Benedictine monks welcomed back to Abbey

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IT has been nearly 500 years since Henry VIII banished monks from Bradwell Abbey in one of the biggest land grabs in history.

But thanks to the MK City Discovery Centre and the talents of woodcarver Dick Tilley, Benedictine monks are finally back on site.

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Mayor Alan Richards officially welcomed three new statues back to their spiritual home at Sunday’s annual Medieval Family Fun day held at Bradwell Abbey.

This year’s event attracted record crowds, with visitors enjoying archery, crafts, medieval weaponry and falconry.

The Parks Trust donated local oak for the statues, and Dick created the characters using a mixture of chainsaws and traditional techniques.

“We had so many visitors we ran out of cake in the tea room!” said Discovery Centre director Henk van Aswegen. “But it was great to see so many families out and about, enjoying Milton Keynes’ heritage.”