JUST OVER two weeks after opening its doors the Ampleforth Visitor Centre has already welcomed its 1,000th visitor.
Mr J Gray, from Cramlington, north of Newcastleupon-Tyne, had travelled down to Ampleforth with his wife to pay their respects to Bishop Ambrose Griffiths OSB, the former Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle and Abbot of Ampleforth, who died in June and is buried at Ampleforth Abbey.
Mr Gray and his wife turned out to be VIPs for the day as he became the centre’s 1,000th visitor. He was presented with a commemorative scroll and a special gift from the Abbey shop, a CD Visions of Peace.
The Ampleforth Visitor Centre opened on July 16 and is open every day from 10 am to 4.30pm, with no entrance fee. It is open on Sundays from 11 am to 4pm.
Display panels throughout three rooms tell the history of Ampleforth and provide many insights into the day-to-day life of the monks and the Ampleforth Abbey.
There are interactive panels, quizzes and activities for children, including a mouse hunt.
For more information about Ampleforth College or Abbey, visit Ampleforth.org.uk.