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Bearing good fruit

26 September 2007

Chatham Vines: A project for St John’s Church, Chatham
John Newling

(ArtOffice; buy online from the book list at
www.artoffice.co.uk; £15 plus £2.90 p. & p.).

As part of the Chatham Regeneration Scheme, a redundant church in the town was made into a vineyard: vines were planted down the nave in tubs, and flourished mightily (above; with, right, the Ven. Peter Lock, Archdeacon of Rochester, in a service of blessing). Wine made from the grapes was used on Easter Day 2006 in a service at Rochester Cathedral. The story of the project, which became popular locally, is told in he book. The vines in their containers are now on tour

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