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Spirit in Hyde900

datePosted on 22:45, March 24th, 2010 by Site admin

The Spirit group represents a coming-together of all the faiths in Hyde to celebrate common values and greater understanding. We have a full programme of events this year – see the [post=events] section for an up-to-date list. Here are a few of them:

The Monk

On April 22nd in the Discovery Centre Lecture Room we are putting on an experience of the way the monks of Hyde Abbey would have lived in 1110.  Well-known presenter Reg Fletcher will impersonate a Benedictine monk  –  in all the right garb!  –  giving us his ideas about why and how he became to committed to this way of life.  He will tell us about the monks’ systems of sustainability, conservation, low energy consumption and moral stability – ideas popular today, though taken for granted in those days. Reg has a great sense of history, and of humour; this promises to be a really enjoyable evening.

On two occasions, 4th May and 21st October, there will be a chance to join Keith Woodward, a very popular tour guide, on a pilgrimage to spaces sacred to various Faiths in Winchester: not only C10th Christian sites, but places holy to Jews of that time, and Moslems and Buddhists today. We’ll have a special surprise at the finish at the Hyde Abbey Gate, the only surviving building of Hyde Abbey.


Winchester University is taking a great hand with us in finding  ‘Chanters’ of seven different Faiths who can show us how they approach their Divinity, interspersed with enacted stories from their sacred texts. There’ll also be a song for all of us to enjoy commissioned for the occasion from June Boyce-Tillman. That can guarantee that we can all join in and not be simply spectators. This will all take place in mid-July and will either be at the site of the Hyde Abbey or in St. Bartholomew’s Church if it is wet.


Another event, which will be added to by students in their projects, will be a sponsored Sit-In for Stillness. Imagine trying to be still and silent at the centre of the excitement of the Hat Fair! Anyone can join in this from schoolchildren to elderlies, just to show you can do it. It will also hold surprises for a lot of people, whether they are taking part or just watching. The money they raise will go to the Mayor’s Charities.

Cathedral exhibition

We are encouraging artists from the different faiths to offer examples of work  influenced by their own beliefs. It will be held at the East end of the Cathedral, as part of the wider Hyde900 ‘Re-imagining’ installation of art. This is a large undertaking, and will make for a fascinating visit. It will run in April and May of 2010.

For more information on any of the Spirit events, contact Wanda Nash.

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Joe Low

Hyde900 is calling artists, craftspeople, photographers, writers and the broader community to respond creatively to the Treasures of Hyde Abbey exhibition that is currently showing at the Winchester Discovery Centre.

Following the success of the initial Re-imagining Treasures of Hyde Abbey exhibition (currently on show at Winchester Cathedral, the Link Gallery and City Space) Hyde900 and its partners Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council are extending the invitation so that more people can take part.

Sophie Cunningham Dawe, co-curator of the Re-Imagining Treasures of Hyde Abbey exhibition says, “Now that visitors have had the chance to see both Treasures of Hyde Abbey and Re-imagining Treasures of Hyde Abbey we would like members of the community to create their own work, in whatever form they wish – artwork, photography, poetry or prose – as a contemporary response to the Treasures and the story of Hyde Abbey.”

A selection of the work contributed will form the Re-imagining Too exhibition to be shown in the Learning Rooms Hallway, Winchester Discovery Centre (27 April – 12 May). It will also be displayed at future Hyde900 events and on the Hyde900 website. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Wantage to Winchester?

datePosted on 12:27, March 6th, 2010 by Site admin

Hyde900 celebrates the history of Hyde Abbey in Winchester and its neighbourhood – a story closely tied to King Alfred the Great. Our journey follows the story of his life. We start beneath Alfred’s statue in Wantage, his birthplace on the northern borders of Wessex. Crossing the Downs we pass near the site of Alfred’s first major victory over the Viking invaders – an event still celebrated annually in the Hocktide festival at Hungerford, further along our route. Entering ­Winchester, we finish near Alfred’s final resting place in Hyde Abbey just north of his capital city.


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