Bishop opens Walsingham garden

Walsingham garden 400CF2015: Around 150 people attended the opening by Jonathan, Bishop of Lynn of a new garden at St Seraphim’s Chapel in Little Walsingham. Tony Rothe reports.

The garden is about a third of an acre, and was used by workers on the nearby railway to grow their fruit and vegetables in between the trains running. The railway closed many years ago and the plot had become very overgrown.
The funds for the materials for the development were raised through the Norfolk Community Foundation, including Sheringham Shoal, Victory Housing and Awards4All. The Community Payback scheme did the main development work over a period of four years.
Walsingham Pilgrim jazz 360CFThe garden will be open to locals, tourists and visitors, and there is also a Railway Heritage display. Groups may use the garden for activities such as painting and similar activities, and there is a volunteer hut with facilities. The garden will also be used by people on pilgrimages and retreats.
To start with, the garden will be open on Wednesdays, with a welcomer in attendance. There are plans to extend this to Saturdays, when manpower permits.
Walsingham garden 369CFJonathan, Bishop of Lynn opened the garden, which is dedicated to the memory of his uncle who founded St Seraphim’s.

Sylvia Batchelor, from the St Seraphim’s Trust, said “The opening day was a great success, and this was made possible by the volunteers involved, in both the gardening beforehand and the work on the day, with food preparation and serving as well as refreshments. Thank you to all the volunteers who enabled the garden opening to be a lovely occasion, which was enhanced by the Pilgrim Jazz Band who set the scene for a relaxing time.”

The event on June 27 raised £500 for the garden fund.
The top picture shows Sylvia with the Bishop of Lynn performing the opening ceremony. Also pictured is the Pilgrim Jazz Band.
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