Lee Abbey Knowle West celebrates silver anniversary

Lee Abbey Knowle West members moving into the former convent on Filwood Broadway.

The Lee Abbey community in Knowle West will be celebrating its 25th birthday in April – with a free event for the community attended by the Bishop of Bristol.

The silver anniversary celebration with Knowle West Churches Together will take place on Saturday 22 April at Filwood Community Centre – where there will be an opportunity to meet past and present community members.

Lee Abbey Knowle West opened in April 1992 at 97 Lisburn Road, after a formal invitation from the churches in Knowle West. In December 2015 the community moved to the convent at Filwood Broadway when the Sisters of Charity left the estate.

The former convent is now called Lee Abbey House and there are currently five adult residential community members and two children.

Pioneer Leader for Lee Abbey Knowle West, Ed Palairet said: “Twenty-five years is a significant milestone for us and last year’s purchase of the former convent shows our intention to continue to invest time, energy and prayer into our neighbourhood. This is why during 2017 we will also be recruiting additional community members.”

The event will take place Saturday 22 April at Filwood Community Centre in Barnstaple Road from 2-4pm.