Celebrating the Journey: April Update

Time seems to be flying by, and we are now well into the Priory 900 season! The first of our workshops have now taken place, and we have had a very encouraging response from participants.

The sun shone for the Blacksmithing workshop on Saturday 6th April with Bridlington blacksmith David Cooper, the first in a series of practical workshops encouraging traditional and heritage skills. Participants learned to heat and forge metal and produced a traditional item (an iron gatehook). A video taken on the day can be seen on the Bridlington Free Press website (www.bridlingtonfreepress.co.uk).

Heating the metal! Participants made an iron gatehook in the two-hour workshop session. Photo by Peter Stubbs.

David and Jake Cooper with their students after the Blacksmithing workshop morning session. Photo by Kylie Daniels.

On 13th April, a spirituality ‘taster day’ took place in the Priory Rooms, in which attendees explored a variety of approaches to prayer and the life of the spirit through discussion and informal, interactive workshop sessions. Topics covered included labyrinth walking, Taize prayer and music, and meditation.

Walking the labyrinth with Penelope Weston during the ‘Food for the Journey - Spirituality Taster Day’ event. Photo by Julie Folds.

We are very pleased with how the festival is going so far, and the best part is that there is still so much to look forward to! Upcoming events include:

  • Saturday 20th April: Woodcarving with Alex Sheldon, the next in our series of heritage craft workshops (supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund). Observers welcome.
  • Saturday 20th April: Organ Favourites with Priory Organist Michael Smith
  • Saturday 11th May: Purchase the Priory, an auction of original artworks by local professional artists, inspired by or related to the Priory. The evening will include refreshments and live music.
  • Saturday 18th May: Priory Visions, a free dramatic presentation in twelve scenes representing all 900 years of the Priory’s life, by Churches Together in Bridlington and the wider community.
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