church unveils huge labyrinth to celebrate its 700th year
huge knitted labyrinth has been unveiled in the grounds of Burnham-On-Sea's
St Andrew's Church this week as part of its 700th anniversary
The church appealed for contributions of multi-coloured yarn last
month, and these have now been joined together to create the labyrinth
in the church grounds, pictured here.
30 people gathered on Sunday afternoon (June 14th) to put the
finishing touches to the design, which will be on show for two
The original idea was to create a labyrinth out of stones but
this changed to a yarn one instead with contributions coming from
as far afield as Birmingham and Scarborough from people who read
about the idea on Burnham-On-Sea.com here.
Local members of the community and church met to make the labyrinth,
which was the idea of St Andrews Curate, Rev Sharon Eldergill,
and assisted by Jacqui Strong, the community gardener at Burnham's
Labyrinths have a long history and are a way of meditating on
life as you wend your way around the lines of the structure before
reaching the middle.
Rev Eldergill told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We had the idea
to create a labyrinth to offer the community in the 700th year
of our founding, and to remind people of the journey of life and
faith. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the
making of the labyrinth, from those who contributed their knitting
to Jacqui who masterminded the practical details of our afternoon."
She added that the labyrinth will be in place for two months
and it's hoped in the autumn to plant bulbs in the shape of the
labyrinth so that next spring there will be a lasting community
The team who helped to compile the labyrinth in the churchyard
St Andrews Curate Rev Sharon Eldergill; Jacqui Strong,
the community gardener at Burnham's Marine Cove; with Rev Graham
Witts, Vicar of St Andrew's