Please be aware that the Friends of Grace Dieu Priory are no longer able to hold paranormal events or Ghost walks, and Paranormal events organised by 3rd parties are forbidden by the Grace Dieu Priory Trust. 

 

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This year there were no nationally organised National Forest Walking Festival activities or national Festival of Archaeology events, however, The Friends of Grace Dieu were able to run a number of socially distanced walks in May and July.

 

In September The Friends of Grace Dieu Priory are joining with the Belton History Group to take part in the Hello Heritage Festival.

There will be two open afternoons in St John the Baptist Church, Belton

on Saturday 11th September and Saturday 18th September both from 2.00pm-5.00pm.

 

** Display of old photographs, artefacts and books depicting the history of Belton and Grace Dieu **

** Opportunity to visit the etching of the rude man of Belton in the tower and to see the bells **

** 3 films about Belton and Grace Dieu **

** Quiz for young people **

** Church members will be serving tea and cake **

** Guided historical walk round Belton **

 

On Sunday 12th September at 3.00pm, there will be a guided walk round Grace Dieu woods and Priory.

 

 It would be a great opportunity for us to see one another. We hope some of you will be free to come.

  Please see our walks and talks page for details

 

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We would like to stage our popular Carols at the Priory event on the first Sunday in December but WE WILL NEED your help for this to happen.

 

*******Stay safe*******

 

In May 2021 Jon Chappell and the Hicks Lodge photography group visited the Priory and kindly provided the following images:

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We are very grateful to the Grace Dieu Estate for removing the oak tree from the canal path. They did a great job. The tree has damaged the fence over the culvert but not as badly as feared. At least two wooden rails will need replacing.  

The canal path can be very muddy !! Elsewhere on the site a fence has been damaged near to the gate into the outer field but apart from that everything seemed fine. There was no litter thank you!! But lots of fresh mole hills.

 

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Well done to Years 5 and 6 from Thringstone Primary School who made this fantastic painting of Grace Dieu Priory for Thringstone Co-op in advance of their refurbishment. It looks brilliant!

The Priory painted by Years 5 & 6 from Thringstone Primary School 2020

 

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Local events season is coming up so please keep an eye on our walks web page and also our Facebook events page - www.facebook.com/gracedieupriory

 

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Please note that the price of Dame Petronella's 1414-1418 Account book has been reduced to 15 + p&p.

The book is unusual in that it is the sort of record which lay behind formal accounts and which tended to get destroyed.
It is clear someone has later annotated many of the entries with the heading of the classic manorial account.
The book details both the income of the priory - mostly rents from settlements within a few miles of the house - and its expenditure.
The latter included purchases of meat and fish and other foodstuffs for the household, costs of items such as building work, agriculture (mostly wages) and payments to servants. The Account Book is not just about money, but also a source of information about many aspects of social life at the beginning of the 15th century. The Draft Account Book will be invaluable to medievalists studying social, economic and monastic history and to Family Historians.
 
The book has been printed in paperback form, in a limited edition of 300. Professor Christopher Dyer of the University of Leicester has written the Preface; Kenneth Hillier, a trustee and local Historian, has written a 29 page Introduction; Dominic Johnson, Genealogist and Historical Researcher is responsible for the transcription and translation from the original medieval Latin; and the late Lesley Boatwright wrote on the Editorial Conventions and Latinity of the Grace Dieu Priory clerks. There is a Glossary of both Latin and medieval English words; Person, Places and Subjects indexes; and a useful list of Saints Days and Festivals.

The book, which consists of 348 pages, costs 15 + 4 p. & p. (cheques payable to Grace Dieu Priory Trust please) and can be obtained from

Mrs Ann Petty,  174 Leicester Road, Whitwick, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 5GJ the sole supplier.

 

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Next year we will again be running our FREE school educational visits.  

These visits are intended to increase awareness of Grace Dieu Priory and consist of a presentation, activities and a guided tour of the Priory.

What could be better than a walk and talk in the fresh air - and it's FREE 

If you are involved with a school, or know a school that might be interested, please contact our Treasurer Malcolm Allsop - 01530 833 632 mjandfmallsop4346@sky.com    

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If you would like to become a Friend of Grace Dieu priory and involved in future events please see here for more information.  

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You can download a route map to the Priory from the car park at the Bull's Head Thringstone here.

To purchase the books below please contact Ann Petty