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2017
   
     
  Are you sitting comfortably?
On Thursday 27 July, a merry band of workers assembled to take delivery of new folding chairs to provide additional seating at busy services. We think you'll find them more comfortable than the old wooden chairs!
     
  Friends' newsletter
Always a good read, Susie Hancock brings us up to date with the deliberations of the Friends' Council and looks forward to the annual Edington Festival. There's some news about this website, too!
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2016
   
 
  New Rector for the Benefice
We are delighted to welcome the Reverend Andrew Sinclair as Rector and, by tradition, Chairman of the Friends. He was installed on 5th September at a service taken by the Bishop of Ramsbury.
 
  60th Anniversary Weekend
After much research and planning, Friends joined us for a weekend of events to commemorate the founding of the Society in July 1956 and celebrate our 60th Anniversary.
 
  New President of the Friends
After a discussion at the Council meeting in May, we invited the Bishop of Ramsbury, who is well known in the parish, to become the President of the Friends. We were thrilled when he accepted the invitation.
 
2015
   
 
  Cheney monument restoration
The Cheney monument is looking splendid, following a two year conservation programme. Click here to see some photographs of the work and the people who carried it out.
 
  Festival peal
The Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers rang a quarter peal on 29 August to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Edington Music Festival.
Click here to read more on the SDGR website.
 
  Dedication Sunday
After the service on 12th July, parishioners and church helpers enjoyed a Bring and Share lunch, to thank them for their efforts. The Rector’s sermon reviewed the church's history and brought it up-to-date. Read more …
 
  Bob Chilcott at Edington
About seventy singers from far and wide gathered at the Priory Church on Saturday 20th June when Bob Chilcott came to give a workshop on his recently-composed St John Passion. Read more ...
 
  Friends' newsletter
Susie Hancock reflects on local life, and brings us up to date with what's happening in Edington - a good read!
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  Swindon Surprise
On 16th May, the ringers from St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol rang a complicated 3-hour peal on the Edington bells. Read more ...
     
2014
   
     
 

Pipes ‘n’ Pizza at the Priory
Twelve young would-be organists aged between eight and 18 from around the region descended on Edington Priory Church to take part in a ‘Pipes ‘n’ Pizza’ workshop on Saturday 1st November. Read more ...

     
 

Music in the air
Edington Priory Church hosted its 12th Annual Jazz BBQ on 25th July 2014.
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Tallinn 2014
Earlier this year, the Henry Jones Organ from Edington Priory Church was dismantled and transported to Estonia by three representatives from the Gustav Adolf School, where the organ has been rebuilt. Read more ...

     
  Palm Sunday
The new organ is now being voiced, and we hope to hear it played for the first time on Palm Sunday, 13th April 2014.
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What a beauty!
As promised, here are the latest pictures of our stunning new Harrison & Harrison organ.
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  Welcome Harrison & Harrison
The old Henry Jones organ has now gone to Tallinn, and the new Harrison & Harrison instrument is taking shape.
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2013
   
     
  Farewell Henry Jones
The Henry Jones organ has resounded through the Priory Church for over 100 years. It has served Edington well and become as familiar as the stones, pews and arches. But now, change is afoot. Read more ...
     
Joy Cooke
  Friends were saddened to hear that Joy Cooke, who had been struggling with poor health for a while, died peacefully at Yeovil Hospital on 12 November 2013. She had been a true friend both to the Festival and to the Priory Church, and she will be much missed.
     
  Organ appeal fully subscribed
As the 2013 Edington Music Festival drew to a close, the Festival Director announced that the Organ Project had reached its target.
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Festival Week
Festival week is extraordinary. It’s busy, filled with music, friendship and much to think about. So much so that it can be easy to miss something quite fundamental … the passing of the seasons. Read more ...

     
  Music and movement
On two successive days in early July, Edington showed the breadth of its hospitality by hosting a violin concert by promising young violin students - as well as slapstick from an ordained clown! Read more ...
     
