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An Evening with Martin Bell

Former BBC War Correspondant Martin Bell frequently spent time reporting from war zones around the world. Join him at Ammerdown for a fundraising event to discuss his time spent reporting in Bosnia, as well as his latest book 'War and the Death of News'

Interfaith Week Event -

An Invitation to Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral must be the largest religious building in Somerset. It is called a cathedral church because it contains the throne (from cathedra, the Greek word for ‘chair’) of the Anglican Bishop of Bath and Wells. The Cathedral is the central church of Anglican Christians in Somerset, though of course it is for everyone, worshippers, tourists, people of all religions and people of none. It receives about 250,000 visitors each year.

Like cathedrals throughout the country, Wells Cathedral serves the main purpose of celebrating God and offering worship to God. Through each day there is a round of services from early morning to the evening, continuing a tradition in this place that stretches back more than a thousand years.

The service of Evensong is held each evening throughout the year. It follows the distinctive Anglican pattern of worship that goes back at least four centuries, combining readings from the Bible with prayers and music. The music is sung by a choir of men, boys and girls, who lead the service together with the clergy of the Cathedral.

As a special mark of Interfaith Week, this invitation to visit the Cathedral and to be present at Evensong on Wednesday 14thNovember, goes out to people of all faiths and of none. The service of Evensong may be new to you, but it will hopefully be inspiring. Beforehand there will be a tour of the Cathedral, and afterwards there will be a time to reflect together on what the service means, to ask questions and to offer comparisons with forms of worship in other faiths.

The visit will take the following form:

3.30 pm arrival and tour of the cathedral

4.30 pm tea

5.15 pm Evensong in the Cathedral quire

6.00 pm meeting with clergy of the Cathedral for questions and discussion

7.00 pm departure

We very much hope you will accept this invitation, and we look forward to sharing the Cathedral with you.


The Very Reverend John Davies                                              

Dean of Wells


21st September 2018


21st September 2018

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Young people from Bristol enjoy the Ammerdown experience

Just before Easter, the Ammerdown Centre and Bristol-based charity Salaam Shalom brought together at Ammerdown a group of 10 young people, aged 16 to 25, for four days of discussing and sharing about issues of identity and faith.

The group was very diverse, both in terms of cultural and faith background. The young people originated from different places, including Britain, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Israel. As for beliefs, they varied from practising Christians and Muslims to someone brought up in a strict Muslim household but no longer practising, a non practising Jew, and even an atheist.

They spent four intensive days together, engaging in a wide variety of activities which all had one common denominator: encouraging and helping members of the group to share in open and honest dialogue.

The feedback was extraordinary. The four days clearly touched everyone in a profound way. They all agreed that they were leaving as ‘better people’, who had benefited from feeling listened to, but also from learning themselves how to listen ‘truly’ to others and respect different opinions and perspectives.

The two members of staff from Saalam Shalom who put the programme together and attended the four days, commented afterwards:  “It is really encouraging that all the young people who participated, without exception, said they would recommend the experience to another young person. They believe the benefits of attending this event include learning to ‘understand human beings’, ‘working towards a common goal’, ‘expressing opinions’, ‘developing creativity’, ‘meeting new friends’, ‘opening your mind’, ‘a great chance to meet both similar and dissimilar young people alike outside of education’, ‘a chance to refine and challenge your own philosophies in an open environment’ and… ‘eating delicious food!”.

Here is some of the feedback from the young people themselves:

“Deepened my understanding of other world faiths outside my own.”
(Roseanna, 17)

“Thank you so much. I had a great time and learnt so much which has helped open my mind.”
(Sofina, 18)

“Everyone came from different backgrounds and have something different to share as well as find common ground and beliefs. It was a spiritual awakening, not just in the religious sense, but just as a person you begin to develop how you feel and perceive things – going on a journey with others where you are supported.”
(Emmanuel, 16)

Reinforced my conviction that every debate requires more than one side
(Tom, 19)

We at Ammerdown are delighted that the event was such a success, in Ammerdown’s true tradition of facilitating open dialogue between people of different backgrounds and beliefs.