A village on the edge of the moor enjoyed a spring celebration to mark the opening of its new church hall.
All Saints Church, Sparkwell hosted the ’Service of Dedication, Opening, and Laying of the Foundation Stone’ of Rowe Hall.
The Rt Revd Nicholas McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth gave the address and led the service attended by one hundred and forty invited guests, the congregation and friends of All Saints. The church’s vicar, the Revd Frederick Denman was also in attendance, and described the event as "a joyous service of celebration and thanksgiving". During the service the church was decorated with spring flowers and the choir, led by organist, Michael Hodge, provided music.
The vicar thanked all those involved in the design and building of Rowe Hall: Simon Crosbie of Le Page Architects, Andy Williams of AD Williams and Carpenter Oak of Totnes. He added his thanks to all those who had contributed in any way to the success of the project.
Outside Rowe Hall is a memory garden created with donations from parishioners, designed to be a place of peace, reflection and tranquillity.
After the service the congregation, led by the bishop and clergy, gathered outside for the laying of the foundation stone. This was performed by Felicity Peagam, granddaughter of All Saints benefactor Thomas Rowe, assisted by the architect and the builder.
Following the service a buffet lunch was laid on by All Saints’ team of dedicated volunteers and enjoyed by all inside the hall.
Revd Denman said: "Rowe Hall will be a great asset to All Saints and the Sparkwell community as a place of meeting, of learning and a place of hospitality for young and old alike."
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