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The Community Peace Garden is open.

Trinity Community Peace Garden

Christine Grundy suggested a number of ideas and initiatives, one of which was to create a peaceful space in the grounds of our church for the use of church members and the community. Christine’s vision was that in creating a garden, it could provide an accessible place of peace and tranquility, which would be child-friendly and safe.  Work on the Peace Garden started around 26 August 2013.

The Community peace garden will enable church users, community groups and local residents, including staff and visitors from the nearby Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, to use the space to help to sustain a sense of wellbeing.

We would also hope to reach out to vulnerable groups and individuals by creating a space for contemplation, promoting the right of everyone to a spiritual life.

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Seeing the Peace Garden taking shape is wonderful and the anticipation of its completion, thrilling.  It is made even more poignant and rewarding knowing that a little part of it is in memory of Mum, Margaret Walters and our sister Val, who would have been delighted with the whole idea of such a space by church being used and enjoyed by the whole community.

Mum once read out about her love of gardens and the peace it gave her in a church service.  Jen and I found the original piece when clearing out her house.  We thought it appropriate to the idea of the Peace Garden.

Trish Reilly


Suggestions received for inspirational quotes for the peace garden:






suggestion from Christine

Grow in Peace

Blossom in Love

suggestion from Christine

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing

Camille Pissarro       French Impressionist Painter      1860 - 1901

suggestion from Christine

“. . . May a wonderful light always guide you on the unfolding road.”     By Ben Okri

suggestion from Trish

“The kiss of the Sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer God’s heart in a garden,

Than anywhere else on Earth.”

Poem by Frances Gurney

suggestion from Trish & Jenny (one of our mother’s favourites)

A gift is not a gift until you have said Thank You.

Spend time with your children today; there will be time to clean your house tomorrow.

Buy what you need not what you want.

Pay your bills on time and you can have a good night’s sleep.

If someone does you a good deed pay it forward by doing a good deed for someone else.

suggestion from Bernard Powell

A snippet from the April 2014 Trinity Magazine showing the fun we had on our ‘Mosaics Day.’    Click on the page to view

A Big Thankyou to Colin Parry for officially opening our Community Peace Garden, here at Trinity on Saturday 7 June 2014.  A great time was had by all despite the inclement weather.

An Open Day Poem

Preparations began the day before,

With tables and chairs coming out of the store.

The ‘Peace Message’ gazebo was erected inside,

Since the weather forecast said ‘Rain countrywide.’

On Open Day morn, helpers rushed through the door

To complete the displays and receive cakes galore.

We all braved the showers, at two fifteen,

To witness the opening, we were all very keen.

Colin Parry offered words about peace in the world,

With great meaning for us in this garden unfurled.

Each group that helped in the garden’s creation,

Released a balloon without hesitation.

Our Christine, two oasis rings brought,

For visitors to place flowers, as they gave peace some thought.

At a quarter to three, tea was served in the hall.

‘Hope we’ve enough butties!’ We heard David call.

The Choir, led by Martin, sang in powerful voice,

Then the Music Group followed, with great songs of their choice.

As procedures began to draw to a close,

The Reverend Chris spoke some words of repose.



Check out our Moth Event on 14 July 2014 See Below

 . . . . some peace at last . . . .

You may be surprised just how much activity there is going on in the Peace Garden at night.  It is not quite as peaceful as it first appears, as Geoff and Barbara Wynn demonstrated when they held a moth event here on Sunday 14th July 2014.

They set up a moth trap the night before and opened it the following morning to reveal the amazing number and variety of moths that had been caught.  Be assured at this point that no moths were harmed and all were released back into the bushes later in the day.

In the trap were a total of 63 moths which covered 38 different species. The star turns included the Poplar Hawkmoth, because it is as large as a wine coaster and holds it jagged wings up at a 45 degree angle.  This moth is very obliging and just sits still and will not fly away.  The Large Emerald moth was lovely because like its name suggests, it is a beautiful green colour.  This too is a fairly big one and you might mistake it for a butterfly because it holds its wings out flat. The Burnished Brass moth was interesting due to the sheen of greenish/ gold light that reflected off its wings.  (See pictures of all three above)

The full list of all the moths caught is featured on a loose sheet in the magazine.  The list includes macro and micro moths caught, which roughly translates into large and small moths, although there are exceptions to this rule.  The micro moths can be really, really tiny, as small as 3mm.  These tend to only have Latin names and the smaller the moth, often the longer the name.

Just going back to the Large Emerald, people asked “What is the difference between a moth and a butterfly?”   Well, the answer is not entirely straight forward , but the main differences are that butterflies nearly all have clubbed antennae , whereas moths do not, most moths fly at night.......

In addition to the moths, the light trap attracted a Long-horn caddis fly, whose horns are twice the length of its body, a None-biting Midget and a beetle.....

It is pleasing to know that the Peace Garden supports so much wildlife, even if we cannot normally see it.

Thank you to Geoff and Barbara for the article and for sharing their knowledge about moths. Ed.

MOTH EVENT 14 July 2014


At a Church Meeting on 9 February 2014 it was agreed that our Trinity congregation and the local community would be invited to join mosaic artist, Bernadette Hughes, in making mosaics for the Community Peace Garden, on Sunday 9 March 2014.  There would also be an opportunity for young people to take part in the creation of a willow hut, which would be situated by the fence in the Peace Garden.


Councillor George Davies presents Church Treasurer Isabel Hitchen with a £400 cheque for future work on Trinity's Peace Garden.  Barbara O'Neill was instrumental in achieving the Brighter Borough Grant for Trinity.  The presentation took place after Morning Worship on Sunday 22nd May 2016.

The planned Peace Garden tidy took place on Saturday 23rd April 2016.  We were all pleased to have such lovely sunny weather to work in.


Thank you to Ruth Parker for sending in this cute photograph of a hedgehog.  It’s hard to realise that they have joined the list of creatures in danger of extinction. I hope he/she is happy in Trinity’s grounds.  Ed.