‘Although surrounded by buildings and not far from a busy main road, it is such a peaceful spot.'
Exeter Meeting has created a peace garden funded by a legacy left by late Friend Christopher Holdsworth.
Quaker Ian Martin told the Friend: ‘Many Friends may know of Christopher as a Swarthmore lecturer and contributor to Quaker faith & practice. The groundwork and paving are now completed with a sculpture of flying birds and bird bath by local artist Zoe Singleton. Four curved benches complete the scene, with planting to come in the spring.’
Robert Holdsworth, Christopher’s son, who saw the garden via a video, said: ‘What a lovely spot for quiet contemplation in the middle of the city and very much in the spirit of my father’s life living as a Friend, seeking to promote better peace and understanding for all.’
Bridget Oliver, clerk of Exeter Meeting, wrote: ‘Although surrounded by buildings and not far from a busy main road, it is such a peaceful spot. I sat down on one of the benches and watched the rain dropping into the bird bath which has, carved into the stone, “Let your life speak”.
‘I stayed awhile and thought of local Friends who had touched the lives of Exeter Meeting now gone, including our dear Friend Christopher.’
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