- Many of you will remember Janet Cooper, a devoted member of our parish, who died in 2016. And some of you will remember her husband John, who died in 2007.
When Janet died, her daughter Dr Elizabeth Wager generously gave the Abbey the family “baby grand” piano, a Broadwood. I did my research, and discovered that it was manufactured by John Broadwood & Sons in their Horseferry Road, Westminster, workshops, being completed on 21 December 1901.
Elizabeth has now organised, and sponsored, a concert in her mother’s memory, and also that of her grandmother, Barbara Eason. It will be held in the Abbey this afternoon at 2.30 pm. It will be followed by tea on the Close, or in the Church Hall if wet. There will be two pieces played by a Quintet: Schubert’s Trout Quintet and Mozart’s Piano Quintet K493. Admission will be free, but there will be a retiring collection for the Friends of Sherborne Abbey. It will make a perfect Sunday afternoon. Do come, and bring your friends and neighbours.
2. A really rather good first novel by local author Rosie Lear begins with a murder in Sherborne Abbey’s Lady Chapel. It is set in 1436 at a time of growing ill-feeling between the monastery and the townsfolk. It is a fast-moving yarn which makes ideal summer reading, if you like medieval whodunits, that is. I do, and enjoyed this one greatly. The Abbey Shop in the Close and the Abbey bookstall are now stocking Missal for Murder, at £8 a copy. In addition I have booked Rosie to come to talk about the genesis of her novel, and to sign copies, in the Lady Chapel (where else?). This is provisionally arranged for Friday 12 October. More details later. If you buy a copy now, bring it for her to sign. There will be plenty of copies available to buy on the day – they will make ideal Christmas presents.