Monday, 10 December 2018

Talk by Jon Cannon, Keeper of the Fabric, Bristol Cathedral
9 December 2018

Over fifty of the Friends were fascinated to hear about the Augustinian abbey founded by 
Robert Fitzharding who became first Lord Berkeley.  That abbey is the basis of what is now Bristol Cathedral.   
The lands of the Berkeley estate had been granted to Robert Fitzharding by Henry II in 1153 and 
he established the abbey on his land adjacent to Bristol. 
The connection between the Berkeley family and the building continued for centuries.

This was a most informative and engaging talk by an expert on 
the Medieval art, architecture and history of the Cathedral.

The festive spirit at the Castle was enhanced by the mulled wine, mince pies and fruit cake, 
freshly baked by Berkeley WI.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Sunday 18th November
Philip Taubenheim - Antiques Afternoon in the Great Hall

A very interesting and entertaining Friends event.  Philip Taubenheim of Wotton Auction Rooms spoke about his background 
and work as an auctioneer, with stories of various finds, plus developments in the operations 
of auction houses arising from increased use of the internet and a more global reach.

In speaking about some of the interesting objects brought along by Friends, 
Philip provided an insight into what is in fashion and what is now difficult to sell.

More information in February's Berkeley Buttress.

Scrumptious Afternoon Tea in the Long Drawing Room. 
Thank you to Berkeley W.I.
We also had the opportunity to admire the wonderful tapestries which are looking so much better 
as a result of the fundraising activities of the Friends of Berkeley Castle.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Talk by Dr Stuart Prior on the University of Bristol's 
Archaeological Project at Berkeley Castle

The Friends were delighted to welcome back Dr Stuart Prior to update us on
the findings and developments in uncovering the extraordinary history of the area around the Castle.
The project is in its fifteenth year and continues to fascinate.

Dr Prior's specialist areas are Medieval Archaeology, Castle Studies and Archaeological Practice
 and, as ever, his insights were enlightening and entertaining.
A brief report will appear in February 2019's edition of The Berkeley Buttress.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

FoBC at Frampton Country Fair
Sunday 9th September 2018

The Fair was a great success again, without the rain that marred last year's event.
Committee members and Friends helped to man the stand and welcomed a steady stream of visitors,
 some of whom had fun with the chain mail helmet, the Tudor headdress 
and even tried their hand at stringing the longbow.  
An early morning view from the FoBC stand.
                                     Events at the Arena were popular, photos below.  Do come along next year, it is a great day out!

Monday, 10 September 2018

Private FoBC visit to Worcester College, Oxford

on Thursday 6th September.

Hosted by former Fellow and Bursar of the College  

Andrew Jardine,

who was previously Agent of the Berkeley & Spetchley Estates.

Andrew Jardine, together with the Head of Gardens & Grounds Simon Bagnall, 
gave a Members-only group of Friends a fascinating insight into the truly impressive history and 
developments of this significant College, its diverse buildings and its attractive and extensive grounds with award winning gardens.
We admired the beautiful Chapel, strikingly redecorated by William Burgess, and the Hall, 
more recently restored sympathetically to its James Wyatt heritage, 
before seeing other areas and enjoying refreshments in the modern lecture hall.

A full report will appear in the FoBC Berkeley Buttress in February 2019

FoBC Summer Party - Sunday 19th August

Some photos shown below of our annual Summer Party, held this year in the Great Hall.  
The event was hosted by Charles and Daisy Berkeley, ably assisted by daughter Mary 
who helped members of the Friends Committee serve the excellent canap├ęs.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

 The Berkeley Buttress 

Latest edition due shortly.

The editor is currently collating articles and photographs
for the August 2018 edition of FoBC's Berkeley Buttress
and this will be dispatched by the end of August.

Information on the remaining FoBC events taking place in 2018 
will be in the centre pages and look out for
the FoBC Events order form included in the envelope.