Gemeindeausflug nach Wymondham, 05.10. 2019


Unser Gemeindeausflug nach Norwich und Wymonham fand am 5. Oktober bei wunderschönem Herbstwetter statt und begann mit einem Erntedankgottesdienst in der Kirche von Cringlefort, Norwich.


Pastor Bartling begann seine Predigt in der wir uns vorstellen sollten wo die Bewohner eines Dorfes irgendwo in Europa keinen Sinn mehr darin sahen Erntedank zu feiern. Ihr Wohlstand war doch selbst erarbeitet und sie hätten doch nur sich selbst zu danken. Pastor Bartling erinnerte uns dann daran, dass wir Menschen trotz, unseres Wohlstandes nicht glücklicher sind und es sich lohnt mal darüber nachzudenken warum dies so ist. Er erinnerte uns an die Dankbarkeit, dass sie glücklich macht und Zufriedenheit schafft. Deshalb war auch unser Ausflug ein besonderes Geschenk. Dankbarkeit für diesen schönen Tag empfanden wir alle ganz sicherlich, die Gemeinschaft die uns mit allen Anwesenden verband, das Mittagessen, das sich näher kennenlernen, die anschließende wunderbare Führung von Heather durch die Stadt wobei sie den geschichtlichen Hintergrund lebendig darstellte, führte uns zusammen, und erweckte das Bewusstsein sich an diesen diesen Tag mit Dankbarkeit zu erinnern.


Gabriele Corfe, Bury St. Edmunds


On October 5 the congregations joined together for Gottesdienst, lunch, a visit to Wymondham and a walk around the town. Old acquaintances were renewed both at St Peter's church and our gathering in Autumn sunshine at the end of the afternoon at the Green Dragon, a hostelry dating from the 15th century. Our guides at the abbey gave us fascinating insights into its foundation and history looking both at the grand Norman fabric, the alterations made as a result of the closing of the abbey after 1538 and the spectacular Ninian Comper altarpiece. Like many church buildings, Wymondham is very welcoming and there were refreshments available after in the newly opened refectory extension. Somehow we felt the need to get going on our walk - especially as the sun had come out so we stayed only a few minutes but long enough to make a return visit sometime a good idea. Heather lead us down to Becket's well and then along the river path giving us a superb view of the abbey which is visible from its high point for miles around. We soon came into the oldest part of Wymondham with reminders of its old industries such as weaving, brush making, brewing, tanning, carpentry and wooden spoon production and its ancient market. The power of the church was ever-present as a great landowner in the town but after the Reformation, this power was challenged and by the late 18th and 19th centuries nonconformism attracted many Wymondham residents as was shown by the building of the chapels that we passed. The walk reminded us too of the life of local hero Robert Kett and his family and the uprising in 1549 only suppressed after the Protector Somerset (minister of the boy king Edward V1) sent an army of 14000 men (including German landsknechte) to defeat the Norfolk rebels at the Battle of Dussindale outside Norwich. There is a commemorative plaque to him on Becket's chapel, now Wymondham Arts Centre. Robert's body was strung up on the walls of Norwich Castle and his brother William's body hung from the tower of Wymondham abbey to remind the locals of the consequences of insurrection! Thank you to everyone who came. We all enjoyed ourselves.

Heather Pfeiffer

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