Diocese of Sheffield & English Heritage host celebration event

2nd September 2014

Roche Abbey is this weekend hosting the Diocese of Sheffield at it continues to celebrate its centenary year.  The event marks the fifth stage of the official 2014 centenary tour around the region.

When: Sunday, 7 September 2014, 2-5pm

What: Free entrance for family events, activities and refreshments

Where: Roche Abbey (off A634), Maltby, Rotherham, S66 8NW

Who: Bishop of Sheffield, Bishop of Doncaster, Centenary Singers, Micah’s Gang puppet theatre

What’s on:

  • Chance to explore the ruins and take in stunning views of the countryside.
  • A circus skills workshop.
  • Performances from Micah’s Gang puppet theatre and a 17th century dance group
  • Teaching from the Bishop of Sheffield.
  • Worship with the Centenary Singers.
  • Face painting.

There will also be the chance to meet the centenary artist in residence.  He has been attending each event where he asks visitors to help create a large painting for the day.  When the tour has completed, these painting will be joined together to make a large piece of artwork that will be displayed in key locations throughout the Diocese.

As at other events, centenary souvenirs will be on sale: the Doncaster Brewery ‘Centenary Ale’ is selling very well; as is the special label Henderson’s Relish.

Refreshments will be available from the site shop and stalls, or bring a picnic to take full advantage of the setting.

Roche Abbey dates from the 18th century and has one of the most complete ground plans of any English Cistercian monastery, laid out as excavated foundations.

The Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows said:

“After a summer break it’s really exciting to get back to the centenary celebration tour and Roche Abbey will be an unusual and spectacular venue. Since the first event in June, each has got better and better so Roche Abbey promises to be a big occasion.  I am really looking forward to seeing everybody there.” 


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