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Mottisfont 800

This year National Trust house and gardens at Mottisfont marks a very special event. It will be 800 years since the consecration of the
Church of the Holy Trinity for the, then, young Augustinian Priory.

The powerful nobleman, William Briwere, established the Priory in 1201 and made sure the opening services of its church on that Trinity Sunday in 1224 were spectacular. For over 300 years the Augustinian Canons
offered hospitality and ministry to pilgrims.

This May, on Trinity Sunday, we have planned a short, joyous, celebration of the Priory and its Church which offered worship, learning, hospitality and service to the community.

The Mottisfont 800 celebration will be on Trinity Sunday 26 May at 5.00pm on
the east lawn. The service will be led by one of the garden volunteers, Revd
Howard Mellor, with participation by clergy from the immediate area and the choir from Romsey Abbey led by its Director of Music, Martin Seymour.
Normal admission will apply, but we encourage you to come early and see the rose garden which will probably be at its best at this time. We invite you to gather on the east lawn from about 4.45pm and please feel free to bring picnic chairs and/or blankets.
At the conclusion of the service the estate will close so it is important if you want to see the gardens, to do so beforehand.
All are welcome to join this celebration, and we are hoping for good weather!
We hope to see you there,
Revd Dr Howard Mellor
(Volunteer gardener and retired Methodist Minister)