About the Priory Church
The Priory Church of Saint Mary, Saint Katharine and All Saints is a grade 1 listed, architecturally-outstanding building, built in the Decorated style and consecrated in 1361. It is a large building for such a small village, but it is very well-maintained and is increasingly sought after as a concert venue.
Edington Priory Church is famous for hosting the Edington Festival of Music Within the Liturgy (often known as the 'Edington Festival'): a week-long celebration of all that is best in church music. Participants come from many different Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals and Oxbridge colleges, and visitors travel to the Festival from all over the world. The midweek Evensong is always broadcast around the world by BBC Radio 3. For further details of the Edington Festival please see http://www.edingtonfestival.org
The Book "Edington: The Bishop's Legacy" by Graham Laslett, CBE, describes the church and its history in detail.
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">The Priory Church has a Tower containing 10 bells, and is the Bellringer's Training Centre for the area.</span>
Worship at the Priory Church is very varied: from traditional Book of Common Prayer services such as Evensong through Common Worship to Informal services for families. There is an excellent choir.
In the first week of January 2014, the old Henry Jones organ was removed and took up its new home in Tallinn, Estonia, at the Gustav Adolf Gymnasium ( a grammar school with a strong musical tradition). The funding target (£437,000) for the superb, custom-built Harrison & Harrison organ was achieved at the 2013 Edington Festival, paid for entirely by Festival goers and grants, and was installed and working in Easter 2014. The organ was inaugurated at the 2014 Edington Festival. It is a much-appreciated addition to the Festival, to Priory Church services and for local concerts, as well as to regular broadcasts from the Priory Church by the BBC for much wider audiences to enjoy.
St Mary, St Katherine & All Saints' Church takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we act in accordance with best practice at all times. Our Benefice Safeguarding Policy can be found on our church noticeboard.
If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Benefice Safeguarding Officer, Joanna Robertson on 01380 830375 email [email protected]. Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, on 07500 664800 or email [email protected]