Skin Creams and balms from the Abbey offered at reduced price


A LOCKDOWN surplus in production of organic beewsax skin and lip creams made by Benedictine monks in their monastery at Chilworth, near Guildford in Surrey is being offered to the public to try at a reduced price of buy two, get one free (plus postage and packing) whilst stocks last.

In addition to a life of prayer and contemplation, the Benedictine monks at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth – five miles from Guildford – amongst other activities, make and sell their own lip balms and skin creams from beeswax as well as a popular furniture polish.

Organic beeswax lip balms (each 25 ml) come in natural, aniseed & lemon, orange, lemon, peppermint and aniseed flavours and cost £3.95 each. Buy two and get one free.

Organic beeswax skin creams (each 50ml) come in coconut, honey & rose, natural, lavendar and vanilla and cost £7.95 each. Buy two and get one free.

Organic beeswax furniture polish (each 100ml) cost £3.95 each. Buy two and get one free.

Postage (second class) and packing is usually £3.00 for three items, more for further items.

All are now being offered to the public to buy by mail order at a reduced price for readers of this publication ordering on the Abbey’s website from 15 June until 30 September 2020. Please quote this publication.

“Monks making skin products might seem like a strange combination,” says the Benedictine monk who oversees production Fr John Seddon OSB, “but historically monasteries have made and sold items to help them sustain themselves whilst the production process can also be unusually prayerful. This is what we do at Chilworth and we now find that we have an oversupply of products thanks to Lockdown and we want to offer our products for the public to try, subject to availability.

“Once Lockdown is over, the Abbey Church at St Augustine’s Abbey in Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth is open 365 days a year to all members of the public of faith and none and the monks are keen to welcome everyone to pray with us here,” Fr John added.

Meanwhile, any shops or outlets wanting to sell the monks’ products are very welcome to get in touch.

For more information about St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth and this offer, visit the online shop at or email Fr John at

Abbey Catholicism talks cancelled, but transferring on line…

Dear Friends,

Given the current situation and to keep the momentum of our learning moving it occurred to me yesterday that I could encourage this by sending out the notes for the final three Bishop Barron episodes which have been postponed, with links to the accompanying films on Youtube. After some brief research the following films seem to be available. They have, I think, Chinese subtitles linked with English subtitles, but are none the worse for that! You may be able to find better ones.

Episode 8

Episode 9

Episode 10

Hope you find this helpful.

God bless,

Fr John.

Find yourself at St Augustine’s Abbey Chilworth – open every day

Find yourself at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth

All are welcome, as always, to this Catholic Benedictine monastery, a place of prayer and tranquility that’s open to the public every day of the year:

– Mass Mondays to Saturdays 9am, Sundays 10am
– Divine Office seven times daily
– Weekly ecumenical lay meditation group: Wednesdays 7.30pm-8.15pm
– Become a monk with us? We welcome enquiries………

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