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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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Thoughts from Peacebuilding in our Community- Stories from Three Palestinians 23 April 2015

Friends of Palestine Evening by Mike and Lorraine Evans 23 April 2015

Lorraine and I found the evening truly memorable and gave us much to ponder. We were deeply moved by the individual stories of the three young men, which , despite the horros each had experience, were told with such dignity and grace. That such experiences have resulted in the resolute determination of these men to do what they can to change hearts and minds of fellow Palestinians and break the cycle of hatred and violence is both heart-warming and inspiriational. Thank you Ammerdown fo hosting an event so central to the cause of peace and reconciliation. Mike and Lorraine Evans


In the evening of Thursday 23 April 2015, Ammerdown  welcomed three inspirational community workers from Palestine: the head-teacher of a boys' primary school, a law student and a community leader. They live in the same city and will share with us how they are inspiring and nurturing a spirit of peace amongst the next generation of young Palestinians.

Their visit to somerset which was organised by the Bradford on Avon group 'Friends of Palestine'. They spent two weeks in the area, giving a series of talks and workshops in settings such as schools, churches and community centres.

The Ammerdown Centre was delighted to be asked to consider hosting a public meeting, because we rarely have the chance to see beyond the headlines and hear about some of the very positive peace-building work that happens on the ground in Palestine. These are dedicated men passionately committed to giving the younger generation hope in the future through education, sports and arts activites. To quote one of them:

"I want to create change in our community so that our people are not stuck in the past and in history."

These aspirations fit beautifully with Ammerdown's own aims to promote dialogue, peace-building and reconciliation, as highlightes in our newsletter.