Local Children gather to welcome important statue to Downside Abbey

A number of children from schools around Somerset are looking forward to seeing the National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, during a special celebratory Mass service at Downside Abbey, on Thursday 4th May. The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue is a hand-carved image of Our Lady of Fatima, and it was blessed by Pope […]

BBC Radio 3 record at Downside Abbey

The Monastic Community were delighted to be able to welcome presenter, Sara Mohr-Pietsch, from BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters programme, to Downside earlier this week to record an edition for future broadcast.  Sara, and producer Hannah, joined the Monastic Community for the whole day – from Matins to Compline – to understand how and why […]

Fr Christopher shares Chicken Curry with national press!

We’ve enjoyed seeing photographs of Fr Christopher appear in the national press this week. Stories have featured in many of the UK’s most popular tabloid papers, as well as the Times, Metro and Bristol Post. The monks are delighted to report a surge of interest in the newly published ‘Bristol Georgian Cookbook‘.  Click here to order your […]

Fr Christopher on BBC Points West

Fr Christopher Calascione featured on BBC Points West news last night (21st March) talking about the publication of the 1793 recipe book.  Taking part in a taste test at the Pony and Trap, a michelin starred restaurant in the Chew Valley, the Downside monk sampled the Chicken Curry taken from the original transcription; click here […]