Bishop to sail to annual Broadland service
2016: The Rt Rev Graham James, Abbot of St Benet’s and Bishop of Norwich will arrive by boat on Sunday August 7 for the annual service at St Benet’s Abbey near Ludham on the Norfolk Broads, and all are welcome to come along. Tony Rothe reports.
The service starts at 3.30pm, and the bishop, who will be preaching at the service, is expected to arrive and leave by boat on the River Bure, as is his custom each year.
Bishop Graham said "St Benet's Abbey was one of the great centres of Christian life in Norfolk until the Reformation. The site is an oasis of peace even now, and on the first Sunday in August we worship in the open air, witnessing to the enduring love of Christ and to the unity of Christians.
This annual ecumenical event provides a special way of honouring a holy place and continuing the Christian witness on the Broads in our own generation."
The Abbey of St Benet at Holme was the only Norfolk monastery founded in the Anglo-Saxon period which continued in use throughout the Middle Ages but was largely abandoned after the closure of the monastery in the 1530s, because of its inaccessible location. The only remaining buildings are the gatehouse and the wind pump later built onto it. The surviving ruins and earthwork remains however, show how the site was laid out, and much important evidence remains below the ground.
The abbey can be reached by road by leaving the A1062 at Johnson Street in Ludham, and following signposts to St Benet’s. Only cars carrying disabled people will be allowed on the abbey site. Public parking will be in adjacent fields and therefore on uneven surfaces.
Visitors may arrive by boat – the abbey is on the River Bure, just downstream from the mouth of the Ant.
For more info, contact the convener of the Brothers of St Benets on 01692 630244
The image of the Bishop of Norwich arriving by wherry at the 2015 service is taken from the Churches Together on the Broads website.
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