Volunteer Stewards Recognition Event 2018 Season

Volunteer Stewards Recognition Event 2018 Season 150 150 Milton Abbey Church and Landscape

Volunteer Stewards joined together at the Milton Abbas Reading room on Tuesday Evening 18th September to celebrate another successful Summer Exhibition “Athelstan’s Dream – A Saxon Tale” at The Abbey at Milton and also this year at St. Catherine’s Chapel which was open every day of the Summer.

Brian Larcher, The Abbey Development Manager, thanked everyone for giving so freely of their time to cover shifts every day throughout July and August and in particular for the very warm welcome they gave to our Visitors.  This, he said, had been noted by many and recorded in messages in the Visitors book and on the Questionnaires handed in by our guests. Some of which he read to the group.   Visitor numbers were up on last year and considering the fact that we had decided to move to encouraging donations rather than selling tickets income was good too.  He felt that an important factor in the increase in positive feedback was the quality of the Steward greetings and their shared enthusiasm for the place and its values.

As the Abbey Trustee Custodian Helier Exon added his thanks to all on behalf of The Milton Abbey Heritage Trust and shared something of the background to next year’s Exhibition which focuses on the Benedictine Years at the Abbey.  He reminded us that it was because of the removal of the Monasteries by her father that Queen Elizabeth had to create new laws for the protection of the Poor. Since the Benedictines and others had previously been the carers for the communities which had risen up around their Monastic centres.  Without which The Milton Community would not have existed and therefore not have been there to be moved by Damer!  Both Brian and Helier wishes to thank The Local History Group in general and Bryan and Pamela Phillips in particular for their considerable help in the research and formation of this years exhibition and to share with everyone that the same team were already hard at work on the 2019 event.