World Qi Gong Day

Twenty five people celebrated Word Qi Gong Day on 14th September with an hour long Qi Gong session in Gisborough Priory. Thanks go to John and Dorothy Poole for leading and organising the session.

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Fungi, fruit and flowers

Photos of some of the fruits of late summer now appearing in the woodland gardens.

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Help raise funds when you shop online

Gisborough Priory Project will receive a payment from #easyfundraising if we raise £15 or more in donations by 30th September! You can help us hit this target by remembering to use #easyfundraising EVERY time you shop online. 4,000 shops and sites will donate, so you can support us no matter what you’re buying – at no extra cost to you. If you find that you forget to raise donations, get the Donation Reminder. This will give you handy alerts every time a donation is available! Visit:

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Tai chi

The sun shone on the 70 people who took part in the first tai chi session in the priory this year. This gentle exercise session, suitable for all ages was expertly led by John and Dorothy Poole. There will be further free sessions on 15 and 22 August, 10.15am to 11.15am. There is no need to book – just turn up and join in.

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Butterflies galore

There are clouds of butterflies feasting on the plants in the priory, especially the buddleia. Why not come and see for yourself. You could also take part in the Big Butterfly Count – find out more at where you can also download a handy butterfly chart to help you identify the butterflies that you see.

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Over 300 visitors came along and enjoyed varied activities. Many people brought picnics and stayed for the whole day. And they came with bears of all shapes and sizes, and other beloved toys. With music from the Cleveland Ukelele Band, the Teddy zip wire and children’s activities and stories, there was a lovely atmosphere. Some children made teddy bear hats for themselves and their teddies while others added pieces to the 900th anniversary mosaic that is being created.

A grand total of £275 was raised on the day. A huge thank you goes to all those people who came and worked so hard during the day and to those who donated plants or baking to our refreshment table. A big thank you too to volunteers from Sainsbury’s who came along to help and also donated baking. 

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Bible coming back

A medieval bible that was given to Gisborough Priory after the devastating fire of 1289 destroyed the priory’s books and other treasures will be displayed in Guisborough later this year as part of the 900th anniversary celebrations.

The bible is being kindly loaned by St John’s College, Cambridge. It will be displayed in Guisborough Library from 26th September to 29th October. Guisborough Library opening hours may be found here.

Grotesque from MS C.24, a Bible from the Priory of Guisborough, Yorkshire (13th-14th century).
© The Master and Fellows of St John’s College Cambridge

Further details of this exciting development will be publicised as they are known.

Find out more about the Gisburne bible here.

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