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April 27th tea time organ recital by Jonathan Adkins

This organ recital will start at 3pm.  Entry is free to all.  It will be financed from an organ fund made possible by a generous donation by the Rycroft family. The Rycroft Organ Fund allows us to put on regular free organ recitals in the Abbey. We hope you will be able to take advantage of this chance to hear the Abbey organ brought to life and to spend time with friends and strangers over tea and cakes afterwards.

On this occasion, one of Tetbury’s sons, Jonathan Adkins, once Organ Scholar and now Organist and Choirmaster of St Mary’s Tetbury will be crossing the border to give the recital for MAMS with music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Howells & Rutter. This got me thinking about

The Ingleburn Divide

I live in Tetbury but spend a lot of time in Malmesbury- as secretary of Malmesbury Abbey Music Society and chorister in the Abbey choir. I wonder if anyone else is fascinated by the relationship between Tetbury and Malmesbury- so close and yet so divided.

The two towns are linked by a tributary of the Bristol Avon (the Ingleburn or Tetbury Avon) which rises at Wor Well to the north east of Tetbury in the Cotswold Hills. It flows (or rather trickles as water is extracted for domestic use at source) through Preston Park and Tetbury Rail Lands and is joined by Cutwell Brook near the water treatment works (there was once a dye works down there I believe, no doubt because of the availability of water.) The tributary then continues on via Estcourt Park to skirt the town of Malmesbury, flowing below the Abbey escarpment and joining the Bristol Avon just north of Malmesbury Bowls Club.

The Ingleburn also once divided us – Tetbury sitting in the Kingdom of Mercia to the north and Malmesbury in the Kingdom of Wessex to the south. In the 800s, anything beyond Tetbury’s Wiltshire Bridge was in Wessex! Now we are frontier towns of two different counties and our parishes lie in different diocese.

We’d love to hear any stories you have about all this, maybe at the organ recital where natives of the two towns can mingle over tea.

Anne Cox

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