Monday, 08 November 2010
John Page (former staff) writes, 'In my local paper last week there was a notice of a lecture by Dom Timothy Bavin on 'A Monastery as a Sanctuary'. T J Bavin had been a clever boy in my Sixth Form in 1954, together with Bob Alexander & David Quayle. They all duly secured A grades in Latin without much help from me.

Timothy Bavin attracted a surprisingly large audience and began with an amusing imitation of Bishop Tutu deprecating an over-fulsome introduction. I shan't attempt to summarise his talk, constructed with the artistry of an English scholar and delivered with the devout fluency of a man who has been preaching episcopal sermons for twenty years. When he joined the Anglican Benedictine Abbey near Alton in 1997, he was No 6 in the Order. Twelve years later he is still No 6, as the thirteen others who joined subsequently did not complete the various stages of becoming a monk. In the Community website there is a photo of him.

He looked much the same, slim and lithe though grey-haired and afterwards he greeted me warmly. He said he'd recently received a copy of the Pelican, which had revived many memories.'

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