Poole (Cheshire) Methodist Quiet Garden and Labyrinth

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Poole is a quiet rural hamlet approximately two miles north of Nantwich Town Centre on the Wettenhall Road, CW5 6AL.  The small Methodist Chapel has been there for 175 years.  It is part of the Nantwich Methodist Mission Area and is one of the oldest chapels in the Cheshire South Methodist Circuit.

  • We have created a community quiet garden at the back of the chapel which will be open all year round.  It will be affiliated to the Quiet Garden Movement and advertised through them.  It is also hoped that it will be advertised on the tourist trail in Nantwich as a place to visit.
  • The quiet space and Labyrinth can be used by individuals and Groups and also local school-children.
  • The Garden has different areas within it for Plants, Sensory and Healing plants; there is a Water Feature and Sin-Dial as well as seating.  There are also benches in memory of various doners.
  • The Quiet Garden and Labyrinth is a beautiful and spiritual area which will increase the use of the chapel.  It also aims to help adults and young people understand and experience spirituality.
  • We will also be holding services and quiet days at the chapel.
  • Local Schools are interested in bringing school-children.  There will be opportunities for learning and inter-action.
  • As this area is outside it will be open 7 days a week.  It also speaks to people in a spiritual way and provide opportunity for Prayer, reflection, silence and the appreciation of beauty.
  • Poole is situated near the Shropshire Union Canal and surrounded by many footpaths, so it would also be available to those who pass through the area.  There are many people who also cycle through the area.
  • We have used local labour and volunteers to help create and maintain the garden.  We have formed a group of people who will act as Friends of the Quiet Garden and support it.
  • Funding has been obtained through fund raising events and grants.  We have raised over £10,000 to complete the Garden, it is going to be supported by voluntary contributions.
  • We believe that this will be a community asset in the area and one which is unusual but will reflect the peace and calm felt in the chapel in Poole and help us keep the chapel alive to help us reach 200 years of witness.
  • It was opened on 11 September 2016 by Revd Barry Wilson, Rector of Nantwich.

Thanks to Cheshire East, Worleston Parish Council, St Oswalds and The Methodist Circuit for help with grants.
Also to the many people who gave voluntary contributions and those volunteers and helpers who have helped create the garden.

For more information, contact Revd Malcolm Lorimer, 34 Wellington Road, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 7BX.
01270 625278 or 07939 061045 or maxcricket@btinternet.com



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