Thursday 19th June 2014 Leader: Agnes Ridge

Short day visit to The Friars, Aylesford, Kent.

This is a delightful place for a relaxing visit. The Carmelite Friary founded in 1242 was dispossessed by Henry VIII and re-established in 1949. Father Malachy Lynch, the first Prior, in partnership with Adrian Gilbert Scott, conceived the idea of an open-air shrine and gathered together craftsmen and artists to help him. Outstanding among these were Adam Kossowski (ceramicist) and Philip and Michael Clark (sculptors). The Friary is now an important pilgrimage and visitor centre with lovely grounds, tearooms, shop, pottery and upholstery workshops.

In 2010 a Lottery grant helped to fund the Peace Gardens, providing a quiet space accessible to all and incorporating different seating styles, textures and scents. In addition, over 200 tiles displaying “Peace” in different languages act as a symbol of striving for peace – locally, nationally and internationally.

On arrival at The Friars at about 11.00 a.m. members will be able to buy coffee/tea in the cafeteria before visiting the grounds, peace and rosary (important art work by Kossowski) gardens, pottery, etc

At 12.30 a 2-course lunch, followed by tea/coffee (cost included) will be provided in the Pilgrims’ Hall.

At about 1.45 we will be given an informed tour of the art work and the buildings by one of the Carmelites. Departure will be at 3.00 approximately.