All welcome to - Imbolc 2019
Saturday 2nd February 10.30am start. Bective Mill. Aiming to finish 3pm-ish.
More details coming soon.
Info as of 4 December 2018
In the heart of the Boyne valley, Monday evening meditations are held in the renovated and refurbished Bective Mill. The Mill stands next to the Bed and Breakfast house. There is a toilet, facilities for making drinks and heaters keep it warm in the winter. Off the Navan - Trim road take the turning to the Mill just before the bridge over the River Boyne. There is adequate parking at the Mill.
There are records of a Mill being in the area since the heyday of the Abbey, but the history is a bit clouded in mystery. Bective Abbey, sited on a gentle rise above the River Boyne, was established by the Cistercians in 1147. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary it's walls are mainly intact, with beautiful cloisters and other rooms to explore. Recent archaeological excavations have revealed extensive monastic gardens and further buildings probably used by the monks and lay brothers.
The Cistercians owned many granges (farms) and were commercially successful in managing the landscape. Based in France they searched for noble patrons and prime farmland. At Bective they found rich lush pastureland and Murchadh O Melaghlin, King of Meath, and at his invitation they moved into the area and took over the local farms, then employing the owners in the service of the monastery. Austere and requiring strict conformance to the Rules of St. Benedict, their observance included manual work and agricultural labour in the fields of the Abbey. In 1536 Bective was dissolved on the orders of Henry VIII and the community dispersed to live with the locals.
Despite having been restrained in the energy of this powerful management by Christian monks many find a peaceful atmosphere and calmness in the semi- ruined buildings.
There is a small car park and information boards at the Abbey site.