initial delegation travelled to Patmos from Glastonbury at the end
of May 2008. The Glastonbury group was led by Zoé and she
was accompanied by Councillor Bill Knight; Kay Strain; Barry, Rosemary
and Iona Clive. The Chairman of Mendip District Council and Deputy
Mayor of Glastonbury, Edward James, and his wife Jane James, were
surely the stars of the visit – Edward’s family own
Weary All Hill, and are therefore custodians of the Holy Thorn.
Jane had brought with her three sprigs, still flowering from Easter,
of this holy symbol: one for the Abbot of Patmos, one for the Mayor
of Patmos and one for Father Martinianos. Edward presented the Mayor
of Patmos with a copy of the Glastonbury Town Seal. Documents in
Greek and English inviting the Patmos dignitaries to a formal Civic
Ceremony in Glastonbury in September 2009 were duly signed and exchanged.