The Beaterio opened in 1788 to provide free care and education for those in need. Today, this takes the form of a hospice for the elderly, and a school with boarding facilities for kids who don't have a stable home life, both run by a small but energetic group of nuns and volunteers. There is also a delightful chapel and a walled garden with spectacular views over the town and the surrounding countryside.
Last Friday we attended a concert there to raise funds for a well to provide clean water and irrigation for a village in Kenya, part of a project undertaken by three Kenyan nuns currently staying at the Beaterio. It was a great chance to take a peek round the building and the grounds, and enjoy a highly entertaining evening of local talent. I managed to park myself in the front row with my camera, and record some of the highlights: please forgive the occasional wobble, but hopefully it gives an indication of the wonderful atmosphere!