Sowing the seeds of peace for battle anniversary

A PEACE garden will be created at a north Northumberland village church ahead of the 500th anniversary of a famous battle.

One response among many to the commemoration of Flodden in 2013 is the establishment of a Peace and Reconciliation Centre at Crookham United Reformed Church, which is within walking distance of the battlefield site.

The first visible part of the project will be the creation of a Peace Garden using the existing garden surrounding the church.

Rev David Herbert said: “We are delighted to have been loaned the Peace Plough Sculpture for the garden, this sculpture has toured nationally and the creator, on hearing of our new centre, immediately offered the work.

“We aim to establish the Peace Garden during 2012 ready for the launch the centre in the New Year 2013, which is the start of the 500th anniversary of the battle in 1513.”

The centre intends to host lectures, seminars, music and arts events and will have a permanent display featuring a timeline from 1513 noting significant points in world history of both peace and conflict.

The centre hopes to become part of the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum, a museum without walls, linking historic sites and places of interest connected with the 1513 battle. Full details can be accessed through the website www.flodden1513.com

The centre intends to actively support humanitarian and charitable organisations committed to the relief of those affected by war, and promoting peace and reconciliation.

Mr Herbert said: “If you want to be part of the research group to establish the timeline from 1513, plant up the garden or help with lectures, seminars and performance we would love to hear from local folk and people further away.”

He can be contacted at 5 Nursery Lane, Belford. NE70 7NW, on 01668 219584 or daveherbert@btinternet.com More information about the project can be found at www.northernbreeze.org