On this the fourth Anniversary  (November 21st) of the sad death of Dean Jeremy Winston ‘The St Mary’s Winston Appeal Trustees” have released image of the work to install a Window in his Memory.

The images  are full size pencil drawings of the tracery sections depicting events leading to Christmas, designed by the window’s creator Helen Whittaker. Further images of the ‘tree’ itself will be released soon.

The work  by Coe stone on the masonry  around the window frame, to prepare for the window’s installation next year has now been completed.

Fr Jeremy Winston was Vicar of Abergavenny for 18 years before being appointed Dean of the Cathedral in Newport. He sadly died months after being installed as Dean.

The Appeal Chair, Canon Mark Soady said “While  work is now under way on the window we still have a small but significant short fall in the funding. If you would like to contribute to this Memorial it is not to late”.

The Lord Rowe-Beddoe, Appeal President  added, “It is a great delight to see the progress of the design in the window and also to have received approval from all the relevant ecclesiastical authorities for  this wonderful memorial. I am confident that  with your continuing help we shall close the funding gap referred to by Fr Mark”.

To send your donations please make cheques payable to “The St Mary’s Winston Appeal” and send it to St Mary’s Priory, Monk Street, Abergavenny NP7 5ND.

Over the next two months we will be taking out the good news of Christmas in music, drama and the giving of gifts to those in need.

Loading the shoe boxes

Loading the shoe boxes

On Monday, November 9th we sent off over 60 shoe boxes with Christmas gifts in to Orphanages in Romania. We will be giving gifts also to Monmouthshire teenagers-in-need via the County’s Social Services Department.

In the fortnight before Christmas groups from the Anglican Churches in Abergavenny will be singing in local pubs, residential homes and sheltered housing complexes.

We will join other Christian’s in the town for a Christmas extravaganza at Gateway Church, next to us on Monk Street, at 6pm on December 6th. Do join us!


The Mayor of Abergavenny is having a charity Concert at St Mary’s Church on Saturday, November 14th at 7pm featuring the Gwent Music group with North Monmouthshire Senior String Orchestra; Abergavenny Borough Band;Abergavenny Primary Schools Orchestra; Cantref & Llantilio Pertholey schools Choir; Monmouthshire Community Choir; Groups/Soloists from King Henry V111 school.

Proceeds to be shared between Mayors Charities (Wales Air Ambulance & Velindre Cancer Care)  and Gwent Music Fund.

Tickets £5 for adults £3 children
Please support this Good Cause.


The Season of Advent kicks off on Sunday, November 29th at 6.pm when we have our annual Advent Carol Service. Do join us for this service of light, music and readings.

On Saturday 5th December at Christchurch, North Street we will be holding an Advent Quiet Day, led by the Holywell Community. A chance to spend some time at the beginning of Advent slowing down to focus ourselves on what Jesus’ birth means for us today. The day will begin at 10am and will comprise of a series of short talks and times to reflect and pray, there will be a break for lunch together and we hope to finish at 4pm.

Sam explains the Advent wreath at the Mother & Toddlers

Sam explains the Advent wreath at the Mother & Toddlers


Saturday 19th December looks like a busy day. Along with Christmas Crafts in the Priory Centre between 10 &12, the Holywell Community will be holding a Christmas Fun Day at Holy Trinity Hall, Baker Street. This will run from 12-2pm and is aimed at those of Primary School age. There will be fun, games and lots of laughs all whilst digging into what Christmas is all about. The walking Nativity will be set off from Holy Trinity at 3 so feel free to stick around for that too if you like.

On Christmas Eve we hold our Christingle Service at 4pm – a favorite with families .



December 5th 2pm St John (Gwent) Carol Service

December 8th: Cantref School

December 15th Deri View

December 16th Llanfoist School

December 17th King Henry VIII School

December 18th Tenevous

December 19th Vision Hope Carol Concert



Sunday, December 20th

6pm Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

Christmas Eve

4pm Christingle Service

11.30pm Mid-night Mass with carols

Christmas Day

8am Holy Eucharist

11am Sung Eucharist with carols




On November 2nd we will have a Requiem Mass  at which we shall remember all the souls whose Funerals we have conducted in the past year. The Service at 6.30pm will also remember other departed loved ones, including those killed in Road Traffic Accidents.

The Remembrance theme continues on November 8th (Remembrance Sunday) when we will have an Act of Remembrance for all who gave their lives in war and conflict. The main morning service will start earlier than usual at 10.50am. On November 11th itself Canon Mark Soady will join Cty Cllr John Prosser, Monmouthshire County Council’s Armed Forces Champion for a 2 Minutes Silence at 11am at the Castle.



As I get older I spend more time reminiscing , more time remembering the past, but the remembering we are called to do in November is of a different scale. In that Act of Remembrance we are also called as a people to learn from history and try not to make the same mistakes again. I pray we will do that.

Bible Study

Originally posted on Holywell Community:

The Holywell Community will be running two new weekly Bible study groups in Abergavenny, beginning on 9th November:

Brother Adrian will be leading a group for all levels from 2pm to 3.30pm, initially studying the book of Exodus in fourteen parts, before studying the Letter to the  Hebrews. He will then lead his group through the different topics which occur in Exodus, such as the burning bush: Moses encountering God,  the first 9 plagues of Egypt, the Passover and the Ten Commandments.

Sister Amy will be leading a group from 7.30pm to 9pm studying the letter of St James, for those who wish to explore the depths of the letter. Over the course of six weeks, the group will explore each of the five chapters of St James’ Epistle in greater depth, as well as beginning with a general overview of the book and themes. Sister Amy will not only open…

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The Bishop has asked us to spend 2016 studying the Anglican Churches 5 Marks of Mission.

The Five Marks of Mission are:

*To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
*To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
*To respond to human need by loving service
*To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
*To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth


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