Across the See
By Rev Richard Woodham
A Walk through Holy Places
Bridgham World Peace Centre
On the journey to its source, close to Little Ellingham, the waters of the River Thet flow through the village of Bridgham before mingling with the Little Ouse at Thetford for its onward journey to the Fenland Drains, past Lynn where it eventually joins the sea and the mighty oceans beyond.
It is here, at the edge of the village of Bridgham, on a bend in the River Thet where half mature trees reach for the sky on the opposite bank, you will find a grove of newly planted oaks through which you walk to discover a shelter facing south so that the sun rises on the left and sets on the right, which looks for all the world, as if it might have grown out of the dark earth. The shelter is en to the wind but shaded from the noon day sun and protected from the rain that feeds the living river; but what you may ask, is it?
A band stand perhaps, a pagoda or even a pavilion? No, it is the “Bridgham World Peace Centre” to which all are welcome to visit in order to reflect; meditate; contemplate; pray or just sit in peace for a while; all in the context of the great cycle of the natural world. It is all very Psalm 104.
In my experience, the effect of just being there is immediate. All tension is released, rushing out like a great sigh, to be replaced by a calm elemental energy which flows around in which one can rest and breathe. Come on your own, with a close friend or friends or even the coach-load.
The Bridgham World Peace Centre is the creation of sculptor and film-maker William Fairbank and is part of the Small Pilgrim Places Network which is open to ‘seekers’ and people of all faiths who will guard and value its quiet sanctity and pray for the Peace of the World. The peace of the world, in this sense, means not only the harmony, healing and uniting of the world’s peoples, but the whole of creation where global warming, over consumption and pollution threaten the world’s very existence.
William asks that people contact him before visiting, so that he knows who is coming and when. An e-mail, or a phone call will do.
The Bridgham World Peace Centre can be found at:
Whitegate, 76 The Street, Bridgham, Norfolk. NR16 2AB
Tel: 44(0)1953 718114
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