On Saturday 15th July thirteen people left our church in a Methodist convoy and drove to Appleton Thorn Village Hall. After avoiding being detained in the Young Offenders Institute the group set off down the traffic-free Lumbrooke Valley Trail. A theological quiz, asking people to identify a piece of scripture which was part of a dedication to a local person, and whose inscription read, “and the dust returns to the ground it came from and the spirit returns to God who gave it”, was our next task. Only with the help of Jim “google” Caldwell was the answer to be found – Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 verse 7. Extra bible study has now been prescribed to the walking group!
The walk continued through the jungle of South Warrington known as The Dingle, and into a pine forest that afforded a lovely view of Warrington in the distance. Shortly afterwards the group arrived at the highly secret point of interest known as The Grappenhall Heyes Walled Gardens - with ponds and a lovely café which we are sure will be explored in the future visits by many in the group.
Upon leaving this Parr family estate the route led across local fields back onto the Lumbrooke Valley Trail which took us back to the car park. On the return to church Sue’s homemade cakes refreshed our weary walkers who had been out for nearly 3 hours.
Sue & Kevin Fairbanks
PS Why not join us for a bit of exercise and explore somewhere new on one of our monthly Church Walks? We normally leave from the church car park at 1.30pm and walk somewhere in the local area. Afterwards we head back to Church for tea/coffee and cake. Our next walks will be on Saturday 12th August (led by Ros and Jim Caldwell) and Saturday 16th September (led by Kathleen Povall).
Written by the Minister & Members