It was a pleasure to welcome so many Petre Society Members and their guests to celebrate St Gregory’s Day on 12th March.

The day started with whole School Mass, followed by drinks in the Weld Café where Simon Johnson, Director of Heritage and Steve Parsons, Abbey Outreach Officer presented an amalgamation of photographs that have been discovered in the archives.

Particularly enjoyable was the story of the two wallabies that resided at Downside in the late 1920’s/early 30’s and the train that was built in 1945 by Dom Edmund Lee (1903-1980) and ran on a track around the School grounds until the early 1950’s. The presentation can be viewed by clicking here.

We then joined the Community for lunch in the Monastic Refectory, which was absolutely delicious. Prior Nicholas thanked everyone for their continued support before coffee was served.

Thank you to all who were able to make the event, it was an extremely enjoyable day and those who were unable to join us were missed.

If you would like more information on how to become a member of the Petre Society and leave a legacy to Downside, please contact Jane Vines.