Tuesday, 12 February 2008

The Vicarage Garden Centre, Carrington.

This last weekend was a busy one. A projected meeting in York with a Churchman was cancelled until after Easter, by which time I had already realised that I would be unable to attend the Society of Mary Lenten Devotion at Holy Family Failsworth whether I went or not, as this cancellation gave me the ability to do some pressing work elsewhere. I am told that it was a good day, however, but I do not think there will be any pictures to share, unless any of our readers have taken any?

When I started this blog, one of my intentions was to seek out the unusual, unexpected, beautiful and peculiar. You can all make up your own minds which of those words best describes the two souls who have joined me in the meantime as co contributors to this team effort, but this last weekend, I found something quite unexpected and, I think, worthy of all those appellations.

Carrington is, mainly, a very large refinery on the edge of Manchester. It is not a beautiful place and not many people live there. In the centre of the industrial zone, however, is an old Church (see above) and vicarage. The vicarage is in the hands of a Christian Community of men and women who live collectively and who believe that we are living in the end times. Their worship is 'Spirit filled' and reflects just that. To fund their lifestyle, I suppose, they have built a garden centre selling plants and whatnot, but the truly extraordinary thing which they have created is a sublime garden. full of goats, rabbits, winding paths, ponds and rustic bridges it is testament to an extraordinary amount of hard work and a clear vision. Now, I do not know if we are living in the end times or not, that is for God to decide, but I can recommend their gardens to you wholeheartedly, if not their Theology.