Walworth Garden Open Day in Ballykelly
for St Mary’s Church in Macosquin
Sunday 31st May 2015
Largely in response to the publicity given by local papers ,announcements on radio and the effective roadside signs created by ‘ Limavady Printing Company,’ hundreds travelled considerable distances to Walworth Gardens in Ballykelly which were open to the public last Sunday afternoon. They did so, despite the intermittent showers, to support the parishioners of St Mary’s Church in Macosquin who have been working tirelessly since the beginning of this year to raise more than £60,000 to replace the roof of their 400 year old church.
The Rector, Canon Mike Roemmele said that the event was a tremendous success in the way that it brought people together, not only his parishioners, but also members of other churches and the wider community. Friendships were formed or renewed throughout the afternoon as people met and enjoyed each other’s company and the activities which were held in such wonderful surroundings .
It was a major undertaking for a small country parish, but it was also an event at which those who attended and made generous donations to the Church Roof Fund, or who like so many of his parishioners, helped in countless ways both on the day, and for several weeks before, all demonstrated their love of God and their good will for Christ’s church in Macosquin.
The site on which St Mary’s stands has been a place of Christian worship and ministry since Cistercian monks built an abbey on it in the 12th century . The efforts of the congregation and the massive response to last Sunday’s afternoon in Walworth Gardens testify to the present spiritual health of the parish and to the hopes of many others for the future well-
The Select Vestry and the congregation are profoundly grateful to the people who supported the event and especially to Mrs Noreen Brown for her generosity in opening her beautiful gardens to the public for this cause. They also thank the people who brought Vintage cars to display and the various music Groups including the ‘Brassnecks,’ the ‘JazzLite Band’, and not least the talented church choir, all of whose musical contributions were highly acclaimed as highlights of the afternoon.
Photos courtesy of Davis Photography
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ALL PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF PAUL DAVIS AT DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY, COLERAINE