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Mayor backs abbey appeal

Mayor backs abbey appeal

The Mayor of Glastonbury Councillor Jon Cousins has given Glastonbury Abbey’s fundraising appeal his backing.

The town councillor has supported the appeal since he took office, attending a number of events and helping to promote the fundraising campaign.

He said: “Glastonbury Abbey is very close to my heart. Its history and heritage as well as its myths and legends make it a cultural and spiritual centre of international significance.”

The Rescue Our Ruins Appeal: The Final Chapter aims to raise £100,000 by February to cover the cost of major conservation and enhancement of the Abbot’s Kitchen and the Lady Chapel Crypt and Galilee.

The next event at the abbey which will be boosting funds is tomorrow’s Night at the Abbey (Friday September 9), the annual spectacle of music, light and colour. It will feature on stage local groups and soloists Dragonsfly, Kevin and the Destroyers, Safehaus, September Son, Jon Maybey Trio, Mr Keep Calm, Oska Zaky, Dave Beech and Dan Shaw.

Tickets are on sale now with 50p from each adult ticket going to the appeal – tickets cost £5 for adults, £2 child, season ticket holders £3 and family £12. Gates open at 5.45pm with music from 6pm.

Meanwhile, a fundraising quiz is being held at Glastonbury Town Hall on October 28 with tickets costing £15 per person to include a cheese ploughman’s supper and Eton Mess dessert and a complimentary drink on arrival.

A floral workshop with Nicky Llewellyn is planned for November 16 in the small hall of Glastonbury Town Hallfrom 10am for 10.30am to 1pm. Called Winter Magic – it aims to give some sparkling ideas for the season. Tickets cost £40 and must be booked in advance online as places are limited. Materials are included in the price.

Sue Medlicott, the abbey’s Community Fundraiser, said: “Nicky Llewellyn trained as a florist in London and established her business from her home in Babcary 25-years-ago. During the workshop she will demonstrate several designs and those taking part will be helped to create two items to take home.”

Tickets for all the events listed are available from

If you want to get involved in fund-raising or to book a talk on the abbey for your group please email or call 01458 836119.


Added: 8th September 2016