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Private Tour of the Postal Museum

In September, Patrons of Fulham Palace ventured to The Postal Museum to learn about the postal system which has been an essential part of British Society for over five centuries. An enthusiastic tour guide showed the group around the interesting displays which ranged from horse-drawn carriages for transporting post , to a near complete sheet of The Penny Black which was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp . It is thought that the sheet of stamps is one of the only ones left in existence and although priceless, it is worth an incredible £10 million! After the tour, the group took a journey on the Mail Rail which showed part of the underground postal route through London – not a journey for the faint hearted or the Development Officer!

The Chair’s Summer Garden Party

This year’s Chair’s Summer Garden Party took place on Wednesday 27th June. It was a momentous occasion as it was hosted by the first female Bishop of London The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Dame Sarah Mullally and our new Fulham Palace Trust Chair, Mariana Spater. The weather was gloriously sunny and warm which emphasised the beauty of the Walled Garden which was in full bloom. There was a great turn out and even Edmund, the Palace cat, joined in the celebrations. During the speeches, Mariana announced the new fundraising target of £70,000 needed to complete our current restoration project, ‘Discovering the Bishop of London’s Palace at Fulham’. During the Bishop’s speech, the 2018 Bishop Compton Medal was awarded to Christopher Andreae and Sibylla Jane Flower for their significant fundraising contribution to Fulham Palace.

Photography Credit: Matthew Bruce

Private Tour of Westminster Abbey

On Monday 23rd April, Patrons attended a special private tour of the architectural masterpiece that is Westminster Abbey. The group were privileged to explore the unique setting used for every Coronation since 1066 and for numerous other royal occasions, including sixteen royal weddings. The tour took in the Abbey in all its splendour and marveled at the cosmatic floor of marble and the semi-precious stone and glass of the Chapel where St. Edward’s shrine stands behind the high altar. After the tour, we were privileged enough to have the chance to sit in the pews for evensong and listen to the choir fill the Abbey with their angelic voices. As we left the Abbey, the bells rung out to announce the birth of Prince Louis but it felt like they were ringing especially for our departure!

Photography Credit: © Dean and Chapter of Westminster

Patrons’ Christmas Party

Patrons – new and long-standing – braved the cold weather to join in the festive cheer at the Patrons’ Christmas Party on Monday 11 December. Guests were welcomed with music by The Tooting Broads who continued to play during the intimate drinks reception. Mariana Spater, Chair of Fulham Palace Trust summarised the highlights of the year in her speech and the evening ended with a beautiful musical performance by three of the Scholars from All Saints Church, including a very talented young pianist. Thank you to everyone who attended this enjoyable evening.

Photography Credit: Louise Turnball

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