Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dilston & Biddlestone Masses cancelled

Each year, for a number of years, we have celebrated Missa Cantata at both Dilston Hall, near Corbridge, and Biddlestone, north of Alnwick, in Northumberland. Sadly, this year both will be missing from our calendar.

Dilston Hall was the home of the recusant Earls of Derwentside and was run by North Pennine Trust. The main hall was residential accomodation for Mencap but the trust looking after the ruins and the chapel has been disbanded and access is no longer possible.

Biddlestone Chapel was the site of another EF Mass but it is no longer possible to make the necessary arrangements for the Mass to continue, largely due to its isolated situation. We must thank Mr Jack Harvey (a former LR of the LMS and a leading light in the early days) for his devotion to maintaining the Mass over the years.

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