Patronal Festival Report

This is the text and photographs submitted to the East Anglia Diocesan Newspaper

This year, St Benet’s, Beccles celebrated our Patronal Festival over the weekend 14/15 July, with four different events.

20180714_110830Saturday saw our “parish historian” Richard Jones, give a fascinating insight into the history of our church building, designed by local architect, Francis Banham, and originally intended to house a small community of Benedictine Monks – hence our official title of St Benet’s Minster.  For this event, we welcomed a group of parishioners from St Felix Parish, Felixstowe, led by Fr, John Barnes, whose own church was also designed by Banham.   We learned something of the life and difficulties faced by our ancestors, and we certainly owe a huge debt to those families who provided so many of our local churches and monasteries

For Richard’s talk and a tour of the church, we were also joined by Fr Leo Maidlow Davis20180715_102701, Prior of Downside Abbey.

Fr. Davis stayed with us for the weekend and he was very impressed by the exhibition of St Benedict’s life and works, prepared by the children of our Parish School.



Fr Davis also  celebrated our Sunday masses for us, and it was a real pleasure for many parishioners to meet the Prior and chat with him after mass.



20180715_115151However, It wasn’t all work!  A group of our stalwart parishioners laid on a splendid Parish Picnic in the presbytery grounds, after Sunday forenoon Mass.



The glorious weather helped the enjoyment – and we were ably entertained by Tom and Digby Harrison, on guitar and violin.


Other Photographs Are  Available!

A full selection of the photographs of the Patronal Festival are available on screen.

Just use the link shown below and, if requested, use the password StBenedict – note, there is no space and there are  two capital letters .

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