Selby 950

Selby 950 is a celebration of the 950th anniversary of the Abbey’s foundation and the integral role it plays in Selby’s history. As well as celebrating Selby Abbey, it will also be a celebration of other key aspects of the town’s heritage.

Selby 950 has broad programme of activities planned throughout 2019 – much of which is still under wraps but as each element is finalised further details will unfold in the coming months, so watch this space or search for Selby 950 on the Welcome to Yorkshire website: www.yorkshire.com

The wide variety of church and community events will include a bell peal, a living history day, fun days, bands in the park, dramatic presentations, singing festivals, exhibitions and much more. Among the highlights will be a carnival style parade to mark the Feast Day of the Abbey’s patron saint with music and movement, art and crafts on display to welcome to newly commissioned icon of St Germain; plus a light festival towards the end of the year when the Abbey will be illuminated over three evenings with a light work that will tell the story of the journey of a shining figure across land and water to the Abbey.

Community collaboration will be the essence of Selby 950 with churches, Town and District Councils, schools and colleges, businesses, local charities, the library, the Civic Society and a whole host of creative individuals involved. If you are interested in joining in, contact Jennie Lowthian (Tourism Development Officer at Selby District Council) via jlowthian@selby.gov.uk 

Christina Gabbitas, a local children’s author, has also launched a poetry competition for children aged 7-14 to ‘pen a poem about Selby Abbey’. See www.selbycrf.com for more information about this or about the Children’s Literature Festival being held at the Abbey from 27-30th March 2019.

Some Fixed Dates so far (all in the Abbey unless otherwise indicated):

30th March – Bell Peal to mark the date the Abbey Tower collapsed in 1690

12th April  – The Battle of Selby a talk by Thomas Zugic at Selby Library

14th April -Choral Service featuring hymns & music from the Royal Maundy Service of 1969 with the Abbey Choir

2nd May – Tour de Yorkshire Stage One finish

3rd May – Historical Fiction Evening inc. Sharon Bennet Connolly on Henry 1’s mother, Matilda at Selby Library

5th May – Celebration of those Baptised or Confirmed at the Abbey – service and display of photos

25th May – Vigil Mass for St Mary’s Carlton and Selby Catholic Churches

26th May – Brass Band Concert & Children’s Entertainer in Selby Park

10th June – Children’s Tudor Event at Selby Library

23rd June – Brass Band Concert & Children’s Entertainer in Selby Park

4th July – Selby Sings Concert including a Song for Selby

13th July  – Selby Hands of Hope Charity Dinner and Dance

21th July – Brass Band Concert & Children’s Entertainer in Selby Park

31st July – St Germain Parade and Living History Day

4th Aug – St Germain Festival Service

10th Aug – Celebration of those Married at the Abbey – service and display of photos

15th Aug – Community Tea Party

19-24th Aug – History Festival at Selby Library

25th Aug – Brass Band Concert & Children’s Entertainer in Selby Park

6th Sept – Classical Concert with Manchester Camerata, pianist Benjamin Frith and the Abbey Organ

15th Sept – 950 Festival Service and ‘5950’ Celebration Bell Peal

6th Oct – Yorkshire Agricultural Society Harvest Festival

17th Oct  – 950 Years of Selby Abbey a meeting with Selby Civic Society in Portholme Church

24th Oct   – Access our Archives Evening at Selby Library

21 Nov  – 1969 Festival a presentation including films with Selby Civic Society in Portholme Church

22–24 Nov – Selby Abbey 950 Illuminations

7th Dec   – Handel’s Messiah with the Harrogate Choral Society

20th Dec – Mayor of Selby’s Christmas Concert with the Carlton Main Colliery Band