Malmesbury Abbey prepares for return of popular Skate Festival
Hundreds of young people are expected to flock to the fifth Malmesbury Abbey Skate Festival during the February half-term break ...
Hundreds of young people are expected to flock to the fifth Malmesbury Abbey Skate Festival during the February half-term break.
The 12th century Benedictine Abbey will be transformed into a 21st century skatepark with ramps, quarter-pipes, grinding boards and trick boxes that have proved so popular since 2009. There will also be a programme of live music from a range of local young singers, musicians and bands.
The skatepark is run by Abbey volunteers in partnership with the national Christian Surfers and Christian Skaters UK organisation.
Rev Neill Archer, the vicar of Malmesbury Abbey, said he was looking forward to this year’s event. “The skatepark is evolving every year and involving more and more young people in providing what is a great event for our community, working in partnership with Christian Surfers and Skaters UK.
“At the heart of the event is the message to the young people of Malmesbury that the Abbey is as much a building for them as it is for everyone, and that God and the church community loves them.”
Phil Williams, national director of Christian Skaters added: ”It's a fantastic opportunity to partner with Malmesbury Abbey, and to provide a great facility to practically serve the communities of skateboarding that do not normally enter a church building. Every year lives are changed as a result of the event, and the Gospel is shared in numerous ways.”
The Malmesbury Abbey Skate Festival runs from 13-15 February 2013. Online bookings are now open. Details from www.christiansurfers.co.uk