Speaker Meeting 9th May 2016
Les Barnard - The merits of Dale Abbey

On Monday 9th May the members of the Rotary Club of Church Wilne had the pleasure of hearing from Les Barnard about the history and merits of Dale Abbey.

Dale Abbey was originally known as Deep Dale and was a pretty dale in part of the Sherwood Forest which stretched from Derby in the west to Newark in the east and right up to York.

In the talk Les went back to AD312 and said Deep Dale is part of our heritage and he felt it was something rather special and with a soul. He spoke about the tranquillity within the woods and spoke in detail about the very first Hermit inhabitant.

The Hermit Cave in Dale Abbey

The intention to build a monastery at Dale Abbey was taken on by a group from Melbourne and after 30 years, when they lived off the fat of the land, it had not been completed but the local livestock was almost depleted. However the Abbey was eventually built with stone taken from Quarry Hill, Ilkeston.

The arch still stands proud

The tower was 92 feet high and the arch 17 feet high. The 6 bells weighed almost 2.5 tonnes.

Les finished his informative talk by reciting a poem which he dedicated to the soul of Dale Abbey.

The Club's vote of thanks was given by Steve Street, who is a resident in Dale Abbey, and he said he had not realised there was so much history within the area and thanked Les for a most enjoyable talk.

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings and the main activities organised by our club please contact Rotarian John Astell at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne

18th April 2016


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