders in their Nave to sell their wares, we are pleased to extend  Benedictine hospitality to traders in our own day to do the same.


Jan Thomas Chair of Made in Monmouthshire added:

Made in Monmouthshire are a cooperative of artists and makers living and working in Monmouthshire, who create unique, high quality products.
We are thrilled to be working in partnership with St Mary’s Priory Church community and being given the opportunity to display and sell our products in such a beautiful and historic venue in Abergavenny. We hope this is the beginning of a developing relationship well into the future.

Schools visits

We are taking bookings now from Schools who want to participate in hands on experience of the Tudors, as part of their Curriculum.

Workshops include:

  • Tudor Music
  • Day in the life of a Monk
  • Tudor Food & medicine
  • Tudor Pastimes
  • Tudor Costumes

To Book email:Manager@stmarys-priory.org or call (01873) 858787


Over the weekend of September 15th and 16th we are pleased to once again support the Abergavenny Food Festival, now in its 20th year, and host some of the stalls and this year host a series of Tasting Workshops. 

Again we will serve Tea on the Vicarage Lawn and host talks and displays in the Church


We will again host at the Priory Centre. Full details. 




Worldwide, two thirds of people who are forced to leave their homes remain in their own country. Seeking safety but unwilling or unable to cross a border, they are largely ignored by the international community and denied the official protection afforded to refugees.

More than 40 million people are displaced within their own country. If we knew all their names, it would take us well over a year to read them aloud – even without stopping to sleep.The reasons for their displacement are many: conflict, flooding, drought, fear. But invariably, the poorest face the hardest challenges. Displacement leaves many without a safe place to call home. It increases the chances of losing out on jobs and education, and it puts people at increased risk of violence.

The UN and its member states are currently working
on two new agreements on refugees and migration, yet neither will tackle the problem of internal displacement. The world can and must do better. All people on the move should be protected from harm and have a chance to rebuild their lives.

During the weekend you will be  able to view a Christian Aid Display and read how you may help and campaign for them.

On Wednesday, September 12th  at 7pm the Exhibition will be launched with public meeting at which you can hear from speakers, one with first hand experience.

Tea on the Lawn

In addition to our usual Tea on the Lawn we will also have a stall selling produce baked in Holy Trinity Church Hall Kitchen by Syrian Refugees resident in Abergavenny.

Year of the Marriage.

Our Year of Celebration of Marriage will draw to close with a display in church over the weekend of Wedding dresses, including three dresses worn at the weddings’ of three generations of the same family.

Food Justice

For the third year we will play host to Just Food Abergavenny’s fridge event  This year they   address food, poverty and power.  Join us on Friday September 14th, 7pm.

Canolfan Y Degwm


Gyda ychydig yn llai na pythefnos i fynd tan yr Wyl Fwyd yn y Fenni bydd Canolfan y Degwm yn llawn gweithgareddau dros y penwythnos.
* Paned a Chacen drwy’r penwythnos
* Cystadleuaeth coginio i blant cynradd ac uwchradd ar Sul 16 Medi.
* Beca Lyne-Pirkis o’r Great British Bake Off ar y dydd Sul (16 Medi) yn gwneud gweithdai pobi i blant a bydd arddangosfa (demo) i oedolion. Bydd rhaid archebu tocynnau ar gyfer y sesiynnau hynny.
Dewch yn llu!

With a little less that two weeks the Food Festival will be in full swing in Abergavenny and Canolfan y Degwm (Tithe Barn) will be full of different activities.
* Cuppa and cake available all weekend.
* Baking competitions for primary and secondary children on Sunday 16 September.
* Come and see Beca Lyne-Pirkis from the Great British Bake Off on Sunday 16 September where she will be leading a baking workshop for children and there will be a baking demonstration for adults. Tickets will be have to be purchased for those sessions.
Everybody welcome.!

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