Heacham hosts Festival of Crosses

Two young Sunday School Discovers - Florence and Sidney Birks (Birks) - with the cross they helped to make MLNF16PB03712 Peter Bird ANL-160328-110503001
Two young Sunday School Discovers - Florence and Sidney Birks (Birks) - with the cross they helped to make MLNF16PB03712 Peter Bird ANL-160328-110503001

Some years ago, a church in Norfolk came up with the rather bright idea of adding lustre to the season with a Festival of Christmas Trees

The idea quickly swept the county with many other churches following suit.

Now in Heacham they have come up with a celebration of a Festival of Crosses at Easter - an event more commonly seen in Spain and South American countries – and it would be surprising if the idea did not take off in the same way across Norfolk.

It was the idea of church warden, Brian Griffin, who admitted it was the popularity of the Christmas tree festivals that gave him the idea.

His brain-wave proved such a success that a packed St Mary’s church was decked out with around one hundred crosses for the Easter Day Service of Holy Communion on Easter Sunday.

“The crosses came from church groups, local schools such as Heacham Infants and Junior, Watlington, Snettisham and Brancaster Primaries and village organisations including scout groups and individuals,” said the vicar, Rev Veronica Wilson.

“We themed the service around the crosses which were very creative, interesting and thought provoking.

“They captured the essence of the meaning of Easter. I was overwhelmed by the response.”

The crosses will remain on display all through April. The church is open each day from 10am to 4pm.