Actor Sir Patrick Stewart donates costume to help home town’s monastery

PLAY SUIT: Father Dennis Berk with the costume worn by Sir Patrick Stewart during an RSC production of Hamlet.
PLAY SUIT: Father Dennis Berk with the costume worn by Sir Patrick Stewart during an RSC production of Hamlet.
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Hollywood actor Sir Patrick Stewart has sprinkled some showbiz stardust on a Yorkshire monastery’s fundraising efforts.

Sir Patrick has donated a dinner suit he wore in a TV production of Hamlet to Mirfield’s Community of the Resurrection.

The Community is one of only a few working Anglican monasteries left in the country.

It is holding a grand auction next month in aid of its appeal to raise funds for the refurbishment of its 19-acre site.

And Mirfield-born Sir Patrick’s suit will be one of the lots at at the event, taking place on Saturday, November 10.

The Star Trek: The Next Generation actor has long-standing links with the monastery, having performed as a boy in the open-air Quarry Theatre in its grounds.

Appeal administrator Adele Hannah said: “Sir Patrick has always wanted to do something to help us. He wanted to perform here again, but it’s hard to find time in his schedule.

“Donating the costume is his way of raising money for the community.”

Other items due to go under the hammer in the auction include:

* A collection of rare photographs of Queen Victoria’s family;

* A sword dating back to the 1450s;

* Jewellery worn by a lady-in-waiting for Princess Charlotte of Wales’s wedding in 1816.

The monastery’s Father John Gribben said: “We have been a feature of the Yorkshire landscape for more than 100 years and ... a lot of people find the work that we do helpful.

“There will be something for everyone at the auction, especially if you are a collector.”

Another auction last year raised more than £60,000 for the appeal.

Father Gribben said: “We have no particular target figure for this year’s auction but if we managed £40,000 it would be nice to say we hit £100,000 over two years.”

People interested in donating items for inclusion in the auction are asked to ring 01924 483308.

The event will take place at the monastery itself, which is on Stocks Bank Road.

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