 
Rossano Sportiello @ the Priory Church
On Friday 10th May a small but enthusiastic audience enjoyed two hours of impeccable jazz piano from this charming young Italian.
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2012
   
     
 

Friends' Festival
The Friends’ new Secretary, Susie Hancock, reports on the Annual Festival, which was held on 25th August 2012.
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2011
   
     
  Friends' Festival
The Friends’ Annual Festival opccupied its traditional slot on the final Saturday of the Music Festival, which this year fell on 27th August 2011. Read more ...
     
  Jazz night
Cass Caswell and the Allstars made a welcome return to the stage at Edington Priory church on 29th July 2011. Read more ...
     
  Edington Priory church: 1361-2011
Julia Taylor reports on a full programme of events in the first week of July, organised to mark the 650th anniversary of the church's consecration in 1361. Read more ...
     
2010
   
     
  Jazz gets a new format
Edington’s 7th annual jazz concert on 30th July 2010 once again pulled more than 250 people from the local area and beyond. Read more ...
     
 

Lighten up February
Visitors from Oxfordshire and Hampshire swelled an audience of over a hundred people who enjoyed the music of Fairlight II on 5th February. Read more ...

     
2009
   
     
  PCC's Annual Report
This year, the Parochial Church Council's annual report includes news of the first service at Imber church for five years, as well as a general review of 2009. Read more ...
     
 

Dancing the harvest
Ivy Mill Farm came alive with music from The Taverners for the 2009 Harvest Supper & Barn Dance on the evening of 19th September.
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  Friends' Festival
The Friends' Annual Festival was held as usual on the final Saturday of the Music Festival, which fell on 29th August 2009.
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  Jazz evening
There was a great atmosphere when some 260 people turned out for a return visit by Cass Caswell and the Allstars, playing at Edington’s 6th annual jazz concert on 31st July 2009. Read more ...
     
  Fond farewell
Villagers had the chance to mark the end of Joanna Robertson's term as churchwarden at a party on 20th June 2009.
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2008
   
     
  PCC's Annual Report
The Parochial Church Council's annual report gives an insight into how the church is managed, and what's been going on throughout 2008.
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  Singing in the round
The swirling sound of 150 voices filled the Priory church as five local choirs gave voice to a celebration of Christmas on 20th December 2008.
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  Edington Harvest Supper
Nearly 100 people sat down to a delicious supper on 27th September 2008.
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Friends' Festival
A lavish ploughman’s lunch and a lively appreciation of the Chancel were two highlights of the Annual Festival of the Friends on 23rd August 2008. Read more ...

     
 

Foot tappin’
The versatile Bristol-based band
Cass Caswell's Allstars attracted music lovers from as far away as Cornwall to the fifth annual jazz evening at Edington Priory church on 25th July 2008. Read more ...

     
 

Fired up!
Children's races and maypole dancing brought a carnival atmosphere to the Bank Holiday barbeque at Ralph's Seat on 5th May 2008. Read more ...

     
  Sleepy heads
More than thirty people had a taste of rough-sleeping on the stone floors of Edington Priory Church on 29th February 2008, helping to raise funds for a local homeless charity. Read more ...
     
2007
   
     
  Supper at The Ivy
Straw bales and subdued lighting set the scene for Edington’s 2007 harvest supper and barn dance at Ivy Mill Farm on 29th September. It was a winning combination. Read more ...
     
  Teas and talking
The sun shone on Edington for the last few days of the 2007 Music Festival, and Saturday dawned bright and warm for the Friends’ Annual Festival on 25th August. Read more ...
     
  Jazz in the nave
Over 250 people flocked to hear Built for Comfort play at Edington Priory Church’s Jazz and Blues evening on 27th July 2007. Read more ...
     

 

Sunshine and flowers
Friends from Berkshire, Somerset and Hampshire were amongst more than 100 worshippers who gathered for Solemn Eucharist on 8th July 2007. Read more ...
 
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