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North East Catholic History Society Excursions


NECHS Excursions 2015

On a gloriously sunny day in May, our visit was to Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire.  It was lovely to have Fr David Milburn celebrate Mass for the Society in the beautiful little Chapel in the Crypt.   Ampleforth is a busy tourist venue with excellent catering facilities and we were served a nice lunch in the pleasant Tea Room.
In the afternoon, we were privileged to have an informative guided tour of the Abbey Church conducted by the Prior, Fr Terence Richardson. He explained the unusual arrangement of the altars and the fascinating stained glass windows, some of them by former pupils of Ampleforth School.  We heard about the history of the site, the Benedictines in Britain, and the daily routine of the 70 Monks.
Time remaining was spent exploring the Visitor Centre, grounds and shop for items including the famous  Ampleforth beer and cider!   
In June, again on a  perfect  Summer's day, we headed for Dryburgh Abbey in the Scottish Borders. This was a Premonstratension Foundation from the 12th century, located on a peaceful site beside the River Tweed.
After a good introductory talk and tour by the Historic Scotland Custodian, we visited the ruins of the Abbey Church now containing the grave of Sir Walter Scott and walked round the remains of other buildings including the Chapter House.
It was relaxing to enjoy our picnics in the neatly maintained gardens before finishing the excursion with a stop in Melrose on the journey home!



Visits 2014 - York and Ladyewell Shrine

Visits 2013 - Lindisfarne Gospels Durham and Jervaulx Abbey

Visits 2012 - Hulne Park and Stonyhurst College

Visit 2011 - Markenfield