Just a quick reminder that it is Forest Church on Sunday, 3pm @Shrawardine! We do hope to see you there. The forecast is hot, but our location has lots of shade, so there will be respite from the sunshine for those who want it.
Most of us will park at the Castle Mound and then meet at the church ready to walk down the lane to Dolly’s Gate. As you head into Shrawardine (SY4 1AH), there will be a gate on the left with a sign by it- park there, and then it’s a walk across the Millenium Green to reach the church. For those with limited mobility, drive up to the church, and then someone will direct you to a closer option.
After an introduction to the site and opening prayer, we will be free to explore. There will be information about Dolly Newcombe available- she is remembered in the church with a rare Maiden’s Heart (recently restored), and lived at this site in Shrawardine over 270 years ago. There will also be various activities- mostly linked to apples as the apple harvest is upon us! Apple fondue, apple printing, apple spiralizing… Because the site has a lots of different species of trees, there will also be a tree-identification quiz. We’ll have magnifying glasses available for investigating minibeasts, and we’ll also have a teddy hide-and-seek for little ones.
At around 4pm we will have our brief service, in which we will dedicate the new gate to Dolly’s memory.
Please do bring some picnic tea and a chair or rug. I’ll make sure we’ve plenty of cold drinks available!
As ever, caregivers remain responsible for their children at all times, and please be aware that there is some uneven ground and wild areas with nettles etc. On this occasion dogs are not permitted (unless they are guide dogs).