Archbishop gives blessing to event

The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby will be a special guest at Lydiard Park

The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby will be a special guest at Lydiard Park

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @SwindonAdver007

THE Archbishop of Canterbury will give his blessing to Lydiard Park’s Heritage Open Days when he visits the park in September.

The Most Rev Justin Welby will be visiting the Swindon Council-owned park on Saturday, September 13, as part of a three-day visit to the Diocese of Bristol, and will cut a ribbon to officially announce the start of Heritage Open days.

The Archbishop will be at the historic stately home after meeting for breakfast and prayer with clergy and church leaders from Swindon Churches Together, an ecumenical group of churches which work together across the town.

Heritage Open Days is a national annual event celebrating England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee.

Lydiard House and its Walled Garden will be open between 11am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14.

Next to Lydiard House, St Mary’s Church will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday.

Outside, the Georgian ornamental fruit and flower Walled Garden will also be open to visitors free of charge.

The Archbishop will be starting a sponsored walk and bike ride outside St Mary’s Church at 10am as part of the Ride+Stride National Churches Trust initiative, in which people from all over the country walk or cycle between churches from Cornwall to Northumberland.

The money they raise helps to preserve some of Britain’s 47,000 churches, chapels and meeting houses that are at risk of falling into serious disrepair.

The Bishop of Swindon, the Rt Rev Dr Lee Rayfield, said: “Everyone across the Diocese is excited about the forthcoming visit of Archbishop Justin Welby and I know from conversations with him that he is really looking forward to meeting people in our local churches and communities.”

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8:46am Fri 1 Aug 14

PaulD says...

stop beleiving in fairies and grow up
stop beleiving in fairies and grow up PaulD
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11:13am Fri 1 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

PaulD wrote:
stop beleiving in fairies and grow up
When there is so much money to be made in all the various "belief" systems you can hardly blame them.

The catholic church even had to set up their own state and bank in Vatican City so they could hide their obscene wealth from the rest of the world. I still hate their hypocrisy though, condemning all the paedophile priests while continuing to have the age of consent in Vatican City at 12! (Google it if you don't believe me!).

In so many ways religion does more harm than good and you don't have to have a religion to be a nice caring loving person, that comes from inside rather than from some ancient fairy story. book.
[quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: stop beleiving in fairies and grow up[/p][/quote]When there is so much money to be made in all the various "belief" systems you can hardly blame them. The catholic church even had to set up their own state and bank in Vatican City so they could hide their obscene wealth from the rest of the world. I still hate their hypocrisy though, condemning all the paedophile priests while continuing to have the age of consent in Vatican City at 12! (Google it if you don't believe me!). In so many ways religion does more harm than good and you don't have to have a religion to be a nice caring loving person, that comes from inside rather than from some ancient fairy story. book. house on the hill
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