Fundraising Initiatives

History of fundraising events


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

Islamic Briefing at Pershore Abbey


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.