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10th May 2017

Buckfast Abbey Millennium Show Garden wins Silver Medal and Peoples Choice Award

Buckfast Abbey celebrates its millennium year in 2018, a thousand years of having a monastery on the site. It has opened up a host of creative opportunities for the Garden Department. Click here to read more about the Buckfast Abbey Millennium Garden. 


24th April 2017

Book Launch to Celebrate the Buckfast Abbey Millennium

Chaired by The Editor Rev. Peter Beacham OBE. As Buckfast Abbey prepares to celebrate its millennium in 2018, a book has been commissioned that chronicles the remarkable history of the Abbey.

This special one day conference is being held to launch this major new book. Come and meet distinguished historians who will share their interest in the Abbey’s history, art and architecture.

The conference begins at 9.30am and has back to back topics by 8 guest speakers with other contributors attending the conference also.
Copies of the book will be available on the day at a discounted price of £50 (r.r.p. £60)

Speakers at the Conference will include Stewart Brown, Marian Campbell, Bridget Cherry, Roderick O’Donnell, Nicholas Orme, Robert Proctor and David Robinson. For more information, and to book your place, please click here.



New Ruffatti Organ to be installed at Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey is delighted to announce that two new organs are to be built in the Abbey Church, and pleased to now confirm that Fratelli Ruffatti was selected to complete the project. The new instruments in the Abbey Church will be the first built by this internationally renowned firm in Great Britain, and it is expected that installation will be completed before 2018.

The design consists of a substantial Quire Organ comprising five divisions and a smaller instrument in the west gallery with three divisions. The Quire Organ will be encased behind the north and south Quire Stalls along with one enclosed division in the north triforia. In addition, the Gallery Organ will be positioned along north and south walls of the west gallery in two traditionally ornamented cases designed to blend with the mix of Gothic and Romanesque windows and archways.

To read more about the Ruffatt Organ and to see it's specifications, please click here.


St. Thomas More's hair shirt now enshrined for public veneration


BUCKFAST, England (CNS) -- The hair shirt worn by St. Thomas More as he contemplated a martyr's death in the Tower of London has been enshrined for public veneration. The folded garment made from goat's hair was encased above an altar in Buckfast Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in southwest England. St. Thomas, a former lord chancellor of England, wore the shirt while he was incarcerated in the Bell Tower of the Tower of London while awaiting execution for opposing the Protestant reforms of King Henry VIII. He was beheaded July 6, 1535, after telling a crowd gathered on London's Tower Hill that he was "always the king's good servant, but God's first." Benedictine Abbot David Charlesworth told Catholic News Service Nov. 21 that the shirt had not been shown in public before.


To read this article in full, please click here




The first review of the recent Abbey Choir CD recording from Mark Sealey of Music Web International:

"This is a compelling collection of over twenty Hymns of the Divine Office."
"There is a certainty and confidence in each relatively short work."
"The directness and clarity achieved by the Choir of Buckfast Abbey under Philip Arkwright amply support this plain purpose."
"They preserve the beauty and richness of both text and melody - largely by appealing to the lucidity of the melody coupled with the import of the text."
"Arkwright, who was born in 1983 and appointed Organist and Master of the Music at Buckfast in 2013, keeps a tight ship. One knows at least that one is in good hands."
"The works are of great beauty and convey a certainty."

"The acoustic is the oft-recorded one of Buckfast Abbey, Devon - which is a modern reconstruction dating from the early part of the twentieth century - with a beautiful balance of resonance and penetration."

...To read the article in full, please click here
...To purchase this CD, please click here



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Buckfast Abbey Millennium Garden - May 2017

The Royal Horticultural Society 2017 - Malvern Spring Festival The garden setting is a tranquil scene. At the heart of the garden is a stag in a glade of silver birches drinking from a pool. Around this scene is a meandering path suggesting a river bed. The motto of the Abbey is taken from psalm 41/42: “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for you, O God.” The name Buckfast means ‘land of the deer’ and the Abbey is on the banks of the River Dart. The garden commemorates Buckfast Abbey’s upcoming millennium. The Buckfast Garden won thr RHS Show Garden SILVER MEDAL and also the BEST IN SHOW from the public vote.

CWL Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Buckfast - 13th May 2017

Catholic Women's League Pilgrimage 2017. The Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt. Rev. Mark O'Toole celebrated the Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Abbey Church.

Arrival of the new Ruffatti Organ - 26th April 2017

The new organ for the Abbey Church arrived at the end of April. Construction will continue for some months. Information about the new organ can be found at the Abbey Website on the Music page at: https://www.buckfast.org.uk/ruffattiorgan

Mary: Icon of the Church

Mary – Icon of the Church
The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Kindness: a School Mass

Kindness – a School Mass

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Baptism of Teddy

Baptism of Teddy

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Trees and Shrubs with the Garden Department

A walk and Talk with the Abbey's head gardener looking at the many varieties of tree and shrubs we grow in the Abbey grounds.

Plymouth Diocese Silent Retreat - May Weekend

Friday 26th to Sunday 28th of May - £140

George Malcolm Memorial Series - at The Grange Restaurant 27th May

George Malcolm Memorial Series at the Grange Restaurant. 19:30 Saturday 27th May 2017 Pre-concert dinner available at the Grange Restaurant at 18:00