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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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A poem for Ammerdown

Beryl, a Friend of Ammerdown, loves coming here. She says Ammerdown has never ever failed to refresh and renew her. Last Easter, whilst here, she wrote this poem to try and express in words what Ammerdown means to her:

There is a calm about this place that gladdens me.
An arrow of delight, sheer and pervasive shafts
cleanly piercing my inmost being.
Ammerdown, beloved Ammerdown,
where all may shed their outer selves
of falseness and delusions.
Be fearless in speech and feelings.
Give allowance to those, as yet unshaped,
forbidden stirrings of another way.
Permitted here our faultering steps
to wander different tracks and other pathways.
Kindness, compassion, gentle listening
tend both our joyful and our downcast musings.
Ammerdown. Beloved Ammerdown.
We come, battered and crushed by modern living.
only to rise with Christ once more on Easter Day.

Isn’t it wonderful? To us, the poem encapsulates the core values of hospitality at the heart of Ammerdown: a desire to offer a safe and open space where people can re-connect with themselves.