The great canal pilgrimage awaits

Thursday 27th June 2019 7:59 am
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THIS Saturday (June 29), St Peter’s Day, there is a walk from Church to Church to celebrate the links between Christchurch, Govilon, or Llanwenarth Ultra (the other side), with St Peter’s Llanwenarth Citra.

St Peter’s used to be the parish church for a huge parish of Aberstruth which stretched as far as Nantyglo and Abertillery.

By the 19th century the smaller parish of Llanwenarth covered both sides of the Usk which were linked first by a bridge and then by a chain ferry which closed in 1955 although Christchurch Govilon became a separate parish in 1865.

The walk celebrates this link and is about seven kilometres of easy walking along the canal to Llanfoist and back along the river to where the ferry crossed.

If you would like to join in , the walk starts at 2pm from Christchurch, with a ‘pit stop’ at Llanfoist village hall, and finishes at St Peter’s for tea and cakes and the chance to buy plants as we will be having a plant stall. It is free to take part but contributions to the refreshments would be appreciated as we are embarking on the Second Phase of fundraising to repair the tower, currently supported by scaffolding inside.

It you would like to drive to Llanwenarth Citra Church at about 1.15-1.30pm, there will be transport back to the start so that you can drive home afterwards – with all the plants you have bought!

Please could you let Pip Hassall know if you are likely to be joining in so that we will have an idea of the volume of refreshments needed! The contact number is 01873 857392.

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