Auction raises vital funds for monks’ work

CULTURE lovers with an eye for a bargain descended on a Mirfield monastery for a fundraiser last Saturday.

Monks at the Community of the Resurrection, on Stocks Bank Road, held an auction in aid of their work.

Lots included a 19th century oil painting by early French impressionist Maurice Levis.

There were also bronze sculptures of Mercury and Narcissus and an early painting by Holmfirth-based artist Ashley Jackson from the early 1970s.

Other key pieces in a sale of about 400 items included a landscape painting of Ffestiniog in North Wales by Cecil Arthur Hunt.

Three previous auctions raised about £150,000 towards building renovations at the monastery – but the latest is to support the work of the monks.

The Community of the Resurrection provides religious teaching and is also a place of retreat.

Many of the items came from the monastery after a clearout of storage rooms and cupboards.

Silverware, stamps, coins, medals and even a canteen-sized steamer were found.

Organiser Fr John Gribben said: “There was something for all budgets – things that are useful and things that are beautiful.”

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