The Living Heritage Project  |  January 2014
Welcome to our January edition of the Living Heritage Project e-newsletter, keeping you up to date with the latest news from the Bar Convent.

Happy New Year… Feliz Ano Nuevo… Buon Anno… Bonne Annee… makorokoto egore idzva...

2014 promises to be an important year for the Bar Convent, as plans for the Living Heritage Project move forward, and our fundraising gathers pace. We continue to be humbled and delighted by the generosity of supporters here in the UK, and around the world. This reflects the global reach of the Mary Ward Sisters: whilst the Bar Convent is our historic home and focus, our work with girls and women continues around the world, as well as here in York and across the UK. The Living Heritage Project will help us to continue in this work, and raise awareness of how Mary Ward’s inspirational pioneering work lives on today. In December I visited our mission in Zimbabwe, to meet an inspiring and remarkable 97 year old: Sister Christopher Angell CJ. 

The beauty of digital communications is that we can keep closely in touch over such immense distances: so do feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends and contacts who might be interested… wherever they may be!

Thank you for your support and interest.

Sister Frances Orchard, CJ
Chair of The Bar Convent Trust
Pictured above with Sr Christopher, in Zimbabwe

Living Heritage Project Donations Update

Our thanks go to those individuals who have made donations to the Project through the last month… despite the challenging demands of the Festive period! In addition, the Living Heritage Project has recently received awards from the J Paul Getty Foundation, and Sir Harold Hood’s Charitable Trust, to both of whom we are most grateful. We are embarking on a programme of applications to other Trusts and Foundations, who we hope will also wish to support the project. 

2014 will also see a range of events raising awareness and support for the Living Heritage Project:  it’s going to be a busy year! Read more on our website.

A Medley of Wonderful Choral Music in the Bar Convent Chapel

Once again it was a great joy to welcome the Choir from St Mary’s School, Shaftesbury, Dorset to the Bar Convent for a concert of choral music in the Chapel on 18 January. The school have generously donated £300 towards the Living Heritage Project. We are most grateful for that but more especially for their presence among us and the joy they gave. Read Sr Ann Stafford CJ’s account on our website.  

Meet Val, Bar Convent Café Manager

Val Russell has worked at the Bar Convent for 10 years, and as Café Manager she is responsible for all aspects of catering at the Bar Convent, from corporate functions to private events, concert audiences, b&b guests, and of course, the many individual visitors who pop in for coffee, lunch, or afternoon tea.

Val relishes the variety of the role, and the opportunity to run her own café within the ambience of the Convent.  “It’s a happy place to work” Val says “and I love to prepare food for customers that I enjoy myself.  There’s such variety, with home baking, light lunches, afternoon tea, and servicing events and conferences…it makes life interesting!”. Read more here.

Prize Draw to Win Afternoon Tea

To brighten up these early year dark damp days, we have 3 pairs of 'Afternoon Tea’ tickets to win in a Prize Draw.

Just sign up to the Prize Draw on the website by 14 February 2014, and you and a friend could be the lucky ones drawn out of the hat to enjoy delicious afternoon tea in our award-winning café… as our guests!

A Month to Remember Mary Ward

January is a significant month in our CJ calendar. Mary Ward, our founder and inspirational pioneer, was born in Yorkshire on 23rd  January 1585, and died, just outside the city walls, on the 30th, 1645. Every year we gather to mark these anniversaries, and this year was no exception, with a service at Osbaldwick Anglican Church, where she is buried.

Summoned to Rome by the Papal authorities to face a possible charge of heresy, her legacy still thrives 400 years later, and her religious and educational work continues here and around the world. 

The Living Heritage Project will enable us to celebrate her life and achievements and tell her remarkable story, and those of her followers, to ever wider audiences. 

Visit York Residents Festival

Thanks to those who visited on 25 January as part of York Residents’ Festival. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Phone: 01904 643238 


The Bar Convent Trust
17 Blossom Street, York. YO24 1AQ

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