Update from the Chairman

Dear Members and Friends

It is some time since I wrote to you all with an update on how things are progressing at Newstead, from the point of view of NAP, so please accept my apologies.

Strange as it may seem, we were due to hold a Trustee meeting on 23 March, the day that lockdown was ordered. Suffice to say the meeting did not take place, but was eventually re-scheduled for July 6th. At this later meeting, we were able to have a catch up on different elements of interest.

As you might expect, there has not been a great deal of actual work accomplished, though this does not mean that things have not been going on behind the scenes.

House Re-Opening

A number of NAP members have been volunteering their time and green skills to help get the gardens into shape and the House ready for opening on August 1st– so many thanks to them.

These are the items that we have been working on or are still planning to organise, though we do not have agreed dates yet.


After more than a year of trying NAP formally became a Registered Charity – 1188392. This will help us with fund raising and give us greater credence with potential sponsors and funders.


The ‘Taster Byronathon’ which was planned for May 2nd was cancelled, which was a great disappointment as David Newport and colleagues had put in a tremendous amount of work in regard to the organisation of the day, the involvement of volunteers, raising new grant funds.

We still want to go ahead with this, and it is really heartening to know that the volunteers want to offer their time, knowledge and experience. We just do not know when we will be able to put this on – possibly later this autumn, or, as is increasingly  likely, spring 2021. We will keep you posted.

West Front

The main works to the West Front have been completed and they look really great. While these  were being  finished off, some remains of an earlier building beneath the front steps were unearthed.  This was a rather exciting discovery, which required further archaeological work to be carried out to understand exactly what was found

Best Regards


Dr Patrick Candler

ChairmanNewstead Abbey Partnership


Following the AGM in September, there are a number of vacancies on the Executive Committee, for which we are inviting any interested person to apply. We are keen to fill all the places as it makes for a stronger Committee, which is then in a better position to act on and promote the work that we wish to undertake.

While we have achieved a great deal in the past six years, there is some fantastic potential to make new activities and ideas happen, and any new Members will be well supported either by the Chairman or Vice Chairman.


The main responsibilities are to manage our revenue budget on a monthly basis, reporting back to our funders, the World Monument Fund, but also to help plan and produce a longer term financial strategy for the Partnership.

Administrator/General Secretary

The main responsibilities of this post are to assist with the overall organisational arrangements from taking minutes at meetings, agenda planning, room bookings, membership management.

Committee Members

There are two Committee places to be filled by anyone who is passionate and enthusiastic to support and take forward the work of the NAP. If you have particular skills and experiences of Committee work, then this would be most helpful.

In terms of time commitment, the Executive Committee currently meets for about two hours a month, usually on a Monday afternoon at the Abbey.

If there are NAP members who would wish for further information or a discussion about any of the vacancies, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Dr Patrick Candler



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