Many of you will recall that at our last Strategic Annual Meeting (I’m using the new diocesan terminology as previously we would have talked about our annual parochial meeting) we discussed developing the Garden of the Resurrection so that we might make fuller use of the space provided there. In fact, in the past year, some of the plants died and we have been made aware that in the ‘tomb area’ there are some lose rocks and, in fact, the low rock walls are a safety hazard.
The parish council is determined to improve the look of the place so that it is a fitting place for the ashes of loved ones, but also a useful space for parish activities. We have had some plans drawn up and some of you have seen them – not that they were a secret, but we shall make them available for a couple of Sundays for you to familiarise yourselves again with them.
We shall take some space from the vicarage garden and so create a larger garden for the parish. The early part of the development will consist of removing that which is past its use-by date. Then we shall be able to imagine how the space might more fully be utilised and so confirm the plans drawn up.
The parish council wishes to maintain the traditional purpose of the garden as a resting place for loved ones, but also to create a space for adults to relax outside of the building and provide an area where children can play. As you all know sometimes parents get hurried along by their children after church and yet we want people to ‘hang around’. We plan to have some areas where children will be happy to spend time together whilst they wait for mum and dad.
Anticipate the work commencing soon. Imagine the improved spaces. Encourage the members of the parish council to get on with the work.