Celebrating St Aldhelm

On 20 May, Sherborne Abbey was buzzing with celebrations as many gathered to celebrate St Aldhelm, the first Bishop of Sherborne, ahead of his feast day on 25 May. 

As Bishop, St Aldhelm was revered as one of the most learned teachers of the 7th century. As a popular poet, he also wrote over a hundred riddles of his own invention which served as models for the Saxon writers that followed. 

Bishop Karen, the current Bishop of Sherborne, was present at the event, spending a joyful day celebrating St Aldhelm with churches and young people across Wessex. 

Whilst she didn’t quite have the riddles of St Aldhelm, she certainly showed some tricks of her own and displayed her talent of plate spinning during the celebration service! 

Revd Jenny Nelson, Assistant Curate of the Three Valleys Benefice, tweeted: “A brilliant day with many inspired to gather and follow St Aldhelm! Much rejoicing… St Aldhelm remembered and celebrated.” 

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