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Alton Abbey’s faith in its future

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30 August 2013

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From the Abbot of Alton Abbey

Sir, - I am writing to thank you for publishing your article "Alton faces austerity" (News, 16 August). Deciding to make a public statement was an enormous decision for both me and my Brethren. We have been greatly touched by the outpouring of love and good wishes from your readers; many of them are old friends of our Community.

I would like to reassure you and your readers that our retreat centre is very much open, and we are encouraged for its future success, as bookings are increased from this time last year, and the monastery itself is well attended by drop-in visitors.

We have a busy schedule of events planned for the rest of this year, and, as well as our regular events, our fund-raising group is working on adding extra lectures and musical events for 2014. We are particularly looking forward to the Alton Abbey's Got Talent evening, and more Icon Writing retreats.

Our supply company, Alton Abbey Supplies Ltd (AASL), continues to produce altar breads for parish churches across the globe, and we have noticed an increased demand for our Rosa Mystica incense. This year, we are hoping for greater profit in our wafer production area of AASL, as we have finally paid off our loan for the new baking machine.

Thank you, once again, for your interest in our community. We all look forward to a Friday morning and the arrival of the Church Times. As I said in our statement, we are asking for prayer to reinforce our own prayer for what will be an exacting journey to financial recovery. We have faith that all will be well, with much hard work.

WILLIAM HUGHES
Alton Abbey
Beech, Alton
Hampshire GU34 4AP

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