The Friends of St. Andrew's Bemerton

George Herbert Festival

Thursday 10th - Sunday 13th July

We were delighted that the Festival achieved over 2000 bookings, representing more than 75% of the total available. And from the Garden Party on the Thursday afternoon to the Festival Eucharist on the Sunday morning we were blessed with gloriously fine weather. The scope and scale of our programme, the venues for the events and the level of organisation all attracted favourable comment from those who attended.

'Gladnesse of the Best'

Our commemorative booklet, entitled 'Gladnesse of the Best', was launched at Sarum College on 6th December. The booklet's 64 pages include contributions from some of those who spoke at the Festival, including Rowan Williams, together with comments from people who attended and lots of photographs. Here is a sample of a couple of pages from the booklet.

Please see our booklet webpage for further details and how to order. Those who have already pre-ordered copies of the booklet will be receiving them in the next few days

Festival Picture Gallery

To remind those who came to the Festival of its four sunny eventful days, and to show everyone else a little of what they missed, here are 3 pages of pictures taken at the various events. Most of the photographs were taken for us by members of the Salisbury Camera Club, for which we are most grateful.

What Next?

It was never our intention to create an annual event, and so it is most unlikely that the Festival will be repeated in 2015 or indeed for the next few years. However the knowledge and experience we have gained this year will be carefully recorded and preserved for possible use in the future.

Any comments or questions?

The organisers would be delighted to receive any feedback or answer any questions arising out of the Festival. Send an email to


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