St Mary’s Priory Development Trust

3pm on March 19th in the Music Room


Parish Abergavenny Parochial Charity

Easter Vestry / AGM: 7pm on April 30th at the Priory Centre


The Christmas in the Courtyard event held on the 1stDecember has been hailed a success by its organisers with artists, makers, festive music and mulled wine creating a festive atmosphere.

A partnership between St Mary’s Priory, Made in Monmouthshire and the Welsh Centre of Excellence set out to showcase local arts and welsh culture with some warming hot drinks and Christmas cake. Across the day, music was provided by Abergavenny Borough Band, St Mary’s Priory Choir, s local welsh folk band and a jazz quartet which added to the magic of the Christmas lights and special setting of the Prince of Wales Courtyard.


Sir Trefor Morris, Chair of the Priory Development Trust welcomed the success of the event saying that “It was an enjoyable family day for all ages, with a variety of musical entertainment, insights into Tudor life and dress in Abergavenny, scrummy food by the Welsh Centre and of course a wide range of handcrafted items by Made in Monmouthshire, a timely opportunity for some clever buying of Christmas gifts to inadequate shoppers like me!  The organising group, have in mind other events during 2019 to take advantage of the lovely setting of the Prince of Wales Courtyard within St Mary’s Priory Site, to provide community involvement and enjoyment.”


Jan Thomas from Made in Monmouthshire commenting on the first market said, “We were thrilled with the success of the event, the atmosphere created and the enthusiasm of the general public and look forward to The Courtyard featuring regularly as a venue for our events in 2019.”

Michael Powell, Rural Programme Manager for the Vale of Usk said “Monmouthshire County Council from both the Rural Development Programme, and the Events Team perspective is pleased to have been able to support such an ambitious venture.  The day went flawlessly with so many happy faces from stallholders and the public enjoying music, festive food, atmosphere and the wares on sale.”

The event was funded through the Vale of Usk Rural Development Programme and has been sponsored by local business Chris Jones Regeneration

The Tithe Barn will close at 4pm on Saturday, December 22nd and re-open at 9am on January 2nd 2019.


Have a Blessed Christmas and a healthy 2019!


This Saturday, the 1st December over 20 local artists and makers will form part of a festive market in the Prince of Wales Courtyard, alongside the Tithe Barn.

As well as warming mulled wine, mince pies and other hot drinks, the St Mary’s Priory Choir, Abergavenny Borough Band, a local jazz quartet and group of harpists will bring music and song to the courtyard

Canon Mark Soady, Prior of St Mary’s Priory said, “When most people think of Christmas they think of Mince Pies, Mulled Wine, Christmas Carols, and increasingly a Christmas Market; next Saturday we will be offering all that in the shadow of the beautiful and atmospheric St Mary’s Priory Church. Do come and soak up the atmosphere!”

The event will start at 10am and finish at 5pm with car parking nearby as well as the town’s bus and rail station.  The Tithe Barn will also be open where you can view the Tapestry and learn about the activities of the Welsh Centre of Excellence.

The event is being funded through the Vale of Usk Rural Development Programme and has been sponsored by local business Chris Jones Regeneration.

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.!