Plans for a memorial garden at Holy Cross Church, Uckfield, came to fruition on Friday when the land was consecrated by the Bishop of Lewes.
The bishop, the Rt Rev Richard Jackson, was accompanied by the recently inducted rector of Holy Cross, Father John Wall, as he led the service.
Centrepiece of the garden is a spectacular boulder inscribed with the words “Remember before God all whose ashes are interred here. Jesus said: ‘I am the resurrection and the life'”.
Churchwarden Dee Johnson told those gathered for the consecration that the garden was the idea of the late Martin Onions, rector of Uckfield, who died suddenly last year after just two years in the parish.
Bishop Richard said it was good to be in Uckfield to dedicate the memorial garden, something Martin was passionate about and drove forward.
He said it was now ready to be used as a place of rest for the dearly departed of Uckfield and as a place of memorial.
Fr Wall said that providing the garden had been a long process and added: “I think this is going to be so useful, a beautiful addition to our pastoral care. Well done to those involved in bringing this to fruition.”
Uckfield News story from Thursday, September 15: A large engraved York sandstone boulder has been installed at Holy Cross Church, Uckfield, as a memorial garden takes shape.
The stone, carved by Derek Tourle of Derek Tourle Memorial Masons marks a site where ashes are to be interred and says: “Remember before God all whose ashes are interred here Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life.”
The consecration of the garden is due to take place at 5pm on Friday, September 30, at a service conducted by the Rt Rev Richard Jackson, Bishop of Lewes.
Derek Tourle cut the inscription on the boulder over the past few weeks in an area supplied by Grants, at Ringles Cross, as it was too big for his own workshop in the former chapel at Snatts Road cemetery.
Grants also helped by moving the boulder to Holy Cross on Friday.
See Derek cutting the inscription in the video below:
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