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Welcome in the garden

02 November 2006

 by Margaret Duggan


THE RECTORY in Golborne, an old mining village in Liverpool diocese, has a large garden set back from the road, and surrounded by the rectory, the church, its graveyard, and the church school.


The site seemed ideal for sheltered accommodation to house people with learning disabilities and special needs.


Considering what a tight-knit community Golborne is, it has been remarkable, says the Rector, the Revd Robert Williams, how encouraging it has been, particularly the school and its headmistress (pictured).


The parish is working in partnership with the charity Charad, Wigan Council, and Adactus Housing Association to build a bungalow for four young people to live independently with support.


The first sod was recently cut by the Archdeacon Emeritus of Warrington, the Ven. David Woodhouse, who, says Mr Williams, has been the inspiration for the scheme.


The Rt Revd James Roxburgh, Assistant Bishop in the diocese, said the opening prayers, and children from St Thomas ’s school provided the choir. It is hoped the bungalow will be ready in a year’s time.

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