News Submitted – May 2013
Fr Kevin Taggart announced his decision to stand down as Abbot of Worth Abbey on Saturday 4th May 2013, having discussed his position with the Abbot President during his official four-yearly Visitation of the Monastery. Both are of the opinion that now is an appropriate time for Fr Kevin to step down in order to allow the Community to consider a younger person for the role of Abbot. When he was elected Abbot in 2010, Fr Kevin realised that it was improbable that he would complete the eight-year term of office because of his age . The election of the new Abbot will take place in early August, and between the 2nd June and the time of the election the Prior, Fr Luke Jolly, will act as the Superior of the Abbey. The Monastic Community will use the three months for prayerful reflection in preparation for the Abbatial election in August.
Professor Ewan Clayton (C’75) was presented with the hugely prestigious Crafts Skills Champion Award by HRH The Prince of Wales at the inaugural Craft Skills Awards on Thursday 2nd May 2013. Ewan’s name was put forward by the three advisory groups for the Awards – the Heritage Crafts Association, the Crafts Council and the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community – and the judges agreed unanimously he should receive this Award.