Personality lunches at Belle House Pershore
31 May 2011 Sir Michael Perry Three Choirs Festival 2011
20 October 2011 Richard Webb The Lieutenancy
13 May 2012 Cecil Duckworth Worcester Warrior
25 October 2012 Alison Brimelow Being right is not enough
23 May 2013 Peter Surman The future of farming is bright
24 October 2013 Nigel Goodman Reminiscences of Eton
Annual Memorial Lecture in The Abbey
13 June 2014 Duncan Cadbury Quakers and the Industrial Revolution
12 June 2015 Lord Digby Jones (Broadly) Military Battles and Business
03 June 2016 Penny Hamilton Islam Today
On 3rd June a packed Pershore Abbey was gripped by a lecture on “Islam Today”, given for the Friends of Pershore Abbey recently by a leading Middle East authority Penny Hamilton.
For 25 years, Mrs. Hamilton lived in the region, mostly in Saudi Arabia, with her husband Michael who was killed by Al Qaeda terrorists in May 2004 during what became known as the Al Khobar massacre. Her knowledge of Islam, the Arab people and their lands is extensive and she gave her audience a clear briefing on the history and current situation.
Amongst the “Friends Memorial Lecture” audience was Sir Michael Perry, President of the Friends of Pershore Abbey, who was impressed by Penny Hamilton’s unbiased and balanced approach. She believes that a resolution to today’s tensions may lie in a greater understanding and dialogue between Islam and other faiths.
The event raised funds for the Friends of Pershore Abbey which was established in 1931 to preserve, maintain and improve the ancient building.
Photo shows Sir Michael Perry, Revd. Claire Lording (Priest in Charge of Pershore Abbey), Lady Perry and Penny Hamilton, the speaker.