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Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture

Details of an annual lecture given in Keble Chapel and Westminster Abbey in memory of Eric Abbott, former Warden Of Keble College.

Portrait in the National Portrait Gallery in London.Eric Abbott, although a Cambridge man (he coxed the Jesus first eight) was Warden of Keble College between 1956 and 1959 before becoming Dean of Westminster between 1959 and 1974. Previously he had been Dean at King's College, London (1945-55), and Chaplain to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. Abbott died in 1983 and was buried in the nave of Westminster Abbey.  A memorial trust was endowed by his friends to provide for an annual lecture on spirituality. The lecture is given in both the Abbey and Keble. Recent lecturers have included The Revd Dr Samuel Wells, Dame Professor Averil Cameron, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby, the Revd. Nicholas Holtam, the Very Revd. Vivienne Faull, Fr Timothy Radcliffe, the Revd. Mark Oakley and the Revd Dr Jane Shaw. The text of recent lectures can be viewed on the Westminster Abbey website.


The 2016 Lecture, entitled 'The Sacred, the Profane, and the Desecrated' was given by Professor Roger Scruton, writer and philosopher. This lecture took place on Friday 27 May at 5.30pm in Keble College Chapel.

In 2015, the lecture was given by
The Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James, Piccadilly, London. The Lecture took place at Keble on Friday 22 May at 5.30pm in Keble College Chapel.

Our Services in Term
(all services finish in time for dinner in Hall)

Sundays:
Sung Eucharist at 5.30pm with Keble College Chapel Choir

Mondays-Fridays:
Morning Prayer at 8.15am

Eucharist at 12.15pm (Wednesday) and 6.30pm (Tuesday and Thursday)

Evensong with Keble College Chapel Choir at 6pm (Wednesday)

Evening Prayer at 6.30pm (Monday and Friday)

Sung Compline at 9.00pm (Thursdays only)